Nantahala layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Papa Bear, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. Papa Bear

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    train97It's deja vu all over again! Since I was getting close to finishing my Bear Point Railroad , I needed a new project. I decided to build another pizza layout. This one will be set in the mountains of western North Carolina around the Nantahala Gorge. I picked that location to commemorate a recent whitewater rafting trip.

    The layout will be 32" x 32" to allow for a 13 3/4" radius.

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    More pictures to come.
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    An old member that was here a couple of years ago, and from North Carolina,(Tyson Rayles)did his N scale railroad with the same name.
    If you search his name you can see some of his work.
  3. Papa Bear

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    Thanks, Ed. I've always liked Tyson's work, especially the micro layout he did a couple of years ago. That was one that got me thinking about building small layouts.

    Here are a couple of progress photos. It takes a while to build up a mountain when you only go 1/2" at a time!:D

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  4. TrainNut

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    As a new member to the "Pizza layout" club, I look forward to your pictorial progress! Looks great so far.
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    Hey, John, good to see you back in action:wave: The Nantahala was one of the finest raft rides I'd ever been on, too many scenes I wanted to model though...
  6. Papa Bear

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    Thanks, Bob and TrainNut. Bob, I know what you mean about there being too many scenes to model. Going with the pizza plan does help to keep things simple.:D

    Meanwhile, I made some progress over the weekend with a little help from my daughter, Panda Bear. We wrapped up the mountains with Woodland Scenics plaster cloth. This went on easily and did a neat job - a lot quicker and with less mess than smearing on the joint compound like I did with the Bear Point RR.
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    When the plaster dried, we could proceed with the painting and "planting."
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    The most satisfying part of this project so far was hearing my daughter say, "This is more fun than watching TV!" That right there made the whole project worthwhile.:thumb:
  7. LoudMusic

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    Real life more fun than television?!? How can it BE!?! Congratulations on that ;)
  8. Austinio

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    Whenever I see a nice N-scale like that it makes me tempted to do it. I just feel I would have trouble with the kits though.
  9. Papa Bear

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    There are a lot of pre-built structures available now in N, so you could just about build a layout without having to build any kits. Still, it is usually cheaper to buy and assemble the kits than to use the pre-built ones. My suggestion would be to try an easy, inexpensive kit to see how you like it. If you mess it up, it can always go in the background.:D
  10. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Ed,
    Tyson's railroad is the Nantahala Midland, and it looked great in person! I had the fortune to be able to run a local wayfreight on the NM ! Great layout, and Mike is "good people".
  11. Papa Bear

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    An update on the layout.
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  12. Papa Bear

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    A tunnel takes shape.

    A tunnel is shaping up at the end of the gorge. This would be in the lower right of the previous picture.
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  13. Papa Bear

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    A couple more photos.

    Construction progresses on the tunnel.
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    A test train rumbles through the gorge. One advantage of Unitrack is that you can test run a train while still working on the scenery. I had to do some tree trimming after this run.:oops:
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  14. n2trains

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    I have to say, with such a small space, you do a heck of a job making it look bigger. The scenery in itself could nearly be considered a layout! without the trians, it wouldn't be complete, though, now would it? Doesn't matter, I'm very impressed with what I see from you! Awesome job! I'd like to see some more close up pics though.
  15. Papa Bear

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    Thanks, Brandon. I plan to post some more close up pictures as the project progresses.
  16. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looking Good John.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  17. Papa Bear

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    Thanks, Matthew. :wave:
  18. Tyson Rayles

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    Papa Bear that's progressing very nicely!
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    :wave: :wave: Looking good Papa Bear. What Happened to Tyson. I must have missed something.
  20. Tyson Rayles

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    Dick why do you think something happened to me?