New Desktop Layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by jesso, May 27, 2008.

  1. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    AWESOME progress so far Scott:bravo: .

    just thought i would throw this out there as far as "inside" tunnel walls go, i have taken tin foil and wrinkled it up, unwrinkle it, and paint it different tones of brown, this makes for a "decent" blasted rock look. just a thought:winki::smilie: .

    Cant wait to see more progress!

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  2. woodone

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    Card board strips

    That is one of the best ways to make hills,valleys and the likes. I use this type of construction now. I also use the plaster cloth. Goes fast and does not make a BIG mess. I have used plaster, diping small pieces of paper towels into the plaster, then to the layout. BIG mess, lots of clean up. The plaster cloth goes much faster and is much easer to keep the track and surounding area clean. Well worth the cost of the plaster cloth.
    You might try a craft store for the plaster cloth. Like Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. It (plaster cloth) is some what cheaper to buy there.
    Looking good:thumb: keep the photos coming.
  3. steamhead

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    Hi...I used that method in the yard at Portales (see "The P in LC&P"). I added some bunched up newspaper to break the "flatness" of the cardboard frame, and covered it with plaster-soaked paper towels. As mentioned, it is messy....
  4. jesso

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. Deano, I tried to do the tin foil tunnels and at first it looked good, but then when I put it in the paint started flaking off. I went to fix it, but I was watching the NASCAR Race and Kevin Harvick wrecked my favorite driver Tony Stewart so I got all frustrated and trying to fix paint wasn't helping so I ripped it out and glued in the black construction paper. I really need to work on my sports temper. I may use plaster cloth, with see if the craft stores around here have any.

    I put the tunnels together and caulked them and closed up the mountains around the portals. So far this is turning out much better than my first layout.

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    Here is a closeup of the Tunnels and the hill between them.

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  5. TrainNut

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    Lookin' good! What's your backup plan for retrieving that inevitable derailment from inside either tunnel?
  6. jesso

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    A person in the train club made me a couple of tunnel cleaners (long sticks with track cleaners on the ends) that between the two of them, I am able to get everything out of the tunnels that so far I have put in.
  7. Mountain Man

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    Something to think about when building those tunnels! :cool:
  8. puddlejumper

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    Ver impressive Jesso! Look forward to seeing more progress!

    Dave
  9. Packers#1

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    Looks great so far. Can't wait to see more.
  10. jesso

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    Well, after everyone here suggesting plaster clothe and a guy in the train club teaching an easy way to use it, I was all excited to get some and use it. Unfortunately, our hobby shop didn't have any and none of the craft stores did either. They did have mold-a-scene plaster, which I have found is ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS! Next time I want to build a sand castle, I'll use that stuff (most likely never). So back to plaster. I did find Scultamold, so hopefully will be able to make some rock looking walls with that. Here is the circle and tunnels that that I plastered:
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  11. jesso

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    I have started the substructure on the back of the hill. I think so far it is looking really good, which is kind of a shame since it will be back behind the monitors and not very visible, but hey it is good practice and hopefully each thing I do will help me get a little better.
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  12. jesso

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    I have built a some more of the hill, but I have ran out of caulk so I can close off the hill or glue any more retaining walls on, so I guess I am done for now. I got the tunnel caulked together underneath so that is in. Here is what I have so far:
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    I wanted a flat area in the mountain because I am going to buy the Woodland Scenics Campers (probably online, since I am SURE that my hobby store doesn't have them) and I needed a camping area. Anybody know if anyone makes an N Scale Jeep Wranger cheap? Here is the flat area:
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  13. steamhead

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    That's looking really good....!!! I wouldn't have thought so much "train" could be packed in so little space....Can't wait to see it finished...
  14. Packers#1

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    Looks awesome so far.
  15. Chessie6459

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    Fantastic Job So Far. Keep up the great work.aussie
  16. jesso

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    Armed with more caulk, I went on a building spree tonight. I finished shaping my mountains in the back:
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    Here is a side view:
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    We went as a family to see the movie Wall-E while all the glue and caulk dried, when I got home I started in on the plastering. My wife thought my messy fingers were funny (and I had only put down three pieces at this point:
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    8 small batches of plaster later (and very messy floor as my mixing bowl sprung a leak!) I got the rest of it covered up! Here it is from the back:
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    and the side:
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    Tomorrow night, will patch up any missed spots with drywall compound and use some sculptamold for some more rock faces. I am SO glad do be done with the plaster.
  17. Chessie6459

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    Beautiful Work.
  18. jesso

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    Finally Some Color!

    Thanks Chessie6459!

    Took a major step today! I pulled all the tape off protecting the track from the plaster. Last night we experimented with scupltamold and after using plaster, I love scupltamold, it is SO much EASIER to work with. I gave the layout a coating of honeycomb, my favorite ground color, thanks to whoever suggested the color a while back here on the forums. Here are the typical front and side views:
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    Then I got brave and pulled out my brand new Woodland Scenics Earth Tone kit and didn't follow their instructions because I wanted darker rocks than they were suggesting. The tunnel portals I could have done a better job on (I may paint them white again and start over) but I am VERY happy with how the rocks turned out. I was a little scarey at first, but after getting all the colors on there and swishing them around, I think they turned out really well. Here is the front of the layout:
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    Here is the right circle, the one that I will be able to see on my layout:
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    Here is the left circle, I think it turned out the best, which figures because it will face away from me and I won't ever see it:
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  19. woodone

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    Boy This Is Looking Good!

    Scott,:wave:
    Man this is very nice. You are really making some quick progress, and it looks GREAT!:thumb:
    Keep the updates coming ( with photos of course).
    Can't wait untill your next next photo upddate.
  20. mooreway

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    Wow. I love the rock work Scott. Your layout is comming along nicely. I can't wait to see the end result