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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by N Gauger, Jul 1, 2004.
I've build some buildings and a trestle this weekend. Pictures will come next time.
Big surprise, but I haven't been making much progress in the areas that I had on my list. Although I have been making a little progress in other areas. I just got a radio throttle and I have been testing that out. Unfortunately I don't have a radio receiver so I am just using it tethered for now.
Earlier this year I took a model railroading class, so I decided that I would try some of the techniques I learned. I tried to make some trees, but they look pretty sad. I watched the teacher make beautiful trees right in front of my eyes, but I can't get mine to look anything like his. Granted I still have a few things to touch up on them, like triming some of the excess frizze that is hanging down, and covering the tip of the tree with some foliage later. Anywho, I would like some critiquing so that I can get my trees to look a little happier.
Top picture is my smaller trees that are about 2 inches tall, and the second picture is of my taller trees that are 8 to 9 inches tall.
:cry: I just finished applying one final coat of hairspray to my trees shortly after the pictures, and I left the trees outside to dry. I was supposed to take them in before I left for work. As luck would have it, I forgot. Well...while I was gone to work, a nice little storm picked up. :cry: The bad news, the wind blew my trees away. The good news, the sprinkling system watered the trees down so they didn't blow to far. :cry: The bad news, between the wind and the sprinkling system all of the trees were destroyed, except two trees actually survived. I guess that those trees will always be sad. But I am still open for suggestions for when I start a new batch. I suppose I will give myself the first word of advice. :thumb: Don't leave your trees outside unless they are being attended to.
I made a little progress on the U33B. I have all the holes drilled for the railings and other detail parts.
I've also started building a few (3) GP35 frames. One powered (brass) and two dummy (plastic).
Hooray, I am finally in the party!
I began painting two metal wheels. I also began painting the back and axles of four other sets. The fronts were already painted. I also fixed the two coal loads that had lost some of their coal.
The hardest thing now is to try to figure out how to add some weight to the Athearn 4-bay hopper and the Stewart hopper. According to NMRA recommendations they should be around 4 ounces. When they are empty I would like them to be about 3 ounces. The loads are about 1 ounce so when they are loaded they will be close to the recommended 4 ounces.
Hey Tom. I don't know the type of weights you use, modelers use so many different types. But I use the square 1/2 oz. metal weight. Usually I cement my weights on or in my cars. But you can also use velcro strips attached to the weights. So when you want 4oz you can easily add the weight or remove the weight. I've used this method in my coal cars.
Talk about painting wheel sets, boy do I have a lot to do.
I got the warehouse placed in a mini scene ready for insertion into my layout. Fred
Great job Fred! It should look great on your layout!
Nice work Fred. :thumb:
I've been making progress withe the GP35 projects.
I decided to save a little time and use the brass frame under my PRR dummy GP35 and power the stock Athearn frame for one of the BN ones.
I'm not sure what road the other one will be. I might paint it to match the Chessie System or WM units I need chassis for, or paint it for the PC. Allready have two CR units.
I'm trying to get all the locos (and a couple cars) ready so I can prime them at the same time.
Here's a look at the new brass GP35 frame.
The frame is made of mostly .010" brass sheet and the bottom frame rails are N scale rails.
Cool Ray. Here's the warehouse on a scene ready to put in the layout. Fred
I don't have any pictures, but the frame for the new layout is done, painted, and a thin layer of green covers the table now. I'm pretty much finished until I buy track sometime in late August.
Well this is also posted in another topic (twice actually ) I thought I would post it here too since it was a party project.
She's still not finished as I am going to move the logos lower on the hood and probly add a plow to the front.Oh yeah and change out those 1016s for 1015s .
Gee and only five more to go.
I thought I was going to have a good modeling Sunday. But Alas that did not happen. I spent the day in the basement cleaning up from all the water that got in from this morning's rain. We here in Upper Darby got hammered with 4 to 5 inches in an hour. This is the first time I have had enough water in the basement to be problem since Floyd in '99. I lost some empty boxes and some scrape foam. I learned a long time ago to keep stuff off the floor. Maybe next time I will get to spend time in the basement modeling.
here is a new update to my progress on the party. I've done only a few small things last week :-( I've got many other things to do, so I've got no time for my layout.
What I've done is :
- Spend metal-wheelsets to my logging cars,
- painted the rails on layout in rusty brown color,
- coloring some of my scratchbuild buildings.
I hope I can finish the benchwork of landscape this week.
Pictures will come tomorrow.
So long, Gerd
Well - I got the wiring "designed" and all I have to do is finish it. I needed help working out a few bugs & after that I bought the "Train Control" that helped distract me
Here are pics
I managed to get some primer on the U33B shell, sand out some imperfections and started adding some details.
Here's a look at the other end.
Here's what I plan to accomplish during this month:
- Build a tudor-style house on top of a small hill. I want to include details like stained-glass windos, lawn furniture on the veranda, interior (where visible), lighting and a full fledged Frankenstein lab in the basement.
- Scratchbuild an art-deco depot. I want to do something like this:
(only a bit smaller)