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 Posted: Sat Sep 8th, 2012 02:18 am
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Ray Dunakin
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Howdy! Here are a few pics of my 1/24th scale In-ko-pah Railroad. It's built into the hill behind our house using many tons of rock and mortar, and features a desert theme with realistic scenery and structures...

First up is a miner's cabin. It's a scale replica of an old miner's cabin I saw in Ione, NV. Except for the corrugated metal roofing, the metal awnings over the windows, and a couple other minor bits, the cabin is made entirely of styrene. I carefully textured and painted it to resemble ancient, heavily weathered wood:




Here's a video of the layout. I shot this a year ago so it doesn't have some of the more recent structures:

http://youtu.be/9yeiCCiTwQw


Here's a photo of the Cliffside Mine, located high on Grandt Cliff. The ore car is a Grandt Line On30 Koppel side dump car. Everything else is scratch-built:



This next shot shows a train passing through the town of Dos Manos. All the structures are scratch-built and have interior details and lights. Eventually there will be several more buildings in this town:



All of the plants on the layout are handmade, scale miniatures. I also sculpted most of the figures, including some wildlife. You can see several of the plants in this photo, along with a miniature roadrunner:




This loco started out as a 1/29th scale RS3 from Aristo-Craft. I rebuilt it into a 1/24th scale, fictional narrow gauge "variant" of the RS3.




You can see more pics of my layout on my website:

http://www.raydunakin.com

Last edited on Sat Sep 8th, 2012 02:20 am by Ray Dunakin



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 Posted: Sat Sep 8th, 2012 04:00 pm
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Ray-what a wonderful railroad! Superb modeling and great photos. How about more photos?
And-can you tell about how you make the cactus, etc. which can withstand being outside? My "plants" are constantly going to junk, even ones made of metal!
I love your layout, thanks for posting here.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 9th, 2012 04:25 am
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Thanks Woodie! I have some info on my website about how the various plants were made:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Plants.html

I need to update it though. Coming up with materials and methods that will hold up well outdoors is a constant learning process, so I've changed a few things since those pics were posted. For instance, I now use floral wire instead of pipe cleaners, to make the ocotillos. This saves time and labor, lasts longer, and looks better.

BTW, most of the other plants are made from parts of plastic flowers from Michael's. These are usually available seasonally, so when they have them in stock I try to buy up as many as I can.



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Ray
The layout is quite a fantastic undertaking. I just went to your site and checked quite a bit of it. So many times you see garden railways and they are just that. Yours has a very different look. It is very realistic. I followed your rockwork build and it was amazing seeing it take shape. The structures are also part of my favorite sections. Thanks for the posts and will I will definately be going back to your site for more looks.
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I was running a train recently and decided to shoot a few new photos...

Crossing the Cora Canyon viaduct:



Stopping at Dos Manos:



Coming out of the tunnel east of Grandt Cliff:



Passing the old miner's cabin at Grandt Cliff:



Late afternoon sun:



Enjoy!



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Outstanding photos of a superb layout! I agree with Clif, Ray's layout has the realism lacking in many outdoor lines. Keep em' coming, Ray...

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Love them! Your layout looks great!

Cody

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One of the great things about the large scales is that you can get "down and dirty" and get prototypical camera positions.

The last pix shows this (along with a good looking loco)


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That's one of the nicer looking large scale railroads I've seen, Ray. Thanks for posting the photos... this time and last time too. ;)



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Hi Ray

Nice rocket stuff !
A friend & I have flown the Estes 110 rocket-cam.
Lost it eventualy; nowhere to be found.
Could still be in orbit...!

Not a bad railroad either.
Love it in fact.

Keep up the good work Ray.

Cheers

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