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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2015 02:15 pm
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I started on an HOn30 shelf layout inspired by Laurie Green's "Grizzly Flats".

Although I had a layout that I could test run locomotives, when I started it, I wasn't 100% sure of how I wanted it to look, and like a fool, I dove in head first and got my noggin smacked. I got stuck working on it because I hadn't planned out the way I wanted it, so apart from a few sparse pictures here and there, I never really showed it off.

Enter "Crooked Crick"....

It's built on some scraps that I had in the garage, which was enough to build a 16"x 36" (576 sq in) shelf.
















Yesterday I was able to run trains, and today I have the track taped off in preparation for the messy part of scenery...newspaper, glue, and plaster cloth. Hope to have some updates later this week...

Cheers!



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I like it a LOT! Watching... :moose:



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Good thing that you are using intermittent PC board ties--some types of plywood can be near impossible to drive spikes into.

Going to be watching for progress with this---


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Oh, Forgot!

Video:

https://youtu.be/A2bHMFAO_9E



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OMG... across the Crick without a bridge! Neat little trains for sure.



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Hi Rich,
If you need another transfusion of Grizzly Flats for additional inspiration, have a look at Post #28 at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=4108&forum_id=17&highlight=Grizzly+Flats



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Thanks John! I've saved those photos for reference for sure!

Herb,

I hate spiking, so I just solder, and use more PC ties than normal.

Ken,

Bridge is on deck, I have one side of the truss mostly done, the other side started. I'd like to get it fitted by the end of the week.



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Hi Rich.

Looking great !

Nice size & proportions...
...scenery 'll probably be fun to do.

All the best.

Cheers.

Si.

:moose:



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Yesterday the mailman dropped off my order from Shapeways. Included were the parts I designed for the Power Unit Porter, designed to fit on an Imon PU-101 chassis.

My plans were to finish the bridge this weekend, but since the 3D parts came, plans changed.



After some initial cleaning in Bestine and adding weight, I sanded and primed the parts Saturday evening.





Today was adding details, and an initial coat of paint.




After the paint had dried sufficiently, I just HAD to see it run, so I shot some video.


https://youtu.be/eVu215n0gwg


I did differ from the Imon chassis a bit. I did a motor swap for a BCH Minitrains motor with flywheel. The shaft size matched the Imon, and the mounting holes were a perfect match as well, and since I had 3 spare motors, I figured I'd give it a shot. I have some 5.5V 4.7F Super Capacitors that Katsumi-San sent me that I may try to work into my model. It doesn't need it right now, but it never hurts to have a keep alive on such a small locomotive.

Just need to do the final painting and weathering, and the Pup will be finished! [toast]



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Work progresses on Crooked Crick.

I picked up some 1/4" MDF as a backdrop material because the white walls and shelf brackets really kill the illusion of scale.



I painted the whole thing with a sample of latex paint from Home Depot, Which was less than $4 and I didn't even use a quarter of the sample. It's a flat sky blue, I'm not sure of the actual color off hand. I also picked up a sample of white, and did some rudimentary lightening of the blue towards the horizon. If you look outside, you'll notice the sky is lighter toward the horizon.

After about an hour of drying time, I added basic hills using the same tan craft paint I used as a base color over the plaster cloth and sculptamold. Some highlights and shadows were added by mixing in a bit of white, and some raw umber acrylics. Clouds were added with white and Paynes Grey, just to break up the plain blue sky. Basic conifer trees were added as well, and I color matched the paints I was using with the trees I had built.



Now that the backdrop was in to a moderate level of detail, It was time to turn my attention to the bridge:








Now that the abutments are in place, I added some basic scenery to the area, and last night I started working on waterfalls, made from Silicone Sealant. I don't have any pictures of that yet. I'm waiting for the silicone to dry, and will take pictures of the steps, or video.

Here is how it looked before adding the sealant:







That's it for now, I'm waiting on an order of enviro-tex resin to arrive from Scenic Express to really get down to business with the waterfalls and crick.

Cheers!



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