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Michael G
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Hi all.

I'm currently renovating a room for my layout.
It's 22' x 16' and will have coved corners.
My layout will be a freelancer Colorado narrow gauge in HOn3.
I've drawn the track plans for it, and I can't wait to start building it.

To prepare, I've been doing some city planning for  one of the towns, called Twin Peaks (work name, yet to be decided)





Main Street, the town will be 8' long.
The station will be regauged to HOn3
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The street will go upwards in the back and turn into suburbs.


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I love the idea of a Colorado NG line where the buildings don't look like a cheap "wild West" movie set!

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Lee B wrote: I love the idea of a Colorado NG line where the buildings don't look like a cheap "wild West" movie set!

Well, this is my "what if" railroad...
As in what if they had crossed the king's divide range and got a bigger city just west of Denver. ;)


The track plan for my new model railroad.6.5 x 4.5 meters.
It will be Colorado narrow gauge (in HOn3) in the late 30's.





There will be some classic Colorado narrow gauge town building as well.


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This is the inspiration for the city on my layout:





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Very ambitious and certain to be entertaining in the making Michael.

The art work is first rate.


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slateworks wrote: The art work is first rate.

Agreed.

Much better than many of the layout plans in the magazines!


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Michael,

That's one of the best layout concepts I've ever seen!
I like every foot of it.

As others have said, the best part is that it's not a spaghetti western style railroad.
It looks like a true mining railroad meant to serve the mines and the communities along the route.

I assume you'll have staging beneath on a second reverse loop, correct?

Keep up the great work!

--James


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Looking good.

Which depot is it on one of the first pictures?

Cor


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Thanks all!


Cor V wrote: Looking good.

Which depot is it on one of the first pictures?

Cor


https://www.walthers.com/marlinton-station


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Progress!

The room as it looked...





Insulation and moisture barrier.





Sheetrock...





I rounded two of the corners.
I made a backing from two layers of 1/8" hardboard.





I used 1/4" sheetrock that I wetted and bent to shape in the corners.





The backdrop is now the next step.
Almost...I need to install the lighting first.
I painted a test piece just to see the colors and tonal values.





It needs to be toned down a bit though.
More like this test.





I've ordered the carpet and all the light fixtures, so it's finally getting there.


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Cooooooool.

Got a big jump with the room. :thumb: 

Looking forward to watching it grow.


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Great buildings.

It looks like you have already enough for the city.

Great trackplan too.

I wish I had your painting skills.

Alwin


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Thanks!

Alwin, if you need some help with the backdrop, I might be able to...
We have our summer house in the Netherlands.:moose:


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Michael, thanks for the offer but that is not necessary.

I use a photobackdrop now.

Alwin


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Where in NL are you Alwin?

I'm in Oud Loosdrecht.


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I live in 's-Heerenberg.

It is close (very close) to the German border.


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Weathered the Blackstone C-19.

I used it to try some new paints and techniques.














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Let there be light!

First LED strip in place in the train room.

I'll install double rows, the other angled 20 degrees to the wall.
Fill lighting will be with LED spotlights.
Can be okay in the end.





The switched power supplies I use are from Mean well, 12 V and 18 Amps.
They are adjustable between 11.4 V and 12.2 V.





The LED strips are rated at 12 Watt per metre and are 5 metres in length.
4800 K in temperature.


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Michael G wrote:
I used it to try some new paints and techniques.






Great work, love the backdrops!
Oddly,  was a professional artist for several years, but I've never had any interest to paint backdrops.
I used profiles of hills covered in ground foam,
as I didn't want to use a 2D representation of anything that didn't actually exist in 3D form of some kind.


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Thanks, I kind of like to paint backdrops... :)


Installed the second LED strip today.

The light level will probably be okay when I can install the outer LED strips as well.

I have to build the valance first, so it'll be in the right places.

My plan is to have the valance about 2-3" outside of the layouts edge.

The LED strips has a 40° light angle and will be mounted 20° inward so it will light straight down at the front, and towards the backdrop.








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Started the backdrop painting.
One wall sky painted.
The backdrop is 60' long and 4'6" tall.
I use regular wall paints.
I will wait a bit to paint the landscape until after I've started the benchwork.











:)


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Hi Michael :wave:



DARN that room of yours looks  C :cool: :cool: L



You could 'fake the Moon landings' ... & NO ONE would know the difference ...

... except if any clouds or K-27s get in the photos by mistake ! ;)



That sky painting just looks AWESOME !  :bg:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:


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I have started the benchwork.
It's 1/2" construction Plywood that I had the lumber yard rip for me in 5" widths.
I have glued and nailed the modules together.
The longest sections will be 8' and no one wider than 2'.
That will make it easier to move if needed.
This is the first two sections:





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Finally some creature comforts.

[:D]

Carpet laid and trim installed.





It made the room much more comfortable.


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Progress!





The first benchwork is up. The plywood construction makes it both light and strong.

And here is about a third of the benchwork up:








I selected to use 2x2 standing legs because if I'd used wall mounted brackets, it would have been difficult to match the wall studs.
In any case it's very sturdy.


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Michael,

This is the cloud painting technique I want to use on my layout. Beautiful!
First, overcoming my fear of doing it in the first place.

Perhaps I'll be brave enough to try a test on a piece of scrap masonite next week.
This might have finally got me motivated.

L:  Kevin


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Please share your results here Kevin.
A tip, if you want to control your wet on wet painting, use acrylic retarder. It makes it much easier to paint the clouds.

Decisions, decisions...


I'm planning the subroadbed, and the stations, yards etc. will have 3/4" plywood. But what about the lines then?

I haven't decided yet if I should use spline or ply subroadbed.


If I should build with spline, should it be 3/4" x 1/4" pine, or 1/4" hardboard?

How to fasten it on the risers? And how should the risers be constructed?

Any thoughts on this?

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Hi Michael  :wave:


All looking good.  :thumb:



I was wondering if you could say something about the choice of colour temperature  for your L.E.D. strips ?

I see you used 4800K lights.  :!:



I'm guessing there was a fair choice of colour temperatures available with the strips.  L:

Was it hard to decide on the 'K' value for the L.E.D.s ?



What decided you on the 4800K ones to use ?

Being a 'painter' I figured you chose pretty carefully.



:)



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Hi,

I decided to use the 4800 K LEDs as they will give a more cool fill light.

It also picks out the sky color better.

I will use LED bulbs (3000-3500K) to give the light more life and warmth.


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Some more progress on the layout.





Almost 80% of the benchwork is ready.
The ones left to do are the curve sections.

I've also added the first 5/8" plywood roadbed.

I will use plywood roadbed on the stations and yards.
The inclines and upper tracks will be spline roadbed.


Spline raw material made from1/4" MDF that I sawed into 1" strips.





Tracks and turnouts.
I laid out some Peco turnouts to make sure the roadbed will fit the plan.





Laser cut sweep sticks for HOn3.
These are invaluable!

I got these made by a friend in the US.





It might be possible to lay the first tracks this weekend.


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Some more progress today.

I've glued the cork.
It's standard HO cork that I cut off a 6 mm (1/4") wide strip to make it fit HOn3 (16.5mm - 10.5mm = 6mm).
Now I have to order more cork .... I need about 40-50 yards.

I've begun on the Spline roadbed.
I'm gluing it with "No more nails" from Pattex on cartridge (I guess it's like liquid nails?).
The splines are 6 mm (1/4") MDF, which is cut in 25 mm (1") wide strips.
There is a need for huge amount of clamps though. Have to find some more, I know I have some...

Time to make all the curved and Y-turnouts as well.




















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Started on the Campbell brewery.

 Content of the kit.



 Some of the tools I use.



 I started by measuring the parts and identifying them with the numbers from the manual.



 I add woodgrain with a wire brush.



 I cut out the windows with a xacto chisel blade, then I stained the areas which were to be glued together.



 I add nail holes with a Trumpeter rivet wheel.



 As you see, the wall lines up on the right side and the left is offset.



 After staining the walls with india ink and alcohol, I paint the peeled off paint.
I use turps on a brush and while the surface is wet, I apply the acrylic paint which then pearls up in places to look like peeled off paint when dry.



 I used a light grey green paint.



 Painted walls.



 The trim was painted green.



 I glued the walls together.



 

 

 

 The floor is glued in place. I added a hole for the stairwell.



 Support beams under the floor.


This is as far as I have gotten now.

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Nice progress!  I like Campbell kits, ever since a friend was building them in 1979, the year that I got into MRRing in a big way and never looked back.  Good to see this kit being built.:thumb:


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