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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)]IMG_20170518_110214 by Michael Graff, on FlickrMain Street, the town will be 8' long.The station will be regauged to HOn3.
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]IMG_20170518_110137 by Michael Graff, on Flickr
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 other's 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 goodwitch depot is it on one of the first pictures?
Cor

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[size=Thanks all!]

Cor V wrote: looking goodwitch depot is it on one of the first pictures?
Cor
[size=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.

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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.




:)

Last edited on Mon Apr 9th, 2018 09:35 pm by Michael G

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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:



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