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 Posted: Wed Nov 27th, 2019 06:05 am
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Joseph Lavender
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Greetings!


I thought I’d kick things off by sharing my D&RGW layout in Nn3.

Layout is a bit of a stretch as the whole thing measures only 14” x 14”.


Every structure on the layout is entirely scratch built, board by board,
and the locomotive was built by me as well.

I’m primarily a ship modeler, but occasionally I dabble in model railroading. 


The story I was trying to tell with this model,
was of a town that serves a mine that went bust many, many years ago.

A few people are still hanging on in the area working the mine tailings to scratch out a living.
The station is still open, for now anyway, but it doesn’t have much time left.


I wanted sound, and since no good DC sound system exists, I built a 6 volt system myself. 



































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Incredible!  Unbelievable.

Thank you for sharing!

More please!





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Joseph,

This is remarkable indeed.

A ship modeler, you say?
Can you point us toward some of those efforts as well?

Thanks,

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Thanks everyone!


The ship models can be seen here on my portfolio website at

http://www.josephlavender.com

The ships are extremely small, but just as detailed as a larger model.
Everything is built from scratch using original plans.  No 3D-printing or kits.
Most of the ships are made from boxwood and brass.


Since the Nn3 project is all wrapped up,
I’ve started another small layout, depicting the hairpin curve and the mines,
served by the Silver City, Pinos Altos, and Mogollon Railroad in New Mexico.

I have a summer home just north of that area near the Acoma and Malpais area.
Since I like small, I’ve settled on Zn2 as the scale and gauge.
 
It sounds ridiculous, but my model of Shay #2 is nearly finished.
She took a run on the test track this week,
and I look forward to sharing once she’s out of the paint booth.


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Zn2?
I'll bet machining those bevel gears was a challenge!

Thanks for the link.
I can see some more enjoyable viewing ahead.

Thayer


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Joe

Fantastic modelling, considering the scale's you are working in,
I have enough trouble building in 1/48th scale.

Looking forward to more of your work.




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Wow. Just... WOW.
Amazing work!



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Thanks guys !!

Shipbuilding is my passion, I like to test the limits of what’s possible in these extremely small scales.

Joe

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Hats off Joe, this is exceptional work.

The ships are amazing but for me the K-37 is beyond that.

As Ken says, I too find it difficult enough to build in 1/48 scale,
and that includes using a ready to run HO/OO scale chassis.

A run down on how you built the K-37 would be fascinating.




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Howdy Joe, incredible work!

Nn3 outside frame 2-8-2 is no mean feat, and it gets better...
My favorite narrow gauge, SCPA&M in Nn2!!!
I can't wait to see photos of that.

It's enough for me to build that in 1:35n2...Nn2?
I have seen "fine scale" large scale layouts,
without the detailing you have on your little Nn3 layout.

More, more, MORE!

Woodie




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