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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 07:27 pm
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It’s pretty amazing what you can do,
when you have a day or two off and an empty house.

The little layout is ready for a base coat of primer,
and then it’s track-laying time.

By tonight I should have something to show for my work.


A friend is trying to convince me to hand lay the track.

I built a test section a while back,
and holding the 2.75ish MM gauge is easy on a straight section,
but it gets wonky in a curve.

The issue is the rails are of course larger than proto Z,
and may be a bit too ambitious to hand lay in a curve.

I have a couple ideas to try out,
but either way, the track will look nice I think.


I’ll report back with some photos of my progress soon.



Si.

I’ll throw up some photos of the ships in the photography section.

Thanks!


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Today, I was able to get some scenery finished.
The piñons and other trees are what’s next.

Don’t worry about the track hanging in the air,
it’s Z scale so the spans are a few inches.

I’ll build the trestles off-layout and slide them in.
I do this with all of my bridges,
since I like to build them upside down.

I did decide to go with commercial track,
which did make me a little sad in the end,
but the tolerances were just too fine.

The sides of the rails were airbrushed,
however the trick with the power unit, which is a boxcar btw,
is that the wheels are magnetized, which holds the power car down.

So, the rails are ferrous and silver.
Not much can be down there, since it is key to operation.
Even if I’d hand-laid them, I’d still have to use the same material.
Proto-220 it isn’t.

I’m holding back a bit sharing the equipment.
The Shay locomotive is now competed finished,
the powercar mechanism is done,
and the ore cars are still just drawings.
I’d like to have them all finished before I share, big reveal.

So now I’m down to getting the sound and power unit built.
Since the layout is a loop, I’m building it at a constant voltage.
The train will operate at 1.0v and the accessories at 3.0v.

The sound speaker and recording unit are here,
so I’ll probably steal some Shay sound effects,
and start putting that together soon.

Off to the right will be one of the mines the SCPAM served,
I’m trying to decide which one I can best model with the photos I have.
I did run across some photos someone recently took of the Kept Woman,
so maybe that one.





So what you see above will fit inside of a shadow box under glass.

The top will be hinged and removable and have lighting.
I’m thinking about doing both daytime and nighttime lighting.

The shadow box is finished but the trim isn’t on yet.

I’m going with a gunmetal hammered finish,
so that should look nice.


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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 04:15 pm
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Yep, that looks just like where the SCPA&M ran.

I can't wait to see it finished and a tiny Shay running.

Excellent!

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That looks great!

Really shows the potential of capturing a landscape in a small scale.





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Thanks guys!

Some of you may have noticed I’ve spent the last couple weeks finishing the HMS Ramillies model,
and now since that project is finished, I can devote more time to my SCPAM mini layout.

My backdrop photo arrived today, and I thought I’d mock it up for you.
It’s a quick dirty photograph just to illustrate how it’ll look.





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Out of the paint booth.
This is just the primer coat and the color coat, not finished by any means.

I still need to add some of the drive gear for the Shay,
window glazing, number decals, bell, crew figures, weathering, matte coat.

I just wanted to photograph these 2 units together.
More to come on the ore cars later.

Also, the track isn’t ballasted on this area,
since this is where the mine works will be going, and I haven’t finalized that yet.

This is also my take on the SCPAM corrugated boxcar.
The motor for powering the train is inside, so it dictated the dimensions considerably,
but once she’s weathered and the matte finish is on, I think it’ll pass.





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The most recent work on the SCPAM.

The lattice trestle, at least my interpretation of it, is finished.

No work has been done on the locomotive and boxcar.

I still need to finish the details on the locomotive,
paint, weather, add the link-and-pin couplers etc.
More to come there.

The photo was mocked up with the backdrop in place,
and the coin is approximately the size of a US quarter.





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That is sweet!



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I spent the evening finishing Shay 2.





She has some fading here and there, the New Mexico sun can be tough.

And since the SCPAM didn’t replace the destroyed cab on one of their locomotives,
I doubt any of these engines ever saw paint.


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Thanks!

Glad you like it.

It does appear that interest in this project may be waning a bit.

I’ll report back once it’s finished.


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