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 Posted: Wed Mar 31st, 2010 07:20 pm
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Excellent, Woodie! And thanks for posting the photos, James. I really like the trailer though I was wondering if you had thought of swapping it out for a model of your motor home.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 31st, 2010 09:02 pm
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Brian-that might be a cool model-a 1:48 motor home on the layout in front of a 1:1 job! I am still thinking about the trailer, I really want those trees! As for motor homes, etc...I am probably going to make a 1:35 model of a Model T "camper" from a Tom Yorke drawing for the Mogollon layout. It looks like something the Joads would own in Grapes of Wrath. If I could find that old O scale T I had, I might do it for the Gila Tramway.

My computer problems are about to be solved with the offer of a nice laptop from Muj's friend Singlefoot. This would do more than I need and take up less than 1/10 the space of the old, dying computer (which I am using now) which will be donated to the trash truck. In a motor home, space is at a premium.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 05:08 pm
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Alright, the computer problem is rectified, a nice new (to me anyway) laptop with enough memory to run the space shuttle.

Continuing on with the thread. Here's a photo of the knobs and electrical plug.

If you look back at the previous photos, the switch throws were just wire coming out of the trim as was the electrical hook up. I bought 4 nice cabinet knobs at the Home Depot and epoxied them to the wire, taking care that the epoxy didn't migrate into the tubing that houses the wire...a bad thing if that happens. From the Shack I bought a male & female Molex type polarized plug(the young clerk looked at me with a blank stare when I asked for this plug) which was soldered onto the wires. The female part was also epoxied into the trim. Now, I just plug the male part in (Dave-I ain't trying to be nasty here) which is wired to the power pack and the train will run! Whatta concept.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 10:42 pm
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Great stuff Woodie, you definitely have a knack for realistic scenery! Wish mine came out half that good!

Lookin' forward to more

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Continuing with the program...I am working on some structures for the layout. I want a nice mine on the upper switchback and a limestone tipple on the lower switchback.

 



This all metal (styrene) tipple is for the gold mine which is still under construction atop the mesa. There will be a headframe/hoist and hoist house and whatever else I can fit in in the area available. I bought 2 O scale Grandt Line 18" gauge mine cars and some of the track for this..the track was almost the same gauge as the railroad so I narrowed the ore cars' gauge to about 15" gauge and made the track from styrene strips for rails and ties. More to be done here, but the tipple is pretty complete.

 



This is the limestone tipple on the lower track. Limestone is used in the smelting process. I will build a conveyor going from the tipple across the railroad track to the limestone quarry (not modeled). There is more detailing to be done to this as well as the conveyor being built.

And since Sully, BobbyB, and Brian are so in love with the blue & white trailer, it will be located in the dry wash on the edge of the layout, ready to be washed away during the next thunderstorm. Next I will build a small water tank similar to those on the Gilpin Tramway and that may be about all the structures I will want or need. Still to be done is more dirt, more weeds, more bushes, some scraggly trees, and a bunch of cactus.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 8th, 2010 12:38 am
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Amazing, Woodie! Your first post was only on Feb 22 and look where you are now. Well done!! I hope others will be inspired to try a "little" layout - lots of gratification in a short period of time. And, they are fun!

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Geez...I wish I had some daylight hours to work on the Chisos. Brian is certainly right - it's come a very long way in so short a time.

As to the trailer...like I said before, it's your RR. I just think it has a certain appeal, kinda hermit-like in its beauty - character, as you say.

 



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I think that one of the reasons that Woodies little layout is progressing so quickly,  is that he seems to have a knack for looking at a bare area and seeing it in his mind as a finished piece. This is a rare gift. I know that, while I may have a general idea what i want a specific area to look like, I'm not at all certain what to do to get the exact effect that I want--in many cases not being able to visualize what that exact effect is!


Well done Boudreaux!


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ebtm3 wrote: ...he seems to have a knack for looking at a bare area and seeing it in his mind as a finished piece...


Good point, Herb. It certainly seems that way. One day there's bare foam, the next a complete scene with track, dirt, and structures has manifested itself.

Gotta love it!



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Moving right along, here are some photos of structures to be added to the Gila Tramway.

 



Here is the old raggedy trailer that Sully would like to live in. This used to be on my old On20 Mogollon Railway so it sorta fits right in here. More "detailing" to be done and some junk to surround the thing.

 



This old building was on my old Cedar Tap RR On30 layout, it was an office there, but here it may be the "station". This structure has lights & interior and even a yellow bug light near the front door. I will show this at dusk some day. The old car is an ancient Renwal O scale kit. You can see the gold mine being developed, the tipple is in as is the mine car track and hoist. As with everything else, plenty more to build.

 



#4 is shown hauling a car of gold ore trailed by an old caboose that I built 12 years ago. The loco and cars are familiar with each other, they ran together for many miles in a previous life. The "station" looks like it hanging off the edge, well it is. I need to put piers underneath it and glue it down.

 



A slightly different view of the train. The brakeman has decided to ride on the loco to watch for any rocks or boulders on the tracks.

I still have to "nail down" these structures along with more ground cover, weeds, cactus, and lots of junk. Right now, I am enjoying watching the little Shay do it's job-she's so slow that it takes about 4 minutes for the thing to run around this small layout. Maybe I should give her some more juice!

Still to be built is a small water tank and fueling station, this may be located on the "backside" along the lonely mainline.



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