Pretty exciting weekend on our layout...finally got the MTH Realtrax track working fairly smoothly...but just as important got the l20191201_20213920191201_202019ayout in the Christmas spirit...trees are a bit out of scale (about 50' tall) but we're thrilled nevertheless!

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Pretty exciting weekend on our layout...finally got the MTH Realtrax track working fairly smoothly...but just as important got the l20191201_20213920191201_202019ayout in the Christmas spirit...trees are a bit out of scale (about 50' tall) but we're thrilled nevertheless!

Love the simple, uncluttered and very clean look of your RR. The night scene is awesome, and definitely in the Christmas spirit. I am just going to assume that the view out your "window" is not really the view out your "window?"

 

Thank you...we have a long way to go but very happy with everything for now.  The view is indeed our view thru our sliding glass doors...Brickell in Miami...we're blessed to be sure.

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Updated my $2.99 thrift store Xmas tree with some Hallmark Lionel ornaments... 

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Great use of those Hallmark train ornaments. I have all of them (including the limited editions) and never put them on the tree - most are just too heavy (unless you still have one of those 1970’s era artificial trees with heavy wire branches). I usually line them all up on the cabinet holding the TV.

 

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It's been a couple of weeks but I finally got some work done on the engine house. Glued balsa to the exterior so it looks like a poured concrete structure. Once it dries I've got to fill and sand all the seams. Still a long way to go but I'm hoping to have it done around the 1st of the year.

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Very nice, Lou, and helpful to those like me who are just getting started with balsa wood and glue to make structures. Arnold

While balsa does an OK job, it often requires a lot of filling and sanding to get the desired effect. For a few pennies more try using basswood (available online or at hobby shops specializing in model aircraft); methinks you'll be happier with it.

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In a post I did on new years eve, I asked everyone what their goals for their layout are for 2013.  Most of you said lay track, do scenery, or work on projects that are long over due.  Forum member david1 gave some great advice, and said work on the layout every day, if it is only for 10 minutes or 3 hours.  It doesn't matter just do something. 

 

I took that advice and am running with it.  1st day I started a simple custom bridge and cut the river out of the foam that the bridge will go over.  Day 2 I did a little plaster cloth on a small section of my layout.  Day 3 I did a little more plaster cloth.  Tomorrow I might wire up a switch that isn't done yet.  All small projects that take 10 minutes or less.    

 

My point is normally I would have waited until I had 3 or 4 hours free to do all of this in one chunk, and it wouldn't already be done.  After an hour or so I might get a bit bored and find something non layout to do, like waist time watching TV.   I am much farther ahead then I was just 3 days ago and if I keep up this pace I can really accomplish a lot this year.  

 

I was thinking we could have this thread to just post each day what we accomplished on our layout.  Some days we would get more then others.  We could look at this thread as encouragement to do more each day.  No a layout is never done but by just putting in 10 minutes or 3 hours each day, we can all be a big step closer to being finished.

 

So what did you do today on your layout?

I never read the first post from this tread until today so a belated thanks foe starting it. I do follow it for inspiration but will have to try harder to follow your lead on anythings better than nothing done. 

Finally got a dedicated DC power source to power DC accessories (although the LCD on my Buck controller doesn't work :-/):

 

Powered up my Menards Mustang and Atlas O Palace Theater:

 

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Haven’t posted in a while (getting ready for the kiddo!!!) but I’ve been making some progress on the modern control system on a conventional layout. Happy December everyone!!!

 

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While balsa does an OK job, it often requires a lot of filling and sanding to get the desired effect. For a few pennies more try using basswood (available online or at hobby shops specializing in model aircraft); methinks you'll be happier with it.

I've used both before. LHS had balsa in stock that was in the dimensions I needed so I went with that. It's just trim on the building so I'm not too concerned about filling and sanding, as it's not a huge area. Most of the exposed surface is birth plywood, which is smooth to begin with. 

This afternoon after a quick trip to Menards to get some spackling I applied a coat of that to the falls and river bottom. While that was drying I applied glue to all the ground foam. Now I can paint the river bottom add the water, falls and rocks. Plus today my Realistic Water came from Scenic Express. But before I add the water I have to see how level the scenery module is first. Pics...........Paul 2

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Well guys, I went out with the idea of putting concrete between the tracks in my Service House. I cut the wood to put in there, primed it 4 times, sanded it 3 times, clued it down. Then had to go back and sand the sides some more so the 3 rail wheels wouldn't ride up on it!

But what took me so long was I was under the table looking for something and found a BNSF swoosh caboose. I knew it had to be hooked up, but first I had to put Kadee's on the last car of the train.

Which brings up another long drawn out project, putting the little springs back into the side frames! Can someone tell me what the trick to that is?

Here are a couple photos!

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Matt and Jon, your electrical work looks great! 

Paul 2, The river bed is coming right along! What color are you going to paint the bottom of the river?

I hope everyone had a great day and found time for there trains and layouts!

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Mike, the between rails concrete looks great!  I wish you well on the Kadee springs.  I still can't believe I installed Kadees on HO and even N scale cars.  I would probably have just as much trouble with the O scale ones now that my arthritis is what it is.  I will not be switching from the monster couplers.  They look just dandy to my eyes today. 

Having sold some extra On30 stuff to a pal of mine (previously a hard-core HO scaler) yesterday, I made a huge order for detail parts with a company I don't think I can name as I can't be sure they advertise here. I ordered lots of little detail things for structures and along the layout. This is the part of the layout I enjoy the most, making scenes look more complete. I can't wait to get them and start painting/placing everything.

Right after that, I then ordered a 1/43 scale Chevy WW2 1.5 ton truck, out of Estonia as it’s only marketed for Eastern Europe (beats me why, as I think they'd sell well over here). In the states in 1943, they had plenty of them so I was surprised to see a decent model in the scale I want, finally.

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I will strip off the Russian markings easy enough and I already have decals for a truck like this (like I used on the other WW2 vehicles on the layout). I might get rid of my 1/43 scale Studebaker S-series 2.5 ton after this model is in place, as I don’t have a lot of room and those weren’t very common. All these larger trucks were only sold in Eastern Europe, oddly (even the GMC CCKW, a very common truck in the US). I ordered all of them from across the pond and none came cheaply...

I also stumbled across a Tamyaia 1/35 scale US shelter half 'pup ten' set, and it occurred to me there was no reason I could make my own in 1/43-1/48 scale. That'll be next. I plan on creating a 2D representation of them lying flat, then folding them into the shape of the finished tents. I was hoping to find a way to make several as a 3D representation already complete, but a paper version will look more correct for the most part and I can make them myself all day long...

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Mike, I [once] successfully finessed those liddle springs into place. It isn't impossible because there are nubs on the truck frame and the bolster to retain the springs and you stick one spring-end onto a nub and then squish the other spring-end until it pops onto the opposing nub. Gotta' do the operation where you can find a spring if it goes sproing.  

Colored the waterfall and river bed after dinner with a bunch of colors. They can dry overnight and tomorrow I'll see if I will be happy with them or redo parts of it. Pics..............Paul 2

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Jon1443 posted:

Haven’t posted in a while (getting ready for the kiddo!!!) but I’ve been making some progress on the modern control system on a conventional layout. Happy December everyone!!!

 

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Very nice! I recognize some relays in there, but what else are we looking at? Can you give us some more context?  And congrats on the kiddo!

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Today l finished the separate gas station office, for the Red Mill Store l am bashing from this CCK store kit. Need to build a couple of Johnny houses and add some gas station details.  Gas station office is separate to prevent fire.

 

Lew, Thanks for the insite on the springs! I already lost 2 into the carpet and had to replace them with black springs as I am out of silver/chrome springs.

Paul the riverbed is looking good! If you don't mind me asking what colors did you use?

No train room time for the next 2 days as the store calls again.

I hope you all have a great day and fun with your layout and trains!

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Jon1443 posted:

Haven’t posted in a while (getting ready for the kiddo!!!) but I’ve been making some progress on the modern control system on a conventional layout. Happy December everyone!!!

 

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Very nice! I recognize some relays in there, but what else are we looking at? Can you give us some more context?  And congrats on the kiddo!

On the left is an Arduino Mega with ethernet shield. It connects to Blynk, allowing me to activate the relays from my phone. 3 of the relays are connected to timing relays (although I'm not sure what I'll control with those yet). On the far right, just sticking into the frame are just some 2-channel mechanical relays.

And thank you!!

We had 13 guests in our small house to see our Christmas train display. The Disney train station, which took me 28 hours to assemble with Lego pieces, was a big hit.

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Mike g, the colors I used for the river bed were Woodland Scenics Moss Green, Woodland Olive Drab, Woodland Yellow Silt and the black I used was the Behr paint I bought to do the framework on the tables and the sidings on the layout.

Vincent, very nice looking layout. Glad tthe open house went well and all the people enjoyed your layout.

I basically kept the colors as is except for a few areas where I decided to cut back on a certain color. I mixed up some acrylic paint and added river banks on the back drop and paint a bit of river color too. Laid out all the rocks but thought it was a bit too much so I think three will do it. I get them glued down I can start putting in the waterfalls. Going to make it go over the rocks and down around them. Then I can start to put the water in. Pics....Paul 2

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Finally updated the firmware/software in my Legacy Base and 2 CAB2's to the V1.6 that I purchased during the recent Lionel parts sale in November.   Second controller seems to be playing nice and operating without the glitches...

Had to remove and replace my engine service "departure track" as the spacing wasn't correct for the new to me  GGD Ogle Coaling tower.  Ended up removing a LH Ross Regular switch and replacing it with a cut down  Ross 096 LH switch to get the track spacing right.  Ironically the 096 is a much smoother transition than the Ross regular which is pretty abrubt at the points.  Then I bent 2 full Gargraves sections to make smooth transitional curves from the turnout to the turntable.   Made some "concrete foundation piers" for the Ogle Coaling tower legs to sit  and finished weathering them this afternoon.    

While I was there I took a couple of photos from places I don't normally get to with the camera and tripod.   Figured it was best not to fill up the whole page with photos, so most are attached below.

 

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Chris, I have always liked the Ogle tower.  It looks great on your layout!

Paul, It won’t be long now until you have running water!  Nice prep!

Vincent, Thats a lot of folks enjoying your new layout.  It looks great!  Are they all from the Gringo Zone?

Paul2,  I've enjoyed your lake project

Chris A,  the coaling tower would look even better on my railroad.  Just a suggestion.

   I did track improvements all day.  I rewired three more 6019 remote control track sets and gave them a home.  I rewired the South end loop.  I reassembled the the Northwest yards.  I spent 2 hours on hold with UPS getting no resolution.  I'm physically exhausted and mentally drained.  I have a ham radio net to run tomorrow morning then a trailer load of garage junk destined for the city dump.

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Did my least favorite part of model building, bodywork. Filled in the gaps on the engine house. I'm hoping to sand/paint it over the weekend. While I was working on the layout I added some appropriate signage to the sides of the turntable. 

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GANDY..... What a well done scene, great detail (the signage, the posters on the telephone poles, the weeds growing up in the cracks in the curbs),  and the blending of color palette and the weathering !     The photograph is outstanding.     

Lou1985:  Turntable and Engine service facility are looking really good.  

Bill:   Thanks for the thought,  it's no surprise that when you finally get a piece that you've been seeking for close to 10 years, it's really special...   I just came up from working in the trainroom.  I took the razor saw out and started distressing all the wood beams on the Ogle coal tower.   I purchased true 1/4 inch scale steps to replace the ones that are too large, and I'll be counting my inventory of bolt and washer detail castings to make sure I have enough before I go to this weekends local train show.  

Mark:  thank you,  I sure am glad I didn't finish putting down the ballast cinders and dirt on all the engine yard tracks, would have been much more challenging to pull up and move.

Lou1985 posted:

Did my least favorite part of model building, bodywork. Filled in the gaps on the engine house. 

AMEN to that statement!!!!

 

Finally got to the scene module. I added a little more color for the river on the backdrop to widen the river a bit more. Then hot melted to rocks below the falls in place. At the edge of the module I am experimenting. I had a pice of Balsa so what I am trying is I have 3 in 1 adhesive from Scenic Express so I put a bead on the wood and stuck it to the side of the module. At each end I had open spots so I used the same glue to fill in the gaps. My thinking is that once I have applied all the water and it has dried I should be able to pull that glue off. We shall see. While this is all drying I started piecing in the caulk for the waterfall around the rocks. Once I am happy with the way it looks I'll start gluing them all in place. Pics..........Paul 2

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VERY nice collection of cars there, Chris.

The cars are great as is the theater!

Sidehack, Having worked for the power company from the mid ‘70s to mid ‘90s, I like your model of the transformer pole/platform!

Late this afternoon I got the waterfall all glued in. Then I started adding the water. The little sticks under the module were for leveling it so the water would go around evenly. Things were going pretty good. I had placed newspaper at the end of the river on the floor. Just incase a leak surfaced. And sure enough one did. I couldn't pull the wood of because I would lose more of the water so I got a piece of foam, loaded an edge with hot melt and stuck it underneath. Lucked out problem solved no more drip. I am going to let the water set up a bit and after dinner I'll start putting in trees........................Pics.............Paul 2

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Well after 25" of snow fell here in NH from Sunday night to Tuesday late afternoon, I had to call in the National Guard to plow & clean the Mainline and the Shortline of the SENHRR.   I've shoveled my deck twice, raked parts of the roof and still have more to do after my AM doctors appointment.  Our driveway got plowed at 5PM last night.

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Late this afternoon I got the waterfall all glued in. Then I started adding the water. The little sticks under the module were for leveling it so the water would go around evenly. Things were going pretty good. I had placed newspaper at the end of the river on the floor. Just incase a leak surfaced. And sure enough one did. I couldn't pull the wood of because I would lose more of the water so I got a piece of foam, loaded an edge with hot melt and stuck it underneath. Lucked out problem solved no more drip. I am going to let the water set up a bit and after dinner I'll start putting in trees........................Pics.............Paul 2

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Watching step by step it's really cool to see it go from what looked like it couldn't be good to fantastic.

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