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I am still painting the left over figures from the 165 boxes of Preiser 65602 Seated figures I painted in the last six years.  The 38 couples are done.

Last night I finished the 14 "Woman with a purse".  The other 151 "Woman with a purse" are in my 21" passenger cars already.  When I started painting figures six years ago, I could do no more than 12 Seated People a night.  That rate of production still holds true today.  The figures below have five colors of dresses, two colors of purses and shoes, and two colors of hair.  (No grey Mike, Sorry.)

I have tried a variety of skin tones, but the paint from three different dealers quickly dried, forming a skin layer (No pun intended) on top of the newly opened bottle.  The colors were overly glossy for a flat paint, and the figures did not look realistic.  I used up the remaining "Dark Skin Tone Flat Acryl" paint for leather jackets on the "Man with a Baby & Bottle".  The paint quickly dried and was unusable.  When painting, the newly applied paint would skin-up. off the figure. if I re-painted a wet area.

I am ready to start painting my remaining new, unopened packs of 24 Seated People, Preiser 65602.  I will take pictures of the steps I use and post them as the figures develope.

The six Canadian Pacific 21" passenger cars are supposed to arrive today.  It snowed last night, turning my yard into a winter wonderland.  I need to put out peanuts for the squirrels.  Thanks for reminding me.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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I am ready to start painting my remaining new, unopened packs of 24 Seated People, Preiser 65602.  I will take pictures of the steps I use and post them as the figures develope.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to reading and seeing photos of your process, John.

I got a little more done on the River Leaf building.  I added the window and door sills and lintels.  Also the trim at the top of the brick walls.  I decided to make all of that painted fairly dark and representing wooden pars and not sandstone.  I think I will set it aside and do the interior and finish the removable roof when I am ready.

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Finished off the last section of building flats. The tan building flat I cut a section out to move the doors up. I set that building and the valley building higher then the tabletop. Then I painted black below the two buildings so now they are ready for loading docks which I have to make up tomorrow. Pics......Paul 2

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Well, it was a weekend in the last month. But I just got back on the forum and wanted to post my progress.  So here it is:  24' X 2 ft down the long back wall and 2 4'X4' corners on the ends. 2 loops started out of 3, O-72 and O-80, #3 will be O-84 or O-88.  The other long side will be 24 X 6 or 8, depending on the space left inside. It will host a mountain for several desired settings. Track will spiral up the mountain to a sawmill on top.  Inner Track is live power with DCS for about 8 feet. Lots of ScaleTrax and some buildings are on the top.  The next add on this end is a Tilt-Up set of bridges for entry to inside the layout.  Why so Big?  I have the new MTH Scale Big Boy 4014 to run on it.

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Help me out Here!

So I have this corner on the layout that I am looking for ideas for development . Although I have a lot of scale equipment and structures, I still have the calling for some plasticVille and I   thought about putting a Plasticville farm setup on slightly elevated terrain above the track. Thought about putting a scene break just to the right of the corner in the form of a Highway grade crossing on the upper level that could continue over the lower level as an elevated highway crossing. 

So I am asking for your thoughts here on what to do with this corner. We all have dealt with corners before nd maybe you have done the perfect solution for my real estate here. Send some photos of what you may have done and maybe I can replicate it on this layout.

Here is the corner. 

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And here is the Plasticville Farm 

 

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The Canadian Pacific 1927610 4-pack arrived today, so I inspected the cars for flaws.  Three of the Canadian Pacific name stripes had to be coaxed to lay flat by using an Excel knife to raise the stripe as I moved the bump toward the car door end.

When I inspected the baggage car, one window was blocked so I opened the car.  I discovered that the letter sorting desk used in the shorter Santa Fe baggage car was also in this car, but the shorter floor piece placed the desk in front of the longer Canadian Pacific door window.

I removed the desk and shifted it to the opposite side of the door.  The interior was then painted and some extra freight I had was added to the car.  Since the doors do not open on this longer baggage car, the type of freight was not as important, and I used some pieces several times.  I placed tall workers in front of the windows to attract attention to the interior freight inside the baggage car.

I did not plan on detailing these cars now, since I am still painting Preiser Seated People for the entire set of passenger cars.  It turned out to be a nice break from painting people the last several days.

Have a good weekend.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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LIRR Steamer posted:

Help me out Here!

So I have this corner on the layout that I am looking for ideas for development . Although I have a lot of scale equipment and structures, I still have the calling for some plasticVille and I   thought about putting a Plasticville farm setup on slightly elevated terrain above the track. Thought about putting a scene break just to the right of the corner in the form of a Highway grade crossing on the upper level that could continue over the lower level as an elevated highway crossing. 

So I am asking for your thoughts here on what to do with this corner. We all have dealt with corners before nd maybe you have done the perfect solution for my real estate here. Send some photos of what you may have done and maybe I can replicate it on this layout.

Here is the corner.

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LIRR- I think the Plasticville will look good up in that corner. Since it's small in scale terms it will have the appearance of being off in the distance. The road and bridges would be a good break between the scenes and could partially block the view of the farm to hide the size difference a little more. A proper backdrop on the wall of a farm  will finish it perfectly.

Bob

LIRR Steamer posted:

Help me out Here!

So I have this corner on the layout that I am looking for ideas for development . Although I have a lot of scale equipment and structures, I still have the calling for some plasticVille and I   thought about putting a Plasticville farm setup on slightly elevated terrain above the track. Thought about putting a scene break just to the right of the corner in the form of a Highway grade crossing on the upper level that could continue over the lower level as an elevated highway crossing. 

So I am asking for your thoughts here on what to do with this corner. We all have dealt with corners before nd maybe you have done the perfect solution for my real estate here. Send some photos of what you may have done and maybe I can replicate it on this layout.

Here is the corner. 

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And here is the Plasticville Farm 

 

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LIRR, I know the problem in deciding what to do, had an impossible corner and I went up because of very little room to go out. I put the footprint size into the computer and started doing what ifs and came out with this design and am very pleased with the outcome. I don't know how to do a farm there but there may be a way, good luck.

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Morning guys, its been a few day and a lot had happened so here I go. Oh By the way I read Alan's psot so this is all train related!

Paul 2, Your buildings are coming along nicely! Great idea on the backdrops and the loading docks! I cant wait to see them in place!

Bob, your building is going to be a nice addition to your layout! I agree that the backdrops at the end of the siding need its own backdrop behind them, but things are turning out very nice!

Lew, I plan on using the same system, but have to make it smaller as it now will be right above my Z4000 and wiring from my control panel. That will be one of my next projects along with getting the retaining wall along the back wall so I can ballast and be done back there so I can set building where I think I want them! As for the slot I am not sure if I will do that again, I might just ad some weight to the control wire so it will retract when the crane moves back and forth!

Johan, the scene your Santa Fe MP15 is in is just outstanding! Great work!

John, wonderful job on the women! I am glad you mentioned the problem with the paint as it gives me something to watch out for in the future. Nice work on the Canadian  Pacific baggage car!

Mark, the building is looking really good! I am wondering what you are going to do for a floor as I see there is not one right now?

Patrick, Nice work on the signals! Are you getting your relays from Azatrac ?

Russel, Great description of what your doing and nice photos of what you have done sofar! I was wondering in your next post if you might be able to post your track plan?

Ray, WOW! That looks amazing! Start to finish what great work! Makes one want to get a 3D printer and learn Cad! But CAD is a rough thing for slow learners like myself! LOL

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Oh and don't forget to find some time for your trains and layouts! If anything just go out and run your trains till your happy!

LIRR, I am with Bob that I like the farm concept for the same reasons.  It is slightly smaller than scale, so it can give a bit of an illusion of distance.

Ray, your treatment of that corner really turned out well.  You hid some of the back curves and made a imaginative industrial building that really is a focus for attention.

Mike, Yes, the River Leaf buildings are great on the exterior, but as you point out they don't include a floor or even foundation.  I am thinking of what business to put in the building.  I am thinking of taking an approach of Myles Trainman2001, of building the interior on the base with a foundation, even if it is just a picture of the inside of the store and the exterior one block high.  The same for the second floor.  The kit comes with nice venetian blinds and clear plastic windows that I am not going to install until I have painted the interior walls.  All suggestions are welcome.

Last evening, I put my town buildings back on the family room layout upper level mainly so we don't bump and break any of them when I get my sons-in-law to help me move lumber in the little train/workshop room.  I don't have a date set for them to help.  I'm letting our younger son-in-law transition from working for two employers to full time with the newer one.

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mike g. posted:

Morning guys, its been a few day and a lot had happened so here I go. Oh By the way I read Alan's psot so this is all train related!

 

Lew, I plan on using the same system, but have to make it smaller as it now will be right above my Z4000 and wiring from my control panel. That will be one of my next projects along with getting the retaining wall along the back wall so I can ballast and be done back there so I can set building where I think I want them! As for the slot I am not sure if I will do that again, I might just ad some weight to the control wire so it will retract when the crane moves back and forth!

 

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Oh and don't forget to find some time for your trains and layouts! If anything just go out and run your trains till your happy!

Mike, I think I see what you mean. You could attach a cable to the nut that is moved by the screw and with a pulley or two get from under the benchwork to above the deck and then it would look a lot like what I ended up with.

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This whole assembly could be conveniently mounted under the benchwork with the operating cable attached to one of the tabs.

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Mark, layout looks like it's coming along very nicely, I had the same feeling as you about the interior of the Rexall Drug store I had shown you before. It's not that you can see much through the windows but it's just knowing there is an interior of sorts.

So found pictures of scenes I thought would go well and scaled them to fit, I really like the picture of the baby boy. AHAHAHA

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Ray, those are all great looking rooms!  Yes the baby boy is a hoot!  I'm hoping to get to some layout benchwork building fairly soon.  Working on a few building kits is just a diversion while I am recuperating.  I can use the time when I start back on benchwork for collecting interior ideas, materials, and photographs to use later on the interiors.

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Mark, I agree with Ray that the interiors can be pretty sketchy and still be just fine because you don't really see in there all that well. Don't forget interior lighting though! Of course, lit at night the interiors would show more so maybe more detail needed.....Projects, projects. I can come up with stuff to keep you and Mike both busy. 

Well guys, finally back to work.  My current project is adjacent to the layout.  I am finally installing the Glenn Display shelving that I purchased about a month ago.  This will give me much more storage than I currently have and I plan to use the first one or two shelves as a "ready track" for trains that I run but I cannot store on the layout (too many trains and not enough track ).  This picture is just the start of the job with the shelving location grid marked on the wall and the studs found.  Today or tomorrow I hope to drill and install the shelving.  More pictures to follow as the job goes on.

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Here you can just see the blank wall and our tools laid out as we penciled in the location grid.  One of the 7 shelves is laying up against the wall ready to be marked for drilling. 

Best wishes to all

Don McErlean

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I went back to Michaels and found a better color for the window sills, etc on the AmeriTowne Marvin's Drug Store.  Funny, I had this color in my hand the other day, but for some reason put it back.  Deco Art calls it Fawn.  I think it tones it down a lot.  Too bad I didn't have it for the mortar also.

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Alot of work in the train room this week. I added 48 feet of display shelf. Replaced the ceiling tile that house a heating duct; it was starting to sag. Re-did the top of my mountain adding the Menards nuclear plant and the spaceship re-doing the surrounding scenery. A bought 2 halloween MTH ES-44 with 16 operating cars all in Halloween scheme. So the train room been a bustling. Next project is mounting lighting strips to the back of the layout facing the back wall so colored light shines up the wall. 

Morning Lew, The picture you posted was my first try and after installing it things just went bad! LOL The allthread would just bounce up and down as the motor turned and there was no way to add a support system for the rod. So I went with something like yours with a pully system that ran 50 Lb fishing line on. I will try and get a picture of it before I take it down to rework it for the cranes new location. I also added a few other things to try and make it run back and forth smoother, but will post photos of that when I get it all installed. Mark is right I know I have more projects then time, but please keep them coming and I will just add them to my huge list of things to do on the layout!

Ray, great work on the building interiors! I agree the baby boy is something else! LOL

Don, Looks like a good start. I look forward to seeing the shelves up and trains on them!

Mark, Look good! The Fawn color worked perfect! I think its going to look great on the future layout! Keep your eyes open you should be getting the parts for your crane today!

Bob, You have been busy! When you get a chance I sure would like to see the MTH Halloween train along with some photos of your layout and train room!

Well I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I hope to get to the train room today if not for sure tomorrow and it will be trains and NASCAR! I am taking the day off! LOL

I hope everyone finds time for there layout and trains! But most of all I hope everyone has a great weekend and has some fun!

 

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Morning guys, its been a few day and a lot had happened so here I go. Oh By the way I read Alan's psot so this is all train related!

Paul 2, Your buildings are coming along nicely! Great idea on the backdrops and the loading docks! I cant wait to see them in place!

Bob, your building is going to be a nice addition to your layout! I agree that the backdrops at the end of the siding need its own backdrop behind them, but things are turning out very nice!

Lew, I plan on using the same system, but have to make it smaller as it now will be right above my Z4000 and wiring from my control panel. That will be one of my next projects along with getting the retaining wall along the back wall so I can ballast and be done back there so I can set building where I think I want them! As for the slot I am not sure if I will do that again, I might just ad some weight to the control wire so it will retract when the crane moves back and forth!

Johan, the scene your Santa Fe MP15 is in is just outstanding! Great work!

John, wonderful job on the women! I am glad you mentioned the problem with the paint as it gives me something to watch out for in the future. Nice work on the Canadian  Pacific baggage car!

Mark, the building is looking really good! I am wondering what you are going to do for a floor as I see there is not one right now?

Patrick, Nice work on the signals! Are you getting your relays from Azatrac ?

Russel, Great description of what your doing and nice photos of what you have done sofar! I was wondering in your next post if you might be able to post your track plan?

Ray, WOW! That looks amazing! Start to finish what great work! Makes one want to get a 3D printer and learn Cad! But CAD is a rough thing for slow learners like myself! LOL

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Oh and don't forget to find some time for your trains and layouts! If anything just go out and run your trains till your happy!

Mike. Thank you very much. 🤝

Johan

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Bob, Very nice! You got a lot done in 4 years~! Looks great!

Lew, here are 2 rough photos of what I did for the crane along the back. I plan on using the same thing somewhat just a cut down version!

Got it, Mike!  

You should be able to cut away most of the side-pieces. Do you also plan on shortening the shaft to reduce the width as well? 

Matt,  Thank you.  Yes that one side especially looks like the bricklayers put that stuff in the mix these days that lets them lay bricks in colder weather without the mortar freezing as well.  It leaches out after a while.  

Mike, Thank you!  Annie is watching.  The regular mailman already came and left stuff in the box.  She gave him an ear beating, no doubt because no packages.  But sometimes they run a separate guy around with packages, so she is still on guard for him!  

Brian, You had better listen to Izzy!

I washed the parts last night for the AmeriTowne #301 Real Estate Office, that I think looks like a coal country company store.  At least that's what I'm going to use it for.  I'll make a thin wash of that Fawn color for the mortar on this one. 

decoynh posted:

Brian - I wish that I lived closer, i'd come over and give you a hand.  You have a lot to do my friend.

Good luck.  Using clicker training with Lucy the conductor as well as hand signals.  She's picking up quickly but I'm not getting any train time. LOL.

          thanks Matt !   bring Lucy along,  I'm sure Izzy will keep her busy...

 

       I do have the upstairs,  12x35 all Alaska room I could use a hand with too...

 

                                             have a great weekend !!

 

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Well guys, my effort on mounting the Glen Snyder display shelves continued today.  We mostly positioned and mounted 7 of Glen's 6 foot O gauge display shelves.  These are really quality products and the extrusion is top notch.  You do have to drill them for mounting, which makes sense as you have to align the mounting holes with your wall studs.  It's a two person job as the 6 ft length is not heavy but cumbersome to align with only one person.  My wife agreed to help and so the two of us put the 7 shelves mostly in place.  They are fastened on both ends, leveled, and spaced so all hard detail work is done.  I now have to go back tomorrow an add the remaining support screws in the stud holes I drilled.  Candidly at 76 and 75 the hardest part of this effort is that the drilling equipment is in the garage and the layout is on the second floor.  Stair climbing was harder than working on the shelves  So here is 42 ft of extra display shelving almost ready to hold trains.

Have a great weekend

Don McErlean

 

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