What did you do on your layout today?

suzukovich posted:
luvindemtrains posted:

This weekend I put masonite up on the left side of the window (pic #1) and on another wall that I will eventually have a steel mill backdrop on (pic #2). I finally got brave enough to mock up and cut my first backdrop to the right of the window. Now I just have to figure out what I will use to attach to the masonite. This should give you and idea of what the other backdrops will look like with my "wonderfully" shaped walls.

Dave

Dave, The back drop really makes a difference. Blended in well and changes the whole aspect of the layout. Makes you want to go and touch the trees.

Suzukovich,

Absolutely! I can't wait to get the others up and then get to blending the scenery and structures in with them. Exciting stuff!

nate the tank posted:

Got a little board at work while waiting for another job. IMG_1319

Nice, reminds me of some of the stuff our mechanics and the 3rd shop mechanics did on Phoenix  while I was down range.

US Army retired

HAZMAT SME(RID,DOD,IATA,ADR,CFR 49) 

 

Doug,   You are exceptionally observant regarding the timbers up against the block wall.. Truth be told, I had to do some cutting and carving to fit that wall into the incline under the tipple building and I haven't decided whether I am going to permanently glue it in or fasten with the HD velcro I have.    At the bottom of that wall I still need to glue some 3/8" x 1 1/2" wood stock so it doesn't get damaged sliding the module in and out...

The wall itself is made out of the pink styrene insulation, engraved with sharp pencils and wire wheel brushes, then painted, mortared and weathered.   

Yes I need to weather all the vehicles, just haven't wanted to stop and do that yet, and as others have pointed out,  I have to improve on scattering more trash and debris....  About 1/2 way through this I started realizing that it's easy to fall into the trap of trying to make things "too perfect" while scratch-building, and way too neat and organized, especially for a 1940's mining operation....  If you saw the state of my workshop, a total disaster, you'd think it wouldn't be too hard to emulate that mess on the train table.....

gandydancer1950 posted:

ran a little early postwar Lionel on the layout....

Nice, but what really caught me eye was the river. How did you mange to get the color right. Most seam to blue or a kind of an off blue grey.  The whole scene with the back drop looks pretty realistic.  Also it's hard to tell where the layout ends and the back drop begins.  

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HAZMAT SME(RID,DOD,IATA,ADR,CFR 49) 

 

I totally agree with Suzukovich, outstanding job blending the seam between the backdrop and the layout both at water level and all the way across,  color match is great, perspective is correct,  really nice work !      Whose back drop did you buy ?   

suzukovich posted:
gandydancer1950 posted:

ran a little early postwar Lionel on the layout....

Nice, but what really caught me eye was the river. How did you mange to get the color right. Most seam to blue or a kind of an off blue grey.  The whole scene with the back drop looks pretty realistic.  Also it's hard to tell where the layout ends and the back drop begins.  

To be honest, I struggled with the river color finally choosing a bluish/ grey. It seems to look better as you get farther away from it. In hindsight I think a raw umber or olive drab color would have looked better. Thanks for the nice compliments.

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chris a posted:

I totally agree with Suzukovich, outstanding job blending the seam between the backdrop and the layout both at water level and all the way across,  color match is great, perspective is correct,  really nice work !      Whose back drop did you buy ?   

I installed cloud pattern wallpaper along the walls and then put mountain backdrops from Scenic Express. ThanksGEDC2263

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