Post by riogrande on Sept 26, 2016 13:44:50 GMT -8
Thanks Chuck. Pretty small yard considering the size of the room but guilty of what many model railroaders do, try to pack as much as possible in a small space.
I've nearly got the yard tracks complete now - filled in a lot of the ties that have to be slid in where the tracks are connected. That was about half the day and got nearly all the yard tracks complete now.
Rnd of the yard lead and a spur that will probably be a junk yard for gondola's.
Also some Tomar bumpers that I have had for years - they terminate two of the yard storage tracks.
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2019 6:34:37 GMT -8 by riogrande
I don't trust my soldering ability so I try to remember to put heat sinks on before I solder anything that could be melted like ties.
BTW, the heat sinks I have I got from Radio Shack way back when I was a teen, but you can still buy similar heat sinks and they are cheap - I googled heat sink clips and found they are available from various suppliers - they are on Amazon too. Two will do the job - I put one on each side when soldering - prevents melting ties during normal soldering. Photos of cabooses
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2020 4:23:23 GMT -8 by riogrande
Have finished with the ground texture so that thats done have taken a box cutter blade to cut along the road bed and pull up the masking tape exposing the track. Also have tackled the river bed color:
Thanks to Rob Spangler for sharing his methods with acrylic pains. Surface yet to go - I mixed up three small batches of acrylic paint using medium cadmium yellow, black and tan colors to represent 3 major shades by trial and error and then blended them for the following results. The photo's are a bit over exposed - new LED lights above.
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2017 16:53:50 GMT -8 by riogrande
Thanks. Unfortunately it may be coming time, a little sooner than I had hoped, to sell our townhouse and move. It's a bad news good news scenario. It's been fun working on this layout and a good learning experience on how I can do things differently and hopefully have a little more room in a future home. I probably won't do too much more other than practice with static grass before it's time to dismantle the layout and salvage the track and some of the benchwork etc. for moving this fall or winter.
Looks like some useful and salvageable benchwork. Just helped friend remove an operational but unscenicked layout that was too custom-built to salvage much. Fine for the space it was in but not so handy in a smaller new space.
It's not fun breaking down a labor of time and love, but the consolation is hopefully to build something more satisfying.
I did hope to be much further along by the time it came to move, but due to some basement issues there was some 9+ months of delays while I dealt with them. We'll have to find a new basement with home over the top this fall, which I am not looking forward to as it's a bit nutty around here.
All the bench-work is being saved, a total of 7 open grid sections. I should be able to work them into a new layout design assuming I have a bit more space.
I'd guess that in most situations it's not practical to move a layout to a new location and have it fit or be desirable because most spaces are too different from each other.
I've removed the frame work there which supported the upper level and the room is now being prepared for selling, which means a tile floor has been installed to replace the old carpet, and a coat of blue paint to touch up the walls etc.
We are having the carpets cleaned this morning on the town house and putting it on the market in September. We'll need to have an offer before we seriously search for another home, but we are scoping things out now so we can minimize the time it takes. Definitely looking forward to a new layout space.
We are having the carpets cleaned this morning on the town house and putting it on the market in September. We'll need to have an offer before we seriously search for another home,
Good luck on that. I'm assuming you are staying in Prince William? Check both Zillow and Redfin religiously. Particularly notice listing date and closing date on property in your budget. Stuff moves fast and there is a lot of cash dealing. Our financing was in place and ready to go through the final process until closing. BUT we still lost out on our number one to a cash, lets close tomorrow deal which was several thousand lower than our close in thirty days bid.