Nice pictures and the rocks are very good. I might have missed the pink granite or foam if you had not called it out. A little more work and the foam will be gone! I like the 463 since I got to look the real one over and sit in the cab while Gene Autry still owned it on his ranch in Newhall, CA. Larry
Last Edit: May 5, 2012 16:04:43 GMT -8 by calzephyr
Here are my two latest scratchbuilds in HO. This is CN 398000, a one-off articulated grain hopper built as a prototype for a new fleet to serve the Hudson's Bay line; CN decided it was more cost-effective to rehab 40-foot boxcars instead.
This is my "practice" scratchbuild of a Halliburton drilling mud tanker. A friend wanted a model of this car for his dad who had worked for Halliburton. I used the "practice" model to figure out construction techniques and determine how to improve things. I'm glad that my friend was happy with his model.
Post by keystonecrossings on May 6, 2012 18:11:29 GMT -8
I'm modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Middle Division in the 1950's. Specifically, the four track main line as it passed Lewistown Junction, the yard at Lewistown, and the two branches that radiated outward from Lewistown.
I don't have current construction photos, but here are a few from about two months ago...
Is this forum going to do a weekend photo fun, or just a Sunday photo fun as on the old Atlas forum?
Steve, IIRC, there were some SPF threads that started on Saturday at the Atlas Model RR Forum (AMRF), in deference to the International members, for whom Sunday comes before our Saturday ends. I'd suggest, that to maintain continuity, we stick with the SPF moniker.
Nothing like the prospect of execution to focus ones mind on modeling.
LOLOLOL!!! At least you've GOT a sense of humor!! ;D
Let's see more of that modeling and maybe the punishment won't be too harsh!!
OK, OK, maybe I can buy my way out of this jam. It's the American way!
I'll show some of my liftouts. My layout's standard gauge portion is basically a large folded dogbone, with the narrowgauge part reached by a no-lix, effectively making it a deck-and-a-half. Behind and underneath the section where the below pics were taken is a 6-track (plus main) staging yard, 2 tracks underneath the layout and 5 behind the wall in an adjacent room.
But you gotta have access with hidden track. Underneath most of the narrowgauge, it's from underneath or the side. Where the transition to the no-lix is are the 2 staging tracks actually inside the layout room, plus one portal of a loads in-empties out that is a coal mine.
Here's the first part, with everything pulled off as I recently prepped to paint track:
Here are the two liftouts from this section sitting in front of the higher narrowgauge line behind:
And here is the larger liftout sitting on top of the narrowgauge trackage behind:
To the right of this area is the corner of the layout room and the end of the transition to the second deck. The coal mine sits over where three tracks enter what looks like a tunnel:
Everything in front of the narrowgauge branch lifts out. Access is for the the mine trackage, plus the throat to one end of staging. My water meter is also back there (so far, the water company hasn't sent anyone too hefty to fit back there ):
The liftouts have a skeleton of extruded pink foam. I attached Cripplebush Valley "Rubber Rocks www.cripplebush.net/" to keep the rockwork thin and light, with the edges blended in with Sculptamold. So they're big, but light. I haven't done any significant work to disguise the joints between them and the rest of scenery other than close work and painting/staining, but some stuff applied in the right places will make them disappear.
Can I go for life instead of the firing squad now? ;D