American N Scale Layout; Somewhere in the West

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7 years 11 months ago #31 by RossMack
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Puts me in mind of the trains through BC and Alberta. When I was cycle-touring most of the campgrounds were a stone's throw from the track!
Loved watching - and hearing - the engine(s) approaching through the valleys.. Longest I counted was 85 carriages on one, with two tractors up front and one behind.
WOOOoooh-WOOOoooHH!

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7 years 11 months ago #32 by Grant
Hi Ross, coincidentally I'm just getting into cycle touring at the moment. I'm hoping to do a ride in Nth America some time. Where did you ride?

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7 years 11 months ago #33 by bikingmike
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Another cyclist!

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7 years 11 months ago - 7 years 11 months ago #34 by Grant
I've been working on this every evening this week. There is so much to do before I actually get close to anything resembling modelling. I've built most of the terrain that supports the main loop and I've laid most of the roadbed. The trackplan is pretty much set in stone now, and I'll start laying the track soon. I think I will get stuck into the hardshell for the hills this weekend, so it should start looking like something soon.
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7 years 11 months ago #35 by Andrew
Looking forward to some pics B)

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7 years 10 months ago #36 by Grant

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7 years 10 months ago #37 by bikingmike
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That is shaping up right nice, ain't no way any chickens going to escape through that wire!

Will you be using gauze cloth to cover it with? I'm guessing the next step is the tack laying followed by the wiring?

Looks like a fairly respectable mountain bike in background there, what is it?

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7 years 10 months ago #38 by Grant
I've used Woodland Scenics plaster gauze so far, but I'm thinking of experimenting with kitchen paper towels dipped in hydrocal to cover the rest of the chicken wire, given how much there is to cover. I was going to lay some track this afternoon but I don't have any cutting blades for the dremel, so I might forge on with the scenery. I've laid a length of track through the tunnel though so I can cover that in. I'm going to put the feeders on the track but leave the proper wiring until later when I work out how I'm going to control it all.

The bike is a Giant Trance. It needs a servicing after being thrashed at Rotorua for a couple of weeks. :side:

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7 years 10 months ago #39 by bikingmike
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From what I've heard the Trance is pretty good. I've got a Scott Scale 40 which is good on the climbs but a tad slower on rough descents due to it being a hardtail. Wouldn't swap it for anything else though.

I had intended to get down to Redwoods but a combination of shite weather and domestic duties put paid to that. Itching to do Billy T and Sllit Enz again.

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7 years 10 months ago #40 by Grant
Yeah, it's a nice bike and ideal for Rotorua. Pondies and A Trail are my favourites up there. Some real flow in those trails.

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7 years 10 months ago #41 by bikingmike
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I agree, the pondies are some of the best flowing trails I've ridden although I'd heard they'd been cleared for logging.

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7 years 10 months ago #42 by Grant
Pondy New is still there. The rutted open downhill track (Pondy DH?) is gone I think. I only rode that a couple of times.

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7 years 10 months ago #43 by bikingmike
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Pity that pondy dh is gone, I raather liked that one. Anyway enuff lolly gagging about bikes, better get back to the topic at hand! :-)

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7 years 10 months ago #44 by Grant
The hills are beginning to look hill like. I did one layer of plaster gauze and then brushed on several layers of hydrocal to strengthen it. The hills still need various rock faces which I'm gong to do by a mix of rock molds and carved hydrocal. In the final picture you can almost get a glimpse of what it's going to look like. I'm really looking forward to getting on with the real scenery.






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7 years 10 months ago #45 by coaster
Looking good.now get off computer and get back to it.We are waiting!!
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7 years 10 months ago #46 by bikingmike
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That's pretty good progress goin' on there. I thought Hydrocal was a US only type product, where do you source yours from?

I presume it's not the same as plain ol' plaster of Paris?

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7 years 10 months ago #47 by steve4
that is taking shape pretty fast, looking good...

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7 years 10 months ago #48 by Bishop
Its been a few days since I've checked in here. Now that's looking good. You just need some tanks on it somewhere :whistle:

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7 years 10 months ago #49 by Grant
Tanks... I don't think so. :P

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7 years 10 months ago #50 by Grant

bikingmike wrote:
I presume it's not the same as plain ol' plaster of Paris?


The Woodland Scenic stuff I'm using is apparently "lightweight" and it seems to set harder than plaster of paris with a more abrasive surface. Of course it's much more expensive. :dry:

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7 years 10 months ago #51 by Grant
More plastering done. I'm waiting on some new track cutters to arrive before I tackle the track laying. I also bought a nice new pair of Kato BNSF GE ES44ACs. :woohoo:

I'm going to put some sort of industry in the flat space on this section, but I haven't decided what sort. Any ideas?




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7 years 10 months ago #52 by Grant
All the hills needs to be topped with rocks to give them the look of New Mexico, so I experimented with some rock carving tonight. This is lightweight hydrocal left to almost set and then troweled on and carved with a scalpel. Pretty happy for a first attempt. These will eventually be painted with an orange wash. There's a lot more carving to do on the layout, but luckily it's really fun. :)


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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 10 months ago #53 by Maarten
i see the the look your going for, :woohoo: Looking real good!

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7 years 10 months ago #54 by bikingmike
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Grant wrote: More plastering done. I'm waiting on some new track cutters to arrive before I tackle the track laying. I also bought a nice new pair of Kato BNSF GE ES44ACs. :woohoo:

I'm going to put some sort of industry in the flat space on this section, but I haven't decided what sort. Any ideas?




I was going to reply to this last night,,but couldn't think of any appropriate industry that would fit the locale. Grain is obviously out, and I'm not sure coal would be applicable. Would some sort of ore mining fit, with strings of those little 30' ore cars?

Failing that, some sort of petroleum processing industry?

My 2c worth... will looking forward to see what transpires.

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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 10 months ago #55 by steve4
given the space you have for the 'industry' :huh: , maybe some sort of a scrap yard or a small loco and rollingstock maintenance and repair shop... ?

I like the rocks you are carving, looking very good... B)

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bikingmike wrote: Would some sort of ore mining fit, with strings of those little 30' ore cars?

Failing that, some sort of petroleum processing industry?


I don't know much about ore, I might have to look into that. I think your other suggestion sounds about right. I saw a couple of distribution centers for what must have been propane. From memory they involved a couple of sidings with tank cars lined up in them, some big storage tanks, and an office. Propane tanks were everywhere in backyards in New Mexico, so it's a pretty common fuel I guess.
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7 years 10 months ago #57 by Bishop
Very effective rocks there. Its great to be able to watch it coming together actually. You see finished layouts, but never get an idea of what's involved until you watch this sort of build.

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7 years 10 months ago #59 by azaminis
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i agree,this is fantastic!!! im also loving the rock formations they look spot on, remind me of colorado or the rocks that are in cowboy movies...couldnt a lumber mill go under a forest laden mountain...anyway im lovin it :cheer:

Is this nz based?

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7 years 10 months ago #60 by Dads Army
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Another "watcher" lurking here Grant ;) Great work so far
So much potential and as I think Bikingmike said earlier - Balance is not easy to achieve, not to sparse , not to busy and also avoiding getting bogged down in the planning. No pressure though :cheer:
I suppose the beauty of the joining sections is you can add new sections as you extend the garage :lol:

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