American N Scale Layout; Somewhere in the West

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7 years 10 months ago #61 by Grant
Cheers guys. I'm well into laying the track now, and tonight I did a bunch more rock carving. I was going to use rock molds, but the carved ones look okay.

azaminis wrote:
Is this nz based?


Yeah, I'm in Christchurch. :)

Dads Army wrote: I suppose the beauty of the joining sections is you can add new sections as you extend the garage :lol:


I did have this thought, not adding to the garage, but building another couple of sections. It would be easy enough. If I ever get the space... :whistle:

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7 years 10 months ago #62 by Grant
I've done a lot more, but not a lot worth taking pictures of. A lot more plaster work, including a little dirt road that will lead to rundown a desert bungalow. I switched to plaster of paris, which is cheaper but takes an age to dry and is much heavier. Looks okay though and is easy to work. My cheese cloth/plaster of paris hardshell experimentation was a bit of a disaster, so I'll have to shell out for the proper plaster cloth for the rest of it. :wail:

Posed some trains just now. It will be good to get some colour on the landscape, but that is a few weeks away. :)



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7 years 10 months ago #63 by bikingmike
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I think the quick pics were worth taking! Good progress!

haven't touched my layout since.... ummm.... yeh. Let's not go there!

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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 10 months ago #64 by Grant
Running trains at last. Obviously I need more rolling stock.

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7 years 10 months ago #65 by Grant
I took the plunge and began the scenery today. I'm really just experimenting at this stage and this is far from complete, but it gives an idea where I'm headed. It needs a lot more foliage, and the track needs ballasting. Sorry about the rubbish pic. :dry:

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7 years 10 months ago #66 by Andrew
Looks cool man, it's neat watching this take shape B)

I think I'm the same as Tony (Bishop) and would love to see a WWII military style setup with tanks and planes, armoured trains too :lol:

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7 years 10 months ago #67 by Bishop
You could easily make this early 40s with a troop train. Not really Russia, but you could perhaps show the Germans invading, or the Japanese.... In all seriousness, this is starting to rock mate, and I'm not making a joke about the excellent outcrops either. They really look the part.

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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 10 months ago #68 by Iddy900
Nice work Grant, currently in the planning stages of building an NZ120 layout of the Southern Hawkes Bay line. Going for a drive to Ormondville to photograph and measure up the station and yards next weekend - geeky huh lol?
I've always wanted to build an N scale US desert layout too after travelling through Arizona and New Mexico about 10 years ago. Colorado also appeals as a location. Don't know anything about American railroad companies and what parts of the States they run in. A lot of nicely detailed N scale US locos coming out on the market now. How about a rocket fuel plant for your industry? A few of those in the desert and they look quite cool with all the tanks and piping. Another option could be a small oil refinery.

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7 years 10 months ago #69 by Grant
Cheers Nick. I like the idea of a petroleum plant of some kind, I'm keeping my eye out for a kit. You should post some pics of your layout progress when you start building. :)

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7 years 10 months ago #70 by Grant
Got a lot done on the layout this long weekend. The track on this section is ballasted and weathered. I'm going to add some static grass for low shrubs and grass. A house is going on the cleared spot and I'll put a crossing and power lines in. Fairly pleased with my first attempt at desert scenery.




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7 years 10 months ago #71 by Bishop
It looks like they've had a bit of rain with the green tinge, most of which is where the water would lay. That's very nicely done.

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7 years 10 months ago #72 by Grant
In natural light it's probably more desert yellow than green, but that was the intention. The surface was looking a bit uniform so I used the airbrush to shade the lowest areas. I also airbrushed the track with thinned buff to give it a dusty look. It came out nice and subtle. Eventually I'll take some better pictures. :)

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7 years 9 months ago #73 by bikingmike
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Not bad progress at all, in fact I'm very impressed (and a little jealous!) with how fast it's come together.

Mine is still in a state of hiatus.

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7 years 9 months ago #74 by Grant
Now with static grass added. This is getting pretty close for this scene and is starting to look a bit like the Glorieta Pass area. Sort of. :whistle: It still needs a building and various railroad details which I have panned for next week.



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7 years 9 months ago #75 by Grant
Also, this will have pine trees against the hill eventually.

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7 years 9 months ago #76 by Grant
Still chugging along. One of the cool things about layout building is that you start with really rough details and slowly add in more detail. I've dry brushed the rocks, and I have a building and trees coming. I also started on another section of the hills. I've already learned a lot about building this style of scenery (especially in terms of the order in which things need to be done), so hopefully I'll get improved results as I progress.




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7 years 9 months ago #77 by bikingmike
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Stop it, you're making the rest of us look bad! :D

Nice going, the beauty of it is that you can easily go over the bits you've done and want to improve on. And if you tire of that, well you can always play with some trains! :D

Enjoying this thread a lot.

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7 years 9 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #78 by Grant
Cheers Mike.

bikingmike wrote: Nice going, the beauty of it is that you can easily go over the bits you've done and want to improve on.


Yeah, that's the nice thing about it. It's also pretty hard to irrevocably screw things up.
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7 years 9 months ago #79 by coaster
Looking great Grant.How did you do ground cover on hill?Stuck on wet paint?Sprayed on glue then flock spread over it?
Those rocky out crops look terrific.

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7 years 9 months ago #80 by Grant

coaster wrote: Looking great Grant.How did you do ground cover on hill?Stuck on wet paint?Sprayed on glue then flock spread over it?


Yeah, just painted with interior house paint and then fine ballast scattered over it to give it a rough surface suitable for gluing flock etc. Under the big outcropping I'll probably brush on a layer of thinned hydrocal and then stain it with an acrylic wash. One of the hardest things is getting a good neutral dirt surface, but I think this plaster method works quite well.

I just applied a bunch of pine trees, but they looked totally wrong so I took them off again. I'll save them for the big mountain.

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7 years 9 months ago #81 by Grant
I spent the afternoon gluing on bushes. The hills in NM are covered in these, I think they are mountain cedar. Probably still more gluing ahead to get the look right.


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7 years 9 months ago #82 by Grant
Check out my 1/160 scale Ford F-150 pick up. :lol:

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7 years 9 months ago #83 by azaminis
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Jeeze this looks like wicked fun.
The natural colours and textures are awesome, it looks like camo

Kraft durch Freude:Strength through joy.
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7 years 9 months ago #84 by bikingmike
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capital O for awesome!

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7 years 9 months ago #85 by Grant
Experiments with hills. These still need ground cover and bushes, but I think the effect is already more naturalistic than my first attempts.







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7 years 9 months ago #86 by bikingmike
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Jolly good show! Looking better all the time, have you run any trains on it yet?!

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7 years 9 months ago #87 by Grant

bikingmike wrote: Jolly good show! Looking better all the time, have you run any trains on it yet?!


Yup, I run a train around the loop every so often. I don't have too much rolling stock at the moment, but now that the expensive part of the layout is mostly over I can buy some. I just bought a couple of Kato P42 Genesis locos so I can replicate this:



I'm also considering showing the layout at the train show in October, so that gives me a date to complete by. At the moment I'm waiting for the switches I need to arrive so I can complete the track. I did buy a 25kg bag of plaster though. :lol:
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7 years 9 months ago #88 by bikingmike
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I presume you're talking about the expo here in hamilton? It'd be cool if you do make it up here. Hopefully we'll be doing another couple of tables again.

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7 years 9 months ago #89 by Grant
The train show in Christchurch. Not sure what the freight charges would be to Hamilton. :pinch:

Here's the latest hill anyway. I think this is a better result than the other side. I might have to go back and fix that bit up using this technique.


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7 years 9 months ago #90 by bikingmike
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DOH! for some reason I thought you were in Rotovegas... :silly:

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