If you missed Arnie’s incredible video last time, it’s here.
And here are the answers to your questions on it. A big thanks to Arnie.
Many thanks to you Al and all the many readers for their continued, highly supportive comments and feedback. If I may, I would like to briefly address some questions often asked of me:
• The layout is rectangular and measures 8 feet by 5 feet (I am attaching several photos of the entire layout from several angles to more clearly give you the actual size perspective.)
• It took about 2 years to build, but additions and modifications continued over the past decade till the present.
• No. I don’t live in the Susquehanna River Valley (SRV) region (I live on Staten Island in New York City). But I chose to roughly model the SRV after coming across a layout plan years ago. I then juxtaposed crude or fanciful representations of actual locales (e.g., Susquehanna, Susquehanna River, Starrucca and its Viaduct). However, these locations do not exist in the real world in physical proximity to each other as may be implied on the layout.
• Scenery was predominantly created using a multitude of Woodland Scenics products (from rock molds to turf/ground cover to water simulation…)
• And an appreciable amount of extruded home insulation foam was carved and used to form the various elevations on the layout and for underlying support for track and rock faces. Rock faces attain a realistic appearance by applying various shades of stains and acrylic paint washes.
By the way, none of my techniques is a deeply guarded secret. I would be happy to share and provide anyone with How-To-Do instructions on any area of interest stimulated by my layout videos.
And as many continually ask for more videos, I recommend going to my Youtube channel (privprac48) where many of my videos are available for viewing.
Thanks to all again,
“Hi Al , have been on holiday up in Scotland , now returned and showing off my class 3 Loco won in a draw , I show how to fit the dcc decoder , and then some beautiful coaches I have bought to match up with the class 31 that I purchased earlier.
Thanks to Arnie and Dave. And please keep ’em coming.