Jack’s layout update

Jack’s been in touch again. If you missed his last post, it’s here.

“Hi Al,

The residential area of the layout is almost complete. I built a Noch kids playground, which is laser cut and pretty frustrating to build. There is a rope bridge between two towers. I couldn’t figure out how to assemble it. You have to glue planks to the ‘rope’ side pieces. I finally cut two spacers a little shorter than the planks and using my spray glue sprayed the edges. I was then able to hold the sides in place while gluing 4 of the 12 planks in place. I could then remove the spacers and glue the balance of the planks.

For the amusement park I built a number of Faller rides and booths. They are more detailed than other brands of amusement rides, but they have lots of parts. The kids merry go round has 137 pieces. The only downside to the Faller stuff is that although some wording is in English, others of it is in German. You’d think they would come out with an English sticker set.

I didn’t find a ticket booth so I built one from balsa wood. I am calling my amusement park Dorney Park where I went as a kid. I found photos of signs on the Internet and using sprue material from the merry go round made signs. I just have to work out placement of the rides and booths.

I have the tunnel portals in and the cardboard on the mountain is covered with plaster cloth.

A word of caution regarding Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. I had poured the pond about 4 days ago. I hadn’t brought the ground cover down to the water’s edge, so I put painters tape on the water and finished the ground cover. After removing the tape, I had impressions of the tape in the water. Fortunately I had some Realistic Water left, so I poured a thin layer on the pond. All looks good now.

Jack”

And here’s a video – a bit dark, but that’s to show off the lights:



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong!

A huge thanks to Jack. A wonderful narrative and pics – every layout has its frustrations, and Jack’s is no exception.

That’s all this time folks – please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your layout.

Best

Al

20 Responses to Jack’s layout update

  1. The first job I ever wanted was brakeman on the roller coaster at Barry Island, it was a classic wooden one with ” scenery” attached (i.e. mostly plywood sheets painted to look like snow-covered mountain peaks) and a couple of part-hidden sidings where they could put away and maintain the trains. Fascinating but sadly long demolished now. Thanks for the memories Jack, nice work.
    Rod

  2. Your residential area is wonderful. I really like the pool water effect. Great job. Cheers! NJ Mark

  3. Nice job Jack. I hope the Woodland Scenic “water” works for you … it was a huge failure on my layout. Looked great for about 3 months, then developed littlle air bubbles, some of which grew into golf-ball sized blisters. Had to cut out 2 square feet of scenery and start all over, using a two-part epoxy “water”. So much better, even three years later. Good luck!

  4. Top shop work in all corners my trains show ing a little neglect been flying model planes this year. But will get back to trains after this. Keep um coming.

  5. Awesome work Jack. I assume this is HO? I have a N scale carnival and the amusement rides are hard to come by in N. Yours looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
    Ray

  6. Great, Jack. Show more as you go.

    Al, link to Jack’s last post takes one back to Lawrence’s. Just a slight inconvenience, but understandable with all the daily “bennies” you provide to your sharing all.

    Thanks, Bruce in SC USA

  7. Nice use of the left over sprues. Very nice layout and workmanship.

  8. where did you find the playground stuff?

  9. Love the swimming pool!

  10. Jack, Great job so far. Love all the details on the residential area, especially the pool and the lattice with flowering vines on the car port, and the children’s play set. The amusement park has a great start. Keep the pictures coming.
    Linda, PA

  11. Jack you wouldn’t recognise dorney park today damn shame

  12. Nice job….but noticed the liquor & wine bottles in the background of the first picture. Now THAT’S the way to run a layout! lol

  13. Jack, the funny thing about your amusement park is that i just got a job at Dorney Park. I like what you are doing with it.
    Jonathan

  14. also agree with the wine and liquor bottles in the background, oh, great looking layout 🙂

  15. thanks for the memories, Jack! as a kid growing up in Philly in the mid 60’s, Dorney Park was my favorite place to go!

  16. Jack, does that supply of wine in the background help with your creativity?

  17. The playground stuff is from Noch. Got it on line.
    I live in Allentown so I know the evolution of Dorney Park. It is far different than when I was a kid.
    Ich denke, soll ich Deutsch lernen

  18. Love the swimming pool!!

  19. very nice setup one day ill get there.
    could u send me a diagram of a dpot ( double pole double thro ) so I could up my DIGITRAX PR3 AND THE MAIN LINE.
    there r all kinds of video’s but I couldn’t print them out can u help.

  20. Yeah I agree with Rod of Barry now he mention it, but Jack, I hope you are going to create some sort of fencing between the park and the railway track, you know what kids are like or the council is likely to close you down, otherwise very good

    Idris Pencoed (Wales)

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