More from Rod

“Sue gave me a little digital camera for Christmas and it can get into places the old ones never could, which is an awful temptation. It’s fascinating to get sight of new angles, and a revelation how much better the little people look from a more natural eye level, but horrifying to see all the cracks, paint glitches, and various unfinished bits you left because ‘nobody was ever going to see the back’ of something. I wish now more than ever that I had made the blessed backscene boards removable.


(Images are clickable)

(You can see Rod’s original post here.)

“When coloring plaster rock or retaining wall castings with diute washes of acrylic paint, you can sprinkle on fine ground foam (greens and yellows) to simulate growth of lichens, moss or tiny plants. No additional adhesive is needed.

Thanks, Dan Schaffer”

“Hi Al,

Hope all is well. Here is the link to a new episode of the Big Curve Project.


That’s all this time. Please do keep them coming and many thanks for all the comments and emails on the ‘ebay cheat sheet’.



35 Responses to More from Rod

  1. Nice layout

  2. Great pictures and comments. Thanks

  3. The detail is awesome and inspiring! Great work!

  4. Great scenery Rod! I liked the garden and the graffiti!

  5. Nice…

  6. You are much too hard on yourself. It’s startling how much more realistic everything looks from this vantage point.

    Your work is amazing! Thanks for posting.

  7. It feels like sitting in a classroom with a good teacher clearly explaining everything to us. Brings me a few years back.

  8. Fantastic layout Rob, thoroughly enjoying the pictures. Pete

  9. Hi Rod, your layout is wonderful fantastic attention to detail look forward to seeing a lot more. Pete

  10. Hi Rod, You have a nice layout and the pictures were okay too, also it makes the people look a bit more realistic when you get in amongst them. B you should reduce the Formate of the camera so it takes a smaller picture as if one tries to download the original it will take a fair while, as they are huge.

  11. Rod,
    That vegetable garden has veggies that look good enough to pull and eat. I only wish I could make one half as good.


  12. I’ve been having a bit of the same decision to make and I think you just made my decision much easier… Thank you so much for these great pictures and words of encouragement.

  13. Great photos, love the garden veg

  14. Great detail, I love the graffiti, and the garden; as has already been said, they look good enough to pull and eat :o)

  15. Rod: Great photos and details in the layout. I don’t see anything that looks out of place.

  16. love the street scene

  17. love the graffiti on the building

  18. At times we have the urge to over analyze scenes and methods.
    I think the best approach is to lay it out a you want to see it and just go on. If you find a glitch, just review your changes and alter until you get it comfortable. If you are striving for perfection on the first try you are wasting time and effort. You alone know what you want accomplish!
    Just my opinion!

  19. Very nice layout Rod, nothing looks out of place and the detail is really good. Based on a UK layout it’s nice to see the Land Rover. Great work.

  20. Rod,

    In your photo, “Servo From the Sea”, the rock formations are a work of art. We have a rock area on the back of our property that looks very much like the flat area. So real it’s scary! Great work.

  21. Nice one Rob , dont forget he may want a TV as well, and nice pictures a good tip there Rod ..

  22. Nice photos Rob i want to put a veg and fruit plot in, got some ideas now thanks. good to see some more talk on the big curve project your getting there, like the shuntmens shed, light it up with a xmas light bulb wont burn down.

  23. Very well done Rod ….Excellent detail and it looks like a well done layout. It’s obvious that a lot of thought and work went into this project.

  24. Rob, I love the swimming hole scene and the garden scene, great detail.
    Farland I love the way you explain everything you do. You remind me allot of how I am on the way you think about the little things. For instance the little shack and him needing a phone.excelent work from you both.keep them coming.

  25. You got the real feel of a place and country and so realistic to. I always think that a model railway is nothing without a realistic setting to place it in and you have captured a place in time so well.
    I don’t have as much space as you unfortunately (wish I did) and I am building my layout now but only have 8 x 9 ft space but will be following lots of your ideas. Hope you don’t mind. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

  26. Richard H, the reason the rock looks so good is it’s real rock, nothing clever on my part. We live near an old quarry and the limestone splits nicely with the frost so I could find suitable “slices” in the stuff lying around to form the surface of the little headland, then I just Polyfilla’d it in over a rough of polystyrene foam and tried to paint in the plaster to match.
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments, much appreciated. John W., the layout’s only 11 by 9 so not too different, look forward to seeing yours too.

  27. Rod, It looks fantastic! I was curious…..I do like the gantry overhead equipment….it is so lifelike too…..did you buy it or make it? Ian

  28. Very nice work.
    Note, may years ago Cliff Grant (founder of Grant Line Products) built an O-Scale shay. He had it photographed by John Allen (Gorre and Dapheted, a fellow modeler and a professional photographer) He used those pictures to refine his model work and his shay took best in show at a national NMRA convention.
    The unblinking eye of a camera can be a harsh critic.
    Your work holds up very well to the camera’s scrutiny.

  29. Ian, sort of both, the overhead is Sommerfeldt brackets and catenary sections, but it is still quite a work of art planning what masts, brackets and lengths of catenary you can fit where to make a workable scheme. They do a very good guidance manual (extra, but worth it) explaining how to plan your overhead and assemble all the bits. Italian overhead was trickier than some as the insulators are plastic with tags in the top, and soldering and superglue are not good bedfellows. The overhead ‘works’ mechanically (ie you can run under it with the pans up) but is electrically dead as it would have been too costly and difficult to wire up the fiddle yard as well as the scenic area. Total cost of all the overhead gear kits was about £300 but I found I’d overordered slightly and have some spare. Dear, but worth it.

  30. Oh, and thanks everyone for all the kind comments, sorry about the size of the photos, will look for the instruction book! Happy modelling.

  31. FANTASTIC Rob! Great commentary as well mate especially the bit about not giving the little hut power coz it could catch fire n take ur whole house wiv it! Loooooooool!!!!

    JohnE UK

  32. I loved Farland Howe’s vidio! Being born in the USA it’s very interesting to see the UK in a train layout.

    I wonder why Farland had no Brittish accent? My dad was a Scottish American. My grandparents were both born in Aberdeenshire (but met in Chicago) so I can, if I want, speak pretty much like a Highland Scot.
    My maternal grandparents however were German and Austrain but see myself as being Scottish.

  33. Never seen a grafitti in RR project yet …. G R E A T !!!

  34. Rod
    The station scene is very much as you see at our local station on the Rome – Florence line (Orte, Orvieto, Chiusi, Terontola, Arezzo). The rolling stock and the liveries are just right but, certainly on our line, the goods shed would not be in use: that at Terontola (the junction for Perugia and Foligno) is a railwayman’s club! Cortona’s is unused but the structure is very well maintained (thankfully graffiti is only manifest in thecities such as Arezzo) as are the rail links; this seems to be true of most on our line.
    Great work let’s see more.
    Meanwhile back to the MGN in North Norfolk (not many of those in Tuscany!

  35. Just some really AWESOME work!! Thanks for sharing. Cheers! NJ Mark

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