Perry’s waterfall


Here are some pictures of Butt’s End Falls on my N Scale Greater Muttering and Cussing Railway Inc. It’s an eclectic railway with diesel, steam, North American, European and British all mixed in together, set somewhere in a land nobody knows. Certainly not prototypical of anything but my imagination. The pictures include a small campground on the left. Another trailer is just about to cross the bridge to the campsite. Some logs were washed down during the last spring thaw. Looks like it would be good fishing. The last picture is from the top of the falls looking down. Hope you enjoy them



“Here’s a trick I use to accurately start a drill in a piece of plastic stock. Take a needle or pin and fix the head end in a bottle cork or dowel. Then heat the point in a flame and touch it to the plastic in the exact spot you wish to drill the hole. The heated needle will make a “punch” mark in the plastic that will keep the drill point from wandering. This is especially helpful when you need to attach or reattach a part, such as a locomotive bell, that has had the post or mounting pin broken off. One can drill holes in both pieces of plastic and use a short piece of wire to serve as a dowel to glue them back together.


“Hey there.

I noticed the last email showing tips, and some of them by mistake.

I don’t know exactly how this happened, but check it out.

I glued 4 Walthers walls together and the original plastic color was that lovely brown color.

I decided to go out to the spray booth in my garage and spray it a darker brown color using a Rustoleum spray can.

It was fairly cold in the garage, and I promise I sprayed the building very even from all 4 directions per wall.

When it dried, this was the outcome. Somehow the cold temperature affected the paint.

I could’t have done this if I tried.

After it dried completely, I gave it a wash for brickwork and a dull coat finish.

The picture attached was right after the “freeze dried” coat before the wash and dull coat.


Love hearing about the mistakes that turned out well. Please do send ’em in.

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That’s all this time. Keep them coming!



23 Responses to Perry’s waterfall

  1. Good tip with the needle for using as a punch hole

  2. hey there
    that waterfall ,sceenery and bridge are awsome . great work

  3. Love the name of your RR (“Greater Muttering and Cussing RR”).
    The “legendary” John Allen’s was “Gorre and Daphetid”. My own
    (high rail) road, will be “Flatbush and Grand Tetons RR”. (The
    Flatbush Avenue line, is a branch of the BMT (Brooklyn Manhattan
    Transit) subway line in NY City. The ridiculousness of the name
    is what inspired this choice.

  4. Perry’s waterfall…

    Great Job

  5. Iworked in paint yard for a structural steel co in Illinois & durning winter we would notice if temp got between -10 to -20 we would have to heat steel with torches,not very hot or the paint would run as did in above story Heating the tip of pin or neddle to start your drill in plastic is a great one. Also the waterfall is beautifull Keep up good work

  6. I’m impressed with the layout AND the waterfalls. Especially the last pic. The scenery on your layout is awesome.

  7. awsome work all of it i was going say that ur paint queery is that the temp was cold enough that the paint didnt mix with the thinner completely and gave u seperation i have used this techneek in aging items when i worked for the movies to get the affect in warm wether is 3 times thinner 1 times paint and in warm wether spray lightly 1 coat only but all the work i see here is amazing to me i can build on large scale but am not even close to yalls skill level on small scale just beautifull workmanship really.

  8. I also love Perry’s name for his RR, it conveys a sense of humor and irony that comes with model railroading, actually any modeling.

    I’m packing up my camp gear to go to Perry’s camping spot. Where, exactly, is it Perry?

    Western Massachusetts, USA

  9. Great job on rock work, water falls and bridges.

  10. Nicely Done!

  11. Kind of humorous. Is that a red canoe getting ready to come down the falls? I can hear the poor guy in the canoe muttering and cussing as he/she goes down the waterfall wet or dry.

  12. that waterfall makes me feel refreshed Great job Perry



  13. nice waterfall,

    Liked the paint finish on the building looks like faded pink or red.

  14. I think you should’ve used a better camera. It’s not really clear.

  15. I’m just not seeing what is so special. The wall looks fine but what is the big deal?
    Where are the 4 walls ? I see 9 sections or 3 columns of wall or just 1 wall. Please explain. I’m viewing this on on 27″ iMac with great resolution.

  16. Thanks for all the comments. Butt’s End Falls is between Butt’s End Halt and Port Tidesout. Reservations only for the camp site. The red boat is actually an inflatable dinghy which is where he shouldn’t be despite the warning signs. Some of the other names on the layout are borrowed with respect from a favourite author: George MacDonald Fraser’s book The Reavers – Thrashbatter Castle, Gungemyre. There is also Dribblethorpe, Reaver Abbey and Whisky Mountain because of the moonshiner and his still. And yes despite the muttering and cussing a sense of humour helps. Thanks again.


  18. Great pictures and a great tip too Perry! Can we see some more pictures of your layout please. Cheers Ross

  19. Hi,
    I think I saw on one of your videos a while back that you had developed a hand held magnetic decoupeling tool. Could you show again and some detail on how you made it. It looked like a good idea and I would like to make one.
    Thank you, keep the videos comming.
    Marshall Roath

  20. To all you railroaders out there I recently purchased a Bachmann N Scale Point -to-Point Reversing Track Set and I have a question.
    Has anyone experienced a problem with this track set with regard to the stop time at the end of its run? Mine only stops for about one second, whereas the description on the box indicates a Five to Seven second stop.

    Bachmann service department tells me that the info on the box is wrong.

    Ron Roedel

  21. Re: Locating precision holes in plastic or metal.

    Good tip for plastic. Once you make the tiny deformation with the pin, you might want to check into something called a “center drill.” (Just google “center Drill” to see what it looks like if you are not aware of the drill). They are used to make sure that when you go to drill, the drill bit doesn’t walk all over the place and scratching the adjacent surface.

    Center drill are kinda touchy when one gets in a hurry and can break off in the hole, especially the very small ones. They work best on a drill press, but if you are careful, can be used with a hand drill.

    In metals, use a center punch. Center drill are made to drill just about any material, up to tool steel.

    Hope this helps someone.


  22. Nice job on your waterfall/river..I’m in the table construction stage on my tables.. A 4′ x 8′ layout is planed..Hope it goes as well as yours has…

  23. This is from the Desert Rat RR, in the desert. As far as starting holes you can also use automatic center punch there a punch you just put on the spot and push down. You do not hit them no hammer required, their spring loaded. Only need one hand. Also a good chose is what they call a center drill, they come in many sizes they are short and have no flutes they are used in machine work to start holes because they do not wander like a drill will. Just a few things I do that work well for me. Thanks for every body for all your tips I have used many of them. Tom in the desert

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