A few pointers on the engine shed…

Thanks for all the comments and emails on the print-out-scenery.

And a special thanks to all who have sent in pics too.

Even the talented Dave has got involved:


Dave has done a stunning job on the weathering. I love the roof!

But for me, the key is the ‘layering’. Take a look at the pic below. It’s made from three sheets for each side – that’s how the corrugated iron, windows and sills all look different, giving it a much more realistic look:


I can’t wait to see more pics! Please do send them in when you’re done.

If you missed the link to the Engine Sheds, it’s here.

I’ll keep the page up until Sunday.



18 Responses to A few pointers on the engine shed…

  1. Jerry Ryan says:

    Excellent job by both men. The weathering is OUTSTANDING!!

  2. this building AND the ‘double engine’ one are sooo koool
    and the ‘layering’ build is real 3-D…
    just wish I had the funds to purchase them today…
    keep em runnin fellas!!
    stjohn in long beach calif

  3. Keith Willoughby says:

    Brilliant! , as always. …… I have a question if I may?
    I will be starting my layout in January of next year as the spare bedroom is all finished now and ready for the baseboard!
    My question is…… how do you all keep dust off your layouts? I hadn’t been in the room for about 5 days and there was a thin layer of dust on most flat surfaces, do I use dust covers or vacuum it or what? Thank you.

  4. Ian Schoeman says:


  5. carl says:

    I have same question about dust control/elimination. My very small amature layout collects dust; how do the large expertly done layouts deal with it?

  6. Rob Schweitzer says:

    Dave – you are considered a god here in southeast Michigan. Many thanks for all your posts!!

  7. David De Bondi says:

    Fabulous results fellas, like the ivy running wild.

  8. Tom says:

    I like both engine sheds … must admit like the 3-D one of L’l Al’s best all around. Scenery location and weathering is great Dave. You all are amazing!!
    Thanks again Al
    Central Maryland, USA

  9. Robin Hallam says:

    love the shed.

  10. Richard Sommery-Gade says:

    Very creative, great work !

  11. Mike says:

    Again a awesome job. Hats off to Dave and his talent !!!

  12. RICHARD HANDS says:

    RE DUST PREVENTION: In the printing business dust is a bugaboo when making the plates. In the platemaking room we add a small fan that sucks filtered air in from the outside and blows it into the room, creating positive pressure in the room. Thus any open cracks etc are exhaust ports and keep dust from entering. If you open a door it blows stuff away. Not sure what size fan but it does not have to be very big. Needs to run 24/7. Rchh

  13. John Reynolds says:

    Love both builds… The foliage on “Dangerous Dave’s” build adds even more dimension and realism.

  14. Donald Lango says:

    RE DUST PREVENTION: i use a ionizing air purifier with a fan in it , keeps the dust to a minimal amount plus it makes air room smell fresh, it will work for the whole house if you get a good one , mine cost me about $500.00 but well worth it

  15. Jim McQuillen says:

    Instead of printing on paper and then gluing, try simply printing on light weight card stock. Works for me.

  16. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Very Nice Job guys!!! A job well done!!!

  17. Timothy Morlok says:

    RE Dust : I agree with the pervious comments. Also if you have forced air heating, check the furnace filter to see if it needs replacing or cleaning. I would check any windows for a tight seal to keep out drafts. Another thing is that a little dust on the layout takes the shine off the equipment and scenery (cheap weathering) to give a more realistic look to things. I installed a very low pile carpet w/padding over the concrete in my train room and vacuum it with a filtered shopvac after every construction project.

  18. Erick says:

    Looks Great, Would like to see more.

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