“I’m a pilot for American Airlines based in Phoenix,AZ, but live 900 miles away in Derby, KS. I generally have 24-30 hrs of downtime between flights (I’m away from home 18 days at a time). I decided to build this switching layout between trips. It’s has three business that I can switch rolling stock in and out.
One structure is kitbashed using DPM parts. Four of the buildings were purchased used and totally assembled that I reworked and detailed to my standards. The townhouses are DPM flats that I built up to about 40mm in depth and joined them with a common floor, roof and back.
The plan is to detail some interiors and use Woodland Scenic lights. The backdrop is from Backdrop Junction of rolling Pennsylvania hills. I was very pleased with backdrop.
The track plan is somewhat modified from one I found on the Model Railroad mag website.
In addition to HO scale I’m also qualified Engineer, Conductor and brakeman on a 1945 Alcohol S-1 switcher and a 1919 Baldwin 4-6-2 Pacfic (Santa Fe 3415) for the Abilene Smoky Valley RR in Abilene, KS. We run scheduled runs May thru Oct from Abilene to Enterprise KS as well as charters and dinner trains.
“Hi there Al,
I scrapped my old layout as it didn’t go the way I wanted and have restarted on a completely new layout, I will forward pics of that at a later time, the pictures I am enclosing are on a new method I’m trying.
In the past I built all my hills with plaster rolls and plaster skim, and as you will know that is messy especially on a large scale. So after seeing something on one of your mails from a while ago I decided to try using 1/4 and 1/2 inch packing foam.
The pictures show my first attempt on my end hill where I try to hide the helix on my layout. You will see the bare foam in place, then I undercoated it with Matt white emulsion then used two greens and browns to give a varied effect. I am really happy the way it is turning out.
The pics show the texture effect you get even before adding your ground cover which I have still to get to. One beauty is you can easily stick it together to add more terrain. the 1/2″ foam I am trying out on cliffs, results so far are encouraging because ground cover will easily cover joins and hide them. The other good thing is the foam is cheap for a large piece, cheaper than far to plaster rolls, for me anyway. My new layout has a nice new name of Newdale, like I said it’s new:-)
Lastly on to John, from ‘down under’. I’ve know John for quite a few years now and we skype a fair bit. I’ve been helping him with his model boat site and mailings, but this week he’s had a mad moment: he’s slashed his ebook to $7. So I thought it worth mentioning.
Course, I’m biased, but if you fancy building a boat one day, grab it while you can, because at this price it’s an absolute steal.
(Have a look at John’s youtube channel to see all weird and wonderful stuff he does.)
That’s all this time folks, please do keep ’em coming. A big thanks to Eric and Charles for today’s post.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you are ready to get off that chair, lay some track and have some fun.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still updated every single day…