Cliff’s a man of few words – but his pictures say a lot:
“Hi guys, just some pictures of my platform. Thanks for all the tips. Trying to make it as real as possible. Need some people walking around and some more detail. One picture is a hydrangea which I make trees out of. It’s a great hobby.
Wonderful scenery from Cliff. I particularly liked the waterfall and the warehouse.
I’ve emailed Cliff because I’d love to know how long the layout has taken him so far.
I say, ‘so far’ because as we all know, layouts are never finished. But the trick is to get started – so if that’s you, now’s a great time to grab the guide.
Please keep ’em coming folks. It’s getting a little thin on the ground this end.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.
Cliffs pictures really do say a lot. Very well done and true to life. What gauge is he modeling in?
Nice work and keep on tracking!.
Excellent realistic details! You have put lots of time into your layout. Congratulations.
Frank from Mickey Mouse World
Love the quality of your scenics, most especially the ‘clapped-out’ sawmill 5**’s & some beautifully executed other buildings too but, “What do you spray the ballast with” to keep it so pristine & weed-free ? ( Tall tree to rhs of Bridge looks Supurb ! )
A very realistic layout. I specifically like the lumber-yard warehouse. I hadn’t yet mounted mine into my layout, as it wasn’t ‘finished’; but, I will now. as your well weathered and used ‘warehouse’ has inspired me. you’ve caused me to reflect that not everything is ‘finished’, and completed as ‘new’, in the real world either.
Thanks – from dave in Ontario.
yes superb detail, and I agree regarding the tree!
thanks Steve Masters
Good us of colors. No toy like, out of place scenes. Nice job.
You have one beautiful HO layout. I too like the old lumber shed it stands out.
It compliments the other structures on your layout. The blend of structures and scenery is superb. I most like the attention to detail you have created. Awesome! Thanks for sharing your layout with us. Thanks Al for you make this all possible. We are grateful!
Outstanding,a true craftsman.
In the few years I’ve been viewing folk’s efforts to add “realism” to their layouts, I honestly don’t believe I’ve seen better. Superb work!
Excellence takes time and this has a lot of that. Very very good.
excellent realism Cliff
and the structures are very original
keep it runnin’ fellas
The detail is amazing the more you look at it the more it seems so real. Nathan
I wish I had the time to get that detailed.
Beautifully detailed. The blend of complimentary businesses is just right. As usual the detail is what makes a layout “pop”, the woodsaw, the machinery on the flatbed, the paint pots etc. You certainly have an eye for detail, and the skill to create it. Superb.
I’m twenty years into a 3 year project! Sound familiar? We all do it because it makes us happy. Soon pics are coming. I do have a suggestion though, for pictures, knowing scale would be welcome information. Thanks, Paul
Really like the layout, theres a nice variety of terrain in a relatively compact area, without it looking as though its all been crammed in.
To my eye it is lacking one major thing, however – natural looking ground cover. The darker green clump foliage is good, but where there are stands of grass they are in single “hay rick” clusters (for example, along the riverbank and besides the goods platform).
Grasses, thickets of brambles, and hardy weeds will grow with abundance wherever there is ground available, particularly in abandoned or slightly run down areas where humans have left lovely disturbed soil. Perhaps there should be a greater variety of plants in many different stages of growth and all of different heights.
The house atop the cliff by the river, excellent. The vegetation here really works well. And the trackside vegetation in image #8. But in some of the images the vegetation seems very uniform and, if I’m honest, rather sparse.
Please, I don’t mean to criticise, your work really is a pleasure to see. Thanks so much for sharing.
great looking layout
EXCELLENT !!!!!!! I love looking at these….cause no matter what they look like u never see a bad layout here ..EVER!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK EVERYBODY!!!!
Gorgeous detail, Cliff.
Great imagination Cliff ! Your detailing was superb !!!! Thanks Paul
Very nice work, and when you add the people, it will come to life…you should be very proud….now send us a video with those trains running… can’t wait to see it all… John P Clayton Ca
Like a couple of the other fellas, I REALLY like the shed with the wood stacked in it with the saw. Coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
Wow. We moved this past July, so my layout (what I could salvage) went into several boxes. Not quite ready to start rebuilding yet, but I find your pictures very inspiring Cliff!!!! Excellent modeling skills displayed. Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!
Nicely weathered and detailed scenes.
Hi Cliff, It’s obvious you enjoy the detail work, looks great and hope your having fun. I love thinking about details I can add and what household, improvised materials I can use to get the desired look. I share your passion. Just to echo one of the other comments, it would be nice if we would all mention the scale in our posts, sometimes I don’t know if i’m looking at N, HO or O. Good luck Cliff, look forward to seeing more of your creations. thanks for sharing. Cary in KY
I see some South River model works building, and beautifully done craftsman models. Keep up the good work.
A few people have asked about scale – it is given in the title – HO (which is 3.5mm:1ft).
Well done Cliff. As others have commented, trees look good. How about a post showing how you make them?
Steve, Lincs, UK
Nice work there Cliff with plenty of detail especially in the buildings ..Dangerous dave
Great work. A modeler with skill, patience and the restraint to keep it all looking so very real but still not jumbled together.
Thank you, Al, for bring this sort of inspiration to all of us.
Great layout Cliff. Plenty going on on a smallish layout.
Great detail……..now add the people to make it come alive……
I love the detail in all the buildings.. a lot more than any others I have seen using a great imagination and to me art taking a fair amount of time to create.
Nice detail. That much detail I may never have on my2 year project that has already taken me 30 years, and 5 different track plans, lol
Lester in Jawja
Congrats on truly outstanding details. Your efforts get a grade of “SOS,” which translates to Simply Outstanding Stuff! Keep up the good work.
Hi Cliff, may I suggest the name “Tweezer’s Lumber” for that great little business.
Maybe a tag line: “Scale Lumber Supplies or Splinters Removed by Tweezer’s”
I love your post! Chug, chug, clang clang! TMF = Too Much Fun
I love your scenery, well done looks awesome, especially the tunnel.
Stunning work Cliff. Very clever of you to make trees out of Hydrangea. There were a couple of your photos I felt were particularly good. In them, your camera placement and lighting gave a sense of realism. Nice going.
Rob McCrain – Farland Howe
Great layout Cliff, people will help bring it to life. Thanks Cliff
Cliff, What a great-looking HO layout you have created there. Like others, I especially enjoyed your lumber shed with the radial arm saw. Your details are top notch and will look even better when you get some figures added to bring the scenes alive. If we could grow hydrangeas here in the desert I would like to try some of your tree making techniques. Perhaps you could post a “how to” guide for us? Also I’d love to see a video of your layout with the trains running.
Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.
Pretty Kool.!!!! I going to make mine look something like that.
Superb layout Cliff. So much to see without being cluttered – I should love to see a track plan
Andrew in Oz
The lumber shed & adjacent ‘fence’ are outstanding! Wow!