“Al, greetings from Dean in New Mexico! Thanks for your blog which I read without fail!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I’ve been working on other things.
A couple of months ago, I started my second version of the Woodland Scenic’s N-scale “Scenic Ridge” layout.
This time, I wanted to put out a series of construction videos to document progress. I’m hoping that in the series there will be some ideas for both beginners and experienced modelers.
The entire series, as now envisioned, will be as follows:
1. Introduction to Layout and Base Construction
2. Track Laying and Wiring
3. Switches (Turnouts) and Switch (Turnout) Motors
4. Outer Walls, Bridges and Tunnels
5. Terrain Supports and Plaster Cloth
6. Roads and Buildings
7. Final Scenery: Ballast, Ground Cover, Trees, River, Rocks
These show foam pieces with applied plaster cloth construction after track was layed.
Now on to Butch.
Some people like running trains.
Some people like the scenery side of things.
And some like both.
Butch likes making buildings – and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s all about having your own fun:
“From 1995 until 2001, I assembled approximately 80 buildings and then packed them in boxes and stored them in the attic.
About 5 months ago, I retrieved the boxes from the attic. I found that, because of conditions while in storage, many repairs were necessary.
With the repairs completed, I assembled the structures into neighborhood blocks.
I am still in the process of building neighborhoods but intend to construct a complete city. I estimate that about one half of the project is done.
I will have no railroads but with my fleet of 20 trolley cars, my city will be served by street raiiway systems.
Northampton MA USA”
That’s all for today folks – please do keep ’em coming. A big thanks to Butch and Dean.
Please just email me if you’d like to share anything.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if today is the day you start on your own layout.