Eric’s been back in touch.
If you missed his first post, where he starts, it’s here.
“Al, how’s it going?
Been spending time on lower expansion completing board expansion and getting ready to cover with insulation foam board.
Then I began laying track out again with a few changes.
I had to make a cut out in the one area due to reach and needing to get to upper ceiling layout but I have a plan for that. It will follow with pictures.
I decided to use Woodland Scenics grass mats to cover areas and then I will came back and filled in with a few more grasses out of shaker dispensers.
I have also cut in an over size creek and will use realistic water with the normal creek garb.
I hope to moved track off in sections to lay mat, then trim off access.
I have attached some photos of the beginning build.
It started with insulation foam cut and glue gunned together with a lift off top fo easy access. Next is to cover with Woodland Scenics plaster cloth.
All of you have fun out there in trainn land.
Eric the firefighter from St. Louis.”
“Hi Al Robert here from Florida.
Coal load made easy.
Looked at prices of coal load couldn’t find size, so being frustrated I made my own with cut to size corex board.
It’s stryene board honey cone comes in white,black or blue. I get it locally from a sign shop.
Cut what you want to size. my case a 54′ coal hopper then i purchased a bag of black cinder from a fabric / art store (Joanne Fabrics).
Pour some on the coal car with corex in place (painted black) Spray 75% water 25% alcohol as a wetting agent like you do for ballast now elmers white glue same ratio.
I also seen the corex on ebay and if they have black ballast that would work. what i bought glistens in the light. looks like real coal.
I am a big fan of the Gn15 scale.
My friend John Zareva converted this HO engine I bought for little money at a local show in New Jersey into a Gn15 locomotive.
He cut out a part of the roof of the F7 A-Unit and fitted a driver’s compartment complete with a driver in G-Scale.
The result is a loco such as exists in virtually every country in the world in amusement parks and many other venues.
The interesting thing is that the loco can be converted back to HO simply by taking the engineer out and putting the hatch back into place !
Next we will do some cars and put G-Scale passengers o them.
All of this can be had for little money and it fits perfectly with existing G-Scale structures..
I haven’t stopped smiling since I saw Thomas’s pics. Brilliant.
And it proves the rule: your layout is whatever you want it to be – there are no rules.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
A big thanks to Eric, Bob and Thomas.
And if you want to make a start, just like they did, the Beginner’s Guide is here.