As promised, more tips…
I’ve noticed a lot of train cars, etc. come with a plastic bag of some sort or other. I have been taking emptied plastic bread sacks, turning them inside out to dry them and remove the bread crumbs. After about a week I turn them right side out, punch some holes in them for ventilation and use them to store trains that do not have boxes or packaging. Then they can be wrapped in any medium you wish to use for cushioning and the cars are protected quite well.
I enjoy the emails I receive from you, thanks.
“I had been making a scale scene kit of a loco inspection pit.
I found a easy way to remove the sleepers of the track.
Leave the 2 end sleepers. & with a soldering iron melt the clips from the sleepers, then cut the web under the track.
Then melt the rest of the sleepers with the iron to soften them, then pull them away.
Note this should be done outside.
“Al, I know youre always looking for new ways to make a layout look realistic. I thought i might share something ive done to save some money. Resin or hydrocal retaining walls are expensive, especially if you need 10-15 of them. I found some images on google of several stone wall applications.
I expanded them to the largest size then printed them, then cut them to fit with mortor lines in correct format. Ive enclosed some pics so you can see how real they look. For myself currently im on a fixed income, but I love the railroad.
Don M from Jonesboro Ga
Just by accident I Discovered a way to make rock walls from the above material.
I was making the scalescenes kit of the low relief warehouse & when I completed it, I found where I wanted to install was too small for it to fit as I had glued 2 large blocks of polystryrene there.
So anyway I needed to cut those blocks but instead cutting with a knife and making a mess, I thought why not melt off some those blocks & use a soldering iron to cut through them.
So thats want I did with the iron, It did stink & smoke a little & it make a real neat rock face, all I have to do is paint it.
See, now I’m just starting out, and I’m having a ball re-laying out stuff as I experiment. Sometimes it’s tough to do too much in advance, especially when you’re just starting out and can’t decide between a loop and a switching shelf, so I came up with a few tips from my first tentative steps:
1. Get SCARM, and play with it to get a feel for the kinds of track pieces that flow together;
2. Start small, and be prepared to mess around a lot before you know what it is you want from your layout;
3. Never, ever, glue *anything* down unless you’re happy with it;
4. Try to have two layouts – a permanent one, and somewhere to try stuff out, even if that’s just the kitchen floor!
I’m at stage 3 with a switching shelf layout that *will* one day have a loop, because I want the best of both worlds!
Keep on handing out this good info!
“Hot-melt glue guns are miraculous in that you can use them on plastic or metal surfaces (to secure a figure, for example) and if you mess-up or simply want to move it: no problem. The glue releases with a little pressure and you can use your finger nail to peel-off the glue in preparation for gluing again—usually without peeling paint.”
“One of the best ways to show rapidly running water or waterfalls is to take lint (white) from your dryer and gently pull it over your waterfall area. Looks very realistic!
Some nice tips in today’s missive – lots more here.
And if you’re heading off to ebay? Have a look at the ‘cheat sheet’ first. It’s here.
Please do keep ’em coming folks.