I really enjoy your site and look forward to every days post.
I recall you enjoy seeing some start to finish (never finished) layouts so I’d like to share mine.
As a youngster, I had my Lionel train set and as a teen I did some HO on a 4×8 sheet of plywood but it didn’t amount to much. So many years ago, because of space and time limitations, I decided to construct a 2′ x 4′ N gauge railroad.
I used a 2×4 sheet of 1/4” plywood attached to a frame of 1×3 boards.
The track plan was laid out on the plywood and where grade changes and elevated track was planned, the plywood was cut with a sabre saw. Not all of the cuts can be seen in the photo below but some do appear as darker lines.
The next photo shows how the cut areas have been raised and supported to form various grades and elevated track areas. Cork roadbed has also been installed.
Now Atlas flex track has been installed and ballasted as well as a store bought viaduct and tunnel portals. Mountain construction is underway using a corrugated cardboard web hot glued together being covered with plaster cloth. Old school but I had fun.
The mountain and raised areas are done and background paint applied to “soil” areas.
The rock texture was created by pouring a very thin layer of plaster onto crumpled aluminum foil and placing a piece of plaster cloth in the wet plaster for reinforcement. When cured this was removed from the foil and pressed against the mountain. It was thin enough to crack and conform to the mountain profile and hot glued in place. After placement, the cracks which are not very big, were filled with spackling compound.
The rock faces have been colored with washes of gray, yellow and brown. I made a novice mistake and didn’t prime the mountain face before coloring. The alkalinity of the plaster changed the color of the washes.
The tunnel portals after coloring.
The landscaping getting under way.
As of now. Still lots of scenery work to do.
Hope you find this of interest.
Lebanon, Ohio, USA”
A fantastic layout from Gib – and I loved his narrative, you really can tell he had bags of fun with his layout.
And he’s right, I do love seeing them come together from nothing more than a bare base board. It just goes to show, it’s all about making a start – and if you want to make that start, grab the Beginner’s Guide right now and make it happen.
That’s all for today, folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet here. Still bagging deals.