“Dear Mr. Lee
I mentioned my desire to build a layout I could fit in a suitcase.
I began this in late May or early June.
It is On30 (1/4 inch scale narrow gauge).
I mentioned to you a while back when your covered bridge was new that I saw an engine shed.
The shed you see here is my “proof of concept”, there are adjustments to be made, a lot of adjustments.
The water tower is made from a loo roll and is loosely based on the water tower that served the Edaville RR.
The yellow shed you may recognize also.
I do not have the layout named yet but I am thinking “Valise Yard” as the layout is exactly three feet long when unfolded.
In this picture you see some of the equipment I have built for this little layout.
The little A frame ore cars are made of card and sit on Bachmann’s On30 Passenger Car trucks -one carriage bogie per car.
The real purpose of this picture has been to show the capacities of each spur, a 2-1-3 Inglenook
For those with very limited space, the Inglenook shunting plan is a great way to have a model railway.
The Inglenook takes up little space and is very fun to operate.
It is also a plan that is thrifty on the budget!
I hope you have enjoyed my submissions today,
John from Cali”
Really enjoy your site. Used to build model trains and many great memories. These days, I do dioramas.
Working on a method to creat realistic-looking explosions.
1. Creat a cage around what you want to blow up with the chicken wire
2. Take the cage off the model and cover with stretched cotton balls attached by applying glue to the chicken wire. Be sure to pull the cotton and not just stuff in cotton balls
3. When the chicken wire is all covered with cotton, stuff orange and yellow tissue paper (or cellophane) inside the wire cage.
4. Spray paint the cotton using florescent orange and yellow paint touches of flat black. Stand back and only give a misting over the cotton. Mix the orange and yellow.
5. Attach an LED light source to model at to fit inside the cage you have built. (Here, using a light from a headstrap)
6. Turn the light on and place the cotton cage over the model … you’ve got your explosion!
Here is the final diorama scene for the explosing RV.
New Albany, Ohio”
A big thanks to John and John.
It still amazes me what lands in my inbox every morning – hope you enjoyed today’s as much as I did.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to start on your layout (It’s all about making a start).