Mike has been busy on his wild west model train layout.
If you missed his last post, it’s here.
His two posts show in spades it’s all about making a start, and I really like how he’s created this scene:
As promised, here’s an update since my conversion from Lionel O gauge to Bachmann HO. I hope this email finds you and all the other HO enthusiasts safe and well.
I’m close to completing my “Hill Valley” area now that I populated it with some trees and shrubbery. Now I need to add the lamp posts, phone poles, mail boxes, and things to fully detail the location. That’s my next project.
Meanwhile, as I suggested previously, I built a street scene from an old movie location I remember visiting years ago called “Old Tucson” out in Arizona.
A return visit in 2001 lead to the discovery that my favorite landmarks (most of the site) had burned down in 1995.
It left me so depressed that I wrote a book about it. Anyway, the site survives in many films and with photos pulled from “Rio Bravo” and several other Westerns, I was able to reconstruct the Main Street for my layout.
I found it helpful to first visualize the buildings by blocking them out in wood. Unfortunately, that makes it difficult to light them from inside. I will strive to improve.
I can’t describe how much fun this is, and it’s a great diversion from the outside state and world events.
Also can’t thank you and your web site followers enough for the encouragement and inspiration provided by their postings and ideas.
I know I still have a lot of detail work to do, but I’m looking forward to it.
A big thanks to Mike – can’t wait to see the next update on his wild west model train.
His scene reminded me of the old wild west saloon in the print out scenery range too:
There are more pics on the saloon and one of John’s videos, at the bottom of this post here.
That’s all for today.
Please do keep ’em coming folks.
And if you feel like you’re missing out on the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.