More from Jospeh on his 12×8 HO layout

Here’s the second installment from Joeseh’s HO build. (His last post is here.)

“I’ve been really working on the landscaping this last year and here is where I am. By no means done (are we ever?) but all the big stuff is finished.

Construction on the West end of the layout.

One of the challenges was blending the already completed scenery smoothly with the new section.

I added a lot of rock outcroppings here.

Here is the west end completed. The logging operation’s water tower can be seen in the background.

Looking “east”. Cold storage and oil distribution platform. M.O.W. crane car to the right.

Oil distribution tank farm in the foreground.

Most of the buildings in place. 4-6-0 passenger train checking all clearances. (For the last time!!!)

There will be more as I progress.

Enjoying the hobby!

Joe”


“Hi Al,

I have just uploaded this video showing a couple of tips, also getting near now to completing this layout, a lot of ballasting to do and a few electrics as yet, but with a bit of luck another couple of weeks should see it completed…I know… never completed ..LOL

Regards

Dave”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – still updated everyday.

A huge thanks to Joseph and Dave. It’s just fantastic to see your layouts emerge from nothing more than a table and come to life.

That’s all this time. Please do keep ’em coming – and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if now is your time to shine.

Best

Al

19 responses to “More from Jospeh on his 12×8 HO layout”

  1. Bob Godi says:

    Dave, when you redo your layout do you reuse track or put down new? If you reuse how do you clean it?

  2. Keith Miller says:

    Thanks to Jo for taking the time and trouble to photograph various stages – very helpful. Your back drop is quite tall – gives a very realistic feeling to the photos.
    Dave, as usual, gives us a series of useful tips – it is these little snags that crop up that can cause grief, so Dave’s solutions are very helpful. Thanks for posting so many videos: keep them coming!
    Dustyk UK

  3. Great work Joe! Detail, lighting, landscaping, everything is really well done.

  4. Robert Brady says:

    Dave me boy As always great show! BUT Wait! where did you purchase the backdrop especially the countryside one? I need a river with a woody mountain in back ground.
    Thanks in advance
    Robert B

  5. Jerry Suits says:

    Joe,
    Your landscaping and layout look fantastic!

    Great attention to detail and it is very realistic!

    Jerry

  6. Bob says:

    are the cardboard strips strong enough to support the weight of wet plaster mix or whatever medium he is using without something underneath?

  7. Dave’s videos are always wonderful.
    I do appreciate his rebuilt layout even more than its predecessor.
    As to track… Hornby does not seem to exist on my side of the pond —
    That said, I do prefer Peco to our domestic products.
    John in CA

  8. Chuck Ainsworth says:

    Dave
    Really enjoy your layout and work progress – One question where did you get or how did you make your stone walls? I need to make or purchase some. I also have a problem with one particular car going over two joined switches – it will get derailed every time and no other cars or engines have a problem in that area. I use Bachman snap-fit e-z track.

  9. Chuck says:

    Very realistic Joe, really like the “rain” in your background and the tire tracks in the dirt at the tank farm… Very Realistic in deed!

  10. David Schaffner says:

    Love so much about what you have did, I don’t know where to start. Like the tunnel and the trestle, and the mood of your layout. It looks vintage mining and has a rustic feel to your oil tanks and the way you layed out your town. Great job in planning and adding touches that make it seem as if its been around awhile. A tip of the hat and Bravo’!

  11. Jim MacLean says:

    Coming along very nicely Joseph. And Dave, well, you da man, Dave! You ARE da man! Always a WOW to see your work. Jim from CB.

  12. David Gill says:

    I don’t understand why everyone hides so much of their layout in tunnels and mountains.

  13. Don Jennings says:

    Joe Good job on covering the track BEFORE doing the ballasting Don

  14. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    Joe

    Great looking layout and detail. Really like the virga from the cumulo nimbus in the background! With an eye to detail may I make one observation? The oil farm is floating slightly off the ground, it would just finish it off nicely if you bury the bottom of each tank/ building into the ground so they look more like fixtures.

    Dave

    I wasn’t sure about the new layout initially, however, watching this video I really think that this is a major improvement from the last one. It appears to have much more space and sits together a lot better. You have put in so much work in such a short time. My hat is off to you! Do hope the arthritis isn’t getting you down too much.

    Regards to you both and two great efforts

    Mal
    North Wales

  15. Hemi says:

    Man is THAT ‘a Lookin’ GOOD!!!! Keep up the great work!

  16. Graeme Waters says:

    Hi Dave, Ive been watching your videos for years and you have taught me lots so thank you. There’s one feature of your layout I especially like…the rock wall fences. Where did you get them? I have looked everywhere but haven’t found anything at all similar.

    Thanks again for all of your videos and very helpful tips and ideas.

    best regards, Graeme,

    Bendigo Australia

  17. Thank you all re my layout ..Dangerous Dave`s ..to answer a few , I do use some of the old track , just clean it with a light wire brush after pushing the old ballast out, the backscenes I Have are from Gaugemaster , a lot of dealers sell them , 3 for approx £8 , they are very good , and of course the larger dealers do ship abroad …the stone walling is from javis , again a lot of dealers sell these ..approx £1.60 per piece …Thanks again for comments ..the Arthritis ..well it’s something we have to bear ….Dangerous Dave

  18. Robert Brady says:

    Thanks for answering questions Dave!

  19. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Hello Joe, your layout is looking really good. From the painting on your back ground to the trusses and the mountains look great. In your 2nd picture, is that what help you design your mountains?? Looks like the demolition man left a stick of dynamite close by the rails. Lol your layout like I said, looks great. Keep on railing.
    SDG St.Petersburg Fl.

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