Jim’s been in touch.
He’s made a that all important start and his N scale buildings are bringing the layout to life:
“Here are some pictures of the layout I am building.
I decided on N scale because I have limited space in my retirement home and the more popular HO scale wouldn’t allow me to have a very interesting layout in the space I have.
I decided to use an old hollow 30” x 80” interior door since I already had it.
I found quite a few interesting layout plains for this size door.
The first photo is a plan view of the entire layout with the mountain remote for a clear view of all of the track with the turn-outs.
I have managed to install 9 turn-outs, a reversing loop, a small switch yard with some industry along with a little town within this space.
I purchased Woodland Scenics Town & Factory kit which has 13 assorted buildings, and have started building a few of the buildings.
I am kit bashing some of them, and here you can see I have opened a couple of the doors on the factory and added LED lighting, some interior features and workers.
So far I have installed all of the track work with ballasting, installed the turn outs, ruffed in the mountain with tunnels and the terrain.
I used two inches of foam insulation for the base, then used foam and plaster cloth to built the mountain and track risers.
Here you can see I have used masking tape to test my plan for road and building locations.
I plan to have operating crossing gates with blinking lights, paved roads, grass and trees and street and building lighting.
I will keep you posted with my progress
A big thanks to Jim and his N scale buildings – he’s made that all important start.
Now on to Bill.
Hope all is well for you and yours.
I’ve been installing a scenic divide on my O/ON30 layout here these last few days and I’ve got it painted and starting to do a little scenery and rock carving.
I’ve attached a link to the video showing how I paint and do my plaster work.
Keep doing all you do for the hobby!!
Bill in Virginia”
A huge big thanks to Bill.
If I’m not mistaken, his last post is here.
You can also see more of his stuff in the Hall of Fame.
Please do leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your backdrop and rockface tips.
That’s it for today peeps. Keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, just like Jim, the Beginner’s Guide is here.