Gib’s been in touch again – his last post is here.
I was blown away by the nice comments on my little first try layout and appreciate each and every one.
There were some questions I thought I’d answer. The curve radii are 10.5” for the outer curve, 8” for the inner curve and 9” for the curves under the mountain.
I have to admit that I didn’t even think about grades when building the layout and they are too steep. The grade on the outer loop is 2.8% and a whopping 6% on the inner loop. Luckily my trains do navigate OK. There is access on the back side of the mountain to retrieve derailments.
I have attached several pictures. The first three is where I am today. The fourth shows the backside access.
The fifth is your red barn and finally I tried to send a video of my Bachman 0-6-0 Iron Man making the rounds.
Some comments on the red barn which was my first try at a printout building. On reducing your HO print 50% I thought it looked a little small. With HO at 1/87 and N at 1/160, N is 54-55% of HO so I printed a 55% and liked the result better. I also surface mounted the windows and doors since N scale is so small to work with to mount the windows inside. I also felt that the cereal box cardboard I glued the printout on was a little too thick for N gauge. Does any one have a better yardstick idea?
So I hope you find this interesting. I look forward to your post every day. Keep up the good work.
And now on to the talented Rob. Hope you enjoy this video as much as I did:
Running videos and how to videos are great, but to really see the work that has gone into a layout, one needs to get up close. That is exactly what I’ve done in this my latest video. Figures really can put life into a layout and I love them.
I spent almost two years building Farland II. I started in mid March and this is where I am today. Two major features of the layout are yet to be finished, but I am currently working on one and the other will follow. They are a castle ruin and a smallish freighter at the quay unloading or loading. By summer I will be almost done.
Thank you so much for all you do. The modeling communities of the world are very grateful.
Rob McCrain – Farland Howe”
A huge thanks to Rob – he has a train room I would give my right arm for. Fantastic stuff – and a what a video too. A real treat.
I’ll finish with a small reminder – if you missed the last post, there’s not long now to grab the deal on the print out scenery office block.
That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide after all, why should everybody else have all the fun?