“Hello Al and greetings from Northern California.
I started my N scale layout, based on an English countryside village, in March, during our first lockdown.
I named my mythical village Covidshire.
Almost everything used in the layout was acquired from the U.K. I want to send a special thanks to the various shops, and people that I had the pleasure of dealing with.
Most of the structures are Metcalf kits and all of the landscape/trees, and stone walls were hand made.
Although I still have some finishing touches remaining, I wanted to share.
Tim in California”
Now on to Gary. He’s been kind enough to answer some of your questions on his last post, which is here.
“Hi Alastair…. thanks for posting……I wanted to send some thanks you to some of the modelers who responded.
To James: Thank you for the info on Walther’s White Tower Restaurant kit #933-3030. I am going to order one and see how to modify it. It would at least give me the foundation for the structure.
To George from LI, NY: Yes, I have to dirty it up a bit. Railroad yards are very dirty places. I have to figure out the best way to do that; I am going to use charcoal to dirty up the pavements and parking lots and vehicles. I am going to also use scraps to create garbage piles and liter. Thank you.
To Greg Schaefer: Thanks for the info and thoughts. You are right about the trash…..I have to dirty up the yard. I am going to add some pigeons and gulls aroun the lunch wagon. I have to figure out how to make paper trash on the ground. Also, that is a great idea with the sound of the trucks. I have an old cassette recorder that might work. Thanks again.
To John Reynolds: Thank you. I had to find a building that was two levels and those kits I thought were perfect.
To John Thorogood: Thanks, you are right about the maintenance in Delaware for the GG1s but I took some liberties with the engine yard because I love the GG1 engines; I think they are the best looking locomotive ever built.
Now on to Mike.
You’ll remember him from this post. Well, now he has a question. Who can help?
As you’ve seen from my previous photos, I have a track layout (HO scale, Bachmann track) on several 4×8 tables and a 4×5.
I have created a satisfactory town resembling the Universal Studios backlot and the Western town from Old Tucson as you’ve seen. I have drilled holes and dropped all the remote switch track wires ready to hook up for the command center.
However, now that I have a great start, my layout is still primarily flat table top (except for one mountain with tunnel).
My question to the experts is: what is the best way to create realistic landscape and ground cover? That is, how do I create slight variations in elevation for the scenery in the areas surrounded by the tracks?
I have been attentively watching all your postings and have seen some great landscapes. I still haven’t concluded what are the best materials to give the landscape some vertical depth.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
You’ve been an inspiration to get me going. All the best.
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Tim and Gary.
Please do leave a comment below if you can help Mike.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.