Some time ago I sent some pictures of my “in-progress” HO layout.
It has been a year since I started the project and being away from the hobby for many, many years, it has been very exciting to see all the new products available. I am now 67 so I have tried to keep things simple and manageable.
Your site has been a tremendous help and your other contributors have inspired me to keep going. My trains are running well and now I am working on more scenery and structures.
In the attached pics, my proudest accomplishment is the kit-bashed, scratch built Power Plant. The structure is not lit in the photo but it is lighted with LED strip lights. That allowed me to place lights on each level of the side super structure as well as the interior. I also added a dimmer switch.
One tip for your readers although this may not be new. Using the LED lights for all my structures created too much of the light to be seen through the windows. I solved that by spraying Testors Dull-Coat on both sides of the acetate window sheets provided in the structure kits before applying to the inside of the buildings.
The result is a very nice warm glow from the windows as well as blocking any view through the building to rear windows.
One of the suggestions from Woodland Scenics is to insert a sheet of black construction paper to make the interior view more realistic. My method allows the light to glow in all windows. Note the blinds in the windows of the Court House in various positions. These windows were pre-printed with blinds and the Dull-Coat still allows them to be seen.
My next step will be to add more bushes, trees, weathering etc. to the layout. The town name by the way is Spring Falls; an amalgamation of the town where I grew up, (Springdale), and the town where I attended college, (Beaver Falls).
Another tip I want to pass on is the building weathering. I have tried using washes, weathering powder and so on. Although pretty good, I have found that priming my building with matte black paint and then applying a color from my air-brush in small amounts at a time, allows some of the black to show through creating an “old” weathered look. To each his own of course, but I was startled at the results after experimenting. Worth a try. You can always paint over.
Hope your readers enjoy. I look forward to getting your posts from around the world.
I want to retire if all goes well and I plan to spend a lot more time with the layout and maybe get my son to take more pictures.
Thanks for all you do for the hobby.
Wayne, Pittsburgh PA”
A big thanks to Wayne! Now on to another layout that’s been featured before:
Among the responses I had from my last post was at least one wanting a video of the shunting process.
As I use an I pad to film, it’s a bit awkward trying to operate both controller and I pad.
Every wagon has a card relating to it, which I use when making up a train. After shuffling the cards I decide how many wagons I want ( 2- 8 ) then make up the train in the order the cards are dealt. I have 7 S.R. Wagons plus a guards van kit, 8 Minitrains trucks, 2 green coaches, 1 green van which came with the Brigadelok loco as a set. Also a bogie flat car.
The scenic part is four feet long, has 3 sidings, a loop at the ‘station’ and two tracks going ‘off scene’ at one end and one track at the other. The pictures will make things clearer.
The pictures will come in batches as the I pad only allows 4 at a time and one video.
Keep them coming Al, it’s a great site.
And the video:
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming – and they only way to do that is to make a start… Beginner’s Guide is here.