Archive for the ‘Layout’ Category

Mountaineering (Engineering a Mountain)

Posted on December 16th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

In the Autumn of 2012, I decided that it was time to start grading the Right-Of-Way further west than Winchester… By adding in a curved trestle, and putting the right vertical emphasis into the terrain forms, I figured it could become something so much more, and really sell the layout in a “best foot forward” sense.

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Why Build Such a Complex Layout?

Posted on August 19th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

Recently, a forum thread at was begun, asking the question of why we bother with large layouts and complex trackwork, such as a big rail yard. The thread originator wondered whether we might be just as happy with a mainline loop and compelling scenery.

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Making a Control Panel

Posted on March 9th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

What I have been working on of late has been installations of slide switches and electrical block gaps, to complete the tracklaying in the vicinity of the Winchester Yard Throat. Along with this, I have had to re-design my control panel to reflect the revised track configuration, and I to map out where electrical blocks will go.

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Revising Winchester Yard

Posted on February 26th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

Recently I decided that it was about time to take the plunge, and go ahead and re-lay some of the track in the area around the depot and yard lead in Winchester.

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Time For Ground Goop!

Posted on November 11th, 2012, by Michael Rountree

Lately I have been working on a big mountain scene with a tall steel trestle, and I had gotten as far as roughing in the mountain shape using expanding foam over a wire mesh. The mountain shape needed some refinement so I have used some additional Great Stuff to build it up in areas, and I’ve used my knife to carve away other areas (mostly removing the crown off of blobs). But the “ground goop” or finished plaster layer will smooth over things and give a final contour to the land. Here is how I go about making my topsoil.

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