Posts Tagged ‘Layout’

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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Winchester Engine Servicing

Posted on April 6th, 2012, by Michael Rountree

Fully functional diesel engine servicing facilities are now a part of Winchester Yard! Back in October 2011 I began the development of this little wedge of plywood, which previously had been serving as a temporary shelf for tools and whatnot while working elsewhere on the layout.

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Building Placement in Scenery

Posted on April 14th, 2011, by Mike

Model railroaders often focus on scenery in terms of rocks and trees, without considering how the built forms, especially commercial and residential architecture, will fit into the scene. In the real world, much of the scenic context is determined by the houses, roads, stores, other man-made features. These can look out-of-place or otherwise wrong if they are just dropped onto a layout without proper planning and understanding.

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Painting a Backdrop

Posted on April 3rd, 2011, by Mike

I have begun to paint my backdrop, beyond just the sky blue. I am using a technique that I established on my N-Trak module.

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