Terraforming

 

I have build the base board for my layout from 6 mm plywood and some strip wood, about 18 mm x 40 mm. The whole board has been build in one piece of 180 cm x 36 cm. After defining position of the small stream, I prepared the extruded polystyrene (yellow foam, in this case) and glued it to the bord.

I drew the planed positiones of structures, hills and track onto the foam and started to carve some landscape out of the planes. After that I added some additional layers of foam for the hill on the left of the layout.

Learning: Weathering track

Clean and shining track is not very prototypical. There are dozens of tutorials how to weather track. Not all methods are as simple as spray painting the whole track. As I do not own an airbrush (yet), I have to reply on spray cans and brushes. My first layout is quite small, so painting the track is not too hard.

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First I tried some different spray paints. I sprayed the left half of my test piece with a light brown primer and instantly followed by a light mist of matte black. For the right half I used a slightly darker brown color as base coat, followed by the same black.

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Honestly, I’m not overly satisfied with the results. The first coat didn’t cover the tracks completly. I tried to add another fine coat, but it covered all the details in the ties. While cleaning the rail tops, some thinner dropped onto the ties, which resulting insome interesting – but unwanted – holes in the paint. This will require some – or a lot – further practise.

I tried a second approach, by covering the track and ties with a light gray paint and adding further details with washes and powders. N7K_3990 N7K_3991

In the meanwhile I made some experiments with weathering powders, which looked very promising. The powders have been mixed up with some solvent. The solvent helps to apply the powders to the surface of the painted track. It won’t work on blank rails. The powders add a beautifull matt color to the rails.

 

 

Beginner-Project: 6 feet inglenook

While searching for inspiration and Prototypen Industrien for ms switching layout, I decided to build a small beginner layout. A while ago I bought some Märklin K-Track including two narrow turnouts. Using this track would enable me to use AC- and DC-rolling stock.

I wanted to build an Inglenook Sidings layout for a long time. Now I’m doing it. After some tinkering around with the tracks, some cars and boxes to build a mock up, I have settled on a theme: A “Landhandel”, an agricultural trade station. In germany most Landhandel where rail served but nowadays the tracks are out of service, for most locations. A Landhandel usually coonsists of an grain elevator building with an attached storage for fertilizer and seeds equipped with a ramp on each side. One for trucks and one for rail cars. In most cases there are further storage sheds and loading equipment like forklifts and such stuff.

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My fiddleing resulted in the above track plan of a slighly angled inglenook with a mainline that crosses a small stream. The industry has two spurs, one along the elevator and storage building, the second track is used as off spot. Possibly this spur might also get some use as a team track. We will see.

The overall dimensions of this layout are 180 cm x 36 cm (6′ x 14″). The background will curve from the back to the top and the fascia will create a ” window” to direct the view and minimize distractions. The overall lightning of the scene will be acomplished by some Led-strips.