Hello in the summer heat
I have always had a desire for a special locomotive for my layout.
It all started when I read about the small port terminals in New York and the locomotives they were using.
Central of New Jersey had an Ingersoll Rand locomotive that is one of the first commercially made diesel locomotives:
A very beautiful locomotives in my opinion
Then came Tim Warris with his Bronx Terminal in HO (an incredible layout).
There he showed how to take a brass Boxcab and rebuild
This is how I have planned my new layout to look.
There will be some changes along the way I think.... :-)
I have designed it to include my current layout along the left side.
The size is nice to fill with landscape. The room is 6.5 x 4.5 meters.
The possibility to have a decent sized harbour is really exciting!
Almost true to scale liberty ship maybe? :-)
And now for something completely different
I've always been inspired by John Allen and his layout; The Gorre & Daphetid RR.
What some do not realize is that he built almost everything himself, including the locomotives.
Many of them had no direct prototype for the model, but was built to suit his fictional railroads requirements .
I myself have had a project that has had the time to mature for a little while (about 20 years .....), but now the parts that I needed to do it miraculously h
Hi again, I have had the rebuilt Shay (from earlier in the Blog) sitting on my table for a while now.
I decided it was time to finish it .
I repainted almost all of it and applied my Custom made decals.
I also took the time to adjust the driveshaft as well.
It runs really good now, and I hope the looks do it justice too :
I made this as well:
I think it worked out well.
I have started to paint some of the clouds now on my backdrop, I sketched up the clouds with a thin white paint and made the shadows with a gray-blue hue:
The clouds closest to the horizon have some Ochre in them to give them some warmth.
The clouds are piling up ....:
I'm trying to make the clouds with as little planning as possible to make them realistic in shape and form.
Here I have begun to define the clouds with pure white and some Payne's Grey:
It's important not to g
I have built some more on my Downtown Deco buildings, and it's great to see them painted and detailed .
I have started to paint my Adams Ave # 2:
And I made sure to get some variety on the brick color and concrete.
Then I put some signs on them that I've printed out:
Here is how it looks when placed on the layout:
Adams Ave # 1 is also being "finished"....
Adams Ave # 3 is also getting some work on it as well:
I have also renovated an old laser cut kit (JV model
It was time to do something about the background as it had been neglected due to other activities, such as building houses and such .
I didnÂ´t like to sit at the layout doing all the details that are inevitable when making a city....
I bought some high quality artist poster board and went to work on it, sitting at my workplace.
I put the board on the backdrop to draw all the existing buildings.
I then printed out some nice photos of houses along with some books I have for inspiration.
I have some favorite "hate objects" in model railroading. Among other things, in terms of cliches ....
For example, I would not like to have a church on the layout,
as there is one in every old track book!
The same applies to fire trucks .... Scenes of burning buildings with smoke generator and fire trucks with flashing lights ..... Not for me thanks .
I happened to see a kit that almost converted me!
A-(nother) Jordan-kit! An Ahrens Fox fire engine!?!.
I just had to buy it ..... But I c
Finally some progress! I've actually managed to clear out the space for the layout. The room as it looked...
Insulation and moisture barrier installed.
Sheetrock... We all love to do some sheetrock and mud and sanding, and mud and sanding....
I rounded two of the corners. I made a backing from two layers of 1/8" hardboard.
I used 1/4" sheetrock that I wetted and bent to shape in the corners.
The backdrop is now the next step (almost..) I need to install the lighting firs
Some of my favorite builds in HO/HOn3.
Coach in HOn3
Combine in HOn3
Caboose in HOn3
Paper model scratchbuilt.
Miller & sons diorama.
Station close up.
20 t Shay in HO
Leadville building in HO
Modified Lindbergh tug in HO
Weathered brass C-19 in HOn3
FSM engine house for HOn3
I had a client that had built these from kits (brass/white metal), and he wanted them painted and weathered.
I primed and painted them with Phoenix paints, when I got to the decaling I got into trouble (wich didn't really show at this point......).
There were 4 sheets of decals with most decals for all for cars on one sheet. The problem was that one of the sheets looked okay..... the rest looked "old".....
I applied them on a gloss surface and used both micro-set and micro-sol.
There was som
Hi all, since the last entry I have bought some kits from Downtown Deco, I thought it would be good to show how I painted them.
This entry will show how to paint and weather the Adams Ave #1,
The owner of Downtown Deco, Randy Pepprock, had a thread at a big US Forum on how to paint it, but it was deleted as it was being called "advertising".....
I hope this will show the methods that can be used to paint and weather it. Sure, itÂ´s not as elaborate as RandyÂ´s was, but I think it wi
Hi all, I felt that it has become a lot of changes to my model world . So much so that it required a new layout thread .
It all started with my Middletown, Kensington & Eastern RR that I built for the 2010 challenge.
A layout that would depict a fictional New England in 1943. Thanks to a move to larger premises etc. I started to build on it, and add on to it a little, but felt that it did not really work ... : (
My good friend and museum owner Peter Haventon offered then to aquire the
I was getting ready to start on the Harbour, and I needed to add the various items on the quaysides that was going down into the water before proceeding.
I was going to have a small fishing pier and a Carfloat apron, The pier was easy to make:
I made the stonewall from balsa, and embossing the mortar lines with a pencil. I primed it with gesso and painted it. Ready!
But the Apron was a whole different matter, I needed some hoist/balance structure to hold the wires that keeps the actual bri
Hello! I 've had a Bachmann three truck 80 ton Shay in HO in quite a few years now.
The Shay has experienced quite a few revisions, among other things, the exchange of the cracked plastic gears with metal gears from NWSL . The largest revision was when I had gotten tired of the lousy tracking of the middle truck. That was when I rebuilt it to a two truck version:
(see http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/638/entry-5254-part-6-shay-conversion/ )
Hi all, this is the latest build for my layout:
CM's Leadville house!
It was a real joy to build, and the mfg delivered the missing parts very swiftly (thanks!).
I think it is a really good looking house that I wouldn't mind living in in 1:1 scale!
My wife asked when we should start building it....
I have put real glass in all the windows, as I do on all my builds now.
That will show the interiors really good when I have installed the lights in it.
I will also build a small shed/garage
I've had some thoughts about the freelance prototype when building a freelance layout as IÂ´m doing ....
When I started the construction of my layout, I envisioned it located in Maine somewhere (a bit vague ...)
The name of the company came after the initials of me and my wife ;-)
"M-K & E RR" = Michael & Kerstins Enskilda JÃ¤rnvÃ¤gar
(Michael & Kerstins Private RR)
Something has to give when you get to build the layout in the living room ...
The "real" readout of the name
I have been busy building a little Blacksmith shop of parts I had in the scrap box
I "needed" a blacksmith by the track, and also I had a place that was perfect for a small(ish) building.
I was sorting through the drawers and found an old Athearn-boxcar shell.
I searched a bit online and found some pictures showing that it was quite common to use the decommissioned cars for sheds etcc.
I also found an old playing Birthday card of the simplest model, I cut the speaker off and put a red LE
Hi all, I took some new pics of the SW today.
It is always hard to photograph black locomotives, but outdoors with some reflector screens, it works quite nice:
The rust on the sideframes with the soaked in oil is something I think worked out really great.
The custom made heralds is very nice to work with, really good quality! (thanks Jack)
All in all, IÂ´m really happy with the result!
I have bought some figures for the layout:
It was some need for
I got this very old Kemtron kit from a friend of mine.
It is etched from very thick brass and had to be filed to shape....
I will use plastic trucks as the brass ones included wasn't of the caboose sort with leaf springs.
The amount of heat needed to solder this kit was daunting....
The shape of the roof had to be shaped with a mallet over a wooden form due to the thickness of the brass.
Finished and ready for paint.