Friday, May 10, 2019

Completing the wall.

 Well, our challenge with the main line is as I  expected. There is no good place to put the far hill in terms of height.
 I selected a set of photos that have a low hill in the apex of our cove so it looks the furthest away.
 Then I have a high hill as we approach the bridge over the main so we do not lose the backdrop there and it gives me a transition to the higher branch line backdrop.
 Paul is looking at it and feels I could have made that back hill higher. A matter of taste a style.
 It looks pretty good to me relative to the tracks. You can see the height problem in the little section of backdrop on the right of the photo. I am going to have to add plenty of trees here too.
 This is the backdrop on the left edge of the branch line town.
 So, now I am going to cut smaller sections to go between the buildings and transition to the town.
 Those are now in place.
 The brick building will be higher in the rear and cover the end of the photo.
We are looking okay I think. 
 Here is the longer view and you can see how that high hill behind the main blends into the town backdrop, which will look better with the addition of trees.
 I am generally pleased with it. I learned to cut up the backdrop and modified sections to make the blending of the photos easier.
 Long view
 Long view of the curve,
and the town

Putting up the first sections of backdrop

 So,, Paul came over and we put up our town scene in about an hour. Here he is putting the paste on the wall.
 Now the town is up and I am trying to see how it looks with the buildings close in front of it. It is not too bad as it is a eye height for most people.
 Looking back down the wall. It does not really demand attention but finishes the scene.
 Station seems to fit right in.
 The coal dealer disguises some of the height difference.
 You can see how I cut down the ridge line into the corner.
Now for the balance.

Planning the backdrop layout

 So, the coved corner is completed and painted to match to wall.
 Now I have to take about 7 photo segments and figure out how to put them up. Here we are beginning to decide how to get the best out of our pictures. The big problem is the sinking main line in the back by the coved corner. You can see more photos lying on the main so I can see everything to try to pick the best mix.
 I am trying to see how I can use the factory to also blend the photos together.
 This is the long view of the balance of the town which ends in a wall by our previous backdrop
I think I will disguise the end here with a grove of trees to cover the joint between the two back drops. 
 Some buildings in place to get more perspective
 Now I have cut out my first  town section.
Here is the corner and I cut the mountain down some to avoid a real big differential in height.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Coving another corner.

 We are preparing the walls for more photo backdrops so we have to cove or round the corners. We begin on the corner closest to Reed. I had put up some Masonite outlines to show where the plaster scenery would go. These will be removed and a curved piece of Masonite put in their place. Alan is down on the floor and Paul is under the layout scoping out the project. We had to move a lot of boxes out of the way.
 Alan is calculating the size for the piece of Masonite that will be an 18 inch radius and come out 18 inches to meet each wall.
 Ed, Alan and Paul worked on this at the next meeting and I had already cut the Masonite for them.  They cut a groove in the sheet rock and pressed the Masonite into the space. The pressure from the curve held it in place.
 Paul is checking to be sure it will not fall down.
 I am now going in the screw it into the wall.
 Here is the view back over the layout from that corner.
 Rich is busy ballasting for me.
 Here are the wall cuts and the Masonite in the groove.
 I placed screws about every 4 inches.
 It is now screwed on each side.
 The other set of screws.

Masonite is now primed with a water resistent primer
Compound is going on
One more coat to go. Then comes the wall color. Next installment will cover that.

More Dreaded Ballasting

 So, we are starting from the car storage area on the main, and going to the half way point in the yard. That is abut 35 feet.
 You can see that the main is ballasted to the end point. Now all the other tracks have to be ballasted as they have been painted.
 A lot of stone will be used. I am using 20 grit on the main, 30 grit on the Arrival and Departure tracks and the run around track, and 40 grit for the actual yard tracks. The color will vary as well, with the main a limestone, the A?D tracks a dark grey, yard tracks are cinders and the run around a recently laid grey.
 Occasionally, we get spills that I have to clean up.
 You can see the spray bottles of wet water . I am also using an alcohol / water mix as well.
 We start at the rear and ballast along.
 Wetting t down, darkens the color as it washes down the dust.
 I use carpet remnants as protectors for the track as we lean in or actually crawl along.

 Now I am adding the yard lead ballast, a darker grey.
 I wanted to see the look of the cinders on a yard track so laid some in the caboose track area.
 This is the grey for the approaches to the yard tracks

 So, we have ballasted the ladder tracks with a darker grey. We transition to black at the uncoupler.
 Here is a top down view.
 Some more views

 Rich is adding the yard track ballasting. It is the most difficult as the stone is the finest grit. It is HO cinders.
 He seems to be enjoying it though!