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deemery Posted - 04/11/2018 : 10:24:02 AM
I'll start a blog to talk about constructing my new layout.

First, the space. We finished part of the basement to serve as layout space, shop space and some extra living space. It's my 'playground' but that doesn't mean I get to use all of it for the layout.

This room is dedicated layout space. Unfortunately the building inspector insisted I had to build a closet around the electrical panel in the left corner, and that really messes things up.

I can also extend into part of the general living space.

The shop area is against the back wall, and I'll use the near right wall for the main yard.

We also built a 3/4 bath in the basement (and that drove the construction budget well over estimates, since we had to do an up-flushing drain system to the septic field.)

I did some special electrical arrangements in the basement. First, one of every pair of outlets is switched. That means I can hit one switch and make sure all tools and DCC equipment is turned off. I also added some ceiling outlets for layout lighting, and those are switched separately from the main room overhead lights. The flooring is high quality vinyl plank with integral thick cork base. This stuff is supposed to be 'waterproof' (but the basement is very dry), and it's a lot more comfortable to stand on than the concrete slab. The oak color matches the flooring in the rest of the house, and more importantly it's relatively easy to find most things I drop on the floor.

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jbvb Posted - 01/02/2020 : 8:04:17 PM
It was a productive afternoon and I was happy to help, Dave.
railman28 Posted - 01/02/2020 : 7:20:20 PM
In such little steps a journey of greatness is started. Congratulations

Orionvp17 Posted - 01/02/2020 : 6:08:05 PM

in Michigan
deemery Posted - 01/02/2020 : 5:53:45 PM
It was an amazing day on the SL&N. James Van Bokkelen came over, showed me how to use the voltmeter to inspect/debug track. Then, once he found where I put that RS-1 I got as a test loco, and cleaned A LOT of track, we ran the loco over 60% of the main line! I have LOTS of work to do, including hooking up the small yard trackage to the power bus, finding a short in one section of track, fixing lots and lots of misalignment and track glitches. But this was extremely helpful, as in 50 years as a model railroader, I can count the number of times I actually moved a locomotive on my track on the fingers of one hand!

We also looked at those little LEDs that I got that are pre-wired with a resistor, figuring out likely voltage and current draw. Again, more education on how to use the voltmeter (and how to think about the problem...)

Orionvp17 Posted - 11/02/2019 : 5:50:45 PM

This is looking fabulous! Excellent jobs with the backdrop, mill pond, "water features" and so on! Drive on!

in Michigan
deemery Posted - 11/02/2019 : 5:37:29 PM
Wife finished painting the mill pond (piece of styrene) to match the backdrop. (It actually looks better than the photos, that's currently a dark corner and will need special attention when I do layout lighting.)

Next steps here are to glue down the 'mill pond', "paint" it with gloss medium, add the waterfall over the dam and the water along the mill stream. I also need to permanently attach the backdrops, which will be a challenge.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 10/22/2019 : 12:13:42 AM
Dave your getting there now. Nice job. Keep the updates coming.
Carrie Creek Posted - 10/21/2019 : 11:08:16 PM
Nice looking group of buildings. Your 3story looks tilted to the right might need to check level. The small red brick (powerhouse?) building kind of disappears but the backdrop might mitigate the effect. You have ideas for the foreground?
railman28 Posted - 10/21/2019 : 9:30:01 PM
very nice build Dave.
jbvb Posted - 10/21/2019 : 8:23:05 PM
Looks nice. My current build has some parts I made out of the Revell 1/32" birch plywood that Michaels sells. One bit warped the basswood clapboard I laminated it to, so I made the two new roof panels from two layers of the plywood, glued face to face with opposite warps, then let it dry 36 hours under a weighted glass sheet. No re-warping yet.
Orionvp17 Posted - 10/21/2019 : 8:21:58 PM
Looking good, Dave!

in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/21/2019 : 8:19:02 PM
Very nice, Dave.
deemery Posted - 10/21/2019 : 7:21:34 PM
The clerestory windows are done. The top roof piece is set in place, I'll have to figure out how to clamp it to get a better fit.

Here's a shot of the overall Mill Valley scene.

deemery Posted - 10/20/2019 : 1:56:39 PM
Roof panels are done. The clerestory walls are next, they'll be a bit of a challenge. I need to figure out the spacing, then cut the pieces to fit in between the window castings.

I'm thinking about doing that particular piece in styrene, rather than wood.

I cut the panels from thin plywood, with heavy duty wood bracing (to help remove the warp from the plywood.) Anyone know any tricks to keep those thin but strong sheets of plywood from warping so badly?

TRAINS1941 Posted - 10/20/2019 : 12:27:08 AM
Really looks nice Dave.

It really goes well with the other buildings great scene in the making!!

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