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BigLars Posted - 05/09/2014 : 6:57:15 PM
I made a comment that if you do not have a railroad running or were looking for a change of pace you could easily get a 2’ x 3’ cork posting board on sale for around $10.00 and put some spare track down and be running in a few hours.

Why did I suggest 2’ x 3’ cork tack boards? Well this is my story and I am sticking to it:
• The cork and underlying material holds track spikes like a champ (practice hand laying track).
• You do not need any power tools to build bench work. It is small enough to store under a bed if you have no room for a layout.
• You can move it easily to the coffee table and run trains.
• The layout will fit in the trunk of a car even my 2 seat SLK.
• You can get 11” radius curves down that will allow you to run a lot of small HO or ON30 drives and cars.
• I have built a mini and a micro layout on these before and they have each lasted 5 years and are still running.

Here are the rules.
• Must use a 2’x3’ (approximate) cork board to start, keep it intact or slice it dice it any way you want.
• A train has to run on the layout when finished.
• The layout needs a purpose to exist, industry, theme park ride, etc.
• It must hold the interest of a 7 – 10 year old for a half hour of play time. Yes, this is possible; I know it to be true. The children should be able to drive it and throw a switch but tell them no touching the trains or structures. I suggest a loop with a couple of switches or cool automation.
• It must be operational by Thanksgiving 2014 (Giving the finished layout to a child, hospital or old age home for the Holidays earn extra special bonus points).
• I would like to keep the scale to HO or above to make it a real challenge. (bonus points for new gauges / scales invented)
• If you model someplace then model someplace else for the challenge. I model the Yukon that means I have to model something like Arizona, North Carolina, Cuba, Europe or something.

Sample of said board.

http://www.officesupply.com/office-supplies/boards-easels/boards/cork-fabric-bulletin-boards/sparco-wood-frame-cork-board/p21613.html?device=c&network=g&matchtype=&ref=pla&cid=ad-pla-non-brand+&gclid=CJTY7cz2n74CFWcS7Aod62AAZg

I buy mine at Hobby Lobby and use a 40% off on line coupon they put out every couple of weeks.

So let’s go, I know two ON30 guys who want in other than me.
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Rick Posted - 08/31/2020 : 4:16:04 PM
Carl, thanks for looking in and appreciate the tip.

Larry and Philip, thanks for the nice comments.
Much appreciated and Philip, thanks for the award. .

Jerry, I don't think there will ever be an empire.
Something small maybe.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 08/31/2020 : 11:33:54 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Larryc

Philip that was my attempt at trying to be funny; or not. I've checked out some of his other projects and he is indeed a great modeler.



We all know he is!! I think he's starting to practice for when he retires and builds his empire!!!!
Larryc Posted - 08/31/2020 : 11:31:35 AM
Philip that was my attempt at trying to be funny; or not. I've checked out some of his other projects and he is indeed a great modeler.
Philip Posted - 08/30/2020 : 10:37:25 PM
Larryc he's busy keeping us outta forum jail! Rick's actually a great modeler.

Philip
Philip Posted - 08/30/2020 : 10:34:06 PM
Glad your on it! You shall be awarded the out of paint award similar to the hammer award sir!

frank will send certificate....

Philip
Larryc Posted - 08/30/2020 : 3:35:23 PM
Rick you are always commenting on my projects so I thought that I would look for yours. After checking the entire forum I finally found something that you are working on. Wow you really do, do model railroading; just kidding. So far it looks really good and has some great potential. Keep going and you'll get there.
As far as scenery goes, and I am no expert by any means, usually if you build layer upon layer then it tends to look more realistic. Just my two cents worth.
Carl B Posted - 08/30/2020 : 10:38:45 AM
Rick, if you mean Ceramcoat Trail Tan, most Hobby Lobby stores have it in stock.
Rick Posted - 08/30/2020 : 10:25:38 AM
Frank, you're right.

Mike, thanks for looking in and the suggestion.
I don't think an exact match will be necessary since it will be covered in dirt and grasses.
I just wanted it painted so no white has a chance to peek through.

Thanks Mike. Larry's idea is good.

Thanks again Larry.
Frank Palmer Posted - 08/30/2020 : 10:00:07 AM

Rick, you've had a year to get ready to paint this hill area and you run out of paint!



Michael Hohn Posted - 08/30/2020 : 09:07:09 AM
Rick,

Interesting and fun project.

You might know this already, with everything computerized now. paint stores can often mix discontinued colors. Failing that you can take in an example for them to color match. It works quite well

Mike

Tyson Rayles Posted - 08/30/2020 : 08:33:09 AM
Good to see you are still at it Rick! Larry's suggestion is a good one.
BigLars Posted - 08/29/2020 : 4:17:53 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Rick

Thanks Larry.
I'm trying for a western look.
Arizona/Nevada type of thing.



If you are new to it or don't want a large investment in materials you may want to see if you can use a 40 percent off coupon from a craft store and get one of these to try. https://scenearama.woodlandscenics.com/show/item/SP4124
TRAINS1941 Posted - 08/29/2020 : 3:14:09 PM
Wow! An I thought you were all done and there it is a work in progress.
Good to see you back at it!!

Ask Mike to send you a small box of dirt from his backyard.
Rick Posted - 08/29/2020 : 2:31:36 PM
Thanks Larry.
I'm trying for a western look.
Arizona/Nevada type of thing.
BigLars Posted - 08/29/2020 : 2:29:57 PM
Progress! Nice to see Rick. What part of the world do you need scenery for?

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