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David Clark Posted - 01/07/2017 : 10:35:22 PM
I have abandoned the thread "Dave's First On30 Layout" to start this one as I had figured out a name and want to keep a dialogue and record going of the build.
Having secured a place in the basement, I need to relocate some furniture and a (rarely used) treadmill belonging to my mother-in-law.
I started by building the benchwork out of 1/2" plywood, with 3/4" plywood gussets in the corners for stability. I pre-drilled holes in the girders for wiring. Each module is 78" x 30" as per the layout in my first post.
The modules are nice and light, I think the heaviest single piece will be the 1/4" piece of hardboard that will be the surface of the water. Legs were built up from 1x2 and 1x3 boards and long enough to put the module at about the 4' height. Since I'm building a shadow box, I think this will be a nice height for my 5"8" body.
I had some cool stuff arrive over Christmas - some manual turnout controls from Fast Tracks called Bullfrog turnout Control that require assembly. Check them out at www.fast-tracks.net. They weren't too expensive. I also picked up some "suitcase" connectors from Lordco, an automotive supply store, two packs of 15 came to $7.00 - definitely less expensive than a model railroad retailer (sorry).
Cheers,
Dave














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TRAINS1941 Posted - 04/11/2019 : 12:39:54 PM
Looks good Dave nice job.
Frank Palmer Posted - 04/11/2019 : 10:49:58 AM
Nice.
Rick Posted - 04/11/2019 : 08:52:02 AM
Dave, good technique and results.
David Clark Posted - 04/10/2019 : 2:26:22 PM
Thanks for the compliments, guys.
Had a few hours over the weekend to play a bit more. I used a dot filter technique to add weathering to the roofs which I will elaborate on a bit later. I also decided to repaint the wooden roof walks to show signs of paint being worn off using the hairspray technique.


First I painted the walkway a tan colour for raw wood. I used a mix of sand and grey that I had laying around.


After it dried a masked off the walkway and sprayed it with a coat of Finesse hairspray (anything cheap is good). I let it dry before painting the final colour on it. If I had wanted to have chipped paint, I would have sprinkled rock salt on the wet hairspray.


I then put a mix of black and grey-blue in the airbrush and sprayed a few light coats on the walkway, until it was well-covered. My paint thickness and air pressure weren't perfect but I thought "It's coming off anyway, so what?".


Here is the final shot after rubbing the black paint with a wet, soft brush until I was happy with the amount of wear it was showing. My paint coverage was pretty light so it came off very fast in spots. I found afterwards that the underlying wood was too bright so I gave it a coat of brown acrylic wash and once it is given a matte varnish coat will likely add some powder weathering.
Comments, welcome.
Cheers,
Dave
BigLars Posted - 03/31/2019 : 09:53:35 AM
Dave, Great job painting.
friscomike Posted - 03/31/2019 : 12:15:54 AM
Nice job! Convincing.
David Clark Posted - 03/30/2019 : 12:47:04 PM
quote:
Originally posted by TRAINS1941

Dave did you spray paint that box car??

And whose kit was it??



It was a Bachmann Spectrum kit. I just brush painted it with tube acrylics. I found them to be quite translucent - they wouldn't cover the old logo. I had to add model acrylic - Vallejo - to cover it. When I get home I will list the colours I used - I wrote them down so that I could duplicate it on others.
Cheers,
Dave
TRAINS1941 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 12:22:33 AM
Dave did you spray paint that box car??

And whose kit was it??
David Clark Posted - 03/29/2019 : 2:14:13 PM
Thanks, Bill. I must say, having such well-respected and accomplished modelers following along and offering encouragement is great praise!
Cheers,
Dave
Bill Gill Posted - 03/29/2019 : 07:37:28 AM
Dave, good weathering.
David Clark Posted - 03/28/2019 : 1:59:23 PM
Thanks for the nice comments, guys. I hope to be more regular with progress in the future.
Cheers,
Dave
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/28/2019 : 09:02:13 AM
Excellent paint and weathering, Dave. And a little history with the ghostly herald too.

Mike
Rick Posted - 03/28/2019 : 08:14:09 AM
Very nice!
Hopeless Posted - 03/27/2019 : 8:40:07 PM
Excellent. I will remember this when I paint mine.

Roland
Carl B Posted - 03/27/2019 : 8:23:38 PM
Well done David.

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