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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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Orionvp17 Posted - 08/10/2020 : 10:45:21 AM
Originally posted by jbvb

Still admiring your progress; mine has mostly been 1:1 track etc. at Seashore

Me, too, as mine is mostly in my head....

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 08/09/2020 : 9:54:33 PM
Still admiring your progress; mine has mostly been 1:1 track etc. at Seashore
deemery Posted - 08/09/2020 : 6:20:10 PM
Originally posted by railman28

I t's looking good but what do you mean "done"?


It means I'm tired of adding details to it :-). It does need scenery/ground cover, but that will wait until I'm ready to do the surrounding area. I thought about lighting, if I decide to light this one up I can pry off the roof to get to the 2nd floor, and do the ground floor from underneath.

Architecturally, this is a very 'modern' building for 1898 (the baseline date for the layout), so no need to do a lot of weathering.

railman28 Posted - 08/09/2020 : 5:32:10 PM
I t's looking good but what do you mean "done"?

wvrr Posted - 08/09/2020 : 4:58:17 PM
That is looking great, Dave.

deemery Posted - 08/09/2020 : 3:30:12 PM
OK, I'm calling this one done.

Last details included the decals on the 'back' side and the white line on top of the company name on the front side, along with gluing the chimney in place.

boomer44 Posted - 08/08/2020 : 10:51:13 AM
Going back to your track plan I didn't expect to see this much activity at this location. Interesting to see how your developing this. Enjoying your progress.

Gordon Spalty
railman28 Posted - 08/07/2020 : 10:57:49 PM
I like the lettering. Good progress overall

Michael Hohn Posted - 08/07/2020 : 6:50:50 PM
Looking good, Dave!
Orionvp17 Posted - 08/07/2020 : 5:41:52 PM
Looking good, Dave! Nice progress!

in Michigan
deemery Posted - 08/07/2020 : 4:08:53 PM
I decided to add the lettering (decal) to the other side of the Aladdin company building. The paint and decal varnish will be dry tomorrow. When I add the roof ventilators, stairway and a block above the 2nd story door, this will be done.

deemery Posted - 08/05/2020 : 6:46:59 PM
I finally got around to printing the decals for the lettering. White paint underneath, so it looks like white lettering painted over black lettering.

I also started on the metal roofs. I primed with Vallejo panzer grey, then applied Pewter Pan Pastel to give it a metallic sheen. Over that I applied neutral dark shade to tone down the metal. (This shows the Pewter, before the flat neutral grey.)

This is a relatively new structure, so I won't weather the roof very much.

Next step is glazing and the dormer windows.

deemery Posted - 07/08/2020 : 10:44:58 AM
I'm bouncing around a couple of different projects right now. I'm procrastinating on the decals to complete the (Walthers) kit under the stairs. I've been roughing out scenery for the hill underneath the stairs, I should work more on that, too, since I don't have to wait for any parts to do that work (now that I bought some cheapo fabric yesterday.) I've started a new project to build a small coal station for the HOn30 line, starting with the Durango Press kit and building a shed around it. I shrunk the drawings down to 70% which is the right size for HOn30 locos. There are some interesting construction challenges, I suppose I should do a separate build thread on that. And I'm waiting for a Downtown Deco plaster kit to add to the staging yard back wall.

railman28 Posted - 07/01/2020 : 2:13:31 PM
Originally posted by deemery

Bob, there's supposed to be a view block where the white column is, so you won't be able to see all the way to where "Jacob's Coal" is.


That should still make a very deep scene. I think that much better than looking into a closet and trying to make that work

deemery Posted - 07/01/2020 : 1:56:30 PM
Bob, there's supposed to be a view block where the white column is, so you won't be able to see all the way to where "Jacob's Coal" is.


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