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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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deemery Posted - 08/19/2020 : 3:58:33 PM
The corner building is mostly done.

I haven't decided if I'll add signage. I probably should. Also, I need to do the inside framing around the wall's corner.

jbvb Posted - 08/16/2020 : 9:51:37 PM
Good progress, Dave. I could loan you a DC power pack. And yes, gaping chasms next to my track were a major motivator in getting my landforms complete. Though mostly it was a friend who didn't want to run his equipment on my layout till I finished. My own equipment did plenty of laps...
deemery Posted - 08/16/2020 : 9:01:48 PM
Well, I can run a standard gauge loco around the loop, OR I can run a narrow gauge loco up the hill, but I can't do both concurrently because (a) I don't have 2 power packs and (b) I don't have the crossing wired to the 4PDT switch (let alone the little animation I want to do there.)

And I'm apprehensive running without any scenery, as I don't want the loco to take a dive down to the floor :-(

BurleyJim Posted - 08/16/2020 : 8:04:38 PM
When is the first OP Session? Looks really good!

deemery Posted - 08/16/2020 : 7:58:37 PM
I started a new structure, one that straddles the corner where the HOn30 line passes. The challenge here is to keep the structure at that corner as thin as possible, to maintain clearance.

I'm using the Nehrich "scribe and snap" technique, with lots of bracing (most of it on the back, but some facade reinforcement too). The last bulk (.040) styrene I got was black, which makes it a bit harder to see how this is carved.

Anyway, this will be a plain brick warehouse.

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

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