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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 - 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!!
deemery Posted - 10/19/2019 : 7:46:08 PM
Windows and doors are installed, walls are assembled. I also started on roof panels.

One door is open on the railroad loading dock, so I'll need to add some boxes and stuff, and maybe a worker or two.

I'm quite happy with the wall coloring. It's what I wanted, somewhat weathered siding with doors/windows that look like they're in better condition/better paint.

deemery Posted - 10/18/2019 : 8:23:18 PM
Another small but significant accomplishment tonight: I added glazing to all the windows and doors. (That's my least-favorite part of structure building.) Tomorrow I can assemble the walls.

jbvb Posted - 10/17/2019 : 11:12:09 AM
Good progess! If you didn't run an NMRA gauge through the joint to see if there is a 'catch' already, now's the time. I prefer a 4" knife file for that kind of adjustment.
deemery Posted - 10/17/2019 : 10:49:59 AM
A small but significant accomplishment last night: I soldered a code 70 section to the code 55 track that leads to the mill spur.
(Here's how: I got a 5" "RibbonRail" track gauge, laid it into both the code 55 track and the code 70 track. I pinched flat a pair of rail joiners, slipped them on the code 70 track, and then re-tested the alignment with the RibbonRail in place. When I was happy, I flipped the track back over, soldered the rail joiners into place with the Ribbonrail gauge in position.)

And I ordered the window glazing from Tichy, once that arrives I can finish the window castings and then glue the walls together.


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