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Graffen Posted - 05/18/2017 : 10:22:37 AM
Hi all. I'm currently renovating a room for my layout.
It's 22' x 16' and will have coved corners.
My layout will be a freelancer Colorado narrow gauge in HOn3.
I've drawn the track plans for it, and I can't wait to start building it.
To prepare, I've been doing some city planning for one of the towns, called Twin Peaks (work name, yet to be decided)
[url=https://flic.kr/p/UEMzsu][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/UEMzsu]IMG_20170518_110214[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/graffas/]Michael Graff[/url], on Flickr
Main Street, the town will be 8' long.
The station will be regauged to HOn3.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/UEMzcj][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/UEMzcj]IMG_20170518_110240[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/graffas/]Michael Graff[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/TCEA69][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/TCEA69]IMG_20170518_104830[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/graffas/]Michael Graff[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/UHv2Rg][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/UHv2Rg]IMG_20170518_110137[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/graffas/]Michael Graff[/url], on Flickr
The street will go upwards in the back and turn into suburbs.
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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/23/2020 : 09:42:14 AM

I am enjoying the photos of structures and scenes on your layout, especially the overall views. It looks to me that in painting backdrops you put down layers of uniform color and go back to add details of mountains etc. I find it interesting that you donít do the whole backdrop at once. I suspect thatís one big difference between a professional like you with complete control over your medium and an amateur like me. I doubt if I could mix the colors for mountains or forest the same if even a few months passed.

Thank you for posting. Excellent work.

Graffen Posted - 10/23/2020 : 06:33:18 AM

Tyson Rayles Posted - 10/11/2020 : 08:35:38 AM
Graffen Posted - 10/11/2020 : 06:43:16 AM

Testing my new mobile phone: Motorola G9 play.
With 48 megapixels and ability to take photos in RAW, it gives me more opportunity for post-editing.
Graffen Posted - 10/03/2020 : 2:24:00 PM
The layout is ready for more work.
I've cleared out everything non-essential from the train room, which gave me a little bit better overview of how to proceed.

I've got me some electrical work to do before I continue with the track laying.
Philip Posted - 05/27/2020 : 08:43:40 AM
Very nice!

George D Posted - 05/26/2020 : 6:30:40 PM
I like the coloring of your rockwork, Michael and that's a nice neat job on your hardware store.

Graffen Posted - 05/26/2020 : 6:14:25 PM
I built a Timberline kit I had in the stash.
The Hardware store:

An old kit with some small faults.

I had to true up the walls, as they were leaning and too wide.

The shop windows, built from wood strips and plastic castings were a challenge as the templates were wrong and the windows too wide to get a good fit....
But it turned out pretty good.
I added the awning as I didn't plan to have a lot of interior in this one.

Needs some details, then it's finished.
Graffen Posted - 05/22/2020 : 07:41:20 AM
Painted the new rockwork today.
WS pigments.
I have now soaked the surface with diluted Modpodge so I can add the black/raw umber wash.
deemery Posted - 05/20/2020 : 5:29:14 PM
A "grasshopper" pump! Hope you can automate it, it'll be cool to see that slowly doing its thing. Don't forget a local tank to store the oil.

Graffen Posted - 05/20/2020 : 1:05:45 PM
Had some time to spare today.
I've painted part of the fascia, it looks so much better in black.
Then I found an oil pump on Thingiverse that I printed on my resin printer last night. I'll see if it can be motorized.
Done a bit more rockwork as well. I use ordinary plaster in aluminum foil.

There's a lot more to do on the layout.
Dutchman Posted - 05/19/2020 : 10:50:51 AM
You've been really busy of late, Michael. I've enjoyed the layout photos. The lighting in the buildings looks neat - especially in those night shots.

Nice job on the foam rock work.
Graffen Posted - 05/19/2020 : 10:42:39 AM
I made a bridge for the road to the tunnel.
3D printed sides and cardboard/wood subframe.
I've just graveled the road, so the bridge is a little wet ...

Sylvan car I also built recently.

Graffen Posted - 05/16/2020 : 3:32:30 PM
I made a retaining wall out of Depron foam that I scribed with a pencil before painting it with gesso and some paint.

I glued it in place with hot glue.

I surrounded it with my homemade Sculptamold.
Graffen Posted - 05/15/2020 : 1:22:11 PM
I made some utility poles today.
It's an Auhagen kit.

I installed them temporary on the layout.

I will add E-Z line later.

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