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deemery
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Posted - 06/28/2020 :  10:42:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday's projects included a valence for the LED lighting.



It's held in place via Velcro (tm) attached to wood blocks. I'll need to remove that when I permanently attach the lighting.

I'm experimenting with valence height in the main train room, too.

I'm still not quite convinced by that height. Where these are located is under a 10" drop in the ceiling, I think that valence would be too low if continued at the same height to the rest of the room.

I also did some more work on the 'vertical access hatch', today I'll prime it. Joey Rickard says you don't have to, but I think overall I'll get better adhesion to a primed surface.

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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George D
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Posted - 06/28/2020 :  2:01:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Dave,

George


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deemery
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Posted - 06/28/2020 :  2:13:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Playing with the backdrop where the vertical access panel belongs...






dave


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railman28
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Posted - 06/28/2020 :  4:13:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks like it's working. I would be good for photographing the layout. I personally like my blue sky extended higher at least just with paint, about twice what you have.

Bob


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deemery
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Posted - 06/28/2020 :  5:51:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by railman28

It looks like it's working. I would be good for photographing the layout. I personally like my blue sky extended higher at least just with paint, about twice what you have.

Bob



Yeah, the blue is just a mock-up (it's the top 7" of the 18" backdrop that I cut down.) This particular part of the layout isn't really focused on full scenery, it's mostly visible staging for the standard gauge. The backdrops in the rest of the layout are 18" above track. (Standard gauge track is level, you know how hard it is to get a 4-4-0 up any grade... :-) )

dave


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railman28
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Posted - 06/28/2020 :  6:17:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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, you know how hard it is to get a 4-4-0 up any grade... :-) )




Yes! that's my excuse for building moguls.


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deemery
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  2:06:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm "imagineering" the scene under the stairs. The white box on the right is a single stall enginehouse, for the turntable that is that square opening in front of it :-)


I also ordered a Downtown Deco flat to go along the wall on the left. The only problem I have with Randy's kits is they're often "pre-weathered" in ways that look too decrepit for my 1890s era industrial buildings.

dave



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railman28
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  2:25:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For what they're worth, here are my observations. I like how it's shaping up. The white behind the industrial building between the tracks is drawing my eye in. All the way to the coal bunker(?) in the background. This is making the scene look large and following. I don't find myself looking up at the bottom of the stairs of noticing the corner at the left. Is that what your after? BTW, I have the same problem with Downtown Deco.

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deemery
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  7:15:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've actually been working relatively hard, just nothing interesting to show. I primed the wall castings for the Walthers Vulcan factory in the center of the previous photo. Tomorrow that primer should be fully cured, and I'll paint the bricks before assembling the wall. I used white primer for a change, so when I put a brick color on it the brick will have a different tone than you see with most of my other brick buildings (where I used Vallejo Red-Brown primer, sometimes as the final brick color.) On the front of the building I painted a white stripe (went back over a couple of times with the primer) with the idea of doing a black decal with the "white lettering" showing through. That means I'll have to mask that section when I do the brick paint.

I also installed a piece of foam in the hole that is just behind the structure mock-up, level with the homasote for the yard, and mocked up a hill behind the factory. That hill will connect to a hill on the other side of the wall to the right. One consequence of this is that the ball signal will be really hard for the engineer on the NG to see from his cab heading away from the yard to the crossing. So the rulebook will require him to stop before the crossing and ask the towerman to reset the ball signal (to be built). Towerman will have to see if there are any conflicting standard gauge train movements before releasing the crossing to the NG. I think that's how the prototype would handle this (you rules experts, please chime in!!)

The little connectors to easily wire up the LED strips came today, so that will probably be tomorrow's project, once I'm back from my eye appointment. I'm adding another LED strip on the other side of the drop ceiling. I had planned this, but in particular I noticed shadows I didn't want on the factory without that extra light. I still need to ponder how I'll wire this up in the long run, I'm guessing it'll be at the end of the long lighting run from the layout lights in the train room.

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Posted - 07/01/2020 :  09:31:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I can tell you're working hard. Ball signals were normally in the 'no balls raised' position, nothing has permission to move. For an unscheduled move, normal practice would be to approach the signal at restricted speed, prepared to stop in 1/2 the sight distance. Then call for a signal with 4 short toots. The signal tender either clears you or holds you till another, superior move completes. If the unscheduled or low-priority move was near the capacity of the loco, the yardmaster might telegraph/telephone the ball signal operator and not start the move till the signal was clear. Most RRs forbade the use of sand across diamonds.


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tloc
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Posted - 07/01/2020 :  09:39:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, it all looks excellent and very believable. Backgrounds really do make things pop.

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deemery
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Posted - 07/01/2020 :  1:56:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

dave


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railman28
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Posted - 07/01/2020 :  2:13:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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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.

dave



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


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deemery
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Posted - 07/08/2020 :  10:44:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

dave


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deemery
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Posted - 08/05/2020 :  6:46:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

dave


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