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  • Pagosa -and- Southern

    Greetings! Being primarily an On30 modeler I haven't spent a lot of time here in tiny 1:160th land, but I've started a small new N scale project using mostly old stuff I had on hand (I started in N long ago) and I hope you all don't mind my sharing the progress here.

    I spent the weekend torturing some plywood and MDF into a reasonable facsimile of benchwork and trains are already running.



    Obviously it's a very small and simple layout. The base measures 32" x 60" and track level is about 56" above the floor - plenty of room for shelves and storage underneath. I'm using Kato Unitrack this time out because it's easy, reliable and I have a bunch of it from old projects. The plan is intentionally simple with power routing turnouts allowing up to three trains on the line without any complex wiring. Control is from a standard DC Kato power pack.



    This is a train runner's display layout, primarily being built as a home for a bunch of N scale structure kits that have been gathering dust on a shelf. The theme is southern Colorado mining circa early 1950s, and the idea is that this was once an old narrow gauge line that has now been widened to standard.



    So far this has been a nice change of pace from my On30 line and I look forward to sharing more progress with the good folks here. Stay tuned [:-jump2]
    David Meek

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    Dave - it's my pleasure to follow this build!! [:-bouncy]

    You gonna introduce the N scale world to the wonder of "Balsa Foam"!??

    ~ I want to also do a small N scale layout, to take with me, when I go places.....

    With your unique talents, this should be pretty special!!
    ______________________

    Carmine * CEO, Engineer, and Janitor * Pacific Belt RR, since 1975!!

    NCE & TCS, w/Keep-Alive ONLY!!

    PBRR Page: http://www.facebook.com/PBrr.N

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    • #3
      :up:
      " Stay Motivated in Life "

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      • #4
        Welcome to the small scale forum Dave! With your talents this should be a great thread to follow!

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        • #5
          Thanks for the welcome! I started out in N scale long, long ago and this is sort of like returning to my roots. Of course, I'm a card carrying freelancer so don't expect any rivet counting here!

          I think I'm going to tackle the backdrop next. I've put off the backdrop for a long time on the TMMC and now I'm faced with a more difficult instillation. Not this time. I'm going to put some San Juan Mountains photos that I have together in photoshop and then have it professionally printed. There are commercial products that could be used but I'm after something a little more custom.
          David Meek

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          • #6
            Count me in for another exciting and inspirational ride. Glad the "bug" bit you again. Little welts for N, big welts for On30.

            javascript:insertsmilie('[:-cowboy]');

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            • #7
              Here is the backdrop that I will be installing on the P&S. It is a composite of several photos taken around Red Mountain, Ridgway, Animas Forks and Lizard Head Pass.



              I'm having it printed on 13oz vinyl scrim by a commercial firm I deal with regularly that specializes in large format banners for trade shows, etc. Total cost around $40.

              Once it comes back from the printer I'll laminate it to the backdrop support boards. I'm thinking about using 3M 45 spray adhesive for this but I'm open to suggestions if anyone knows of something better or easier.
              David Meek

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              • #8
                Now is the time to decide if it's important to cove the corner of your backboard. My opinion is that even a 3" or 4" radius will be worth the space and effort.
                James

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                • #9
                  Yup, the corner will be coved with a fairly wide radius to eliminate shadows. The banner is being printed full length - 16" x 92" and I designed it with Red Mountain in the corner. The coved area should fall just to the right of the peak.
                  David Meek

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                  • #10
                    Awesome backdrop!

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                    • #11
                      That is for sure a fantastic looking backdrop. And that price sounds like a steal.


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                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • #12
                        Thanks guys. I started roughing in some of the scenery today with pink foam.



                        This will be Wolf Creek Canyon, where the creek flows through down a series of cascades. The Unitrack over the gorge will be replaced with a spindly bridge of some kind.
                        David Meek

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                        • #13
                          And so the artistry begins....

                          I think some of us need the website of your print shop!
                          ______________________

                          Carmine * CEO, Engineer, and Janitor * Pacific Belt RR, since 1975!!

                          NCE & TCS, w/Keep-Alive ONLY!!

                          PBRR Page: http://www.facebook.com/PBrr.N

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                          • #14
                            Very nice. And watching this pink pre-scenery unfold into some great mountain shapes looks exciting.

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                            • #15
                              I'd like to kitbash Carmine and Frederic's comments to make my own! Quite exciting already and looking forward to more of your miniature magic ...
                              Cheers,

                              Dallas



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