Building the D&RGW Monarch Branch in HOn3 Pt 2

    This time I selected the correct format for the production.

Part two now on YouTube and here.

Thank you for taking another look.


Building the D&RGW Monarch Branch Part 1

     This video although for some reason quite grainy shows the start of construction on my
HOn3 Monarch Branch. I may not have selected the correct format when downloading onto YouTube
     This is part one.

Thanks for dropping by.


Another update.

A new building completed.

    Whilst we are again in lock-down here in Melbourne (two weeks completed of 6) I have scratch built an additional building for Montrose.
    This is for Montrose Lumber. After scrounging around for some Evergreen Siding (A$ 14.95 a sheet) and only finding one left out of three hobby shops close by I just had to make do.
    To make the white styrene look like aged wood I brush painted it with AK interactive wood colours. This is a box of 5 colours that blend to give a good effect.
    Here is the outcome just sitting where it will settle when the weather get warmer in the garage.

   Friend John did the sign and suggested a few weeks back to try printing it onto Tissue paper in lieu of copy paper. This made the sign much thinner so it was able to sink into the clap Board Siding making it almost painted on. I am very happy with the way this building and sign turned out.
  On to the next Lock-down project.


Another update

More progress on the Monarch Branch

     Doing some research of grain elevators for my town of Montrose I have been able to locate several old images of the elevator owned and operated by Graden Flour Mills that resided in Durango back in the early 1900's. Good friend Peter sent me a link where I was able to download a drawing of the front elevation of this mill and so with this ammunition I set about to scratch build (as close as possible) this mine.
    Having the almost scale drawing made it a lot easier so the plan was to make each section bit by bit following drawings I made to try and keep the variations to the size of each  to as close to scale as I could.
    Fortunately I had purchased some Evergreen Clap Board Siding several weeks before Covid 19 lock-down and with bits of corrugated and V Grove siding I had in stock set about construction.

  Here are just a few of the mill under construction.

   The main building are complete ready for placement on the RR however there is quite a ways to go yet before this can take place.
   In the meantime I have started to scratch build another building and this will be for Montrose Lumber to be placed well in Montrose.
 Thanks for coming to take a look.



New Video of Thompson River Canyon

     Just up loaded a compilation of stills during the construction of Thompson River Canyon a display layout built by Vic and myself back in the late 90's into early 2000's. The layout was first shown at the National N Scale Convention held in Victoria in 2003. We did not have time to construct the light boxes for the convention however we managed to get them completed for several exhibitions held here in Melbourne and one in South Australia. It was on display at the AMRA exhibition held in the Box Hill swimming complex, the Sandown Model Railway Exhibition and the AMRA exhibition held at the Caulfield Racecourse.
    The layout was featured in N Scale Railroading Magazine and a Canadian Model RR mag.
    There is a small amount of added video taken after the layout was purchased by Barry.

   We had a great time building this layout and a lot of fun when we had the privilege of being able to show it to the public. Many memorable moment were created with friends along its journey.
  There were several videos taken by others whilst the layout was on display.
Have fun modeling.


Lockdown has been productive.

Quite a lot done since lock-down.

     Lock down has been really bad for a lot of folk however when you have been retired for almost 19 years, getting old with a damn good hobby it is not really a concern. I am sorry that we have not been able to get together with the Friday group for 10 weeks or more however it has not stopped me from cracking on with assembling kits and doing scenery for my Monarch Branch in preparation for their next visit.
    Once the main kit ( the Campbell Models Silver Spur Mine) was assembled I attacked a few Main Street Model buildings purchased from Peter S. Once these were done I then went into the train room over many days working on the scenery where the mine was be positioned along with the powder shed and other scratch built pieces.
   These are progress shots as of two days ago.

    The two buildings below will be placed in Poncha Junction as more work needs to be done in this town.

     That's for this post so see you soon.