11/07/2019

More progress

Slowly getting there.

    Its still be cold down here so most of the work these past few weeks is taking place in the study / workroom. Having said that though there has been a few warmer days that let me get out into the train room to spray the roof of the roundhouse and install the roundhouse along with a few additional tracks. Inside I have completed the build of the Grand Central Gold Mining Co building so all is not lost.

Here is some progress images.

Tar paper roofing being applied.
Roof painted. To help simulate the tar paper I sprayed flat black along all of the joins then gave the whole roof a spray of Nato Black followed by a light spray of Vallejo earth colour.









    Quite happy with my progress these past few weeks and no I am assembling a group of 5 small buildings from the Banta Model Works RICO kit.
More next time. 

20/06/2019

Although Its cold in the Garage

Moving along slowly.

     Its been cold in Melbourne this past week however the week before was nice and warm in fact warm enough to do some more work.
     Scenery foam cut and set in place then plaster cloth covered most of that.
     Inside I kept working on my Sargents Roundhouse kit that is to be located in Gunnison.

Here are some images of that progress.











Moving along however a ways to go.
Thanks for taking the trouble to visit my Blog.
Rod.

 

29/05/2019

Another Update

More progress but slow

    Finally got to finish the Durango Press Water tank and my Cimarron Depot. Also got to work on mocking in the scenery down the left hand side of the RR. Started work on the Cimarron freight house however the kit has the incorrect windows supplied.
   The station and tank.




  I picked up the following two second hand kits at the convention so set about getting these ready for the RR.








Foam scenery base starting to take shape. I will cover this with plaster gauze then rock moulds.



    That's about it for this post, not too much done as I have had the flu for five weeks after coming home from the convention.
Thanks for stopping by.

08/05/2019

Been a while

Holidays, trip to a Convention and the Flu

     Its hard to post new stuff when time gets away from you every now and then. Drove to Gosford NSW to the National Narrow Gauge Convention the Tuesday before Easter and had a great drive until we got caught in a traffic jam in Sydney's outskirts that took us 45 minutes to drive about 6 Km.
    Anyway we had a great time caught up with some N Scale folk from past years, met some really nice folk at and during the convention and took part in an ops session on Friday morning on Gerry Hopkins fantastic RR.
    Negotiated a deal with my Fun & Finance manager to purchase a new D&RGW HOn3 K27 and a caboose which made the trip just a tad more expensive than planned.
    Together with ,I drove Bill and Peter to the layout tours on Friday afternoon and to and from the convention venue and we all had a ball, lots of laughter and good times. Dinner with mates old and new friends.
    The convention was well attended with nice display layouts and some really good vendors.

Here is one of the home layouts we visited on the Friday afternoon. A beautiful HO layout.







Some from the convention hall.









And since coming home with the flu I have managed in between sneezing and coughing to complete the Cimarron Depot and a two stall Boiler Kit for the Monarch Branch.



So that's it for this post.
Rod.

08/04/2019

Mine rebuild

My scratch built mine got a makeover

     Once I got all of the track down on the Monarch Branch I positioned my scratch built mine in several locations to see how it looked, badly I'd say. To me it looked oversized for the rest of the layout. When questioning friends they also agreed so it had to be changed.
     After my first session on the layout with our Friday group last Friday week I set about to see what I could do to first of all save as much as I could or just bin the lot.
     Binning was not the answer so on the Saturday morning out came the knife and the whole thing was taken apart. Roofs off and dumped, walls taken off and I was left to see what I could salvage.
     Without going into too much detail I decided to lower it, and make the tall section much smaller overall. Thank goodness the base was illustration board as it made sectioning so much easier.

Here are some images of the mine in various stages of rebuild.



     I used Wild West models corrugated iron for the roof this time ( painted with lots of varying colour to get the weathered look I was after) instead of simulated tar paper. I think it looks a lot
better.
    I also gave the whole building a light spray of Box Car Red which has improved its overall appearance.

Next up is progress on my water tank.


     Roof to come and then that will be at least one kit finished.

Thanks for dropping by.
Rod.