Gunnison Finally Complete (well almost)

 Was able to get most of the scenery done.

     Almost there, most of the scenery is now finished in the yard of Gunnison bar for completing the finishing touches to the water tower. This just needs the water spout added and then the whole assembly can finally be cemented in place.

    Barry very kindly donated the sanding facility and stock yard from his last layout and these two pieces fitted right in.

    Assembled and kit bashed several Walthers kits to represent the Conoco Fuel Distributor facility and made several trees for the back of the yard.

The images that follow show where the yard is at as of today.

This is an in process shot as lots more detail was added.

   Well that has me pretty well caught up with the progress on the Monarch Branch. I have started to add ground cover to Poncha Junction so until the next time, thanks for stopping by.



A new HOn3 layout in town

 Barry's new RGS HOn3 layout 

     Good friend and one of two close friends who are well into HOn3 has well and truly started his new layout based on the RGS.

     Due to Covid 19 lock-down here in Melbourne none of us have been able to catch up with his progress since the start of July this year. The last time we got to see his layout all of his track was down and trains were able to run. 

     Barry has graciously allowed me to post images of some of his work so here we go.

    All of the fascia is installed as to all of the control panels at each town.

    Scenery has been started with roughing in the terrain with plans for two scratch built trestles at the end of one of the peninsulas.


This is the site of Vance Junction

     Some background painting at the back of Vance Junction has been completed along with placement of buildings along with some trees and ground cover.

    There are a lot more images however these will be used in a video to be shot of the layout once we can all get out of lock-down.

    Thanks for stopping by.



Working in Gunnison

 Whilst in lock-down and Winter.

     It gets cold in my Garage where the Monarch Branch is housed however with the addition of carpet tiles some months ago that has helped. The gift of a high wattage fan heater has helped also so during winter and lock-down I thought I should try and get some more work started on the RR.

    First order of business was to fill in the gaps left where I had laid cork for the track in the yard. Big mistake, I should have just laid a full sheet which would have made that job redundant. Never the less using paper to get templates of what was needed the job didn't take that long at all.

    I decided to use several different grades and colours of ballast I had gathered for the yard trying not to make it look to even. White glue was spread and on went the ballast, track first then the bare ground.

   Using my air brush I then set about spraying various shades of AK Acrylic paints, Ash Grey, Sooty Black and Smoke Black over the ballast blending as I went.

   Once dry I then got out my trusty static grass applicator and proceeded to add various shades of dry grass around one side of the yard and a small amount near some tracks. Greener grass was added near the location of the water tank ( yet to be finished).

   More to be done like the addition of buildings for the Conoco Oil dealer, Stock yard and any others that I think will fit.

   Just a couple of pics to see the progress thus far.


K27 458 sitting over the scratch built ash pit.

     Well that's about it for this post. 

Thank you to every one old or new who has stopped by for a look it is very much appreciated.



Wheel and Tie car finished

 Finally completed

     I was finally able get the decals laid down that came with the Grandt Line kit and boy were they very fine and a little bit brittle after being locked away in the cardboard box for so many years.

    Those done I weathered the car with a very light wash of India ink & alcohol and once dry added the hand cart, a pallet of drums and some cross ties.

    The wheels and trucks were painted and now its ready to take its place on the Monarch Branch.

This is a cropped image ready to add to my car card sytem.

  I'm pretty happy with the way this has turned out so on to the next project.

Thanks again.



Assembling a Grant Line Wheel and Tie car

 Finally got back to it

      I started to assemble this car many many months ago however I became side tracked when I built my additional peninsular for the layout. We have had to go back into lock-down again here in Melbourne, it is very cold in the garage (train room) so I thought I should do something productive and get this thing finished whilst sitting inside where it is warm.

    So far so good, lots of grab irons to bend and fit some being more fiddly than others considering their position on the car.

   I weathered the decks well before I started to assemble the kit.

   This is where I am at with it at the moment. Decals are under way however as this is a very old kit they are very fragile and are breaking quite easily.





    I should be able to get the rest of the decals on today then give the car a spray of Dullcoat and some light weathering. The new cross ties sitting in the background will be added along with a few other details to help with the appearance but to give the car a bit more weight as the frame is all plastic.

Thanks for coming by.



I used my new Gimble today

 Part three Building the D&RGW Monarch Branch

    It was warm in the garage this morning so took advantage of it to do another short video on the Monarch Branch. This video starts at Montrose and goes to Poncha Junction. There is a town yet to be built between the end of Cimarron and Montrose and I am still deciding whether there will be an additional peninsular to be built off from this so hence the delay.

Here is the new video

Thanks to those who have subscribed to my You Tube stuff it is very much appreciated.



Catching up on scenery part 2

 Lots more done

    I was able to put a fair amount of time into my town of Montrose over the past month or so which brought the scenery almost to completion. Lots of various grades and colours of ballast, various colours and shades of ground cover including static grasses along with tufts and a few more trees. Lots of telegraph poles were constructed and planted along the right of way. I also repainted the plastic timber loads with the aim to get them to look more like cut timber.

    Here are a few images of the area.

     Next job work out what I want to do at the end of the peninsular.

Till another time.