I have been concentrating on working on the branch line this week, so here are some photos of progress at the future site of the sawmill.
Getting the sidings in place for the log slide to the pond and a siding for finished product.
Next a series of Photographs showing creating the terrain around where the mill will be.
Adding slab of foam for base of mill area.
Adding slope down base.
Using some hydrocal rocks from rock molds and plaster cloth.
Then filling with more rocks and blending with sculptamold
Next will be determining the contours of the mill area (buildings, pond etc.
Working to finish up track work and bridges etc, on both main line passing sidings and on the lumber branch, and at the same time dealing with roughing in base scenery in those areas.
Passing sidings on two levels as well as logging branch at the top
Just added Queenpost bridge on the logging branch
About to install a 51 foot length of blue rope leds, which is just about right to do a single trace around the whole layout in from the front of the aisle.
Starting to see how I will install lights
Will use the blue lights and perhaps a string of Warm white dimmable rope lights, so I can adjust the balance between the blue and white.
Town in blue night light only
Addition of the white Dimmable light should give a night effect, but still be better able to see.
Forrest being added to multiple parts of the layout, with modified commercial trees in the background and Supertrees and self made evergreens in the foreground.
Modified various trees populating the hills
Will still be modified a little more by subtle grey-blue toning, more as we approach the background
Setting up a few scenarios to photograph for a new mailer.
Setup for a back cover, with a Covered Hopper
Will be doing some Steam Engine and other subjects for the mailer, but here is this first shot
Milwaukee covered hopper
Been coloring these Motrack stone wall castings made of Hydrocal.
Stack of stone wall castings
These are colored, or really stained with many layers of sprayed dilute india ink and dilute woodland scenics burnt umber scenery color. They will be put up end to end with concrete buttresses at the joints of the separate pieces. Actual length of wall about 44 inches long total
A friend, artist Garth Herrick, was tasked to create something for a New York restaurant display made only out of food offered at the restaurant. So here it is, the great Monterrey Jack Cheese Steam Engine, pretty cool.
Monterrey Jack Engine
Not easy to work with sculpture medium
Thanks Garth for permission to use these images
Started to wire each section of track soldered to the rails and then connected to the DCC size14 buss wire with suitcase connectors. (insulation displacement connectors)
Wires at back of town passing siding ready to solder
Should make for good steady power
At the recent end of October GSMTS in Timonium MD, couldn’t resist adding this item
Bob’s Hot Dog Cart from Oxford die casting. My Namesake
I have a concept of the walk-in aisle of my layout being a river or small bay, so I am making my scenery (rocky banks etc.) all come down to a common level as it would be meeting a bay.
Series of shots, showing rocky banks coming to a common level.
Bank by the concrete arch bridge
Continuation of banks at bay level
Further along the bank
This showing my suspended edge, not yet fully built up with scenery
This shot from a low level showing the way the edge is built
My thought is to build a rolling cart with an area of bay level water that can be raised into position anywhere along the walk in aisle, for photography of the layout, with extended water.