Just returned from W. Springfield MA from the biggest model train show in the nation. Quite an experience. Over 400,000 square ft of dealers, manufacturers, modular layouts, etc.
Car in the parking lot right where I pulled in. No doubt I was in train land!
The show is in 4 buildings. this is the entrance to one of the four (Mallary Complex)
They have some canvas covered walkways between buildings
This is inside showing less than half of the largest building (Better Living Center)
Partial BLC Hall photo
Some of the manufacturers show a model in progress-undecorated.This is a Rapido Pre-production model at their booth
Pre-Production Alco RS11
They also have some special things like this Real 1895 Baldwin steam engine, built for SD Warren Paper Co, that has been restored to full steam operation.
SD Warren-No-2-2Ft gauge
All in all , a very enjoyable weekend
Here is a general view of the layout, more detailed views coming soon. Working on several areas, including the Town and Logging area as well as the Yard.
Starting to flesh out scenery in the Logging Area.
Rocks cast in Hydrocal, from many different molds from several manufacturers, and from my own mold shown in last post from a previous casting. Most will be used in the mountain area around the logging branch.
Batch of cast rocks and the molds on the right
Large casting from one of the molds
Large cast Rock
Started creation of the forest for the logging area of my layout. The Scenic Express trees look pretty realistic, but I’m going to try some various methods for enlarging the trunk diameter on some trees, which I’ll show in a future post.
Scenic express trees for start of forest in logging area
Ongoing building out the mountain in the logging area
Logging Mountain area
Starting to get whole logging area working, and I needed a mountainous area for logging but it should be removable because it would be over several fairly long track tunnel sections. I thought a base of foamcore would work, be light but strong enough with a structural frame above, making it more ridgid.
Foamcore base of mountain
Thinking about how I would do this, I decided to try the new shaper sheet material, but even though Woodland Scenics says it needs no under support, I wanted to visually rough in the mountain and thought a hot glued cardboard strip web would also give it more strength, since it would be movable. Actually I do not think it will have to be moved all that much because even with a derailment under the tunnel, you can pop up inside the mountain enough to retrieve a car or engine.
Web of cardboard strips to support shaper sheets for mountain
The Shaper Sheet material shown is interesting as it has a very heavy foil backing with a fabric adhered to the foil, that mechanically bonds with applied plaster. Woodland Scenics has a Plaster made for it which I believe is lightweight Hydrocal with a retarder to slow the hardening so there is time to work a soupy mix, and get it into all the crevices.
Shaper sheet showing Heavy foil and bonded material on opposite side
Here is the mountain partially covered with the Shaper Sheet material and matching plaster
Mountain partially covered with shaper sheets and shaper sheet plaster
Working on my logging branch and scenery.
Timber Tunnel on Logging Branch
More to follow about using new shaper sheets