Man, this thing is huge!
I bought this a few weeks ago:
Continue reading New Structure for the Layout
Well, the best laid plans of mice and men gang oft agley, as Bobby Burns said.
Here’s the outcome of my earlier plan for a fixed-position floating sailboat
I found these on eBay.
On the layout, when I first put track down, I poured concrete to set it on. I thought this was the best way to keep the track from settling and to prevent the ballast mixing in with the soil under the ties. I built and leveled forms and poured concrete to form the roadbed. Trains have been running on it fine since then. However…
This afternoon I finished moving dirt into the backyard (not putting it down, just getting it into the yard) and completed the last “big” landscaping project on the center section: two hills. I have more planting to do in the middle, and of course the pond to put down, but it’s coming right along.
A big change from 2014
Continue reading Looking Back (and Ahead)
I think this came out pretty good.
I’ve been working on my logging scene, which is a lumber mill, lumber warehouse, and small wooded area for the last few weeks. One thing I thought it needed was a work crane–but I wasn’t thinking I’d actually spend money on one at the moment. Shoestring budget and other priorities.
Continue reading Kitbashed Crane
With a Raspberry Pi in the train shed that’s connected to my network, I could easily attach a webcam and be able to “see” the layout even when I’m trapped in my basement office. I decided to go for it:
All those bags in the far background are the dirt from my birthday that I haven’t finished spreading around yet.
I started working on the next steps of the pond, installing the liner and the first section of “rock on a roll” that’s intended to hide the liner.
While filling the pond, I had some help–I don’t know why playing with the hose is always so interesting 🙂
Most folks wouldn’t be excited to get dirt for their birthday, but I was very pleased. My wife allowed me to spend my birthday money on topsoil so I could make more progress on filling the raised bed to the level of the track. Once that’s done, I’ll be able to ballast the track and build my mountain. I also picked up a few more dwarf Alberta Spruce trees, which were on sale at Lowe’s. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend 🙂