Category Archives: Scenery

More Castle Progress

This is cumulative from the last four days…

Here’s the gatehouse

Progress on fitting the roof curve ot the turret 

A different view

The arcade

Progress on the main building

Arcade windows and door

Access Door

What do you do if a train gets stuck inside your mountain?

This access door is about 12″ high and 36″ long, allowing me to easily “help” a train that has problems inside the tunnel. It’s formed from insulating foam, cut to shape and painted for UV protection.

Logging Wagon

I’ve finished up the first of two planned logging wagons. This one just needs a figure guiding the horses and it will be ready to go out next to the lumber mill and tree stumps I currently have on the layout.

finished-logging-wagon1

finished-logging-wagon2

I’m going to build another one of these later, assuming there turns out to be enough room on the layout for two once I’ve added the mountain.

Mountain Ideas

I’ve thought for a while now about adding a mountain (and tunnel) to my layout. The problem is, this is Germany (or Ruritania, or Graustark) in the 1930s, so a southwestern U.S.-style mountain won’t do. I need an alp.

My current idea is to make a frame of rebar, cover it with wire mesh, and then use concrete-impregnated burlap to cover it in a sort of concrete version of paper mache.

And Done

The Pola windmill is now complete. Lights added and the whole thing put together, here it is on the workbench.

pola-windmill-complete1  pola-windmill-complete2

I expect it to make a big impression on the layout.

All that’s left is to motorize the blades and it’ll be ready to go outside.