Fall Slow Down

Things have slowed almost to a stop on the layout. Mostly because I’m almost done, but also because I’m so busy. There’s just not enough time to do much more than keep the weeds down.

I have purchased another building for the motorcycle factory: the side building.

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.

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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.

Logs from pipe

I built some logs for my logging wagon from ABS pipe.

First, I cut it to length. Then I applied adhesive to the outside, in lines parallel to the length of the pipe.

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I smoothed the application with a toothpick–catching any drips.

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I cut pieces of sintra to fit the ends, then inserted them. Then I filled the ends with adhesive.

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Once it was all dry, I dipped them in outdoor paint–a dark slate, almost black color I have.

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Next I applied a dry brushing of lighter browns and then washed with a darker brown.

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Finally, I painted the ends light brown to represent fresh-cut wood and added some light brown spots along the “trunk” to simulate where branches were removed.

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I think they look pretty good. We’ll have to see how they stand up outside.

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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.