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.
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
Here are the “finished” buildings for the sawmill and trackside warehouse scene.
This is the Mill and warehouse together
Here’s the sawmill interior
Continue reading Sawmill and Lumber Warehouse
I really should have done it this winter, but I was busy building new buildings and finishing up the track work. So it’s time to drag in a few buildings that sat outside all winter and work on them. First up was my kitbashed CMS main street building. While the front windows still look good and the lights in them are fine, I realized that I’d put no lights on the loading doc. This turned out to be a mistake, since that’s the side that faces the house. So I added three LED lights to the loading doc which really added to the look of the town at night.
I’m working on a couple of new buildings for the layout. The first is the Pola lumber mill
The second is the Piko BayWa warehouse
Continue reading New Buildings in Progress
Here in Kansas, the wind is a constant problem in the garden. Gusts up to 40mph regularly move things around (including buildings) and wreck havoc.
I’ve been thinking about putting a boat in my pond when it’s done, but with the wind it would need to be anchored somehow. Add to that the possibility of water-level fluctuations, and there’s a problem–if the water gets low and the wind blows, the boat could possibly wind up on shore.
I bought several of these
to use to make the layout more interesting. I found these tiny MP3 players and speakers on eBay. About $6 for the set. I had micro SD cards on hand, but if you had to buy those you’d need to add that to the cost.
Continue reading Cheap Ambient Sound
One really nice thing about laser cutting styrene structures is that once the file is created, you can cut as many as you want with (almost) no additional effort. This one has a different roof (made from a CMS shingle pattern section) and I tried out some laser cut windows and doors. But the walls are cut from the same file as the other one.
So I built this house for around $10 in materials: half of a $4 sheet of 6mm sintra, $3 worth of Plastruct strips, $4 for the roof panel, and some paint. And (IMO) it looks as good as a more expensive kit-built structure–for sure from 10 feet away.
Continue reading Laser cut houses
Here’s another of my “winter” projects. This is a European house for the residential section of my town.
Continue reading European House
Whilst it’s too cold out to run trains (23 was this morning’s lovely number, with 18 mph winds) I’ve been working on some indoor projects.
Now that the town is mostly laid out, I want to add some interest to the main street. My idea was to add a set of tables with umbrellas in front of one of the “cafes” on the street with some figures dining there. But because of the high winds here, I didn’t want to use plastic umbrellas. So here’s what I came up with:
Continue reading Sidewalk cafe scene
I tend to buy used G scale stuff, because my railroad is on a shoestring budget. A couple months back I bought a couple of Piko shops that were badly in need of repair. One thing they needed was new windows. The old plastic was brittle and opaque, so I thought about casting new panes and using acrylic for the glass. But getting a good casting for something so fine turned out to be harder than I thought. So I decided to laser cut a set.
I’ve been wanting to have a visual indicator for switch direction and I decided on these Ozark Miniatures harp stands. The points are being moved by a servo on the other side of the track, which also moves the harp stand.