Monday, April 23, 2018

April 2018 Time Capsule - Where Things Stand Now



I like doing these little time capsule videos every once in a while. They are a lot of fun to look back on. It's great to look back on to see how things have progressed.

While things are not back to the way they were in REV 02, REV 03 is slowly getting there.








Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

N•RAIL Photo Progress Report March 2018


A photo gallery progress report to show where things are at this point. It's a nice snapshot of a moment in time so I can look back a few months from now and see how much I've gotten done - if anything. :)




























Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kiwamura Residential - Urban Renewal in Full Swing!



Just some photos of the streets and residential progress in Kiwamura.



Music for the post. :)


So, I had a lot of mess left over from my previous build, so i used the wood shingle method and just went over the top of the mess with foam core! :) Problem solved. And, I won't be using that glue to put things down anymore. My new method is the use of caulk to lock things down. It comes up MUCH easier than Elmer's style white glue.



It's fun when a train rolls by on the hill above the town.


The bare hills were making me crazy, so I got to work on adding Woodland Scenics goodness into the mix. Ah...lovely foliage.


I gave this cool product a shot as well. A rubber sheet that has a brick pattern on it. The sticky back made application very easy. It's not super easy to cut, but a sharp blade goes through it relatively easily.


And another thing ticked off my list - a roadway that dips down under tracks.


I'm going to end up using some dulling spray or the like on the road I think. It's a bit shiny, though that will change over time. If I want to up the level of this area later, I'll be able to just remove the current panels, then lay in new ones as needed. But, we'll see how things go once I'm done with the scenic elements and road markings. The intersection area is going to take some heavy reference searching.


I'm happy with the progress. I'm starting to get back to a level where I can get into adding people, cars, and all the little scene elements I really enjoy! And, having the new track setup is adding way more train enjoyment into the mix as well. Good stuff.

Thanks for reading!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Soyokaze Harbor Dock and Shipping Scratch Build



A little photo walk through of my harbor build out. I used my handy paper folding system for getting the right shapes for the dock and shipping areas.

I managed to get the shapes down and transfered over to the foam core, then cut it out with a good, sharp blade.



This gave the right space for my shipping area.



The dock space worked out as well.



I added some details and rub on street markings - my new favorite thing in the world.







So, overall, I'm super happy with the way things are going in the harbor section. It came together really well. The dock, new water, and the shipping elevator, it's a fun little space. I'm looking forward to hitting other areas of the layout in the same way. It's a slow crawl, but a fun one. :)