It's been a long time coming, but here's an update of the work I've been doing on the layout lately. Still lots to do, but with no end in sight to this long brutal winter, I'm going to hunker down and try to get as much done as possible in the next few weeks.
Please feel free to comment on any of my posts.
|By turning the Walthers kit into a background building, I was able to lengthen the structure, which extends out about only five inches from the backdrop.|
|Here's a prototype shot of Korex. The industry is served by four spur tracks.|
|The real Korex is served by four spur tracks. I'm thinking mine will have two.|
|The Feb. 2010 issue of MR had a similar kitbash: they took a large Walthers kit and made it into a background building. In the process they created a structure that suggests a large industry typically served by today's railroads.|Here's how the MR project turned out. Making this a background building allowed the builder to use the "fourth wall" material to lengthen the structure. I took a similar approach with the Walthers Paper Mill Kit.
|In the end I opted not to follow this MR scratchbuild of a modern plastics plant. See photos below of a flickr user who did.|
So how did it turn out?
|Now I've just got to build the tracks down here. Otherwise, that hopper is stranded!|
Other layout progress
|So it's industries on the left, staging on the right. And yes, I will extend the layout edge on the right to prevent cars tumbling to the concrete floor below.|
|Still lots to do here, but the stream is taking shape.|
Adding a river (well, a stream really)
I wil leave you with a picture that illustrates what happens when a full bottle of plastic welder is dumped, by accident, on the surface of a foam-based layout. My advice: stand back and don't breathe in.
|Here's were I spilled a full bottle of plastic weld on the layout. Went right though the foam of course. Perhaps this will be the future location of an HO-scale illegal toxic waste site.|