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Another great kit, John.

Should look fantastic against that backdrop.

Cheers, Mark.

Thank you, Mark. I'm currently working on a digital mockup on my iPad. The vision in my head has FSM's Baron Gould Tannery just upstream from the mill on the same level as the mill. Directly below the mill pond will be Duffy's Coal combined with the I.M. Dunn buildings.  There will probably be some negative elevation below the lower main line.
Right along the mountain side between the rocks and the river will be the main building from SRMW O. V. Hooker & son with the back stairway and bridge leading to a pathway along the hill side. This is all the back section of the town of Vansel. The footprints all fit nicely, but I need to work out the elevations so that it all looks right and there is a view of each of the buildings from the main aisle.

Continuing with the vision there will be an upper and lower level to Vansel with train access to the mainline and passing siding downstairs from the passenger station upstairs.  Picture the Franklin Station on the F&SM with and inside curve to the track instead of the outside curve.  I believe the original concept for this comes from John Allen. The station is going to be the GN station that C. C. Crow came out with as his second kit many years ago. I just recently got him to make me a set of castings. The station will be surrounded by many smaller buildings and businesses with some elevation to the town streets to make everything visible. I have spent many hours visualizing the town of Franklin on the F&SM and the town of Vansel will have many similar features. As I mentioned I'm trying to do the mockup digitally on my iPad, but if needed, I will build a clay and cardboard mockup.  I will post some drafts of the plan as I get something to look at. At this point it's all just in my head along with a lot of questions to be answered. As the ideas have been generated I have made cardboard footprints of the buildings for the kits mentioned above so I have a general plan with the footprints of each building worked out.  The key now is to get the elevations to work without crating view blocks.

 Another idea that will be tested in this area is to create a removable bridge, for me, where I can crawl over the buildings in the front of this scene and access the area in the back of the scene without damaging anything. Originally, there was a hatch in this area but it just got too complicated to continue with that plan with all the elevation changes that I want to create. This concept is not new, Micro Mart sells a creeper with legs that slide under the layout to support your weight.  I will be providing support with legs that have screw bases hidden in the scenery. I will be using the bridge to work in this area with only the track work to protect at first. This will be a good test for when I need to install it over the structures to do maintenance work that will be out of reach from the aisle.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - April 13, 2021
« on: April 13, 2021, 09:38:44 AM »
Good morning! Yes, I miss the Expo's, too.  It sure would be nice to see that group get back together. I'm going to spend a couple hours at the workbench this morning before I get started on my much less fun things I have to do. I hope everyone has a great day.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Farm outbuildings
« on: April 12, 2021, 09:50:32 AM »

Very nice work. I have one suggestion. Get out the A&I and give the frame work for the fence on the chicken coop another coat.  I had to hit mine with three coats to get it dark enough, once it was on the layout.  I use my camera as my guide as I fine tune the details, especially once the project is in place on the layout under the layout lighting. Fantastic modeling!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday April 12th, 2021
« on: April 12, 2021, 09:28:25 AM »
Good morning! Great to see John opening.  Keep your eye on the prize, my friend.  You will be very glad you did. ;)  I'm on Grandpa duty today, a very nice way to spend the day. I will be spending a few weeks getting my mom's estate resolved with limited workbench time to preserve my sanity.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 11, 2021
« on: April 11, 2021, 09:05:30 AM »
Good morning! I'm off to help my brother get mom's house ready for sale - probably not going to be an easy thing to do. She lived in that house for 65 years. It's hard to imagine living in one place that long in today's world. We have to figure out what to do with stuff. I did get a little modeling time in yesterday, it sure felt good.  I hope everyone has a great day.


I can't wait to see those wonderful structures framed with your beautiful scenery work.

Layout Tours / Re: Shadowlands and Tellynott
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:16:28 PM »

The mockup looks great. Are any of the roadways I see in the mockup going to be rail lines?

I took the lid off the box and got started on my SRMW Sayles Mill build, today.  The first step is to complete the positioning of the base board on the layout and make the necessary changes.

Here is a picture of the site for this build on my layout.  The baseboard is built for option 1 in the Sayles Mill directions. As always, I will be making a few changes.  The biggest will be to add the landforms on this side of the mill pond. The structures that will go between the mill site and the mainline track also have to be planned before starting the build.  I will be doing some mockups to determine line of site etc. My first step is to markup some pictures on my iPad - a great project when I'm traveling.

I ended up the day with the baseboard on my workbench starting to do some dry wall section setups to establish build heights and final building arrangement.

Kit Building / Re: SRMW TUCKER & COOK MILL - 2021 Build Challenge
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:56:40 PM »
I also made the final adjustments and dry fit the fire escape before sending it to the paint booth. It has a fresh coat of black paint and will be ready for installation, tomorrow.

Kit Building / Re: SRMW TUCKER & COOK MILL - 2021 Build Challenge
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:54:48 PM »
Today, I got back on this project and made some progress. I completed the roof materials on the axillary buildings and got started on the weathering process for the roofing.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday the 10th of April
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:25:16 AM »
Good morning! I will be spending the day doing the things that didn't get done the last couple months. I plan on spend at least a couple hours at the workbench. ;)  I hope everyone has a great day.

Layout Tours / Re: nycjeff layout
« on: April 09, 2021, 02:11:06 PM »

Very nice work.  I am enjoying the layout tour.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday, 4/9/21
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:02:44 AM »
Good morning!  I'm heading back to my workbench, today. ;D ;D  It been a rough few weeks - time for some healing. I hope everyone has a great day.


Excellent modeling, my friend. I have got a bit behind in reading the build threads the past few weeks and really enjoyed catching up with your thread. I'm looking forward to seeing this on your layout.

Hope you get back to modeling again soon John , mite be the bet way to loose your sorrows and take your mind elsewhere.


I hope to get back to the workbench tomorrow and I think it will really help me heal from the events of the past month. Thank you for following along.

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