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Title: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 21, 2013, 08:35:32 AM
I am starting this thread to share the progress on my layout, which some of you are familiar with. I began it in August 2012, as an N scale layout, but after track was laid I decided to follow my heart and convert to HOn30. After a few minimal trackplan alterations, I was on my way. Oddly, I decided to leave a remote corner of the layout in N scale, hoping that it's isolation would lend a nice forced perspective effect on what is not a large overall layout. I think it's worked out so far and I was able to display my best N scale structures and rolling stock.

I'll catch up with a flurry of photos and, hopefully, a good track plan to catch us all up to date.

Thanks for any interest, suggestions, or comments

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 21, 2013, 09:18:21 AM
John,

Of course you know the SBG will be following along.

Tom :)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 21, 2013, 11:57:09 AM
I got a little bit done today, adding goop and ground cover to the turnaround that one sees when first entering the room. I plan for this to be a heavily forested hill that acts as a viewblock. Next step is to soak it with glue and quickly apply static grass where appropriate, some generous helpings of scrub and assorted undergrowth and then lots and lots of trees.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 21, 2013, 03:21:09 PM
Calling it a day, but got the grass down, the vines up and some trees planted. The first photo shows (basically) the view as you walk in the door - heavily forested hill with a peak of something down and beyond. That would be the waterfront area featuring the most densely populated area of the layout (in terms of structures). Still many trees to plant on the hill, but I still need to secure the gravel road and clean up the track before I bury everything in trees.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on December 21, 2013, 04:45:15 PM
John, those shots look great. I love the one overlooking the dock area with the bridge just in view.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 22, 2013, 01:00:19 PM
As always, I ran out of trees...I need to sit in front of the Dolphins game and do the pre-surgery on a bunch of SuperTrees to round out my Model180(?) today.

I did a nice patch at the top of the loop hill with what I had, but had to hold back as I still need to tune up the road with some more gravel and some foliage down the middle, not to mention picking out the static grass. One new viewpoint from the top of the Red Hook II warehouse.

Still debating about ultimate color for the fascia...I've always done a dark/Hunter Green, but I'm pondering Black

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: tjseeley on December 22, 2013, 02:42:36 PM
Nice work on both the bare trees and the evergreens.  With that beautiful color scheme, I still think a dark hunter green would frame it nicely, but not pop....It would blend, like a dark shadow.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 22, 2013, 05:35:59 PM
I'm leaning back toward the Hunter Green Fascia myself.

Tonight's the night we host my brother's family for the annual Lasagna and "Christmas Vacation" watching party (going on about 20 years now)...I found time for a few more hours of tree-making. I also absconded my wife's holiday broom and used it for some nice vertical filler that my previous forests have been lacking. Bill Obenauf demonstrated it at the EXPO and it really resonated with what I saw all around me in Western MA in November.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on December 22, 2013, 05:55:59 PM
That corner looks really great John.  You're scenery work is top notch.  You've been busy in spite of the holiday season.   :D

We watched Christmas Vacation last night and Christmas with the Kranks the night before.   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 22, 2013, 06:22:44 PM
That corner looks really great John.  You're scenery work is top notch.  You've been busy in spite of the holiday season.   :D

We watched Christmas Vacation last night and Christmas with the Kranks the night before.   ;D

Cuse,

What Bob said on the layout! I love it! Tonight my Babe and I will watch Christmas Vacation for the umteenth time. It seems to be a family tradition for us every year! I love the theme song!

Tom
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on December 28, 2013, 11:17:25 PM
You've got them Arkansaw redneck Ledbetters watchin', too!
You know that they'll beat your chops if they see anything wrong!
So far, everything's Hunky-Dory!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 09, 2014, 07:32:45 PM
My layout's not large, so I tried to take pictures that would help you all get a sense of how it all fits together.

I'll start with the most unusual of the three sections...the N scale area. It is an isolated area that is all in N scale. I feel it effectively presents a nice forced perspective effect of distance. There's really no place in the room where the effect is ruined by your peripheral vision. The whole area is industrial siding, not through route, so I don't plan to run HO trains through the area.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 09, 2014, 07:51:56 PM
The large middle Peninsula is intended to be the most "backcountry" area of the layout. The area (containing a wye through the woods) adjacent to the N scale area is intentionally devoid of structures to avoid anything from interfering from the visual transition between scales when seen from a distance. In fact, the trees gradually increase in size to add to the effect. The presently incomplete area will feature a Foscale enginehouse (on Reading Bob's worktable at the moment) and a small pulpwood loading siding. The enginehouse will be located where I left the uninstalled Tortoise on the layout. I plan to hide it among some dense forest, so you have to look through the woods to "find the scene". Also, note the track level is 5' above the floor, so the central ridge and almost any of the larger trees make effective viewblocks and scenic dividers to further enhance the illusion of a larger area. Some of the photos in this thread are taken with my arms extended well above my head to help show the track and scene arrangements, but non-NBA viewers wouldn't normally see it from that perspective. You can see the N scale area in the back, in a couple of the photos, and get a sense of the forced perspective I'm hoping for. One of the photos is labeled "Pritchards" as it is a scene heavily inspired by an all-time favorite from an early version of Frary & Hayden's layout (they called it Pritchard's Pond) featuring tiny trains squeezing across a land bridge between two bodies of water.


Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 09, 2014, 08:05:42 PM
The final section of my layout features a harbor scene that will someday feature many structures and will (have to) feature multiple levels of scenery and buildings over the tracks. I've got quite a few kits including Fos' Executioners' Point, CCK Carolina Pulp (on the wharf), along with Fos' background flats and some Bar Mills and Railroad Kits structures to crowd this scene. I'll probably build scenery everywhere else before I attack this area as it will require the most creativity, planning, and patience. Patience is still definitely in the developmental stage with me ;D

Thanks for following along...John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on January 09, 2014, 09:32:07 PM
John:

I'm here too! Can't wait for a Northern Division SBG so we can see it in person...
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on January 09, 2014, 09:48:10 PM
John , what a masterpiece in forced perspective .
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 10, 2014, 07:09:52 AM
Thanks guys. I'm really having fun with the scenery on this. I need to suck it  up and finish the Tortoises, so I can run a little train reliably (through the frogs).
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on January 10, 2014, 08:40:23 AM
The presently incomplete area will feature a Foscale enginehouse (on Reading Bob's worktable at the moment) and a small pulpwood loading siding.

Oh my.  Now the pressure is really on.  I have to come up with a build that will be as impressive as the surrounding scenery.  Thankfully the FOS Engine House is really neat model.  That'll make the task a little bit easier (I hope).   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on January 11, 2014, 10:43:41 AM
John,

Thanks for the pics. The layout really looks great. You are probably glad to be home and get back to the layout. Glad we could get together while you were here in Scottsdale. Hope you enjoyed the two layouts.  Keep up the great work. I am still working on some ideas for Tom's new layout and I'll email them to him. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 12, 2014, 12:10:04 AM
I did a fair amount today...I put down a layer of Mod Podge and I have a predicament. It's been about 8 hours and it's still full of white blobs, but the blobs are dry to the touch. I've used MP many times before, so I know this is irregular -maybe I have a spoiled batch (it's been around a while and was the last of a large bottle). I'll wait until tomorrow and just paint over it, if need be, before applying more coats of new Mod Podge.

I've also got a pic of the Grand Canyon Railway steamer (wasn't moving the day we visited, but still photogenic)

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on January 12, 2014, 06:08:47 AM
Great looking layout John. I forgot, what scale are you using?  Jim from Pelham
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 12, 2014, 08:25:58 AM
HOn30 Jim...HO scale with N gauge track.

Thanks for checking in...John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Bntrainmaster on January 12, 2014, 09:09:51 AM
John,
Just  wanted to say you have done a phenomenal job in such a small space. This gives us guys who have a very limited space some incentive to be able do something. What you have done here is something to be very proud off.  Keep up the GREAT job and thank you for sharing.  If you get a chance could you post a copy of the actual plan?  Thanks.......
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 19, 2014, 10:44:35 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Today, in bits and pieces, I got a bit done. In the N scale area, I placed about a dozen figures, some details from the scrapbox, and planted a row of telephone poles including lines. I also went through my kits and stared at an undecided area for a while before finally deciding what could fit without compromising the scenic spaciousness I'm trying so hard for. In the photos I'm mocking up a Pulpwood loading yard. In the distance, the raw wood walls are from a Bar Mills Shaw's Ridge kit which I was nervous about until I rubber banded it together to check the footprint. Directly behind it will be a Fos Enginehouse that I am determined to hide among the trees. So there will need to be some pretty dense natural growth right behind the Bar Mills kit to isolate the enginehouse scene.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 26, 2014, 02:52:03 PM
Here's what I'm working on...Shaw's Ridge by Bar Mills. I got this kit at the Expo for no reason or intended placement (which you can all understand). It's just a cool little structure!. What you see here is a very basic shell, there is an extended front with two garage doors, external roof supports (never heard of 'em, but they look cool), a couple of skylights, awnings over the windows, and a shed roof off of the wall with the big sign.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 26, 2014, 02:55:20 PM
BTW, that gap at the bottom is intentional...it makes it easier to plant the shrub that will conceal the corner.  ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on January 26, 2014, 03:00:05 PM
I have a similar gap on the bottom of my Myer's and Son structure.   :) You're layout is taking shape nicely.

Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 26, 2014, 05:37:13 PM
More progress on Shaw's Ridge. That's it for today, I think.

Next up...the roof

John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on January 26, 2014, 05:50:12 PM
Shaw's is looking good John (as is the layout).   :D  I'm looking forward to seeing it.  I started bracing the walls for the engine house today.  There will be a build thread to follow along at some point. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on January 26, 2014, 07:15:26 PM
John, What did you use on the roof above the overhead doors? looks very nice, as does the whole building.

 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 26, 2014, 07:28:42 PM
Andy,
I wanted to do a gravel roof, but wanted to add some color to the building. The main roof will be red/orange-ish rolled roofing.

I spread glue and scattered a thin layer of fine reddish brown ballast I have had laying around in an unlabeled tupperware (90% sure it's Woodland Scenics). I dribbled a little more white glue/water and "pinched"  a little more ballast wherever the glue was pooling. When it set up a bit, I pressed it down with a piece of plastic to get a more uniform look. The color looked TOO uniform to me, so I pinched a variety of Bragdon's weathering powders to break up the color a bit. I'm pretty happy with it - I'd like to add a bit of litter to finish it off.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on January 26, 2014, 08:28:46 PM
Thanks, something I might try.



 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on January 26, 2014, 09:12:38 PM
BTW, that gap at the bottom is intentional...it makes it easier to plant the shrub that will conceal the corner.  ;)
Darn, John, you're startin' to use Arkansaw Speak!
Intentional is the Ledbetter's favorut word!   ::) ::) ::)
They've got a big bill at the local plant guy (unpaid, of course!).  :o :o :o
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: DEFugere on January 27, 2014, 03:37:38 PM
Looks great John, cann't wait to see this in person.

David
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 28, 2014, 08:36:40 PM
I managed to get my Model60 and a little more tonight. I added the roof and a couple of small touches to the Bar Mills Shaw's Ridge kit. There are quite a few distinctive features still to be added to this one. I never saw this kit before the EXPO and I generally scour the Bar Mills web site, so it may be a relatively new one. It certainly has some great character (when it's done), particularly on the roof. It looks somewhat complete now, but I'd say it's only about 65% there, as the box full of parts proves.

John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 05, 2014, 08:19:20 PM
Here's a picture by Roughneck Dave I swiped from the other forum. It's got to have been taken from an elevated position and that's Gregg Demayo with the camera and myself with lips pursed to blow on the water surface for bigger waves  ;).

Nice pic David. I wanted to thank you for your kind words but, alas, I am still shunned.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on February 06, 2014, 12:12:29 PM
John,

Nice picture of you and Greg. Oh yes, the layout looks awesome too. Keep up the great work.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on February 06, 2014, 05:47:21 PM
Nice views of your layout John. Be glad you not in Pelham with the snow.  Jim Mueller.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Bntrainmaster on February 07, 2014, 07:36:05 AM
John,
Looking good so far. Can't wait to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing..... :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 08, 2014, 01:06:48 PM
Thanks guys.

Today, I got some more done. I painted and weathered some nice detail castings for the Bar Mills Shaw's Ridge I'm building. I also attached a sign, some lamps, and the bases for the skylights that I have yet to build. I'm not usually patient enough to do too much detail work in a bunch, so now I'm walking away for a bit.

I really found painting the castings a lot more enjoyable than in the past. Maybe I'm maturing  :o

I have only to build the 2 skylights and all of the window awnings to call it a day on this cool kit!

John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on February 08, 2014, 01:29:12 PM
You're doing a super job on that Bar Mills kit John.  The castings turned out great.  Keep it up and you're going to need to find a home for it on your layout.   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on February 08, 2014, 04:05:30 PM
Lookin' good, John.  Especiallythe Case sign!

Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 09, 2014, 09:20:44 AM
Thanks guys. Jeff, I wanted to compliment you on your SRMW build, but I still couldn't sign in. Unless I hear back from admin, I think I'm done trying (dozens of times).

This morning I got in my Model60 just mocking up and visualizing where I'm going to place yet-to-be-built structures. I think I've got some good ideas.

I put in a temporary little group of trees and I think that, along with a fence, It will provide enough visual separation to squeeze Shaw's Ridge next to the pulpwood yard.

I have a Bar Mills barn and a Bar Mills Hurst Boiler that could fit nicely on a little dock as shown. I copied and cut out the full size directions to create crude mockups.

On the wharf, I'm back to Groovy Jeff's CCK Carolina Pulp & Paper. That's the footprint on the wharf (main building only)

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 09, 2014, 09:33:45 AM
I opened up my Fos Scale Executioner's Rocks kit to help visualize placement. What a masterpiece. Doug seems like a humble guy, but he must feel like Richards and Jagger when "Exile on Main Street" came out. In my opinion, it's the greatest kit ever made. The design has so much character, so much interest, and so much unique appeal...I can't imagine how anyone could ever do better. His diorama presents it in such a dramatic way too. I definitely want to find a way to elevate it an inch or two, in similar fashion - in hopes of the same dramatic effect. I'm intentionally putting it off for a while, out of respect. I want to do a few more Bar Mills builds and possibly a Fos Scale background building to further develop my skills to do it justice. At this point, I don't have any plans for the buildings in the kit other than the big Peckham Sailmakers structure.

The most likely spot for it is where I placed the black iPad folder. I want to elevate it with a ramped road, just like Doug's diorama. It will not be directly on the water and I will probably not cut in a siding for it (but I probably could, with some awkwardness). I still think that, with the right colors and elevation, I can capture some of the drama of the diorama siting, when one first walks into the layout room. If it comes out the way I imagine, it will surely be the structural highlight of the layout.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 09, 2014, 09:37:26 AM
Here's the real thing, viewed from the same angle, if any of you Photoshop masters want to chop it in.

I imagine it looming over those smaller Bar Mills structures.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on February 09, 2014, 10:53:06 AM
Hi John!

I just looked in to catch up with what you have been doing and noticed I hadn't posted the pictures I took when we had our SBG meet a couple of weeks ago.

I had a great time, loved the progress you've made and enjoyed meeting David. So, to correct my little oversight, here are the photos I took:
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on February 09, 2014, 10:57:29 AM
Here are the rest of the group.

By the way, the really great looking FSM pile driver kit was built by ReadingBob. My photos don't do it justice because up close and in person, the detail work that he did is amazing to see. Great job Bob!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on February 09, 2014, 01:11:38 PM
Excellent modeling and picture taking.


 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 09, 2014, 10:34:12 PM
Thanks Greg, nice job on the pics!

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 15, 2014, 12:48:28 PM
Okay, I declare this kit finished! I built the tricky skylights and gave them a little dusting of weathering. I cut out and painted the awnings, but I just didn't feel they added to my rendition (although I thought they looked great on Art's display at the EXPO), so I decided to let the sun shine in.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on February 15, 2014, 06:08:55 PM
Should look great on the layout.



 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on February 16, 2014, 12:54:00 AM
so I decided to let the sun shine in.   John 
So, did The Age of Aquarius enter in your decision?
Memories came back, so I had go to YouTube to hear it again!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on February 16, 2014, 11:21:26 AM
Thanks Greg, nice job on the pics!

John

You're welcone...let's not forget the trip over to see Dave...see ya soon!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jbvb on February 18, 2014, 07:55:34 AM
I like your winter deciduous trees and admire something that looks this finished from a 2012 start.  Do you have a track plan you can scan or take a screenshot of?

If you use black for the fascia, I suggest you use semi-gloss; I did mine with flat latex and it shows scuffs more than I really like.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 21, 2014, 10:22:56 PM
I have cobbled together a layout plan (not enough track to call it a track plan ;) )

All of the structures are acquired (and then some), and many are built and in place. The "unscenicked" corner in the drawing still has a ways to go before I can figure out how to fit in all that want. One structure for certain to be included is the Sailmaker structure from Executioners Rocks. I will probably have to get it built to really visualize how best to position and, likely, elevate it. I have many other, less intimidating, build projects ahead of that.

Hope this helps you to follow the construction process and photos. I moved into my home July 30, 2012, and I started the layout pretty soon after. Then, I decided to change scales from N to HOn30. That was really not a big deal as I had not started scenery...I ripped out some busy, tight trackwork and passing sidings and simplified the plan a bit. I was able to pack most of my favorite N scale structures in the little area on the other end of the stone bridge which is isolated from the rest of the layout.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on February 21, 2014, 10:26:39 PM
James,
thanks for the tip on the facia paint...that makes sense.

Hope the track plan is somewhat readable.

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: halrey on February 21, 2014, 10:40:35 PM
Nice work John! Looks great

Hal
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on February 22, 2014, 07:23:39 AM
Nice work John! Looks great

Hal

I agree, very well done. Sorry I missed the last SBG Meeting.

Tom
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on March 26, 2014, 08:41:52 AM
John

The layout looks great! I'm really enjoying the thread.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: tct855 on March 26, 2014, 09:40:31 AM
John,
        To sound like a copy cat,  I agree with the lot.  Fantastic modeling and pictures.  I've looked several times.  Boy it's a lot of fun to see what others are doing in this "Worlds Greatest Hobby"     Thanks for sharing, keep up the great modeling sir.   Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on March 26, 2014, 12:14:58 PM
Yep..........

pretty cool

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on March 26, 2014, 03:27:42 PM
Thanks guys.


I haven't been on the Forum much lately and when I checked in, I saw some action on my thread. I was hoping somebody worked on my layout, because I sure haven't. ::)


soon.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on April 19, 2014, 10:14:02 AM
Here's what I've been developing...wouldn't be honest to say "working on" yet. I'm creating more develop-able real estate in my harbor area by building another little wharf. I have two awesome little Bar Mills kits that would be dwarfed by the Executioners Rocks structure which I hope to squeeze into the bulk of the available corner - so I'm adding a little wharf in the front for them to occupy. They are Hurst Boiler and the Barn at Jackson Corners. I've always loved the classic lines of the barn and always thought of some spacious area it could one day occupy. Well, the wide-open spaces on this little layout are long gone, but I think it would make a nice little waterfront warehouse.


So far, I'm just mocking up to help visualize.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on April 19, 2014, 10:34:00 AM
I'm glad I'm not alone in the slacking dept...... ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on April 19, 2014, 06:45:35 PM
I'm trying, I'm trying! It's tuff being me!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on April 19, 2014, 08:14:12 PM
Is this now the 'Slackin' Butty Group'? 
If so, I'm a bona-fide out of state member!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on April 19, 2014, 09:13:21 PM
I would definitely qualify for this sub group........

Let's see here................ slacking riff - raff or is it riff -r raff slackers? ? ? ? ?

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on April 20, 2014, 08:44:55 AM
Is this now the 'Slackin' Butty Group'? 
If so, I'm a bona-fide out of state member!  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Hey, we have a great new group going here!!!


Watch out though, the real serious guys may try to have an intervention with (or for ?) us.....
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on April 20, 2014, 09:09:35 AM
Is this now the 'Slackin' Butty Group'? 
If so, I'm a bona-fide out of state member!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Gman,
 
I definitely want to be a member of your group! Let's not forget this is Cuse's thread.
 
John, The warf scene will be a big eye catcher when finished. Can't wait to see it!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on April 20, 2014, 01:11:24 PM
Cuse who  ? ?? ?

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on April 20, 2014, 08:06:30 PM
Cuse who  ? ?? ?
see ya  Bob 
'Cuse he fessed up to slackin' and started this whole darn sub-chapter of the SBG mess!!!  8) 8) 8)
Who else woulda' thunk of addin' a wharf so he could add more buidin's?
Dirt real estate! - Who needs it?   Purty darn ingenious (or just weird-minded) feller!   ??? ??? ??? ???
 
At least the Arky chapter is keepin' seruss about this slackin' shtuff - I been doin' it all weekend!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
P.S. This place needs more smileys!!!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on April 21, 2014, 02:14:14 PM
Don't forget John, you can get more wharf for your buck if you knock out those closet walls!  ;D


More wharfs = more structures.....
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on May 23, 2014, 09:02:50 PM
Here's what I've been developing...wouldn't be honest to say "working on" yet. I'm creating more develop-able real estate in my harbor area by building another little wharf. I have two awesome little Bar Mills kits that would be dwarfed by the Executioners Rocks structure which I hope to squeeze into the bulk of the available corner - so I'm adding a little wharf in the front for them to occupy. They are Hurst Boiler and the Barn at Jackson Corners. I've always loved the classic lines of the barn and always thought of some spacious area it could one day occupy. Well, the wide-open spaces on this little layout are long gone, but I think it would make a nice little waterfront warehouse.


So far, I'm just mocking up to help visualize.


John

John

I don't know what happened to your thread - looks like you forgot to lock the door.  I like using mockups and visualizing what I'm going to do in a new area.  It really helps with the do overs. I think the wharf is going to look great.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 23, 2014, 10:10:52 PM
Things are kind of at a standstill here. I'm pondering my trackwork/locomotives...they're just not getting along. I'm actually thinking about ripping up the track and going to a larger rail size and maybe even removing some of the funkier trackwork to make it EXTRA simple and foolproof. That got me thinking "maybe just HOn3 track which would allow me to plunk down one of those Blackstone sound-equipped beauties".


I really like those new Minitrains steamers in HOn30, but I was told the flanges were too deep for my N scale code 55 track.


Think, think, think  :o


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 23, 2014, 10:14:48 PM
Regarding my previous post...keep in mind that I consider my layout more of an operating diorama. I only care about scenery. I like to slowly run a train around and around in beautiful scenery. I really would be fine without DCC, in fact. I just want 2 or 3 beautifully detailed, oily smooth locos on the layout - although I'd settle for 1!


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 24, 2014, 11:45:20 PM
OK...I put in a few hours today and shook off the "slacker" label. I actually even completed one of my most dreaded and unfulfilling tasks...I installed a Tortoise switch machine! I also took everything Bachman OFF the layout and that immediately had a positive effect on the quality of performance overall. Doesn't look like I'll be ripping up all my track anytime soon...It's a good thing nobody carries the funky Peco HOn30 "crazy" track, or I probably would have a box on the way and there'd be no turning back.


Where is that Atlas N S-2 DCC with Loksound Locomotive they promised for late 2013? - not a peep online. Hopefully, more to come tomorrow, probably nothing picture-worthy. I can't wait to slap down some more scenery when I get through this micro-soldering and thankless-under-the-layout nightmare
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on May 25, 2014, 09:05:31 AM
John,
 
Seems like you are getting closer to making some sort of guage change! Working on the layout and thinking of other track sizes can be a bit frustrating.
 
I'm quite confident you'll be on your way when the issue is decided.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 25, 2014, 09:14:56 AM
No Tom...I think I'm settled in with HOn30. I've had concerns with the performance of the Atlas Code 55 turnouts from way back. When combined with crappy, unforgiving Bachmann locos and, admittedly, my lack of patience for all things tedious ::) , I'll have some difficulties.


I first was thinking of new Peco track, primarily for the tie spacing and the opportunity to run those new Minitrains rtr sets that are coming out. I contacted them and was told code 55 wouldn't cut it. I've used Peco track and turnouts before and found them to be more forgiving.


Bottom line (for now, at least)...I'm going to focus on getting my frogs powered, my track clean, my few good engines optimized (or replaced) and try to get back to scenery and the stack of kits in my closet asap.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on May 25, 2014, 04:07:14 PM
Cuse...

I run really small light brass locomotives in HO and n3 and came up with an all wheel pick up method for locos and tenders.

Go to my "Basic Electricity .. no math page on the baggage car thread and go to late in the discussion. It shows how I use phosphor bronze wipers from Kadee M5 couplers on all wheels.  Let me know if you have any more questions than what is there.  They work good and zero maintenance once installed.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 27, 2014, 07:03:04 AM
Yesterday, upon hearing that the Foscale Enginehouse, built by Reading Bob, was completed, I ran over and picked it up from his house. It looked perfect! Unfortunately, I had a cookout with friends happening immediately after, so I really didn't get much time to place, photograph or further plan.


From my most basic layout planning, I wanted a remote engine servicing area that was buried in the trees. I'll have a low scenic ridge and lots of dense evergreens strategically blocking the viewer's ability to get a complete unobstructed view of an interesting, cluttered scene.


Long way from here to there, but you get the idea.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on May 27, 2014, 07:53:37 AM
John,
 
Of course, Bob did his usual fantastic job on the structure and the spot you picked for it seems perfect. It looks good back in the woods.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on May 31, 2014, 09:14:07 PM
John, did you get this offer from Model Railroad Hobbyist?
I immediately thought of you.
 
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=571743ad1254f1d0593e8f68d&id=dcee54e4e5&e=8ac5d388fd (http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=571743ad1254f1d0593e8f68d&id=dcee54e4e5&e=8ac5d388fd)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 31, 2014, 10:39:25 PM
Thanks Gnat, I did see that. I already have his 2 disc scenery DVD set. I don't really care to buy the operations and fleet stuff (never say never). Leaving for the Florida Keys in the am. Better hit the sack.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Twist67 on June 03, 2014, 08:36:47 AM
Hi there,
nice looking layout.... :)

Regards,Chris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 06, 2014, 10:46:07 AM
I didn't really do anything on the layout (other than ponder), so we'll call this a "glorified bump"  :)


I was away for a couple of days for the holiday and just kept coming back to the idea that I might be foolish to build any more scenery while I have questions about my trackwork and reliability of operation. Even my Tortoise-powered turnouts are a constant problem for my little four wheel HOn30 locos. Even double-headed, they rarely make it through. I built a previous layout with Atlas Code 55 N scale track and it never ran well. I have a notebook full of ideas...one of my favorites is to pull up the track and replace it with bulletproof MicroEngineering HOn3 track and christen it with a beautiful Blackstone sound-equipped, ultra-detailed steamer. The minimum radius would be 18", so I would have to bump out the layout in at least one spot(maybe two) for a larger curve. This would also involve some minimal scenery destruction, but nothing I couldn't live with. No decisions made yet...


Here are my two little nemesis posing on a turnout.


This is the machine shop from the Fos Enginehouse that Reading Bob built. This placement is growing on me...the white paper is a mocked up Bar Mills Barn that I have yet to build.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 06, 2014, 10:54:48 AM
Cuse,
 
Very nice little dock scene. I hope you can resolve the little switcher issue! You'll be much happier with the layout and you won't have that particular issue constantly on your mind.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 06, 2014, 10:55:17 AM
Regarding my possible HOn3 transition...if I'm going to 18" radius anyway, maybe just stop swimming upstream and join the masses in HO. The narrow gauge appeal of those tiny Blackstone RTR beauties is very much a draw for me. Are there many/any high-quality, smallish, DCC-equipped locos in HO standard gauge that would rival their performance?


Just doing my due diligence here  :-\
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on July 06, 2014, 11:20:42 AM
Looking good John!


Go ahead and make the jump, you'll definitely have a better selection of engines in HO.....
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on July 06, 2014, 02:41:47 PM
John...

I've had a lot of fun with HO n3 and as you say.......... there are some great locomotives out there.

Regarding rolling stock......... there are several good manufacturers of rolling stock including Labelle.

O n30 has gotten a good roll lately as Bachmann has come with some good reasonably priced locomotives but I am never going to stray too far from HO.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 12, 2014, 03:46:22 PM
Peco HOn3 code 70 track, Blackstone C-19. Whole new ball game. 8)

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on July 12, 2014, 04:02:28 PM
What a great looking steam engine John.  8)


When do you want the SBG over to inspect the new track and give the engine a spin? How about tomorrow?  ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: BandOGuy on July 12, 2014, 05:59:03 PM
John,
Be careful.
Be VERY careful.
Next thing you know, there'll be steep mountain walls growing up your walls and spidery trestles with funny little cars logoed D&RGW infesting your layout. Narrow gauge locos have a way of doing that to modelers.
Just discovered this thread and it makes me wonder. Why do Floridians model New England narrow gauge and New Englanders model Colorado narrow gauge? Can't we just compromise and model around Cass, WV?  :-\ :-\ ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on July 12, 2014, 07:56:22 PM
That C-19 is sweet!   :D  Can't wait to see it in action.   8)  Congrat's on the acquisition.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 13, 2014, 08:10:31 AM
That C-19 is sweet!   :D  Can't wait to see it in action.   8)  Congrat's on the acquisition.

John,
 
I agree, it sure looks good on the layout!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 18, 2014, 07:37:40 PM
One step backward, two steps forward...
I had to demo the curve at one end of the layout in order to expand the area for a larger radius curve and some bonus scenery space. I'm trying to do it in what we in the medical industry call "minimally invasive surgery"...so far so good.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 18, 2014, 08:18:09 PM
John,
 
It's going to look great when you get the track in and the nice loco running. I definitely like the change.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: BandOGuy on July 18, 2014, 08:29:01 PM
One step backward, two steps forward...
I had to demo the curve at one end of the layout in order to expand the area for a larger radius curve and some bonus scenery space. I'm trying to do it in what we in the medical industry call "minimally invasive surgery"...so far so good.


Candy hasn't chimed in yet, so.......
"Demo". In car talk, that's a demonstrator. Does your film show something didn't work?
Or, demo. I ripped the bejesus out of it and this is what's left?
'Gnat and other intellectuals want to know.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 18, 2014, 09:20:21 PM
The Ledbetters define "minimally invasive surgery" as permission to go ahead and rip your *ss off!
If you need a bigger, rounded corner, they have some donors available, but I figure that you have
plenty available there in Floridy!!!
 
 
 
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 22, 2014, 05:35:47 PM
If in doubt, add more waterfront trestles!! ;)


This minor addition gives me another area to scenic and display structures as well as a larger curve radius to make sure my switch to HOn3 goes smoothly. I figured another significant length of trestle would break up the "loop" that we all hate to see.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 22, 2014, 07:01:23 PM
If in doubt, add more waterfront trestles!! ;)


This minor addition gives me another area to scenic and display structures as well as a larger curve radius to make sure my switch to HOn3 goes smoothly. I figured another significant length of trestle would break up the "loop" that we all hate to see.


John

John,
 
Wow, that is and is going to be a great scene. The loco is a wonderful addition!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 22, 2014, 08:39:39 PM
The local kids will love another trestle!
 
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 23, 2014, 11:15:52 PM
It's okay for my family to come back from AZ now - I am finished laying all of the track. I am now officially HOn3 throughout. There is one small stretch of abandoned HOn30 remaining as I needed to display my prized Carrabasset & Dead River boxcar that David Fugere built for me. I'll just bury it in weeds, etc.


The track has been sprayed with reddish primer and I painted the rail sides with a rail brown paint marker. I will eventually drybrush the ties to bring out the molded grain and, depending on the outcome, tone it down with some A&I. This is right out of Lou Sassi's recent article in MR.


I have one set of feeders powering the whole layout and the layout is operating beautifully. The Blackstone engine is chuffing around, bell ringing, and crawling around and around with a heavy 5 car train. I will drop another half dozen pairs of feeders for good luck and get back to scenery soon.


This was a good move (to HOn3), but I'm still modeling New England...John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on July 24, 2014, 05:15:27 AM
John, everything looks great. We need to see more pics of that C-19 running around.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 24, 2014, 08:03:25 AM
John,
 
It is looking mighty fine, mighty fine. Can't wait to get my hands on the loco! Isn't it amazing what a guy can get done when the family is away?
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on July 24, 2014, 08:49:03 AM
Looks great John.....can't wait to see it up close.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on July 24, 2014, 11:51:03 AM
John..........

You are very brave sir......................

Making the switch to all NG is very cool also. I have only about a quarter of my railroad in skinny rail.  It is a branch line to a mining district that connects to the standard gauge with team tracks.

It's fun and cool but you have gone off of the deep end ! ! ! ! !

Thanx for putting up the photos.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 25, 2014, 08:47:54 PM
I finished dropping and connecting feeders throughout the layout and soldering an occasional imperfect rail joint and everything is running like a dream. I also got my package from Scenic Express and I wanted to share a photo of a scenery "product" I think is really good. They call it "Super Sage" and, obviously, it's simply bits of Sagebrush. I don't think it's found in this area, but if it's in your geographic area, take a look.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 25, 2014, 10:30:36 PM
It's a shame, but we don't have no sagebrush here in Arkansas, either!
 
But I do remember Kathy Millat pullin' up a plant in her garden, and the roots made
a fantastic tree.
I ain't pulled up anything that looks that good, either!  ;D ;D ;D
 
Guess we just have crappy plants for model railroading!!!!
In your case, palm fronds just don't cut it!   :( :( :( :(
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 29, 2014, 10:05:44 PM
Cutting and fitting, planning and scheming


Trestle #2 coming to life


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on July 30, 2014, 08:13:08 AM
Hi John,
 
I really like the shape that's taking.  The stone abutment leading to the trestle really looks sharp and adds a lot to the scene.  Well done!   :D   
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 30, 2014, 03:27:00 PM
Hi John,
 
I really like the shape that's taking.  The stone abutment leading to the trestle really looks sharp and adds a lot to the scene.  Well done!   :D

I agree, it's looking really good!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on July 30, 2014, 05:01:53 PM
I finished dropping and connecting feeders throughout the layout and soldering an occasional imperfect rail joint and everything is running like a dream. I also got my package from Scenic Express and I wanted to share a photo of a scenery "product" I think is really good. They call it "Super Sage" and, obviously, it's simply bits of Sagebrush. I don't think it's found in this area, but if it's in your geographic area, take a look.


John

John,

congratulations on your scale change. I was just catching up on your change and the trees you got from Scenic Express. I was in northern New Mexico about two weeks ago and drove thru miles of sagebrush. I kept thinking, should I stop the car and go pick some. Well, I had the wife and another couple in the car and they would probably think I was loco ( no pun intended), so I kept on driving. Your tree is just that, Sagebrush. I guess I should have stopped. I bought a bunch of that years ago from a company in Wyoming. Unfortunately, the company is no longer around, because sagebrush makes a wonderful tree. It's about a five hour drive to go get some, so that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Keep up the wonderful work on your layout. Did the family enjoy Arizona?

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on July 30, 2014, 06:45:13 PM
David and all...........

Yep ..... it is unfortunate that sage brush is relegated to the west.

Try this.............

Go to a lady's craft store and look in the dried flower sections for stuff like Yarrow and Baby's breath.

Then......... when you get home foam 'em up.  That is get some 3M spray contact cement.  Hair spray doesn't have enough stick'um if you are going to have any operations and people brushing against them; including yourself.

Get two five gallon buckets.  One is for holding the branches into and spraying the glue on and letting the bucket catch the over spray.  Put the color mixture of coarse ground foams in the other bucket and then splash the branch around in it.  Reapply glue until the branch fills out as you like.

Then.............

Switch to a finer ground foam with a very light color and dust that on to finish the tree.

The reason for the light foam is to create color differences between the sun lit outer areas and the darker center of the tree shadows.

I've done clinics on this stuff but this is the condensed version.

Some time I'll give you my Darwinian theory of brain cell development regarding the distillates in the contact cement.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 30, 2014, 07:30:52 PM
Some time I'll give you my Darwinian theory of brain cell development regarding the distillates in the contact cement.
see ya  Bob 
The Ledbetters are way ahead of you - they've already established living proof of the correlation between brain cell
development (or deterioration) and distill-ates!
Moonshine mixed with fresh tree sap makes a great contact cement!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on July 30, 2014, 08:12:24 PM
OK...

It works like this........

If you drown an adequate number of brain cells with the alcoholic substance of your choice, or paint distillate of your choice.......... which will go away first...... the strong brain cells or the weak brain cells.

Darwin would argue the weal ones...........

Therefore............ the more beer I consume and paint I spray........ the smarter I become ! ! ! ! !

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 30, 2014, 08:52:38 PM
I learn somethin' evry day!!
I never realized that Bob P. was a genuss (def. Someone that knows more crap than the average
brain can process!!).  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 30, 2014, 09:53:40 PM
Ok, John - you can have your thread back!
The riff-raff have their fun for the night.
 
Serussy, your trestles are super and are a major focal point on your layout.
I can really appreciate the time, effort, and attentiveness that went into them!!!  8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on July 31, 2014, 07:21:50 AM
Hey John,
 
I replied to your e-mail the other day using my phone but I'm not sure it went through so I'll post the answer to your question here.
 
The engine house is lit with two seperate series of LED's.  The positive (red) wire leads into one of Slim's current limiters and from the current limiter it then goes to the first of three LED's.  The negative (black) lead of last LED leads out.  3 LED's and 1 current limiter, each requiring 3 volts, means you'll need at least a 12 volt power source.  You can go over that, up to 60 volts if I recall correctly, because the current limiter will limit the circuit to just what the LED's require.  No math.   :D   No resistors.   ;D   
 
Give me a call in the evening if you have any questions.  I'm looking forward to seeing the renovations soon.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Twist67 on July 31, 2014, 07:54:41 AM
Hi,
nice change and you make good progress on the new build....keep it going.

regards,Chris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 31, 2014, 01:15:56 PM
Thanks Guys.


Bob, got it. Thanks...I hope to have a minute to test it tonight. I think I have an appropriate power supply.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 31, 2014, 09:37:51 PM
Wow. Haven't really experienced LED interior lighting before...very cool. Well done Bob (and Slim). This is an important development!



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 31, 2014, 11:28:23 PM
That really looks GREAT!
That Slim boy knows his LED chit and l'il Bobby is a real quick learner!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 01, 2014, 07:39:20 AM
John,
 
The LEDs really bring it all to life. What a great build by our friend! It's probably a good thing they didn't involved me in my area of expertise. See you later today!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 01, 2014, 07:44:06 AM
Uh-oh.  Looks like John's hooked on lights.   8)

I gotta give credit where credit is due, the Engine House at Caldwell Junction (http://foslimited.com//index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=87) by Fos Scale Models (http://foslimited.com//) and the lighting is from stuff I bought from Microlumina (http://microlumina.com/store/).  I just slapped some paint on some stuff and glued it together.   :) 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 01, 2014, 07:56:53 AM
Uh-oh.  Looks like John's hooked on lights.   8)

I gotta give credit where credit is due, the Engine House at Caldwell Junction (http://foslimited.com//index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=87) by Fos Scale Models (http://foslimited.com//) and the lighting is from stuff I bought from Microlumina (http://microlumina.com/store/).  I just slapped some paint on some stuff and glued it together.   :)

"I just slapped some paint on some stuff and glued it together"! Reading Bob, you are such a bold faced kidder! So, let me give credit where credit is due!
 
The Engine House at Caldwell Junction and the lights by Microlumina would still be in the box and package if all Bob did was slap on some paint and add some lights!
 
What a kidder that Reading Bob is! Next, he'll probably say he doesn't like building structures and that he is a member of the Saturday Butty Group!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 01, 2014, 08:21:23 AM
The lighting on the engine house is great.....
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Bntrainmaster on August 01, 2014, 09:17:35 AM
LOOKING GOOD !!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 02, 2014, 02:15:38 PM
I went to the Great Train Show today with low expectations. They were nowhere near low enough. Sadly, they seemed to have half as many vendors as in past years and the vendors did not have much that was of interest to me. I walked out with 3 pairs of tweezers for $10 - which was timely as mine are all bent or gunked up.


Yesterday, however, was more fruitful. I stopped by ACL Tom's place to swap my un-used Tortoises. Tom's going to weather my Blackstone loco and caboose (as well as apply C&DR decals provided by King Dave himself). I also walked out with another lovely parting gift...FSM Combo Depot built by our resident master, Reading Bob. Tom just didn't have a place for it on his Ovalix and saw me drooling. Then I stopped at the LHS to take a look at some beautiful structures from an estate sale. I ended up with the charming scratchbuilt station below. Suddenly, I am more than ready for passenger service. I even have a Downtown Deco Fallberg station in the box. I can't imagine I'll find a spot for it.


My biggest "problem" now is resisting more structures. There are so many great ones out there. I really really love an underpopulated backwoodsy feel for my New England narrow gauge layout. I've got to put on the brakes here as areas that I earmarked for more rural scenes like a pulpwood loading yard are losing real estate to urban development.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 02, 2014, 02:41:57 PM
John,
 
Both stations look great! I'm very pleased I showed you the FSM station built by Reading Bob! I was going to just box it up and stroe it under the layout! Now it has a home and you have another Reading Bob structure.
 
I did like the blue station and it has a sort of New England look to it and looks good on your layout. Yesterday was a good day for you!
 
By the way, I wasted my $7 on the train show today as well.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 02, 2014, 03:33:24 PM
I tried to call you with a warning about the show!


Thanks again for yesterday!


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 03, 2014, 08:43:57 AM
I tried to call you with a warning about the show!


Thanks again for yesterday!


John

John,
The Judge and I were there around 10:15 and at Smokey Bones eating at 11:15. I did find a couple of DVDs from Green Frog and the Judge found some unpainted seated passengers for the fleet. It was still a waste of time.
 
Thursday was fun!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 03, 2014, 09:02:01 AM
I tried to call you with a warning about the show!


Thanks again for yesterday!


John

John,
The Judge and I were there around 10:15 and at Smokey Bones eating at 11:15. I did find a couple of DVDs from Green Frog and the Judge found some unpainted seated passengers for the fleet. It was still a waste of time.
 
Thursday was fun!
 
Tom ;D

I'm glad I skipped it and saved myself the price of admission.   :D

Urban sprawl appears to be headed for backwoods New England.  That's the problem with having such a wide selection of really neat structures available.   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 03, 2014, 09:48:37 AM
urban sprawl.....John will have to knock out a wall and expand into the next room  ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 03, 2014, 05:52:09 PM
I would like some input if you have any...I would like to have an isolated DCC programming track on the layout. My rolling stock collection is growing and an extra bit of track (powered or not) would be valuable scenically. I'm kicking around this spot...the track would "run off" the edge of the layout, I would cut the rails and ties flush with the edge of the layout to imply continuation. It would be handy, accessible, and I really don't have anywhere else that I would consider cutting in another siding and compromising scenes I'm planning. If this is not workable, I'll probably have to figure out an off-layout solution.


Thoughts?


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 04, 2014, 07:52:28 AM
What you're showing should work and look fine John.
 
Another option is to take an existing siding, isolate it from the mainline, and wire a DPDT switch so that when the switch is thrown one way you have normal track power to the siding but when it's thrown the other way it's your programming track.  I had a short siding wired like that on my little layout before I tore it down. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on August 04, 2014, 11:29:05 AM
What you're showing should work and look fine John.
 
Another option is to take an existing siding, isolate it from the mainline, and wire a DPDT switch so that when the switch is thrown one way you have normal track power to the siding but when it's thrown the other way it's your programming track.  I had a short siding wired like that on my little layout before I tore it down.

Yup,

What Reading Bob says. That's what I have. Works fine.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on August 04, 2014, 11:32:23 AM
John,

Forgot to mention that I really like the structures on your layout. Really captures the New England look. Maybe a little more weathering would be good. Most folks paint the building once ( when built ) and then let it get its worn patina look. Looking great.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on August 04, 2014, 12:34:12 PM
Regarding programing tracks....

A DPDT switch is acceptable and safe.  to clarify............... programing should not be done on your main railroad trackage as it is too easy for commands to leak out to other locomotives.  Although decoders are supposed to be specific in listening and responding.............. programming signals can be seen by unsuspecting decoders and a command be written to all without knowing it.

So a clearly isolated siding or isolateable (is that a word Candy?) section of track is best.  There is no requirement that the programing track needs to be anywhere near your railroad for that matter.  Many modelers us a Sprog and they can be run from your computer.

I suppose if no other locomotives are on the rails but the target loco........... that is relatively safe.

Best practice.......... separate track.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 05, 2014, 10:08:16 PM
My charming little backwoods railroad is turning into Grand Central terminal. Maybe not quite...


I elected to cut in one more turnout to connect a second siding to the FMS Combo Depot. This will be my programming track (the one closest to the edge of the layout). The rails don't actually touch the turnout, so it's electrically isolated but still looks "connected". I was having a hard time with the idea of a track that was allegedly connected off-layout, so I think this looks better and gives a longer bit of track to display rolling stock,etc.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on August 05, 2014, 11:46:13 PM
John, I think that your extra siding looks great and is an excellent idea for a programming track!
 
But the main consideration is "It's your railroad and whatever works best for you!"
You've come up with an excellent solution to match your needs!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on August 06, 2014, 08:05:24 AM
John. Where is Pelham and New Rochelle on your layout?  Actually it looks like you line in coming down from Brewster.  Clever idea on Grand Central Terminal. It felt like trains could get lost when the New Haven entered those tunnels.  Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 06, 2014, 08:11:25 AM
John,
 
I'm pleased to see that little FSM Depot/Freight House found such a nice (and prominent) home on your layout.   :D   If I recall correctly I put small bulb inside of the station.  We can consider replacing that with some LED's and current limiter if your interested.  I think the roof of the station is removable (part of George's design so you could see the interior detail).  I'd have to take a closer look to see what's possible.   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 06, 2014, 09:56:45 AM
I would be very interested, Bob. and yes, the roof is removable and there is a big, fat lightbulb in there. I did cut a hole in the benchwork below and pulled the (very short) wires through. It appears the wiring snakes under the awning and exits below the "closed door" structure. I assume the process should be done before I do any further "planting"? So far, I just filled the gaps with a little WS spackling.


Let's talk...John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 07, 2014, 02:06:19 PM
I would be very interested, Bob. and yes, the roof is removable and there is a big, fat lightbulb in there. I did cut a hole in the benchwork below and pulled the (very short) wires through. It appears the wiring snakes under the awning and exits below the "closed door" structure. I assume the process should be done before I do any further "planting"? So far, I just filled the gaps with a little WS spackling.


Let's talk...John

Sure thing.  We might be able to add the LED"s with the structure in place on the layout.  I just need to take a closer look at it.  It'll depend on whether there are any additional areas we want to light up.  The main building should be easy enough.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: BandOGuy on August 07, 2014, 06:23:39 PM
I would be very interested, Bob. and yes, the roof is removable and there is a big, fat lightbulb in there. I did cut a hole in the benchwork below and pulled the (very short) wires through. It appears the wiring snakes under the awning and exits below the "closed door" structure. I assume the process should be done before I do any further "planting"? So far, I just filled the gaps with a little WS spackling.
Let's talk...John

Sure thing.  We might be able to add the LED"s with the structure in place on the layout.  I just need to take a closer look at it.  It'll depend on whether there are any additional areas we want to light up.  The main building should be easy enough.   :D


Don't forget to take a fire extinguisher along when you go exploring.  ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 10, 2014, 08:27:09 PM
Pretty eventful weekend with two kids going to the same college (on separate days), 23rd wedding anniversary, and school starting for the little guy Monday. I managed to sneak in my Model60 tonight in the form of weathering a depot I purchased from an estate sale from the LHS. The station is scratchbuilt and looks perfect...I'm not a fan of perfect on my layout. I spent some patient time prying up individual shingles from the prominent roof and then applied my usual heavy-handed drybrushing and some application of various Bragdon powders to the walls and decking as well as some drainage patterns on the roof. There's a before pic somewhere recently on this thread.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on August 10, 2014, 11:30:17 PM
That depot looks great!  I love the weathered and worn look, particularly the roof!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Darn, what are you doing?  Takin' the entrance exam for the Satiddy Butty Gang?  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 11, 2014, 07:36:08 AM
John,
 
Great job on the depot! The weathering looks great.
 
Gman, John don't need no zam fo da Satiddy group! He's one of the founding six!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 11, 2014, 08:34:32 AM
I'm glad there is no entrance exam.....nice weathering job John, that's an interesting looking station.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 24, 2014, 09:16:49 AM
I've started to rough in a rocky coastline around my new corner depot. This is the area that I had to expand to accomodate a broader curve radius. My plan, as of this second, is to position Executioners Rocks (at least the big Sailmaker building) on the inside of the loop. I would likely elevate it on a pedestal of rock, concrete, and earth, in the same vein as Doug did on his display.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 24, 2014, 10:10:22 AM
Two thumbs up John!  We gotta get over to check it out one of these days.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 24, 2014, 10:11:43 AM
Two thumbs up John!  We gotta get over to check it out one of these days.   :D


What Bob said!  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 01, 2014, 09:24:27 PM
Don't know if this is photo-worthy, but it's one of those things I love to complete...I finished rebuilding the fascia around the expanded curve area. It's what smacks you in the face when you enter the room (sometimes literally), so I'm really glad I got it to a more finished appearance. I still have to sand, patch and paint it, but that's not a high priority for now. That large sea of pink is where I intend to plant Executioners Rocks some day.


John




Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 02, 2014, 07:40:34 AM
John,
 
It sure is looking good. Can't wait to see it all in virtual reality!
 
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on September 02, 2014, 08:22:02 AM
Don't know if this is photo-worthy, but it's one of those things I love to complete...I finished rebuilding the fascia around the expanded curve area. It's what smacks you in the face when you enter the room (sometimes literally), so I'm really glad I got it to a more finished appearance. I still have to sand, patch and paint it, but that's not a high priority for now. That large sea of pink is where I intend to plant Executioners Rocks some day.


John

Looking good John - Executioners Rock is going to look great there.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on September 02, 2014, 08:48:46 AM
What Tom said..... 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 18, 2014, 07:06:51 PM
When I get swamped at work and with my lovely family, sometimes I feed my MR appetite with an impulse buy...



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: halrey on September 18, 2014, 09:13:09 PM
Gee, good news, I thought it was only me...


Nice structure.


Hal
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 19, 2014, 08:06:00 AM
Cuse,
 
Great hotel and great addition to the railroad. I think it's time to get the loco and caboose decaled and weathered.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on September 19, 2014, 08:12:00 AM
That's quite a building John.....don't forget to have the termite inspector over..... ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 19, 2014, 08:37:25 AM
Tom,
I agree. Just let me know when you're around the cave. I'm in and out of downtown every week. I drove right by your house yesterday.


Can't wait. I figure we can unveil the paint jobs at my place and I'll make sure I get something done by then to show you guys.


Text or call or email anytime...John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 19, 2014, 06:22:13 PM
John,
 
Good to see you this afternoon.
 
I'll start the thread and get it decaled but do you want me to hold off on the weathering photos until after the "Big Reveal"? This is going to be fun.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on September 19, 2014, 06:57:23 PM
Hopefully there will be no smoke and fire connected to this project.

Bill
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on September 19, 2014, 09:03:58 PM
Hopefully there will be no smoke and fire connected to this project.

Bill

Darn good thing for John that the ovalix is standard gauge.   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 20, 2014, 07:48:12 AM
I thought of that Bob. I went by yesterday to make sure he didn't sneak any dual gauge trackage into that man-eater.


Tom, Please share away. I'm dying to see it as it occurs. I've never been one of those "Doctor, don't tell me what the Ultrasound shows" Dads  ;D


I better get crackin'. I really want to have something, anything new to show you guys at the next SBG North meet.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 20, 2014, 08:41:50 AM
John,
 
Okay, I'll get to it this coming week. As I said it will be fun. And, John, don't forget to bring the piece of track!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 20, 2014, 08:46:15 AM
Hopefully there will be no smoke and fire connected to this project.

Bill

Ya'll hear how this probationary member of the SBG is being a smart mouth with the EL Presidente? Cut him a little slack, he is a Pennsy fan after all.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 20, 2014, 08:49:18 AM
Hopefully there will be no smoke and fire connected to this project.

Bill

Darn good thing for John that the ovalix is standard gauge.   ;)

You know Bobby, that really hurt! I'm so hurt I'm only going to let you build the rest of my FSM kits. The good news is that I only have 22 unbuilt ones left.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on September 21, 2014, 11:57:49 AM
Hopefully there will be no smoke and fire connected to this project.

Bill

Darn good thing for John that the ovalix is standard gauge.   ;)

You know Bobby, that really hurt! I'm so hurt I'm only going to let you build the rest of my FSM kits. The good news is that I only have 22 unbuilt ones left.
 
Tom ;D

Oh my!  What a horrible punishment.   :o  I guess I'd better start serving my sentence soon.   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on September 21, 2014, 05:46:18 PM
Hopefully there will be no smoke and fire connected to this project.

Bill

Ya'll hear how this probationary member of the SBG is being a smart mouth with the EL Presidente? Cut him a little slack, he is a Pennsy fan after all.
 
Tom ;D


Hey, isn't the new guy always fair game?  ::)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on September 21, 2014, 08:21:04 PM
John,
Okay, I'll get to it this coming week. As I said it will be fun. And, John, don't forget to bring the piece of track!
Tom ;D   
John, forget?
That would be like forgetting to put the goodies in a Blizzard!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on September 21, 2014, 08:32:12 PM
Hey, isn't the new guy always fair game?  ::)
This new guy is quickly gaining points toward becoming a member of 'The Ledbetter
Tacky-Ass Club'!!
  Darnell Ledbetter
    President and Chief Tacky-Ass!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on September 21, 2014, 08:49:54 PM
You know Bobby, that really hurt! I'm so hurt I'm only going to let you build the rest of my FSM kits. The good news is that I only have 22 unbuilt ones left.  Tom ;D   
Oh my!  What a horrible punishment.   :o  I guess I'd better start serving my sentence soon.   ;D
Condolences and 'You freakin' lucky devil!' from Arkansas (home of the Ledbetters - lucky that they didn't
steal 'em first!).
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on September 22, 2014, 06:06:04 AM
Hey, isn't the new guy always fair game?  ::)
This new guy is quickly gaining points toward becoming a member of 'The Ledbetter
Tacky-Ass Club'!!
  Darnell Ledbetter
    President and Chief Tacky-Ass!

I will keep trying to become worthy of becoming a member of both. Thank you Gman ;D ;D.  Greg tries to make it harder to break into the SBG. Time will tell ;D ;D ;D
Bill
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on September 22, 2014, 08:08:38 AM
Hey, isn't the new guy always fair game?  ::)
This new guy is quickly gaining points toward becoming a member of 'The Ledbetter
Tacky-Ass Club'!!
  Darnell Ledbetter
    President and Chief Tacky-Ass!

I will keep trying to become worthy of becoming a member of both. Thank you Gman ;D ;D .  Greg tries to make it harder to break into the SBG. Time will tell ;D ;D ;D
Bill


Who me?  ::)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 14, 2014, 08:47:05 PM
Time to wake up this dormant thread...
1- ACL Tom returned my beloved little Blackstone C-19 and caboose from his shops complete with beautiful new paint, weathering  and C&DR decals direct from Dave Frary. I love that there's something of a direct connection between my little layout and the one that inspired it beginning in 1977.
2- I made some progress on the Foscale Distillery background flat kit. It has a long way to go, but I plan to feature it high on a hill overlooking the harbor. I want to support it primarily with stone walls and create a large deck overhanging the hillside.
3- Our old buddy, David Fugere (Cuzzin Dave) checked in with a photo of one of the Pulpwood cars he's built for me. Fantastic!


It's been a good week for my backwoods short line in the woods. Thanks to my talented and generous friends!


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on November 14, 2014, 09:23:26 PM
Time to wake up this dormant thread...
2. I made some progress on the Foscale Distillery background flat kit. It has a long way to go, but I plan to feature it high on a hill overlooking the harbor. I want to support it primarily with stone walls and create a large deck overhanging the hillside.
Dr. Ben's Baby Building Blocks are great for creating stone walls!
http://www.debenllc.com/Baby-Building-Blocs-Split-Granite-Assorted-Colors-Doctor-Bens_p_168.html (http://www.debenllc.com/Baby-Building-Blocs-Split-Granite-Assorted-Colors-Doctor-Bens_p_168.html)
He also has bigger packages and different colors - just search his website.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on November 15, 2014, 03:43:48 AM
Looking good John, thanks for the link Gnat
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 15, 2014, 08:03:07 AM
Looking good John, thanks for the link Gnat

John,
 
Wow, the layout is looking good. The pulpwood car looks fantastic. It's getting close to a Northern Butty Group meet.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 15, 2014, 09:11:35 AM
John,
Great to see the shot of the engine against some scenery, has to be great to see it moving thru the layout.  David certainly did an outstanding job on that pulpwood car, the rack adds so much interest to a common flat.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 16, 2014, 08:35:04 PM
The hotel on the hillside is coming together. I need to finish the roof and some detailing and weathering. I also ordered some finials to spruce up the distillery to look a little more like a hotel. I saw that PostalKarl did a build of this kit and classed it up with added finials on each dormer peak. I also plan to build a large overhanging deck offering a view of the harbor and a long stairway down for those meeting their train at the little Downtown Deco Fallberg station that I have slated for the foreground. Other than that...trees all around. I've not even begun to begin building the station, but I've attached a pic that I love.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on November 16, 2014, 09:33:05 PM
I love the concept that you have in mind!!
The Fallberg Station just has an amazing appeal to it.
 
Another thing to consider might be some lightning rods on the hotel -
just glue a small bead (your choice of color) on a the shaft of a pin and
stick them in the roof peak.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 17, 2014, 09:11:35 AM
Very nice John, look forward to seeing it this weekend.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 22, 2014, 08:49:25 PM
I DID get a bit done today! Still plenty to do here...roof, railings, hopefully I can find tables with umbrellas or I'll have to come up with an awning, etc. Lots more detailing and weathering too. Pondering some kind of bunting hanging off of the deck. I think a shabby, but brightly colored detail like that would contrast with the overwhelming grayness of my early winter layout. It would scream "off season" if I got it right.


See you tomorrow SBG, I called your names in to the front. See you at 10.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on November 22, 2014, 09:51:16 PM
See you tomorrow SBG, I called your names in to the front. See you at 10.
John 
Wish I could make it to 'crash' the SBG meetin' ( or better known a the BS meetin')!!
But, 10 on a Sunday mornin' is a little early for me!!  ::) ::) ::)

Besides, the Ledbetters don't like havin' to pass by them wanna-be cops at a gate!!


















Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 23, 2014, 07:42:20 AM
It's going to be fun. The SBG has two new members who plan to be there this morning as well. Pictures to follow later this afternoon.
 
Gman, you are an honorary member of the "BS meetin"!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Twist67 on November 23, 2014, 09:45:54 AM
Hi there,
that hotel scene is developing very nice......like it...

Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: LongHornCaddy on November 23, 2014, 11:54:51 AM
 Great thread,Nice job!!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 24, 2014, 06:24:51 PM
This past Sunday morning the SBG met at Cuse's house for an update on what John has been doing on his layout. Here are a few pictures and I have more but I need more time to upload them.
 
John's scenery is that backwoods New England in the Fall scenery. I'll tell you that he has captured the look very well.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181543.jpeg)
 
Dang train, getting in the way of me taking newbie SBG Bill Cutler's photo.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181600.jpeg)
 
 
Bill and Kris' layout is featured here.
http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=313.0 (http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=313.0)
 
Continued in a few.
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 24, 2014, 06:30:02 PM
Here's the Hotel John has started for the tourists to the area. The roofers have been a little lazy in the cold weather.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181659.jpeg)
 
This wharf area is to the left of the hotel.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181527.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181639.jpeg)
 
This is the FSM Old Time Station I gave John. It was built by non other than our own Master Builder Reading Bob!
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181618.jpeg)
 
Continued in a few.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 24, 2014, 06:31:26 PM
This is the end of the pictures for now!
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-241114181717.jpeg)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on November 24, 2014, 07:54:01 PM
Mr. John, thanks for having us over to see your progress, we loved the different venues on the layout . We need to get you up to our neck of the woods. Kris really liked some of the things you have done, now a Scenic Express order is in progress.  Do you ever think the Gman will  make it to Floridy
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 24, 2014, 09:56:19 PM
Tom,
Thanks for sharing the photos with us.  That steamer sure looks at home dragging those freight cars thru the trees. 
John,
Beautiful modeling, you have really captured the barren tree technique. I really like the way the hotel is shaping up with  the long stairway and deck.  What are you planning to do with the freight doors?
Bob,
Beautiful job on the FSM station, sure looks at home on John's layout.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Twist67 on November 25, 2014, 06:41:40 AM
Hi,
Nice pictures of a very fine layout....looking at those fall pictures it´s getting colder  immediately....

Thanks for sharing,
Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 25, 2014, 06:55:39 AM
Thanks guys, for the comments and thanks to Tom for the pics. I always enjoy other what other people "see", photos have become a great modeling tool.


Regarding the doors...I'm planning to build a canopy over the deck once I get the roof finished and the building secured to the base. So, I can't imagine the doors will be that visible. I'm hoping to get to a craft store today to check out fabrics and also try to find something to help me make a railing around the deck. Maybe some sort of lattice simulation -something a little classier than just wood railings.


I've got a nice pinstriped Ralph Lauren dress shirt that keeps entering my "vision"for the awning...so I'd better find something quick, before I do something rash ;D


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 25, 2014, 06:57:50 AM
Gnat's always welcome at the hotel, but since he'll likely be traveling by freight car, he'll need to carry his trunk up those stairs!
 :P
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: deemery on November 25, 2014, 09:16:20 AM
Gnat's always welcome at the hotel, but since he'll likely be traveling by freight car, he'll need to carry his trunk up those stairs!
 :P
;D ;D


dave
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 25, 2014, 09:26:21 AM
Had a great time Sunday.....the layout is loooking great.....your new steamer is really nice and sounds great too.....see you next time.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on November 25, 2014, 10:17:33 AM
Tom,
Thanks for sharing the photos with us.  That steamer sure looks at home dragging those freight cars thru the trees. 
John,
Beautiful modeling, you have really captured the barren tree technique. I really like the way the hotel is shaping up with  the long stairway and deck.  What are you planning to do with the freight doors?
Bob,
Beautiful job on the FSM station, sure looks at home on John's layout.

Thanks Jerry!  I built that one around 30 years ago.   :o  I really enjoy seeing it on John's layout.  It found a great home.   :D  I need to figure out how the heck I can replace the grain of wheat bulbs I put in way back when with LED's.  I spoiled John by lighting up the engine house with LED's.   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: oldbloodhound on November 25, 2014, 11:56:09 AM
Nice job on the hotel and the location.
It was very common to have double doors in hotels leading out to the deck.   But they would have glass in the upper part.   I would remove the cross buck bracing and put a full glass panel in for the upper 2/3.   The bracing just doesn't look right and being up on a hill it may show.
 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on November 25, 2014, 02:22:16 PM
Gnat's always welcome at the hotel, but since he'll likely be traveling by freight car, he'll need to carry his trunk up those stairs!
 :P   
WHAATT?
You mean to tell me that faincee hotel ain't got no bellhops!!!
Guess I'll have to bring along my personal bellhop, Darnell Ledbetter!   Hope that faincee place at least has some spittoons! ;D ;D :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 25, 2014, 07:48:18 PM
Mr. John, thanks for having us over to see your progress, we loved the different venues on the layout . We need to get you up to our neck of the woods. Kris really liked some of the things you have done, now a Scenic Express order is in progress.  Do you ever think the Gman will  make it to Floridy

Bill,
 
I was good to see you and Kris on Sunday. I'm glad ya'll finally met the Cuse. He definitely needs to see what you and Kris have been doing on your layout.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 25, 2014, 07:49:39 PM
Tom,
Thanks for sharing the photos with us.  That steamer sure looks at home dragging those freight cars thru the trees. 
John,
Beautiful modeling, you have really captured the barren tree technique. I really like the way the hotel is shaping up with  the long stairway and deck.  What are you planning to do with the freight doors?
Bob,
Beautiful job on the FSM station, sure looks at home on John's layout.

Jerry,
You are very welcome and thank you for stopping by for a look.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 25, 2014, 07:51:26 PM
Gnat's always welcome at the hotel, but since he'll likely be traveling by freight car, he'll need to carry his trunk up those stairs!
 :P   
WHAATT?
You mean to tell me that faincee hotel ain't got no bellhops!!!
Guess I'll have to bring along my personal bellhop, Darnell Ledbetter!   Hope that faincee place at least has some spittoons! ;D ;D :D

Gman,
 
You come on down and I'll carry your carpet bag! ;D  ;D ;D
 
Tom 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 25, 2014, 07:55:46 PM
I had time to do a few more pictures.
 
It does look a little bit cold doesn't it?
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194324.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194324.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194340.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194340.jpeg)
 
The red switcher is warmed up and ready for some switching at the station.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194356.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194356.jpeg)
 
I think this is a neat scene - looking down the river. Dang the Judge and Greg always trying to get in the photo.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194416.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194416.jpeg)
 
Continued in a few.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 25, 2014, 08:00:15 PM
Here's another FOS structure built by Reading Bob!
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194432.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194449.jpeg)
 
In the photo above you can see the C&DR RR yellow boxcar and log car built by Dave F. of  Daytona Beach.
 
The next picture shows the abandoned "N" scale track.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-251114194541.jpeg)
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 28, 2014, 07:10:51 PM
Here's my take on the Foscale Distillery background structure. I pushed the Hotel St. George to a nearly finished state by adding the roof, adding some finials, and building the deck railings and canopy. It could use a bit more powder weathering and some patio furniture. I also have a couple of primed castings that I still need to finish and add including a nice chimney or two.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on November 29, 2014, 11:58:37 AM
Neat project. I'd like to sit on the porch with a beer and watch the trains go by.  Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 29, 2014, 03:27:29 PM
John,
I like that porch.  It reminds me of photos of the grand hotels in the Catskills of upstate NY.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 14, 2014, 11:23:30 AM
Thanks Guys...I wish I'd had that awning done before the SBG visit - I feel like it came out well.


Yesterday and today, I did a bit of unglamorous work. I landscaped a couple of long stretches of homasote. I still need to clean the tracks and add more layers of detail including debris, ties, etc and lots and lots of trees. Eventually, I intend to drybrush the ties and finally ballast. I best not wait too long on ballast as the weeds are really taking over.  ::)


Next up...likely a kit or some dockwork.


Hearing Reading Bob gripe about Jordan vehicles has got me pretty shook up...I've got a bunch of them in my future as I strive to getting a little more era appropriate.  :o


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on December 14, 2014, 11:32:18 AM
Hearing Reading Bob gripe about Jordan vehicles has got me pretty shook up...I've got a bunch of them in my future as I strive to getting a little more era appropriate.  :o

 :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on December 14, 2014, 11:43:36 AM
The hotel makes for a great scene John.....and the awning gives it a bit panache!  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 01:25:27 PM
John,
 
Jordan vehicles are easy, but they are time consuming. I started these when I was 48, I'm now 68! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132300.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132240.jpeg)
 
Tom 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on December 14, 2014, 01:34:40 PM
John,

The layout is looking great. Nice photos from Tom. You guys are having too much fun. Keep up the good work and more pics please.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 02:24:52 PM
Frank/Erieman wanted more pictures so here are the rest of the ones I took at John's home.
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141250.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141307.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141326.jpeg)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 02:26:15 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141348.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141406.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141452.jpeg)
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 02:30:15 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141515.jpeg)
 
SBG Greg DeMayo in the next photo.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141535.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141552.jpeg)
 
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 02:31:30 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141607.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141626.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141643.jpeg)
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 02:32:46 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141658.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141715.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141732.jpeg)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 02:34:03 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141747.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214141802.jpeg)
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on December 14, 2014, 03:18:56 PM
John,
 
Jordan vehicles are easy, but they are time consuming. I started these when I was 48, I'm now 68! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132300.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132300.jpeg)
 

 
Tom 8)

And how old will you be when they are finished  ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 14, 2014, 03:20:10 PM
John,
 
Jordan vehicles are easy, but they are time consuming. I started these when I was 48, I'm now 68! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132300.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132300.jpeg)
 

 
Tom 8)

And how old will you be when they are finished  ;) ;) ;)

Jan,
 
They are finished, and I'm still 68! 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on December 16, 2014, 09:41:58 PM
Tom,

Thanks for posting the beautiful pictures of John's layout. Awesome. I'm assuming that the missing ballast is because the change of scale. Once the ballast is in, he is ready for a magazine cover. Looking great john, keep up the beautiful work.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 03, 2015, 12:57:22 PM
I've done a bit of scenic "fill-in" along the coast line including paving the parking lot by the little station. The gears of progress ground to a halt when my static grass machine crapped out. Eventually, things will be a lot less groomed along the coastline with static grass, scenic tufts, etc followed by some updated paint and mod podge waves. I plan to add more white detail after studying Troels Kirk's water coloring.


I'll have to find a few more things to do while awaiting word back from Noch on my favorite tool. :P


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on January 03, 2015, 07:19:39 PM
I've done a bit of scenic "fill-in" along the coast line including paving the parking lot by the little station. The gears of progress ground to a halt when my static grass machine crapped out. Eventually, things will be a lot less groomed along the coastline with static grass, scenic tufts, etc followed by some updated paint and mod podge waves. I plan to add more white detail after studying Troels Kirk's water coloring.


I'll have to find a few more things to do while awaiting word back from Noch on my favorite tool. :P


John

John,
 
You can borrow my Grass Master until you get the other one finished. Bob and I are part owners in the GM so you are welcome to use it! I'll be here Monday afternoon and the rest of the week.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: TomW on January 21, 2015, 06:55:42 PM
The layout is looking great!!
Tom Wilson
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on March 05, 2015, 08:30:46 AM
BUMP!


An old friend brought up our old modeling hobby (6th grade?), so I directed him here to let him fully appreciate the sickness.


this will help him find it...John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: UP Fan on March 30, 2015, 05:14:36 PM
John,
 
Jordan vehicles are easy, but they are time consuming. I started these when I was 48, I'm now 68! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132300.jpeg)
 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-141214132240.jpeg)
 
Tom 8)

Well, you had to let the paint dry completely.   ;D   Beautiful layout
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on April 05, 2015, 10:10:07 AM
It's not exactly progress, but I did make some acquisitions recently (in lieu of labor  ;) ).


I purchased, a while back, 15 or 16 Sterling Models handmade foreground trees - these things are amazing and a beautiful complement to my leafless Supertree forests. For now, they're just stuck in the foam "nursery" area to be positioned later as the scenery comes together.


Today, I placed an order for the new Bar Mills Cundy Harbor kit. I new I couldn't resist this one - Bar Mills + waterfront + missing the Expo...I also ordered the Hat Company structure from the Cundy Village set. I have to think that these acquisitions signals the end of the N scale "forced perspective" end of my layout when the time comes. It could honestly be years before I get to it, but I imagine I'll carve it out as a display module to give my little backwoods road another waterfront destination. If I find an alternative to that plan, I'll happily embrace it - but real estate is scarce.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on April 05, 2015, 10:43:45 AM
.....If I find an alternative to that plan, I'll happily embrace it - but real estate is scarce.....

John


Scarce real estate.....not a problem John. All we have to do is blow out that exterior wall, get a variance for the set back and add on until the neighbors scream.....UNCLE!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on April 05, 2015, 11:04:22 AM
Greg,
 
Great idea and I'm sure the variance will be no problem. He can also close in part of the garage. I think the train room shares a wall in the garage.
 
Anything I can do to help.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on April 05, 2015, 06:02:00 PM
John, ain't it great to have such good butties (or is that butt-ins) to offer such wonderful
house re-buildin' suggestions?  ??? ???
 
I'm sure that bof'em have got their hammers in hand to help out!!  Or is that Buttie cushions
for their supervisin'??  :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on April 05, 2015, 06:36:03 PM
They are very helpful...they have not met my wife! >:(


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on April 05, 2015, 09:24:24 PM
They are very helpful...they have not met my wife! >:(


John
Uh.....Oh..... :-X
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on April 25, 2015, 08:27:32 PM
I actually did some work…I built the Bar Mills Hank's Fuel today. I plan to place it as a water source for thirsty little Blackstone engines. Upon examining the photos, 2 things pop out. (1) a slightly more substantial base would elevate the spout just a little more while keeping it "charming", and (2) I never did hit that thing with any dry brushing - it disappears next to the engine. It actually has some nice cast in detail.


As soon as C&DR #102 finishes her drink, I'll get out the dry brush.


Feels good to touch the layout - it's been a while…John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on April 25, 2015, 08:36:33 PM
Looks good John....can't wait to see it in person.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on April 26, 2015, 10:22:14 AM
Looks real good John!  Compliments that beautiful little engine quite nicely.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on April 26, 2015, 03:31:33 PM
John,
 
Very nice job on the water tank.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 31, 2015, 05:05:27 PM
Got some work in yesterday and today. I did some goop and ground cover in the yard area as well as some ballasting. I figured there'd be glue flying everywhere anyway, so…. I still have to soak it all with glue and I'll add static grass to much of the natural areas as well. I've got lots of nice Sterling Models and SuperTrees to fill in and divide up the scene. I also plan to add some fences and detail for the rest of my life.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on May 31, 2015, 05:12:24 PM
John,
 
That is really a great looking scene. I love the Fall theme.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: TomW on May 31, 2015, 05:42:15 PM
The scene is looking really good.
Tom W
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 01, 2015, 05:15:17 PM
Looks so realistic John , well done.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on June 02, 2015, 08:53:52 AM
On man!  That scenery makes all the difference in the world.  Well done!  That's turning into a signature scene for sure.  The only thing missing is that beautifully weathered little Blackstone loco.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on June 02, 2015, 09:08:40 AM
Looks great, John.

Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 02, 2015, 09:17:56 AM
Thanks Guys. I appreciate the interest. I still haven't gotten to the gluing and static grass step. I better hope a strong wind doesn't blow through here  :'(


I hope to get to that tonight. Followed closely by TREEEEEES. Then, I believe, it will be a lot less toylike and the flatness and orderliness will be obliterated. The idea (for me) is to make it look like the RR is carved out of nature as opposed to nature being planted around the track plan. I'm rooting for nature in this eternal battle. (I just like that look) ;)


Hope to have more to share soon…John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 13, 2015, 11:42:32 AM
Got a bit more done today. Static grass over other texture and a handful of trees planted. I still plan to fill in quite a bit with more leafless Supertrees. It seems a shame to "hide" Reading Bob's beautiful engine house…but that's what Mother Nature would do…


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on June 13, 2015, 02:08:33 PM
John...

Very cool scene.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: LongHornCaddy on June 13, 2015, 02:10:06 PM
Looks great, nice job!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on June 13, 2015, 02:40:28 PM
John,
 
Those evergreen trees change the entire look for the better. Well done, well done.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on June 13, 2015, 02:50:43 PM
Looking good John!  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on June 13, 2015, 04:50:34 PM
Love it John.  The scene evokes a feeling of "comfortable" ....  :)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 13, 2015, 04:55:23 PM
Amazing scenery John, love it.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on June 13, 2015, 08:39:18 PM
I love the shot looking down the river! Perfect placement.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on June 13, 2015, 11:18:25 PM
Guess I'm gonna have to say somethin' nice for a change!!
It's lookin' great!  As much as I love the old dead trees, I'm glad that the Floridy cooties didn't kill
all the trees!!!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on June 14, 2015, 08:42:14 AM
I love the shot looking down the river! Perfect placement.

Ditto that.  If there was a backdrop on that wall I'd swear that was a real scene and not a model.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 14, 2015, 05:21:38 PM
Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind words and the interest. I'm really happy with the ground texture…it's such a ridiculous haphazard process but sometimes it comes out like it was planned and executed so finely. Each layer of texture is largely dependent on which container I grab out of the bin.  ::)


I've got a bit more ballasting to do around the peninsula track (as long as operations are ceased), then I'd really like to throw together some wooden fences near the engine house just to add a little more grey to the color scheme. I also need to treat the crossings - they're just raw wood at the moment.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 14, 2015, 05:39:32 PM
Question/offer…


I've got the following HO vehicles (below) and I'm trying to get more accurate in my era appropriateness. I'd like to be early '40's so I can put a couple of horse drawn wagons along with (I think) Model T type vehicles. I should just call it 1941 (I've plagiarized everything else from Frary and Hayden's first layout-I might as well steal the date too). But, after looking through the Jordan Highway Miniatures listings, I'm partial to some of the 1920's vehicles, like the 1925 Ford Panel Truck, the 1928 Ford Model A Pickup, the 1920 Ford Center Door Sedan, and the 1923 Ford Model T Stake Bed.


I really like the lumber truck - can anyone hazard a good guess as to it's model year?


Pt. 2…anyone want to trade a couple of finished, era-appropriate Jordan Highway Miniatures (Tom?) for the 4 shown here? They're marketed as "scenes from the 40's and 50's" -  so they might be great for someone with the right era. Win-win for someone I hope…Let me know if any of you are interested.


Thanks…John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on June 14, 2015, 08:25:34 PM
John....

If you are looking for vehicles that represent 1940-41 you are in luck.  Recall that the guvment shut off production from feb 42 to about May 45.  So almost all 45-46 and early47 all looked like 39-40-41 vehicles. 

Mini metals and a few other makers are making post war cars and. Trucks that can be back dated easily. 

The most notable change was fender color. Pre war were almost all black fender. Post war started matching body color. 

For truck colors in Chevrolet, pre war were: Brewster green, royal blue, a very few all black and even fewer red with black fenders.  Dodge was nearly the same as was ford.  All rather boring for our purposes.  But back dating is easy. 

One super detail fine point on chev trucks.  41 had the key lock IN the door handle. 46 and later the key lock was about 4 inches down from the handle. 

See ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 15, 2015, 03:30:19 AM


One super detail fine point on chev trucks.  41 had the key lock IN the door handle. 46 and later the key lock was about 4 inches down from the handle. 

See ya
Bob

And of course the tire valve was on the bottom side of the tires on the pre 46 models  ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on June 15, 2015, 11:11:22 AM
Ummmmmmm.   What !!!!!????

See ya
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on June 15, 2015, 01:59:28 PM
Cuse,
 
I sent you an email in reference to a trade.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 15, 2015, 02:11:15 PM
Ummmmmmm.   What !!!!!? ???

See ya
Bob

The following truck is obviously a 1945 truck , the valve is at 1 o'clock, had it been a 1940 truck it would have been at 6 o'clock, had it been a 1946 model it would have been at 12 o 'clock  ;) ;) ;)

(http://coloradoguy.com/chevy-truck4.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on June 15, 2015, 02:57:29 PM
Too funny Jan!   ;D

John - I think I mentioned this before but you're welcome to pick through my stash of UNBUILT Jordon's and take any that you may need.   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on June 15, 2015, 04:15:05 PM
Too funny Jan!   ;D

John - I think I mentioned this before but you're welcome to pick through my stash of UNBUILT Jordon's and take any that you may need.   ;)

Bob,
 
Cuse just left! He walked away with 5 built Jordan kits, three unknown vehicles and 11 UNBUILT Jordan kits. I think he is headed your way with the unbuilt kits.
 
Have fun! 8)
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on June 15, 2015, 06:13:06 PM
Jan...

I'm still lost.  What establishes 12 or 6 ?????
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 15, 2015, 07:07:21 PM
I've got to help Reading Bob work through his unreasonable dread of Jordan kits. A Jedi Ninja model builder like him should never acknowledge his fear of ANY modeling challenge!  ;)


Thanks for the swap Tom. I'll deliver the hotel soon. It'll look great on your layout…John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 16, 2015, 12:00:14 AM
Jan...

I'm still lost.  What establishes 12 or 6 ??? ??

Where the valve is on the clock, but these are such fine details , hard to see on an HO model. ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on June 16, 2015, 06:47:54 PM



Thanks for the swap Tom. I'll deliver the hotel soon. It'll look great on your layout…John

John,
 
My pleasure and thank you. Looking forward to the hotel but there is no hurry - when you get the time is fine.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on June 16, 2015, 08:01:49 PM
Ummmmmmm.   What !!!!!? ???

See ya
Bob

The following truck is obviously a 1945 truck , the valve is at 1 o'clock, had it been a 1940 truck it would have been at 6 o'clock, had it been a 1946 model it would have been at 12 o 'clock  ;) ;) ;)

(http://coloradoguy.com/chevy-truck4.jpg) (http://coloradoguy.com/chevy-truck4.jpg)


You guys have this all wrong - to be prototypically correct you need to have at least 2 lug nuts missing on these 8 lug nut wheels. Also, post war tires had lots of patches.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on June 16, 2015, 08:10:38 PM
John


The layout looks great! I enjoyed looking back through the thread. One comment on the vehicles - I was born in 1958 and I remember my Grandpa's model T truck and model A Sedan that he used everyday until his death in 1968. The farmers learned how to keep these vehicles running forever thanks to the depression and the war. He also had a new Chevy stake truck that I believe was a 1948. I remember calling it Grandpa's new truck and it had to be 15 years old. The point of this little story is that the old vehicles are prototypically correct, even if they are 40 or more years old.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: DEFugere on June 17, 2015, 07:41:39 AM
Hello John

Super layout thread but I should stop at this site more often. You are doing s great job! I'm hoping after the August wedding I'll have time to scoot on over to visit with you and the Florida Mafia errrrr group. That's quite a stash of Jordan's you got from Tom. Have fun after one you will be hooked. Had a great time visiting with you yesterday and catching up on our life's. Keep up the excellent work and your welcome here anytime. Maybe next time the plow will be finished.

David
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 19, 2015, 09:28:21 PM
Thanks for the reviews. Track is cleaned, ballast secure, vehicles and rolling stock populated, train running and a few dozen more trees planted. When I look at the before and afters, I'm really happy with the ballast color and impact (Erieman called that one).


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on June 19, 2015, 09:52:47 PM
What a great scene. John you really have something nice there. Looks like it should be on a magazine cover.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on June 20, 2015, 07:06:32 AM
Looks great John. Saw your comment to me about Mancuso Tree Service.  That's where you must of inherited your tree skills.  Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 20, 2015, 08:00:18 AM
True, Jim. Many years in the branches of Westchester County, NY. But I never learned to put them up  ::)


Thanks for watching. I'm here all week.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on June 20, 2015, 09:19:36 AM
Looks good John.....SBG north meet to check it out up close & personal.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 20, 2015, 11:33:25 AM
Some different angles. The piece of plastic leaning on the engine house is marking a possible wooden fence to come.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 20, 2015, 11:34:17 AM
More. Photos help me model…
(1) straighten the finial on the FSM station roof
(2) That fence placement really doesn't make sense, but I really want to find a spot for a beat up wooden fence with signs and missing boards
(3) I'm considering a ball signal (BEST) just to the starboard side of the shorty boxcar behind the red engine


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 20, 2015, 02:31:12 PM
Superb John , somehow you even got the river to look all winter like.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: BandOGuy on June 20, 2015, 08:51:34 PM
Jan...

I'm still lost.  What establishes 12 or 6 ??? ??

Where the valve is on the clock, but these are such fine details , hard to see on an HO model. ;D


Makes 'ya glad you're not modeling in N scale or Z.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on June 20, 2015, 10:16:30 PM
Jan...

I'm still lost.  What establishes 12 or 6 ??? ??

Where the valve is on the clock, but these are such fine details , hard to see on an HO model. ;D


Makes 'ya glad you're not modeling in N scale or Z.  8)


A new one on me ..... clocks with VALVES?????   :-\
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 21, 2015, 12:50:07 PM
Bar Mills InstaFence. So easy and effective.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 21, 2015, 02:20:20 PM
Some details, litter, weeds and I think I'll call it a day.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on June 22, 2015, 12:29:31 AM
Looking ....


(http://www.jelsert.com/Products/Desserts/images/mytfine/mytfine_reg.jpg)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on June 23, 2015, 08:31:47 PM
Some details, litter, weeds and I think I'll call it a day.


Looking good! It is all about those details.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on June 23, 2015, 10:29:34 PM
John,

I agree with everyone else. The devil is in the details and you are doing a very fine job of it. Keep up the great work.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 29, 2015, 05:11:35 PM
Thanks for the comments, gents.


I'm on a short vacation, but I brought my idea notebook and am thinking about next projects.
1. BEST ball signal arrived in the mail before I left. That will add a splash of color to the winter drab of the yard.
2. Started building switch stands before I left-felt like I was back in N scale
3. Line poles with EZ thread - have to first decide on plausible placement. I've seen layouts where the power lines just overwhelmed the scene.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 05, 2015, 09:52:14 PM
I finished one of the two BEST ball signal kits that came in the box. I also can see the two switch stands I assembled in the pictures attached. I still have to plant those and paint the targets - I really just put them on the layout to keep them out of harm's way for now. I do like the vertical elements and color these additions bring to my yard/railroad headquarters.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on July 06, 2015, 09:21:28 AM
Those ball signals are really neat John.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on July 06, 2015, 11:21:34 AM
Looking good John!!
Bill
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 12, 2015, 09:45:07 AM
Last night I was looking for something to do on the layout, but not quite physically motivated to get my hands on something delicate. I got started reviewing some of my to-do lists and it led me to favorite articles, layout profiles, to inventory my unbuilt kits and existing rolling stock, and eventually, back through my binders of notes and ideas that I have kept pretty consistently since around 2008 (probably around the time I found the Scotty Mason Podcast-->The online forum-->The Craftsman Structure Show-->The SBG (my local group of modelers I discovered by way of some guys in New England) -->The Expo, etc. right up to the present day). It was great to see the progression of my modeling and refinement of what I really wanted to accomplish. The point I'm at now is really exactly where it all led, almost like an evolution. Less compromises, more focus on what I value, and I'm completely comfortable with my total disregard for what I don't care about (like realistic operations, heavy industry…).


I started writing a profile of my layout…it's purpose, it's influences, it's location, era, etc. I thought this might help me focus my modeling going forward and I believe it does. Once I started, it just poured out. One point led to another and the vision became clearer and clearer. It was actually a lot of fun. I've NEVER considered myself a prototype modeler or even a fan. I am a shameless modeler of my favorite models. The pages of Model Railroader and the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette were always my primary ways of "rail fanning". I filled in some gaps with information obtained from various sources and came away with the attached. I'm not modeling specific places or operations, but I understand that a realistic narrative helps the scenery look "right". Everything in the story and on the layout is borrowed from my modeling heroes…from town names to specific scenic elements - I see it as a tribute (but maybe I'm just an uncreative copycat).


I wasn't going to share it, but maybe some of you might find it useful. My kit building and craftsmanship doesn't rival some of the awesome talent on this thread, but I'm a pretty good organizer of information. This kind of project works for me, maybe you'll find it has some application for your layouts too…

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on July 12, 2015, 10:10:18 AM
Great story and presentation John.....terrific way to organize your thoughts. I enjoyed the read.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 12, 2015, 10:26:21 AM
Great story and presentation John.....terrific way to organize your thoughts. I enjoyed the read.  8)

Ditto, SBG John.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 13, 2015, 12:12:29 AM
I wish I could be as organized and thoughtful as you, John.
I'm just a lot of loose thoughts and plans in my head.  I build things that I like
and just try to find an idea to make them fit in.
Your lay-out and planning get my highest Kudos!  Keep up the great work!!!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Twist67 on July 13, 2015, 09:54:01 AM
Hi,
nice story for your railroad. Well done and very believable history.

Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on July 13, 2015, 12:11:03 PM
I wish I could be as organized and thoughtful as you, John.
I'm just a lot of loose thoughts and plans in my head.  I build things that I like
and just try to find an idea to make them fit in.
Your lay-out and planning get my highest Kudos!  Keep up the great work!!!


Naw!!  That couldn't be Gnat???? Could it????
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jlgrove on July 13, 2015, 01:07:44 PM
...great stuff John..while I don't want to hijack this thread, this is as good a place as any for me to comment....John and this layout were a big motivation to me to get my passion back in the hobby....some of you visited my old layout....over 1800 square feet of layout....lots of locos, cars, vehicles, structures, etc....I thought a very nice layout and presentation....but missing a definite direction.....
..with this downsize move we're doing I knew I would have to make some decisions....some as severe as maybe not even having a layout...but John has helped me decide to -


    - work with a specific date - April 24, 1934
    - a specific purpose, logging to the mills and docks
    - specific locale - Alleghany mountains of MD to the docks/waterways of NC
    - loads of specific details per scene, every scene will have a purpose and a population
    - craftsman kit structures (probably a lot of CCK stuff  ::) )
    - specific locos and rolling stock (quality not quantity)
    - to borrow from Howard Zane, to attempt to make the layout an artistic venture


.....of note, I will only have about 300 square feet to work with for my layout room.....but it is intended to have 2 levels plus a third mountain level, so there will be plenty of opportunities for my "plan"


....my thanks to John for what he has done and shown us on this thread, it has been my inspiration as I move forward on the NEW Pine Valley Timber Company.....
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 13, 2015, 05:41:19 PM
Wow…I'm speechless. Thanks for all of your feedback and encouragement.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 13, 2015, 08:14:17 PM
A little cobbling of a Jordan cab built by ACL Tom and a cool little water tank by Cuzzin Dave Fugere and a quickie flatbed by me produced this…


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on July 14, 2015, 08:12:11 AM
Sweet looking little truck John!   :D   It's got the perfect look for your layout.

P.S. - I'm delinquent in reading your document but I'll get around to it.   ;) 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on July 14, 2015, 09:13:46 PM
Wow…I'm speechless. Thanks for all of your feedback and encouragement.
John 
Cuse, be careful buyin' a new hat - it might not fit your head!!
(Said in the spirit of a wish-to-be SBG member!)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 16, 2015, 08:58:37 PM
Usually you say "That pic looks like the real thing".


Here's one from the WW&F Ry. Museum in Maine. "That looks kind of like a real train…oh wait, it is!"

THIS is what I want to do on my layout

John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: deemery on July 16, 2015, 10:39:36 PM
It's a reflection on the quality of railroad modeling and photography that some of us looked at that and said, "That model looks like the real thing."


dave
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 29, 2015, 07:54:37 PM
Here's a gift from ACL Tom…new water tank for the railroad's home base at Pritchard's Junction. Thanks again Tom!


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Raymo on July 29, 2015, 08:25:04 PM
Looks like it been there since day one!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: John B on July 30, 2015, 08:28:06 AM
Great layout!  Has your original track plan changed much since your original drawing?
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 30, 2015, 09:15:03 AM
John,
Really hasn't except for a little bit of trackage (programming track) in front of the little FSM depot. You can see the bird's eye view of that halfway down on Pg. 10 of this thread. There's very little track overall…1 passing siding, 7 turnouts overall. Eventually, when/if I replace the N scale branch with Cundy's Harbor, I'll have to cut in another turnout to reach that destination.


I just like to build scenery and run trains around and around.


Thanks for looking in (Raymo too)…John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 30, 2015, 09:48:04 AM
Here's a gift from ACL Tom…new water tank for the railroad's home base at Pritchard's Junction. Thanks again Tom!


John

John,
 
The water tower looks right at home. Like Raymo says, it looks like it has always been there. Certainly looks better in your layout era.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 03, 2015, 08:08:36 PM
Hosted our local group on Sunday and had a nice time along with a good meal. Some people bring wine when they visit friends, Reading Bob brings beautifully built craftsman kits! :) Does everybody else here have a friend who shows up with a just completed Fos kit complete with a complex layout of LED lighting to see if anyone can use it?


He brought the Fatty Lou's hot dog stand in the photos. I have been working on my Bar Mills Barn and messing with the positioning of buildings on a little wharf I've been working on. Also shown is a Bar Mills Hank's Fuel that I built a few months ago. The Barn is a nice kit that I've wanted for a long time. I've still got a lot of work before it'll be done, but it's at the point I can use it to visualize scenes. I envision the barn as a small waterfront seafood business…notice the cool little oyster boat that Dave Fugere scratch built. I've got a little Seaport Modelworks crane (N scale) that I plan to build and place in the work area of the boat.



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 04, 2015, 07:32:51 AM
Hosted our local group on Sunday and had a nice time along with a good meal. Some people bring wine when they visit friends, Reading Bob brings beautifully built craftsman kits! :) Does everybody else here have a friend who shows up with a just completed Fos kit complete with a complex layout of LED lighting to see if anyone can use it?

Hey, if you'd prefer I can bring wine instead of structures.  That's no problem.   ;)

The layout is looking very sharp.  There are several view points of the middle section that are simply awesome. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 04, 2015, 08:33:01 AM
What Bob said.....you're doing some great work John.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on August 04, 2015, 07:46:16 PM
Thanks for having us over John. The updates you made have really made a difference from the last time we were there. Kris picked up a few ideas again that we may try in incorporate on our lay out. I think they call it plagiarism. ;D ;D I wonder what they call it in Gman's world.

Bill & Kris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: gnatshop on August 05, 2015, 07:35:17 PM
Thanks for having us over John. The updates you made have really made a difference from the last time we were there. Kris picked up a few ideas again that we may try in incorporate on our lay out. I think they call it plagiarism. ;D ;D I wonder what they call it in Gman's world.     Bill & Kris
It's called 'fair pickin's'!!!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 07, 2015, 08:25:07 PM
The Friday afternoon checkers game always starts out friendly…



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 07, 2015, 09:12:37 PM
This big girl was special ordered from Colorado. The grades in Maine don't impress her, but the tight curves are new. Also, there's a little bridge that's just not going to work out.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 08, 2015, 07:52:05 AM
John,
 
Looks great so you better get that bridge fixed.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on August 08, 2015, 10:49:58 AM
John,

I really like the recent photos, especially the last one with the view of the back of the engine. Not something you typically see, but looks wonderful. Sorry about the person in the photo. Any chance you could re shoot this one? The scenery really captures the North Woods. More photos please. We can't get enough photo's.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 08, 2015, 11:51:55 AM
I'm telling my wife you said that…she's not going to me let me play with you guys any more.
 :o


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on August 09, 2015, 08:37:06 PM
John


I stopped by this evening to revisit your thread.  I found the narrative on the layout and the pictures very inspirational. First class modeling.  I hope I get to visit your layout some day.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 22, 2015, 12:34:30 PM
So far today, I chopped out the offending bridge so my K-37 can make a full lap of the layout. At very slow speeds, she stalls on a couple of very tight spots in the curves, but at 20+ on the Digitrax (still slow), she rolls through. I'm examining the NNGC clinic schedule and there's one on building a Hunterline 30' King Post Truss Bridge. Sign me up! That looks like it would fit right in the same spot and look a whole lot better than the Atlas N Scale girder bridge that was in residence.


I had to back a freight train into the Enginehouse to let Big Sister go by. Also shown is the latest look at the Bar Mills Barn I'm working on. Still needs roofing (a nice variety), clutter and some weathering. I'm also going to build a minute "foundation" under it, so it will sit nicely half on the wharf and half off. Some sort of signage for a seafood distributor is in the future too. Maybe something precariously mounted on the roof.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 22, 2015, 01:11:22 PM
John,


You and anyone here are certainly welcome to visit if you're in the Orlando, FL area. I'm very pleased with the way some of the pics represent the layout. However, the layout tour has been clocked at around a minute and a half…it's pretty small.  ::)


Also, any of you notice that the beautiful new engine is a little too beautiful? I ordered it "weathered" and I'd say it's "matte-ed out" at best. First time I was ever less than staggered by Blackstone's excellence. I guess it's hard to please everybody on such a subjective thing as weathering. :o  Live and learn. My preference would be beat up, faded, rusted, and filthy. When I'm in Houston, I'll definitely be looking for more offbeat detail parts to add to the engine like stray tools and toolboxes, maybe some antlers? I want it to become a real "character" some day…doesn't Malcolm Furlow live out that way…he'd be the perfect guy for the job.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 23, 2015, 10:54:19 AM
Glad to hear you demo'ed the bridge John.....we'll have to visit and watch that big beast rumble thru the scenes.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 23, 2015, 11:17:58 AM
You mean the new bridge isn't built yet? DeMayo, send him some workers.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on August 23, 2015, 11:51:24 AM
Who is building the bridge? Greg or the one armed bandit? John the layout is looking fabulous. Enjoy your trip to Houston. If you get to the vendor floor, say hello to the boys from Coronado Scale Models. Remember to see Gil Freitag's layout. It will bring back memories of model Railroader magazine from years past. Have a great trip.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 11, 2015, 07:12:08 PM
My little friends from Houston arrived yesterday, along with a boxful of stuff I picked up at the NNGC. The green engine is unpowered, the Porter might as well be (so far). I honestly think static dioramas are in my future…none of my modeling frustrations come from scenery! :P


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on September 12, 2015, 08:30:50 AM
Hey John, You are adding more stuff all the time. Engines look cool ;D so does the layout my friend..
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 12, 2015, 03:04:01 PM
Thanks Bill…I must admit that my visit to the Narrow Gauge convention and, particularly, Mike Engler's clinic and Karl Allison's engine house, I'm seriously considering trashing my layout and starting over…scene by scene, diorama style - with less concern for geography, track plan, etc. I just want to do great scenes!


Just a wild hair…I hope it passes :o


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jlgrove on September 12, 2015, 03:43:25 PM
John....maybe great minds think alike....since my space is at a premium with my new layout, I am attempting to make each scene "cluttered chaos" all with a believable scene with roads etc., to make it as real to life as I can....this scene includes 9 removable dioramas, plus some individual structures.....all with realistic roads going to the business etc.....in a space of 27"x60".....not to mention the second level yet....so I'm happy with my start on this so far....I too am not even sure if I care about locos running......I'll post some additional pics and progress on my PVTC thread....
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 12, 2015, 10:38:46 PM
Jeff,


I'm not looking for encouragement…I'm looking for someone to talk me down before I do something nutty!!! ;D


Good looking structures on your modules.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on September 12, 2015, 11:05:24 PM
Not going to try to talk you down , but maybe it would be a good idea to do a diorama or 2 and then get back to the layout , see how you feel about it then.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on September 13, 2015, 06:11:03 AM
Thanks Bill…I must admit that my visit to the Narrow Gauge convention and, particularly, Mike Engler's clinic and Karl Allison's engine house, I'm seriously considering trashing my layout and starting over…scene by scene, diorama style - with less concern for geography, track plan, etc. I just want to do great scenes!


Just a wild hair…I hope it passes :o


John

Whoa... John, it sounds like you have been hanging around Tom to much ;D ;D. I guess time will tell. Have fun is the main thing. See yah.
Bill
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 13, 2015, 08:12:22 AM
Problem solved…I am now considering my too-small layout a very very large diorama!  ;)


Back to work!


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on September 13, 2015, 09:40:47 AM
Whew!  That had me concerned.  When John gets a thought that thought usually turns into action before any of us know what's going on. 

Looks like there are some neat little additions to the layout.  I still have to dig out the FSM Water Tank.  I know approximately where it's at.  I'll dig it out one of these days.   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on September 13, 2015, 11:25:12 AM
Go for it John.....tear out a wall or two!  ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 13, 2015, 12:02:14 PM
Whew!  That had me concerned.  When John gets a thought that thought usually turns into action before any of us know what's going on. 





…the irony is. When I get a thought, that thought usually turns into action before I know what's going on. ;D John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on September 13, 2015, 02:09:12 PM
John,

May I make a suggestion re: modules vs. layout. I don't know if any of the forum members have any pictures of what Bob Van Gelder has done on his layout, but we all have seen those gorgeous models / modules that he builds upon. bob has integrated those structures / modules into his layout. Track runs around the room, occasionally going thru one one of his scenes. If he likes, he can fill in the in between areas. Just saying. It sounds like more horizontal progress than forward progress. Just keep posting all those wonderful pictures.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 13, 2015, 02:55:58 PM
Frank,
I know what you mean about BVG's layout (I've been there). Sellios' too. I've decided I'm just going to focus hard on whatever I'm specifically working on and follow through a bit more on each scene without regard for the rest of the layout (for that moment). I've also decided if I'm no longer pleased with any scene, I'll bulldoze without a shed tear and make it what I want it to be. Specifically, I fear I've lost my way in terms of maintaining the backwoodsy theme. I need to put the brakes on and make sure I'm honoring that theme before adding more stuff/buildings/rolling stock, etc.


All good. A little heat can purify…John


Here's a pic (probably from John S.'s thread) showing early F&SM. What I take from it is "I could never build the F&SM…but I could, just maybe, build this little part"…one step at a time!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 13, 2015, 08:41:09 PM
Put the roof on the barn/seafood distributor. I used some Wild West Models shake shingles I got at the NNGC and I really like their look. I still want to put a big, sign on the roof and I found some good images online that I have shrunk to appropriate sizes. When I choose one and figure out exactly how I want to mount it - you'll be the first to see.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 26, 2015, 11:45:24 AM
I'll consider this Seafood Distributor finished. I expect to add many castings including some cool Bar Mills lobster traps when it's properly sited, but I think that's a wrap for now.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 26, 2015, 12:13:22 PM
Possible placement of structures on and around the smaller wharf. I'll have to consult with Bob about removing the sidewalk - I'd rather move the Hot Dog joint than damage it. I imagine lots of activity - people, lobster traps, all kinds of nautical details around.


John



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 26, 2015, 02:47:26 PM
John,
 
The small wharf area looks fantastic. Great job on the structures.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on September 26, 2015, 07:11:10 PM
Possible placement of structures on and around the smaller wharf. I'll have to consult with Bob about removing the sidewalk - I'd rather move the Hot Dog joint than damage it. I imagine lots of activity - people, lobster traps, all kinds of nautical details around.


John

It looks really good John.  Very nice job on the Seafood Distributor.   :D  If I recall correctly the lighting subassembly I put in the structure is spot glued to the base.  I'd have to slide the main roof off and look inside to refresh my memory.  If so, we probably can cut the sidewalk off at the point where it meets the wall and then touch up the foundation where it's been cut.  I have a jeweler's saw that may be perfect for getting in their and getting a straight cut.  It's be tough to do with an X-Acto or razor blade due to the over hang.  It would need new, longer support posts as well.  Let me know if you want me to perform surgery on it.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on September 26, 2015, 08:16:39 PM
John, the seafood dealer turned out great. Great idea for the barn.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on September 27, 2015, 09:07:46 AM
Great scene John..... 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on September 27, 2015, 10:18:24 AM
The structures look great together.

Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: oldbloodhound on September 27, 2015, 10:20:07 AM
Possible placement of structures on and around the smaller wharf. I'll have to consult with Bob about removing the sidewalk - I'd rather move the Hot Dog joint than damage it. I imagine lots of activity - people, lobster traps, all kinds of nautical details around.


John

Nice.  If you're modeling Wiscasset you really need a Red's Eats.  It's just up the street from the river.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 27, 2015, 10:40:19 AM
Thanks guys. The only things I stole are the name and bits of the trestles  ;D Cool little place, though.


Bob, any help on that would be appreciated. I'm still traumatized by the surgery I did on the heirloom FSM depot. I feel like I dodged a bullet with that one.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 27, 2015, 07:14:20 PM
I tried to fight it, but…I couldn't. I had to order Doug's new kit. So now, I have Execution Rocks, Printers Row, and Bar Mills' Cundy Harbor on the shelf. It honestly may be years, but there will be a major re-work of my layout (if not a complete re-do). I'm happy with my layout's progress and it's look and the progress I've made in my own capabilities, but…we have an expression in my family:   "Gotta Do".


I think if you connected Doug Foscale's dioramas for Execution Rocks, Oyster Hill, and Printers Row(the new one)…you'd have my favorite layout ever. I think his landscaping, waterfront scenery, use of levels and roads, and, of course, his structure modeling and weathering is absolutely captivating. They all have so much character and personality. That's what's on my mind. As far as tracks, that will absolutely be secondary.


I'm not in any hurry to jump in, but I'm basically looking at anything else I do as "practice", until I re-work the layout.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 04, 2015, 11:21:37 AM
Here's what I've been up to. Fallberg station by Downtown Deco. My first Hydrocal kit…lotta fun. Still have a lot to do.


This morning, I cleaned the wheels of my locos and cleaned all of the track to rule out a few reasons why my newest acquisition is struggling. It showed progress so, feeling frisky, I removed the contacts on the bottom, scraped them a bit, and bent them to provide a little more friction against the wheels. I did all of this with the idea that, if I see progress, it would at least give me some insights as to what needs to be addressed. It did run quite a bit better, but still a C+.


Here are some pics…

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on October 04, 2015, 12:40:43 PM
John,
 
The rock work on Fallberg looks great. Happy to hear the little tea kettle is running better.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 04, 2015, 08:20:14 PM
Thanks Tom. I really enjoy the Downtown Deco castings.


Here's some sunset photos on the Wiscasset waterfront. Special effects provided by real sunset outside the window.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on October 04, 2015, 10:09:30 PM
Neat pictures.

Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on October 05, 2015, 08:51:14 AM
Nice work on the Fallburg Station John. Ya gotta love that "little" steamer!  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on October 05, 2015, 05:46:47 PM
Great John especially nice job on the piers.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 05, 2015, 07:35:08 PM
Thanks for checking in guys…John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 06, 2015, 08:53:14 PM
Rash is such an ugly word. I prefer "man of action" and "decisive"   ;)


This land grab signals the end of my n scale forced perspective experiment. I now have a handful of n scale built up craftsman kits for sale and a couple of nice boats and bunches of vehicles, etc. If you know anyone, let me know. Sorry Jan, you're on your own brother.



John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 07, 2015, 06:33:26 AM
The end of an era, I didn't think it would happen! Congratulations on the land grab. Jan will be okay as well. ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on November 07, 2015, 08:37:00 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing what that corner morph's into John!   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 07, 2015, 08:53:08 AM
More real estate for structures......way to go John! 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 07, 2015, 11:28:40 AM
"If you're going to eat a frog, don't look at that sucker for too long" :o ...instant demolition


Also, new resident courtesy of Tom. I am helping him out since he doesn't have room to store it...he owes me for this.  :)


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on November 07, 2015, 12:02:31 PM

This land grab signals the end of my n scale forced perspective experiment. I now have a handful of n scale built up craftsman kits for sale and a couple of nice boats and bunches of vehicles, etc. If you know anyone, let me know. Sorry Jan, you're on your own brother.

John

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYnMMqDkfH8


Sad to hear this John .

Do you have a list of the boats and vehicles and maybe you also still have some unbuilt structures? The built structures are great but would be a shipping problem.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 08, 2015, 08:36:49 AM
Jan,
I'll do a little inventory and, if there's some interest, we can definitely work out a tremendous "Forum Discount" with the understanding that someday, when I come that way, you'll be my guide to Ontrax (did I get that right?)


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 08, 2015, 07:16:03 PM
Good carpentry day today...new corner framed in. Much of the styrofoam will be cut away to reveal the bay. When track is decided on, I'll put down homasote in the areas around and under the track. That may be a while as I am very much undecided how best to lay out the area which will feature Fos' Printers Row and Bar Mills Cundy Harbor up front. I may even wait until well into next year, so I can really study Doug's display (and hopefully Bar Mills' too) at the Expo to help me figure out how to lay it all out. I'll probably fiddle with it a bit more and then go back to other projects on the layout.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on November 08, 2015, 08:57:07 PM
John


Great to see new benchwork and layout expansion - I enjoy the design work as much as the building.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on November 09, 2015, 10:07:34 AM
John - You might want to check with Artie to see if he has a schematic for the foot print of Cundy Harbor.  He was able to send me one foe Cundy Village.  Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 09, 2015, 04:27:02 PM
Great idea Jim. I actually cut out some cardboard for the rough dimensions of Printers Row and was pondering asking Doug for ANYthing he has...drawings, sketches, etc to play with. I've copied and cut up Bar Mills directions in the past to make full size mockups.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on November 09, 2015, 05:49:24 PM
Jan,
I'll do a little inventory and, if there's some interest, we can definitely work out a tremendous "Forum Discount" with the understanding that someday, when I come that way, you'll be my guide to Ontrax (did I get that right?)


John

Seems like a very good idea John.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 25, 2015, 11:15:22 PM
Jan,
I've been a little sidetracked. I'm thinking I'll hold onto my little collection of N scale finery. I've got a nice fish tank in the living room that I'm sick of cleaning. When the lone inhabitant goes to the great toilet in the sky. I may just insert a little diorama.


Also, who can spot what's missing?


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on November 26, 2015, 03:14:36 AM
Wallpaper  ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 26, 2015, 08:56:09 AM
Holy crap.....where did your layout go John..... :o
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on November 26, 2015, 10:05:31 AM
Holy crap.....where did your layout go John..... :o

What he said!   :o  Times two!!  :o  :o
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 26, 2015, 11:48:47 AM
Holy crap.....where did your layout go John..... :o

What he said!   :o  Times two!!  :o  :o
Hey Bob.....l'll see your two and raise you one!  :D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 26, 2015, 12:22:59 PM
On this day, I'm thankful that I have the ability to rip down a perfectly great layout and start over because I think I can do better!


More to come soon. Building salvage has been a complete success...one to go!


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 26, 2015, 01:53:33 PM
Holy crap.....where did your layout go John..... :o

What he said!   :o  Times two!!  :o :o
Hey Bob.....l'll see your two and raise you one!  :D ;D ;D


What they said and one more.
WOWSER!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 26, 2015, 01:55:48 PM
On this day, I'm thankful that I have the ability to rip down a perfectly great layout and start over because I think I can do better!


More to come soon. Building salvage has been a complete success...one to go!


John


John,

I want to apologize for the sickness I seemed to have passed on to you. You have been around to many of my layout redos. For that I'm sorry.

However, on the good side, you'll be much happier when you find the right look and for that I'm not sorry!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on November 26, 2015, 05:58:25 PM
WOW, very drastic John , good luck, I'm sure you made the right decision.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 27, 2015, 08:26:54 PM
A couple more layout pics...one where I'm doing the Moses thing!


Clean slate. More to come soon.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 28, 2015, 07:44:27 AM
I'm in shock! A complete and total redo/rebuild.

Now we are all waiting for the new idea to appear.

Tom ??? , still in shock.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on November 28, 2015, 11:44:50 AM
Here you are demolishing and starting yet ANOTHER layout and I haven't even begun my first. 


I have got to stand MUCH closer to you guys....and hope some of the mo-jo rubs off!!!!

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 28, 2015, 11:50:17 AM
Now that the room is bare and you won't damage the layout.....it's time to knock out some walls and expand!  ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 28, 2015, 04:04:29 PM
The shape of things to come... 8)


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 29, 2015, 09:17:55 AM
The shape of things to come... 8)


John




HHMMMM? Inquiring minds and all that.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on November 29, 2015, 09:28:40 AM
 ???

Color me intrigued.   :D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 29, 2015, 04:09:01 PM
Doing a little "imagineering" to help figure out the plan to come.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on November 29, 2015, 04:22:37 PM
This is a real surprise. There must be something in the drinking water in Florida. Is this a wall railroad only or are you going to stack them one top of each other and make a three tier layout? Certainly a lot more room that way. Inquiring minds want to know. Only kidding John. We all know that whatever you do, it will awesome. We just want to kid you a bit. Good luck with the new plan and keep us informed with a lot of pictures.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on November 29, 2015, 04:37:11 PM
John


What happened! You really are going in a different direction.  I do understand - it has been seven years since I did pretty much the same thing.  Only I covered the old layout with plaster. Very interested to see where you are headed.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on November 29, 2015, 04:46:41 PM
This is going to be interesting, Can't wait to see where it goes.



 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 02, 2015, 07:37:34 PM
Let there be light!


John


Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on December 02, 2015, 07:46:03 PM
Cool
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 03, 2015, 08:32:39 AM
John,

Are you staying with the HOn3?

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 05, 2015, 05:40:08 PM
Definitely staying with HOn3, just a change of atmosphere. Here's today's work...I worked late last night, spent the good part of today with the SBG visiting the Cutlers' beautiful Pennsy layout, so now it's time to put it all aside and go pick up some Sushi takeout to maintain the home front.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on December 05, 2015, 06:09:53 PM
I like what I see so far John, will the layout be much smaller then before?
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 05, 2015, 06:21:01 PM
John,

I believe the shadow box affect will be a fantastic new look for the railroad. Great job on this. ;D ;D ;D


I also enjoyed our Butty meet this morning. Great friends.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on December 05, 2015, 08:35:05 PM
It seems to be growing.



 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 05, 2015, 08:45:00 PM


What you see are 2 2 x 4 foot modules connected. There will be tracks departing from both ends. Eventually, I'll have staging or just hidden loops behind the boxes. I will add modules over time and the ultimate shape is still to be determined. I've got two kids in college and would like to downsize our home. This may be in 2 years or 10 years. I just always wanted to build this type of layout and felt like "why not now?". This project could be moved, altered or expanded to fit whatever space becomes available. I was very happy with my recent layout but once my mind gets excited about a new project - it's not going away :) . I was troubled by continuing to pour time, effort, and money into something that (a) wasn't exactly what I want and (b) wouldn't be coming with me when the time comes.


I'm really excited to pour a lot of energy into a small space and see what I can do with it...before growing it. My mind is still bursting with design ideas. I've got a few things I definitely want to incorporate and I'm prioritizing and arranging them as I build the "skeleton". My friend, the graphic artist, is working on a photo backdrop right now, so I'd probably be wise to wait for that before progressing beyond the brainstorming phase.


Thanks for checking in.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2015, 09:33:18 PM
John


Very cool idea - especially with a pending move.  I will be watching your progress. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on December 06, 2015, 09:21:14 AM
It looks like the beginning of a very interesting journey John.....I'm looking forward to see where you go with this.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on December 06, 2015, 11:19:19 AM
John,
Good Morning from Arizona. While I don't like to see someone take apart a beautiful layout ( too many tears), Some of us, who will remain nameless, face the chainsaw massacre sometime in the future. Having gone thru one of those many years ago, I can say that it was not a pleasurable moment.   I do like the concept of what you are trying to achieve. The modular layout will allow growth, possible alternative configurations and could be used anywhere in the house (wife permitting) The only thing that I don't like is the reinforcement between the modules. It sticks into the scene and an alternative technique should be developed to allow you the visual freedom of your beautiful work. There were several articles some years back in one of the RR publications on modules and I may have it in my library. I'll check and see if I can find it. There may have been a better solution. I really like the idea , the fact that it is portable. It opens a whole new venue for beautiful scenery. Best of luck with it and I look forward to seeing your progress.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 06, 2015, 12:07:26 PM
The intrusions are necessary to provide the degree of stiffness (and light weight) I want to be able to carry the modules out to the garage for messy work or just to place them on a lower worktable. They won't be nearly as disconcerting once the facia is installed (same size top and bottom). As for the visible bump in the rear, I'm comfortable that a combination of taller buildings, possible landforms, and the photo backdrop will minimize the negative. All of the display layouts at the Suncoast center have similar concerns and they tend to disappear after a few moments. I'm not worried about them.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on December 06, 2015, 12:14:43 PM
John,

I found the articles that I mentioned earlier. There were two articles in MR in January and February of 1977 on bookshelf railroads. The articles show construction, different configurations. They are very detailed. I will scan then and email them to you. I think you will find them very helpful. I got you email address from Tom this morning.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on December 06, 2015, 06:30:24 PM
Hey John, really looks good!! I like that look you have going. We will be following closely as the new venture proceeds.

Bill
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 13, 2015, 02:57:09 PM
Moving along. Roughed in the coastline shapes. Next step is to cut out the homasote layer above the foam. I hope to hear from my friend about the photo backdrops soon - John Addison shared some wisdom with me at the Suncoast Center, "It's a heck of a lot easier to match your scenery to your backdrop than the other way around". Wisdom is usually pretty obvious - but you don't necessarily think of it at the right time  ;D   I've got a variety of mockups (paper, walls from the kits, etc) to help me space things out. I also placed it where I expect it to stay in the room. There is room behind it to do a complete loop with a couple of staging tracks. On the right end, I can eventually do a "turnaround" module and still have a foot and a half to slide around in front of it...I will have to lose a couple pounds and keep it off for that project (down the road anyway).


I have a question...would a pile driver barge possibly be moored to some pilings away from the shoreline? It would seem like a safe way to stow the unit between workdays and transporting it would involve a tug of some sort anyway so shore access wouldn't be an issue. I think mooring it (just) offshore would allow an odd angle to visually contrast the fairly perpendicular docks and retaining walls to come. Just thinking that a handful of pilings would make sense as a "parking spot".


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 13, 2015, 05:53:56 PM
John,

Looks like you are making great progress on the modules.

In answer to your pile driver question, YES, anything is possible. I once saw a pile driver on the St. Johns River miles from any salt water.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on December 13, 2015, 07:38:12 PM
John


Looking good! It sounds like George Sellios is doing a similar thing with the new section of F&SM. He describes it as shadow boxes. I hope we get to go see it together in March.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on December 13, 2015, 11:11:38 PM
The shadowbox is a cool concept.  I'll be interested to see how you hide the stiffeners.


Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: martin.ojaste on December 13, 2015, 11:30:53 PM
I love the concept of the shadow box. No lights shining in your face; a focused view of the layout and an easy way to keep the layout clean when not in use.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 19, 2015, 10:39:32 AM
This morning I trimmed some homasote scraps to the approximate landforms and placed them back on the modules to help visualize the design. On the left (hotel) end, I'll have a nice low trestle over some tidal flats, lots of trees on a low hill along the anticipated photo backdrop and "hugging" Martin Machine. In front of the hotel, I plan to elevate the little lighthouse up on a stone pedestal and surround it with rip rap and some little fishing shacks on stilts with some precarious walkways and staircases made of weathered strip wood. I'm not sure how I'll handle the little station, but if I leave it there, I'll put it at least partially on pilings and rip rap. I hope to fool around with seaweed and tidelines around this area.


On the right (wharf) end, the wooden wall is/will be Fos' Executioners Rocks main building, which I would like to elevate dramatically. The two paper buildings will be from Bar Mills Cundy Harbor. The beautiful Red Hook 2 warehouse, will likely be saved for another module, as I think Fos' Printers Row would make a more appropriate row of background structures on a slight elevation. Check back tomorrow, when I'll likely change the whole thing around.  ;D


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on December 19, 2015, 03:27:18 PM
There are some great mini scenes to be had in those John. I like what you are doing.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 19, 2015, 07:01:23 PM
John,

This is really looking very good. Perhaps when you get to the back drop, you can blend in the braces by using some of the colors in the back ground.

Again, looking really good. Of course there is still tomorrow to come. ??? ???

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on December 19, 2015, 07:35:06 PM
Hi John


I'm watching your progress - I really like the way your using visualization aids to help with your design. I think it's a good idea to wait until you have your backdrops before you finalize anything.  I think it's very important to use size to create depth in the scenes.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on December 20, 2015, 10:13:21 AM
Wow John!  Things are moving right along and looking terrific.  You and Tom make me feel like a real slacker.  At least when I compare the progress I'm making to what Tom's doing I can justify my snails pace by telling myself I'm still working and he's retired.  I can't do that when I compare my progress to the progress you're making!   :o

I have that little water tank set aside for you and, if you haven't seen it yet, the DVD from BEST on building vehicles that features none other then the forums master truck builder Mr. Raymo.  Just give me a holler when you want them. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 27, 2015, 08:22:18 PM
Thanks guys. Benchwork is fun because you can really make a jump quickly. Today, I actually ran a train - before you congratulate me, remember it's just a small stretch of track through two modules. My wife's brother is coming into town this week and I wanted to at least blow the whistle a bit. I was a bit disappointed by my Blackstone loco's performance through the Peco crossing...hopefully, another set of feeders on the other side will help. In the meantime, I will follow ACL Tom's example..."The Judge will be blamed for everything until he joins the forum."


A box arrived from Mr. Foscale today also...Printers Row...another masterpiece to put on my shelf for a bit before I steel myself to jump in (maybe Reading Bob will be free for a bit of help ::) ).


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on December 28, 2015, 08:16:09 AM
Thanks guys. Benchwork is fun because you can really make a jump quickly. Today, I actually ran a train - before you congratulate me, remember it's just a small stretch of track through two modules. My wife's brother is coming into town this week and I wanted to at least blow the whistle a bit. I was a bit disappointed by my Blackstone loco's performance through the Peco crossing...hopefully, another set of feeders on the other side will help. In the meantime, I will follow ACL Tom's example..."The Judge will be blamed for everything until he joins the forum."


A box arrived from Mr. Foscale today also...Printers Row...another masterpiece to put on my shelf for a bit before I steel myself to jump in (maybe Reading Bob will be free for a bit of help ::) ).


John

It could happen John but first I need to get through The Red Light District which I just started (I'll do a thread once I get far enough along that I have something to show).   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on December 28, 2015, 08:22:16 AM
John,

Your new layout concept is coming together very nicely. I was thinking that your new layout and mine have one huge thing in common other than being new to us in concept.

My second level will actually be a shadow box as well. When the third level is up and the lights are installed for the second level, I'll have a shadow box effect for the second level. Now I'm getting excited for us both.

Fantastic start my friend.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on December 28, 2015, 12:06:02 PM
Always great to have a train running.   ;D


Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 23, 2016, 11:48:20 AM
Here's what I'm working on now...test fit temporary photo backdrops. My buddy printed on heavy photo paper (which seems sufficient), but he wants me to note any changes or sizing ideas and he'll reprint on a "vinyl" which he feels will make a more permanent product. Pretty interesting sitting next to a pro and watching him work...feathering clouds, etc..."you want anymore evergreens over here?".


Just masking tape for now...eventually seamless and perfectly flat.



John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on January 23, 2016, 12:00:05 PM
The backdrops are beautiful.....I think that the scale of the trees are spot on the right scale for the buildings in front of them.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on January 23, 2016, 12:38:33 PM
John, this is really coming together nicely. That inside brace is still troubling me though. I know you probably have  your own reasons why it has to be inside, but if it were me I would have put it on the outside, it still would be just as strong. But then you couldn't put anything on top of it.



 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on January 23, 2016, 01:53:59 PM
Great backdrop John , blends beautifully .
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: coors2u on January 23, 2016, 01:57:19 PM
Just one word John. "Wow"
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on January 23, 2016, 02:12:57 PM
Looks good John.....northern SBG day to see it in person.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on January 23, 2016, 02:30:23 PM
John,

The backdrops look wonderful. Really changes the look doesn't it?

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 23, 2016, 03:21:35 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback. As far as the supports...I made the decision to have them inside the "box" to gain the additional 4' of scenic depth. As described earlier, the layout is designed to be moved, so each box must be self supporting and fit through doors, relatively lightweight, etc. All of that factored into the obvious compromise. Having said that, I'm looking at them and thinking a strip of simple photo backdrop on each side would probably do a lot to make them disappear further (although they really don't bother me - human vision/perception adapts to whatever you're focusing on or not - like when someone asks if you know where there is a Shell station, for example, and you shrug and later realize you drive by a dozen every day - because now you're looking).


Would love to have an SBG North meet soon...Next project is likely the hidden track and staging behind the layout...shouldn't take long once my box of flex track arrives from Caboose Hobbies. Hopefully, I won't run a Blackstone engine off of the end of the world before then.


Just installed the Ultraboard Facing.


John

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ak-milw on January 23, 2016, 03:32:42 PM
John, I figured you had a good reason and that I probably shouldn't have brought it up. The idea of wrapping the backdrop around it should really make it disappear. again great work!



 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2016, 07:12:46 PM
John those backdrops look fantastic.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on January 24, 2016, 09:20:45 AM
I'll add another "WOW".   :)


Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on January 24, 2016, 09:43:53 AM
I'll add another "WOW".   :)


Jeff

And one more for good measure.....WOW!   ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on January 26, 2016, 01:29:44 PM
OWO!!!  No matter how you write it ..... it's GREAT!!!


(http://i.imgur.com/7YYuD8n.png?1)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Erieman on January 26, 2016, 04:54:52 PM
John, Wonderful execution. Can't wait to see more. Sorry to see the old layout go, but this looks even better. keep up the great work and more pics please.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on January 26, 2016, 06:09:45 PM
John,

You always point the finger at me for fast work but you are right there Butty! Great job on the new layout.

Tom ;D


Oh yes, another WOW for the backdrop.


Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on January 26, 2016, 06:47:43 PM
Great concept and execution John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 26, 2016, 08:08:22 PM
Thank you for the support, friends. In a flurry of activity Sunday night, I built the benchwork for the hidden staging area as well as a shelf below so I can someday stack all of my unbuilt kits somewhere. On Monday night, UPS showed up with my package from Caboose Hobbies, but the end was missing from the cylinder and none of the flex track or rail joiners were inside...Frustrating. Obviously, I refused delivery, contacted Caboose Hobbies, and, etc...bottom line, I laid the track I had on hand, but now I must wait to complete the area. The most important part of the little addition is the ability to have a continuous run. I could never have a layout without at least a small loop as I prefer to just let 'em chuff around while I do other things. Eventually, I'll build an end module to replace the loop at the end.


John




Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PennsyJ1 on January 27, 2016, 06:18:40 AM
WOW John. Kris & I love the look.

Bill
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on January 27, 2016, 08:31:31 PM
Great John , your layout looks a lot like the show layouts from the UK and rest of Europe.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 28, 2016, 08:18:30 AM
Thanks Guys.


Jan, that's no accident. :)


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on January 30, 2016, 01:18:42 PM
I couldn't wait any longer for Caboose Hobbies to re-ship my order. In the spirit of small, narrow-gauge operations, I cobbled together what scraps I had and finished the main loop of track. There was a bit of pushback from the HO scale engineers and brakemen, but I was able to get the union's ok with the addition of the styrene guardrails. Their negotiators cited the Lionel Railroad vs. Gomez Adams case as precedent, but they wore down with the understanding that no revenue could quickly turn into no HO scale jobs. I'm not here to make friends, I've got a railroad to run.  ;)


Next on the agenda...some family and/or fitness time. I'll make it back to the trains sometime today.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: bparrish on January 30, 2016, 03:40:05 PM
John.............

Gomez Adams................ too funny ! ! ! ! !

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on January 30, 2016, 03:44:54 PM
I couldn't wait any longer for Caboose Hobbies to re-ship my order. In the spirit of small, narrow-gauge operations, I cobbled together what scraps I had and finished the main loop of track. There was a bit of pushback from the HO scale engineers and brakemen, but I was able to get the union's ok with the addition of the styrene guardrails. Their negotiators cited the Lionel Railroad vs. Gomez Adams case as precedent, but they wore down with the understanding that no revenue could quickly turn into no HO scale jobs. I'm not here to make friends, I've got a railroad to run.  ;)


Next on the agenda...some family and/or fitness time. I'll make it back to the trains sometime today.


John


(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/a/T2eC16Z,!ygE9s7HJ-ZiBQsFmg!5UQ~~/s-l300.jpg)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on March 26, 2016, 03:24:17 PM
Two months since I've done anything worth posting >:(  My EXPO prep led me to the layout...I built up an elevated support for the lighthouse that will eventually be connected via precarious wooden decks and stairways to some little fishing shacks on stilts among a rocky coastline. The "Iron Altar" is just some weights holding it in place while the glue sets. I also performed the violent act of cutting in a spot for Martin Machine, which was built on heavy plywood - a little dust, but no drama. My plan is to build a hill around it to match it's multi-level design.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on March 26, 2016, 06:22:33 PM
John,

Looking good and the lighthouse area will be a wonderful eye catcher.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on March 28, 2016, 03:01:27 PM
Pretty cool John.   8)  I miss the old layout  :'( but it's exciting to see all the neat stuff you're coming up with to take it's place.

See 'ya up in Bawstin!   :D 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on April 16, 2016, 07:05:52 PM
I finally built something ;D   I believe it's the fishing shack from Nick & Nora that I picked up from the Expo. I've got a few small kits that I hope to assemble into a little waterfront mess inspired by Don Railton's magnificent "Nolan Cove" diorama. This is step one of a zillion, but it's something. I used Bar Mills shingles for the siding. I've got a few castings to paint and then some weathering to finish it off. Eventually, it will reside on some pilings with some wooden walkways between structures, land, lighthouse, and dock.


After examining this photo, I took some obvious shortcuts that I don't really notice with my eyes alone. I better go tune it up. The strip wood railing is too heavy, the side of the aluminum roofing needs color, the pinhead doorknob is enormous...yikes.  :P I think the oversized finial will be ok as I will be adding some ornate nautical decorations that the old sea captain who lives here has accumulated. When the scene gets a little busier and additional roof details, like a stovepipe, are added, I expect the finial's size to be downplayed a bit. Just glad to be in motion again.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Raymo on April 16, 2016, 08:24:32 PM
Looks good John. Forward motion is always a good thing. ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: barrymk on April 17, 2016, 06:01:55 AM
Re the fish shack I find photos are the best way to find the bits that don't work, they just glare at you although they don't seem apparent to the naked eye. I think a form of selective blindness happens when we think a model is finished.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on May 07, 2016, 02:58:05 PM
Got a little train time in today...I'm moving things around in my "Railton Cove" area to see how I should make it work. Many of you are familiar with Don Railton's Nolan Cove diorama. I would like to do a small scene of fishing shacks on stilts connected by rickety wooden walkways and stairs. Don's diorama is one of the best things I've ever seen. I imagine I'll construct a deck and connecting walkway from the lighthouse down to the shacks and possibly even a wooden walkway to the station, which will be partially supported by a planked wooden deck that melds into the trestle. Beneath it all...rocks, rip rap, junk, seaweed and saltwater.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on May 08, 2016, 10:43:16 AM
Looking good John.....thanks for having us up so we could see it up close. it looks even better in person.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on May 08, 2016, 11:54:12 AM
Looking good John.

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on May 08, 2016, 03:46:22 PM
John,

Great job on the dioramas. I love the Don Railton Brian Nolan Cove diorama. It is truly a classic. Yours will look just as impressive. Keep up the great work.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on May 10, 2016, 05:12:41 AM
Neat little structures John , lots of character.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 18, 2016, 01:15:07 PM
I did just enough to justify a bump  ;)


Just sort of winging it as  I throw together "Railton's Cove"...whatever's in the scrapbox, on the workbench, or on top of the last layout's salvage pile is a possibility. I've got a bunch of Micro Engineering Bridge Ties soaking in Hunterline stain. I plan to string together a web of multi-level walkways and stairs to connect the structures in this little scene.


Hope you approve...John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on June 18, 2016, 02:16:05 PM
Looks good John.  Waiting for the walkways.

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on June 19, 2016, 11:35:38 AM
Looks good John.  Waiting for the walkways.

Jim


Agree John.....but can you slow down a bit till my new walking shoes arrive from L.L. Bean????
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 07, 2016, 02:58:22 PM
Did some productive carpentry on the little "Railton's Cove" area on my layout. It's still rough as I plan to add a tideline, more railings and walkways, some seaweed and litter, not to mention the scenery behind and in front of the rip rap banks and the structures above. I'm pretty pleased so far although it's kind of a challenge to photograph it effectively. Looks better in person...in my humble opinion.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 07, 2016, 02:59:53 PM
Hmmmmm....sideways photos. Can't say I've seen that before...weren't sideways when I attached them. :o  Fixed it, but not sure what happened.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PaulS on August 07, 2016, 04:24:14 PM
Looks very nice John, and has the feel already of DownEast Maine ...   Can I ask what you used for the rip rap banks ??


Thanks much,
--Paul
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 07, 2016, 05:04:13 PM
Thanks Paul...It's just Woodland Scenics "Talus" a mix of their Coarse and Medium. Doug Foscale does a really nice tutorial on his Waterfront Scenery video. The next stages include painting a consistent muck line and then using powders just above to create a seaweed/algae effect as well. The DVD is excellent and shows real-life examples to help with the perspective. It's pretty monotonous work (especially when combined with the plank by plank walkways above, but I'm excited what it should look like once I "dull it down and mess it up" a bit. Thanks for looking in.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 07, 2016, 05:34:24 PM
Butty John,

Very nicely done. The tide line and waves will really bring it to life. Excellent job.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PaulS on August 07, 2016, 08:06:51 PM
Thanks for the info John, I will have to check out that video at some point ...   Looking forward to see your progress as this area develops ..


Thanks again,
--Paul
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on August 08, 2016, 04:56:48 AM
Great scenes John, you're doing fine even in the wrong scale  ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: postalkarl on August 08, 2016, 07:31:07 AM
Hi John:

Looks great. I really like the lighthouse.

Karl
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on August 08, 2016, 07:43:24 AM
Hi John,

It looks wonderful so far.  The additional detailing you're talking about adding is really going to make it come alive.  I can't wait to see it in person.   8) 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on August 08, 2016, 11:04:06 AM
Really looks good John.

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Twist67 on August 28, 2016, 08:14:59 AM
Hi,

looking very nice. Great work.

Regards,Chris
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on August 28, 2016, 10:38:09 AM
Looking good John.  8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 11, 2016, 06:48:30 PM
Maine definitely inspired me. Who can guess what's next? ::)

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on September 11, 2016, 06:51:50 PM
Nn3 ?

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on September 12, 2016, 07:32:48 AM
Maine definitely inspired me. Who can guess what's next? ::)

Uhhhhh......   no.  But it'll probably be something major.   :o
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on September 12, 2016, 08:48:37 AM
Maine definitely inspired me. Who can guess what's next? ::)

Uhhhhh......   no.  But it'll probably be something major.   :o


This is going to be interesting!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on September 12, 2016, 08:52:41 AM
Perhaps another layout redo?
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 12, 2016, 05:29:35 PM
We have a winner...kind of...switching back to HOn30. Dave Frary's endorsement of the running quality of the little minitrains sets pushed me back where I wanted to be. Visiting the WW&F 1:1 scale display helped too. Track is ordered, engines here.


BTW, anyone in the market for a perfectly good Digitrax system?


-DB150 base unit plus two wireless handheld throttles (a DTR400R and a UT40)


i'm going old school


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 03, 2016, 09:04:37 PM
Peco HOn30 track is painted, dry brushed, spiked down and wired up. Trains are again running.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on October 04, 2016, 06:40:55 AM
John,

Great news in trains running. The track looks good.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 15, 2016, 05:02:02 PM
Did some landscaping in the corner in front of the Hotel. I still plan to add a layer of static grass and a bunch of details, vehicles, etc. I think I'll add a little more visible support for the little concession stand that looks a little precarious despite the boulder it rests upon and the single piling lost in the shadows. I've also got metal railing to match the curve of the lighthouse "pedestal". I'll try to remember to hold the camera a little more level - sorry for any seasickness.

I came real close to cracking open Fos' Printers Row, but decided to landscape instead. Soon...all of these build threads have me inspired.

My next burst of landscaping may come as soon as tomorrow. We'll see what the family comes up with for me in the meantime.  :)


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on October 15, 2016, 05:45:25 PM
John,

The new scenery looks fantastic. Scenery really gives us a sense of something actually being accomplished.

Looking good.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on October 15, 2016, 05:58:20 PM
looking good John, were you on a boat while taking the photo's  ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on October 15, 2016, 08:31:04 PM
John


Your making great progress it looks fantastic. Also, good to here that trains are again running. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 22, 2016, 02:35:43 PM
Got some more scenery down. Ballast and glue is still wet so some color may lighten up a bit. I also got my walk around throttle from GML installed. Still need to get the tideline consistent, add some seaweed in the rocks, railings, etc, etc...but the ground cover on this module is essentially done. Always room for details, but it's nice to step back and see.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 22, 2016, 02:37:41 PM
a few more...
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on October 22, 2016, 03:09:49 PM
John,

The new scenery looks really good. I love how to tied the landscape to the inlets area.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on October 22, 2016, 03:16:16 PM
John


Very nice!  Love it!
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on October 22, 2016, 03:38:29 PM
John:

The layout looks great. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam.......... 8) 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on October 22, 2016, 04:13:21 PM
John,
That is some great looking Scenery

Very nice ,indeed

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on October 25, 2016, 08:45:00 AM
Great work John..... 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on October 25, 2016, 10:40:34 AM
Great looking scenery.


Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 25, 2016, 03:46:23 PM
Thanks all. I'm really happy with the recent burst. Hope I can keep it going amid life's other claims on my time :)


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Bobby on October 26, 2016, 01:43:07 AM
You are doing a great job of capturing that fall/winter look. It reminds me of Mike Confalone's layout.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 26, 2016, 06:34:10 AM
Thanks Bobby...that's as good as it gets :)  I think Mike Confalone does some of the best modeling I've seen.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: postalkarl on October 26, 2016, 07:43:39 AM
Hi John:

Your layout is absolutely gorgeous. Keep those fine photos coming for us.

Thanks:

Karl
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on October 29, 2016, 09:04:10 AM
Thanks Karl...means a lot coming from you. The Fos warehouse you built is safely hidden from the cats and will be featured prominently on a module to come  :)


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 02, 2016, 04:53:20 PM
I painted the water surface with a combo of black, green, and a little blue last week. I followed that up with two coats of Mod Podge...it dried almost white with bubbles. While Mike the Runner attempts to solve the mystery, I have forged ahead...I took a couple of brushfuls of black and sort of dry brushed the surface, i followed that with a little green to lighten it a bit. The mod podge beneath gives it a bit of surface motion and I never intended to model breaking waves in this little cove. I'm thinking I'll just seal it with some furniture varnish for some good luster after the paint is dry. You can see the bubbly effect around the rocks and pilings - I think it looks kind of cool, just not when it was everywhere-yet another lucky accident in my scenery history :D


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on November 03, 2016, 08:32:39 AM
John,

I think the water looks great. On purpose or not, the water motion appearance around the rocks looks natural to me.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on November 03, 2016, 08:50:50 AM
Looks great John..... 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on November 03, 2016, 11:22:13 AM
John,

I think the water looks great. On purpose or not, the water motion appearance around the rocks looks natural to me.

Tom ;D

What Tom said.  It does look great.

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on November 24, 2016, 11:17:00 AM
Turkey day update. I have added a couple more coats of Mod Podge because I felt my ocean was too flat. I also decided to hold off on the Varnish until I finished all of the water surface on the adjacent module. This means I must complete all of the waterfront "borders" (seawalls, pilings, docks, concrete foundations, etc). Reading Bob's progress on the Bar Mills Dockhouse convinced me this is the way to go. I figure the best way to ensure that the water is consistent across adjacent modules is to seal it all at once. This also means I need to get Capt. Hook's Lobster built as it is an integral part of the waterfront next door.


The little building in the very foreground is slotted for a makeover. When I saw Troels Kirk's recent posts, I immediately thought of the structure shown. I plan to weather mine with a little more color, add some more support pilings, maybe some signage,  and resurface the roof (or at least complicate it with some repairs-still debating). As always, Troels' work inspires me to do better.


John


Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on December 26, 2016, 08:50:40 AM
Only train-related gift I got was this little gem. It's a built-up Junkman's truck from Model Tech Studios...


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on March 04, 2017, 08:30:20 AM
John


Your working to hard - it's been a couple months since we have seen an update. Just sayin.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on March 04, 2017, 09:19:33 AM
Glad to see you back at it John.  ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on March 04, 2017, 05:49:02 PM
I don't know what you guys are talking about. But thanks for the interest  ;)


Progress coming soon...from Reading Bob's workbench.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on March 18, 2017, 08:36:50 AM
Bad news...perhaps as soon as this weekend, I will begin dismantling the layout. We are downsizing our primary home and renovating our coastal home. All within the same couple of months.


Good news...It was built to be dismantled and relocated to a bigger, better spot.


I'm hoping to start early and really pack everything with great care. That's why I want to get started well in advance of the pre-move/last minute mayhem. I also expect to make some decisions about what I need to keep or not. Anyone need a Digitrax system with a couple of wireless throttles?


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 18, 2017, 10:18:40 AM
Good luck with the layout.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: GPdemayo on March 18, 2017, 02:19:43 PM
Moving again John.....I was just getting used to finding the new place.  ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on March 18, 2017, 02:54:58 PM
Moving again John.....I was just getting used to finding the new place.  ;D


John,

I think you've now out done me on the do's and redo's!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Donato on March 20, 2017, 01:25:40 PM
Good luck on the move, hope all goes smoothly.

Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 21, 2017, 06:35:35 PM
Alright, back in action...I took possession of my new layout room and spent a little time figuring out how I wanted to go with the trains. I very much love the shadowbox modules I've begun for the controlled lighting and viewing and the "finite" sense of the project...In other words, detailing and completing the smaller area is a lot less daunting than staring at a whole undone layout with so many other time pressures in my happy life.


I built a simple 4x12 foot L-girder platform that I will build upon, incorporating the two existing "boxes" which were built for this move. However, I'm not moving again for the foreseeable future as this is our completely renovated, built to order, waterfront dream home that we plan to someday retire to. I will build the layout upon this framework with similar shadowbox features without necessarily going module by module. Many happy years of modeling ahead...
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ReadingBob on June 21, 2017, 07:01:47 PM
Glad to see you back at it John!  I have the rest of Cundy Harbor in my garage whenever you're ready for them.  No rush though.  I know you have lot's of things going on.   ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Janbouli on June 22, 2017, 03:38:06 AM
Good to see you back in the train room John, I do believe that room would fit perfectly for Normal Scale though  ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on June 22, 2017, 05:18:21 AM

John,

Welcome back to the fold.

Tom ;D



Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: S&S RR on June 23, 2017, 09:53:13 AM
John


Welcome back!  It's great to see you getting started in your new train room.  I will be following along to see where it takes you.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on June 23, 2017, 10:14:00 AM
Hi John Welcome back to the living.  A question for you.  I am thinking about scratch building the siding in Pelham where your family had its operations.  Do you recall the types of building?  I seem to remember some open sheds.  I'm also going to try looking up the  rail/real estate maps for info.  Thanks Jim and have a great summer
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: engine909 on June 23, 2017, 08:33:18 PM
Welcome back John. Blistering weather in Florida already.
Ed from Lithia, Fl.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on June 24, 2017, 07:43:40 PM
Thanks guys. I just picked up some beautiful builds that Reading Bob did for me...that has certainly got me even more fired up to get back in gear.


Jim. My brother Ed still runs the tree company out of those structures. They are very sturdy concrete garages that (when I was very little) still had enormous coal bunkers atop them. Now it's just a simple concrete 3 bay garage and another concrete building across the "yard". I doubt that second building ever had any railroad-related activity. Not very "railroady" any more. If I make it up to Pelham in August, I'll skim through my Mom's many photo albums (dating back to volume 1"Army"- my dad's time in WWII) and see what I can find. I do remember seeing some pics of the demolition of the coal bunkers (probably mid to late 70's).


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jrmueller on June 25, 2017, 08:49:43 AM
Thanks John It would be great if you can find anything  Sometime we will have to get together and share stories, such as when a friend and I hid from your father after throwing firecrackers on E esplanade   Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 03, 2017, 01:48:51 PM
Not a bad morning. All lighting attached to new framing. All new L-girder support system. Also, inventoried all boxes of train stuff...still missing all my big Fos kits...that is a valuable box and it's still at large  :o


Anyway, very happy with all of the infrastructure I finished. This must be what ACL Tom feels like every day.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on July 03, 2017, 01:50:26 PM
what's with the #@*& sideways pictures. I've been posting pics here for a century, using the same computers, etc


I'm out...can't imagine finding time to fix  >:(


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on July 03, 2017, 03:31:56 PM
Yes, and it feels great. Everyday being a Saturday is a good thing when building an empire. ;D

Tom 8)
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on August 19, 2017, 03:39:59 PM
Had a good morning. Finished up the upper facia, fixed a lighting issue, painted some flex track, did some more lighting adjustments, made some decisions about the back side of the layout plan. Here's where we're at...


Notice the blackout cordless blinds under the layout...seemed like a good way to conceal storage while still having easy access. The upper and (not there yet) lower facia will be flat black, so I think the blinds will add to the "pedestal" effect and prevent eyes from being drawn away from the modeling. I'm pleased with that decision.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: ACL1504 on August 19, 2017, 05:21:41 PM
John,

Great to see progress on the layout. The blinds are a great idea to hide stuff.

Looking really good Butty!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: PRR Modeler on August 19, 2017, 06:21:06 PM
Looking very good John.
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: fsmcollector67 on August 21, 2017, 12:02:07 PM
John,
 Off to a good start, Now I know what you meant by "In no hurry". Still progress has been made.....
I have another build in progress.......keep an eye on it......
Loren...
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on August 21, 2017, 02:30:27 PM
Making progress is good!  I like the blinds as well.


Jeff
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: jimmillho on August 21, 2017, 03:34:30 PM
I like the blinds, keep upon the progress John

Jim
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: LongHornCaddy on August 27, 2017, 07:19:10 PM
Wow, Love this RR!  Nice looking layout with some great structures. 
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 09, 2017, 08:23:32 PM
Alright...other than the killer storm bearing down us, things are going great at the "layout house" on the coast. Trains are running full loops for the first time today! still haven't wired up the sidings (I'm DC- so block control) but life is good and scenery is coming. ;D


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: fsmcollector67 on September 10, 2017, 08:55:50 AM
John,
 I see the old Brewery up on the hill, and little old carters in there....Looking real good......Good luck with the Storm...
Loren...
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 10, 2017, 09:23:45 AM
Good eye, Loren, and thanks. I guess I really need to organize my next steps...I have a bad habit of impulse building and skipping steps which leads to back pedaling later. Still firming up my vision for scenic plans. Next...


-gotta get with my backdrop guy soon. I don't want to get too far without that or it'll be 2x tougher
     I'm still not certain how I'll handle the end. Probably just elevate the scenery/trees/Dead Horse
     Bay to minimize the end of the backdrop. The plan is high rocky elevation ala Foscale.
-insert ties into track joint areas and paint turnouts...good time to dry brush ties & scrub all the rail
-wire up switchable siding blocks (off/on toggles)
-plan and install lower facia (with front contours) and install block toggles and throttle panel
-plan interior lighting "drops" (handful of buildings)
-start on foam landforms for foregrounds and coastline


2 kits to build- SW woodcutter's and Seaport Capt Hook Lobster (have reserved spots -along with Fos'
          Dead Horse Bay, which has some premium Oceanfront real estate reserved)


Just thinking out loud...John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: MAP on September 12, 2017, 01:02:47 PM
Looks great John.  Great progress, and I really am liking the cordless shade idea.  I may have to give that a try.  Did you pick them up a the local Big Box store?
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 12, 2017, 07:02:33 PM
thanks...I ordered them online. We did them all over our home and I found them to be a little less expensive online...plus, Box stores only had a couple of colors. Endless options online. I'm really happy with them (in the windows too). No cords, they hold their position, etc.


John
Title: Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
Post by: Cuse on September 23, 2017, 05:00:08 PM
Actually got some quality work in this weekend. Not picture-worthy but maybe "bump-worthy" ;D


I finished the lower fascia cutting and securing...and all the dusty loud "layout-tuning" that goes with it. One large step closer to doing some scenery work! I've really got to get with the backdrop guy before I go much further


John
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