Archive for the ‘Scratchbuilding’ Category


Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I just added a new post over at The Scratchbuilder’s Guild about making quick and easy fences. You can check it out by clicking the image…



(March 13, 2008: Here’s what the area looks like after the scenery is almost complete. Click an image for a larger version.)



A little progress

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Well, I had hoped to get a little more done before this update, but the week hasn’t been cooperative. But, I did promise to post a weekly update, so… Major progress or not, here it is!

Greg started working on detailing the oil dealer in Stevenville. He got the platform constructed Sunday evening, and will work on adding extra details and piping over the next few weeks. It’s already starting to look good!

A couple Sundays ago Derwin added the parking area for G-Mac Transfer. Not much has been done to it since then.

The tenement structure itself is pretty much done. This structure has turned out quite well. Can’t wait until all the details are added to the surroundings.

Here’s another little scene that’s starting to take shape. Clayton started working on this a couple Sunday evenings ago. It’s really coming along and should add lots of visual interest.

Derwin started getting Kenville ready for ballast.

Brian is progressing on his rural scene.

I was in a destructive mood last Sunday. I tore up about 1/2 the track in Chappellton in order to add the harbour area. It’s still a mess, but I hope to get things back together over the weekend. The car float/ferry will be a major addition to this area.

Here’s a close up of the future harbour area.

So, that’s it for this week. It’s great having a bunch of guys working on this. Rather than one scene developing at a time, there are several scenes being worked on at the same time over the whole layout. I love it!



Tenement, Black Pavement, and more

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

There was no major progress this past week since we decided to operate on Sunday evening instead of work on my layout. It was nice to have a change of pace.

So, here’s the Stevenville side of the layout. Almost all of the white plaster and blue foam has been hidden under a coat of paint. This sure looks a whole lot better than it did before!

As you can see I managed to get some more work done on the tenement building. Platforms have been added at each door and a metal roof added over them. Some basic weathering has also been done. You’d think the owner would want to replace the broken siding. You can also see one of my other scratchbuilt cardstock buildings in the background – Picard Packers.

Front Street is now basic black. I need to tone it down some to get it to look more like aged asphalt, then add center lines, parking space lines, manhole covers, cracks, repairs, …. There’s still lots to do here!

Here are some shots of Dickie Clothing Company and GM Metals. More details will be added over time.

I may have mentioned the little diorama (64 sq. in.) that I did a year or two ago. Well, here are some close ups of it. I call it “Still Life”. Can you figure out why?

So, that’s it for this week. I think I’ll be spending the weekend making changes to the track arrangement in Chappellton to incorporate a rail barge/ferry. This is the result of a layout visit this past week – thanks Alan!!!!

Until next week,


Finally Up to Date – More or less – Jan. 29, 2007

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Ok – I’m finally up to date with this thing. These really are the most recent pictures of the layout, well, of Stevenville at least. From this point on I will try to post a new update within a few days of taking the pics, as close to weekly as I can.

So, this is an overview of most of Stevenville as of last Monday (Jan. 29th). Things are really starting to take shape. I really like using the craft foam for roads. It sure is easier than trying to smooth out plaster. The foam even makes great sidewalks!

Here are a couple closer shot of the “city”. I really like the shot looking eastward (the second photo). I can see real promise in this area. I simulated expansion joints in the sidewalk by making a cut every 4 scale feet. It is noticable in the picture.

I still have to paint the roads and weather them up. One of these days I might even finish the large storefront section.

The building on the left is a new structure I’m working on. It will be a tenement with rickity platforms at each floor. If I get creative I might even string some clothes lines with wash on them.

I got the urge to cut up the Picard Packers building and make two structures out of it. You can see the top section of it behind the tenement. It will become Picard Packers Worl Headquarters and a new structure will replace it trackside. The bottom section of the building is to the right, out of the frame.

I have the platforms constructed and I’m working on putting the rafters under the roof section over the platforms. I hope to get it “finished” this weekend and start installing it in place on the layout.

I’ll have more progress shots next week.