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Discussion in 'N Scale' started by Joe Lovett, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    This the first photos of my new layout. It is an around the walls using eleven modules that are one foot wide and vary in length between 35 to 58 inches. Uses two passing tracks on a single track main. The photos are module 5 which is complete except the remaining ballast, vehicles and people.

    Joe

    Module 5 bridge and left building.jpg Module 5 coal trestle and all buildings.jpg Module 5 coal trestle and right building.jpg Module 5 left to right.jpg Module 5 right to left.jpg
     
  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Those are excellent scenes! Better than a lot of HO scale stuff I've seen. N scale is on my bucket list as I have several Frisco locos and freight cars. Your photos give me some inspiration. Thanks for posting.
     
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  3. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Lookin good Joe!
     
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  4. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Looking very good indeed! Thanks for posting!
     
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  5. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Thanks guys, the coal trestle was my first attempt at scratch building. Also did the other two gray buildings. The two brick buildings are King Mill prints glued to foamcore and a small kit attached to one. Ft Smith to Winslow is the area layout is based. A model of the Ft Smith depot is my current project I'm working on.

    Joe
     
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  6. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    I see your a supporter of rule number 1.
    The Ft Smith line, in its glory, was just full of industry's. There was really nothing like going through Winslow Tunnel onto the three big bridges south of Winslow. It rates right up their, in the top 100, neat railroad area's.
    Nice job on your layout.
     
  7. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Joe, considering that it was your first attempt - and in N-Scale, no less - I do believe I'll look forward to seeing more! Very nicely done. Did you work off of plans or photo?

    Good looking overall layout, too. Keep them coming!

    Best Regards,
     
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  8. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Chris, I used photos, plans and personal observation to make drawings for each bent then used straight pins to hold each piece in place. CA was used to glue them together and after set-up removed pins and drawing. The height of trestle is about fifteen feet to top of rail and about 160 feet long. A piece of code 55 flex with some of the ties removed was used to top off the project.Joe
     
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  9. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Love it Joe!

    Charlie
     
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  10. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Thank you guys for the compliments and questions. Charlie, I enjoyed your play on words, that is funny. I have an Excel drawing of the layout that I will post as soon as I finish one small detail.

    Joe
     
  11. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Hi, these are the drawings for my layout in the early stages of construction. There are a total of six pages

    Joe
     

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  12. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Hi, one of my primary projects I have is a Ft. Smith depot model. Still need to build the canopy like attachment on the North side and a small shed on the South. Also want to make some awnings to go over the windows. Anyone have an idea for the awnings?

    Joe
     

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  13. trainsignguy

    trainsignguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Very nicely done! It is always great to see an N scale layout done realistically. The coal trestle is awesome and prototypically sized too.

    Just an observation, but you guys that scratchbuild wood trestles are going to put me out of business.

    Dale Rush
    Blair Line
    Carthage, MO
     
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  14. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Thank You Dale for your complement!

    I believe there is a problem with the upload on the photos of my scratch built Ft. Smith depot model so will try it again. See post #12 for the description of model. Will start the add on assembly details this weekend.

    Joe

    North West corner.jpg South west corner.jpg
     
  15. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Very nice! What method do you use to cut out square window and door openings?
     
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  16. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Thank you Jim, I had to use the old fashioned way with a xacto knife, straight edge and small file. The back wall wasn't modeled because there was just to many windows plus that wall goes next to the backdrop and wouldn't be seen. I plan on buying a nibbler for any future projects. See the "Nibbler" thread for Micro Mark's part number and approximate price.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to make the awnings?

    Joe
     
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  17. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Point me to a photo of the prototype. Are they canvas awnings? If so I would try thin paper. Trim it paint it and weather it. If it has fancy scalloped edges just use an Xacto knife to give that impression along the edge. That's just an initial thought. I've used tissue paper dampened with a white glue/water mix to make military model canvas rolls.
     
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  18. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Here's Joe's file:
     

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  19. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Oh, Spanish tile? Yikes. I'll have to think about that. Wait a minut. Now I see the second story awnings. My bad. I would try paper. Maybe replicate the stripes with a computer printer then cut and fold into shape. N scale will be a bit tedious but make a template with your first successful attempt. It should be stiff enough to glue it right onto the wall. I've seen these sold as HO detail parts but not sure about N. Not much help.
     
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  20. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    For interest I would model some of them folded or rolled up. I see that in an older photo of the station. Very cool. Good luck.
     
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