KC Terminal-Themed Layout, Part II

Discussion in 'Divisions' started by yardmaster, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks, Karl and Charlie. Right now I'm leaning toward it being an end-user issue, vis-a-vis the tablet. :) I either need to experiment more or just break out an older but decent-quality digital camera and tinker around a bit.

    Best Regards,
     
  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Tinkering around some with a photo - it's far from perfect, but gives a general idea.

    Best Regards,

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  3. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Nice. I really like the roads and structures.
     
  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks, Jim - miles to go but it's slowly taking shape. The blue structure is actually based on a structure from your neck of the woods: it was built off of a photo of "Al's Confectionery" in Old Greeneville, MO that I saw in the Wayne County weekly newspaper 20-some years ago. So, while it's not prototypical for Olathe, it does give the railroad crews a place to go for beans.

    I'd tried using a bathroom tile mastic for the concrete roads, and was really happy with the results after scribing expansion joints and weathering. I used drywall compound between the tracks after my mastic dried up, and while I've used the drywall mud in the past, the mastic has more concrete-like "tooth" to it.

    The wood timber crossing was made out of individual scale ties. It's a bit of work but I like the results. I think using one of Blair Lines' crossing kits might be a LOT easier.

    The so-called trees are what I call "mañana trees," after a John Armstrong quote from Model Railroad Planning in 1995. As in "Maybe after enough mañanas, I'll get around to finishing them."

    Best Regards,
     
  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Trying another photo. This is just north of the location in the previous photo, looking south. Also, a couple of the Olathe depot.

    Best Regards,
     

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  6. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Frisco.org Supporter

    Looks great.
     
  7. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Great Job Looks good. I like the color you painted the rails.
     
  8. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Nice Chris.
    K
     
  9. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Very nice. I also like your track modeling.
     
  10. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks, gang. If nothing else it shows that I'm attempting to model and not just talking about it. A few things I'm learning:

    (1) The code 100 flextrack looks exceedingly clunky and out of scale. Gonna try Code 70 next time and give handlaying a try. I'd thought that code 100 would look good enough and would be more forgiving of flaws. It'll do, but when it comes to flaw, it doesn't really matter if one doesn't put down a sturdy enough subroadbed. Lesson learned.

    (2) The rust color rails were based on what I've photographed and seen myself. In hindsight, I now realize that a grimy/oily black is more appropriate for the steam/journal bearing trucks era. I do like the painted rail better, in any event.

    (3) Tablet photography is still very much a work-in-progress for me.

    (4) Even with the slipshod photography, it's always good to help one identify flaws and shortcomings in one's modeling in the constant quest for improvement. :)

    I've pretty much decided to operating Olathe as a stand-alone layout for now. I'm still really working toward doing up some version of Clinton/Leaky Roof Line for the next go around.

    As an aside, did any of you MU or ku guys get to go to the game today in Kansas City? I ended up playing soccer mom today to/from Overland Park, but it was much fun listening to it on the radio. At least in Columbia, it was a very, very hard ticket to come by.

    Best Regards,
     
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  11. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Frisco.org Supporter

    Rail. Rust looks good if you are modeling a branch line or siding. Mainline would look more black on curves because of the curve oilers. Out on straight main line track gunmetal blue, looks like mill scale. Around round houses, service tracks , diesel track should be grimey black. Yard tracks are sometimes the color of the comodities switched into them, white being color in small areas.
     
  12. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    More from the Kansas City Sub, in the heart of Johnson County, Kansas. Tried to include the waybill boxes and agent's "desk."

    Motive power is an IHC object of partial fantasy. It's prototypical in that the Fresco did roster a 2-8-0 #957, ex-StLM&SE that seems to have spent most of its time at Springfield's North Yard (Collias). No physical resemblance otherwise. It'll need some work.

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