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11 hours ago, ba14eagle said:

I'm sure you've checked this, but is there enough turn on the bogies, so as not to foul the frame? 

 

Good eye and yeah, I am worried about it. The old Tycos have super large bogies and I will cut some excess off of them.

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I am on a limited train space for now with a tiny 30" x 44" layout planned.

Yet, I really want to explore some new ideas for building a layout, one of them being to use real rock broken into thin layers instead of rock castings.

A short trip to the mountains and there is a cut known as rainbow cut where the former D&RGW line runs.

Lots of different colors can be collected there.

 

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An interesting idea. I'm planning to build a length of rock face along the bottom section of my garden layout where the track bed is elevated on boards but I was looking at a more down to earth method of using something based on traditional cement! Yes, ugly I know, but it's all about creating a natural appearance with something I can get my head around and which will withstand the weather outdoors.

Looking forward to seeing what you can achieve.

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2 hours ago, traingeekboy said:

I've seen several layouts where people used real rock. It can be amazing if done right.

I do not know if I can do it right though. LOL Gonna give it a shot.

I'm very interested to see what you can achieve because I'm also incertain if should use real rock or concrete, plaster and paint.

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Ok, time to disguise another Tyco car for my fleet. The scratch built ones take a bit of time and I need a quick cheater as filler. I am not a modeler so much as a creator of facades like thatre props. This should hide well in the small fleet. 

 

The side steps are a bit over size for HO scale yet look ideal for 1/55.

 

Got it for 1.95 and now it will be time to modify slightly and add some paint.

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8 hours ago, traingeekboy said:

Found this video today.....

Good find - really enjoyed watching it. Sure, it must take a fair bit of maintenance and cleaning but the results are worth it. Ground level layouts just look so natural.

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8 hours ago, traingeekboy said:

Found this video today.....

Just been looking through some of his other videos and I'm not so sure I'd recommend this but I suppose it answers all those questions about 'what happens when it rains?"

 

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3 hours ago, mick said:

The base coat alone has completely transformed that wagon. I'd be wanting to rust it up now.

Mick,

I am going to experiment with Hair Spray weathering.

1. Put on a Enamel base coat

2. Spray it with Clear gloss finish

3. Spray with hair spray

4. Add a color coat of Acrylic 

5. Use a 50/50 mix of Water and Window spray to remove some of the paint and reveal the underlying rust color

6. Add some chalks and maybe a wash of black, etc

 

I have never tried this before. I've seen beautiful results with it. 

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