Monday, August 15, 2016

Using Car Cards and Waybills on a Micro Layout

Car cards and waybills can be used on a micro layout!  Here's a 19+ minute video on how I use them on my Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.

Monday Morning Modeler Episode 6:


Monday, June 6, 2016

A New Venture

Going to try my hand at Gn15, or better to say 1/24 scale.  I am currently working on a loco kitbash from an old HO Model Power Hustler switcher.  The loco is not based on any particular prototype, but is something generic from several examples of Gn15 locos I have looked up on Google.  I still need to add a front grill plate to the loco, but am still giving some thought on what type of grill I want.  I also purchased the 1/24 scale figure off of eBay with arms still needing to be attached!!

I ordered some side-dump wagons, couplers, and coupling links w/chains from Shapeways.  These are from Tom Bell's TB Shapeways Store.  I am really pleased with how well these printed out items look.  The next step is to add wheel sets, assemble couplers, and paint.

The above items will one day run on a new micro layout I am currently in the process of planning.  It will feature a mining scene from a location close to where I live.  More information will hopefully be coming along in the near future. 

Thanks for taking a look!

Tom Conboy

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Part 9

The completed layout.

I will be posting one more update for this layout build with some final thoughts.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Part 8

The Final Push

The Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout is nearing completion.   Track ballast is in place and final scenery work begins.

A few more finishing touches are needed on the warehouse structure.  I did not copy the prototype structure exactly and used plastic detail parts to hide seams and flaws in the cardstock/foam core building flat.  

Scenery textures will hide the section seam.   The connecting track section pieces were ballasted using a piece of .010 styrene glued to the bottom of the ties/sleepers and ballast applied to the topside of the track section. This technique worked well and I am happy with the results. 

Despite all of the isopropyl alcohol and scenery cement poured onto the foam core baseboard, warping has been slight.  This warping has not created any issues with connections or any vertical deflections to the track.  Overall it has been a pleasant experience.  

My next Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Update will be the final build post and will show the finished layout. 

Until next time! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Operating the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout

I have created a new model railroad video series on YouTube, and my first video features operations on the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout. The video is long (17 minutes), but it illustrates the operating potential of a micro layout.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Part 7

Basic Backdrop Painting and Static Grass

Posts here have been few, but work progresses this summer!

I painted the backdrop sections a basic sky color for now.  The plan is to add a photo backdrop to the scene as well as painting a few background trees and clouds...nothing fancy.

The next step was to begin adding another layer of texture to the scenery base.  I used a homemade static grass applicator and a static grass blend from Noch for this step of the scenery process.  More textures will be added before calling this scene complete.

Now it's time to clean the track and run some trains!  Hey, I have already done this!! A video of my recent operating session will be the subject of the next WFS Micro Layout Update.

That's all for now!!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Part 6

Painting and Ballasting Track

Work continues on the WFS layout.  I like to paint and weather the rails and the individual ties/sleepers before applying ballast.  I use acrylic paints (Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Payne's Gray, and Unbleached Titanium) and paint the individual ties/sleepers in a random fashion.  The rails are painted with a Floquil Paint Pen (Rail Brown).

I like to use a blend of Monster Modelworks Diorama Dirt (sifted) and Woodland Scenics Fine Gray Ballast to ballast the track.  I carefully apply the ballast material being sure to keep ballast grains clear of frogs, guardrails, and turnout throwbars.   I like to use 70% Isopropyl Alcohol as a wetting agent, and Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement to fasten the ballast into place.  The alcohol and scenic cement are applied with a pipette.  The photos below show the various stages of painting ties/sleepers and ballasting track.