Wrightsville Port: N-Scale Waterfront Layout

Nimo Nov 20, 2010

  1. Nimo

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    Now trying with some different angles, with the street lamps on:

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    And now finally just with the street lights: ​

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    All going well, I am expecting that the basic scenery on the hills will be done by next weekend - but you never know. I will be facing an ISO 9001: 2008 audit this week, so nothing is certain, leave alone working on the layout...​

    Oh! I forgot, coloring the rocks is my wife's job, right?
     
  2. ken G Price

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    "But was there nothing in this that reminds you that it's a 'Bachmann?' indeed... there is... the headlights are WHITE LED... yes, you read it right - white... and I am still trying to figure out on what consideration Bachmann could ruin such a great loco by installing white LED. But hey, the rest of things are so good, I have started ignoring the LED within 24 hours."

    I am confused by your above statement.:worried:
    This is weird because I read all the time modelers complaining about the LED's on their KATO"S, ATLAS, and others are not bright white and they are tired of all the yellow and amber tinted lights. And that no railroads use those colors.

    The layout is starting to come together. The new way of doing the trees does make a big difference. The clay idea is different and I will be waiting to see how it turns out with ground cover.

    Epidemic is not good.
     
  3. Nimo

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    thanks Ken... well I am not sure about others, but I definitely don't think that white LED is prototypical (and I know a few people who share the same feeling). And I believe, no LED can actually provide a prototypical appearance of a headlight, whether it's white, yellow or amber.

    The simple reason being LEDs glow, light is soothing, smooth to your eyes, unlike that of a filament light bulb which gives sharp, focused light. My Kato RDC and Life-Like Proto GP-38 both has filament lamps, and that light is just perfect - yellowish white, just like the prototype. It even falls sharply on the tracks lighting the way ahead which is the purpose of a headlight! In my opinion, as far as a locomotive headlight is concerned, it should always be filament lamps, and never an LED - neither white, nor any other color.

    Anyway, no progress in last 5 days and I am delayed - again! :(
     
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    First Shades of Brown and Green!

    Coloring the hill and the rocks that I thought would be finished during the week, finally got postponed to the weekend. So here are a couple of pics of my wife and myself painting the rock faces (well, for my consider an additional adjective, that is 'trying', for me.)

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    Now, as for the first coat, we colored the rock faces bright yellow and boulders and earth as dark brown.​


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    Now as for the second coat,it was a different story. First there was a overall general coat of mixture of gray, titanium white, gray a burnt sienna. Once the color was set, it gave an appearance of river-bed clay. Second, the rock faces were given a wash of various shades of burnt sienna, black and gray which developed the base and the crevices.

    Once dried, I dry-brushed the faces with the mix of light gray, indian red, yellow ochre and titanium white to complete the highlight. I also used indian red, titanium white and gray to dry brush the earth. well, you can ignore the gloss, since the vernish was not dried yet when I took the picture!
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    Once the colors dried, I could not resist the temptation to add some green to the mix. So I took some home made dark green granular ground cover for the bushes and some Hornby fine grass ground cover to sprinkle over the rock faces... and voila!
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    Some close-up of the landscape after matt varnish settled:

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    [h=1]Scratchbuilding: Lighthouse[/h] After a long time (probably the first time in this year), I went back to scratchbuilding. And yes, it felt awesome! My immediate goal is now to complete the scenic section of the layout, primarily because it's been elven months already since I started working on this project, and it still looks like a layout that I just started building!

    To start with the lighthouse I initially thought of building an octagonal lighthouse tower like the Montauk. But when I looked at the lighthouses in North Carolina, the place where the layout is based on, I found that all the notable lighthouses there have conical tower and not pyramidal. So, it was time for me to build the cone. Drawing the cone was a refresher to my engineering drawing classes, only difference was, I did not have any of my drawing equipments because I have no idea where they are! So had to do it with just a scale and a compass.

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    Dimensions of the tower: Base 60mm dia, top: 35mm dia. After cutting out the cone and gluing the edges together to form the shape. Notice that I inserted three stair windows as well:​

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    Next step was to cover the top and the bottom of the cone. I'd simply cut out two circles to fit the inner dimension of both top and bottom surface, and then added a circle with a little larger dia to for a solid joint. I have also kept access for a prototypical lighthouse mechanism that I am planning to build. On top, you'll notice that there is an additional circular grove - that is for the lantern room that will be removable​

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    Once the coverings on the top and bottom are fixed, I added the main door to the lighthouse.​


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    By the time the glue was drying on the doorway, I built the basic structure of the lantern house. 0.2 mm cardboard and clear plastic sheet (OHP), with 0.5 mm styrene rods as support:​

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    Next step was to build the build the guard railings outside the lantern house. I took a different methodology this time as I wanted the railings to be unique - I decided to give one dense protective railing at the bottom of the main railing (A practice I saw in some tall building somewhere that I cannot recall properly now). First I used brass ladders to build this layer. Then I added some styrene rods as the support for the main railing.​


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    Once glue dried, I placed single strand copper wire, bent in the exact dimension of the railing on top of the supports and glued it to the supports.​

    Additionally I also made the roof for the lantern house:​

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    Now some shots:

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    Now, this is going to go to the wifey so that it starts looking all pretty and attractive. I will also throw in some advisory detailing time to time (if I get the opportunity of course)!​
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  12. meledward23

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    Nice job on the lighthouse. I am sure painted up that should be quite a fine piece.
     
  13. Nimo

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    Thank you! :) I am hoping that too... if things don't go very wrong, it will be done by this weekend.
     
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    As an overall note, your layout is very impressive. An inspiration for those interested hobby/modeling part of this hobby.
     
  15. PW&NJ

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    Excellent lighthouse, Nimo! And thanks for showing the step-by-step. That'll make it easier for me to replicate your work. :)
     
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    Thanks you so much... :) well, I don't think what I do is something extraordinary, but, if that inspires and helps anybody, I will be the happiest man around. :)

    thank you! glad you liked it. feel free to use the steps- it's not really hard.
     
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    It was a busy weekend with friends and family and a bit of socialization, so not much of a progress on the lighthouse. My wifey added the first coat of painting on the tower and I finished the remaining paper mache work around the lighthouse and the bridge.

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    Now the paper will take two-three days to dry completely and become rock-solid. Then I will finish painting the earth and the rock and add ground cover, while my wife can finish painting the lighthouse.
     
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    Very groovy.
    The lighthouse adds a great balance, both in size and color, to the port scene as a whole.
    (That first photo shows you've got a good handle on the scene ;) )
    Thanks for continuing to share all your fab work!
     
  19. Nimo

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    Thanks so much MC. As for having a good handle on the scene, I think its OK for now - but I need something new soon...and something better... :)
     
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    Lighthouse Contnd.

    All right, wifey finished painting the lighthouse. Notice that I installed a 10mm base and increased the height of the lantern house by 6mm more. ​


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    The weather vane is made out of styrene. Difficult task it was to build this!​

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    For the black ribbon, we used muscle tape masking for the straight, uniform border.
     

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