Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Out of the ashes...a new layout arrises!

WOO HOO! I finally broke my buildings out of their boxes and popped them back onto the layout! SO HAPPY!

I still have a LOT of shifting, plotting, planning, and building to do, but it's great to have things back on the layout again.  The new layout is providing some new interests as well - some cool shots and scenes.

Funny, but when I was doing my planning, I completely forgot the residential area. Oops. I found a fix that should work, however. We'll see. The raised track areas are visually fun. Can't wait to scenic them!

The new Soyokaze Village area is a lot of fun. I might make it a walking only area with a few exceptions for deliveries and the like. I've seen some areas in Japan that have this. I think it would be fun to have little chains and poles roping off the area with a bunch of people walking around as tourists.

I also need to look at how people get up to the temple area - walkways and the like. Maybe clay.

The Soyokaze Town area is currently split up a bit. I need to work on it.

I'm trying to sort out how the heck I'm going to scenic the mountain in the background! hehehe I should have made it a module instead of building it in place. We'll see how it goes. : /

Not much changed in the yard area.

Shizuka needs some shifting and shuffling, but it's going to be a good space, I think.

So glad to have things out of boxes and to have the space back in my office space!
Now begins the building shifting and shuffling phase I love! Always a lot of fun. I also want to scenic up Temple Hill - it's become a tradition to have that done first. The Harbor Section is a bit forgotten. I need to dial that in a bit as well. I'm still sorting some things out there. For some reason, the new space is a little more difficult than it used to be. 

Ahhhh....happy camper! :)  Thanks for reading!


Plaster - a messy necessity

Well, after swearing off plaster the last time I used it, I dove back in after thinking it through. I had SO MUCH space to cover that using the bag of plaster and towels seemed like the best way to go.


The cap of the hill over the tunnel comes off to allow track access 

I slathered a bunch of brown base paint down to get rid of the white. It really helped to give me a sense of completion.

After that was locked down and drying, I snagged a module off my back area of the layout and took it outside for a little photo session. The gray skies give a great photo light.

Soyokaze Farm

Loving my little yard area now, too. It provides some fun little puzzles.

Thanks for reading! 

Next up:   Photos of the new, unpacked layout space! YES! I have buildings back on my layout now! WHOO HOO! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

December Revamp Project - Fixer Upper

Funny - I was going to dive in on the layout, but I've been rolling all day on Family and dog items and now I'm just too tired. heheheh  So...those who can't do....blog.

SPACE...the final frustration.

I was starting to get really concerned about space recently. My office/layout space is a mess and I wasn't sure where I was going to store items and display items. It was a nightmare. Then it hit me. "Oh wait....I have all the stuff that came off my layout in boxes and once I get the track done - IT WILL HAPPEN THIS HOLIDAY BREAK! - I'll be able to pull things from boxes and get my under-layout storage back." A wave of calm drifted over me. :)

My own little home improvement style show!

I have a good friend who owns a toy shop. We've known each other for about five years now and we have a great friendship on both customer and friend levels.

He got a bunch of train items in house and was inspired to get a layout going in his front window. He saw what I had done and thought that he'd love having something like it himself. He had a guy work on it and the basic layout got in place, but after looking at it, he could tell it was not hitting the marks that mine was hitting. Quote, "I want it to look...more real. You know?"  And, I did know. When he asked me to help out, I jumped at the chance. I had seen the layout in the state it was in and longed to help out, but I didn't want to overstep my boundaries. But, once he asked, I jumped on the chance to dive in.

My layout is still...being rebuilt. And, the thing I really love is the details. So, it was really a win win. We struck up a great payment plan and I dove in.

Here are the "BEFORE" shots:

So, there are three types of track being used, toys on the layout, and buildings tossed in for good measure. This was a cool process for me to get down because he wanted it looking better before Christmas, wanted it to look more realistic, and I needed to maintain all the usual stuff I do for my Family and work. I love a challenge.

He got me a key which was a big help. I was able to give him a heads up to when I was going to be there, then just go. The place is only something like 15 minutes away, so it's a quick ride.

I got all the toys off, but left MAZINGER (the black, silver and blue guy with the red on his chest)  on the layout. Why? It's a toy shop, for one. For two, I wanted to build a base for him to stand on like he was coming out of the water. SEE: A Sense Of Play! :)

I took all the buildings off, then placed them according to industry.

I painted in some roads. This helped A LOT!

I rebuilt the raised rail section in the front - making it a hill instead of a suspended area. (Pink foam area on the right) I then went over it with plaster gauze and added scenery.

I also got a little yard going so he could display all the cars he had.

I repainted the water and built the MAZINGER base.

I want to keep working on this base adding lights and people and the like. 

I brought in two pink foam sections from my old layout that were not going to work with my new design and popped them into place on George's layout. They provided and amusements area and housing area.

So...not bad for about....eight hours of work or so.

I have more scenic work I want to do and I want to find someone to repair George's engines so he has more to run. They had some accidents while building the layout and a lot of dropped locos. ::::cry::::: So there are many repairs that need to be done that are not in my wheelhouse.

• MAZINGER base work

• more scenics
• building repainting
• MALCO SPECIAL building interiors work
• track paining, weathering, etc
• more cars / trucks
• people added!

I hit my deadline for PHASE ONE and was super happy that I could help George out. Especially around this time of year. He seems really happy with the update!

Happy Holidays, All! I hope 2018 is kind to you all and brings in many Hobby-opportunities for you all! 


In other news... Quick Update

Quicky update....that I started WEEKS ago! hehehehe

Tom's gift done and delivered!

More base work done.

Access hole - a must! 

Trip to Dollhouses, Trains, and More