Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Work Layout Reshuffle

Well, I moved into an office at work. Fantastic! I love having more space.

Now, I have taken both sections of my office sections and combined them on a table. Let the reshuffle begin!

Here's the first pass. It needs a reorg, however. I don't like the look.

I have more room for additional pieces, but I'm going to limit them. I don't want to do the sprawl, but i may get additional roadbed parts to fill in the space on the right. Currently, I have both the KATO Unitram gray pieces and the KATO road plate tan pieces. The gray is what I'm leaning towards - the look and layout is better, I feel.

I have more space for additional buildings as well. Dangerous. :)

I may do something crazy and bring my Unitram and the roadbed it has into the office, then keep all the gray parts here and ship the tan home and use them for the Old Town layout pieces there. If anything, it will keep things uniform and might be a nice change. I'm just not sure I have enough of the tan pieces to contain all the Old Town buildings I have going at home.

I think I'll give it a go, however. It's been a while since I've made any major changes.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011


I had it in mind to make a Batmobile for the set after seeing someone else that purchased a TARDIS for his set. I thought it would make a nice little "Easter egg" - a Batmobile chasing someone down in the streets of Briddon. :)

I wanted to just bash a Batmobile and had to search out a good base. I remembered that I kept a horrid, shell of a car that came with the burger stand and thought the shape and make of the car was perfect. The Burton Batmobile used a corvette as a base, so this would work well.

I made fins from styrene, painted it up and used a pencil to put in some detail and paint highlights.

Then, of course, Batman needed someone to chase down. I whipped up a Joker Mobile for Joker's people to use to do crimes. :)

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Hospital - Details

Part of the model railroad process for me right now is going back in on buildings that I already own to add weathering and details. This cuts WAY down on spending and - seeing as I was rapidly running out of space to show items - it allows for some hobby work without adding to the overall footprint of the sections I have going currently.

Many of the buildings I purchase are pre-built, but the majority don't actually come with internal details. Some don't even have floors within them, leaving them looking like hollow boxes when placed in the scene.

This hospital did have floors, but it didn't have figures. So, this was a rather simple internal fix. I added figures, some walls and some desk details and it really helped with the overall look of the building. It looks like there's something going on inside now.

The weathering was the next step. The first layer of weathering got a little heavy handed. (Note: Best not to weather a building after drinking a bit of whiskey....) :) I had REALLY over-weathered the building and it just looked far too dirty for an active hospital. This was easy to fix, however. I just tossed a little turpentine onto a Q-Tip® and started removing some the the paint. The effect was actually exactly what I wanted, so I may use this as my go to weathering method from now on!

The final result:

Kato 23-310 "Industrial Building"

Another Briddon Downtown building ready to go! :)

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Monday, September 19, 2011

My Appearance on MODEL RAIL RADIO!

Whew! I think I sounded like I knew what I was talking about, thank goodness.
With the exception of saying "whatnot" FAR too many times, I dig how this went! :)

Model Rail Radio is not only packed with amazing content, but the participants and hosts are friendly and knowledgeable. It's a wondrous show with something for everyone.

It's a REALLY long show this time. I'm at the 2:49:00 mark and manage to go on for 40 minutes or so. Check out the whole show, however!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, MiWu!

Miniatur Wunderland has been open since 2001. Happy Birthday! :)

This MiWu News Segment talks about the celebration. (Make sure you click the CC for English)

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Some shots of my downtown layout sections that I keep at work. :)


Amazing Tram Layout

This is some fantastic work. A model tram layout shadowbox set with some grand details and features. Such a rich environment. I can't wait to get into some of this level of detail with my sets!

This is Part Four. If you want to start at the beginning, GO HERE


Micro Gasturbine Ride On

I love this.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

THE subway I want for my layout!

Now THIS is what I'm talking about! This is the kind of setup I want for my future layout. It has all the items I'm talking about. Cool station, pillars and details that really make it look like a subway. With some additional painting and the like, this would be ideal. day!