Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Modeling Project 2/22/2013 Part 2

I constructed a jig from a printout of the bridge pier drawing I made in SketchUp.  I used 1/8" and 1/16" stripwood as placement guides for the beams and posts. 
I glued the posts and beams into position with canopy glue.

Up Next: Fill cracks, prime and paint piers.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekend Modeling Project 2/22/2013

 A few years back I found a couple of packs of Rix's highway overpass kits at an antique store.  I don't remember the exact price, but they were really cheap.  I bought them not realizing they only contained the overpass kits without any bridge piers.  

I built a set of piers out of styrofoam and used these on an older version of my Owensville Terminal Railroad layout.  I never was really happy with the look of the piers, so I tossed them in the trash when I tore down the layout.  

I decided to use the overpass structure on my current micro layout, "The Car Shop."   I need to come up with a new set of piers, but I am not wanting to spend the $20.85 price tag it would cost to purchase three piers from Rix.  Don't get me wrong, I like and have used several products from Rix.  I just wanted to come up with a cheaper alternative for this layout project.  Enter SketchUp and basswood strips.

I sketched up a generic bridge pier using SketchUp (see above photo).  I based this plan from a photo I found on the Internet of a highway overpass pier located on the Katy Trail in Missouri.  The Katy Trail is a bike trail built on the former MKT Railroad's line through Missouri.  The plan is to build the piers from strips of 1/2" and 3/8" basswood.  I will need to seal the wood (several options available) to hide the wood grain and then paint it a concrete color.

That's the plan, now I need to get busy and build it!

Happy Modeling!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Return of a Layout?

Yep.  The old Owensville Terminal Railroad sectional layout may be coming back.

The impending move I have been anticipating for almost 3 years has finally arrived.  I have accepted the call to pastor a church that is out of my local area, and it will require me to move into a church parsonage.  I look forward to moving into that community, but I sure will miss the house we live in right now.  The next few months will be hectic as we get our house ready for the market, and my pastoral duties will also keep me very busy.  Model railroad work may be limited, but you can be sure it won't be shelved completely during this time.  After all, this hobby is great for relaxing!

This move also opens up some new possibilities.  Here is a short list:

  • A new house means new layout space.  The missus has already laid claimed to a great spot in the basement for her crafts, but that leaves me two other rooms on the main level. (more on that in a future post)
  • There is a good possibility the old 4' x 6' layout will be coming out of storage and running again.  Something to run and work on while planning a new sectional layout.
  • There will be room for both the Rural Grain Dealers Layout and The Car Shop Micro Layout in the new house.  Two more layouts to detail and work on while building that new sectional layout.

That is enough to keep me busy for several months.  Time to start packing!!

Happy modeling!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Past and Present Projects

I'm Back

My New Model Railroad Blog

I have decided to start up a new blog.  Instead of it being focused on a particular layout, this blog will feature all of my model railroad work.

Frequency of posts will fluctuate from a flurry of activity to nothing for several weeks/months.  The majority of posts will be photos (hence the scrapbook moniker) with a little bit of commentary.  Expect a few rants about the hobby from time to time too!

Feel free to post comments.  Constructive criticism is always welcome. 

Happy modeling!