For discussion of the issues faced when building a model or layout - how to replicate wood, what glues to use, exactly how much weathering can a Gnat take, a good source of detailing accessories - you get the picture, I'm sure.
Tobar was a real place in Nevada, but little is known about it. I am just using the name because it has a neat history. Legend has it that the name of the town came from a sign someone stuck on the train station. It said TO BAR, indicating that the bar was 'that way'. Folks thought it was the name of the town. Tobar was in a mining district and it did have a railroad.
Here is the layout of the town. It will be built as 10 modules, each 24" x 16" and one module 24" x 32" that can be assembled into a 4' x 8' layout. Each module will be able to be used independently, with two of them having roundy roundy running available.
The plan as it sits now.
The Little Mine module (upper left in the drawing set) is started and currently is on an oval baseboard. It will be fitted to a standard module board. Some of the buildings are in progress. I'll link to those existing threads instead of reposting all that stuff.
The Coal Mine module is the large module. It will allow me to run the larger NG locos in my fleet. The Little Mine module is just too small and the clearances won't allow anything but the tiny underground trammer and cars. So, I need this module for playing trains.
I've changed the design some and made it into 4 large modules and 4 small ones. Module 3 in this picture now has a 3 cornered junction. I've laid the track and got the switches working. Now to go back to the Coal Mine Module. Now that I have the radio control working, I need a roundy roundy.
The Wye junction (will be called Northwye I'm sure) took up more space than planned, so the buildings will have to be relocated.
It was an experiment. I glued the track down with dabs of hot glue. Then I went crazy and 'ballasted' part of it with hot glue. Not sure that was smart, but the paint made it look better. So far, that's just a coat of red primer. Part of the left branch of the Wye is ballasted with white glue... another test.
I'll be doing a "how I do it" series of pictures on the surgery required to modify one of the Chinese figures. They are apparently ABS and are readily cut and glued into all kinds of other poses. I built a 'pilot' today and he is too big for the Cub cabin. That's OK, he can drive the Boeing 40 when it gets built. I did remember to take lots of pics so when the figure is complete, I'll start a thread on it.
Thanks Les, nothing really exciting on the trip. We were looking for a grizzly (rock screen) for my friend's little operation. But the ones we saw were way too big to move without a huge expense. The hunt will continue. Here's the album with some high desert scenery too, and an ARK way up there on the mountain.
Back to the plane... We will be getting a custom wooden prop, but for now we did install the standard prop (using a modified push pin to become the spinner) and the guys are going to test the engine. The young man at the controls is ready to solo, so he is in there right now (rather pale isn't he?) to see how she runs. (there's some of the florist wire inside the prop too)
No problem... my friend bought a property up at the end of the canyon and is moving LOTS of rock and dirt in the process of leveling parking places and whatnot. He wants to use the rock for fill and then the finer stuff on top. Of course, we will get road gravel in the process of getting the dirt and large rocks separated too. It costs a lot to have rock brought up here (we are 60 miles from town) so in the LONG run, the grizzly will pay for itself.
I have enough rail and ties (and a keg of properly sized new spikes) for a small run of track, but I doubt if I ever get that done...