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Maker's Mark Distillery

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:00 pm
by altterrain
A few weeks ago I started thinking about a Gn15 mini layout and came up with a preliminary plan with an industrial theme -

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In a tangential discussion of egg nog and bourbon the idea of a distillery theme was born. My favorite bourbon is Maker's Mark and after a bit of on line research, I found the Maker's Mark distillery is on the Registry of Historic Places. It's a sprawling facility in the heart of Kentucky bourbon land. It has a mix of buildings of different types, sizes, and construction but most are painted the same color and sport the same shutters with the distinctive MM bottle shape cut into the shutters.

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Note the "professional" paint job on the shutters.

Progress so far -

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My Bachmann Davenport is in the process of getting up scaled with some bits from Steve.


The 20" x 34" pink foam base has been carved out for the rail to sit flush with the floor. It will get a "concrete" treatment in the building interiors. The lower corner has been carved to model a bit of the stream. Track is all set and test run.
The stir sticks mark out approximate building locations -

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-Brian

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:32 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Hi Brian,
Looking at the bold colours of the prototype this has the makings of a colourful layout. :wink:
Was the first photo you show taken over Christmas :?: as every window seems to have a wreath displayed.
Only reservation I have is that the LH curve is awfully close to the edge of the board.

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:46 pm
by altterrain
Thanks Gerry. I'll be adding a wood board tray for the layout to sit in so the foam edges will be protected. I think you are right about the first pic. Its definitely winter time with all the nude trees :oops: .

-Brian

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:43 am
by dieselwater
I like the prototype Brian,

The dark greyish structures with the red window detail etc, combined with their general form looks great.

You've made a Gnice set up of the track and layout. It looks a little tight on the curves and edges, though I'm sure it'll work out fine.

Look forward to seeing how you tackle the buildings and water 8)

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:57 am
by franckcombe
hi,

Your layout could use the house from http://coloradomodel.com/

they have barns, farm, very similars to yours photos.

you can see what I have done with these kits for my maple shack

http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t= ... e&start=75

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:33 am
by greengiant
Interesting start.
My only observation is of the two right hand sidings and the loading gauge clearance.
It looks like it will be tight also with stock passing on the main line.
You would need room for some form of stop at the end of each siding.
I would suggest you check with your largest items of stock.
The alignment of that bottom right mainline curve from the point looks slightly kinked from the point, this may just be the photo.
Maybe easing that bottom curve out a bit will give some more clearance for the sidings and a smoother run from the point.
I only say this from experience of not checking all stock when I built mine, altering it after is not always easy :(
Looking forward to this progressing.

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:30 pm
by Steve Bennett
Really like the colourful buildings, should look great in model form.
For the layout, I would suggest going back to your original plan and have just a single siding on the right Brian. Not only would it do away with the tight clearances, you would also be able to fit more cars in, probably 4 or 5, as opposed to just 2 with the twin sidings.
Might seem at first that it would give less play value, but the opposite is true, as you would be restricted on the number of cars you can move at a time, by the capacity of the headshunt (think you call it a lead track?).

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:08 pm
by dottney
Brian,
Very cool, I'll be watching to see what develops.
As it happens I'm starting to tinker with Gn15. I've settled on using a very very cheap hollow chore core ($6 on clearance) which measured 17.5"x80". I added a piece of 1" pine ripped down to add another inch. I originally put a piece of homosote on it but that made it really heavy so I removed it. I figure I'll use a piece of foam though I've never used foam as road bed before, so I'm a bit leery about attaching track.
Enough stealing your thread. Again I can wait to see what you develop here.
Dave

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:12 pm
by altterrain
Steve Bennett wrote:Really like the colourful buildings, should look great in model form.
For the layout, I would suggest going back to your original plan and have just a single siding on the right Brian. Not only would it do away with the tight clearances, you would also be able to fit more cars in, probably 4 or 5, as opposed to just 2 with the twin sidings.
Might seem at first that it would give less play value, but the opposite is true, as you would be restricted on the number of cars you can move at a time, by the capacity of the headshunt (think you call it a lead track?).


Thanks Steve. I am still toying with the idea of a single track to the right. Rolling stock will amount to a total of 4 cars - 2 of your little wagons (tool and a 3 plank), a small open coach for carting around VIPS and another small wagon to cart a couple of barrels around. I will have to see how things fit as I progress.

-Brian

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:23 pm
by altterrain
franckcombe wrote:hi,

Your layout could use the house from http://coloradomodel.com/

they have barns, farm, very similars to yours photos.



Thanks for the idea Franck. I have a few of these out on the layout. I also have a large stock of left over C-M doors and windows from a few kits I put together for a client that I will be using for these buildings. The buildings for this project will be wood framed with various plastic, metal, and wood sidings.

-Brian

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:01 pm
by altterrain
Slow but steady progress being made.
I tweaked the sidings a bit to make them a bit longer. It works great.
The interior track has been flushed and "concreted" in.
The rest of the track has been ballasted.
Buildings have been outlined. Now the fun part of structure building can commence!

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-Brian

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:35 pm
by Willow Creek Traction
altterrain wrote:Now the fun part of structure building can commence!

And it is fun!

Looking at your layout brings home the insane curves these things can take - it just doesn't sink in till you see it like this, wow.

Oh, you used those Caboose Industries ground throws, that's an idea :D

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:10 pm
by Glen A
Bending those sidings was a really good idea, and will make it a lot more usable.

You are off to a good start.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:45 am
by Chrisp
Brian - what material did you use for concreting in your track? I'm at that stage now for Mike's Bikes.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:35 am
by altterrain
Chrisp wrote:Brian - what material did you use for concreting in your track? I'm at that stage now for Mike's Bikes.


Hey Chris,

I just used ready mix spackle with a little acrylic paint mixed in to color it.

-Brian

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:15 pm
by altterrain
Making progress -

Redid the plan -

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The two corner buildings are mostly done -

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-Brian

Maker's Mark Distillery

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:37 pm
by Bilco
Hi Brian - great progress. I like the buildings - they really capture the feel of the prototype!

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:41 pm
by 600mm
I am already strained on the interior arrangement.

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:45 pm
by Chrisp
Great buildings Brian. We have been getting so much rain here in Ca. that Mike's Bikes has stalled as I can't get outside to spray the rail and start spackling around the trackwork. With cooperating weather, your progress will inspire me.

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:43 am
by michael
Great looking layout Brian sharp work on the buildings.

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:16 pm
by Charlie Stewart
Those buildings look ACE.... such height. :shock: :shock:

Charlie

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:27 am
by altterrain
Made a bit of progress, watching the game this afternoon, finishing up building #3 -

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That should be the last of the buildings with windows so I'll have to start tackling the shutters!

-Brian

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:28 am
by altterrain
Update - final two building shells done.
Now the fun part begins!

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-Brian

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:46 am
by Willow Creek Traction
altterrain wrote:Now the fun part begins!

Scenery?

Was going to say that "fun" must be making windows but you've already done a fair job of that and you are long beyond bending track into insane radius curves so fun must be something else.

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:07 am
by altterrain
Yes the scenery! More accurately. "Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere" Also, getting back to working on the loco and rolling stock.
I can't take credit for the doors and windows though. I had a large stash of left overs from various kits, mostly Colorado Models kits.

-Brian