geomorphology

Post Xmas Mod - Geomorphology


I found the shaper sheets to be a bit limiting, so back to the tried and true - plaster cloth.
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The new canyon.
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And the 'old" canyon.
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And "Roadhouse Corner" is in the background.
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Trying some sanded grout for ground texture. Its a grey color but takes the washes nicely.
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Some foam putty and a quick cover of "train room" paint.
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Post Xmas Mod - Track and Road Bed

Well, the track and roadbed are in and operational. Trains are running, but geomorphology and scenicing still needed.
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Where's Nick when I need some foam carved? :-)
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The new double track bridges and makeshift support. We'll get to that "later".
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A bit abrupt and steps, but workable.
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Double track on the grade hidden behind Kragle.
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Post Christmas Mods

So,…
The objectives are to change the "around the mountain twice" route, by separating the mountain loop into two separate routes, a "high route" and a "middle route", in an attempt to reduce the "merry-go-round" feel . In the process, add a larger diameter curve (for drama), and maybe (eventually) double track the "upper and middle main". Which would really just create a larger whole layout loop incorporating the upper and middle.

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Test fit of the double main 315 & 282. Should work/fit.


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Existing over/under merry-go-round trackage. But I did like the canyon.

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Existing station and mainline tracks.
Actually (from left to right: local freight route, station tracks, "upper" main station bypass , local freight into lower main, lower main/lower main (return/reverse loop), yard entrance, and upper main.


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Cut through the mountain, removed the canyon track.
Test fit the new "middle route" track, and not quite sweeping curve.

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Finally found a use for the shaper sheets (I think).
Intent is to have a rolling hillside look.
Gonna be pretty tight to accomplish that.

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Weights are to hold the shaper sheets down during gluing.
Sweeping curve, not quite there yet. Its going to have to cross over one or more of the lower tracks. Bridge or tunnel? Probably depend on the radius I can get.


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Another test fit on the sweeping curve. Too close to middle and upper routes to have a hillside, but I like the sweep. 481mm 15* curves with 29mm straights.

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Got the sweeper laid out enough to glue the risers. The Mainline behind the station now has a sweeping curve and a long gentle decline from the high route. It's really a combination of a 318/481 section, 1/2 straight into a greater than 481 section, another 1/2 straight, and a final greater than 481 into the mainline straight. A compromise.
And its still going to be very tight for scenery.

Making Rocks

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Plaster and Carving

I hate this part. :-)

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Tearing into the hillside


remove a bit here,…

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Bump out a bit, go up a bit,…
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Cover with some plastercloth,…
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Let's fix that incline while we're at it,…
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Build a retaining wall,…
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Figure out where to place it,… (not here)
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Maybe here, some excavation needed,…
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Didn't like that raised lip on the middle terrace,…
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lopped it off,…
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just a few finishing touches left (quite a few) ;-)

Planning the upgrade to the bland side

Holidays are over, time to tackle that bland terraced side of the mountain I've been putting off.


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Yech!

Some inspiration,…



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I like this for the central section of the terrace.

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A retaining wall might help break up the long artificial looking mid terrace.

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Something like this might be the transition into the central portion.

I also like the spire. It gives some depth here, but, I'm not sure I have enough room to do that?


Control Center

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Digitrax Zephyr
2 "jump" throttles
and
the DC mine train control.

Mountain addition

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Adding to the mountainside. Repairing the rescue excavation scar, and lessening the layercake.

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Rescue excavation

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Some progress on the mountain side

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Canyon Building

Finally decided to make this side a canyon.
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To be replaced with trestles.
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Misc




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Back run probably too tall.

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Added portal for test fit and look.

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Didn't like the "layer cake" (but I may live with it)

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Was going to add a second mid-mt route. Approach since abandoned.

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Added the "top" layer. Mine loop.

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More of the mine loop. Push the cars, then they"run away". Started as an accident, but I kinda like the whimsy of it.

Plaster work




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Yeah, a bit of a "layer cake" look.



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I think this over under will be a scenic point.


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This one, too.

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More "layer cake". Might need rethink/rework?


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Geomorphology - Beginnings of the High Route


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Old Corner Module (right)
Sub-Module (left). Built from a legless left over T-Trak single.

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Not yet a thing of beauty.

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Lots of learning potential!

Geomorphology 2

North West Corner


This piece is a transition between the Urban Station Scene and the Rural Station Scene.
Yeah, kinda a perceptual leap of faith.

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The urban side

will be a cut stone retaining wall and double portal. Right up against the end of the urban terminal. Maybe some city buildings, or industry?, above the portal.
The transition to rural will be wooded.
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The rural side

will have a more rustic (blasted rock, or wooden) double portal. Would be nice to have a single portal, but tricky siding switchwork already. And, it seems the double track (T-Trak standard) kinda forces ya into double portals. We'll see more tweaking/experimenting yet to come.
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Geomorphology

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