Ken, Will be interested how your casting effort turns out. I have had moderate success in casting, although I have not tried anything with 4 sides. I have cast car side frames, engine side frames and split barrels etc using Woodland Scenic's liquid mold. I used two part epoxy resin. Hard part is getting the bubbles out.
The picture is of engines I made with cast side frames. I made the master with styrene.
Bob, I just have to tell you that your layout is tops! I have always believed that "narrower is betterer" and you got it right. If I wasn't so hung up on the 2 foot line that I have loved for so long, I would go Gn15. Really fantastic work. One thing I'd have to build is a 15" gauge Shay...the Bachmann On30 lokie would translate just fine...Awww, I gotta git, I can't stand it!!!!!
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Thanks for the kind comments Woodie. I have enjoyed this Gn15ish stuff since returning to toy trains. I modeled NG in the 70s and early 8os. I tried On3, On2 and On30. I favored the Maine 2ft equipment but liked the mountains of Colorado scenery wise. A career in the Air Force kept me moving and always lacking the space to do anything special. I finally gave it all up with a growing family and other interests. After a 30year break a terminally ill friend ask me to take him to a train show and the bug bit again. Being a NG type I started with a small test layout in On30. Then discovered Gnine and Gn15 on the web. Not knowing what I wanted - I built four small display layouts (one each winter). That led to this layout.
Having found your two layouts online I have developed a real fondness for southwestern mountainous scenery and have always been a fan of the Shay locomotives. I still have a On3 US Hobbies 13 Ton with Grandt drive gauged to 2ft from the distant past. I have been reading up on the SC-PA&M. Really neat history etc. I have also been looking at lotsa 1/32 1/35 figures etc. The grass is always greener!
I was messing with my iPhone the other day and it has a panoramic feature which is excellent, might not work on a building scene though, light for one would be coming from different angles. I was just musing.
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Working on another building to fill the area behind Scott's Metalworks. Plan was for it to look like the back of main street buildings as in the picture in post #70. Made with foamboard that has had the outside paper removed to leave a concrete/stuco type finish. The rest is made from cardstock. Need to finish windows, gutters and down spouts and then blend in scenery.