Freerails Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
Freerails > Model Railroad Forums > Micros Minis Switching & Pizzas > 'Louisiana Sugar Plantation' - On30 Micro Layout

Freerails IS ACCEPTING new Members ... To join Freerails ... See how to Register as a Member in the 'Joining Freerails' Forum

'Louisiana Sugar Plantation' - On30 Micro Layout
 Moderated by: W C Greene Page:    1  2  3  4  Next Page Last Page  
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
 Rating:  Rating
AuthorPost
 Posted: Sun Sep 24th, 2017 11:51 pm
  PMQuoteReply
1st Post
Daniel Beresford
Registered


Joined: Sun Sep 24th, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Posts: 130
Status: 
Offline
 
Howdy y'all!

Recently, I've been staring at an offcut from a foamcore baseboard made a while ago, and I've felt the urge to try and do something with it.

Just after I sold off all my HO collection, an eBay purchase arrived in the shape of a cheap Hornby OO gauge 0-4-0 steam loco,
which was promptly tossed into a spare parts box and forgotten about.

Whilst digging through my spares boxes for some track to go on the baseboard,
I stumbled across the 0-4-0, and that set my mind toward On30.

I found a bunch of old Peco N scale Set-Track, and ripped the rails from the ties.

I figure I can make my own ties from stripwood, and re-gauge the track to HO track spacing,
convert the little 0-4-0 into a Porter or similar, and scratchbuild the rest of the structures and rolling stock for the layout.

This is what I have so far - I'm thinking of a Louisiana sugar plantation for the theme, as it'll allow me to do 3 things:

1. Model Louisiana again - my first US layout was set in the Pelican State and I'd quite like to go back to it.

2. Model short wheelbase rolling stock - it's difficult to make a US micro layout, so this should help.

3. Model something beyond the norm - lots of micro layouts are logging or mining, so I figured I'd do something a bit different.

:)

Here's a basic mock up I did by just tossing some track down and mocking up a small shack from foam board off-cuts.





I'll get working on a trackplan and some sketches of the ideas I have in mind and will post them up in follow up comments.

:)

Cheers,

Dan




____________________
-Dan
Back To Top

 Posted: Mon Sep 25th, 2017 12:05 am
  PMQuoteReply
2nd Post
Alwin
Registered


Joined: Sat Jun 29th, 2013
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 563
Status: 
Offline
Sounds interesting. Keep us updated. :2t:

Alwin

Back To Top

 Posted: Mon Sep 25th, 2017 01:37 am
  PMQuoteReply
3rd Post
Daniel Beresford
Registered


Joined: Sun Sep 24th, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Posts: 130
Status: 
Offline
 
Will do Alwin!


I've been studying the CaneSig Site for inspiration on how to model sugar cane,
and it looks like a trip out to buy a broom head might be a good shout once I get paid.
I can then use the broom bristles to represent cane.


http://www.zelmeroz.com/canesig/


I've also been sketching out ideas for the trackplan and the structures,
as well as what to make each structures out of - materials I can find cheaply/freely.

:)








This should give you an idea of the plan I have.

:)




____________________
-Dan
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 08:22 am
  PMQuoteReply
4th Post
Daniel Beresford
Registered


Joined: Sun Sep 24th, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Posts: 130
Status: 
Offline
Since my last update,
I've been working on and off on the loading dock and storage shed, and this is what I've come up with so far...

The loading dock is made from basswood supports and the decking is made from coffee stirrers.
The shed is made from scribed basswood sheets I got from a hobby store,
thin card for the door hinges and notice board,
and cut up McDonald's paper bags for the tarpaper roof.

The door, as you can see, is not attached as I intend to put working hinges on it.
In addition, the notice board isn't attached to the wall as I want to paint and weather the wood before I start attaching too many detail parts.
















____________________
-Dan
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 08:24 am
  PMQuoteReply
5th Post
Daniel Beresford
Registered


Joined: Sun Sep 24th, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Posts: 130
Status: 
Offline
Oh, and I've also been looking around online for some photographs of sugar cane fields that I could use to make a backscene.

I've found plenty suitable, but the big printer at work is out of action, so I've been unable to print anything out - typical!



____________________
-Dan
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 12:44 pm
  PMQuoteReply
6th Post
slateworks
Registered


Joined: Wed Oct 6th, 2010
Location: Twickenham, United Kingdom
Posts: 669
Status: 
Offline
 
That dock and shed have a nice rustic feel to them Daniel and I particularly like the wooden door handle - or is that card?

Should be a bundle of fun "de-fuzzing" the surfaces before you stain it all!




____________________

Doug

Updah Creek http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7457&forum_id=4&page=1
My Flickr albums https://www.flickr.com/photos/33431492@N04/albums
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 06:19 pm
  PMQuoteReply
7th Post
Si.
Moderator


Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 4580
Status: 
Offline
Hi Dan :wave:



Lookin' good ! :thumb:


I like your drawings very much.

They really give me a good impression of what you're after.


Nice work. :cool:



:)



Si.



____________________

' Mysterious Moose Mountain ' - 1:35n2 - pt.II
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7318&forum_id=17&page=1

' M:R:W Motor Speedway !!! ' - 1:32 Slotcar Racing Layout
http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59295&st=0&a
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 08:50 pm
  PMQuoteReply
8th Post
W C Greene
Moderator


Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 7809
Status: 
Offline
Here are a couple of old photos showing a long ago Louisiana/Texas sugar cane operation.
This was a diorama built in On2 scale by myself and others in the Texas Short Lines "club".
We built the piece for display and it did operate.
We used cut broom straws for the cane stalks.





Everything was scratch built, the loco was a much modified Mantua HO 0-4-0.





And here is an overhead view of the processing plant's yards.

Some of the structures still exist, the locos & rolling stock-?

            Woodie




____________________
It doesn't matter if you win or lose, its' how you rig the game.
Back To Top

 Posted: Sat Sep 30th, 2017 05:18 pm
  PMQuoteReply
9th Post
Daniel Beresford
Registered


Joined: Sun Sep 24th, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Posts: 130
Status: 
Offline
Hi Doug, Si. and Woodie!

Thanks for the comments.

Doug - I've sanded them down, hopefully the fuzz is now gone!
The door handle is some shavings of basswood from where I cut pieces out of the door to make it look old and battered.

Si. - hopefully it'll actually translate from page to model!

Woodie - that diorama is phenomenal, I love the bits of cane scattered all over the tracks. :)
The scratchbuilt stock is good too - I've just bought some old Hornby OO gauge wagons to salvage for parts to make my own. :)

I've been working - albeit slowly - on the micro over the past few days, and I've gotten a little further along with it. :)

As such I took it outside in the garden yesterday to snap some photos.
The rail is just placed on the ties for the moment to show what it will hopefully look like.



















____________________
-Dan
Back To Top

 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 02:47 am
  PMQuoteReply
10th Post
Daniel Beresford
Registered


Joined: Sun Sep 24th, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Posts: 130
Status: 
Offline
Today I have been working on the structures,
and they've received various washes of black, grey and yellow watercolour paints, in various strengths.
Next I'll weather them up some more with pastels. :)

First, the section house:

















Now, the loading dock:
















____________________
-Dan
Back To Top


 Current time is 08:24 pm
Page:    1  2  3  4  Next Page Last Page  

Freerails > Model Railroad Forums > Micros Minis Switching & Pizzas > 'Louisiana Sugar Plantation' - On30 Micro Layout
Top



UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2016 Data 1 Systems