Monday, August 12, 2019

Back to Work on the OASIS

Layout Update for August 2019

Work resumes on the Owensville Terminal Railroad after sitting idle for over a year.

The backdrop panels for the ends of the layout have been installed. Priming the backdrop starts with the first coat of primer. I'm using a flat white interior wall paint.

The sky color was applied with a foam brush. The first coat was streaky and looked horrible. I ditched the foam brush and painted a second coat with a soft bristle brush. It looks much better, but the sky is now a solid color without any variation. I will change the flat look by painting atmospheric effects and clouds.

The end panel on the right will one day have a photo of a railroad crossing applied to it. I'm still searching for an image online that will fit the bill. I still need to finish running bus wires to the right side of the layout. Feeder wires need to be soldered to the rails, then dropped down underneath the layout. I will be able to start with painting the track, scenery, and ballasting the track after installing the feeder wires.

Until next time,


Friday, January 4, 2019

Layout Work Begins Again

Work on the layout has resumed!

I was not happy with the original placement of the structures, so I am rearranging things. The freight house will now represent the original structure of the furniture manufacturer. The four-story brick/concrete structure will represent expansion of the furniture manufacturer's operations. The original structure will receive shipments, and the new structure will ship finished products. I've decided to add a grain elevator to the layout as well. Storage bins will be added to the scene in the near future. The public siding will be located on the right side of the layout, and will feature a concrete loading dock.

Until next time!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Status Update

September 4, 2018

Layout work is on hold due to an illness in my family. I will return to posting updates once the situation changes.

Thank you for your support!

Until next time,

Friday, June 8, 2018

OASIS District Layout Update - Staging Track

I have installed a removable staging track section today. Testing it out in the following video...

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

OASIS Layout Update - Layout Lighting 1

Testing out layout lighting with some "el cheapo" LED light fixtures on the left side of layout. There are some dark spots visible, even with the room lights on. Cast shadows from the valance are noticeable with the room lighting on, and the dark spots are still noticeable with them off. Looks like longer LED light bars are needed.

Until next time

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tom's Model Railroad Scrapbook: Brick Freight House Build 5-8-18

An update on a structure build for the Owensville Terminal OASIS District layout from my structure blog...

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Tom's Model Railroad Scrapbook: Brick Freight House Build 5-8-18: