Thursday, November 22, 2018

The smaller layout is going to be based on four tables that are 8 feet long and 2 feet wide, in a pinwheel design, much like the Heart of Georgia (HOG) layout.  It will be operated from inside and outside.

Here is roughly how the tables will be made....courtesy of Model Railroader Magazine.




(Blowing the dust off the computer).....tap tap...testing one two three...testing...anyone out there?  Wow its been a long time!  So much has changed.  I'm posting today to let you know that I have finally moved back South, built a new house, and I have a big basement.  It's time to build a major layout.

After some deliberation, I'm going to build a new On30 Hebard Cypress Company in the Okefenokee Swamp!  Because I'm still finishing the basement we are going to do it in two stages.  First will be a pit operated portable layout.  Then as we get the room ready these sections which will be highly detailed will be mounted on the walls for a large layout.


If you aren't familiar with the first Hebard Cypress Company, have a look!  For some reason the original track plan isn't on the old site anymore, so I'll dig it up and repost.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Local Peach Stand in Fort Mill, South Carolina - Model Me!

I went out for a hike this morning to stretch my legs and try out my new Canon EOS M5 Camera.  This is their new all digital system and so far I like it, although I've not had any sunshine outdoors to really give it a fair try.

Today I ran across our local peach stand.  The recent unexpected freeze killed many of the trees, so I'm not sure we'll have many to sell this summer.  This is one of those buildings that just screams "Model Me!"  Click on the photos to get the details.







 

















Friday, March 24, 2017

The Model Railroader's Notebook is EXPANDING!

No, I'm not expanding.  I'm expandED.  Larger than life!  The Model Railroader's Notebook dates back to January of 1989 when I started collecting my experiments and failures in an on line note file.  Very few if any model railroaders were on the web at that time.  Shortly after I started the website.  About 10 years ago I started the blog to better track what I was doing and to make the entries simple.  Now with over 1,200 readers I've decided to go back into the model railroad business.

Yes, I did swear I'd never do that again.  Mostly because it takes a lot of time away from the hobby.  But after looking at my assets, my on line sales expertise (from Capital Ceramics and Paint-a-Potamus) and the ever present dollars growth in the hobby, I'm electing to come back in.

Today I secured the website https://themodelrailroadersnotebook.com/

Our first venture will be in publishing.  For years I've been answering questions on the Heart Of Georgia layout, called the Better Beginner's Layout or just the "Hog."  I've finally put it to type and have almost finished the book.  I plan to release it in July.

I still design train layouts, and in fact have designed over 100 of them, with many of them having been built.  Look for more good stuff coming in this arena.  My photo lab and lights are on the way!

There are several other things up my sleeve, so stay tuned and get your friends on the blog!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

013 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - More Structure Kits

At the recent train show I was able to complete my list of necessary kits, mostly for tanks, plumbing and piping.


Mostly I was looking for tanks for powered chemicals, or silos with hatches underneath.  I also need liquid tanks and piping.  These should do nicely!


I bought two tank cars that I'll need and to glue applicators while I wait on my stuff to come from Utah.

Kits Include:

Walther's Cornerstone Kit #933-2976 Processing Center - use tanks and plumbing, maybe walls

Walther's Cornerstone Kit #933-2935 Surge Bin - use tanks and plumbing, maybe walls

Walther's Cornerstone Kit #933-3025 Northern Light and Power Substation - use whole kit for power systems.  Up front model so will be highly detailed.

Revel Kit #2016 Concrete Mixing Plant - used tanks and concrete base.

Tank Car Models

Atlas HO Tank Car #20 003 820 Trinity Tank Car 25,500 DPRX Road #257904
Atlas HO Tank Car #20 003 826 Trinity Tank Car 25,500 gal GATX ADMRoad #54328

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

012 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Pictures of the Chemical Plant

I had a chance this morning to sneak up to the chemical plant and take photos.  This is Sunday so it should be asleep with fewer people running around.  Still, I stayed in my car and kept moving.  The photos aren't the best because of the morning sun and my driving with the camera out the window, but they are for detail purposes only.  I'll post the good ones here.















Check this crazy building out.  I've been by here a million times and have never noticed it.  Its built out of sharp rocks!  Very unique.  To weird to put on the model though.  I try to stay away from crazy/odd/strange structures because they don't look realistic on a layout, even though they are!



























And all the people said "Thank the Lord for the telephoto lens!"  I love this shot.