The forest being “planted” on the outside of the north wall recently took a step backwards when one of the biggest “redwoods” went allez oops. Our system for securing the big trees is under review and the 200 footer will soon be replanted. In the mean time I have planted a whole bunch of smaller … Continue reading
Before Basil Casabona really got going on Sheds #1 and #2 of the Roundhouse President Chuck Whitlock had spent time installing doors on the front and back of Shed #1. The screws that go in the miniature hinges are a real pain just ask him.
Jeff Pratt was a member of the club who has passed on. He was a superb model maker – he built the replica of the existing Fort Bragg Skunk Train Depot which can be found on the on the east inside wall of the Barn. We try to incorporate into the layout (the Mendocino Coast … Continue reading
Basil Casabona keeps plugging away at finishing Shed #1 of the Club’s Roundhouse. Here you can see he has installed the windows on the west side of the Shed. Tough work ahead though – upper level windows at the front (tricky) and two lots of doors (very tricky).
In our efforts to provide scenery “action” on all 360 degrees of the mainline Chuck Whilock has begun building a MOW station in the outside north west corner of the layout. In the two pics below you can see the first two buildings in place. Still be added is a water tank and fencing. Finally, … Continue reading
President Chuck and I have been busy assembling redwood trees from the parts we have been working on separately. Each tree consists of a painted plywood base used to secure the tree both into the “earth” and hold the tree upright. The trunks are carefully selected pieces of log from myriad places. The branches/leaves/top are … Continue reading
Club member Basil Casabona continues to apply his talents to finishing installing the windows and doors on shed #1 and #2 of the roundhouse. We agreed that working on the east side of shed #2 would “fool” the visitor coming into the layout into thinking a lot more windows and doors have been installed than … Continue reading
We are trying to “force perspective” by having the trees we are creating/planting get larger the nearer they are to the visitor standing at the north east corner of the layout. The second thing we are trying to do is to make our forest “dense”. Here’s how we have started out …….. This pic shows … Continue reading
I wanted a crooked tree on the section of outside north wall that is at an angle. I located a trunk and the foliage bit and gave it to Frank. He created a base and stuck the top in the trunk. Last but not least he “planted” it. Pretty cool eh!!!!!!
In a previous blog I explained how the bottom layer of panels were attached to the outside west wall. Stage 2 The next step was to increase the amount of sky. This was not part of the original plan. But, we had enough plywood to make/paint enough panels to increase the sky as you can … Continue reading