Friday, July 13, 2018

Display Benchwork Completed

The domino benchwork is painted and ready to travel to some train shows.  The legs of the benchwork are short to allow me to operate from a seated position. Much easier on the back while operating at train shows and at home!


Tom

Monday, July 9, 2018

Prepping For Future Train Shows

I'm modifying some domino* benchwork sections for displaying the WFS at train shows and at home. The first bench section is completed, and the second section is sitting on top of it. The domino legs have been shortened from 48 inches tall to 30 inches tall, and leg pockets are being added to the boxes. The previous leg arrangement had screws securing the legs to the sections. The pockets will allow quick assembly without the need for screws or bolts.

The 30 inch leg height is the height of the table I used at the last train show where the WFS was on display. I find it is easier to manage the layout in a sitting position. My back isn't working the way it used to, and standing for 6-8 hours takes its toll. This height also works well for young children to be able to see the layout. The nice thing about the leg pockets is that I can make leg sets in various heights. A flexible system!!

I'm hoping to attend some train shows in the near future.





*I'm using David Barrow's domino construction method for the leg pocket assemblies. His domino benchwork method has been covered extensively in past issues of Model Railroader Magazine from Kalmbach Publishing.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WFS Micro Layout on Facebook

The Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout now has a Facebook Page. Be sure to visit and like!






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Looking Back-First Run









Here's a photo of the layout after track laying and wiring. The "official" first run of the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout on April 18, 2014!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Building the WFS Part 9

(Originally published on the Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog) 

The completed layout!

The layout reached this point on February 20, 2016. I have no plans to make any major changes to it, but I do plan to add additional scenic details. I really need to add crossing bucks to the street that crosses the tracks to the left of the warehouse.










If you have any questions regarding this layout, feel free to contact me at this email address:   otmodelrr[at]gmail[dot]com

Tom

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Building the WFS Part 8

The Final Stage 

(Originally published on the Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog) 








Track ballast is in place and final scenery work begins.

A few more finishing touches are needed on the warehouse structure.  I did not copy the prototype structure exactly and used plastic detail parts to hide seams and flaws in the cardstock/foam core building flat.  


Disaster... 


I didn't realize I had placed the building flat directly under a seam on my folding table. Isopropyl alcohol and scenic cement leaked through the seam and dropped down on the building flat. My carelessness ended up damaging the photo front on the building flat. I also discovered my ink jet printer was low on ink and the replacement brick front didn't match the undamaged portion of the brick on the building flat. Ugh! 


Disaster fixed... 

I went ahead and pulled off all of the brick facing on the building flat and replaced the whole front. This ended up being an easy fix, and I was even able to adjust the seams and get rid of the vent pipe that was used on the previous version of the building flat. I like this version better than the previous one, so it turned out to be a blessing in disguise! 



The connecting track section pieces were ballasted using a piece of .010 styrene glued to the bottom of the ties/sleepers and ballast applied to the topside of the track section. This technique worked well and I am happy with the results. 










IMPORTANT OBSERVATION:
Despite all of the isopropyl alcohol and scenery cement poured onto the foam core baseboard, warping has been slight.  This warping has not created any issues with connections or any vertical deflections to the track. Overall it has been a pleasant experience.  Proper bracing of the baseboard is key to minimize warping of the baseboard. 


Tom 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Building the WFS Part 7

(Originally published on the Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog.) 

Basic Backdrop Painting and Static Grass

I painted the backdrop sections a basic sky color.  The plan was to add a photo backdrop to the scene as well as painting a few background trees and clouds...nothing fancy.  I ended up painting a few buildings and scenery elements instead of using a photo backdrop. The painted backdrop will eventually be replaced with a photo backdrop.


background details painted with acrylic paints


The next step was to begin adding another layer of texture to the scenery base.  I used a homemade static grass applicator and a static grass blend from Noch for this step of the scenery process.  More textures will be added before calling this scene complete.














That's all for now!!

Tom