Monday, February 5, 2018

Latest update.

I spend 4 days in Springfield for the biggest North American Train show. Two days of clinics and another two days for the show.

For my first experience, it was pretty overwhelming. When they say two days is not enough to go through all 4 buildings, now i know why.

I did buy a few things such as a compressor for my airbrush, a track cleaning car and my favorite a laser cut front end of a FP-7 Canadian Pacific.

Since I've been back, I've been working on the town of St-Eugene, which will be a winter scene.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Last post of 2017

Here's an update on the brewery.

14 walls out of 48 done (except for the weathering and the assembly) and also learning about Arduino. Got the garage doors to open, got the bi-color light at the door to go green, flashing red and red and got sound to work. Now I just need to throw everything in the mix and get everything to work on cue.

That's it for the brewery for a few months. Now I need to spend time working on my wiring (feeders, bus line for track and another for accessories and my RGB LED strips under the valance). I also need to work on 3 buildings (paper mill, 2 x grain elevator and the River mining).


Sunday, December 10, 2017

December all ready

It's been a month since my last update and I'm still at it. 

I decided to start on my brewery since it might take 1 - 2 years to build. Yes it's big, but I also need to finish the track wiring, paint the tracks, other buildings, backdrops, lighting, scenery, .... well you get the picture, I still have lots of work to do.

My inspiration for the brewery is the Coors in Colorado, but since I would need a room of 20' x 40' to build it, I decided on designing my own. It's still going to be big, about 10' x 11' and will sit on top of my helix.

Here's what it will look like with a few changes as I go along.

I've started by working on the outside stair case since it would be meticulous and long. The only pieces I bought were the stairs and the stair railings, all the rest is scratch build.

Here's what I based myself on.

I also did a few walls. These wall are the freight access to the interior. All the doors will be activated and so will the entrance lights.

I have to do a lot of planning because I want to be able to remove the entire building to bring to shows. The building will probably be in 4 sections, but haven't figure out how yet.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November Update

Hey everyone,

Lest We Forget. As we reflect this Remembrance Day in Canada, and Veteran’s Day in the U.S.

Been a while, but not much to report. Since my last post, I went on vacation for 2 weeks and the week prior and after the vacation, nothing was done on the layout, therefore there wasn’t much to report.

I’ve had my first visitors to my layout and it was a pleasant experience. The first visit was from a group of four that visited Ottawa and on the way back they stop by for a good 2 hours. It’s always good to have different opinions, it’s part of the learning process. Then last week, I had another visitor for another two hours, again with a vast knowledge, this time in electronics.

As for the construction, I’m still working on my work bench. All my gyprock is installed, plaster is almost done and then the paint. My programming track is finish, I just need to install a switch to turn it off the main layout.

I’ve also continued installing Masonite for the backdrops, painted a few tracks and still doing some wiring.

For the rest of the year, my main goal is to have all my tracks wired and bench work area completed. I also would like to come to a decision about my 22 control panels. Will I put them on the fascia or the face of the valance (you would need to be 4 ½’ tall to reach).