I've started the work on the landscape painting on the backdrop.
To make a representation of the Colorado rockies isn't as easy as it sounds....
You want them to be tall and imposing, and have the color variations of the real thing.
On top of that I have to find a level of detail that I'm satisfied with.
I use regular artist acrylics for the painting.
Don't know if I'm brave enough for a three-way stub (Nice job on that, by the way!!), but you're right. Once you get into building these, it is kind of fun. I find I have some trouble keeping the point secured. They keep popping off. Maybe it's the cheap PCB I have been using?
Made a bit more on my three-way stub turnout in HOn3. One drawbar is made, now it's two more to hold the track gauge to make as well. It's a little tricky to make them because the rails must be able to move individually. I soldered micro track spikes to hold the rails in place.
I built a curved turnout today.
HOn3 with Code 70 rails. 28" and 22" radiuses.
What's left to do is to make the cuts for the live frog and to clean the flangeways from solder.I build my turnouts to the narrow specs that Railway engineering promotes. I use their roller gauges and to check with the MNRA gauge, you use the flange end instead of the track end.
Nice job on the turnout.
I hand laid a number of them when I started my layout. They are time consuming, but make a lot of difference being able to have custom turnouts and getting track to go where you want it to instead of having to use manufactured turnouts. Keep the photos coming.
Built a # 6 left-hand turnout in HOn3 with 26" radius.
They are starting to go together easy now. This one took not more than an hour to make.
I use a drawn template to get the radius right. Otherwise it's just a matter of using the NMRA gauge and Railway Engineering roller gauges.
The frog area has a narrower gauge to make the rolling stock roll better through the frog.
I use the flangeway gauge to get it right.
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