Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's the end of August and since it's been a while, an updateis overdue. I've been
working on several modules at once, all for the large radius curve, double track. In
addition, there was a 'just for fun' bash. More about that later.

But first, the modules. The lesser of these is the hospital straight. While there are no
pics at this time, the hospital itself is shaping up. The outer paint job is about finished.
Since it is a rather flexible building, I am adding floors to it for stiffness. Taking
advantage of that, the floors are painted black except for sections that will be rooms
behind the windows. These areas are white. I plan to have figures in the windows of
the rooms. It is progressing pretty well, I think. Pictures in a few days.

The greater module is the high rise corner, the 'upscale' end of the city. It features
three tall buildings around a central plaza. I still have quie a bit of details to add, but
with today's arrival of the palm trees, it is coming together quite like I have envisioned

The small pieces (cars, plaza items) as well as the buildings are not glued down yet.
The cars, yes, they will be permanent. The buildings never will be, for transport and
storage ease and safety. I'm considering not gluing the plaza items as well, so that they
can be rearranged whenever the mood strikes. BTW, the pergola will get benches.
And, obviously, people everywhere.

I want to add scenes to the two shorter building roofs. On one I want a swimming
pool, and a small tennis court (singles size) on the other. Time, all I need is time and
cooler weather.

Among the details still to go will be flowers, a shrubery hedge along the grass above
the tracks (for safety,) yada-yada-yada. The white around the tree bases is still-wet
glue. It should disappear as it dries. The small, empty parking between the buildings
will get bicycles and racks. As soon as I build the racks, that is.

The fun project is a high railer tow truck. I couldn't help myself, I wanted to use Tow
Mater from the movie "Cars." He works out quite well for On30.

He will get a tow bar with a coupler on the back. With it, he can be pushed by a loco
and look like he's towing it in for repair. It should make for a fun scene on the club
layout, eh?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mid-August Update

No pictures this time, just a quick update. Lately, I've helped a couple of others with their modules. Also, I delivered a 2x TTrak-HO blank module to Cole, a high school member of the club.

Progress has been made on the first tow of the city scene modules. The high-rise corner is coming along rather well, I think. As I write this, paint and glue is drying on it. Also, paint is drying on the hospital, a 2x straight module. In addition, I painted the black fascia on both of those, as well as the three other new corners. Small steps, but positive steps.

The hospital structure has given me some fits, but it is beginning to cooperate now and I don't think it'll be long until it's nearly finished, too.

When I say finished, I really mean "good enough" to show. Nothing showing bare blue foam or plywood, etc. I don't think that most of my modules are ever completely finished. There's always a few details that can be added, a mini-scene slipped in, etc.

Finally, the mainline terminal and local tram module scene is getting a solid feel to the design. I wanted it to be ready by the October show, but now I'm aiming for next spring.

Allen and I are kicking around the idea of generating a "Did you find ... ?" type list. It'd be a list of little scenes within scenes in the modules. One such example I have is "Did you find Fonzie guarding the fireworks stand?"

Summer is broiling right along, with 100F yesterday and 96F today here in West Texas. Tomorrow, a cool front is supposed to drop us to a balmy 92F - ha! And, the humidity seems to be staying higher than average, too.

School starts next Monday, the 24Th. Right now, I don't have any substitute assignments, but some do occur early, even on the first day. No one likes it that way, but sometimes it happens like that.

That's about it for now. Keep cool, it's still hot out there.