The M-K & Eastern RR
#1
Hi all. I'm currently renovating a room for my layout.
It's 22' x 16' and will have coved corners.
My layout will be a freelancer Colorado narrow gauge in HOn3.
I've drawn the track plans for it, and I can't wait to start building it.
To prepare, I've been doing some city planning for one of the towns, called Twin Peaks (work name, yet to be decided)
[Image: 34569471372_ea0c484c64_c.jpg]IMG_20170518_110214 by Michael Graff, on Flickr
Main Street, the town will be 8' long.
The station will be regauged to HOn3.

[Image: 34569470492_e9f194de9a_c.jpg]IMG_20170518_110240 by Michael Graff, on Flickr

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The street will go upwards in the back and turn into suburbs.
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#2
Excellent looking structures. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Tom
Life is simple - Eat, Drink, Play with trains

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#3
Great-looking structures, Michael, and I'm looking forward to seeing the layout develop!

Wayne
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#4
Thanks!
The track plan for my new model railroad.
6.5 x 4.5 meters in size.

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This is the inspiration for the city on my layout:
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#5
:tada: Should be a great layout!
Mike

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#6
Looking forward to it. What town is the prototype in your picture?
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#7
Super work as always. Smile

Love the trackplan. Smile
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#8
MountainMan Wrote:Looking forward to it. What town is the prototype in your picture?
Thanks! Central city, Colorado in the 30's.
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#9
Graffen Wrote:
MountainMan Wrote:Looking forward to it. What town is the prototype in your picture?
Thanks! Central city, Colorado in the 30's.

Thought so... :tada:
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#10
Finally some progress!
I've actually managed to clear out the space for the layout.
The room as it looked...
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Insulation and moisture barrier installed.
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Sheetrock... We all love to do some sheetrock and mud and sanding, and mud and sanding....
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I rounded two of the corners. I made a backing from two layers of 1/8" hardboard.
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I used 1/4" sheetrock that I wetted and bent to shape in the corners.
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The backdrop is now the next step (almost..)
I need to install the lighting first.
I painted a test piece just to see the colors and tonal values.
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It needs to be toned down a bit though.
More like this test:
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I've ordered the carpet and all the LED light fixtures, so it's finally getting there.
:tada:
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#11
Lots of well-developed skills on display here....very nicely done! :tada: :tada:

Wayne
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#12
:tada: :clap: Cheers
Mike

Sent from my pocket calculator using two tin cans and a string
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#13
Let there be light!
First LED strip in place in the train room.
There'll be double rows, the other angled 20 degrees to the wall.
Fill lighting will be with LED spotlights.
Can be okay in the end.
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The switched power supplies I use are from Mean well, 12 V and 18 Amps.
They are adjustable between 11.4 V and 12.2 V.

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The LED strips are rated at 12 Watt per metre and are 5 metres in length.
4800 K in temperature.
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#14
A good thing to keep in mind is the depth, from the aisle to the wall, of the layout. The primary layout lighting should be at least even with the front edge of the layout, and might be even better if placed slightly into the area of the aisle. Otherwise, viewers, and your camera, will find that objects near the aisle may be in shadow, unless there is adequate light falling upon the normally visible side of things. While the camera is capable of compensating for that shortfall, the correction at the front will result in over-exposure of the areas to the rear.

Wayne
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doctorwayne Wrote:A good thing to keep in mind is the depth, from the aisle to the wall, of the layout. The primary layout lighting should be at least even with the front edge of the layout, and might be even better if placed slightly into the area of the aisle. Otherwise, viewers, and your camera, will find that objects near the aisle may be in shadow, unless there is adequate light falling upon the normally visible side of things. While the camera is capable of compensating for that shortfall, the correction at the front will result in over-exposure of the areas to the rear.

Wayne
Yes, I have thought of that. The layout is at most places 2' deep, and my valance will be 2-3" outside of that with the LED strip on the inside.
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