Sunday, September 21, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 09.21.14

With it being the last weekend before the op session, you would think I would be busy working on the layout.  Nope, that didn't happen.  I spent time with my family.  It's nearly at the point where I need to work on final preparations for the op session (cleaning track, cleaning up, cleaning loco wheels, etc).  This morning, I did vacuum the room.  The room is already picked up from my cleaning session last weekend, so I'm slightly ahead of the game currently.

Late on Sunday evening, I worked on another pre-session project.  I completed the second Train Cat tank car loading platform.  There is one more I need to construct for PQ, but is at a separate location from these.  I'm not the best at constructing these brass kits, but I do believe it looks good.  I need to paint them black now.


  1. The loading platforms look great, Steven, and will look even better once they're painted.

    I also really like the way this industrial area is coming along. Is that just painted plaster that you've used for the road surfaces? I can't get into my train room at present, but I am tempted to try out that method on some scrap plywood.

    Ron McF

    1. Thanks Ron! I used just plain wall plaster. It forms hairline cracks naturally. I then took a Black Fine Point Sharpie and just followed the natural cracks and then weathered with Doc O'Briens weathering powders (grimy black followed by white).

      I find I do my best roads if I use forms on the side. Lately, I have been using small square or rectangular strips of styrene glued down lightly to the layout. I then spread in plaster with a putty knife. It provides for a good clean edge.