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Old 02-19-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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My fictional CSX layout

I decided to start a thread in which I can share my layout with anyone who would like to check in from time to time.

The first photo is a wide shot of what I have now. It's 9'x11' but I will add a section in the foreground to complete the mainlines. I also have plans to add a section to the part of the layout which is out of shot (bottom right) for an engine facility I think.IMG_1981.JPG
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:13 PM   #2
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Off to a good start.
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:27 AM   #3
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Keep posting pictures of the development please.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:34 AM   #4
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Always nice to see a new layout under construction.
Keep us posted and good luck with the build.

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Old 02-20-2019, 07:54 AM   #5
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Thanks, guys. I'll keep posting but I don't get to work on it as often as I would like so progress is slow.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:31 PM   #6
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Here are a few pics of the beginnings of scenery.
It's my first crack at it but I'm not doing this to win any awards . I know it's not great (I've seen great, in person and online - including some work shared on this forum!) but it's better than just foam

I don't expect to do much over the next few weeks until the weather is betters so I can build the next section outside. I'll keep posting
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:39 PM   #7
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Looks good to me. You might want to paint the wall behind the bridge.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:08 PM   #8
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Looks good to me. You might want to paint the wall behind the bridge.
Thanks, Gramps! Not just for the obligatory compliment but for a suggestion. I hope others will offer suggestions, constructive criticism or just ideas for me to think about throughout this thread.

As for the walls in the room, I don't want to paint them. For this reason I left about 5" between the edge of the layout and the walls (that may be hard to see in the pics). My plan is this:

Attach a blank canvas to the layout...this is where a wonderful longtime friend's daughter comes in. She has agreed to mark the contours of the scenery on the canvas, take some pictures of the layout, paint the extended scene and I will re-attach the backdrop. She is so much more talented at drawing and painting than I am. I think this would be a great way to inject the work of others who are close to me on my layout.

I also plan to use some commercially available backdrops.

Now that backdrops and my plan for them are the current topic in this thread (I guess I just made that the case ) I would love to hear ideas and suggestions about that. Remember this is my first time doing this so I always welcome advice.

Thanks all
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:18 PM   #9
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Looks nice!
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:22 PM   #10
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