Category: Model-RailroadInterstate 80 (Part 2)
September 28, 2012
I have continued to create Interstate 80 on my N-scale model railroad of Grinnell, IA. (Read the original post)
To finish the hill I created from foam on one side of the tracks, I covered the foam with two thin layers of spackling paste. To start the hill on the other side of the tracks, I glued together two layers of foam roughly cut to the shape of the hill. I verified the height of the bridge by placing a partially assembled piece between the two sides.
To finish the new hill, I covered it with a thin layer of spackling paste and glued on both a main roadway and an off-ramp cut from thick styrene sheet. Since the off-ramp didn't have the right slope initially, I added some foam shims underneath.
The next step is to add some scenery and put the bridge in place.
January 08, 2012
My N-scale model railroad of Grinnell, IA now features the beginnings of Interstate 80. Adding Interstate 80 to the layout provides a way to hide part of the track so viewers cannot see the entire loop. Shortly after I decided to include Interstate 80, I read the Step By Step article "How to build a highway overpass" in the December 2011 issue of Model Railroader. I am basing my design off of the article.
I began in the front-left corner of the layout by adding a hill. Below is a picture of the foam that forms the base of the hill with some cardboard standing in for the road. You can also see two of the new vehicles I got for Christmas (thanks Llewellyn).
After I had roughly shaped the hill, I built two abutments out of some styrene sheet. You can see one of them, unpainted, in the photo below. I also cut the road surface from styrene and glued it to the hill, weighing it down with soup cans while the glue dried.
Next, I need to build the hill for the other side of the tracks.
Model Railroad Extension Drawer
January 08, 2012
I built an "extension drawer" for my small N scale layout to give me additional space. The extension slides out like a drawer, then lifts up to become level with the stationary benchwork.
Below is a video of me collapsing the extension.
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