All The Stuff I Didn’t Blog About in 2021

Admittedly I spent a lot of my modeling time last year working on P48 projects, a departure from my HO Layout The Industrial Lead. However I did manage to get quite a bit done on the layout this year.

Scenery

My previous post Cans, showed a little work I was doing weathering around fifty 40’ & 20’ containers for the layout. The purpose to those containers to act as scenic elements around the SIG intermodal facility, primarily as a view block for the area where the track pokes through the wall and enters the closet.

The bulk of the containers are used to hide the hole in the wall where the track runs into the closet.
The hole behind the containers. Also the tree wall to hide the backdrop.
Some of the containers are used to fill the intermodal car in the SIG yard.

Another project that I never really followed up on was the Arctic Refrigeration building. I did post a blog about building the awning in an earlier post Dock for Cover. The building is the first I cut with my Cricut out of styrene. It’s a very simple warehouse, that I painted to match its appearance in the mid 2000s. I also finished the background office building which is not prototypical, but I wanted something with a little height to obscure the highway meeting the wall.

Arctic Refrigeration warehouse. And the non-prototype background office building used to hide the end of the freeway behind it.

I’m not sure if I ever covered the highway 99 freeway in a previous post elsewhere, but it’s an integral part of the scenery. The overpass spans Hanford Street and has an unauthorized skate park built below it. I modeled these with styrene. The freeway is complete, but the skate park still needs some work.

A view of the WA99 freeway overpass at Hanford Street.
A close up of the skate park beneath the 99 freeway.

I’ve posted about my Maxim Mock-up, but I never really followed up on the first building. I decided I like the warehouse mock-up and painted it and added doors. 

Maxum Petroleum warehouse.

I also made an attempt at the main Maxum building using a base of chipboard, clad with styrene sheet. This isn’t really turning out how I want it to, primarily because I couldn’t get the chipboard square enough. I’ll be redoing this building completely in Styrene in 2022.

Maxum Petroleum building.
Maxum Petroleum building.

DCC

After a struggling through programming a few locomotives with a long cable stretched across the room to reach my command station, I decided to relocate my command station, LNWI and PR4 to a location conveniently next to my computer. This is much more convenient to have the connections, the programming track and the computer all in one location.

Relocated command station and dcc devixes with my computer.

Additionally I was able to outfit a couple of locomotives with SOUNDTRAXX Current Keepers

Cars

I’ve spent the last month weathering and decaling my tank car fleet. Most of the cars needed reflective stripes and updated tank car data stenciling. The weathering is mostly complete and I’m slogging through the decals.

To Do

I am setting a goal to complete the layout in 2022. Things to do:

  1. Remake the Maxum Petroleum Building.
  2. Make tanks for Maxum Petroleum.
  3. Pipe Maxum Petroleum.
  4. Paint Cargill.
  5. Pipe Cargill.
  6. Complete Seaport Maintenance Carport
  7. Scenic Seaport Maintenance material yard.
  8. Complete the skate park.
  9. Weather and detail vehicles.
  10. Weather and detail locomotives.

Beyond

I am toying with the idea of building a second deck layout above the Industrial Lead. Basically I will drop the lighting valence 4-6 inches and use the space above the layout for an O scale layout that’ll be about 70” above floor level. I already want to lower my lighting valence to give the industrial lead a smaller viewing angle so this could be a 2 birds with one stone approach.

Some comparison mock-ups showing the lighting valence lowered 4” as viewed from my eye level.

Thanks for following. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Author: Greg Amer

2 thoughts on “All The Stuff I Didn’t Blog About in 2021

  1. A productive year! The idea of a second layout sounds fantastic and P:48 at that viewing angle should prove immersive — a similar feel I’m going for. Followed your SW9 build with great interest and even made some headway on my similar MP15 project this year too.

    1. Thank you Rich. I’ve been watching your MP15 project as well. I’m anxious to finish this HO layout and focus more on P48, I don’t have space for anything big, but I sure enjoy working on track and equipment.

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