DME Down Under Blog
There are more DME modelers in more places than one might imagine. Many DSED members have met Brad Hinton of Canberra, Australia who has been part of operating sessions and TLR conventions. He has a wealth of research and information on his DME modeling project on his blog: https://dmedownunder.wordpress
Progressive Rail Layout by Alan Saatkamp, MMR
DSED Member Alan Saatkamp, Master Model Railroader, will be featuring his new Progressive Rail switching layout at the 2013 Trains At Christmas November 23-24 at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.
The pictures below shows a schematic of part of the layout and a scene from Hamburg Ave. on this model of the real deal known as Airlake Industrial Park near Lakeville, MN south of Twin Cities.
Kids will have an opportunity to try their hands at operating (run trains)!
DSED will also be there with the modular layout, and we hope to feature never before seen yard modules.
We hope to see you at Trains At Christmas!
Modular Layout Update
DSED is making great progress on the yard for the modular layout thanks to donations, time and effort from many.
Below are some photos by Jay Manning and Wes Garcia from the 8/17 work session.
Scratchbuilding HO Scale Freight Cars
How to get started building freight cars. An online clinic by Alan Saatkamp, MMR.
Make Your Own Great Looking Pine Trees
Tools and misc supplies:
- Electric drill with a hook of some kind (I made one from a coat hanger)
- Wire Cutters
- Waxed paper
- Ace Hardware
- Sisal twine
- 18 gauge wire
- Cheap gray or black spray paint
- Lewis Drug
- Hairspray – Aqua-Net Extra Hold unscented – cheaper really is better.
- Hobbytown USA
- Fine Turf – weeds (shaker) Woodland Scenics
- Other colors of fine turf if desired
- Glue – Walthers Goo and gluing tips OR Sticky Bond
- Hobby Lobby
- Brown floral tape
- Prepare the twine a few days before you want to make trees.
- Boil the twine in water for 30 minutes to soften and straighten the fibers.
- Dry the twine by hanging it over a pipe or somewhere it can drip-dry.
- Weight one end of the twine while drying to promote straightening of the fibers
- If you model in HO or O, use smaller ‘N’ or ‘Z’ scale trees to ‘force perspective’ that the trees are a long distance away from the viewer.
- We made many of these small trees on one cutting of wire and separated sets of twine strands by a few inches so he would only have to drill once for several trees.
- You may wish to use different colors to simulate different species, ages and health conditions of
Individual trees. Don’t be afraid to overcoat or mix the turf material to get
- Try not to make your trees too much the same as each other individuals in each species can vary greatly based on growing conditions and genetics
- Research the trees in the particular locale you want to model to find out what species and characteristics you need to portray.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado Blue Spruce
Western White Pine
Black Hills Spruce
Thank you to all of you who purchased tickets and visited us on the 2012 open house model railroad layout tour in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg, SD today! We all had a lot of fun and hope you will join us for future DSED events.
The November meeting of DSED will be held in Harrisburg. For details, please reply to this post.
DSED Modules to Appear at Jamboree
This coming weekend (Aug 24th – 26th 2012), DSED will be traveling to Madison, SD to display the club’s HO Scale modular layout. Come join us at Prairie Village’s Roundhouse for HO scale model railroad action!
For more on Historic Prairie Village, visit their website.