Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I also had an article about my layout featured in the 2017 On30 Annual Magazine.
My Termite N Tarantula On30 layout is featured in White River's Narrow Gauge Calendar for 2020. Thank you Chris for including me!

 One of my custom bashed shays has found a new home with O.J. Rivas in Colorado Springs. The base of this model is a Bachmann On30 Shay. Upgraded to NWSL metal gears. I added a ton of PSC brass parts and I created a custom boiler and fire box. It has DCC and Sound.

Some underground mine workings for my Gn15 Mine layout.

 Some of the Gn15 locomotives I have scratch built to run on the same mine micro layout.

A long overdue update and recent projects

Recently finished the build of a PSC/Kemtron 35 ton brass shay kit. It was On3 and I converted it to On30 so it can run on my On30 Termite N Tarantula Layout. It took almost two years to complete this build. I added a Tsunami 2 Sound Decoder and a Current Keeper. Now it just needs a crew.

Another project recently completed was an O-scale Model Co Ford Truck kit. White metal and brass castings. It builds into a very nice realistic truck.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Recently I created a Gn15 Micro Layout for my friend Bill Palmer. Gn15 is G scale 1/2" to the foot. Gn15 locomotives are gauged to HO width track. Most Gn15 locomotives represent estate, tramway or mine railways.


This micro layout features Peco O-16.5mm (On30) code 100 track and turnouts. I scratch-built all the structures. The brick tractor shed bricks were cut from foam and glued on board. The rolling door is scratch built from styrene plastic, n-scale metal wheels and a bit of time.

The neat signs were reduced down images of vintage tin signs. Many of the small directional signs, "Open Shaft" "No Loafing" "Look Out For Cars" were originally produced for industry by Stonehouse Steel Sign Co., Denver, Colorado. Many of these standardized signs were sold to mines and industry through the Mine & Smelter Supply Company in downtown Denver.

"Stonehouse Steel Sign Co., Denver, CO. William Stonehouse opened a sign shop in Chicago in 1863 and taught his son James Wesley the art of painting gold leaf lettering on store front windows. by turn of the century j.w. moved west with the gold mining boom and set up shop in Douglas, Arizona.  Ten years later, he moved to Colorado, and it was here that the accident prevention sign business was born. J.W. saw a need for safety in the mining industry. He created standard bell signal signs to better communicate in the mines, therefore reducing accidents and injuries. He lobbied for the codes to become standard in all mines in Colorado and was ready to sell his silk screen printed signs when the mining bureau enacted the standard. in 1913,  J.W.  moved to Denver, where he continued to design signage that would set the standard for the "safety sign" industry.  The Stonehouse Steel Sign Company was formed as a corporation in 1914, and has stayed in business through multiple generations."  Info from www.urbanremainschicago.com

  Inside the tractor shed overhead view. 

Inside the tractor shed. 
 Tractor shed roof is real corrugated, metal sheets, weathered with Games Workshop Paints

Cheers, Gerald

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The past few months I have been building a Gn15 micro layout. It is 2x4 feet. When finished it will have two structures, this is the first finished small structure, it is a lean-too mine office.

This structure. It is entirely scratch built except for the Grandt Line door. Real glass windows. When placed on the layout, the open back-side faces a stone wall along a cliff face.
Have Fun! Cheers G