Posted by: bgtwindad | March 26, 2010

Tunnel Project Complete!

The tunnel project, long in the making on the Mini-Layout, is officially complete!

There are, of course, several minor touch-up items to address, such as fixing paint issues in the tunnel lining, adding some color washes to the painted-on rocks, and cleaning the rails on the tracks.

The easiest way to chronicle this is with some before & after pics.

So, here is as close to a “before” as I have, where I was test-fitting the portals and the tunnel lining:

Test-fit of tunnel portals and lining.

Test fit of tunnel portal and lining.

Here’s a photoshopped version of the above picture, showing the “vision” for the tunnel.  I even included the new paint scheme on the train…

Photoshopped vision of completed tunnel.

This is GIMP, not Photoshop!

And finally, here is the finished product.  I did my best to get the same camera angle and train position.

The finished tunnel.

The Finished Tunnel!

A long shot of the whole hill.

Long shot of complete hill.

The front side of the hill.

And one more:  the back side.

Back side of the hill

Back side tunnel porta.

Here’s a 100+ photo slideshow of the whole project.  And here’s a thread on nScale.net chronicling the construction process.

The whole project has taken just over a month from conception to completion.  And the good news is that it’s finished just in time for the arrival of the nScale.net Traveling Car!

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  1. The difference between the before and after photos’ was really dramatic it’s amazing how much difference there is between the two.

    I for one think that your bamboo trees’ look great. I’m think somewhere along the same line.

    Although in my back and front yard I have two oak trees that I am thinking of using the small dead fall limbs to use for trees on my layout.

    I also like the idea of using leaf droppings ground up for ground clutter.

    I am also thinking of using that guy up in Ohio for Ballast he charges $5 dollars per 10lb bag plus shipping.

    I read about a guy who visited him, he works alone with his own rock crusher. I already called him he told me to send him a letter with a self addressed envelope so he could send me some samples. I think I am going to get the gray in I believe the #50 grade. It’s suppose to work great for N scale. Either way he will send me samples to take a look at. He goes out to quarries in Ohio and gets the stone then crushes it, packs and ships.

    Of course he does not turn on a dime but I’m not in any hurry. I won’t retire for about another 8 months anyway.

    Well I’ve gone on to long already hope your week went good and you enjoy your weekend.

    I’m taking tomorrow off so I will have 3 days off to myself. I work nights 2 till 10 PM. I have been on N scale and your site since I got home have to go bed sometime. But I have to fix my broken refrigerator I just might stay up all day. It kinda sucks not having a refrigerator in Florida.

    Take care, Pete

    • Thanks, Pete.

      IMHO, the loose tea works better in N scale than grinding up actual leaves. It’s much finer gound, there’s a variety of colors available, and you don’t have to pre-dry it to make sure all the little buggies are dead. Using twigs for tree trunks and deadfall is a good idea. Just make sure anything “live” like that you use spends some time in a nice, hot oven to make sure it’s OK to stay in the house. Otherwise, it won’t smell too good when it starts rotting…


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