What is Protocrastinator?

A Protocrastinator is a person who puts off finescale Railroad (and railway modelling) for no good reason.
Originally for me it was 1:87 (HO) scale. Problems with acquiring the bits and pieces led to extreme dissatisfaction and the project stalled. Now I've acquired an O scale boxcar and I intend investigating Proto 48 as a finescale project.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Flurry of activity

This is no less than the fourth post in THREE days to this blog. I haven't had activity like that since the start of the blog.
I don't know why. Surely its not just the impending arrival of that ExactRail boxcar...
Things have just conspired to inspire me lately. If I was at home this weekend who knows what I would do...
Anyway, I've also updated my list ofProto87 links over there to the right. P87 links are few and far between so if any of you have got any others and would like to share them. I'll post them there. I'm always up for inspiration.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pages from the sketchbook

So, to expand on the idea outlined earlier here's a couple of sketchbook pages to illustrate what I'm talking about.
The above sketch shows the wide open backscene typical of prairie country like the Midwest.
This is exactly the same layout sketch with the backscene changed to something more afforested.
The scribble below each layout concept illustrates how the sloping backscene would look in profile. I'd bolt the backscene onto the back with a few coach bolts and wing nuts. There shouldn't be too much of an issue with the tree backscene. Perhaps the extra depth of the prairie might be an issue but this only needs to be made from the lightest thinnest ply so it wouldn't weigh too much and throw things off balance.
As another note I checked my stock of baseboards and I have a frame ready made that is 54" x 14" Almost the perfect size.

More layouts for your money.

It started off quite innocuously. I was looking at a thread over at RMweb concerning Nick Palette's latest layout. A slice of Cornwall in 5' x 1'. Very nice and atmospheric and to Nick's usual high standard. It always amazes me the atmosphere he can create in such a small space. Put me down as a big fan. However, as usual, I'm sliding off the point a bit.
Nick was ruing how the trees on the layout were encroaching on the stock because of the narrow width of the layout.
I was reminded of an idea that I had a year or two ago now concerning a sloping backscene.
In this instant the backscene would slope away from the layout allowing a greater depth of trees without adding much depth to the layout 50-75mm perhaps. The front of the backscene would feature fully modelled trees, behind would be tree tops and other foliage.
I'd also considered this idea for modelling the flatlands of the Lincolnshire coastal plain. In this case the slope would be much more gradual and a deeper section, 200mm perhaps, with a landscape modelled in muted tones and in diminishing scales to force the perspective. Perhaps the backscene could smoothly curve from the ground into the sky for extra effect.
This leads me to another thought. If the structures and detailing are sufficiently non-committal on the baseboard then it would theoretically be possible to change the atmosphere of your layout just by changing the backscene.
Think of it, change your layout from New England in the fall, to the Arizona desert, to a Midwestern city just by the changing of your backscene!
It's a pretty neat idea without a doubt. Especially for train shows. Imagine the looks you'll get from the punters if the second time they come back to look at your layout it has changed.
I think the concept needs a bit of tidying up. But it's certainly got me thinking and I'd like to try it. Wingetts Recyling is a self contained unit and would be unable to have the backscene changed out. So it would necessitate the construction of a new layout specifically with a narrow baseboard. I think I might even have one lying around the garage waiting for such a purpose...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Joy of Joys!

If you recall this post you will know of my love for ExactRail rolling stock and consequently my disappointment when I was not able to acquire one of the Waffle sided box cars in Southern livery. Well I am unhappy no longer because ExactRail have re-released said box car in HO scale and only in Southern livery ONLY.
You can bet that as soon as I found that out I placed an order. Hopefully it will be winging its way too me quite soon.