Helpful Tips and Tricks for Model Railways
Helpful tips and tricks I have learned...please refer to the Newsletter section in the sidebar links for many more ideas with how to instructions.
The principle is simple in that water will find its own level. With
the tank sitting in the lowest supply pond, with the stopper valve
removed from within the tank: position the ball at the desired water
level. When the water level lowers, so does the floating ball valve,
thus, opening the supply line. Once the water level again returns to
capacity the valve automatically shuts off, thus stopping the flow.
The secret to making this look realistic is to then paint the
entire roof with a granite or hard rock paint, the type used for
exterior concrete repair. Apply the gritty paint into any cracks as
though it was a cement mortar. This paint product also will double as
exterior stucco for the sides of buildings, or just a durable weather
seal on the rooftop of any building. Tinting can be requested and
added to make any colour required.
Use your imagination to create a realistic looking shade cover, I
cut out a section of a 5 gal plastic pail with the double rings near
the top lip and used two sided round truck signal lights 4-6” from an
automotive supplier. You will have to purchase two extra red lenses to
replace the amber ones that come with the lights that were designed to
be visible from the front view.
Note: - I temporarily placed track on this framework and ran trains while I then worked on some of the other aspects of the scenery and garden. I have now picked up the track finished the roadbed, this process consisted of covering the 2x6” framework with a layer of 3/4” plywood, which can be shaped and shimmed underneath, if required for alignment and finally by covering the entire surface with an ice and water shield over the raised decks and rolled roofing material on the open stretches. This way the wooden substructure will withstand extreme moisture conditions such as being buried in the snow for months at a time, I did mention I lived in Canada- Eh!
Track has now been reapplied and ballast can be added so the water will now runoff and fall off the sides and into the garden. This procedure may sound complicated and pricey, but so is the alternative of not doing it right the first time around and then having to tear up the layout and to start over!
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