since i was sort of fed up with making and soldering jumpers (the less liked part of modelling for me) i decided to build one of the planned mountains.
well, a warning, it will take time, till this thread will be finished. i am modelling slooowly.
i have that wall, nearly 40 ft long. and in front of it run three lines.
directly at the wall from down-left to up-right.
in front of that, from up-left to down-right.
and up front a line, that stays down all the way.
the two inclined tracks have nearly 6% of inclination.
the whole construction in front of the wall is between 2’ 2" to 2’ 4" deep.
i am not really happy having three tracks so near each other, but i did not find any better way, to connect the lower layout with the upper layout.
in this pic one sees the problem, i got with this wall.
nearly in thew middle of the wall there is a concrete pillar integrated into the wall.
not only, that i have to curve the track around it, but it looks ugly too.
after many hours of armchair-modelling, i decided, to hide it inside a mountain, with tunnels through it.
for me that is a challenge.
the mountain shall be high, to hide the pillar, it can’t be deeper more than 2’4", not to obstruckt the access path in front of it, and it can not be broader than 4ft, to have access to every point in the tunnels.
i am really curious, if it will look like a real mountain, or more “empire-state building”-ish…
the styropor viaduct on one side, the trestle bridge on the other, dictate what kind of tunnel portals i will put.
on the tresle side i will make wooden US style portals, on the other side stoneportals, like in europe or the eastern US.
and with the latter i begun.on used styropor plates i marked portals, in style and dimesions after a salvaged portal from my last layout.
(using the shabby side of the styropor as front i evaded that sterile, neat modelled look.)
height: 9", width: 6-3/4"
then i made the joints with a weak soldering iron.
for clean, orderly joints i use a metal ruler, for more rustic joints i work freehanded.
a first positioning test:
… and then i retired to my armchair and computer.