July 25, 2015

Update on Harbor Project Layout- POLA, East Basin

I have a bunch of projects going on simultaneously right now - museum projects, client models, new kits for Alkem Scale Models, work on finishing Brooke on home layout, and the new book. Today the backdrop for the Harbor Project Layout moved to the front burner.

Since my last post on the Harbor Project Layout for the book a few things have changed. I had planned to model Beaumont TX, but I had to drop that idea because I didn't have enough photos to illustrate a feature project. The new layout theme is set along the East Basin of the Port of Los Angeles. I made a rail fan trip there last year and got lots and lots of great pictures. It is also a really neat place to model. More specifically, the track plan is based on the Fries Ave area on Mormon Island, Wilmington, CA with some additional features from nearby areas to add a bit more more activity to the layout.  The image below shows the current draft of the plan.




Now that I have a detailed track plan, I need to get the backdrop printed. Once the benchwork and backdrop are up, the track and buildings will be sited in their final locations to match the backdrop.

Using the plan as a guide I made a large photo mural of the backdrop in Photoshop CS5.1. The base image is 57,000 pixels wide. Thank goodness for my Retina 5K  iMac (3.5Ghz, 16GB RAM)  as it handles the file without any problem.  This image sample here has been scaled to about 5 percent actual size. The total image is 32 feet long.


If all goes well, this mural will be printed in two 18-inch high by 16-feet sections.  The mural utilizes about a dozen images composited together over a synthetic blue sky.  The features on the backdrop, such as cranes, buildings, oil tanks, etc,  are roughly where they would be in the prototype. I paid careful attention to the area with open water to match the track plan.  I also tried to get the perspective lines to point to the  corners.  This should be fun to see how it works out.

My brother visited today and he thought that the hidden staging track in the closet was a very worthwhile addition. So I need to make sure the benchwork is the right height to clear the stair landing at 54 inches.




6 comments:

  1. Looks like its going to be fun to build and operate. Looking forward to the progress on it!

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  2. Looks great, shame you could not have done it in O

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    1. The real shame is not doing it in 1/29th scale! But, a port layout like this in O or No. 1 scale would be a challenge due to the size of the ships and railcars.Consider that an O scale 28 ft boxcar is about as long as a HO scale 50 foot boxcar, this layout is not that much different from my Aquia Line!

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  3. Raise the layout to 54" and do some "street running" in the stair landing :-)

    +2 for the staging track, the switch job needs somewhere to come from and go back to.

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    1. There is also the opportunity to put a couple tracks in the closet for an actual staging yard.

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  4. This looks very intriguing, Bernie. With my Bowman Center, I am liking a small switching layout, port or otherwise more & more. This is a great one for modern/intermodal. I too agree that the optional staging will be a great addition. I look forward to seeing your progress!

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