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Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:55:46 PM »
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If you were wondering if my southwestern station was ever going to happen I have evidence to show you it is getting closer to release. Not sure of the date of availability or the price but once the instructions are done the battle is pretty much over. Then there's the lasering of parts.

On this one's heels will be the Desert Palms Freight Depot to match but its an L shape with a dock at trackside and one on the other side for trucks. Fun stuff.


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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 04:11:05 PM »
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SOOOO  close


Still interested though.... :D
Can't model worth a darn, but can research like an SOB.

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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 04:18:58 PM »
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^ Thinking the same thing:


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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 05:26:12 PM »
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Not
exactly what I might have wanted.  Not going to stop me from buying one just because its not a perfect match for a specific SP Coast Line depot.  Bravo, one will almost certainly find a home on my holiday layout...
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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 08:59:11 PM »
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SOOOO  close

Not
exactly what I might have wanted.  Not going to stop me from buying one just because its not a perfect match for a specific SP Coast Line depot.  Bravo, one will almost certainly find a home on my holiday layout...
I had designed and added a second floor to this structure but was concerned about it bringing the cost up a bit not knowing if the addition would be needed or wanted. I can make it as an add-on option....

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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2013, 11:24:36 AM »
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Suggestions
although I'm still reserving plenty of cash for the model.

1. Add cornices to parts 6 and 7.
    Ends are often as ornate as the facades
2. 'Flourettes' for facades and ends.
    Distinctive part of southwestern architecture
    Otherwise I'm seeking buttons at the craft store
3. Interior baffles to ease lighting challenges.
    Bonus that baffles help stiffen and align
4. Allow some distance between parts 1 and 2
    Common to have more setback to the main wall
    Main walls extend up as clerestory or second floor
    A great way to include tile roofing as a modelers option
5. Drill points for extended 'logs' on facades
    I can do this myself, but the laser accuracy makes
    me look a far better modeler than I actually am

A footprint for the model would be most helpful so real estate can be allocated...
   
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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 11:51:51 AM »
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TiVo, you are going to make a better designer out of me yet! All of your suggestions are valid. I'm not sure they would all be important to everyone adding the structure to their layout but in this case some are easy to fix for yours.
Suggestions
although I'm still reserving plenty of cash for the model.

1. Add cornices to parts 6 and 7. Agreed and will do
    Ends are often as ornate as the facades
2. 'Flourettes' for facades and ends.
    Distinctive part of southwestern architecture
    Otherwise I'm seeking buttons at the craft store Buttons or beads? show me more
3. Interior baffles to ease lighting challenges.
    Bonus that baffles help stiffen and align You won't believe the sturdiness of this structure, its MDF so no light will get through, promise. And you could set the leg of your layout on it and it probably would not break.
4. Allow some distance between parts 1 and 2
    Common to have more setback to the main wall
    Main walls extend up as clerestory or second floor
    A great way to include tile roofing as a modelers option Can do
5. Drill points for extended 'logs' on facades
    I can do this myself, but the laser accuracy makes
    me look a far better modeler than I actually am Maybe for yours, but show me more precisely and it may be added

A footprint for the model would be most helpful so real estate can be allocated...
Hopefully this won't kill it :D  As it is now it measures 3" by 11-1/4"  The matching Freight Depot is approx 7" along the track side and about 5+" perpendicular to the tracks.
   

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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2013, 12:52:42 PM »
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Not
exactly 'front and centre', but darn close.  The Holiday Layout really does not need another station, but this is too good to pass up.

http://www.technologywrangler.com/images/DesertPalmsLocation.jpg

Tape measure is extended twelve inches and the depth is just over three and a half inches.  A space worthy of the model and just a little space along the edges for parking lots and such.  Ther freight house may need some trimming to fit the forward side of the tracks right here, so it may get relocated nearby.  Its almost magic how 'right' for the available space your design is...


1. Add cornices to parts 6 and 7. Agreed and will do
    Ends are often as ornate as the facades
2. 'Flourettes' for facades and ends.
    Distinctive part of southwestern architecture
    Otherwise I'm seeking buttons at the craft store
    Buttons or beads? show me more
   Visit to Jo-Annes is now scheduled for this weekend
3. Interior baffles to ease lighting challenges.
    Bonus that baffles help stiffen and align
    You won't believe the sturdiness of this structure,
    its MDF so no light will get through, promise.
    And you could set the leg of your layout on
    it and it probably would not break.
 
    Agreed, but a few strategic interior
    walls to diffuse/direct light will help a lot.
    Turning a few of the wall sections 180* to nest together
    the columns would provide some space for interior
    wall sections on the same material size.

4. Allow some distance between parts 1 and 2
    Common to have more setback to the main wall
    Main walls extend up as clerestory or second floor
    A great way to include tile roofing as a modelers option
    Can do
    Consider using the included roofing panels that could     
    also be used as a template to cut 'user contributed tile roof 'to fit

5. Drill points for extended 'logs' on facades
    I can do this myself, but the laser accuracy makes
    me look a far better modeler than I actually am
     Maybe for yours, but show me more precisely and it may be added     

Photo lifted from this thread...   
All around the station there are the signature
    "logs' sticking out of the columns.  Another
    distinctuive feature of southwestern architecture.
    In this case there are lights hanging below that
    might be represented with fibre optics.  Just a
    center dimple for those who wish to add the "logs"
    simply drill out to use, but those who choose not to
    add them filler, paint and finish will cover the dimple.
    A bit of user contributed styrene rod would go a long
    way to simulate this important detail


A footprint for the model would be most helpful so real estate can be allocated...
Hopefully this won't kill it  As it is now it measures 3" by 11-1/4" 
The matching Freight Depot is approx 7" along the track side and about 5+"
perpendicular to the tracks.


Edit = fixed paragraph sequence error
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Re: Desert Palms Train Station, for real, not a mirage
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2013, 06:40:57 PM »
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Thinking
something like the decorative nailheads on this site.  There is quite a variety in the Western, decorative, petal, and 'Tiffany' sections.  Some of the little 'mirrors' might be useful too.  Still planning a local trip so I can touch and thouroughly molest actual merchandise...

http://www.ccmetal.com/catalogs/nailheads.pdf
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