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Go to the latest update June 27

HO Scale

In the last week of December 2019, a time of the year period when phones go quiet, an idea came to me. I thought let’s get back into trains and show the story of how Uptown Floors are manufactured. If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a sincere passion for the business I enjoy.

Problem. I ran out of room for all my grandiose ideas on a 4’ x 8’ platform layout I made from 2 by 4’s and plywood. Leave it to my detailed view, it has to be right!

Yes, there are plans for an enlarged version, but as it stands the following criteria are being met. Bread, beer and Coca Cola trucks with have to wait..LOL. Perhaps I should have gone with N scale. I bought many small HO scale vehicles before thinking.

No. N scale does not have the following or number of products offered.

I've Always Dug Trains! Who hasn't?

Thirty years ago I played with a smaller layout made mostly of gathered materials. I was unemployed and still searching for my passion. It was crude, but my 5 year old son loved it. I even had a lit baseball field.

Early January 2020.

Quite frankly I do not know where to begin, but here’s a start...

For those that have visited my small showroom in Bonita Springs, Florida you can imagine space limitations. No worry for others, just give me some notice and we can look at flooring samples too.

Clear Walnut engineered
The Planned Space
Wire brushed white oak
The Planned Layout
Fast Forward to April 11, 2020

This stuff fascinates me. I am drawn to perfecting the details seen on YouTube in the likes of MarklinofSweden and Luke Towan from down below.

Recents

I am still using gathered materials as some bought stuff looks too fake or unrealistic. From sifting dirt and small rocks behind the shop to using leftover flooring material. However, I cannot produce a 30 ton truck.

Clear Walnut engineered
On The Way To The Mill
Wire brushed white oak
An Idea From grandson Zacahry (water tower)

April 18, 2020

Bushes and Colors!

A few comments in a train forum solved the problem with colors and nature. When it came to bushes, shrubs and the like.

Dyed sawdust! Plenty of sawdust around here. No shortage. Yepper. No pics currently as the shop is hard to navigate.

I also had a box of sample dyes laying around used in some fashion for creating my hardwood colors. 24 colors to play with unimaginable color mixes.

House with bushes
A few starter colors. Red may work great for rose bushes.

April 23, 2020

Meadow grass and other varieties. Cool technique that allows for a realistic view and texture of grasses. I think I have a half dozen so far to work with. The rose bushes came out okay, from a distance view.

Miniatures are made and hand painted in Germany by Preiser. Each one runs about $ 2.00 each packaged in themes; this one being woman doing laundry that includes a clothesline. Total characters, five.

The model built house that took approximately five hours to put together is also weatherized. Showing dirt from passing trains.

Grasses
View of texture and colors.

April 25, 2020

The past two days has seen work on the forest floor. Yup, the brownish, mulch colored area. This was simply done by using an old blender with southern live oak leaves around my Florida home. Worked great. I had my doubts the blender could chop so small, but I did have to put it through a screen. The rejected ones may work great for the de-barking mill area.

Forest Floor
Meet the Uptown Family!

Oh! Meet the lumberman too. In the forest eventually. I had to get them out to look at the scale of things. One can get off track if he doesn’t keep his HO scale ruler handy.

The theme to Uptown Floors is based largely on my partnership with the Ohio Amish. Unfortunately I can’t find high quality Amish HO scale figurines. Check that, I cannot find any. I have a feeling Preiser can do some custom stuff. Price not much of an issue.

Lumberman

May 2, 2020

I would be watching the Kentucky Derby on this day. Unfortunately the Panpanic has turned the tables on every aspect of life. Well, not so in my showroom and shop. I have cool stuff to do!

Our lumbermen are plain bushed..laying down. Tough dang work folks!

The forest floor is almost done. Wandering through a vast amount of backwoods growing up helps I could add much more if I had the space. A lovers lane comes to mind. I'm sure that memory touches many.

Lumber Guys Worn Out
Great Texture View. Twilight
Daylight View

The photo above shows a phenomenal view of the grass textures in low lit conditions. Also some changes in elevation if you look for it. In normal light below it can't be picked up too well.

Looking around the backside of one (of two eventually) near completed house scene, it looks like Monday wash day. I toyed with ideas in how to create low lying flowering shrubs. They sell this stuff on Internet hobby sites but I've managed to do it on my own.

Wash Day. "blue Monday"

Naturally the actual characters are not of my creation.

May 10, 2020

I have a few trees up to see how they fit and look, but they haven’t been glued into place yet.

Trees up, not glued
Logs ready to go to the mill
Big tree. Based on the size of the guy with the chainsaw
Logs headed to partially built mill

May 31, 2020

I lost interest for a few weeks. The flu only slowed the business in the last two weeks of March. I was surprised but looked at a down year for 2020 before the PanPanic.

I now have a self built barn and not from a kit. The framing (not seen) was done with 1/2” x 1/2" pine material from Home Depot ripped in half. Other materials include poly styrene (0.6mm) that also comes corrugated. Roofing was a black styrene about half the thickness of the corrugated.

The roof was hit or miss. I like it. Modge Podge matte, matte, matte glue lightly covered and fine grit applied over. Spyaed gray and brushed a bit, it almost looks like many years of a patching a roof.

The finishing touch required a Rustoleum matte clear, also used on other structures. Still a bit glossy however, from certain angles.

The second image shows completion of another grazing area in the background. Likely will be used by different breeds of horses. Dude. Tell me where to put all the itty bitty pigs I bought!

My first barn. Moo moo looking for grass.
New grazing area in background

I got a bit carried away with the latest pasture (backgound again) as it looks too perfect. Using HO scale, the horses will be up the their kneecaps in lush grass. I will be loved when they arrive!

Finally. A pasture rock wall. Seperating the horses from an unknown element. Still working on where the pre-built fencing from three months ago will go.

Pasture grass different
Fencing near creek

June 20, 2020

First company accident as our second short log haul truck went (I stepped on it) over the rickety wooden bridge to the mill, blowing out the railings with it. Time for a rebuild in that area. A minor setback.

The following pictures looks at bigger improvements the last three weeks. There is a delay as two property owners haggle over what fences should go up. The new three rail clean look or the rustic two rail.

Three rail is far easier to create! Polystyrene again cut with an Exacto knife and glued easily over wax paper, while drying overnight. A lot of patience on this particular project.

Banged up truck
Two fence styles

Getting ready for the water project.. My colors are off..I think. I also do not have a steady hand when it comes to painting the deep water parts of the creek. Rocks, and grasses can improve it.

Finally, a first hand, clean look at the remaining 40% of real-estate to cover. If one looks close enough, there's a custom made pig barn/corral. The piggy’s now have a home. Bless their little hearts! Two out of five adults have piglets nursing with four other little ones roaming about. Looks like the these homeowners have a honey pot of pork!

Water project
Ground cover 60% complete
Pigs!

Update June 27, 2020

The horses have arrived. Now I can finalize the fence height. My H2O ..check that, HOscale worked perfectly considering I didn’t have the actual horses to gauge. However, Preisser always satisfies! Except for the manure wagon with two ox I bought. It has no place! More European even if I painted it. Picture not available.

I did get a value pack of horses, totaling 32 with Preisser. Four of each version from a young colt to white and black stallions. I need to mix up some colors. A few Paliminoes etc or the popular breed of Ohio Amish country where Uptown floors are made.

Not much else to report except the creek or water area is a nightmare. I use local dirt and stones, but it's all sand. Not representative of the soil in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Horses