Sorry Rich, I wasn't paying attention.
I've been very busy on Ebay trying to win:
( all HO scale )
and type water rescue craft.
hundreds of ice boxes
1/87 scale blue tarps ( joking, I made them )
Salvation Army meal trucks
Red Cross meal trucks
Since tearing out and remodeling the "crescent City section" we have
been able to get the spillway in, the refinery & chemical plants in,
the yard and loading platforms for the refinery, the three surburban
stations for the commuter service as well as a revision of the produce
docks in Spanish Fort after the power plant " run through " coal track
We had been stumped on exactly how we wanted to "see" the downtown
area. One of the guys had scratchbuilt the old IC terminal in new
Orleans ( that F.L. Wright was on the original design staff for ) and
we had moved UPT several times over the past years before finally
getting used to where it now resides.
It wasn't until about 6-8 weeks ago that we realized the main reason we
could not visualize Crescent City ( no matter how we rearranged
buildings and paper dolls ) is because it wasn't supposed to be modeled
Pre Katerina, it was always supposed to be Post Katerina.
We've had the Sewage and Water board building and the pumping station
for years. It just sorta moved around the layout never finding a home
until now. While many areas of the layout have structure and street
lighting, Crescent City will be dark with stop signs placed on saw
horses next to non powered red lights at intersections, the trashed
building now have a home, no windows but curtains hanging out of the
openings. Yes, there will be blue tarps on just a few roofs but the
water line on all the buildings........found the perfect way to do it.
There will be just a slight view of the chain link fence under the
station shelter at UPT that was erected and used as a jail.
The "contra flow" is already in effect in two of the towns north of
Crescent city with about 120 vehicles heading north with luggage and
boxes strapped to the roofs amd LONG LONG lines at the two gas
stations.. ( of course all the city and school busses will be left in
the city and not used for evacuation )
No matter how bad you screw up a weathering job, it works fine when
modeling a city that has just dried out from being flooded for 4 weeks.
( of course no one likes my idea of putting an old aquarium filled with
old nasty water under the layout there just to get the
No, there will be NO helicopters or people on their roofs, or any
"major" looting events or bodys, that would be just a little TOO
insensitive. But what the hell,, I stayed for the storm, I should be
allowed to model what I experienced, shouldn't I ? Besides this is a
lot easier than trying to do a Mardi Gras scene, buildinbg the scale
floats was driving me even further nuts than I am.
I have not been this excited about a modeling project since....... I
discovered John Allens articles as a kid.