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  1. Phase II Update

    Just started this blog... conveniently you can add forum post with a button. Yay.

    Quote Originally Posted by northmill View Post
    Hello N-Scalers.

    First, want to offer my thanks for all the great suggestions, explanations, support and wisdom from this forum.

    Submitting a long-overdue layout update. In the last part of 22 I finalized Phase 1 and started working on Phase 2. Phase 1 was essentially vignettes from two little towns from my childhood, Murfreesboro and Christiana Tennessee. Mix of early diesel
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  2. Learning how to do scenery

    I've been doing a lot of scenery now that the tracks work correctly. I'm learning a lot fast as I do it too. Even with hundreds of hours of video about how watched, it's still a practice issue. The more you practice, the better you get.

    I added a new locomotive depot/shed with a parking lot and lighting which I think turned out nicely. The shed was the first model I built for my first attempt at a layout 3 years ago, and it's finally in place, albeit, without one of the little ...
  3. More of a technical post about using Just Plug from Woodland Scenics

    So I gotta say, I love the WS Just Plug led system. The lamps themselves look very nice to scale, and are very easy to use. Overall, the system is a solution to making a layout pop. However, it has some downsides. The controllers are pretty big, require a big power supply, and need to be manually interacted with to turn them on and off. What if you could turn them on and off just using your wifi network at home? That's what I decided to do.

    I put together a feather form factor daughter ...
  4. Learning that gluing things down doesn't mean that it's done

    I've spent the last few days ripping up old track and doing some cleanup and fixing. I wasn't happy with how some of the elevation transitions worked, and so I kinda gave up and just started over on a whole section of track. You can see the progress in the new images, but the rise into the upper loop was ripped out to make it cleaner and more even. In the past, there were too many elevation changes, and the way I put the turnouts in, there were some uneven transitions, including one under a turnout. ...
  5. Learning is torture!

    Turns out I'm still not very good getting track down. I've been cleaning up by replacing or swapping out sections of track to make sure it's stable, secure, and reliable. That work continues tonight as I play with the bridge area loop and sections. The goal is to not have to manually cut out gaps, and to isolate the track to allow for a passing siding if I want it. This does mean more reversing sections, but I have enough hardware to manage that, and the DCC/electrical side of all of this is the ...
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