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    I completed the rear trestle pyles and glued em...

    I completed the rear trestle pyles and glued em in , I think it looks pretty good .. also , more paint ..

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    well , I just couldn't help myself .. had to take...

    well , I just couldn't help myself .. had to take a break from all the rock painting to get finished making a tree .
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    made another boulder , more shadowing painting on...

    made another boulder , more shadowing painting on the rocks ...... and I have finally settled on this rock formation layout ... it only took me about 6 hours worth of moving stuff around until I saw...
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    make sure you pull the thin plastic membrane off...

    make sure you pull the thin plastic membrane off the foam before you start to do things , if you don't it will separate after you have everything in place and you will regret it. . also you may...
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    I made some more boulders just because . easy to...

    I made some more boulders just because . easy to spot the new ones as they are still primed. also test fitted the led lighting system . I really ilike it ... it runs off USB , cool remote with every...
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    he'll be back on the stage in 15 minutes folks ,...

    he'll be back on the stage in 15 minutes folks , and remember.. 2 drink minimum tonight ... and try our hot wings! ;)
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    I'm a gonna do stuff up there in them there...

    I'm a gonna do stuff up there in them there hills, actually I'm planning a second level forest , lots of hills/mountains in the southeast have flat meadows and Forrest on the top .. stay tuned ;) ...
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    Ballested in creekbed sand and gravel complete ....

    Ballested in creekbed sand and gravel complete . started doing trackside ballasting .

    finished painting in all the rock formations , I might decide to go with darker shading and shadowing later...
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    thanks , honestly I've just...

    thanks ,
    honestly I've just been messing with foam for a short while . I just had a bunch of scrap foam laying around and one day, started experimenting with it . of course...
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    more paint , more paint .... working on...

    more paint , more paint .... working on ballasting the creekbed with gravel, sand and pebbles ... and oh yeah , did I mention more paint ? I like paint, It makes things purty :D

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    126275 126276 126277...

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    thanks ! that means a lot coming from someone...

    thanks ! that means a lot coming from someone that does great work himself .
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    lots of painting done today ... I also cut the...

    lots of painting done today ... I also cut the track up in the front bend to do another trestle conversion , and drilled holes and routed wiring for the turnouts and track power leads

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    as far as the unitrack goes you can remove the...

    as far as the unitrack goes you can remove the joiners and cut off the tabs flush and the two track will still slide and contact but absent the scene shattering jolt of unsnapping the track together...
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    no big deal , but you're welcome . I'm not too...

    no big deal , but you're welcome . I'm not too proud to say I'm too poor to afford this expensive hobby . I try to save dollars where I can and make everything I can , it does make things more...
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    trimmed off the extra tie from the trestle ,...

    trimmed off the extra tie from the trestle , glued everything together and painted .. good for now . will come back and make the foundation timbers and detail paint later when the rest of the layout...
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    that's what I was planning on doing actually ,...

    that's what I was planning on doing actually , I'm not sure how to handle the inner ties and ballast, I was thinking about cutting it out but that would definitely make it less ridgid . styrene...
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    got the mountain base coat painted , carved the...

    got the mountain base coat painted , carved the stream bed ... , I cut the road bed out of a piece of unitrack with a dremel cut off wheel to make room for timber underlayment on the trestle . I...
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    sometimes I have a streak of foresight, but not...

    sometimes I have a streak of foresight, but not too often to brag .
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    ...done with rough forming the mountain, working...

    ...done with rough forming the mountain, working on carving the nooks and crannies and crevasses.. the only tool I use for this is a hacksaw blade...
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    I made myself access , it took some planning...

    I made myself access , it took some planning since I'm not wanting to remove the mountain. the sides and back of the box frame will have backdrops attached to removable panels for easy access ....
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    I took a break from carving foam to make an...

    I took a break from carving foam to make an enclosure for this pwm controller I had ordered . just used a outlet box and cut the mounting tabs off and drilled a few holes . the controller works much...
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    working on getting the formations carved .... I...

    working on getting the formations carved .... I like doing this part a lot for some reason , it's relaxing and the foam is easy to work with. ...
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    MRLdave , after reading your comment I went to...

    MRLdave , after reading your comment I went to the nmra site and fell down a rabbit hole reading about track spacing and clearance . whew , what a read .... but now I know all about it , seems...
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    it is indeed a tight little course but I do want...

    it is indeed a tight little course but I do want to keep it dimensionally small it's 17.5"x36" , this will just be for smaller stuff .. my f unit will handle the turns to my surprise though. good...
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