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    Considering the scale and my eyesight, I'd say it...

    Considering the scale and my eyesight, I'd say it is worth it to me versus trying to make my own. Here are the specifics (not necessarily pros and cons, just my observations for consideration):
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    Cows in the pasture

    The barbed wire fencing from Woodland Scenics arrived. I now have fenced around the pasture behind the barn and added in the cows as well as the dirt roadway around the pasture from the barn to the...
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    Happy New Year to all!

    Happy New Year to all!
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    Hampton distant background

    As indicated yesterday, my next step today was that I painted what I consider the far background in Hampton. This is the vague fields and trees that would be in the background if there were not the...
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    The more of the layout that gets scenicked, the...

    The more of the layout that gets scenicked, the harder it is to make it look that way as I start to run out of benchwork that is off-camera to move things to. Much further and I may have to start to...
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    Steve, having just seen Mobile One's recent post...

    Steve, having just seen Mobile One's recent post a bit before this one, and hearing of a new empire makes me wonder, is it an evil empire?
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    Rounding the corner into Hampton

    I made progress today with the beginnings of the town area of Hampton as well as more groundcover work rounding the corner into town. I have now completed basic ground cover through and around the...
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    According to their site, they have been around...

    According to their site, they have been around for 100 years, so they definitely existed. I think that's a great idea.
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    Thanks. It was a cop-out in a way, giving up on...

    Thanks. It was a cop-out in a way, giving up on a field of corn stalks. But I do like how some of what I have done so far is not the usual fare between the salt marshes and my choices in the farm...
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    Well, food from the farm of course... leftover...

    Well, food from the farm of course... leftover Christmas ham, potatoes and probably corn...
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    Farm to table...

    I did two things today (aside from a bunch of cleanup).

    First, I finished the plowed fields, added some vegetation along one section of stone wall, and tried my hand at the harvested cornfield on...
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    One frustration with the farm areas has been...

    One frustration with the farm areas has been coming up with a reasonable looking way to do corn fields. Tried a couple ways I found online and didn't like it. However, this discussion of time of...
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    Haven't figured that out yet. I don't glue down...

    Haven't figured that out yet. I don't glue down the trees, though, so for areas without a lot of color it wouldn't be a big deal to pull them up and put back if I don't come across or come up with a...
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    The pumpkins actually are all roughly the same...

    The pumpkins actually are all roughly the same size, but the distressing of them I did and the amount of paint that adhered varies quite a bit, plus sprinkling ground foam after putting them down...
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    I'm back - and farming

    Every now and then, I find myself without the desire the work on the railroad for a time. That was the case for roughly the last 6 weeks. But today I returned to the layout and decided to resume...
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    Stone walls continued

    I haven't been focused on the model railroad much in the past week, but this morning I got back to the stone walls. The first course had long since dried, so now time to try my theory with using...
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    I couldn't find any examples of other ways folks...

    I couldn't find any examples of other ways folks have done New England field stone walls. I found these for sale:

    https://www.pre-size.com/products/NscaleWallsPS220.php

    But they don't look...
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    Stone Walls

    I pulled my back slightly this weekend, so not quite so much progress. I did manage to get some ballasting done Friday and today I was ok enough this morning to start working on stone walls between...
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    Wow! You got me beat. My broadest long curve...

    Wow! You got me beat. My broadest long curve through the Seabrook salt marsh on the NNE Scenic is 119.6" which is only 3037mm.

    Love your work.

    -Ed
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    Looks fantastic! The length of your space allows...

    Looks fantastic! The length of your space allows such terrific lines.
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    Farm Area Scenic Work

    This weekend most of my modelling focus was on additional scenic work from the route 1 overpass up across the fields leading into Hampton. I decided to stick with my design and finished the corral...
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    I can't say I know what would be considered best...

    I can't say I know what would be considered best practice on that. I run positive and negative twisted together as a separate pair for each booster and for the main power bus with isolation of both...
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    There are a few things I tend to consider when...

    There are a few things I tend to consider when deciding on location. My top criteria tend to be:
    1) Location of outlets to supply wall power.
    2) Length of run of bus wires
    3) Will there be...
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    A bit more progress - Hinton Hay

    I made a bit more progress. Next project was some backdrop painting and cutting down a building to fit against the backdrop for Hinton Hay just north of route 1. It is a small industry to ship out...
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    Normally I keep my layout progress posts in my...

    Normally I keep my layout progress posts in my build thread, but having reached a point of completion for now on my route 1 overpass in Hampton NH, I figured I will post the progress photos here as...
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