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    Life Changes and the end of N Scale for me

    This post is about 4 months overdue, but priority was not on posting these past 4 months.


    Two years ago, when I learned that a promotion would necessitate moving from NH to Ohio, I resolved...
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    Added last major mock-ups to Eeter

    I have added the mockups for the last major structures in Exeter. Particularly, I spent the morning doing a mockup of the machine works, which was the major industry near the tracks in town.
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    Hi Rich, That is awesome. I will email you...

    Hi Rich,

    That is awesome. I will email you separately to check how I place the order with the site discount.

    Great stuff!

    -Ed
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    Thanks for the clarification. I was focused on...

    Thanks for the clarification. I was focused on the windows. But the shutters appear to be the hard part. The only N scale louvered shutters I see anywhere so far are Grandt line and they are not...
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    A few more shots with mockups

    The ground cover seems a bit better to me now and I added a couple more mockups as well as crudely drawing in windows and doors on the Liberty Emery House mockup.

    Here is a new overall shot of...
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    @Janbouli...

    @Janbouli - Thanks for the info. I looked at the RSLaser site and couldn't find anything matching the photos. Also, the ones I need are 6/6, whereas the ones on the structure you showed appear to...
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    @Moose2013...

    @Moose2013 - I don't know really what kind of truck it is. It came as part of an odd lot a few years back. But looking at it closely and comparing to images online, I would say it is most similar...
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    Morning puttering

    This morning saw odds and ends of progress on a completely unrelated collection of items.

    1) Got the cork down leading to the cut through which trains (masked behind heavy woods) will be able to...
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    If I do scratch build, it will be able to be...

    If I do scratch build, it will be able to be pretty accurate because as a historic building I found the architectural plans online (library of congress), so I have all the data on sizes and...
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    Here are two photos of "Liberty Emery House" as...

    Here are two photos of "Liberty Emery House" as well as the floorplan to see overall dimensions. I did a card stock mockup of the house based on the floor plan and it fits to scale as long as I leave...
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    Exeter Discovery - change of plans!

    Ok, so there I do a bunch of initial scenic work in Exeter yesterday, and as I continued to search for photos of that area of Main Street I came upon a discovery this morning that upends things a...
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    Paul - great question. There is a MAJOR...

    Paul - great question.

    There is a MAJOR compromise/change from the prototype in the track plan that leads to the challenge of that small spur. On the prototype, the main access to the tracks in...
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    Starting Exeter NH Scenery

    At long last I have started work on scenery for Exeter.


    Most of the track for Exeter has its first coat of paint. I still need to go back and add variation to the ties and touch up some spots...
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    New Portsmouth Design

    Posts should be more frequent over the coming few weeks. I am lucky enough to have an employer with a sabbatical program at certain seniority milestones, and have just started my first month-long...
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    Progress with a Purpose

    My lack of blogging for the past several weeks was not due to a lack of progress. Indeed, it was quite the opposite. I have been determined to make sufficient progress to be able to entertain my...
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    Uncluttered has seemed like the hardest part! ...

    Uncluttered has seemed like the hardest part! While I have plenty of space to store stuff, actually putting stuff away is definitely not my strong suit. Painting forced me to clear those areas, but...
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    Painted the backdrop and basic brown ground base...

    Painted the backdrop and basic brown ground base color on about 2/3 of the sections so next weekend I can resume laying track.

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    -Ed
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    Ready to Resume Track

    My material-removal-from-garage diversion into completing my bench work has finally reached the point where I am ready to resume track work next weekend. The last thing I needed to do to be ready...
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    Foam and Fascia Installed

    Over the past few weeks I was able to grab enough time to finish the surface of the bench work, complete gluing down the 2" foam, and cut and attach the fascia.


    Here are a couple photos after...
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    I can't say that I take offense, any more than I...

    I can't say that I take offense, any more than I would want someone to take offense if I say I am not a rivet counter. But I have learned not to belabor the latter because while I can mean the...
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    Here are a few taken this afternoon from my back...

    Here are a few taken this afternoon from my back yard in Avon Lake, OH. I just happened to be outside for once when I heard the horn at the crossing about a mile down the tracks from my house. So I...
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    Footprint Occupied

    I rounded out my hobby time this weekend by completing leveling and fastening together the benchwork sections built Friday and Saturday and I framed and put in place the last two benchwork sections...
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    Finally more progress

    Life has a way of getting in the way of hobby time. After January 1st, through the first 4 months of 2018, I had zero time on the layout. Not even an hour. In May I had time for a single task. My...
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    NCE Control of Switch Machines

    Over the holiday week, I got less done than I had planned, but I am very happy with the progress and it included several firsts for me.

    1) I successfully modified several electrofrog and insulfrog...
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    First Locomotive on First Section of Track

    While I am waiting for a bunch of turnouts and a jewelers saw to come in (hopefully tomorrow), I glued down some roadbed sections, cut a 28&1/2" section of flex track that belongs between two...
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