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    Backdrop Painting Started

    I have been able to make some small steps of progress on starting to paint the backdrop.

    First, I gave it a full coat of blue.
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    Then when that was dry, I seated myself and assessed...
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    Great idea. I have enough room at the front to...

    Great idea. I have enough room at the front to do that with the first track.
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    Backdrop started

    Yesterday, my wife and I were out with a friend, and I mentioned the progress on my railroad. He was interested in whether I had started scenery yet. That settled what my next focus will be. Rather...
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    Staging tracks

    In between work progress postings, I thought I would explain my choices for the staging ladders. The last staging I did was on the NNE Scenic V1. I never got that far on V2. With V1, the staging...
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    From Staging to Hampton Falls!

    Over the past week, I have gotten to the point where I have all of the track in place and wired from the start of staging all the way through most of Hampton Falls. Considering it has only been 2...
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    Staging revised

    I printed out the first several feet of staging near the helix and as I looked at the printouts on the benchwork I decided it really wastes a lot of space. So I decided to try redesigning the...
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    Progress on Hampton Falls

    One thing about the size of the plan is that while one end has something drying, I can do more work on the other end. When we last saw the corner at the Hampton Falls end, it was just framed and may...
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    More progress - staging to Seabrook

    Over the last couple weeks, progress was stop-start due to losing a week to a business trip 12 time zones away. But I managed to make some satisfying progress at both ends of the long wall.

    Here...
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    Jim, thanks for the links. A couple...

    Jim, thanks for the links.

    A couple questions.
    1) How do you like the 3000K color temperature of the LEDs? I was thinking going with a higher color temperature than that, but not sure. I...
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    Does letting my 3&1/2 year old grandson run the...

    Does letting my 3&1/2 year old grandson run the train (whoops -- off the end of the track) last night count as an ops session? If so you missed the first one... LOL

    Sure, January for an ops...
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    No well informed reason. I was mostly just...

    No well informed reason. I was mostly just keeping it so I could pull in one end and pull out the other from any track. But you are right about the wasted space. I am definitely open to...
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    Outer track is 2.5%, inner track roughly 2.7%. ...

    Outer track is 2.5%, inner track roughly 2.7%.

    However, I will test out the first level before going on the upper levels, and if it seems to be an issue I could disassemble a second time and cut...
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    A little explanation on the mounting approach. ...

    A little explanation on the mounting approach. The use of the L channel was specific to the lowest level to accommodate easily mounting the preexisting type of benchwork sections I was reusing. For...
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    Lighting for covered levels will use dimmable LED...

    Lighting for covered levels will use dimmable LED strips. I have not yet researched which strips I want to use, but I hope to learn from modellers who have used them. Back when I had started...
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    I miss Michael's N scale project. He is back in...

    I miss Michael's N scale project. He is back in HO scale now. But I have no illusions of coming anywhere near Michael's level of execution. I aim to do my best and to keep improving, but his...
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    Helix First Level

    Yesterday (10/12), I completed construction of the roadbed for the first helix level. This post also gets me caught up, so going forward I will be back to posting at the pace of progress, rather...
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    Helix TIme - Constructing thr Base

    My next project I started was to construct the helix base and start the helix that is at the right hand corner and connect that corner to the section where the main lower level staging will be...
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    Initial landscape contours

    In last half of September, my modelling time was more limited due to life in general. But I did start some initial baby steps towards landscape contours, and particularly seeing how it would work...
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    First Train

    Closing out labor day weekend, I continued the experiment with more of my multiple layers.

    As part of my experiment, I put down the hardboard tempered side up the second time before putting down...
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    Experiment

    Labor Day weekend I started the first steps of my experiment for how I will decouple the roadbed from the 2" foam insulation. I am going to try this out for the sections on the long wall, because...
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    Start of construction

    On August 30th, I officially started construction. I am starting with the long right hand wall of the design.

    First step was to mount shelving standards and brackets. Here are the first 9 sets...
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    Room Prep

    The first physical work to be done was to prep the room.


    Here is what I had to work with after the movers left. The room pretty much stayed this way until August 25th.
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    It was rather...
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    NE Scenic V3 Track plans

    Here are the current track plans for the NNE Scenic V3.

    Lower Level:
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    This is the Eastern route from the MA/NH border to the NH/ME border and will include the bridge into Maine. The...
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    Northern New England Scenic V3 Build

    After moving back to NH in the summer, I thought I would switch to HO scale with the larger space. But I changed my mind in August and on August 30th, 2019, the NNE Scenic V3 began construction. ...
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    I ended up deciding to stay in N scale after all!...

    I ended up deciding to stay in N scale after all! I will be starting a new thread on the NNE scenic V3! Construction is underway but I had forgotten my password and it took me until today to figure...
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