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    Clouds and touch up

    I added a few clouds to the Salem to Boston stretch this morning as well as touching up the brown ground base where there was remaining joint compound.

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    Next stage is to go back...
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    Fascia Done

    This morning I painted the rest of the unpainted fascia and I also went back along all of the already painted fascia and did a quick touch up coat.

    That should be it for fascia painting for the...
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    Blue done

    I got the first step of how I paint my backdrops done on the Salem yard and Boston extension stretch. I use a 4" foam roller with a blue base and then lighten the blue with a little white and while...
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    Start of year 4 0 - Backdrop and Fascia

    As Year 4 begins, I managed over the past few days to get the hardboard for the rest of the backdrop and fascia in place for Salem Yard and the Boston extension. It has also been taped and to finish...
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    I can't quite tell which is supposed to be the...

    I can't quite tell which is supposed to be the straight route on the lower turnout. It doesn't look like either is straight from the adjoining track. That said, it looks like where the mismatched...
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    I have very lightweight painters plastic sheets...

    I have very lightweight painters plastic sheets that will work fine. I used them when the basement window over part of the layout was being replaced last year. It is easily draped over and removed...
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    End of Year 3

    Well, today is the end of Year 3 of the NNE Scenic V3. I went back and checked my records, and it turns out that over a 3 year period I only worked on the railroad in about 15 months of those. So I...
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    Benchwork for Boston Extension

    I got the benchwork mostly built for the extension to Boston this weekend.

    First, I cut down another of the old existing sections of benchwork from V2 to fit the closet and mounted it on the...
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    Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of width there....

    Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of width there. This is the one area where I am massively under my minimum radius. Everywhere else, my minimum radius is 17". But that loop is 12.5" radius and...
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    Boston Extension

    While I am out of weighted drapery tape for the rest of the skirting, I decided to work on an idea I had floating in my head for a while. The closet area next to where Salem yard ends is in two...
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    Light at the end of the Skirting Tunnel

    More steady progress on the skirting. I am most of the way through the Hampton Falls stretch.

    First looking from Hampton back towards Hampton Falls.

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    Then along the stretch with the...
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    Thanks. Definitely getting monotonous and it...

    Thanks. Definitely getting monotonous and it definitely isn't a project I consider enjoyable. But it does make such a difference that it is worth it and at least it is a one time project. It's the...
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    Hampton stretch

    Yet more of the skirt done. I have gotten through the Hampton stretch.

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    As I go I am getting a little quicker. Now instead of about 45 minutes per 20" panel it totals about 30...
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    More Skirting

    Very unexciting. But figured I would still post anyway. I got the skirting up on two more sides: the elbow end where North Hampton station is located and the long straight approaching North Hampton...
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    I tend to use the flat surface of my benchwork or...

    I tend to use the flat surface of my benchwork or even the fascia if I know it is a straight section. If your walls are straight and flat even that works. Or the side of a 3'+ level.
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    If you have not fastened it down yet or added...

    If you have not fastened it down yet or added feeders, the Peco flex is easy to get back to straight to try again, just unbend it against a known flat surface and flip over to check both edges...
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    Skirting method part 2 - Making the panels

    I wanted to make my skirting as a series of short panels so that I could remove one or two at a time anywhere to get at things under the layout (either from my stored stuff or to get at the underside...
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    Skirting Method - Part 1 Materials

    This and the next post will detail how I make and hang the skirting.

    1) Fabric: The fabric I bought came from onlinefabricstore.com. Item # is 6184-41. It is a Hunter Green 60" broadcloth. I...
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    VERY Slow Going

    As I continue to follow instructions of giving my hand a break from small tools, I have continued for the remainder of the week working on the skirting. Talk about slow going. As I got used to it I...
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    I agree. And PECO holds its shape pretty well...

    I agree. And PECO holds its shape pretty well when curved, which makes it easy to lay down and position.
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    Miscellaneous Progress

    The past week or so has seen rather miscellaneous progress. Whereas I thought I would be fully focused on getting the widened stretch of the Salem Yard ready for track and then continuing track work...
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    Thanks for the email. It did the trick. They...

    Thanks for the email. It did the trick. They had me send photos of the throwbar area o the turnouts involved and what rail size (mine are code 55) and they are sending me new springs and clips...
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    Benchwork Adjustment

    I started connecting some of the wires to the bus at the start of the yard to test out the first stretch of track from the mainline. This yard starts the next booster district so I figured it would...
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    There are several way people approach this. I...

    There are several way people approach this. I did my V2 for a single move, and though after moving I ended up completely changing the layout, it was still useful to have already assembled benchwork...
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    Reconfigured Salem Yard Progress

    I have been spending an hour or so each morning before work making some progress on the reconfigured Salem yard. I now have both areas of the yard connected to each other and back to the mainline.
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