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    Post Weekend Update (11th Aug 2012)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 11th Aug 2012).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

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    So, fellow nSn'ers, what have you been up to this week?

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    I have been making use of my new(ly acquired) Woodland Scenics Rock Molds.
    My first batch didn't go so well due to me not knowing the proper way to mix the hydrocal but after a few YouTube videos I got it down.



    I will be using a lot of these to cover the cliff walls on my layout so this is just a small amount of how many I'll be making.



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    Nice rocks... how big/small are they?

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    Going to the great midwest train show tommarow to display Woodstock & Western Branch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zosimas View Post
    how big/small are they?

    Here is another pic with rulers in inches.





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    I swear I have been working on the railroad. Just not as much as I'd like, and no photos to share yet.

    I did want to share a little adventure that I went on last night. In my alternate history, the PRR buys the Sacramento Northern Railroad, and uses the former Oakland, Antioch, and Eastern route to gain access to the east bay and passage over the lower deck of the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. The route from Sacramento to the bay area required that the railroad cross the Sacramento River. The OA&E and SN used a car float operation to cross at the Suisun Straight and over Chipps Island. You can actually still see the remnants of the car float aprons.

    http://goo.gl/maps/ncH1e

    Last night, quite by accident I found myself in Bay Point (because for what other reason would any sane person go to Bay Point). Not just in Bay Point, but a few short blocks from a significant spot on the old OA&E/SN main. Between Concord and Pittsburg, the SN, SP, and AT&SF mains ran parallel to each other in what almost looked like a triple-track main. At the modern town of Bay Point, the SN curved away from the others to the right, went down into a ditch, and then curved back to the left under the SP and AT&SF. It then passed through a small yard, and went on to the car float. I'm using that curve as the basis for hiding the passage of my railroad through a scenic divider. Last night, I got to see it in person.

    http://goo.gl/maps/QuRYf

    Today, I did some calculations. It's one mile from the underpass to the shoreline, which would be plenty of room for a bridge approach. Also, that curve works out to about an 850 ft radius, or a little broader than 7 degrees of curvature. That's tight, but much less so than Horseshoe Curve at over 9 degrees.
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    I'm back! And I'm painting trucks?

    Here's my work this week:

    Painted and decaled a trailer for Boise Cascade, a paper company up in northern MN. The decals were in with some from a GN boxcar, what a find!




    Made progress on my mine truck:




    And finally, a little detailing on some CMW pickups:




    The orange ones will help out the GN:


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    Nice job everyone!!!!!!

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    Ive been messing around with my tanks and my Intermodal Check In gate this week. I added some railings to the tank, I need to add one more set and the cage ladder. I painted both the Gate and the tank white. I installed my first sound decoder and most likely my last one.






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    Hey ender those CMW trucks in red would make a nice addition to a fire dept squad.

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    Laying some track onthe layout. Spent a lot of time installing a curve on one end of my layoutI have listed items for sale or trade,

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    Spent quite a bit of time, getting all the track clean and all of the sidings back in working order. I can now run an engine anywhere on my layout there is track, has been a long time. I then spent 4 hours tonight moving cars around, amazing how much fun it can be just shuffling a few cars around.

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    Some nice looking work posted here this week! I got some work done on my bulk fertilizer storage shed project and updated the build thread with a current picture.

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    Did some more scenery work on the back edge:
    http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...647#post268647

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    No pictures, and I'm posting after work Monday night (actually Tuesday morning now), but I never get to post weekend updates because I work weekends and get mid-week days off. However, I wanted to share what I DID do this weekend because I was on vacation and had the weekend off for a change. I started my current layout almost three years ago but hadn't ever finished my mainline. I've been focusing largely on rolling stock and structures. I told my wife though I wanted just one day to work on my layout. I installed three turnouts with feeders and bullfrog switch machines and about six feet of track and finally got my mainline installed. I still have to connect all of the feeders underneath, but as of yet the rail joiners are getting the job done, even on a passing siding I have temporarily set up. The track is Atlas Code 55 as is the turnouts. I know, I know... It's about gosh darned time already!!! I still have a yard ladder/lead track and trackage in an industrial siding to install, but I'm excited about getting that mainline done. I have a staging area where I'm going to run a traverser table that still has no track, but for now I'm going to run a temp line across it to connect the mainline into a loop. I have several locos that need some break-in time.

    Anyway, that's all for now!
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    Finally started working on a locomotive servicing area, starting with the roundhouse: http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...478#post268478

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    I've been working on trying to build up the scenery skeleton out of foam blocks. Now getting queasy over the thought of actually having to carve all that foam and somehow making it look like real rock .

    On a side note, we had the club layout setup at the local fair on the weekend and it was quite warm, so the front doors to the building were opened. On Sunday afternoon we at one point hear on odd whooshing and looked up to see a full-size pigeon had landed right on the layout and was strolling down the track. We managed to sneak up on it pretty quickly from both sides, and one of the members actually was able to grab it in his hands and throw it back out through the open doors. Up into the sky it went, but after it was gone, I just had to wonder out loud if that was a tame pigeon, or not. At least we were lucky enough to not have it sign the guest book .
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    It sounded like a good idea at the time... too bad the caboose wasn't in on the plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mill-Bay View Post
    I've been working on trying to build up the scenery skeleton out of foam blocks. Now getting queasy over the thought of actually having to carve all that foam and somehow making it look like real rock .

    On a side note, we had the club layout setup at the local fair on the weekend and it was quite warm, so the front doors to the building were opened. On Sunday afternoon we at one point hear on odd whooshing and looked up to see a full-size pigeon had landed right on the layout and was strolling down the track. We managed to sneak up on it pretty quickly from both sides, and one of the members actually was able to grab it in his hands and throw it back out through the open doors. Up into the sky it went, but after it was gone, I just had to wonder out loud if that was a tame pigeon, or not. At least we were lucky enough to not have it sign the guest book .
    Be thankful it didn't wander off with an n scale person, car or worse; rolling stock.

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    Many things this week but just finished these 2 guys:

    “When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.” - Jack Handy

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    Oops, double post.
    “When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.” - Jack Handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigstatik View Post
    Many things this week but just finished these 2 guys:

    http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/...2d7c9c8966.jpg
    Very nice Is the tower from BLMA?

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