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    Hi all

    I have posted my first "Cascade" layout video on Youtube. I am really going back to basics, with tracklaying and wiring. This layout is designed to stretch my abilities for producing realistic, attractive scenery, and the layout is based in Washington State in 1979.

    Please take a look and give me your thoughts.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCrzmZB6GwI

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    East side of the Cascades, Burlington Northern, what's not to like?

    I'm modeling somewhat similar terrain, and wrote up some of the techniques I found through trial and error if you're interested: http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...017#post377017

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    Thanks for that link; it really is very interesting. I was thinking of mainly using children's playpen sand as the main colour of ground cover, and adding in Woodland Scenics foliage here and there. Where Cascade is meant to be is going to be quite close to Malaga, and the nearby orchards, so I'm guessing the ground would be fairly green in some areas.

    Not sure whether to stick with my sand option, the green, or try out the Arizona low desert soil option. Decisions, decisions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texhorse View Post
    Not sure whether to stick with my sand option, the green, or try out the Arizona low desert soil option. Decisions, decisions!
    If the playpen sand gives you the right color and texture, then go for it. Try it out on a little spot and see what happens - since you already have it on hand there's nothing to lose but a little bit of time.

    The amount of green will depend on the time of year, and how far up the eastern slope of the Cascades it is. I'm not familiar with that exact town, but in general as you gain elevation up into the foothills you get a little more precipitation. The plateau to the east will get pretty green in the spring, up into May. June starts to turn brown, and by the 4th of July a lot of the green is gone except on irrigated farmland. That's sweeping generalities, you'll always find exceptions.

    On a side note, the west side of the Cascades are really green. The phenomenon is called a rain shadow. As the weather comes in off the pacific, the air is forced up over the mountains and most of the moisture condenses and falls out. On the west side you'll get 80-100 inches of rain a year, even more in some places. On the east side you'll get 10-12 inches of rain a year.

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    Again, this is the sort of information that I need to "get it right"! Thank you very much!

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    Andy,

    You might want to see an aerial view on Google maps, or simply search for images on line.
    Cheers!
    Gordon
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    Looks interesting. Do you have a track plan of what you are planning?
    Cheers.
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    I'm afraid I haven't at the moment, Maurice. I'll see what I can do, though!

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