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    Post Weekend Update (11th Jan 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 11th Jan 2019).

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

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    I've been kind of all over the place this past week (surprise, surprise), so I may have to do this in a couple of go's.

    First off, I purchased and painted a couple of Shapeways disc harrows for the elevator equipment storage area -





    Then I modified a couple of RTR Kato container trailers to haul 20' containers -





    I heard that Bill Denton was dialing back his custom shell business, so I figured it was now or never if I wanted to get one of his ex-troop sleeper baggage-express cars. And so I did -



    It replaces this less than ept effort of mine from 2010 -



    -Mark


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    (continued)

    I added some exterior detailing (aka junk) to the antique shop -



    Oh sure, some people might prefer to spend their hobby time modeling gorgeous custom locomotives and rolling stock and whatnot, but me? Nah, I'd much rather waste my time (and ruin my eyesight) fabricating magnificent little 1:160 mops and slop buckets



    I figured out that if you want to make a small/portable BBQ grill the size of FDR's ear, just stick a satellite dish to a patio table



    Lastly, I finished off detailing the addition to the elevator machine shop -



    I also finished detailing the back side of the old building. I think I got all of it



    (pre office addition photo) -



    -Mark


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    Love that grill! Great work all around.

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    Mark: your attention to these tiny details makes such a difference in how real these scenes look. Where are the burgers for the BBQ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Where are the burgers for the BBQ?
    Under the lid, of course

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    Excellent job with the whole shabang Mark!
    But would seeing the BBQ smoke a little be too much to ask?
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    Too small for a smoke generator, but maybe enough room for a blinking red LED (Evan Designs has a nano size LED that might fit). You could then leave the lid partly open....oh, but then you’d have to model the burgers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Oh sure, some people might prefer to spend their hobby time modeling gorgeous custom locomotives and rolling stock and whatnot, but me? Nah, I'd much rather waste my time (and ruin my eyesight) fabricating magnificent little 1:160 mops and slop buckets
    Ow, just when I thought custom loco's were all the rage I go and get it wrong ! Mops and buckets are the in thing !! Funnily enough I find your mops and buckets more interesting than my long winded chassis build !!!

    That BBQ is going to have some Veggie burgers on it, isn't it ???

    Great modeling.

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    Mark your detail work is just outstanding. now I just have to get off my but and back to work.

    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Excellent job with the whole shabang Mark!
    But would seeing the BBQ smoke a little be too much to ask?
    Thanks, Allen. And I'll tell you the same thing I told my wife last week when I showed her my new lit-up cars and she asked me why they don't drive up and down the street - "uhh, working on it"

    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Too small for a smoke generator, but maybe enough room for a blinking red LED (Evan Designs has a nano size LED that might fit). You could then leave the lid partly open....oh, but then you’d have to model the burgers.
    Sorry, Dan. The lid is closed in the prototype picture I'm using, so my hands are tied



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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    That BBQ is going to have some Veggie burgers on it, isn't it ???
    It's a distinct possibility. SunOpta is the largest mfr of soymilk in the states, so can soy burgers be far behind?

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    Curse you and your photographic trickery!

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    Completed foaming in the terrain around the new mine branch. This allowed me to pour the other bridge abutment and opens up about an 8 foot section of the layout for adding rock work.

    I'm experimenting with Durabond which was recommended at an NMRA clinic. Unfortunately I bought Durabond 40 instead of 20, which would set up in half the time. Other than that I like the stuff. Also experimenting with a technique for modeling presplit drilling of the rock face. Turns out that is what those parallel drill grooves that you see in rock cuts are called. All I can say is that it is better than my previous attempt.
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    Finished up some storefront detailing this afternoon (hey, gotta do something while the paint dries on other projects, lol) -



    I'm so happy that Woodland Scenics actually makes an old-school push mower. I tried making one myself and it looked like something you'd use to smooth out the road after laying tar







    I don't know what the kerfuffle is at the antique store, but it looks serious

    -Mark

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    @Spookshow

    Mark, really like the attention to detail that your modeling displays -- you're setting the bar pretty high there mister!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    It replaces this less than ept effort of mine from 2010 -

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/cache....layoutf161.jpg

    -Mark
    I dunno... That looks plenty ept to me! Glad you like the new shell tho. What else does Bill Denton make? Does he have a website?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Mark, really like the attention to detail that you're modeling displays -- you're setting the bar pretty high there mister!
    Thankee Moose, I appreciate the kind words. I'm definitely having a lot of fun here because this is exactly what I was shooting for when I decided to build a layout that replicates a real/local place. Getting the fine detailing to look "real" is so easy when all you have to do is take a picture of what you're modeling and then try to match everything you see in said picture. Frankly, I couldn't do this any other way and get it to look as good - I just don't have enough imagination to make all this stuff up

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