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    Mark I really like this scene!
    Had to stop and think about what it was that struck my fancy and finally realized what it was.
    It's the overall size of the scene.
    Not very many times have I seen a scene on our layouts with so much negative or open space.
    It's not all crammed full of stuff, you have left plenty space which looks very believable and well done. Two thumbs up!!!

    What ground cover did you use for the parking lot?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post

    Not very many times have I seen a scene on our layouts with so much negative or open space.
    It's not all crammed full of stuff, you have left plenty space which looks very believable and well done. Two thumbs up!!!
    What ground cover did you use for the parking lot?
    Thanks, Allen! Believe me, it's been a struggle trying to maintain all that open space. My natural instinct is to fill in all the acreage with more "stuff", but prototype pictures continue to hold me back. And at the end of the day, I think that letting the real world drive things is the way to go

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    Not quite up to 'da Moose's standards, but I made some trees as well.

    Three types of trees to be vague: Evergreen, Deciduous, and Puff Ball.

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    It is amazing how some poly material painted and then tumbled in ground foam can really transform the area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    and Puff Ball.
    Do those come in Cheetos flavour?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Do those come in Cheetos flavour?
    If you give a Moose a cheesy-poof...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    If you give a Moose a cheesy-poof...
    Ohhh, don't go down that road...
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    So far this weekend I actually read the manual for my camera I bought to take photos for my layout backdrop. I've been testing out various modes including the panorama function, which I wasn't able to get to work the way I wanted. I'm inching closer, but I'm not really enjoying the process so it's hard to motivate myself to dig into it. I start on it then get the urge to do something more fun like run a train, build a structure, anything else. Gotta get this figured out so I can move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    If you give a Moose a cheesy-poof...
    You beat me to it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    You beat me to it!
    You guys with the funny funny...

    Ya'know, these hooves were made for stampedin',
    and that's just what they'll do.
    One of these days these hooves are gonna stampede all over you!

    Are you ready hooves? Start stampedin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Not quite up to 'da Moose's standards, but I made some trees as well.
    Hay, there looking just fine to me. I particularly like the two big boys on the cardboard box back right. They could pass equally well as ether Eucalyptus or Weeping willow

    Nice one, keep going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    I particularly like the two big boys on the cardboard box back right.
    I know right? The ones on the card board box came from Amazon, and were $12.99 USD for 32 trees. I must admit, as they arrived they are not really appealing. But, with some additional ground foam, they look a lot better. And for how cheap they are, I'll definitely be ordering more of them for sure! I will say that three of them are not usable due to size or type. One looks like something from an alien planet! Even with the ones that I won't use factored in, I am still paying around $0.50 / tree that all it needs is a quick covering in ground foam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Ya'know, these hooves
    The orange ones? Covered in cheesy-poof flavor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    The orange ones? Covered in cheesy-poof flavor?
    Moose doesn't want to talk about it...
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    So I am coming over to the dark side and getting more into this new DCC system...

    I am pleased to report that I got all the components of the DCC system tested and both the main system as well as wireless system work fine.

    So I guess my NCE DCC setup is now:
    - Powercab w/ Powerpanel (basic starter set I guess)
    - RB02 - Wireless Base Station
    - Procab-R Wireless Cab Controller (can also be plugged in)

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    Spent most of the day in the train room for a change, and my weekend continues till Tuesday , https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...315#post554315
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    Finished the new backdrop for the cabin module.

    My first attempt was a little too low:



    So I raised things up an inch or so...Now some of those scenes around the layout have a better background:














    I think this new horizon height is going to work great. So Tomorrow, it'll be time to repaint all the other backdrops.

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    Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    You guys with the funny funny...

    Ya'know, these hooves were made for stampedin',
    and that's just what they'll do.
    One of these days these hooves are gonna stampede all over you!

    Are you ready hooves? Start stampedin'...

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    Default Hidden track surveillance

    Problem: The City of Los Angeles enters the long tunnel (under the mountain which hides where the end of my upper and lower level dogbones curve around on top of each other). It then emerges from the tunnel, but a few cars short. It would be nice to know if these are just uncoupled, derailed.....or lying in a tangled wreck, before I try to back the train slowly into the tunnel and "rescue" them. Current method is to crawl under the layout with a flashlight.

    Solution: Went to the local electronics big box store and picked up a swiveling and tilting wi-fi security camera. I mounted it inside the mountain at the center of the arc and connected it to my home WiFi system (using a Guest account I set up, still password protected, but I really don't want anyone hacking into the rest of my home network through this device). There is a smart phone app which allows me to watch the trains, swivel the camera around a fairly wide arc, tilt it up and down....take photos and videos, and even listen. I have to work more on the lighting - I will probably mount some LEDs closer to the tracks to eliminate the harsh shadows seen in these photos. It seems to work pretty well and could be used for hidden staging yards, the inside of a helix, etc. The tilt and swivel function is great, compared to installing multiple different fixed cameras. It has a zoom and focus adjustment too. Total cost was $79, although there are less expensive versions on the web.

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