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    Post Weekend Update (18th Jan 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 18th Jan 2019).

    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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    Moose grow some branches on Cedar tree trunk ... Not sure how the next step will go, that is, making the smaller secondary branches ... Moose have an idea -- hooves crossed it'll work!

    1 - Cedar Grows Branches 20190118_181607.jpg
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    Mrs Moose is picking through the furnace filter material pulling out the secondary branches for the Cedar tree ... And Mr Moose is very patiently super-gluing each of these branches -- one by one -- to the primary branches ... Yeah, this is going to take a while...

    1 - Growing Secondary Branches 20190118_201029.jpg
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    My attention span isn't any longer this week than it was last week, so get ready for lots of pictures of lots of random projects....

    First off, this week has mainly been about sheds - because what could possibly be more exciting than a shed?



    OK, OK, try to contain your excitement. Here comes the deep dive -









    -Mark

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    (continued)





    But hey, it's not all sheds all the time. I also purchased and painted this Shapeways seeder -



    With that, I think I about achieved maximum equipment clutter here. So, apart from maybe sprigging in a few weeds here and there, this area looks to be finished -



    Meanwhile, I also planted some trees -





    -Mark

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    (continued)

    Hardware store guy thought he had me stumped with his assortment of junk out back, but I got it all (up to and including the shopping cart, lol) -



    (Sorry, the grill does not smoke, nor does it light up )



    I also added a rusty old pickup and an outdoor privvy to the abandoned farm -



    Lastly, I put a speeder trailer next to the speeder setout / tool shed and gave service station guy a dumpster (on the off chance that he might actually throw something away instead of just piling it up against the nearest wall) -



    Whew!

    -Mark


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    @Spookshow it is incredible, the level of detail you do. Thank you for sharing.

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    Not for nothing Mark but your scenicking is so good it makes the trains secondary!

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    When you need to test your new-to-you DCC locos as well as a new-to-you DCC system and have lots of new-to-you Kato Unitrack that you want to mess around with your dining table might become...

    [Note: Critical you also have a relatively understanding wife]

    20190119_075503.jpg

    On a very positive note, got most of the DCC locos running (few need a deep cleaning and one is missing a couple of drive shafts -- overall all the decoders seem to work so everything else I can deal with without major costs)...

    On an even more positive note, new DCC NCE system works much better and I was able to get two Athearn Big Boys running that I could not get to do anything since I got them in some larger lots a few months ago -- being able to actually read / change locomotive addresses and CVs kinda helps.

    Still need to test the wireless NCE component...
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    @Mac

    Ohhh, your kids must love this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Not for nothing Mark but your scenicking is so good it makes the trains secondary!
    Thanks! And I know exactly what you mean, lol. I'm definitely looking forward to transitioning my efforts over to the yard (which at the moment is just tracks and dirt). That'll be much more of a railroad-y project

    -Mark

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    Moose magically grow secondary, teriary, even quaternary, and the odd quinary & senary branches on Cedar tree...

    1 - Cedar Tree Small Branches 20190119_081811.jpg

    Next step: Touch-up paint the branches (joy ) and then flocking!
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    Tree is looking great cool to see it evolve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S ARR T 8 View Post
    Tree is looking great cool to see it evolve.
    Thank you very much for the compliment, much appreciated! Hopefully it will be finished by this evening...
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    Moose, that's a mighty heroic effort for a single tree

    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Moose, that's a mighty heroic effort for a single tree

    -Mark
    Yea, that it is ... If Moose gets the technique down, should be able to build much quicker ... ... ... Which will still be a lot of effort, but Moose finds it rather fun and relaxing compared to a lot of the other layout chores. Yes, Moose said chores!

    If the flocking comes out half as well as Moose hopes, this tree will be front and center on the layout for all to see!
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    Mr & Mrs Moose went to the Great Train Show in Puyallup today ... Was disappointed really ... No representation by any major MRR manufacturers. Plenty of layouts though, live steam (displays), On30, HO, N & Z scales ... And now, the photos!

    Been watching this structure as the builder progresses with it:
    Attachment 101393 Attachment 101394 Attachment 101395 Attachment 101396

    An electric steam locomotive? That's just not right...
    Attachment 101397

    Play "Spot the Moose!"
    6 - Moose Creek 20190119_113031.jpg 7 - Spot the Moose 20190119_112943.jpg 8 - Spot the Moose 20190119_112959.jpg 9 - Spot the Moose 20190119_113133.jpg 10 - Spot the Moose NOT 20190119_113120.jpg






    Okay, no meese in last photo. Got'cha!
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    Reminds me of a recipe in N Scale mag from 1999. As I recall the secret is to spray the 3M adhesive only from the top when adding the foliage. It makes sense, the foliage would stick to where the newer growth would be on a real tree and that's where the sun would shine.

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    @NtheBasement

    Da Mooses applied a relatively dark Woodland Scenics T41 fine soil on the bottom of the branches, then a lighter WS T46 fine turf weeds on the top of the branches with just a "sun kiss" (Mrs Moose term) of WS T44 fine turf burnt grass on the top...

    And the finished cedar tree, yeah!

    1 - Cedar Tree Done 20190119_155027.jpg

    Annnd, yes, that is a Douglas Fir tree at a 45 degree angle in the background -- see what happens when a moose stampede comes yer way?!
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    Trees on layout (temporary placement)...

    1a - Trees 20190119_162233.jpg
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