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    I made a lot of progress setting up the train room, also discovered that I didn’t check the dimensions for my micro layout plans. I drew them to a 24”x48” area,.... I only have a 36” length available....

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    Finally getting a chance to put some good time into the layout, I completed two small projects and one large one. this weekend.

    The first project was to be able to finally run a loco completely around the layout without stopping or other problems. (A number of months ago I submitted a post in the General Wiring section of the Electronics forum, asking for help with numerous reverse loop shorts... and getting several suggestions. In the end, I was not able to resolve the shorts. It was just way too complicated for my feeble mind.) I finally isolated the problem areas and removed the reverse loops altogether. There is some reduced functionality in the layout, with two short sections being unpowered. But overall, I'm happy to be able to finally just run some trains.

    The second was to complete a Fire Lookout Tower (brass kit) for a small mountaintop in a corner of the layout.


    Working with the tiny, fragile brass pieces was a real challenge for me in patience, dexterity and gentleness. But it all worked out in the end. I'd been working on the kit, off and on, a few minutes at a time over quite a number of months. Also, it was one of the few times that I've used and airbrush to paint. T'was a challenge in that I hadn't planned out the build/paint logistics very well, as you can see the overspray on the windows. The thick item snaking up the rear leg of the tower is the power cable for the mini-led light that I mounted in the top underside of the roof. I was also able to put a tiny map table (complete with map) and a figure on the inside as well as a figure on the outside.


    You might notice the lower legs look a little wonky/warped... that's because after I had installed the tower, I went about landscaping and installing the various trees. As I was drilling a small hole for a tree just behind the tower, the drill bit took and QUICK & unexpected plunge through the plaster cap of the mountain, and my hand with the drill came crashing down on top of the tower... crushing the whole lower section of the tower's legs and bracing... FLAT! (I could have cried.) After several attempts at straightening the lower part of the structure, I was able to get it back into place and more-carefully complete the surrounding landscape.


    The third project (almost) completed was a Walthers Merchant Row Kit #1.


    Fun kit to build. I spent more time painting the buildings than I have spent on other kits and I think the effort paid off... if not in quality but in a good learning experience. I'll get better on future projects. (The structure is not yet mounted permanently yet, though it is in its intended location. I just drilled a hole through the base of the layout to be able to run the Just-Plug wires.)


    I added several Just-Plug lights during the final stages of construction, with two lights in the interior, two gooseneck lights over the side doorways, and two mini LEDs over the two front doors.


    Thanks,
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    WOW, lots of impressive work displayed here, thanks to everyone who contributes. It's giving me some great ideas.

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    @JohnE Great job on all the projects , there is one thing though , did you have a close look at the stairs of the watchtower, specifically the upper ones , I didn't see you mention anything wrong with them , so I'm guessing you haven't seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    @JohnE Great job on all the projects , there is one thing though , did you have a close look at the stairs of the watchtower, specifically the upper ones , I didn't see you mention anything wrong with them , so I'm guessing you haven't seen it.

    https://www.fototime.com/F5EDBFEA08B7E5C/orig.jpg
    I can see it now too Jan , didnt notice it the first time i looked so i guess it passes the 3 foot rule

    Steve

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    I didn't notice the stairs either. Just call it the Mt Escher lookout. Looks fantastic!
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...48193099290578

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    Must... do... more... rock work. No, wait...

    News headline: Lines remain closed as CSX widens and stabilizes rock cuts along the local coal branch. Details at 11.
    IMG_7236.jpgIMG_7235.jpg

    I'm just hoping I've reached the half way point.

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    Ay yi yi, so much geology! It's times like these when I'm happy that my biggest worry is making soybeans

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    I can see it now too Jan , didnt notice it the first time i looked so i guess it passes the 3 foot rule
    The beauty of gorgeous scenery is that nobody (well, almost nobody) is taking a microscope to the niggling little stuff

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    Oh i wasn't trying to be negative in any way . Its def a gorgeous scene . I would be proud to be able to model like that

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    Must... do... more... rock work. No, wait...

    News headline: Lines remain closed as CSX widens and stabilizes rock cuts along the local coal branch. Details at 11.
    Those rock details look amazing--or will when painted and weathered. Are those all hand carved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    there is one thing though , did you have a close look at the stairs of the watchtower, specifically the upper ones , I didn't see you mention anything wrong with them , so I'm guessing you haven't seen it.
    First off, thank you for the compliment.

    I had to go back down to the basement/layout to take a closer look... with a flashlight. The only things that I can see are, (1) the upper most stairs do not terminate at the opening in the catwalk (yep I screwed that one up), and (2) the bottom-most stairs to not meet the upper platform correctly (off by 1/8"). All the rest seem to be correct in their initiation at a platform and termination at an upper platform.

    That's all that I noticed under a flashlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    I didn't notice the stairs either. Just call it the Mt Escher lookout. Looks fantastic!
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...48193099290578
    Good one!! "The Paradoxical Art of Inception" That make my brain swim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    Oh i wasn't trying to be negative in any way . Its def a gorgeous scene . I would be proud to be able to model like that
    Steve
    Nothing negative taken at all. Its an encouragement to be a little more careful in the future. I have so much to learn... and a great group to learn it from.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnE View Post
    First off, thank you for the compliment.

    I had to go back down to the basement/layout to take a closer look... with a flashlight. The only things that I can see are, (1) the upper most stairs do not terminate at the opening in the catwalk (yep I screwed that one up), and (2) the bottom-most stairs to not meet the upper platform correctly (off by 1/8"). All the rest seem to be correct in their initiation at a platform and termination at an upper platform.

    That's all that I noticed under a flashlight.

    John

    Its the hand rail on the top flight of the stairs , it appears to be upside down . Just a FWI as to what i saw the second time i looked at after Jan pointed it out . Maybe its a optical illusion of the pic angle , i really didnt see it the first time . but the overall effect is really outstanding

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    Its the hand rail on the top flight of the stairs , it apears to be upside down . Just a FWI as to what i saw the second time i looked at after Jan pointed kt out . Maybe its a optical illusion of the pic angle , i really didnt see it the first time . but the overall effect is really outstanding
    OMG!!! I never noticed that! It IS upside down. Jeepers, you guys have GREAT eyes for detail.

    Oh well... I'll strive for (near) perfection.

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    @JohnE
    Dont let it bother you , the difficulty of that kit and how it turned out and fits that scene , is amazing

    Steve

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    Actually, the treads on the stairs are vertical rather than horizontal. The whole flight of stairs may be upside down.

    And yes, it is a great scene!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Actually, the treads on the stairs are vertical rather than horizontal. The whole flight of stairs may be upside down.
    And yes, it is a great scene!
    Correct you are Gordon! It's amazing that one (me) can stare and fiddle with something over a goodly period of time... and NOT notice something so glaring. Oh well... live and learn.

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