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    Post Weekend Update (8th Feb 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 8th Feb 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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    I've been slogging along adding ballast to my Unitrack. It's a lot of work, but I'm pleased with the results so far.

    Before -



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    I also finished up a grade crossing and planted some more static grass. And kudos to whoever it was that suggested I use Mod Podge instead of WWS basing glue for the static grass. Worked out like gangbusters!



    -Mark


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    Added some washes to individual strata, then added sifted backyard dirt.
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    As I flooded the dirt with glue/alc/water mix, some of it ran down the rock faces and made dark streaks which looked good. But I knew they would lighten up when dry, and the glue would seal the Durabond and prevent later streak washes, so I added those while it was still wet. For the stuff on the left I just added a lot of black to the glue mix, saves me a step.

    Next is adding sifted rock to all the fills. Then clean off the track and start the dreaded ballasting.

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    Amazing!

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    That is some very realistic rock work. Great job.

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    Moose ordered stuff from across the pond ... Moose in deep doo-doo with Mrs Moose ... Moose will post photos in the "What are You Buying this Month You Bad Bad Moose" thread when (1) Items arrive, and (2) Mrs Moose let's Mr Moose out of proverbial dog house...
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    I made certain to equip my doghouse with a well stocked fridge (beer), Gummi Bears, and train catalogs. I don't get sent to the doghouse as often as I would like.
    Cheers!
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    @NtheBasement … Your rockwork is spectacular!

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    Magnificent rockwork , absolutely stunning.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    I've been slogging along adding ballast to my Unitrack. It's a lot of work, but I'm pleased with the results so far.
    @Spookshow … The additional ballast really makes a nice improvement and looks more natural.

    John

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    @NtheBasement, Excellent rock work!
    @Spookshow, that ballast looks much better! If you want to make it look like the track & sub roadbed doesn't look as tall (which it looks just fine now) build up the ground foam a little bit thicker.
    Glad the Mod Podge worked out for ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post

    @Spookshow, that ballast looks much better! If you want to make it look like the track & sub roadbed doesn't look as tall (which it looks just fine now) build up the ground foam a little bit thicker.
    Glad the Mod Podge worked out for ya.
    There's definitely going to be some more scenicking around the roadbed, but that's a ways off in the future. And thanks!

    -Mark

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    Default re organized my power management this week

    As my track laying keeps going I realized I need to clean up and organize the all Main feed wires and my PM42's so, I disconnected all power and redid each pm42, these are the first pictures that I have shared. I have also built a couple of temporary holders for my throttles, etc....Also thought I share the under Layout sound system.....
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    I finished up this Trackmobile today (well, technically it's a RailKing Rail Car Mover, but I'm calling it a Trackmobile).



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    Quote Originally Posted by DBR View Post
    As my track laying keeps going I realized I need to clean up and organize the all Main feed wires and my PM42's so, I disconnected all power and redid each pm42, these are the first pictures that I have shared. I have also built a couple of temporary holders for my throttles, etc....Also thought I share the under Layout sound system.....

    Ooo, I love a good rack!

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    Last week I built a new light valence for the cabin module. Because of the depth of the layout here, I went with a little more light.



    Got some warm white 5050s alongside some cool white 3528s, then a strip of cool white 5050s alongside double-density warm white 3528s. Plus a separate RGB strip angled to the backdrop for that mood-lighting.






    Also added a mirror under the rail bridge for the road going into the wall:


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    What are you using to power your led stripps? I like the look, have used some strips on my work bench but my power source needs work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    angled to the backdrop for that mood-lighting.
    I just love that backdrop. I think it's the semi transparentness around the edges of the trees that rock me. So, nice to hear you're taking time to light it well
    Thanks, Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBR View Post
    What are you using to power your led stripps? I like the look, have used some strips on my work bench but my power source needs work
    Thanks, I have several 12V 100W-150W power supplies (transformers.)

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    I just love that backdrop. I think it's the semi transparentness around the edges of the trees that rock me. So, nice to hear you're taking time to light it well
    Thanks.

    I know that short middle panel needs some work on the sky. Unfortunately, it mean repainting most of it, and it's tricky to match the gradients on the adjacent panels--the wet paint is a shade lighter than how it will dry.

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    Late last week worked on benchwork for the next layout module:

    Benchwork.jpg

    But most of the weekend was up in Kansas City operating on a number of excellent N scale layouts including the BN Marias Division (below: my coal train after passing some smallish MKT(?) yard)

    BNMariasDiv.jpg

    and the MKT St. Louis Sub, where I was yardmaster (and hopefully didn't screw up too badly or often!):

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