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    I've used Woodland Scenic products for years.
    With my current layout, I've been thinking about using Scenic Express Ground foam.

    It seems to be a bit cheaper, has a wider variety of color and quantities available. I made a wish list from the MBK website and before pulling the trigger, just thought I'd ask first.
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    I have been happy with my purchases from Scenic Express. Granted, All I have really purchased from them has been static grass...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbender View Post
    I have been happy with my purchases from Scenic Express. Granted, All I have really purchased from them has been static grass...
    Thanks Paul, the static grass I've gotten from them was Silfor brand, but I was specifically asking about their ground foam.
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    I mix and layer as needed, but I like the Scenic Express stuff. Nice tree flocking. And some of the ground foams have a nice blend of 'stuff' in them. What can I say, I like weeds?

    Untitled by Ender4733, on Flickr

    That's mostly one of their meadow blends.

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    Thanks @Ender.

    The way I've used ground foam before is to use it as a base, then come back over it with static grass.
    One of the ground foams I was looking at was the EX866 Farm Pasture Blend. It looks like a decent match for the Woodland Scenics Turf blend.
    Can you tell me, are the Blends made up of Fine foam or is it kind of a mixture of textures?
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    Different blends have different things in them. Some are various foams, some have little bits of sticks and lichen, some have little rock things, some have static grass stuff mixed in. Check their website for a more detailed description and bigger photos:

    http://www.sceneryexpress.com/FARM-P...tinfo/EX886C/#

    But like I said, layering works well, even between different brands.

    My section above still needs work, I just haven't figured out what it needs yet.

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    I had not heard of Scenic Express before (that I can remember), so Thanks!

    In looking through the website, though, I notice products by Noch and Preiser, though nowhere did I see any product that had a manufacturer's name attached (except as a category). This concerns me since some manufacturers who claim N scale (1:160) size, such as Noch figures, are actually well oversized for the scale. Scale is also not indicated for ballast sizes and many other things.

    So, while I have added them to my bookmarks for a resource, I'll be very careful what I might purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I had not heard of Scenic Express before (that I can remember), so Thanks!
    You're welcome.

    In looking through the website, though, I notice products by Noch and Preiser, though nowhere did I see any product that had a manufacturer's name attached (except as a category). This concerns me since some manufacturers who claim N scale (1:160) size, such as Noch figures, are actually well oversized for the scale. Scale is also not indicated for ballast sizes and many other things.
    Just do a little research before you buy.
    I don't think ballast has ever had a specific scale associated with it, it normally goes by size indicated by a "#" and a number. The higher the number the finer the ballast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    You're welcome.


    Just do a little research before you buy.
    I don't think ballast has ever had a specific scale associated with it, it normally goes by size indicated by a "#" and a number. The higher the number the finer the ballast.

    The # number is the sieve size. A #50 is appropriate for N scale. Also Scenic Express ballast is made of real rock. Woodland Scenics is not. Makes a difference when ballasting as the Scenic Express ballast will stay in place and not float.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    since some manufacturers who claim N scale (1:160) size, such as Noch figures, are actually well oversized for the scale.
    As I am sure you are aware, that is because there is no “N scale”, only N gauge (9mm). In the US, it is 1:160... in England it seems to be 1:148. In japan? Haven’t a clue, heard both and 1:150 also. Preiser figures are 1:160 btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    since some manufacturers who claim N scale (1:160) size, such as Noch figures, are actually well oversized for the scale.
    As I am sure you are aware, that is because there is no “N scale”, only N gauge (9mm). In the US, it is 1:160... in England it seems to be 1:148. In japan? Haven’t a clue, heard both and 1:150 also. Preiser figures are 1:160 btw.
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    And my trains are 1:160 scale, so the Preiser figures are the best fit.

    Sure, I am aware that N scale is scaled differently in England and Japan (1:148 & 1:150, respectively), but Europe (England considers itself non-European) and North America are 1:160. And also yes, they all use 9 mm track.
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    Hmm, 9 mm goes into 4' 8 1/2" 159.46 times.
    Isn't standard gauge in GB and Japan also 4' 8 1/2"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    Hmm, 9 mm goes into 4' 8 1/2" 159.46 times.
    Isn't standard gauge in GB and Japan also 4' 8 1/2"?
    For Britain, yes, but the Brits use 2mm per scale foot for N scale and a ratio of 1:148, making the gauge too narrow at 54 inches (a common theme in British modeling -- see OO 1:76/4mm running on HO 1:87.1/3.5 mm track).

    This disparity arose, as it did with British OO, from the small loading gauge of the prototype. Unable to find motors small enough to fit into models of proposed British N 1:160 and HO 1:87.1 scale locomotives, the Brits fudge the scale to 1:148 and adapted to 1:76 (OO) and live with the resulting narrower gauges. It's not so noticeable in N scale, but is with OO scale running on HO 16.5 mm track, giving rise back in the 1950s to EM (18mm) and the Scale4 movement in the 1970s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    I mix and layer as needed, but I like the Scenic Express stuff. Nice tree flocking. And some of the ground foams have a nice blend of 'stuff' in them. What can I say, I like weeds?

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4748/...0b8e5850_z.jpgUntitled by Ender4733, on Flickr

    That's mostly one of their meadow blends.
    Love the scenery here Ender! Question, who makes the stacked rock wall that you have here? I've been looking for one exactly like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by croteausean View Post
    Love the scenery here Ender! Question, who makes the stacked rock wall that you have here? I've been looking for one exactly like it!
    Thanks!

    The wall is from C.C. Crow. I go into some of the details here on a foundation using the same stuff: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...216#post520216

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