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    Post Weekend Update (22nd Feb 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 22nd 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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    Well, I didn't get as much done on the layout as I was hoping. I somehow managed to fry all three of my NCE Light-It boards I was going to try to use for structure lighting. I think they don't like 24V AC that my 12V DC wall-wort gives out. So I'm getting a 12V DC voltage regulator board, and another set of the Light-It boards to try.

    Meanwhile, did a little track cleaning and repair, and tried my hand at making shrubbery. Does this look like a realistic hedge or does it need something? Opinions welcome.






    Also testing out some vines with different materials:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post

    Meanwhile, did a little track cleaning and repair, and tried my hand at making shrubbery. Does this look like a realistic hedge or does it need something? Opinions welcome.
    Sorry to hear about the light boards, that bites!

    And I approve of your Shrubs!
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    Shrubs look great Ender as do the vines.
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    Moose think your shrubs look good enough to eat!
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    That hedge looks so real it should have it's own fund. Poor pun, but never mind. Well done!
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    Thanks. That shrub is just a scrap of cork roadbed, sprayed with Super77 and dipped in fine ground foam, then another coat with medium ground foam. I wanted it to be slightly unkempt (which is how my shrubberies usually look.)

    A also want to test the same technique with my Scenic Express Adirondack mix on the first layer, which has more sticks and bits in it.

    Was also thinking of that black foam filter material you sometimes see in air or water filters instead of cork. That would be more flexible and less solid.

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    That shrubbery looks great! I agree that black foam may give a lighter look.
    Finally, perhaps some flowers on the shrubbery like @gamitzu in post #72 in his thread 8x4 Woodland Scenics Diorama.?

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    I made myself a little tool to help me test my Tortoise wiring was all correct. I know it is not very neat or anything but I don't really care about that it was more about the use than the looks.

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    This tool was very useful it turns out because my output wire for the frog juicing which I want to be green was actually soldered to the wrong pin out. I corrected this on all the tortoises I currently have and added the last 2 wires. Using my tester I confirmed each work and the power is routed differently on each tortoise. Here are the finished tortoises.

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    Instead of getting on with with more pressing jobs, I painted and lettered up some freight cars for the CP steam era rake I'm trying to put together.
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    Unfortunately the decals made by LPD (except on the wooden car) were old stock and of poor quality so aren't very crisp and, despite numerous coats of Microsol, just won't settle nicely. Still, once they are part of a long train they should blend in nicely. Also, importantly for me, they work out much cheaper than buying rtr off the net
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    Long time ago I bought a lot of six German IC coaches from Fleischmann and Minitrix off eBay. Their condition was questionable, but the lot was fairly cheap, so I gave it a shot.
    They've been sitting on the shelf since then, but now I've looked into what could be done, and by swapping parts I've ended up with four good coaches and two scrapped.
    The kinematic couplers were not working, but the mechanisms were not defective as such - just not pulling back into straight position. Some pieces of 0.1mm piano wire to replace the springs fixed that problem, so now I'm just two pairs of couplers short, which I'm sure I'll pick up at an MR show eventually.

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    I haven't been in the MRR mood all winter. Since I've torn down and re-organized the train room (which by the way is much better now.... not running into edges and corners anymore... or hitting my head).

    I have done very little train running, and yes, I do have an operational area. Anyway.... going to go take a photo to keep the Moose at bay.

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    This is getting convertd into an end-of-the-line layout space for a small engine shed scene. Decided to do this because it would be more interesting to me than the former propane dealer. I know i said I’m going back to the 1950’s but Not everything has to be the 50’s.... so this section can be up to the 80’s if I wanted it to be.

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    Had a busy weekend on the Grizzly this weekend and completed some side projects that I needed to do for consolidating my work space. I completed the sculptamold and painting for the scenery around my tunnel. I also built a new paint rack that fits behind my door and then repurposed the old paint rack for a car display case.

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    Great paint rack. Very inspiring
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    Nice rack!

    That's a lot of paint!

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    Wow! Everything is so neat & tidy. I am ashamed...
    N-joy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Wow! Everything is so neat & tidy. I am ashamed...
    You should be ashamed! Okay, everybody should be. Nice neat organization. A thing of beauty...
    Last edited by Moose2013; 7th Mar 2019 at 06:23 AM.
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