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    Post Weekend Update (21st Jun 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 21st Jun 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'm on vacay this week and decided to pop into my LHS. It is only open Weds-Fri and I generally can't go due to my work schedule but since I took the week off, I thought I might as well go check them out as they had moved to a new location and I hadn't seen it yet. Funny, I was telling the shop owner I hadn't been in since he moved his shop and he said he's been at the present location 8 years.

    Wow! Had it really been that long?

    Big part of the reason I had waited so long to visit that shop is that he is something like 90% the scale that shall not be named, 6% N scale and 4% O scale. He also used to price commensurate with Walthers.

    Trains is trains though, so I went to check it out. He actually had some stuff I have been scouring the 'net for. Heat shrink tubing small enough for decoder wires, almost all of the wheels I need and Ribbon Rail track gauges. He didn't have the track gauges in stock I need but they are on order. I had been able to find these things but couldn't justify the price of shipping. His pricing is a lot better now too, and more in tune to what you'd see online.

    I also got invited to check out the local train club tomorrow. I need to entertain (enterTrain?) my 4 year old all day anyway and I was given permission to bring him along.

    Anyway, it was fun and I found some stuff I'd been looking for, so I'm glad I dropped by the shop.
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    Lots of works in progress, but nothing really finished this week. That said, I did add some nifty wall-color.com art to my train room if that counts for anything



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    This is a big weekend for me. I hooked up a DCC set today and ran my first DCC loco around and around until my cats got dizzy. Now I am sitting and just watching it go around and around at very slow and steady speed. I may spend Sat and Sun doing the same thing. Maybe I’ll try to fix my first attempt a plastercoth laying. I bet I could get my Kato Unitrack to lay somewhat flat.

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    For the first full day of summer -- how about some ice cream-?



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    Productive morning so far - finished detailing a couple of grade crossings.





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    That looks fantastic Mark what a cool scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Productive morning so far - finished detailing a couple of grade crossings.
    10 out of 10!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    I also got invited to check out the local train club tomorrow. I need to entertain (enterTrain?) my 4 year old all day anyway and I was given permission to bring him along.
    The club has a "gift shop" where they sell excess items 2nd hand. I picked up a complete Bachmann train set for $25 and it was barely used. I'm now cutting a base out for a basically 2x4 DC layout for my 4 year old so he can play with his train while I play with mine. This should be a lot of fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    I'm now cutting a base out for a basically 2x4 DC layout for my 4 year old so he can play with his train while I play with mine. This should be a lot of fun!
    I'm doing the same thing! This week I put together the base (all foam so it's easy to move around, and the cutting and gluing part was pretty much all me) and this weekend we've been putting on the plaster cloth and sculptamold.
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    From this...


    to this...


    in about 4 1/2 hours, including driving, eating, and working on other projects.

    Stopped to spend dinner with my wife and kids and now all three of my children are "playing trains". Just a loop of track duct taped down for now. I will get some foam insulation tomorrow and start doing land forms. I will spike the track down after that. Once I acquire the turnouts I need, I will start permanently attaching the track.

    For now though the kids are happily running the train in a circle periodically subtracting and adding cars and fixing derailments.

    I also managed to go from this...


    to this...


    today.

    Still needs a lot of work but progress is being made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    and the cutting and gluing part was pretty much all me
    I let my 4 year old put the bead of glue down for assembling the legs. I did the rest but asked him to hand me screws and tools when needed because he really wanted to help. I could tell he was so proud to help.
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    On a work trip this weekend, but had a pleasant evening for a couple hours of prototype research. I walked a portion of the old Northern Pacific Homestake Pass line.

    Mostly I was looking for details of the rock work, and to get the shape of the weathered granite in my head:

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    And sometimes you stumble on stuff you never imagined you would. Ever modeled a crossing guard going across a rail line? Probably a whole lot of us who model the West *should* have... but this the first one of these I've seen up close. This thing was seriously hard to walk across, compared to a highway cattle guard!

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    Painted this mine truck that I got on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-scale-Meg...72.m2749.l2649 It doesn't appear to model any particular truck, Cat 777 is probably the closest. It is also a lot cruder than the better Shapeways models (refer to the loader), with some voids, lamina edges clearly visible and even some delamination. But... at $15 it is a lot cheaper than similar Shapeways models which go for $50 to $120 so I love it.
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    Still needs a vast amount of weathering.

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    Since last week I assembled my wife’s two 16” deep T Trak modules (one quad, one twin) , and actually got rails laid, soldered and painted on one of them. As well as the wiring done underneath.
    it was going to be just mainline but then I realized mid job I have all these turnouts and servos so I added a stub siding, it’s on the outer side because she is doing a trolley loop and space will be at a premium I am sure. Picture was prior to final straightening pinning and gluing down
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    last night I changed it yet again and made the stub siding into a passing siding. The other section of it will be on module 2. And tonight I touched up the rail paint in some areas my eyes missed, and trimmed the cork back closer to the end of the ties.
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