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    Post Weekend Update (30th Aug 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 30th Aug 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 finished up another 11 inches worth of Cargill warehouse, still 11 more inches to go....







    Now I just need Trainworx to cut loose with some of these bad boys -



    Absent trucks aside, I really like the way this is turning out. Frankly, I never really know what's going to happen until I actually do it, so it's pretty much all pleasant surprises and bitter disappointments over here





    -Mark


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    Thats looking really good Mark . You have a great talent on scratching structures . That facility is going to be a showpiece on your layout .
    Keep up the great work and updates , i like to see how it grows in size and detail everyweek

    Steve

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    Thanks for the kind words Steve, much appreciated

    BTW, I forgot to mention the nifty new piece of wall art that Dave at wall-color.com made for me (said custom metal sign is now hanging over the door to my train room) -





    Shameless shilling here, but Dave does great work. Can't recommend him highly enough! I just wish my carpentering skills (vis'a'vis my crooked "keep the kitties out" screen door) were up to his level. Oh well

    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    Thats looking really good Mark . You have a great talent on scratching structures . That facility is going to be a showpiece on your layout .
    Keep up the great work and updates , i like to see how it grows in size and detail everyweek

    Steve
    Ditto Mark!!! What he said.
    What did you use for the staircases?@Spookshow
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    @Spookshow Due to the great work you've done on the warehouse I shan't say anything about the structural aspects of your screen door
    Thanks, Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    What did you use for the staircases?
    I assume you mean the fire escape? That's Plastruct 90661 (N stair), 90691 (stair rail) and 90471 (hand rail). The landings are just generic styrene rectangles.



    Grandt Line used to make some very nice styrene stairs (being a bit narrower than the Plastruct ones), but I ran out of those and they're f'n impossible to find these days.

    -Mark

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    Well, regardless what you used Mark, it's still very impressive.
    I was thinking it was a fire escape from Shapeways or Gold Medal Models.
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    Moose slowly, oh sooo slowly, working on decal fonts, sizes & layouts for select steam locomotives... But which font to use?

    Mrs Moose says to use the "Bookman Old Style" because the letters are most legible.

    Mr Moose thinks the "Engravers MT" has the best looking and appropriate font for numbers.

    Letters for most of the other fonts doesn't seem to print clearly at n-scale font sizes, and the thin lines of the number for the fonts that Moose likes the most do not print very clearly...

    Hope to do a decal sheet tomorrow if can get new ink jet cartridge - don't want to run out of black ink before decal sheet finished!

    InkScape_Decals_Test_083119a4.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Mrs Moose says to use the "Bookman Old Style" because the letters are most legible.
    I agree with Mrs. Moose -- Bookman, Clarendon or Tiffany would be good fonts for your era.

    But remember, if Mrs. Moose ain't happy, ain't no one happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I agree with Mrs. Moose -- Bookman, Clarendon or Tiffany would be good fonts for your era.

    But remember, if Mrs. Moose ain't happy, ain't no one happy!
    True dat!

    InkScape doesn't seem to have Clarendon or Tiffany...

    Mrs Moose seems to agree that the "Engravers MT" are the most appropriate font for numbers, so probably going to go with Bookman for letters and Engravers for numbers -- unless someone has other opinions (and doesn't mind the wrath of Mrs Moose!)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Okay, now Mrs Moose has Mr Moose convinced to go with Bookman for both letters and numbers because they're just so much easier to read... Moose agree ... But reserve the right to change moose mind in morning...
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    Sorry Mrs. Moose, but I lean towards "Engravers MT". The Bookman doesn't look elegant enough to me, but hey, not me who has to live with a stomping Mrs. Moose Looking forward to seeing some progress on the M.T.&P. RR.
    Thanks, Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    I lean towards "Engravers MT". The Bookman doesn't look elegant enough to me
    Tom, Moose think same thing, but Moose also will have to read teeny tiny numbers on side of cab to know what the DCC address is, so Moose may have to go with legibility at distance over elegance close up ... Yeah, Moose forgot to mention that kinda sorta important wee bit of info...
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    Mrs Moose is right. Pay attention!
    Cheers!
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    Mrs. Moose paints the world! Or, at least the Olympic Mountains...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Mrs. Moose paints the world! Or, at least the Olympic Mountains...
    Yep, thought I spotted Mt. Constance, Mt. Deception and Tyler Peak in there, Moose!

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    I just finished this piece of track last night:

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    Iím down to 10 turnouts to go before I can think of actually laying track. A lot more things to think about there, like whether I should keep the 1Ē foam Iíve put over the 3/4Ē plywood or not a while back, since Iíll probably have to build the curves directly on the layout to make sure everything connects smoothly. I donít want to have that stuff melting under the track or giving off fumes while I solder though.

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    I was under the weather last week, but have been laboring this Labor Day weekend! At least on the railroad instead of at work. I've now got four signals on the layout. Two are a pair of train order signals, but I don't have the SPST switches I need to control them, and who knows where the local Radio Shack is. I ordered some from Mouser.

    The other two are a pair of block signals. There's not much blocking with just one pair of signals, but they do change from green to red and back depending on track occupancy. All this is done with LCC.

    I finished my surgery on a pair of Atlas Code 55 #5 turnouts to reduce the centerline spacing to 1-1/16" from 1-1/4". I also installed a decoder (Digitrax DN163A0) in an Atlas high hood GP38-2 factory painted for the Southern. Ran it onto the programming track, flipped the switch, Connected my computer to my NCE Power Pro and fired up Decoder Pro. It's now got the right number and it runs the correct direction, even if the lights aren't doing quite what I want yet.

    Now, in order to protect Mr. Moose from the hot SC summer (and possibly the hurricane, but I'm far enough inland that I shouldn't have to worry about that), Here's some photos of Southern 5136 running out past the switch and backing into the siding. When the switch is thrown it knocks down the block signal.

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    Holy smokes, @Tim R! You have had a busy weekend.

    Hope the hurricane has as minimal impact as possible... everywhere. Sadly, though, it's already been fatal in the Bahamas.

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