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    Okay.
    So as I was talking to one of my custom paint guys about the project, he called me out on my rivet counting ways and said "It's a logging layout, it's not about the trains or the trees or the track. It's about the experiencing the layout as a whole" I've tried to take that to heart and today was the first real step of that.

    First I went to Walmart and got one of these:

    I also got a reminder of why I named the layout what I did in the form of half a dozen loss prevention employees and a police officer taking down a theft suspect.


    ANYWAY.
    I spent a good hour making a stencil and wound up with this after a few shots of paint:


    Which I then mounted here:


    I am beyond pissed about the spot where the mask failed but I'm overall very happy with the final result. I do need to think up a way of fixing that overspray without making it worse. If anyone has any ideas I'm all ears.




    A thought I've had for a long time now is doing localized ambient noise throughout the layout. Birds chirping in the forest, saws running at the sawmill, a wheel loader unloading trucks at the reload and so on. Now the big thing I had to get over was how to control all these different soundtracks in a cost effective but completely independent way. I thought about doing a Raspberry Pi computer, buying multiple cheap burner phones with Blutooth. Today I had an epiphany, I essentially need a small army of Ipods to get the job done. Not wanting to actually buy a small army of Ipods I had to think where I can get cheap playback devices from. The answer, of course, was the Chinese. Looking I was expecting them to be like 5 bucks each, they weren't. Knock off Ipod nanos are one dollar and 38 cents each, with free shipping. The best part is they are SD card equipped so I don't have to risk some Chinese computer virus so load sound files onto them. So those will be arriving in a month or two. In the mean time I'll be able to browse options for speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    I do need to think up a way of fixing that overspray without making it worse. If anyone has any ideas I'm all ears.
    Is the other side still blank? Just do it again on the other side, and see which one looks better.

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    Okay. Well I'm still waiting for the new risers but I did splurge. I just bought a new BN RS-11 with DCC and a trainworx log truck (I found a hobby shop that had both in stock yay)
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    That sign is a great idea. It looks good. If that is raw wood it would be hard to keep the stencil from bleeding. Try to lay your stencil down first and shoot it with some clear coat to seal the fibers. Then hit it with your color.

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    @Intermodalman, a gently placed sanding sponge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrasburgNut View Post
    @Intermodalman, a gently placed sanding sponge?
    That worked pretty darn well, thanks for the tip!
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    Now I've reached a decision, what BN caboose should I use? Bluford shops just dropped their bay window cabeese that look great and already have metal wheels. Problem here is that BN didn't have many and those they did have were usually assigned to taconite trains. Or an atlas EV, much MUCH more feasible but not as well detailed and it has plastic wheels.

    I like the bay window better but it's not really proto so I don't know which to go with
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    If it was me, I'd use one of these, as half the trip will be shoving. Did they have radio controlled locomotives in your time frame?
    Don't know their availability though but it's different than the normal caboose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    If it was me, I'd use one of these, as half the trip will be shoving. Did they have radio controlled locomotives in your time frame?
    Don't know their availability though but it's different than the normal caboose.
    http://www.tophobbytrains.com/24150b...nnorthern.aspx
    Originally that's what I wanted to get, but I did some research and found BN limited them to yard service only
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    MT made this one. The other one in the photo is an NN-3 also by MT.
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    Okay a few nit picky updates. 2% risers came in after yelling at fedex. They're installed but oddly enough it didn't get much better. So I've ordered new log loads that DON'T have a massive chunk of lead hidden inside of them. Hopefully that'll do the trick.

    I've got to figure out a small problem with the switches before I lay cork (see my other thread for info).

    And I decided on a caboose for the BN, job went with the bluford bay window due to it having separate grabs and metal wheels factory standard
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    Okay update time!

    A few days ago I got in and installed cupholders:

    This is one of those operator experience modifications, it should make it easier to just relax and run trains.
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    A couple days after that I laid cork down on the layout and made some modifications to the reload area:




    And finally today I got some of my new stuff in:


    The Log cars will be repainted to look like the one that I showed during the first few posts on this thread. The pulpwood cars came with the lot and will be sold off to recoup part of the cost.

    Here is the BN loco that will be handing off cars to Weyerhaeuser, an Atlas RS-11:

    It looks like this one was over oiled at the factory and had some oil leak onto the nose on either end, is there a paint safe way of removing it that you guys usually use?

    I also got in the trainworx logger, looks great:
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    What road name and how much are you selling the pulpwood cars for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by allmodernkatogottohaveit View Post
    What road name and how much are you selling the pulpwood cars for?
    Chattahoochee Industrial and 36 for the set, PM me for more details and pics
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    Clean the oil off the shell by removing it from the frame, then giving it a gentle scrub with warm water and non-scented, liquid Dawn dishsoap. Use a soft toothbrush. It'll clean off all the oil and not damage the paint. While you have it apart, take the opportunity to wipe off as much excess oil as you can from the frame. Especially the trucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    Clean the oil off the shell by removing it from the frame, then giving it a gentle scrub with warm water and non-scented, liquid Dawn dishsoap. Use a soft toothbrush. It'll clean off all the oil and not damage the paint. While you have it apart, take the opportunity to wipe off as much excess oil as you can from the frame. Especially the trucks.
    Just did that, it worked great. Thanks!
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    Mini update time:

    I got my SW1500 and first caboose in after sending them to randgust for a super detail. They look pretty darn good, I cant wait to get them running:





    I also got another log car and a difco in:

    I might sell the difco because it's not really in era
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    I might sell the difco because it's not really in era
    This thread on the Model Railroader site says they are in your 1980s era http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/99490.aspx
    And a rather lengthy TrainBoard thread that has useful information too https://www.trainboard.com/highball/...mp-cars.28234/
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    That's a smart looking diesel. I think even Moose2013, will have to admit to that

    How many cars will it pull up your hill ?
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