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    Post Weekend Update (10th Apr 2020)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 10th Apr 2020).

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    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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    The Pacific Electric MOW department has been very busy. They have tore out the Playa Desnuda junction, and are reconfiguring it into a real junction.

    While nothing is nailed/glued down, here is the basic layout of the track geometry.
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    After much pestering (er, "encouragement"), I decided to try to make this -



    Look more like this -



    Of course, given the sheer volume of corn on my layout, this was never going to happen unless I came up with a quick and dirty method for doing so. And so I did



    For starters, I mixed up a batch of Woodland Scenics "Yellow Ochre" and "Burnt Umber" pigments (about 2/3's yellow and 1/3 umber), and then diluted it with water (about 50-50). Then I took a small, moistened sponge (about 2" x 2"), dipped it in the pigment, and then dabbed it around on top of the corn. It took maybe 30 minutes to do all of my fields, so definitely quick and dirty. But it sure does make a big difference -





    -Mark


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    Mark, that looks very realistic and boring. Great job modeling the mundane.
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    Oh yeah, I also replaced a couple of Woodland Scenics streetlights that (for whatever reason) were way too yellow -





    Bad QC, I guess? Anyway, the replacements look much better -





    -Mark


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    Mark,

    That looks very good indeed.

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    Got my Swiss TEE running with the new coreless motor and an ESU LokPilot decoder. The wiring is just a mock-up from the maneuvering coach with the track current pickups to the power car in the middle of the train.



    Now to install the permanent wiring in the full length of the train.
    While I wait for some pre-wired micro connectors in the mail I had a go with a small kit I've had in the drawer for a while. A Breuer tractor from Ndetail. It's an unpowered kit, but it's going to look nice on some piece of track near a roundhouse or workshop. I have the open version too, which is next on the workbench.

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    @Spookshow... incredible lighting. Hard to distinguish from the full-sized real thing.

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    I have been dropping feeders and connecting them to the distribution blocks this week making nice progress with the little time I have to spend on it. The inspection crew came by but declared the work faulty something about not enough steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jpgale View Post
    The inspection crew came by but declared the work faulty something about not enough steam.
    D#@n straight! Let this be a lesson to you all - Moose is everywhere. Moose sees all, inspects all. You've been warned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    D#@n straight! Let this be a lesson to you all - Moose is everywhere. Moose sees all, inspects all. You've been warned!
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/mysmil...milie_1480.gif
    To make the inspector happy and hopefully not get stampeded

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    Damn! Moose relatives are everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Damn! Moose relatives are everywhere!
    And they prove Moose really is just a warm fuzzy kinda guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    And they prove Moose really is just a warm fuzzy kinda guy
    Moose no fuzzy. Moose big, Moose mean, Moose a stampedin' machine. Arrgggg!


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    @Moose2013

    Ahh huh
    Cheers Tony

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    Looks like a nice kit and your weathering and assembly looks excellent
    Cheers Tony

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    While the wife ran out to pick up dinner, I had enough time to go out to the garage and cut some flex track to fit. I nailed the track in to place, and I plan to start gluing the flex down tomorrow morning.


    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    I added some details to my CVL Models truss bridge, it's now ready to be painted.

    I also made a mold for the bridge pier:


    And poured cement/plaster of paris mix into it:


    It came out nicely but needs more curing time. When cured it'll look like weathered concrete.
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