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    Post Weekend Update (26th Jun 2020)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 26th Jun 2020).

    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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    This week I have redesigned and rebuilt the spectator rails/dust cover supports for my Rheinland-Bayern Bahn. The original design was fastened on the ends of the layout. The drawback was that it either had to be in the train show position or in the dust cover position, both of which occasionally interfered somewhat with working on the layout. Also, in order to get sufficient height to clear the taller items on the layout, the struts had to be too long for spectator rails - the back rail actually kept the kids from reaching pushbuttons in back. Here is a photo of the end of the layout with the front rail down and the rear rail raised:



    In the raised position a hinged block holds the end struts in place, while in the spectator rail position, the end struts rest on a block. I was pretty proud of that for years. Made getting into and out of train shows a snap. Ten minute set-up time, then just fussing with trains or repairing road damage.

    I removed all that. I bought a couple of the shortest drawer slides I could find, and used a piece of 3/4" plywood to extend the end fascias (fasciae?) down a couple of inches. The fascia are structural. Here is a photo of the rail in a down position, facilitating work on the layout:



    You can see how I mounted the drawer slides. This definitely allows me to get closer to the layout.

    Next is a photo of it in the spectator rail position. It needs to be close enough to the layout that kids can push the interactive buttons on the fascia, but far enough away that the younger set doesn't put their noses or sticky fingers on the track or trains:



    Next, with both rails in the dust cover position - simply draw the rails out from the layout, raise them, and insert four 48" cross pieces to support a lightweight plastic dropcloth - this photo does not show the cross pieces:



    In both the up position and the straight down position the drawer slides are fully extended.

    This will be much more versatile than my original design. And, by the way, switches for turnouts and lighting switches are ALL totally covered during train shows. Only the interactive buttons are available for eager hands.
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    My yard got some Woodland Scenics light poles this week -



    "Yes honey, I'm taking care of the yard work"

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    Nothing worth noting yet...hectic work/home life week, nothing bad
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    Reached a milestone: First power moves on my Maricopa Ethanol module




    A lot of cleaning (or: removing most of the paint...) and then a Kato 6-axle diesel was running just fine along everything. The FEF-3 with a few modern cars needed one turnout to be tweaked a little, but no uncouplings, no dead stretches of track, and after tuning that one turnout, no derailments. And the wiring passes the quarter test with my 3A Zephyr everywhere.

    Party

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    Hey look, it's another shed!









    Just one or two small details left to take care of





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    Man, I am on a roll today. Fill 'r' up!

















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    @Spookshow That sign looks like it's come from 'a land down under'

    I love what you're doing, real attention to detail. That said, we are going to see that old tractor covered in weeds next to your shed, aren't we ?

    Are we going to see #4014 coming through town when Kato release it ?

    Keep up the good work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    That sign looks like it's come from 'a land down under'
    " Very clever, and well spotted. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    We are going to see that old tractor covered in weeds next to your shed, aren't we ?
    Absolutely! Got a red MF tractor headed my way as we speak. The only question that remains is if I'm going to try to build a bucket for it, lol.

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    Question is how is the yard work coming? Great work as usual Mark.

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    Default More SP&S power

    So I’m still working on a trackplan (see a previous thread) and in the meantime decided to paint some engines. The BLI SW7s will stand in for SP&S SW9s, since they’ll pass the three-foot rule, and I REALLY needed another Atlas S2 and Kato RS2. By the way, folks, the BLI SWs looked and sounded great. Now, the “smoke test’ will be what happens after I get them reassembled!
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    still working on it
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    One thing I learned about the BLI locos: the main body is metal and apparently must be meticulously clean before painting. I had a couple of spots come up when I removed the drafting tape. Spot painted those, they shouldn’t’ be too apparent after decalling and clear-coating. (I used ModelFlex this time, grey primer, UP Armour Yellow, Pullman Green.). Plastic is SO much easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbymaxwell View Post
    One thing I learned about the BLI locos: the main body is metal and apparently must be meticulously clean before painting. I had a couple of spots come up when I removed the drafting tape. Spot painted those, they shouldn’t’ be too apparent after decalling and clear-coating. (I used ModelFlex this time, grey primer, UP Armour Yellow, Pullman Green.). Plastic is SO much easier!
    I found that UP Armour Yellow was sorta-kinda close the yellow SP&S used. Someone mentioned years ago to me that the yellow NP used was closer. When I got a bottle of the Dupont enamel paint in the correct formula from the historical society, the hue seemed somewhere in between. It's tough to nail down, but definitely not orange as I've seen some custom painted SP&S models.

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    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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