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    Post Weekend Update (31st Jul 2020)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 31st Jul 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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    My paint order from Mission Models arrived today. Yellow for painting details on the pump jack, and ladder up the oil tank, to make details pop. Light Rust for adding some rust to old boxcars on the side of the tracks which will become hobo camps. Ghost Gray for painting the windows on the 4x4 trucks.

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    @Cedarbarnbuilder

    Where's the photographic proof, man! Do you want to be stampeded into oblivion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
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    Where's the photographic proof, man! Do you want to be stampeded into oblivion?


    I was going to wait until the first coat was dry, and apply the second coat...








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    I use an almost sharp (some rounding) No. 2 pencil for windows. It works great. Probably even better over silver. Try it on one of the trucks, you'd be surprised, and with a point, very good edging.

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    So, this was my backdrop last week -



    And this is the much better one I installed this week -



    Seriously, they're hugely different. You just have to know where to look

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    I like the raffia work on the top of the curtains Oh, nice backdrop too. The color is spot on, it adds real depth. I like the clouds best.

    I had great fun playing spot the difference: Bigger yellow hill, Less trees, The train lost its tail end car, movements in the distant fright yard, The bird in the fifth tree from the left on the right has moved one tree left. Did I get them all ?

    Can we 'Hope' to see a vid of a steemer chugging around ? Don't ask = don't get
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    I only have a couple of significant events to report this week. First, due to a healthy tax refund the operating department invested in some new technology
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Atlas-N-Sca...d/254470131899
    Also, some older -more reliable? technology will be obtained. Planning for 2 items (just to keep moose happy lol)
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MODEL-PO...53.m1438.l2649
    Next is the MOW department's turn...
    But the REALLY BIG news is my signing of an employment contract with John Holland constructions (after 2 months doing battle with the medicals). This will see me working away from home for 2 weeks and back for 1 week R&R for at least the next 2 years as Construction Liasion Officer building a 140km long iron ore railway.
    https://www.nsenergybusiness.com/pro...-rail-project/

    So now I'm packing for departure and will have a mobile tool set and kits to occupy my -little- spare time....
    Cheers,

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    Finished assembling module #7

    Edit: ... and also the final three modules #3A-3C
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    @mosslake, congrats on the employment contract. Now you are modeling 1:160 and 1:1.

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    I made 4 trees for the park across the street from the main terminal building in Beaufield. I wrote a detailed account of it in my blog but to summarize, I altered Luke Towan's methods to suit my needs and went at it. Pretty happy with the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    @mosslake, congrats on the employment contract. Now you are modeling 1:160 and 1:1.
    Thanks mate!! It's been a long time coming....
    The company isn't accredited to run trains in Western Australia so to get around the movement of construction trains and work crews on the line I'm called CLO but the job is train controller/railrod dispatcher so it's an ops session really
    Cheers,

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    I hope to see some pics!


    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    Thanks mate!! It's been a long time coming....
    The company isn't accredited to run trains in Western Australia so to get around the movement of construction trains and work crews on the line I'm called CLO but the job is train controller/railrod dispatcher so it's an ops session really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cedarbarnbuilder View Post
    I hope to see some pics!
    Will do. But at the moment I'm not even sure if there's phone or wi-fi there. I mean, it's not the end of the world....but you can see it from there
    Cheers,

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    Finally rectified an issue with the track near the first turn. I'm not sure what John Armstrong's reason for putting the kink in there was but it just was not practical when it came to running say a modern auto carrier through it. This has been a long time coming.

    Before

    IMG_0310 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    After

    013 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    I picked up the 2 Cambria City boiler houses off Ebay last week for a smokin' $24.00, and this is how I have put it together. Still have a bunch of details to do but at least I can now physically envision my factory complex.


    001 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    009 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

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    002 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    And a couple of miscellaneous shots. Have a GREAT week!

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    Love the Budd car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cedarbarnbuilder View Post
    Light Rust for adding some rust to old boxcars on the side of the tracks which will become hobo camps. Ghost Gray for painting the windows on the 4x4 trucks.
    Hobo camps are great. I intend to do that as well.

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    I added two turnouts to the yard tail track(left) for more direct access and larger loco service/storage. Now I can display and run more of my collection. That is once I get it wired up and the Cobalt turnout motors installed. The two tracks on the right are for tanker cars distributing corn syrup.
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    Took a 3 hour round trip drive to Time Machine Hobby in Manchester, Connecticut. Back is feeling it today.<br>
    This place is huge, as you can see. The 2nd floor is devoted to model railroading.<br>
    Picked up some flex track, joiners, and a Heljan Foundry and Machine Shop kit. Also some WS policemen and some hobo's for the police to roust.

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    It's been so long that I can't remember if I started a build thread yet. After working 60 to 70 hours a week since the beginning of March, I managed to find an opportunity to start work on the new layout this past week. I actually got started on the main level benchwork. The plywood purchased in February curled on me so I've had to cut it in sections to lay reasonably flat. I have the holes for the wiring drilled in but until I get the entire benchwork completed I won't glue the sub roadbed down so I can clamp the next sections in place before securing them with screws and carriage bolts. Long ways to go until I start laying track. The disappointment over the past 4 months is not only missing out on time for the hobby, but since I'm salaried, there was no financial benefit which would support additional acquisitions.
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