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    Post Weekend Update (18th Sep 2020)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 18th Sep 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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    I wasn't completely happy with the color my rendition of Gettysburg Truck 1 turned out, so I went about looking for something closer. I found it in a bottle of Createx Fluorescent Yellow. Removed the decals I had already applied, retaped everything and here's the final result. I'm not sure I could get any closer at this point.


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    ESU LokSound v5 micro in a Kato GS-4. Tiny parts everywhere! Have another I did with a Soundtraxx Tsunami2, so this will be interesting. Tsunami2 requires a LOT of tweaking...
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    Getting back to some basics... laying some track. 2.5 30" sticks of Atlas code 80. No photos yet. I'm hoping some stampeding moose swing by to help a guy out with some trackwork.

    I also set one of my turnouts permanently in place and fine tuned it some. I need to lay more track still but I think I'm going to run out before I can finish. Maybe the moose will bring some.
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    Whoa! I just found 10 more pieces of flex track! I wonder if I got visited by the Fairy Track Moose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    No photos yet. I'm hoping some stampeding moose swing by to help a guy out with some trackwork.
    Moose would if Moose could, buuut, ummm, Mrs Moose wants Mr Moose to do chores around the Moosehold, sooo, well, ya'know...

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    ...I wonder if I got visited by the Fairy Track Moose?
    Shhh, Moose has a rep. to protect...

    Now, where's them dag'gum photos?!
    = > ų

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    I finished my Mercantile building. As I fly home in 2 days, I might just have time for a simple shed construction....

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbnc View Post
    ESU LokSound v5 micro in a Kato GS-4.
    Please let us know how it goes. I have a LokSound v5 micro waiting for my Athearn Challenger.
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    A little more progress on my modules.

    And - while decluttering stored stuff in the attic I was surprised to find a Santa Fe coffee mug. It took me a few moments to remember how that got here, but I bought it when visiting the Galveston RR Museum back in the 90s. It's been stowed away since a move around year 2001.

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    90" more of track laid including soldered joints, feeders and testing. There isn't much room to work in which is slowing things down. I'm laying out the rise behind my benchwork that will bring trains out of staging and onto the layout surface. The grade is 1.2 or 1.6%, I cannot remember which. I have about 80 more inches to go plus a turnout then I can start laying code 55 on the display part of the layout. I don't know why I haven't prioritized track laying. Too many side projects have "derailed" my progress. I have really gotten anxious lately to be able to run trains again though and so I have shifted focus this weekend. I still have a ton of projects on my workbench, but then again, don't we all? Plus as always cleanup and organization that never seems to get done. Sure wish the Train Room Cleanup Moose Fairy would surprise me with a visit and use his antlered wand to poof everything into shape. Maybe if I post a video later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Please let us know how it goes. I have a LokSound v5 micro waiting for my Athearn Challenger.
    So far so good. "It's alive!", LEDs are next.
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    Acquired another long sought after piece of NYC motive power, and at a more than reasonable price of less than 80.00. Factory set but oddly enough only the B showed any signs of use. a thorough service of both, and good to go.

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    Finished up the Atlas machine shop, desoldered the service track as needed, and installed a turnout. Still a bunch of worked to be done to finish the scene but after much thought I think this will be called Speeders Restoration as honestly they are the only thing that will fit in the doors. Should be cool.

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    Also dug out a Con Cor tractor trailer I've had for years and corrected the worn detailing. Frustratingly enough after taking the pictures I noted the bent LS stack, and in the process of addressing that the RS mirror, and antenna broke. I was able to salvage the mirror but now it only has one CB antenna. I've always hated these mirrors. There has to be a better way.

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    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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    Here is 8169 after it crossed dry Piru Creek. Yea, I know, not really an update. Still debating the expense of improving the garage or start building now.
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    I built a little park for my town of MaŽlle. Now I have to get to work and finish the town.

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    Nice work!

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    Still working on one corner of my layout. Strangely, this side wasn't supposed to be sceniced originally, but as I added a couple of industries, scenery followed. It is probably the most complete portion of the layout. Learning how to use a static grass machine (WWS). Seems practice helps. Dug out a power supply that I built in High School Electronics class in the late 70's to replace battery power on my static grass applicator. It still works! Things I have learned about using static grass applicator so far: 1) batteries weaken, either use fresh batteries or switch to AC power. 2) spread the glue out, don't glop it. 3) keep the applicator within one inch of layout. 4) Make sure you have good ground connection between the applicator and the glue.
    I am sure I will learn more lessons the hard way.
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    I've got the deck cut for the next section, which includes the east end of the TOFC yard that was between Conover, NC and Oyama Yard on the Southern Ry. in 1974. It's face down in this picture. I've also got the strips cut for the framework for this section.

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    I've been mulling over the desire to start a build thread, since I didn't read ALL the notice that Blogs are widely ignored on nscale.net. Maybe soon, once I figure the jumping in point.
    But I've been busy with something new to my layout-Scenery. By way of introduction for my modeling ideas-
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    Some cards I found online from Wurtington Bros Press. More a rough guide than real scale diagrams, but worth having in hand for future reference.

    Next, I finally got around to addressing a few bridges I had simply slapped a couple of 1x4's across the South Fork Branch of my "river" as stand in's. The single is a Central Valley kit on my shelf for years, the others are Atlas code 55's, one acquired the day before it was installed. I still have to figure out how I will treat the riverbanks before I get something more permanent for footing/pilings under them. More about them once the build thread happens.
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    A second copy of Gripps Luggage came in and has the brick paint coat on, awaiting masking around the windows so I can begin installing them as background walls at the Alton Pocket warehouse, located UNDER my St. Charles Air Line Station.
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    At the right end is a Photo Flat I received earlier this month.
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    Near the camera, I've laid out the roofs of a Faller Mittlestadt station that with some imagination resembles La Salle St Station, minus the high rise sections of course. I thought I had finally found a Lunde "Ashbury Hotel" kit which I want to graft onto the top of the Faller wings (same dimension footprint), but that fell through before I acted.
    Today, I started on the 'elephant' of the layout, Chicago's Post Office scratch and kit bash. I've been waiting for some time for an order of Modular Wall Systems to arrive from N Scale Architects, and have one in hand bought on eBay. These will be the river facing side of the building, and will pretty much determine the overall size, estimated at 39" x 16Ĺ".
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    Once I can figure out where to start for a build thread, I'll try to start and stay with it. I'm about 95% complete with wiring; track is all laid (with a correction or three to come), so I look forward to sharing more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by African Pirate View Post
    I built a little park for my town of MaŽlle. Now I have to get to work and finish the town.

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    Really cool! How did you do your walkways? I'm stuck on a scene because I'm not sure how to approach this.
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    I figured I better post some photos before the stampeding happens.

    The smoke cleared this weekend and the temp was absolutely perfect, so I went outside with the skillsaw.

    Scrap piece of particle board left over from some previous project:


    Cut into triangles:


    For corners like this:


    I also cut some peg board for another project and cut some stuff for my 3d print station that isn't complete but no photos of that.

    Here one of the triangles is installed:


    To the right is staging to the left is the layout topside. I have trains running on basic 2x2's as straight as I could find 'em. Not much room in there:


    And here is a shot of some UP power climbing the grade:


    No power to the corner yet, so no photos of train traversing it.
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