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    Post Weekend Update (19th Feb 2021)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 19th Feb 2021).

    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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    Completed a mock up of the main building for the lumber mill kit using foam core which will determine the best track alignment for that industry siding. Still need to to do up the wigwam sawdust burner and the powerhouse building. Without spending a lot of time playing with the configuration, I think I may have to flip the two corner scenes to acquire the needed real estate for the mill. The overall footprint dimensions on the box would fit as intended, but now that I can see it in 3D it needs to be spread out a bit more than what Walthers indicates, to do the scene justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent1961 View Post
    Still need to to do up the wigwam sawdust burner
    Someone, 20 years or so ago, offered a nice wigwam burner in etched brass, Grant. I had one once, but never built it. Are you aiming to scratchbuild?

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    The Mountain Lumber kit comes with a wigwam. I plan on cutting out the plastic screens and add Ngineering mesh and add in some LED effects with an Arduino. Either an R3 Uno or a Nano. I have 3 of each.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Someone, 20 years or so ago, offered a nice wigwam burner in etched brass, Grant. I had one once, but never built it. Are you aiming to scratchbuild?
    Grant.

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    I've been busy programming a little and documenting a lot for my DIY WiFi throttle controller called wiFred.

    The latest 0.6 version is not really documented in there, but the PCBs have reached Europe last night (is what the shipment tracking says) so I'll be able to add to that hopefully next weekend.

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    Default This weeks railway stuff.

    weekend update on the module is here - https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...067#post606067

    Now it was my birthday on Saturday, having 4 daughters railway presents are not on the radar but Kirsty got me this laser cut Chinese luxury steam train, looks like a bit of fun to build, it reckons no glue required but me being me some will be applied. There is quite a comprehensive build diagrams but the written word looks a bit suspect, [see the instruction picture] If I start with he 3rd line then then I may have a real steam engine and the kit will be assembled quickly into a pile of ash.
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    Currently building 8' x 8" switching layout progress here - https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...switching-plan and 12' freemo module.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdboxcar View Post
    Kirsty got me this laser cut Chinese luxury steam train
    That looks like fun!
    ​Doug (dilley340)


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    Post a picture after you are done. And don't forget to assemble children under the guidance of parents!

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    Working on the headlights on the GS-4 LokSound install, dealing with a goof-up from the past.
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    I had a fun week this week, building some kits that had been in storage since I was last involved in model railroading, in the mid-2000s. I started with a Laser Art company house that I then painted with craft acrylic. I added a Blair Line one-car garage that I recently bought from Fifer Hobby Supply. Next was a Northeastern Scale Models storage shed that I built and then weathered with India ink, and a 2-pack of Monroe Models loading ramps that I cut up and made into one long ramp. The last kit was the hardest one, a Laser Kit two-story section house, also then painted with craft paint. I'm no pro, but I'm happy with how they came out.

    I also made my first attempt at printing "painted" signs to put on buildings. This is an old structure that was in a box of miscellaneous parts, and I'm happy with the signage results. I'm going to do some work on it, and it will go on my layout (and save me having to buy another hardware store kit). :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerraypa View Post
    I'm no pro, but I'm happy with how they came out.
    You sure could have fooled me. Your structures look fantastic! Nicely done and thanks for sharing,
    ​Doug (dilley340)


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    Let’s see,
    I cooked numerous times on the gas grill
    shoveled snow ( in central Texas)
    made sure the generator had fuel.

    yes my family and I were one of the millions and millions without power for....SEVEN FREAKING DAYS!!!!. Power finally came back on Sunday, late afternoon. I was able to find a generator at 9pm cst Tuesday night. Roads down here were D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S. Saw numerous people slip and fall on the thick ice. ( which happened to me twice, I think I broke the concrete with my head) Saw plenty of vehicles in accidents.

    So, no N scale stuff for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilley340 View Post
    You sure could have fooled me. Your structures look fantastic! Nicely done and thanks for sharing,
    Thanks! And thank goodness for reading glasses. Maybe it's just me, but in the 12 years or so that I've been out of the hobby, N scale items seem to be a lot smaller and fuzzier than they used to be. Must be a flaw in manufacturing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerraypa View Post
    Thanks! And thank goodness for reading glasses. Maybe it's just me, but in the 12 years or so that I've been out of the hobby, N scale items seem to be a lot smaller and fuzzier than they used to be. Must be a flaw in manufacturing.
    Mirrors are no longer what they used to be either. The picture quality degrades continuously
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    Default Weathering with Chalk Based Paint

    Wanted to try using chalk based black and white paints mixed with my weathering colors to produce a more flat and finer finish. Yes, I use cheap acrylic craft paints for weathering because they are, well, cheap. They do well for mottled and earth toned weathering. Used in combination with chalks, I am very pleased with the results they produce.

    I wanted to have a paint stand with adjustable wheelbase for airbrushing or applying coats of paint.



    One wire is fixed in place for one truck bolster / pin, and the other has a 3/4" or so right angle offset. This way the second one can be rotated a bit to match the length of the car you need to mount. I had thought of just using multiple holes, but thought this might be more adjustable without pulling wires out of the base.




    The weathering came out quite well, and I did deliberately really hit it hard to see what I could achieve. Most rolling stock won't be that heavily weathered. For highlights on metal areas, I used a mechanical 2B pencil lead. The graphite leaves just enough of a silvering hint along worn edges, steps, etc. Good for picking out details like latches, handles, etc.

    This is fun and relaxing to do.


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    I've had a second go at the headlights on the GS-4 LokSound install. This time it worked
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    I made short video showing the Kato GS-4 with LokSound v5 decoder.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T7ZcS01HtM

    And with that I have no more pending projects on the workbench. I do have a few more sound installs and a full conversion in the pipeline, but no more marooned MR projects, and for a while I'll be directing my attention towards some 1:1 scale household projects.
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