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    Post Weekend Update (7th Oct 2022)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 7th Oct 2022).

    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 did some work to start on the marina, located at the Bleachery. This marina is located right next to the Housatonic RR's 3-bridge span over its namesake Housatonic River, in New Milford, CT.

    Here are some before, and after shots of the initial progress. There are more progress photos and information in my layout thread: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...748#post627748






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    That lake looks frozen!


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    On a trip to Chicago now. I can see why so many of you base model railroads off it. The "L" would make for exciting urban modeling.


    Having seen so many Kato ads for this train, it was nice to actually see it in person.


    I appreciate you can have an engineers view given the way they do push-pull



    Then I got an email tonight that tempted me with the only n-scale Chicago "L"... ITLA models is having a 10% off sale. I have some of their kits to still build do probably should not order more: https://us9.campaign-archive.com/?u=...&id=d504697fbe
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    Innstalling some more switch control SPDT switches. With wood bases now, instead of the plastic. I like the wood a lot better!

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    And the trains waiting for the work to be done,
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    Northern Pacific and Black Hills RR in N, of course!!
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    This last week was mostly weathering - beside those covered hoppers I've shown here: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...weathered-cars I've also had a caboose and two pairs of 1950s LPG tank cars in my hands:





    The caboose also shows traces of too much dullcoat (particularly on the cupola), but not as bad as those covered hoppers. And since it's old, it's not too bad that it's a bit faded, I keep telling myself.

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    A couple of things going on. I finally found a double crossover other than Kato's for my layout. The things you find when you're NOT looking. Old Con-Cor Shinohara track, seller had 2, I bought them both, but this is the one I will concentrate on this winter.

    IMG_3650 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    IMG_3651 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    IMG_3653 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    The Kato just was never practical because I would have had to add adapters on each end, and it simply would have been too long. So cool!

    Next is a BLMA cell tower. For some reason they're showing up on Ebay, cheap money so what the hey. Fairly easy build, I could use an upgrade to my Opti-visor but I got it done. Not sure about paint so it's in the raw for now.

    IMG_3644 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    IMG_3647 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    IMG_3657 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    Have an AWESOME week!
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    Default Lakota West Train Show

    This was the weekend for the big NMRA Div.7 Train Show, where we take over a local high school with displays and vendors throughout. Last year the show was held, but it was somewhat lightly attended as folks were still getting back to normal from the pandemic. This year felt more normal, though there were still fewer vendors than I remember from 2019 and before. My club, Tristate N-Trak, was there anchoring the far end of the main hall, and here are a few photos of our modules - mostly close-ups of the unique character we've all been investing into our modules.

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    I will start off with my own module, because hey, I'm the one telling the story, right? The F-16 is there to honor my dad, who flew them as an instructor while in the Air Force; it bears a red and black tail with "WP" markings though, to fit into my own fictional world.

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    My module represents Boyce Junction, where the WP&P meets the N&W Shenandoah Division, and following their merger the primary traffic flow has caused there to be a new pair of interchange tracks and a new diamond, bypassing the older crossing. The old set-out tracks are now getting used for M-O-W storage, or at least they were for this show.

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    Next up we have Don's downtown scene, which fits within a 2'x2' area that straddles above his 6' long module. The buildings are mostly based on Cincinnati's skyline, and a tram makes a figure-eight loop through the streets. It takes forever to set up, though, because all the buildings and light poles are separate and plugged into their locations.

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    One of Don's downtown blocks features this pit where a skyscraper foundation is under construction. You can't see them because of the tram in this shot, but there is a long line of workers heading to the donut shack - that might be why it is taking so long to finish construction!

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    Bob has our newest module, which has track laid but no real scenery aside from a few buildings. He is aiming at quality construction, though, and I think it shows! He got the backdrop sky printed from a photo he took and edited.

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    An assortment of other module shots. I didn't take an exhaustive catalog of every module, this is just a sampling of the vignettes to be found.

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    And to close, a shot of "the Bobs" (one inside the layout on the left, and one running a train on the right) in the vicinity of my module. I love watching sleek passenger trains flow through the curves on my module.
    If you're curious, I did spend some money - about $150 actually - despite having nothing in mind that I really needed to buy.

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    I ordered my track from the awesome folks at Fifer Hobby. His prices are very good, but I was still a little shocked by the total for Kato Unitrack. I went ahead with it anyway, this is just going to be an expensive month. Today is Prime day and the Elegoo Saturn 2 Resin Printer is $90.00 off so that is on its way as well. I also sent an order to Sceniking for 30' of N Sale background (have not heard back from him yet). He had the best prices by far for a photo realistic back ground. I am installing it first before the tables are built. I will just cover it with crab paper so I don't get stuff on it from the build. I wanted to get the boards on the wall for the background, but the back was in no shape for that this weekend. Maybe in the next week or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfoot21075 View Post
    I ordered my track from the awesome folks at Fifer Hobby. His prices are very good, but I was still a little shocked by the total for Kato Unitrack. I went ahead with it anyway, this is just going to be an expensive month. Today is Prime day and the Elegoo Saturn 2 Resin Printer is $90.00 off so that is on its way as well. I also sent an order to Sceniking for 30' of N Sale background (have not heard back from him yet). He had the best prices by far for a photo realistic back ground. I am installing it first before the tables are built. I will just cover it with crab paper so I don't get stuff on it from the build. I wanted to get the boards on the wall for the background, but the back was in no shape for that this weekend. Maybe in the next week or two.
    Did you get the $500 or the $400 model..I"m in the market for one as well and I couldn't see a difference other than the price....Go for broke!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhikdavis View Post
    That lake looks frozen!
    Thankfully that is just a base coat of paint. I'll airbrush the final colors and then add the tinted 2 part resin for the water, after I build the docks and boat slips.

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    I got the Saturn 2 the other is the Saturn 8k it supposedly has a different interface panel and a different software pack with it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It is $509.00 for today.

    But honestly I think the resolution is the same so not sure how much it matters

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