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    Quote Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
    Since i am modelling Westeren North Carolina I will need allot of lichen. Someone breaking down a layout might have a bag or two. Rather than throw it away why not sell it to me.
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    If you are modeling a lot of kudzu or bushes, instead of lichen, or even in addition to it, consider trying polyfiber stretched thinly over a coat of diluted white glue. You can then spray on some cheap hairspray and sprinkle fine ground foam over that. Seal it with an overspray of hairspray and you have some very inexpensive and fairly convincing vegetation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by POMPERAUGRR View Post
    If you are modeling a lot of kudzu or bushes, instead of lichen, or even in addition to it, consider trying polyfiber stretched thinly over a coat of diluted white glue. You can then spray on some cheap hairspray and sprinkle fine ground foam over that. Seal it with an overspray of hairspray and you have some very inexpensive and fairly convincing vegetation.
    That looks downright fantastic! Thanks for sharing
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    Thank you I will do so. Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
    Thank you I will do so. Q
    Ground foam applied to the lichen in the same manner might yield interesting results. It is something I have been meaning to experiment with.

    As for a supply of lichen, Michael's Crafts has some great deals on bags of lichen for the holidays. You may even be able to get a bunch on clearance right after Christmas.

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    Bought one of these, should have it in a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
    Since i am modelling Westeren North Carolina I will need allot of lichen. Someone breaking down a layout might have a bag or two. Rather than throw it away why not sell it to me.
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    If you don't mind hiking and a little extra work, go for a walk in the woods and pick your own. Soak it in glycerine or antifreeze to preserve it and make it pliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowan View Post
    Soak it in glycerine or antifreeze to preserve it and make it pliable.
    Can you elaborate on this method? Thanks!


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    Yup, still spending like a drunken sailor on shore leave: More weathering...and some traffic barricades...which seem to be sold out world wide....well, found these on fleece-bay...lasercut and not bad at all for 11.49 shipped. Wowzers...Seller is Rolly's Railroad and he has quite a few lasercut items at good prices.

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    sideways pics...I'm just begging for a stampede.
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    I decided to buy an Athearn's 36' Overton passenger car set to pull behind my anemic MRC/Model Power 2-6-0. I just got a shipping notice so I will post photos once they set arrives. I figured I could make an excursion train that will fit in any time era.
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    Not a great picture, but I have received a Bachmann B&O 0-6-0 (that was on pre-order) this month so far.
    That is it sitting next to 2-6-2 from an earlier run. I am planning on re-working both of these to make them look a little less toy like with DCC in the future. Good little runners though.

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    Not pictures was 5x DZ123'a for some hard wire installs.


    Two of the decoders were going to go into a pair of pacifics that I sent a stupid low offer to the seller which they accepted. After initial tear down because they were sold "as needing serviced", I discovered Zinc Pest in both. I kindly let the seller know, that Zinc Pest cannot be serviced, to which they set me a partial refund. So, they will be "cosmetically restored" and will look good taking up space in my roundhouse........ until I need a part off of one to keep another one of these old timers alive.
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    One of the decoders went into an E.R. Models Baldwin Shark. Fortunately, the mech did not need to be milled, only the original light board needed surgery.

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    And lastly, to help celebrate a raise at work, I stopped at a local hobby shop while visiting my parents. Pat's Trains in Wheeling always has a nice selection of N Scale, to which I picked out a Model Power Mikado with DCC Sound. Just in time for our club's Holiday Railfair in Athens Ohio this weekend. The interlocking tower will not be completed for this weekend's show however.

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    Adding a lot of variety to the roster this month. My first Vandy tender, slope back tender, and Baldwin Shark! All in B&O "Best & Only" of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Not pictures was 5x DZ123'a for some hard wire installs.
    Words are no proof...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Words are no proof...
    Had a sneaky suspicion that you would say that..... was hoping all of the pictures of B-E-A-utiful steam engines would distract you.

    Will post pictures of the engines they go in as my penance.... though.... most are slatted to go into....dare I say it.... "diesels"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Will post pictures of the engines they go in as my penance.... though.... most are slatted to go into....dare I say it.... "diesels"!
    = >

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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Not a great picture, but I have received a Bachmann B&O 0-6-0 (that was on pre-order) this month so far.
    That is it sitting next to 2-6-2 from an earlier run. I am planning on re-working both of these to make them look a little less toy like with DCC in the future. Good little runners though.
    You will probably want to get a different tender of the 0-6-0. Those sloped tenders don't have any room inside for a decoder, especially with the round weight glued to the frame.
    Just an old gandy dancer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhikdavis View Post
    Can you elaborate on this method? Thanks!
    From David Frary, How to Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery (Milwaukee: Kalmbach Books, 1982) at pages 50 to 51 there is a recipe:

    Solution:
    3 gallons water;
    1 gallon commercial-grade (or "yellow") glycerin;
    1 1/2 packets green fabric dye*

    Replenishing solution (add after each batch processed)
    1 1/2 pints fresh glycerin
    1 packets green fabric dye*

    *Rix, Tintex etc. Always use several greens starting with the lighter and progressing to darker greens.

    Process:
    1. Locate lichen
    2. Gather several large garbage bags if possible and take home.
    3. Sift through to dispose of associated leaves, pine needles, branches etc. (you may have to throw away 2/3 of the harvested lichen).
    4. Working outdoors if possible - have a table, camp stove, a 5 gallon minimum pot or tub, a thermometer, rubber gloves, goggles, PPE and newspapers to dry
    5. Add the water, glycerin and fabric dye
    6. Heat this to almost boiling (230 degrees F) remove from heat
    7. Stuff as much lichen as possible, return to heat, bring to heat return to temperature and simmer for 5 minutes
    8. Remove from heat and allow to cool - remove lichen with gloves and squeeze back into pot and spread to dry on newspapers - turning the lichen occasionally (it may take several days)
    9. Refresh the solution and place back on the burner and repeat

    Please note I have not done this - use caution and wear appropriate clothing.

    Dave Frary has had trouble locating lichen and now prefers foam for trees.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    6. Heat this to almost boiling (230 degrees F) remove from heat
    7. Stuff as much lichen as possible, return to heat, bring to heat return to temperature and simmer for 5 minutes
    8. Remove from heat and allow to cool - remove lichen with gloves and squeeze back into pot and spread to dry on newspapers - turning the lichen occasionally (it may take several days)
    9. Refresh the solution and place back on the burner and repeat
    The heat will certainly speed up the process, but it can be done without the heat...just takes a lot longer.
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    Thanks for the info...I actually have one of Dave Frary's books......That's alot of work! I guess if I were doing a basement empire it would certainly be practical. Now I see why he went to foam.


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    Something for the workbench....

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    Took a chance and tried out a signal from Zstuffexpress. A bit pricey but has everything for operation in a nice compact package.





    Testing it out on a 9v battery. Has an 8 second delay between color changes...







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    Rec'd this today and had to post a follow up picture.
    This thing is a beauty!

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