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« Reply #60 on: August 18, 2014, 08:44:05 PM »
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Mark,

Any chance any of you are thinking of taking your modules to the NTS in Portland, Oregon in August 2015?

A few of the Free-moN groups are planning to attend— including some guys from Minnesota!

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« Reply #61 on: August 18, 2014, 10:30:06 PM »
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After the set up, we were able to pack my entire loot into one load of the mini van!  All 18 modules, plus legs, and tool/rolling stock storage/mobile command cabinet/ and I bet we could even fit at least two more modules!  Here's a timelapse of the unload.

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« Reply #62 on: August 19, 2014, 08:07:59 PM »
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Mark,

Any chance any of you are thinking of taking your modules to the NTS in Portland, Oregon in August 2015?

A few of the Free-moN groups are planning to attend— including some guys from Minnesota!

-Dave

Would definitely love to.  Might have to do a fundraiser to make it feasible though.  Is there a commitment deadline or anything?
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« Reply #63 on: August 19, 2014, 09:13:05 PM »
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All you Free-MoN guys keep tempting me with your awesome modules.
I'd love to dabble in Free-MoN, but since there is already an N-Trak club in my area (which I belong to) it would be a horrible idea to do so.
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« Reply #64 on: August 19, 2014, 10:13:18 PM »
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...it would be a horrible idea to do so.

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« Reply #65 on: August 19, 2014, 10:14:53 PM »
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Pictures!


















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« Reply #66 on: August 23, 2014, 05:01:28 PM »
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Couple before and afters. 







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« Reply #67 on: August 24, 2014, 02:16:42 PM »
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Track painted, with terrain base coat and sprinkled grout applied. 
Will go over with grout paste to fill holes and round out terrain then lay down water/glue mix for extra hold. 





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« Reply #68 on: August 29, 2014, 09:32:55 PM »
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Things are starting to come to life.



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« Reply #69 on: January 17, 2015, 05:40:21 PM »
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Our first public show is NEXT WEEKEND! 

In the process of getting everything show ready (paint all fascia black, get all track painted, attempt to get at least a base coat on all pink foam), I've ended up digging a deeper hole by starting construction on a second turn around.  It's just a bare minimum, single track 22" radius turnaround over 3 modules (visible below).  It'll be a race, but I think it's possible to finish everything! 
Today I finished all the new module framework and glued foam.  Tomorrow I am using the rare gorgeous weather in January to have a paint-a-thon in the garage.  With that much room, it will be easy to finish painting fascia on all modules (about 20!) and painting track (only 5 left to go there).  I'll be spending several hours after work each night laying track on the new loop and think I'll be able to complete by Wednesday.  The remainder of the week will be to construct legs for the new modules. 

Busy as a bee, but it's going to be great!

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« Reply #70 on: January 17, 2015, 07:42:46 PM »
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  The layout looks awesome.
 I'm going to try to make it up there next weekend.
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« Reply #71 on: January 17, 2015, 09:52:09 PM »
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Hooray for the first show!
Very exciting!
You guys have done a lot of fab work and I'm sure the modules will be a bit hit (metaphorically) with the crowds.
Especially since most people still think "Model Railroading" is an HO 4'x8'.
The quality and excitement of your group will pond-ripple throughout the midwest!

Just some thoughts:

1. While fascia and pink foam painting are nice, they're not necessary for first few shows, while RUNNING TRAINS and RUNNING MOUTHS are the greatest aspects of any show. (And people like to see modules in various states of "done").  Priority should be given to making sure track, wiring, and electronics work fab.

2. A second return loop is nice, but not at the expense of other modules. (Remember, our first show at the Hiller Aviation Museum that you came to was sketchy point to loop, as was our show 3 years later in Richmond when Wye Knott couldn't make it:



3.  In terms of the actual module layout, I'd suggest:



As that configuration allows for a "pocket" for the group to have a table or two and keep your trains/supplies/backpacks on the "inside".
Until you guys get used to big shows, you want a place to "timeout" and work on trains/have lunch away from all questions and where your stuff won't wander off (like some of Steve's cars did last show when we weren't looking).

4.  If you're throwing together a return loop, then spend the extra hour to throw in a passing siding (yellow line). Otherwise your trains will be bottlenecked on the long double-track module near the wye.

5. Practically, your layout can support about 2-3 trains running at once, with very, very few places for trains to stop / stage. I know everyone involved wants to run trains, but you're going to find out right quick that even a large layout like this doesn't allow everyone to run at once. Good thing many people want to talk!

6. In terms of ops we figured base-level procedure as:
A. STAY WITH YOUR TRAIN (very very difficult to talk with people and run trains at same time: recommend two-man "crews" of engineer and talker/conductor);
B. LOOK TWO PASSING SIDINGS AHEAD (unless you designate someone with a dispatcher role, train operator is responsible for looking ahead and negotiating with "oncoming" train)

7.  Shows are long, with lots of talking.
Bring lots of drinks, comfortable shoes, drinks, patience, drinks/snacks and a positive attitude.
(And it's OK to sit down for 20 minutes and have lunch without answering crowd noise!)

Most of the first few shows is all about the group dynamic anyway: figuring out who's good at what, how long it takes to do x, y, & z, what will make the next show better, etc.

Even if the trains don't run right away, people will be excited about the layout.
You guys already have some kick-a$$ modules.

Wish I could be there to help out and watch the trains run!
Looking forward to the videos.
Cheers!

[Oh, almost forgot: KNEE PADS! INVEST NOW! and a sports towel: I always sweat buckets setting up & tearing down, no matter the sub-freezing weather inside the building.  And KNEE PADS!!! and pants/underwear combo that won't result in chafing: you'll figure this out right quick first day! :) ]

Most of all: have fun!
Hundreds and hundreds of people will be oohing and aahing at your work, no matter what state it's in.
Each one of those people are a Free-mo-N-ster (or N scaler) trying to get out of their HO 4'x8' straightjacket mentality!
Be the change :)
And have fun doing it!
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« Reply #72 on: January 18, 2015, 05:38:05 PM »
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Your insight is always most helpful, MC.  We surely would not have come this far without your guidance.

Our mission statement has always been "Convert the Midwest to N scale.", and with our very HO scale dominant shows, I'm excited to show everyone that N Scale is soooo much better! Not only with the freedom of Free-moN and how we'll have two and a half scale miles of main line, but with my customized steam and definitely the wind turbine blade train, something I know no one in the midwest has ever seen before, not even in HO scale! :D

My father and I just wrapped up our Sunday Paint-a-thon.  Based on your point below, we added a trackwork/wiring/functionality check before painting each module.  Everything appears good and now has black fascia too (and end plates!).



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« Reply #73 on: January 18, 2015, 07:28:12 PM »
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Cheers!
And congrats on the paint-a-thon.
We recommend NOT painting the endplates, as you'll find the modules a bit difficult to separate (no matter how dry the conditions, the paint acts as glue, especially after a weekend clamped together).
Perhaps slip some wax paper between the modules when setting up before the weekend show.  :scared:

You also might want to have some signs that say, "YES, THIS IS N SCALE!" as "Is this N Gauge?" will be the #1 question asked the whole weekend  :D
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« Reply #74 on: January 18, 2015, 08:16:59 PM »
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We recommend NOT painting the endplates, as you'll find the modules a bit difficult to separate (no matter how dry the conditions, the paint acts as glue, especially after a weekend clamped together).
Perhaps slip some wax paper between the modules when setting up before the weekend show.  :scared:

I stand by what I did.  :trollface:

Actually I had not thought of the paint sticking.  Although I think your wax paper suggestion is good enough solution.  I'll take sticky, uniformly painted end plates over sporadic flashes of bare wood here and there when modules of different width are paired.  :)

Shoot, I forgot I need to get to the printers to make our group banner, some signs, and I'd like to hang some pictures of the Prototype on the Roca modules.  Good thing my mother has a connection with the owner of our local print shop!
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