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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #225 on: October 22, 2019, 03:29:23 PM »
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Last night during the pats game I had a productive work session. Got the replacement ties in on the bakery and paper mill branches. Began weathering ties on the paper mill (Lawrence Branch). Also began terraforming the embankment by the main into staging/ it will have a house up on the hill with a rock wall lining the ROW. I will eventually cove the corner behind the house but that requires working from the backside which is barricaded with guitars so the track side scenery will be first order. Began shaping a bit by the Waterworks overpass. I hope to get largely done with shaping foam tonight, there is the removable bridge scene embankments as well as a smaller embankment which will be by the beginning of the Bakery (Watertown) Branch. I also began sifting and tinting my next round of ballast.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #226 on: October 23, 2019, 10:18:29 PM »
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Tonight’s session saw filling in my control spacers(3/4” stock) the full length of the layout. Painting that brown. Cutting cork for Main St. as well as foam for the parking areas for the adjacent buildings. All got a coat of black (except that red one! Ran out of black before...) before getting a skim coat of tinted plaster. I also got some dirt zip texturing done by the paper mill. My goal is to get this left sides scenery more or less to ground cover as the track configuration is very simple and tested reliable. Also all the structures are mocked up so most of the guess work is taken out. I set road widths based on real dimensions from similar streets I am depicting. That is a 9” street curb to curb for Main St or about 65’ taken from Main st in Waltham MA.

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For fun I ordered ballast I need for the rest of the layout, the depot I will be using, a gas station and propane dealer kit as well as a mill style building I will depict as a loft apartment. Hobby budget is blown for the month but plenty of roughing work to get to groundcover. Not set on season yet either summer or fall. Going to need to decide sooner than later!
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #227 on: October 24, 2019, 12:23:07 AM »
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That poorly maintained track looks quite good!
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #228 on: October 24, 2019, 05:48:11 PM »
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Thanks Peteski. A sort of iconic scene for our neck of the woods! Hope I do it justice in the finished build out. I want to introduce some more vertical curvature to the track in that section but am a bit apprehensive as it currently operates without issue. Then again the 1:1 put it on the ground many a time through there so I do want it to be a ‘on the edge of your seat’ experience for operators to have to crawl along that stretch with their fingers crossed... but if it goes on the ground more than 25% I would be unhappy.

Here is an overview of the left side as of this afternoon. Found some time for more ground goop and zip texture. Also finalized and laid down the pavement bases for the bakery branch. I am excited to detail the abandoned industry at the beginning of the Branch. Finished shaping foam more or less for the layout, some smoothing out to do on the wedding cake/house on the hill scene. Any of those rough edges will be slathered in my goop mix which is good for filling in large cracks or very rough terrain. Also managed to get another skim coat down on the pavement areas. Been researching grade crossings and am up in the air on concrete or rubber for Main st. Also need to find crossing gates that fit for a two lane road... anybody have recommendations? nj? Tomar? Will also need large gantry flashers for the early 90s.
Forgot to add that you should disregard the large pile of rocks at the base of the hill. I will have some riprap but those larger ones are going, just rolled there in the process of spreading. I sift my own dirt mix, and used some of the remaining materials on the hill.
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #229 on: October 25, 2019, 05:37:08 PM »
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Trying my hand at building the trestle.
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #230 on: October 29, 2019, 06:55:26 PM »
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Warning: long rambling post ahead. So I have been steadily plugging away at the roads, ground goop and texture, as well as a big oops! While gooping around the waterworks overpass I realized something; I didn’t account for the cork roadbed I put down. Solution? Dig out and raise the abutments of course! After an hour of careful cutting I raised the abutments by 2 layers of cork, if you look up thread at my proto photos you can see the track is more or less in the mud  while there is a small mount of dirt/tiny hill raising up to the visible first row of stone on the abutments. This will allow me to simulate this sunken style of trackage, something I didn’t think of while crafting this signature scene. It took all of 1 second after realizing this mistake to begin fixing it; lesson is do not be afraid to make changes! Included are the beginnings of scenery on this portion of the layout. Yes I will be weathering the poorly applied graffiti decals on the abandoned industry! :facepalm:

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #231 on: October 29, 2019, 07:01:47 PM »
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #232 on: November 06, 2019, 04:14:50 PM »
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Did the big flat brown spray bomb for the rest of the layouts track, as well as spent some time coloring ties as well as little test patches of the yard ballast, versus the mainline ballast.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #233 on: November 07, 2019, 05:04:34 PM »
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A look down the yard as ballasting continues.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #234 on: November 08, 2019, 02:33:11 PM »
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nice work on the ties, I agree the effect is worth the time

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #235 on: November 08, 2019, 04:07:15 PM »
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Thanks! It really makes the industrial trackage/ guilford yard stand out from the mainline. I found some reference materials that made it imperative to capture this sort of effect. The yard trackage will be receiving plenty of weeds/grass/foliage to enhance the effect. I am quite pleased with the Scenic Express ballast as well. I am using their gray blend on the main and dark gray for the rest of the yard. I am using the gray blend around the branch lines but intend to weather it a bit with soil, and perhaps the airbrush. [ Guests cannot view attachments ]
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