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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #60 on: April 23, 2017, 02:21:09 PM »
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The grass looked too springtime for me. In pics showing my background, you can see my goal is to achieve an early autumn look in New York or even Pennsylvania. The grass was way too vibrant for the look I was going for, so I toned it down with light brown paint called "trail tan". I dry-brushed it on with a stiff brush to give it the look I wanted and to add some dead grass. In my opinion, dry-brushing a blend of a couple different colors of static flock gives me the most control over the look I want to achieve. This is my first time doing static grass and using rock castings in the mountain, so it is all trial and error along with trying different methods I have read online for different parts of the layout.

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #61 on: April 23, 2017, 06:34:27 PM »
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The grass looked too springtime for me. In pics showing my background, you can see my goal is to achieve an early autumn look in New York or even Pennsylvania. The grass was way too vibrant for the look I was going for, so I toned it down with light brown paint called "trail tan". I dry-brushed it on with a stiff brush to give it the look I wanted and to add some dead grass. In my opinion, dry-brushing a blend of a couple different colors of static flock gives me the most control over the look I want to achieve. This is my first time doing static grass and using rock castings in the mountain, so it is all trial and error along with trying different methods I have read online for different parts of the layout.


I'm about 3 miles north of the PA border here in New York state and I'm familiar with the look you're trying to achieve. 

My layout is dated exactly August 30th.  So it's probably a little earlier in the summer season than what yours is.

The one thing I'm noticing on yours, and your image may not be offering the most detail, is that your grass is looking more like "ramen noodles"... I'm not seeing much in the way of upright grass like is typical in these parts.  Here's a shot of mine, again it's a late summer look:


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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #62 on: April 23, 2017, 06:54:38 PM »
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I'm about 3 miles north of the PA border here in New York state and I'm familiar with the look you're trying to achieve. 

My layout is dated exactly August 30th.  So it's probably a little earlier in the summer season than what yours is.

The one thing I'm noticing on yours, and your image may not be offering the most detail, is that your grass is looking more like "ramen noodles"... I'm not seeing much in the way of upright grass like is typical in these parts.  Here's a shot of mine, again it's a late summer look:



Thanks for posting that pic. The grass looks better in person than the photo, but I do know what you are talking about. The grass is a little difficult to stand up straight. I think the culprit is my homemade static grass applicator from a battery fly swatted rather than a more quality tool. I didn't want to invest much into a static applicator until I got used to how to apply flock, but based on what I've read online, these homemade models are weaker and tend not to stand as much straight up. Also, I think I waited too long to vacuum up the loose flock as well. I think given the wild grass look I'm going for, I think I can make it blend in well when I add foliage etc. if not, I'll just take a wire brush, rip it up and start over lol.

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #63 on: April 23, 2017, 06:56:30 PM »
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By the way, all of my grass is 2mm, so it isn't longer flock that isn't standing straight up. If I can get some better pics on my phone when I post future photos, I'll get some more of the grass up close.

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #64 on: April 23, 2017, 07:28:50 PM »
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Thanks for posting that pic. The grass looks better in person than the photo, but I do know what you are talking about. The grass is a little difficult to stand up straight. I think the culprit is my homemade static grass applicator from a battery fly swatted rather than a more quality tool. I didn't want to invest much into a static applicator until I got used to how to apply flock, but based on what I've read online, these homemade models are weaker and tend not to stand as much straight up. Also, I think I waited too long to vacuum up the loose flock as well. I think given the wild grass look I'm going for, I think I can make it blend in well when I add foliage etc. if not, I'll just take a wire brush, rip it up and start over lol.

OK, two things to try... One works, the other is stupid and works...

-Use that vacuum sooner.  It will help straighten the grass.
-Get a pack of balloons... And either using your hair (or someone with hair) do the "balloon static" trick.  Then wave the balloon over the freshly laid-down grass.

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #65 on: April 23, 2017, 07:30:39 PM »
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By the way, all of my grass is 2mm, so it isn't longer flock that isn't standing straight up. If I can get some better pics on my phone when I post future photos, I'll get some more of the grass up close.

Mix in some 4 & 6mm.

Unless someone is mowing that stuff (highway dept/whatever) then 6mm for full-season grass looks darned good to me for this part of the country.

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #66 on: April 23, 2017, 07:49:36 PM »
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That's a good idea. 6mm may be a bit taller than i want to go, but getting a 4mm in a burnt or a dead grass color could be the finishing touch for this. And it will make the current flock will look like broken grass/weeds below the weeds standing straight up. Brilliant!

Originally, I wanted to go with more of a mid-fall, so if I go a little more towards fall with a brown color for 4mm, I won't complain. This is exactly what I'm looking for. This picture is in Pennsylvania by the way. I feel like I'm very close to the right colors, but adding that last touch of tall grass will finish it  :)

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #67 on: April 23, 2017, 08:16:47 PM »
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That's a good idea. 6mm may be a bit taller than i want to go, but getting a 4mm in a burnt or a dead grass color could be the finishing touch for this. And it will make the current flock will look like broken grass/weeds below the weeds standing straight up. Brilliant!

Originally, I wanted to go with more of a mid-fall, so if I go a little more towards fall with a brown color for 4mm, I won't complain. This is exactly what I'm looking for. This picture is in Pennsylvania by the way. I feel like I'm very close to the right colors, but adding that last touch of tall grass will finish it  :)


This would be a great choice... http://www.sceneryexpress.com/4MM-AUTUMN-STATIC-GRASS/productinfo/SF00424/

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #69 on: April 27, 2017, 12:54:38 PM »
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I spent several hours yesterday and this morning designing my new control panel for my Model Railroad layout. I changed some of the trackwork, plus I made the panel smaller than my previous panel. The last panel was cut out of 3 layers of acrylic, but the end result wasn't what I was looking for. This panel will be laser cut and engraved out of black acrylic with brushed silver look on the outer layer. Designing these drawings for a laser cutter and getting the correct measurements are a lot harder and more time consuming than you would think!


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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #70 on: April 28, 2017, 02:17:10 PM »
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Today I installed my LED strip lighting on the layout display that is built under my N scale HCD layout that I'm building in this forum.
These layout sections were built by the husband and wife who introduced me to model railroading about 20 years ago. A lot of the countryside buildings are scratch-built. These modules are 48″ long and 12″ deep. Two of them connect on one wall, then three on anther wall at a 90 degree angle (L-shaped shelf layout). This layout is truly a work of art, and I hope that someday I will have a layout room with the space for me to connect the modules together and connect it to one of the two tracks that run off my HCD layout (I added those tracks for possible layout expansion someday!)
Anyway, here is a video along with some pictures.









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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #71 on: May 31, 2017, 11:19:23 AM »
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I designed new control panels for the model train layout, and they finally arrived after waiting several weeks! I drew the designs on the computer and had them engraved and cut by a laser. I installed most of the controls on the panel, and I also added key locks to enable/disable the power to the panels. Now I have to wire everything up!


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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #72 on: May 31, 2017, 02:09:24 PM »
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Wow! That look very stylish  8)
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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #73 on: May 31, 2017, 02:51:12 PM »
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That's really nice looking!

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Re: Andrew Lapp's N Scale New York Central System HCD Layout Build
« Reply #74 on: June 01, 2017, 07:31:45 AM »
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very nice work sir...