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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #195 on: April 22, 2019, 06:26:16 PM »
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On the semi sexy front I got fascia installed on the left side, as well as installing my recessed switch mounts.
Yesterday I managed to move the peninsula backdrop back 1.5” which makes the depth for the river scene look a little better. Worth the effort with the minor bit of reframing. It is easy to draw up a plan and get close but need to tweak things as it comes together. On the not so fun side I finished installing the track and accessory busses for the left side and peninsula.
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #196 on: April 23, 2019, 01:37:15 PM »
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Got my old backdrop pieces cut down to size and installed over lunch. Hope to get through the backmost frame.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #197 on: April 23, 2019, 04:42:36 PM »
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Cut the last piece of backdrop that I’m going to touch for now. The remainder toward the yard is on hold until the frame is built there. Certainly more pleasing to see a generic blue sky backdrop than the wall or miscellaneous stuff in the room. Got a coat of paint on the fascia, and need to wire up the switch machines that I have installed thus far. Track that is down is wired and perhaps this week will be a maiden electrical voyage. Update shows some of the key scenes to get a better feel for how the backdrop makes the narrowness of the scenes apparent. However I think careful use of photo backdrop will make this seem larger than it is, that’s the goal atleast. Scouting local scenes that will be good to photograph for key locations on the backdrop. I included a photo of the expanded river scene. Hm and my pictures now post upside down! Modifying...
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #198 on: April 24, 2019, 12:18:05 PM »
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During lunch I laid out and skim coated the grade crossing for South Canal St. also cut the fascia for the canal.
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #199 on: April 25, 2019, 12:18:57 PM »
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Very nice.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #200 on: April 26, 2019, 12:16:23 PM »
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Thanks Ed.

Here I am roughing in some of the canal features. I backed the rock wall with ply, and will cap the top with anchoring cement to represent the abutments/ repair for the bridges above the rock wall. The canal wall coloring will be based off a local one in Lawrence. I plan to take the backdrop photo from one of these similar bridges over this canal.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #201 on: June 18, 2019, 04:51:43 PM »
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Not much photographic fun here but I went ahead and blew the hobby budget on turnouts and track for the yard. I ripped out the old plank shelf level that I will be framing over. Any thoughts on the last version of the yard? Going to frame it as I go to workout spacing of the girders to avoid tortoises, and the turntable pit. This leaves the yard area, and depot area for track work. Hope to get it all roughed in and wired this week and then do the first powered test of the layout. In the meantime I’ve been slowly finishing some of my n scale Alps structures for that layout. Going to wait to build until I get this layouts infrastructure finished and ready for my favorite part; scenery.  :D
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #202 on: June 19, 2019, 03:00:44 PM »
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Looking down the yard area frame. Hopefully spaced my frame such that I won’t have to move anything for the switch machines... we will see how that pans out tonight perhaps. Either way I am pumped up for a shorter but straight yard. Should make actually operating it a bit more enjoyable than previous iterations.
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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #203 on: June 24, 2019, 03:59:54 PM »
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The yard is taking shape. Not glued down yet, need to straighten a few pieces and will get glued tonight. Then on to the bulk of remaining switch machines and wiring. Still have some odds and ends like the turntable, Round house and engine service tracks, and the other sides MOW/RIP tracks. Then it’s on to laying track for the depot side of Essex and the hinged bridge/drop down section. Excited to bring the dcc station out from storage hopefully sooner than later.

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Re: Essex branch HO v4
« Reply #204 on: June 25, 2019, 04:23:24 PM »
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Getting close to wrapped up on putting track down. A couple areas left to cut and glue. Installed the turntable  and roundhouse. Here is a rough view of the engine service tracks/turntable lead. Got almost up to the last turnout when I ran out of flex track for Essex depot area. Have 17 tortoises to insta and wire. Feeders for Essex and the yard. Going to make 2 panels for the yard ladders. Lots to do but nearing powered track testing is quite the motivator.

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