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wazzou

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2018, 01:29:41 PM »
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It'd be in the Graphic Design section.
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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2018, 07:59:29 AM »
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Pinstriping tape would work really well for that!  I am planning on re-making that piece, it was just scrap i had laying around in the garage and I wanted to start on the wiring while my kiddo napped :)

Last night I added my trees and also added a bunch of bushes.  Im reasonably happy with the trees, but they seem to have turned out just a bit clumpy.  I think i am going to go back to trying the fiber/static grass method on the armature rather than the course foam. 

I've picked up a harbor freight bug zapper for a DIY static grass applicator, but its going to have to wait until after our camping trip!


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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2018, 08:10:52 AM »
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I do like how this is shaping up.  I was using it to take photos of cars to sell, and this happened:



Sadly, I went a bit car crazy before setting my prototype, so some cars just need to go!

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #33 on: June 21, 2018, 08:37:27 AM »
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@freedj , the prop shop on Van Dyke, north of 9 mile in Warren has the striping as well as Great lakes Hobby also on Van Dyke, near Utica Road in Sterling Heights.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #34 on: June 21, 2018, 09:24:07 AM »
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Hmm. Not a fan of the tree.

Have you tried Supertrees? They're gonna change your life.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2019, 02:49:27 PM »
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After a long hiatus progress has resumed on the layout!  All the missing ties have been inserted, the feeder wires have been painted. The river scene baseboard has been painted and a few stand in buildings have started to crop up, just to start getting a sense for the shapes involved.



The trains have run, and the first few operating sessions have taken place!

I've got a few places where my locos inconsistently stall even after a thorough cleaning.  Many of them are near (still) unpowered frogs but some of them are just in the middle of nowhere.  I've dropped feeders for every track segment so I am a bit puzzled.  If it only happened around the frogs I would understand but out in the middle of clean track im not so sure. 



I Like the look of the supertrees Ed,  i'll pickup a starter kit and see how it goes.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2019, 12:34:48 PM »
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Over the weekend I picked up a DPM Goodnight Mattress co kit to convert into a low relief building.  I built up a few cardstock models to see what i like.  The first version only had room for one car, and the second version has room for two.  It also feels big enough to be a believable building measuring in at about 15".  It was an interesting challenge to get the molded windows all in plausible places. 

Please excuse the color, my printer is running out of toner and the photo wasn't a good color to begin with :)

I would love some feedback from all you experienced modelers on this plan before i start cutting up the kit! Do you see any glaring errors?  What can I do now to make this structure more believable?



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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #37 on: January 07, 2019, 03:42:40 PM »
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Looks good! Are those two upper story windows going to be right at the corner of the building?  You wouldn't normally see that.  Also, make sure your two freight doors are the right height off of the ground to match up with the freight cars / loading dock.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #38 on: January 09, 2019, 07:46:34 AM »
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Over the weekend I got my stand in control panel mounted to the layout and wired up to control frog power.  I put in a connector between the layout and the control board so that I can easily remove it to work on the control panel or the layout module.  I have a servo control board on the way to drive the turnouts and now need to make up a few servo mounts before the board gets here.  I may round over the corners of the panel bezel because i have already caught the corners a few times.

I know its completely impossible, but it feels like powering the frogs has reduced loco stalling, even away from the turnouts!?


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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2019, 08:02:10 AM »
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You are making really nice progress and are describing things really well, so it is easy to follow along.  Am really enjoying this!