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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #510 on: October 09, 2019, 03:17:01 AM »
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Lots of curved tracks on bridges ...

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #511 on: October 13, 2019, 05:11:30 PM »
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Some cosmetic progress today...


First I scabbed 2" to the left end so I could turn the lights on without derailing a train... :facepalm:



Then I installed a work light under the layout to shed some light on the numerous projects that remain to be done...



And started working on finishing the outer edge with some fascia.  There's still some sanding, painting and trimming to do, but it definitely looks less like the pile of foam that was Retro 1.0.

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #512 on: October 13, 2019, 06:42:06 PM »
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Lee, it's coming together quite nicely. Fascia really sets it off.
Great job!


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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #513 on: October 15, 2019, 08:21:53 PM »
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So I bought 100 trees today.  I guess I better start spreading some goop, so there's a landscape to plant them in when they get here.

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #514 on: October 18, 2019, 02:03:31 PM »
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The Pennsylvanian has arrived on track 2!


Moving people 80s style...  life like lead sled F40 with Bachmann coaches.  Hardly any mileage on any of it.  The interior lighting even works!



Eventually I'm going to develop a passenger platform here.  It'll make a nice photo location.

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #515 on: October 18, 2019, 02:10:12 PM »
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Eventually I'm going to develop a passenger platform here.

It's going to be pretty narrow, in order to clear the overhang of those coaches on the curve...

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #516 on: October 18, 2019, 02:14:14 PM »
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Life Like F40PH was actually not a bad model.  If you really want to go ancient, try a Model Power F40PH (the Yugoslavian model).   :)
Back in the day, I took 3 of those babies, and re-powered them with Bachmann (then fairly new) GP40 mechanisms.  That was back in the '80s.
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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #517 on: October 18, 2019, 02:19:04 PM »
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So I bought 100 trees today.

Just a few every night, right?
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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #518 on: October 18, 2019, 02:22:52 PM »
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I remember reading an article about that.  I also had one of the Model Power units back in the day...  It was a nearly complete dog.  It may have been one of their first that had 8 wheel pick up and 8 wheel drive, though.

Regarding the yellow line situation, what better way to showcase the Retro ethos!  Swinging pilots, shiny wheels, and people getting clobbered by the vestibule as it swings through the station!

Regarding trees, yeah, I did the math.  $20 for 100 not so bad looking trees from China is a much better value than spending two weeks of evenings soaking my fingers in glue.  And take heart... I also bought a bag of green lychen to keep it real!

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #519 on: October 18, 2019, 02:27:51 PM »
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Regarding the yellow line situation, what better way to showcase the Retro ethos!  Swinging pilots, shiny wheels, and people getting clobbered by the vestibule as it swings through the station!

Regarding trees, yeah, I did the math.  $20 for 100 not so bad looking trees from China is a much better value than spending two weeks of evenings soaking my fingers in glue.  And take heart... I also bought a bag of green lychen to keep it real!

Kudos on both counts!
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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #520 on: October 18, 2019, 04:33:48 PM »
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Just a few every night, right?

If he gets Gordon Gravatt's book he can make a few trees every month...
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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #521 on: October 18, 2019, 04:40:30 PM »
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Regarding trees, yeah, I did the math.  $20 for 100 not so bad looking trees from China is a much better value than spending two weeks of evenings soaking my fingers in glue.  And take heart... I also bought a bag of green lychen to keep it real!

They're not bad...you can jazz them up with a little Noch leaf flake and a quick shot from a rattle can to tone down the trunks.
Lee, I was at a swap meet in Strasburg last weekend and a guy was selling Life-Like lychen in the original boxes...which have faded to a soft pink.
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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #522 on: October 18, 2019, 04:46:57 PM »
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I also bought a bag of green lychen to keep it real!
You must have bought gen-u-wine LIFE-LIKE® lychen.


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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #523 on: October 18, 2019, 05:43:08 PM »
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It's funny, last night we were talking about lichen and I pointed out that it actually DOES have its uses: in the right colors it can do a decent job of looking like forest undergrowth.

But neon green or pink (seriously, remember THAT) are not those colors... lol.

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Re: Retro Tech Layout Project - N Scale Compact Layout
« Reply #524 on: October 18, 2019, 09:17:40 PM »
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It's funny, last night we were talking about lichen and I pointed out that it actually DOES have its uses: in the right colors it can do a decent job of looking like forest undergrowth.

But neon green or pink (seriously, remember THAT) are not those colors... lol.

True.

I also flock the lichen using several different materials in order to create some shrubbery/bushes that have a different look to them.