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Old 12-31-2018, 01:37 PM   #11
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I have found that the best way to get kids interested is just to do it yourself, and make sure they know about it. Eventually, they will start to wonder what Dad is doing in the train room.

Who knows, when it finally does become part of their inheritance, maybe one of them will pay, "Huh. Looks kind of cool. Maybe I'll take a crack at this."
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:17 PM   #12
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Thank you. I have to say I really like the black ballast. Looks great. Of course that made me run out to the workshop and check out my supply of Black Beauty Sand Blast media. It looks to be the perfect texture and size. You got my gears grinding Andreash.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:43 PM   #13
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I had thought about sand blast medium as well, but I had the woodland scenics black ballast on hand. Just make sure their is no “sparkle” in it (flatter in colour)I’ve used brown, and grey ballast on different projects. Personally I preferred the brown, as it set off the black ties instead of blending in as it does now.


I typically change my era every 4 to 6 weeks, I go to the modern era, but only run a intermodal train. (23 cars). I do like the early 70’s because of the rolling stock colours.

Just installed a decoder in a roundhouse F7.(installation in the dcc section of the forum).
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:17 AM   #14
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Ballast looks amazing. That is something I have to figure out. More pictures sir.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:26 PM   #15
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A few more photos.....
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A small mobile homestead. The brown picnic table is built from scale wood.
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The road was just added. I never noticed in the testing track phase a small 1/8” hump at that section. It bugged me enough to cut a 6” section of track and roadbed out, only to discover a wood screw that was not seated flush on the plywood. The positive is I got to set another road crossing/flashing lights, which amuse me and my guests.
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This intermodal scene is still under construction. I reworked the Walthers mi-jack crane, I use the bottom supports structure, but the top structure is made from brass. It’s a little bigger, and is stronger. I also built from brass a 8 wheeled container mover vehicle, and should be posted next week.
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This view shows the run around track. The layout was designed that all the switches (except 1) are within 8 inches of the layout edge. Simple hand operated switches, and some use ground throws. The one switch behind the intermodal yard uses a simple piece of piano wire that comes out through the fascia (simple push or pull motion). The roadway was to break up the monetary of this corner of the scene. I’ve built some billboards from brass tubing, and I’ll post next week as well....cheers

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Old 01-02-2019, 03:44 PM   #16
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Looks great!
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:30 PM   #17
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Looks like plenty of fun to be had.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:32 PM   #18
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My new mobile container vehicle. I was looking at mi-jack images, and came across this vehicle. Not based on a specific prototype. Built mainly from brass, some wood, paper, and the safety ladder is from Walthers. Wheels from my scrap box.
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:42 AM   #19
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Nice build.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:20 PM   #20
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Just built some furnace filter trees and bushes. I’ll post a little more in depth photos in “model train photo forum / photos from my layout”.
I’d guess they cost 20 cents to make.
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I like the airiness of the bushes
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