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Old 03-27-2019, 06:56 PM   #81
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Run them straight up and down. The ends bend, it will look much neater, and should not be a problem. Keep up the great work.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:31 PM   #82
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Bend the tabs a little. The electrons won't even notice.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:33 PM   #83
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Nice to take a gander at this again. Right now my garage is getting new shelving,
so progress has come to a near stand still, but will be liberal plagiarizing your
efforts soon.
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Old 04-26-2019, 12:48 PM   #84
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Updates on the F&B RR:
  • Complete wiring
  • Troubleshoot wiring setup issue involving blocks for sidings
  • Glue down tracks using foam-friendly caulk

Now that the tracks are completely powered and glued down to their final positions, I can move on to scenery and the more creative aspects of modeling (the stuff I really enjoy!).

My next session will likely involve adding grass/turf, ballast, and dirt (roads and "dead patches" where buildings will be placed). The caulk is currently very visible under the tracks, however I plan to cover the ties anyway with Earth colored ballast as depicted in my earlier diorama. Once that happens the caulk should no longer be visible.

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Old 05-03-2019, 10:10 AM   #85
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Updates on the F&B:

Finally! Scenery work has begun! The following has been performed:
  • Earth color undercoat added under neath the station, to the team track area, and part of a roadway that links to the outside world
  • Ballast added to the station tracks. Thought this would be an appropriate place to start just in case I made a slight mistake, the tracks will be covered over with an enclosed train shed station structure anyway!
  • I thought the back corner of the layout behind the station was looking a bit boring, so I decided to grab some foam pieces from my first 2x2 experiment diorama and create a small hill which will eventually be painted and scenery applied.

Next I plan to use the zip texture method to apply dirt to the undercoat I painted down here and then ballast the team track.

Had some excellent momentum here that I wish could keep going, however I must stop for the next week as I will be flying out west to follow the Big Boy and attend the Golden Spike 150th event. This will give me something to look forward to once I return from all the fun!

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Old 05-14-2019, 07:21 PM   #86
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Returned from my Big Boy/Golden Spike trip a few days back and was ready to get back to modeling. Ended up having a very productive day adding a good amount of scenery and detailing to roughly 1/4 of the layout. Overall I'm satisfied but would like some recommendations on a few minor problems I'm facing.

First, here's a general overview of what I did today.
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The hill so far looks ok, but in my mind doesn't quite look complete. I'm thinking of adding some rock casting to the center portion of the hill. Wonder if anyone can recommend a method for applying such a rock surface after you applied most of the scenery like I did here?
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I had trouble with the ballast in most places. There are blotches where the ballast absorbed more scenic cement than others. Anyone here face an issue like this?
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Finally, you can see a minor detail I'm for whatever reason greatly proud of. Unsure of what to do with the inch of space between the tracks and layout edge, I decided to add a footpath. You can also make out the roadway which I created with zip texturing. I ran a passenger car over the texture to create wagon ruts.
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:21 PM   #87
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Nice work on the scenery. It looks really good.

I have never used rock castings so I can't offer any useful advice.
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Old Yesterday, 07:47 PM   #88
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Wow, you are making great progress!

As someone mentioned, you can bend the connectors.

Also, you don't need the connectors at all if you tin the ends of the wires. You can then bend the ends to fit around the screws and they will not unravel and tinning adds stiffness.
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