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I’m about 80% done, still lots of small stuff to be done (ie road lines, telephone poles), but enough done to show it off to friends.

The grain mill was built from dollar store items. Love saving money, and saving up for a loco. Is there ever to many locos...cheers

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It’s continuous run. The photos tell the story. Yes, the room is quite blue. I was fortunate enough that my 3 year son snuck in when I was painting, and thought it was a good idea to use the paint roller on his legs and arms....made for a funny photo...Cheers
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Very nice. Track type? Turnout type? What did you use for your scenics? I like that trestle bridge. Who is the manufacturer of it?
 

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I was fortunate enough that my 3 year son snuck in when I was painting, and thought it was a good idea to use the paint roller on his legs and arms....made for a funny photo...Cheers
So how long will it be before you don't have to sleep in the train room anymore? :laugh:
 

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Track is #6 peco, and atlas code 100, all sprayed bombed with testers flat black. It involved more tape, and newspaper then the actual painting took.

Scenery-I brought a 4 gallon pail of “sandbox” sand, I think it was $5, and have a lifetime supply. It’s finely textured. I had looked at Home Depot, but the sand was to coarse.

I originally had put it down with no glue because the “thinking” was I could change out the scenery colour with a vacuum. That didn’t really work out to good, and it’s all glued down now. Some commercial trees, but also dollar store and Walmart Christmas trees, all scrapped down with a wire brush, spray bombed forest green, and woodland scenics weeds sprinkled on. I’m currently working on furnace filter trees, and when they are ready I will post.(they look great).
The water under the bridge is a wavy texture piece of glass, painted the plywood underneath navy blue, with some green streaks. Turns out really good, my guests always want to touch it.

I plan on removing the bridge in February, and putting in a trestle, as I think it will add better visual interest....cheers
 

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Bridge, I have a second one, box says MTH. But I think the bridge I have in the photo might be “Heljan”. I think it can still be found. If I find out any other details I’ll let you know. Mine was gray, spray bombed testers green. It’s a “simple” kit, easy to put together.
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Tried to get the kids excited about the hobby, but they have other interests. I tell them it’s part of their inheritance, they are not impressed...cheers
 

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M.B. Klein website..
I like the silver, easier to paint, plus it comes with some nice stone abutments...cheers
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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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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. :D
 

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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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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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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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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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