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You can never have enough pallets...
especially on warehouse docks, and for 'scatter' just about anywhere.
With a simple miter-jig, you can cut basswood or styrene for a dozen pallets in a few minutes.
The key is to spray them the right shade of weathering, for a tenured look.
Oil-soaked pallets are a fire hazard, so the ones pictured here are more for scatter.
I don't ever remember seeing a freshly new pallet in real life, but I'll slip one in now and then.
I spray them in groups, changing shades of weathering between each group, and then they get 'shuffled', for a random mix.
On some busy warehouse docks they'd get (temporarily) stacked as high as the forklift could reach.
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I used to load my tankers from a certain RR tanker transfer yard in Kearny NJ, and the whole track looked like the second picture.
Needless to say it got added to the Superfund site list.
After the Feds raided it twice. :)
 

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Discussion Starter · #187 ·
Double Xover
It's gotta work, or... Elm Street?


The heartbeat of Birdstone Terminal.
Jerry's been tricking this up for two months, getting all the bugs out.

If it develops the yips, (which we figure it will) we'll have to go with a consecutive switch arrangement, which will lengthen things uncomfortably.
For that reason, nothing in the terminal is permanent or even ballasted yet.
I have faith in Jerry, but not in 2XO's.
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Discussion Starter · #192 ·
FROM THE FILTHY TRACK FILE:
Aftermath...
Downstream wreckage residue.


Leftovers from a grade crossing collision.
A freight-'xtra' has struck a stake-bed trailer loaded with fuel-oil drums at Gayles Crossing (dirt road; no gate).
It's a "low speed zone", but this is where the lead SD managed to stop plowing the flaming heap.
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I'd love to know how you did the dirt road!
I use 3M Patch+Primer as a base.
It dries with minimal shrinkage, and sands & sculpts easily...

Dirt roads:
1.) Lay down the 3M base.
2.) Sand & sculpt to shape, including ruts.
3.) "Paint" on a few (thin) dabs of soupy 3M here and there, and place a few stones of Woodland Scenics fine Talus... don't overdo it!
4.) Paint or airbrush for color... browns, tans, grays, etc.
5.) Seal thoroughly with clear, e.g., DullCote.
6.) If you want potholes, you should dig them now, and re-paint & re-seal with clear. You can partly fill them with fake water.
7.) Apply Woodland Scenics Static Grass or Flock as a center strip. Tufts are optional.
 
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