GNfan;7/20 Update #3: Hey, guess what? For <$2.00 I ordered 6"x6" Art Board from Amazon. The first person to correctly guess what it's for gets . . . absolutely nothing! Stay tuned for hints.
My hobbylinc.com order came. I should have ordered the bears in HO. The HO potted plants are tall, but I don't think the pots themselves are too big for outdoors in N scale. The grass scenery mat is a better shade of green, and the "Desert Sand" mat looks like . . . sandpaper. The 7-Up vending machines are tiny but will make a nice detail with my ice machines, and the Atlas pallets go with my forklift. The HO Model Power street lights are my second set of them.
Hint #1: It goes with something I bought by mistake.
As I noted on the "Beginner Q&A" forum; I was surprised to discover just how delicate model railroad trees are. After asking for suggestions and the reading the directions (what a concept!) I decided getting a bottle of the Woodland Scenics product they recommend is a good excuse for another hobbylinc.com order. Another thing I noticed is that some of the trees have a base about the size of a penny, while others (the fancier ones) just have a little thingie that you're supposed to stick in a 1/8" dia. hole, and then the tree trunk fits on a long pin that comes out of the thingie. The problem is that the thingie is longer than my board is thick. So I'm going to be using the ones with bases. I believe they come apart as well, so it's a matter of hiding the bases under the grass mat. Which means in addition to a bottle of Woodland Scenics' spray glue to hold the leaves better, I need 4 more trees. Probably the orange trees and say they're peaches.
Hint #2: It also goes with one of my new tools.
Ok, so I need a spray bottle of "Scenic Cement" and the set of four orange trees. And I do want the HO black bears. I'll use the standing HO one vs. Yeti, the N adults as her cubs, and one of the HO adults as sasquatch's friend. I still need to find a solution to where my vending machines go. I'm going to order the N scale Tomytec "Outdoor Pavilions". I googled the Tomy part # and didn't find any assembly instructions, so I assume they're not a kit; and they seem to come with some outdoor furniture. The description says "pack of 2", so the other can be an awning over Ma's doghouse. It comes to ~$50.00 w/ s&h. I'll talk with the CFO.
Give up? The item I bought by mistake was the "Summer Grass" mat, and the new tool is my brayer. What's a brayer? It's a rubber roller on a handle. Look it up on Amazon. And the answer is . . . it's going to be a test of whether I can use my brayer to help stick scenery mat to an art board, or whether my brayer will crush it. And then I'm going to try sticking a couple of cast resin structures I'm not planning to use to it. If I've got to go to the "moisten and scrape" method illustrated in that video to get my structures to stick I want to spray my board gray first so it looks like my structures are on concrete pads. Otherwise, they're on pier blocks hidden by the siding or skirting.
GNfan;7/22 Reality Check: If my scene is supposed to be Eastern Washington in the early 1960's, the trees probably wouldn't be there yet. Maybe the apple trees as what's left of an old orchard, but that's probably all. There is a JTT Scenery product that looks about right for Eastern Washington scrub steppe, but its $8+ for a 5"x7" sheet. I might get one of the green ones and plant the apple trees in it some day; But for now, "the joke" is that there actually isn't any shade at the ShadyLane Trailer Park. The green grass border is probably also unrealistic; but I've got two sheets of it, so I'm going to use it.
traction_fan, those are nice trees, and they do look like Western Washington did back in the days of your layout. Last time I was there (last summer), "Pugetopolis" runs from Marysville to somewhere around Fort Lewis and east to North Bend. Not a lot of natural trees left.
Yup! That looks like the middle of nowhere all right! I,m not familiar with the bridge across the Columbia.The attached photo is Desert Aire, WA, a "planned community" in the middle of nowhere. It was started in the late 1960's, and is in the same general area as the Milwaukee Road's bridge across the Columbia River.
GNfan;Update 7/25: I made it to Lowes today. I found some 2" wide black non-skid tape. It's a little shiny, but it's going to be tarmac.
A few months ago it seemed like the posts to the N scale forum were so few and far between I was afraid traction_fan and I were the only ones left. So I started using a thread like a blog, recording every online order, posting the occasional crummy pic, and sometimes "thinking out loud"; because I didn't want some newbie to find this site and think both N and Z were dead forums. But I'm not "feeling it" anymore. My "scenery piece" project is coming along now that I got over my poor judgment about pre-made trees and decided to model the relatively treeless terrain in places in this desert. But "due to circumstances beyond my control" I'm not getting my loop of track to go around it and that has left me quite discouraged. And now the camaraderie that used to keep this place vibrant has come apart. I'm not going anywhere, but I can't keep up anymore. :thumbsdown:
I know a N scaler in Canada, so that makes 3 of you (in North America). All kidding aside, I’ve been following this thread, and I don’t model in N scale. I understand the frustration of posting, and the sound of crickets after, but I keep on posting and hope I inspire one person in this great hobby....cheers, AndyGNfan;
If we are the only two N- scalers left, then we might as well chat back and forth to each other. It may keep the loneliness at bay.
Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:
GNfan;My idea of a loop of track on a 2½'x2½' board that came apart into two sections wasn't a bad idea - just an impractical one. My wife and sons installed the upper storage shelf, and it's too high off the floor not to require a step-stool. The consensus was that I wouldn't be able to safely set up or put away my little layout on my own, which was one of the objectives. Meanwhile, my trailer park & rental cabins "scenery piece" continues on. I just don't have the "gumption" anymore to update my "blog" any time I get a "Your order has been shipped" e-mail.
Andreash:I know a N scaler in Canada, so that makes 3 of you (in North America). All kidding aside, I’ve been following this thread, and I don’t model in N scale. I understand the frustration of posting, and the sound of crickets after, but I keep on posting and hope I inspire one person in this great hobby....cheers, Andy