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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 11:56 pm
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Russell Geare
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PERFECT!!!  Thanks Rich, just the right size and angle. Boy, imagine carryin the wood up to build that! I was gonna use American Model Builders' "Martinsburg Coal Mine #1" as a base prototype but I like this more. Who needs a flat! Maybe I could put the town on the flat and the mine on the hill. More believeable?

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 Posted: Fri Jun 5th, 2009 02:32 am
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Looks like a stiff wind or a bad winter would send the whole works crashing into the valley, i cant believe they built all that waaayy up there!

One side of the layout could have it's switchback tail go to the mine, the other side could have your logging operation. Looks like you could put a siding on the middle switchback  to the right.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 20th, 2009 08:54 pm
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I absoultly love it!!!  This is exactly what I have in mind for my logging layout I am planning right now, but with 2 brass PFM Hillcrest shays for power.    That layout screams geared steam engines.   I am curious what you used to cut the pink foam as that is what I plan to use to build up my mountain.   I am guessing you are using homosote strips for roadbed other than where there is a bridge?     Keep up the great work, your giving me some great ideas that I hadnt thought of.    Mike

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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2009 12:06 pm
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I like it!!!

You're giving me ideas too, but a Japanese version...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IehmyufBJKQ , from 1.42 onwards...

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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2009 02:54 pm
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See that Russ--

Run sight seeing trains to the top. You could also have an observation tower at the top--might need a hole in the living room floor, but I'm sure that your wife wont mind a little thing like that.


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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2009 09:23 pm
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hey russ,  any progress?  i'm waitin' to see more pleeze.  after seein' this, i was thinkin' about tryin' one....................steve        p.s.  i really like the "grade gage"

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 Posted: Wed Jul 22nd, 2009 04:36 am
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Hi Steve: That layuot really caught my eye also. Switchbacks a great way to change elevations and would be fun for operations as well. John



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 Posted: Wed Jul 22nd, 2009 10:38 am
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A  little update on Russell- While unemployed, he took on the construction of a dollhouse for a client. Russ being Russ, he set his standards high. Then along came a job with crazy hours, a demanding supervisor, and lousy working conditions.

What  little spare time he has had has been devoted to the finishing of this project.

I'm sure that he will be back with us in the very near future :rah::rah:


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 Posted: Wed Jul 22nd, 2009 11:41 pm
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well then...........we'll just have to wait.  from the work i've seen russell do,  i'm sure it will be worth it



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 Posted: Thu Jul 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm
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Sorry fellas, My new job's crazy and the kids have the flu. Anybody recognize that quote? Anyway, Hi Steve! Hi Mike! Greetings to all. Mike, I use a small bandsaw to get close, then a drywall saw to get closer, then a Surform tool to get my contour. The drywall saw is 8 or 9 inches long, knife shaped, with very coarse teeth and the Surform tool I use most is a Stanley Surform Shaver #21-115, small piece of curved expanded mesh with sharp edges on a comfy handle.  Makes a helluva mess but cuts like a dream. I didn't use homesote for the road bed. I'm new at this Mike so I'll probably wish I had. I've made lots of models but Trains is new. Glad to hear some support for the "steep" side. Steve, give this a try. Home Depot or Lowes has the rigid foam insulation ya need. Lots of mess, lots of enjoyment. Kinda like a good burger! Thanks to you guys for the kind words. I have a new job with crazy hours and a side job to finish so I haven't been gettin to the computer or anything else since I started.  Steve and Mike, take photos of what you're doin and post your progress. Its always cool to see different stuff! 

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