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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2014 11:46 am
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I was at the craft store yesterday, and unfortunately, they didn't have any more of the same type of dried flower. I think it's called candy tuft.

Here is a short video where natural items are discussed in making treeshttp://youtu.be/JJ8qm1DG7IU

I did pick up some Woodland Scenics fall mix fine leaf foliage that I think will work well. The colors are not adjusted in any software editor, and you can see that by sheer luck the colors matched from my backdrop to the material. I'll probably hit the trees with some paint on the underside to mute the colors in the shadows some.

I've got a way to go yet before I'm ready to plant trees, I still have some structures to work on.



I'm most of the way through this freight house, and I'll have to build another background flat for the north end, and a gas station for the south. I'd like to build some other items like billboards and other "non-structure" structures to help break up patterns.

Time for more coffee.....:java::java::java:



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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2014 12:09 pm
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Although I think the color matches the backdrop great I would mix in a bit of green, most trees still have some greenish color in fall



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 Posted: Fri Aug 15th, 2014 11:12 pm
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Martin,

I plan on adding a bit of green foam to the trees. I also picked up some dried caspia today, along with some other scenery goodies to make a mess with.

Yesterday, the mailman brought me some trucks from Shapeways.







I was worried about how they would look, because they are a little "fat". The stark white doesn't help it any, but once they were painted and weathered, I thought they look pretty good.


I'll probably order some Fox Valley 36" N scale brass wheelsets for them, to get them within a half inch of the prototypical 20". Much cheaper than Grandt Line + NWSL, and good enough looking for layout use.



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I agree they don't look too bad at all, and on a moving train they're not going to stand out much anyway. I like the colour of the car too.

-Cody

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 Posted: Mon Aug 18th, 2014 06:28 pm
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I forgot to mention, I use Grandt Line SR&RL trucks with Micro-Trains N scale 36" wheelsets on a few of my cars and the combo seems to work quite nicely. I'd upgrade to NWSL wheelsets but there really doesn't seem to be a need.

I like the bit of graffiti on the bridge too. Looking forward to more (and procrastinating my own HOn30 work)...

-Cody

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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2014 01:07 pm
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Cody,

The MT wheels work with the Grandt Trucks? I thought the axle length was significantly different?



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Yes, the Micro Trains 36" wheelsets fit in the Grandt Line trucks just fine, I've made no modification to either and they roll pretty good. I've only just started using this combo though, so I have no idea if it'll work out long term.

I've attached a photo showing one.

-Cody

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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2014 07:33 pm
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Well then... It's only been 20 days since I emailed Grandt Line about an order for 10 sets, still no deduct on the bank account.



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Well, it's been about two weeks since I posted anything new...

I had been pondering what to call my little HOn30 empire, While I could have just used Marsh Creek, the actual Marsh Creek is nowhere near Maine, so I needed a plausible name, and an idea for a railroad.



I got in touch with Newell Sage to design some custom white decals, and he hooked me up (although the Herald design was mine) and sent the proofs off to Stan Cedarleaf of Cedarleaf custom decals. I should have a half sheet of goodness in my hands in the next day or so... Super excited!

Indian River is an actual town (and River) in Maine, up the coast from Bar Harbor. It's a tiny village, but in my world, it's a thriving town, and namesake of the Indian River & Northern Railway. The idea is that the Maine Central RR didn't serve east of Bangor, so the little Indian River RR was formed to connect to Saint Stephen (New Brunswick) via the Coast. I need to flesh out the story a bit, but that' s for another time.

I was able to finish up building the freight station and add the first of many lights to the layout. My plan is that every structure will be lit with at least one bulb. Pretty easy to do on a micro layout, but I have always loved dusk and night scenes, so I need to do it up right.





As a side project for the greater Indian River & Northern,
I decided I needed a lighthouse. It won't go on the Buzzard's Cove Micro, but it will eventually find a home on my shoestring empire. I don't like the look of most of the kits available, except for those that are already discontinued :doh: so I found a picture of Moose Peak Light Station (near Jonesport in Maine...close by to my fictional railroad) and got to work in sketchup.



I didn't have many dimensions to work from, so I based everything on looks judging by a standard 36"x 80" door. After some slicing and dicing, I did up the files and printed them on my desktop 3D printer. It's got it's limitations, but I think the lighthouse is coming along great.



I'll probably look to get some clear ABS filament and print the windows as glass blocks. Kent Hurley is doing some great work with his printer, and I think he's giving a presentation at the Narrow Gauge Show. Too bad I'll miss it.

I also ordered my first Minitrains loco, which should be here tomorrow. I picked up one of the Fiddletown & Copperopolis lokies as soon as I saw the Baldwin body kit offered by Toma Model Works. Link to their page:

http://homepage1.nifty.com/tfw/index-e.html

Saw that beauty, and couldn't help myself. I think my wallet wants to punch me in the face, but rarely do I say I HAVE TO HAVE IT, and when I do, the credit card comes out.

Well, need to get some stuff done. I should post more regularly, so there isn't so much to write!



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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2014 12:56 pm
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Took Delivery of a new loco...the MinitrainS F&C. This thing runs so stinkin good I ordered a second. I may have to order a 3rd. Yes, they are that nice.

Also ordered a Toma Model Works Baldwin body kit for the loco, to further Americanize the cartoonish profile. (I really like the locomotive, it's just more of a caricature.)

I might order another Toma kit if I can swing the money, and build it into a semi scale WW&F #7. Once I get further, I'll post more pictures.

Need more :java:



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