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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2016 07:36 pm
   
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Very nice Lee...makes me want to Eat Taters & Wear No Clothes!!!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2016 08:35 pm
   
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I used a Woodland Scenics hot wire foam cutter and this is the first time I’ve ever used one or messed with pink foam for any scenery. My intention was to put an undulating cross section in some places on the fascia, especially in that center section. There will also be some ‘hills’ and bumps in various places in the center area. The back corners will have much higher areas, reaching up to the backdrop. I’ll probably do those last.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 29th, 2016 02:41 am
   
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I have been busy with some terrain forms for the back corners. They're actually to hide the actual right angles for the inside of the room, and will all be covered in ground foam, trees and puff poly balls with ground foam as well.

I tried to do a new technique I wanted to try from a 2013 Model Railroader article on using old towels coated in household caulk. It didn't turn out exactly as easy as the author said it would and old towels of course soak up a lot of paint.

These will have to sit in the garage for another day or do while they dry as it's not exactly hot around here right now...

This one will have a backdrop of far-off mountains in that gap, with trees and bushes all up the sides, you won't likely be able to make this shape out when I'm done.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 29th, 2016 04:41 am
   
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Looking good! I love my foam cutter. I am amazed at how easy it is to use.

I saw a technique that I haven't tried yet. It recommends using thin polyester batting for ground cover and saturating it with paint. I have the batting now, just need to try a small area I guess.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 29th, 2016 04:42 pm
   
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Lee--I have used old towels, painted after instillation with interior house paint. I think that I saw the idea in an article about John Armstrong's O scale layout. Good for around the edges of the layout as it remains flexible to some extent after drying, and if bumped, it springs back.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 30th, 2016 03:00 pm
   
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The caulk and paint has finally dried; it sure took a while!
So this weekend, I have a sales table at a local model RR swap meet on Saturday, and I'll probably not go back for Sunday and instead get rolling with painting and ground foam for the majority of the layout.
I've read that a good coating of hair spray (as it's simply clear varnish) over ground cover works very well to secure it all in place. I need a warm day with no rain so I can vent out the room if I'm using anything that has a smell...



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 Posted: Wed Mar 30th, 2016 04:10 pm
   
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Howdy Lee...I was reading on your website (very nice) about you wanting to build your layout in a room that you visit all the time. That's what I have done, build right in the living room. I also have friends who have nice (but unfinished) layouts in "back rooms", garages, etc. and that is probably why the layouts stay unfinished. When I have visitors (train nuts or not) they all get to see what interests me and can appreciate what I am doing. Luckily, everyone likes the idea of sharing the room with trains while watching movies, drinking coffee (or beer), and any other normal things that one does in a living room. To me, the layout is like the pictures on the wall or curios on the shelves, it is operating artwork.
Nope, my layout isn't "finished", still needing scenic detailing and lots of small touches, but when I watch my best friend Pam running a train of mine owners up to the mines, I know that it is all worth it.
Wow, I don't intend to hijack your thread, I just want to thank you for a great time spent looking at your work. And BTW...I have a "fetish" about locos without engineers/crewmen...I guess those locos are indeed radio controlled, something else I like.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 30th, 2016 09:29 pm
   
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Woodie:
wives and layouts in social areas usually don't belong in the same sentence. (sigh).
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 Posted: Thu Mar 31st, 2016 10:56 pm
   
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Thanks for the kind words, Woodie, you should post a thread on your own layout. I bet most people have never seen one in a living room before!



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 Posted: Thu Mar 31st, 2016 11:00 pm
   
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Lee...look in the Narrow Gauge forum-Silver City Narrow Gauge. It's all there...so far.

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