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 Posted: Fri Jan 26th, 2018 11:45 pm
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Larry G
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Now I have a direction to go with the look of my tipper car loads, multicolored stones covered with a bit of dirt and grime. Me thinks a trip to a local aquarium shop is in order. The multicolored stones used in the bottom of the fish tanks might be a good stand in for the Apatite. LG

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 Posted: Sat Jan 27th, 2018 07:31 pm
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Larry,

Apatite...very interesting.  Used mostly for fertilizer.  Can also be used as a gemstone.  Some times contains rare-earth elements and can be used as an ore.


I found some small bags of fake toy gems made of plastic at one of the dollar discount stores.  The 'fake gems' came in different colors.  Could probably take a hammer to the plastic and break it into smaller pieces.  There are also glass stones, like marbles, that could be broken up and used.  Usually get them for a buck or two a bag at some discount stores.  Wal-Mart sometimes has them.  I've got some stuck away in the garage...I'll send you a few if you want.



I just might borrow your idea and do a little apatite mining on my layout.



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Larry , Fellers...
The foam / filter , hedge trick is a good idear..I will keep it in mind  for future use..thanks..



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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 08:26 pm
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With further checking, I found that the Black Hills has some of the best Apatite crystals to be found anywhere. Haven't found anything about large deposits of gem stone or Apatite ore so far. Now that I know Apatite is real, I would like to have my layout reflect a actual Apatite mine.
So, I will keep checking on Apatite in the Black Hills.
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 Posted: Sun Feb 11th, 2018 10:30 pm
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Been doing a bit more work on the land forms near the incline hoist. More cardboard and hot glue. I like scenery above and below the track level when ever possible.  LG

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All but 6" of the upper level trackwork is finished. After the hoist is installed and working well, the last 6" of track will be finished. Track on the far side of the host can be finished then also. The gap in the roadbed is where the incline hoist will be installed.   LG

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 Posted: Sun Feb 11th, 2018 10:46 pm
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A closer view of the eventual hoist site. I've been avoiding the challenge of building the hoist long enough, time to get off my big fat chair and have at it.  LG

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I've been doing a few small things around my layout but mostly working on a dozen new cars.
Bob R suggested cars from Wiseman Model Services, so I ordered two sets. They are cast white metal and have really nice side frames. They come with quality, blackened wheel sets. These cars were meant for HO or On30. By adding my own wood decking over the cast metal deck the cars are transformed into Gn15. I copied Bob Rs method of lingthening the cars. 
Besides the two disconnects, already finished, I intend building box cars, tank cars and bulkhead flats on top of some of the cars. Also, a couple rider cars (caboose) need to be built.   Larry G

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A closer view. 
 I need to add buffers to all the cars except the two disconnect cars. I cut 1/4" slices from a  1/2" hardwood dowel, then cut these in half to make the buffers.
 The bright silver chains are just something we had on hand. I'll find blackened chain for coupling the cars. All my cars will be converted to the link and pin style coupling system. Larry G

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Hi Larry,
You have been busy. :bow: Well done!! :2t:



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