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 Posted: Tue Oct 15th, 2019 10:54 am
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Good advice Lee.

After the initial ground foam covering the base, lots of trees are coming.

Thinking about using the "super trees" from Scenic Express for the foreground.

I have been looking at photo backdrops also chock full of trees as well.

You are setting me on the right path.

Thanks.

:apl:

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 Posted: Tue Oct 15th, 2019 04:54 pm
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Doctor G wrote:
Thinking about using the "super trees" from Scenic Express for the foreground.


Doc,

I recommend against using them in the foreground,
as the 'trunks' are incredibly thin and delicate.
I use them for the background only.

With Grand Central Scenics and other tress in the foregrounds,
which also look great but they do cost a lot more
(not that big a deal for a small layout like mine, though).




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 Posted: Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 06:50 pm
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Evolution at Linville

The transformation from blue foam to colourful topography is underway,
on the layout design element at Linville on the On30 ET& WNC RR.




















Low lying shrubs and grasses have been planted on the hillsides,
in anticipation of “O” scale trees in full summer growth to come in the future.










Homabed roadbed has been placed in preparation for track laying.
So, we have gone from track plans to getting the foundation down for the modeled track work.















I also did the trim of the layout in an olive green color that I think matches the color of the railroad coaches on the 1920 prototype.
I would appreciate comments on what Color was actually used by the ET&WNC railroad in 1920 to paint their beautiful varnish.















Thanks for looking.





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 Posted: Sun Nov 10th, 2019 11:04 pm
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Juice for Linville.

While not as glamorous as the number two spot working its way to the Linville interchange with a load of logs,
electrical wiring is extremely important on a model railroad.





With a foam sub roadbed on a shelf,
there is very little depth to hide the jungle of wires so common in Model Rail Roads.

The side profile is quite thin, at best 2 inches.





Working with the foam means the lightweight mountains, hillocks and hills can easily be removed.










The whole layout can then be turned up on its side to do the dirty, non glamorous work of electrical wiring.





The inexpensive “router” attachment for the hard working Dremel tool is used to cut grooves in the underside to a depth of a 1/2”.










Next the wiring is pushed in to the groove and secured using dabs of hot glue.

“Suit case” connectors make easy work of splicing in to the wires in the grooves.





After labelling the connectors that will go to the electronics box below the shelving,
the layout is brought back to place on the wire shelving, and it is on to the more glamorous work,
of building the Linville LDE for the On30 East Tennessee and Western RR.










Thanks for looking.

Hope this mini tutorial wasn’t too boring.


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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 10:14 pm
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Love your scenery work.

It just needs a lot of trees!





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Lee B wrote:
Love your scenery work.

It just needs a lot of trees!


Thanks Lee!

Trees are coming after the roadbed is sanded,
further groundcover is applied,
On30 track is laid,
track is wired,
track is painted and ballasted,
structures are erected,
and then it is time for many trees.

And then it is time to move onto the next LDE module,
Linville river and bridge.

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Tom,

I really like your removable mountains.
What a great idea!

The layout is looking really good.
I especially like your rock/greenery blending.
Very realistic.

Keep sharing.

Tom


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Tom Harbin wrote:
I really like your removable mountains.
What a great idea!


Thanks Tom.

I wanted to make the mountains removable,
both to lay track and do wiring on the underside of the layout.

I am trying to take advantage of all the good working properties of blue Styrofoam.

I am a couple weeks away from laying track,
and hope to have trains running before Christmas.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 10:14 pm
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My recent work on the ET&WNC On30 layout reminded me of modern day“ rails to trails" programs.

As I placed the roadbed and the first layers of scenery……….










….. the result reminded me of this picture of the" Tweetsie Trail" near Johnson City Tennessee.





The Tweetsie Trail is the actual old roadbed of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

My On30 trail walkers were in for quite a fright,
when they stumbled into a large hairy humanoid from the Northwest country side,
who was obviously quite lost in the Blue Ridge.















Thanks for following along.

Doc Tom


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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 10:25 pm
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Funny thing about the Bigfoot.

My Mom and Dad were born and raised in NE Tennessee,
and they both said the stories they heard to scare people were never monster-related,
and there was NO bigfoot type 'critter' legend in that region.

All such scary stories were haunting-related.

"Haints," the people up in the 'hollers' called them.
That is what scared people on lonely nights up in the hills.
Not some tall hairy monster.




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