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 Posted: Tue Feb 21st, 2017 12:34 am
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I made a big order to Scenic Express, and it arrived a few days ago. I now have three rabbits running free on the layout, and finally a scarecrow for my cornfield. I also bought several sheets of static grass mats, two of which went in place on the layout that night because I couldn't sleep, and the rest were put on the layout the following evening.






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Delightful groundwork Lee and I do like the worn look.



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WOW!  That's a lot of corn, did you plant each stalk?  Looking great!



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Great looking scenery.  How did you get that curved turnout?
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 Posted: Tue Feb 21st, 2017 09:42 pm
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My eyelids snapped open a little over an
hour before I normally get up this morning. While I usually can get back to
sleep in such a case, I immediately realized that wasn’t going to happen. So, I
got up and went to the layout room as it’s the only place I can go and not worry
about waking up my wife (who suffers enough with my occasional snoring). I
broke out the remaining static grass mats and finished putting them in where I
thought high grass should go. I kept a patch of each, roughly 4X4” or so, in a
plastic bag for those cases where I think a small patch of either is needed
later. Didn’t make any sense to use them all up when by the time I was done, I was
just looking for patches that might have had tall grass in real life.







Reg H wrote:






Great looking scenery.  How did you get that curved turnout?












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Thanks Reg! That turnout is a curved Shinohara
HO one, as no normal turnout would work there. There’s another just beyond it
out of the frame to the left. I’ve tried to find ways to hide the ties
differences and if I had to do it over, I might have tried removing every other
one. I might cover it with low ground foam just to break that up as it’s
obvious when you see the (Micro Engineering) On30 track on each end of them.



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WOW!  That's a lot of corn, did you plant each stalk?  Looking great!



Thanks, Steve! Those are made by JTT. https://www.jttmicroscale.com/viewproduct.asp I bought a pack her and there, over the time I was planning and designing the layout, over more than a year. I found some used ones off eBay later and there are just about exactly 400 stalks in that field. I call it my "Hundred dollar corn field" as that's about what it cost when I added up everything.









I cut a section of Masonite for the area I
wanted, sanded the edges down to a ‘knife’ edge, then drew out the rows. I then
put a long, thin bead of caulk over each of the rows. Once that dried, I painted
it over with latex paint I’d had color-matched to the soil where the layout
takes place. Yes, I have real soil from there, thanks to my parents as they
still own Dad’s childhood home there. I then drilled holes for each stalk,
hundreds of them, and placed each one-at-a-time. I also added died dowels for
fence posts at the same time. Once it was done, I screwed the outer edges to
the plywood base of the layout, and put ground foam all the way around, to the
edges of the fence. Coarse foam hid the edges very well and I doubt anyone can
tell it wasn’t put directly into the table-top by looking at it.


If I had to do that again, I’d have waited
until the scale barbed wire I’d ordered (a wargaming item I found on eBay but
have long since forgotten the trade name. It’s easy to find lots of stuff like
it if you search eBay) had arrived, as I placed the poles and then mounted the
entire base. Then, I strung the wire and didn’t do a very good job of it as I
had to fast-cure ACC and it just doesn’t look like I’d hoped.


I am probably going to make a small cow pasture very close to there, and I’m looking into better methods for the fence. I have
found some 1/48 scale barbed wire and might use that, but it isn’t cheap. Maybe
I’ll just use the reel of EZ line I have, as that fence would run right to the
edge of the layout and EZ line wouldn’t tear away from the posts if someone
touched or snagged it (I also used it for the power lines and was excellent for
that, for the same reason).

Last edited on Tue Feb 21st, 2017 11:05 pm by Lee B



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Wow, that's some (corn) bread for corn.  Hope it is a banner year and the harvest comes in! Lots of patience for planting, but then I suppose it is not much different than trees, except that you didn't have to build each one.  Building it separate probably helped, less damage to the surrounding area.  Looks absolutely wonderful, worth every ear.



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Hi Lee :wave:


Busy busy busy !


Nice look with the new grass planting.
&
Rabbits !

It's getting to that EYE POPPING photo-realism stage ! :shocked:


What next ?

Some coins dropped from a holy pocket ?? ;)


MOOSES :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:


:cool:


Si.



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Thanks, Si. My long term plans are to build interiors for a room at the main depot building (the room where the cupola is, which will be paneled and have office furniture and stuff for the station master inside), one or two rooms in the farm house (for sure the bathroom as I found scale furniture for that and maybe a bedroom) and eventually the interior of the store. Those spots already have holes drilled in the table tops underneath to run wiring through for lights. I already have most of the Woodland Scenics lighting system stuff I need to light all that up when I'm ready. Only three structures will be lit as electric wiring was only down the main road in the time/place I model when the layout takes place. Only after the war did electrical lines go into side-roads and Hollows (called, "Hollers" by those who live/lived there), so not every building will have electric light.
Then there’ll be an ongoing effort for detail items that I doubt will ever end.
The one thing that I’m still trying to figure out is the random debris of the outdoors. The stuff that comes off cars on the sides of the road, the sticks and man-made little items that are all over the place if you just stop and look. I’m not sure how to re-create that. Long-ago discarded paper is something I’m trying to figure out how to make in that scale, as it’d have to be very thin to look right. If you just look around, there’s a coating of random unidentified debris for lack of a better way to describe it. I’m still working on how to re-create that.



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Lee, the house that we are working on in the Blue Ridge didn't have lectrik until after the war some time.  We had plumbing for kerosene.  The house was built in 1940.  Cool stuff, maybe you could get a nice warm glow for kerosene?  Keep up the good work - Steve



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Long-ago discarded paper is something I’m trying to figure out how to make in that scale, as it’d have to be very thin to look right.
Try napkins or toilet paper without embossed texture. Cut to size, put on a flat surface and wet with dark tea or light coffee. Let dry and crumple.
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