N scale D&RGW Secret Places Sub layout progress

HemiAdda2d Oct 23, 2004

  1. nd-rails

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    Except there never was an ABBA set- they all came in ABA and RG only had two, 3 unit 'locomotives'. EMD F's, yes, Alco's, well never seen it documented nor a picture to prove.
    cheers
    dave :tb-err:
     
  2. MOPMAN

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    Looking good Hemi. With mini layouts and pizzas all the rage, you are right up there with the best.

    An aside: My son got me hooked on call of duty but I still love playing Unreal Tournament. Great stress relief.
     
  3. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    More progress! I rebuilt the spire at Tunnel 25/26; it was too fat for my eye.

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    The rocks at Crescent also have some paint, and a wash:

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    A boatload of work yet to go, but it's progress.
     
  4. OC Engineer JD

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    Thats looking great! :)
     
  5. JASON

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    Been silently watching with great interest Jere,its looking great! Keep the updates comin.
     
  6. Chaya

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    Lookin' great, Hemi. Those rocks in the last photo are especially nice. They look like ROCK.
    :thumbs_up:
     
  7. CraigN

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    Looking good Hemi !!

    I can't wait to see some trains running through that scene!

    Craig
     
  8. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    Thanks, guys--Craig, that makes 2 of us!
    I wanted to pull the tape,a nd run a bit, but I had no idea what box the DCC stuff was in. Remember, we just moved here 5 mos ago.
     
  9. Mark Watson

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    Sounds like it's time to find out. ;)

    That spire is looking great! :thumbs_up::thumbs_up:
     
  10. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    I'm too cheap to waste tape--I still have some messy work to finish before pulling tape.
    Thanks Mark, yours ain't looking half shabby either! :D
     
  11. HemiAdda2d

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    OK, I bit the bullet and pulled the tape. Lo and behold, not long after the rails were inspected, a distinct dynamic brake whine is heard echoing off the rocks....
    I scrambled out of the truck at Gross Dam Rd near the crossing where I parked, and grabbed a shot of the train as it eased around the corner.

    The leader was quite clean for a coal-service SD50:

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    Not long after the shutter clicked, the train stopped short of the crossing. With a coal load fouling the main, a westbound was sure to arrive, so I waited. The headlights and all went out, so I grabbed a vertical composition:

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    With nothing moving, no whistles, or prime mover thunder coming from South Draw, I climbed up the embankment, and grabbed a shot of the power from a loftier position. The light was failing fast, and I had to work quickly. The orange glow of last light bathed the leader:

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    Not long after the light faded, twillight was gone, and a full moon in a cloudless sky lit the power, as the dimmed headlight, and step lights softly lit. I stepped the hutter speed up to 8 seconds, and used a tripod to grab this shot, then headed home:

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    N'joy!
     
  12. bravogjt

    bravogjt TrainBoard Member

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    You're layout is coming along nicely!

    Ben
     
  13. JASON

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    "N'joy" , I like that one.
    Yep looking good,get some ballast down & take more pic's.
     
  14. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    Thanks guys! I don't like the look of the trees--they look fake. How can I fix that?
     
  15. Mark Watson

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    Maybe take a pair of old scissors to them and thin them out in irregular ways. Right now they look like perfectly trimmed Christmas trees. Once you thin them out some, you could mist some spray adhesive over top and sprinkle some ground foliage to give them texture.

    Here is probably my favorite tree that I've made so far because of its irregularity from top to bottom.
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    Now I think I'm going to have to find me a pair of Rio Grande tunnel motors. Those look SWEET in rocky terrain! :D :D
     
  16. HemiAdda2d

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    My trees are bumpy chenille, painted, and immediately dunked in ground foam. Simple to make, just not very realistic. Not sure how to improve them without having to redo them in the ground foam.
     
  17. HemiAdda2d

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    Trees removed, new trees are like bottle brushes. A little adjustments to them, a spray with flat green paint, and ground foam later looks MUCH better. Here's what 93 trees *give or take a couple* looks like:

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    The only issue is the yards and yards of bumpy chenille I have stockpiled for this use...
     
  18. HydroSqueegee

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    those trees look NICE! :thumbs_up:
     
  19. HemiAdda2d

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    Much, much better than those funny martian trees I had planted previous. Thanks!
     
  20. Tom Schilling

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    Now, those trees look great. Remember to try and put the smaller trees furthest away from the front of the layout and the larger ones up close. It gives the illusion of more depth. ....Tom
     

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