Oct 20, 2018
Looking great, I like seeing a layout with a lot of trees.
Well it's been a month or so and I've done a bit of work . I was not satisfied with some of the trees , The Grand Central Gems that I got weren't really what I saw when I looked at the pictures in the order form . Maybe I bought ones that were too tall and were made differently . But they came in three different types . The darker ones are fine , but I had to make a few of them shorter . The ones that were a light green just had to go , way too garish . And then there were ones without flocking just the died rope base . They kinda blend in , but I'll have to see how I like them after a time . Anyway I bought a bunch more of the Moose Creek pines I really like the way they look . I also bought some foreground pines from them , think I'll get a few more eventually . I also added some pull apart static grass for low bushes , I'm starting to like the way my meadows are turning out . Still need Aspens , but am leaning more to spring aspens due to the way the first round of grass turned out , Does NOT look like late summer grass ........
And I'm not quite satisfied with the dirt areas in front of the station I need some more low ground cover , it's just a bit too "dirty" .
It looks very nice.
Slowly working on the layout the past couple months . I've been using Bachmann 6mm static pull-apart grass mats to make weeds in my meadows . Also I've replanted some trees to give me more open spaces and to pack the trees closer together . I bought a Walthers cattle pen kit and rearranged it to make a different look . Now I need to find some good looking cattle ...... The next project I am working on is converting to Sergent Sharon couplers . The are surprisingly easy to assemble , now I just need to do some trial installs . I'll be working on that in the next week or so .
Also added some Aspens Their OK , but not completely satisfied .
I saw an N scale tutorial for doing Aspens in N Scale Railroading mag several years ago. If I could find it, would you be interested in what it said? I think it had the trunks packed more densely together and the foliage draped over the top somehow. It looked great.
Yea , that's part of my problem , Supertrees are just too, wide? , They just don't pack like I want them to . And I think that I was a bit heavy on the foliage . Someone , WS I think , used to make some nice ones . If you find the article I'd like to take a look ! I think I'll try again at some point .....Mike
The layout looks really nice! I think trees are the age old MRR problem unless you are modeling the desert.
I've been thinking for awhile about replacing the 714 couplers on my Blackstone cars and Locos . So a couple weeks ago I ordered a 6 piece set of their Blackstone compatible Sharon couplers . They arrived last week and I got bust putting them together . Assembly was really quite easy with their assembly fixture . Then came the fitting . Took only a bit of tuning ( I used a pair of needle nose piers to stretch the mounting hole a bit ) and they fit right on the cars . I noticed right away that the coupling distance was much more prototypically close , and no more slinky !
The Sergent couplers will also couple to the stock 714's
And now for the "extra" coupler that came with the 6 pack . For some reason I couldn't get the ball to drop now matter how many times I reassembled it . So I just glued it together and used it on the front of one of my K27's . Wont be a problem as only 1 knuckle needs to be open to make a joint . The shank is just a bit too long , but looks much better than the 714 it replaced .
Those couplers really do make a big difference.
Good looks AND no more "slinky" effect?
That's a double win right there!
This is gorgeous !!