SP in 1953, Daylight & Overnight

Onizukachan Nov 18, 2018

  1. Onizukachan

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    here’s current status on San Medina. Ballasting done and trolley buried in road, and I picked a color I like for asphalt and sealed the spackling in. terrain formed for park is now painted it shades of dirt color.

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  2. Onizukachan

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    I had help painting the dirt.
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    I recommend this technique for getting truly random colorations.
     
  3. Joe Lovett

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    Love to see kids helping on the layout. My daughter made several trees for mine several years ago. Cynthia is doing them now.

    Joe
     
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  4. dualgauge

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    That is a moment you well treasure.
     
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  5. Onizukachan

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    For those who may not read over in the TTRAK section...

    I got 4 corners, two singles and two triples from CMR, and assembled them.

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    I decided not to try to install 20+ microscrews to hold the plywood fronts on since they are structurally rigid, and instead will make the fronts resemble coastline terrain with foam or similar.


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    I then proceeded to cut up my freshly assembled modules, cutting a section out of each triple and reinstalling it upside down to provide a lower height for the front track.

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  6. Onizukachan

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    The reason for this lunacy was so that I can have something that resembles this picture.

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    the rocks and beach are still there today, but the hillocks have been razed by developers for houses and roads.
    This is the only place on the Coast line it really is right on the beach, at a place called Santa Claus Beach.

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    Now on to how I am trying to make this happen while still complying with TTrack’s requirement for two tracks.

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    I imagined how they could have made a cut thru the hillocks seen above and used this imaginary cut to run my second track thru the back to keep it mostly out of sight.

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    Roughed in some terrain with sculptamold. Had never used it before but it is very fast to use...

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    Leena and I painted this rough terrain in so it wouldn’t dust everywhere and because it is easier to see in color.
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  7. Onizukachan

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    It was better but still far to rough and too abrupt, so I used some Dollar tree spackling (basically aerated plaster and fine power) to smooth things out.
    I also used it to form the beach... when sprayed with water this stuff self levels and self smooths.

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    you can see the water glinting in this pic while I wait for the beach spackle to finish drying and how smooth the beach contour is.


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    With any luck this will mean that the eventual water pour will be equally easy.


    And this is where we have to leave off for now. I have some old model power telephone poles I can cut down to Toruń along the ridge already, but...

    This weekend I needed to buy a bunch more unitrack extension cables to cut into leads for front lines, and some unitrack unijoiner cables for rear lines before I can install remainder of track, plus I need some pieces to cut to size a la Fifer/ Albo. And I need scenicking materials for this (recommendations for sand?)

    Instead I bought my wife a 2019 Atlas vr6 to replace her x3 which had a quarter million miles...it was just not cost effective to continue fixing her x3 anymore. Needed more $ in parts than it would ever be worth.
    Plus, as she pointed out earlier today the Atlas with 3rd row down can take all the modules and folding tables in the rear easily. So everything is still moving forward, just more slowly again.
     
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  8. MK

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    Excellent work!

    Might want to try unsanded grout for sand. Sanded grout might look too coarse despite the initial logic.
     
  9. Onizukachan

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    Thank you! Next time at Home Depot I will check it out. I believe they have it in colors there IIRC?
     
  10. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, different colors. Lots of earth tones of you think about their use in a house.
     
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