The California Wild Fire and Growth Exhibit

sams Nov 11, 2019

  1. sams

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    I figured out the reverse loop lol. I took everyones comments with a grain of salt hahaha ;):D .....

    Man I have had to re-configure my layout though which has been a bit of an issue, just had to do a little back tracking. I have some glue drying at the moment for the last section of track I'm going to be adding in. The last few weeks I have been focused on this bridge I've been scratch building. I'm pretty impressed with the shear weight that it isn't and the strength that it has.

    I used Balsa wood and Bass wood together to create it. Yes I know it is BIG lol

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    I will be doing some painting and getting that portion of the layout ready to add ground cover and other scenery type objects to complete this section. Thank god I have a week off coming up !! Woooo

    Hope you all are doing well !!
     
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  2. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, that's an amazing bridge and trestle!!(y)(y)

    Looks awesome!
     
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    Thank you sir @Kurt Moose

    Nice Signature. My grandfather was the one who gave me the addictive love of trains haha Very cool !
     
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    My Dad grew up next to the Great Northern in Monroe, Wa.
    He loved trains and ever since I was little, we were always trackside!:D
     
  5. sams

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    Badass!! I love hearing things like that.

    Has anyone ever stained balsa wood ??

    I was considering painting the trestle but if I do I’ll lose all the wood texture that it has so my second thought was a nice dark stain.

    I wonder if they have custom stain colors ....?? Hmmmm lol
     
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  6. gmorider

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    Impressive!
     
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  7. mtntrainman

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    Yes...you can stain balsa wood. It will however soak up the stain pretty quick because its so porous.
     
  8. sams

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    @gmorider Thank you very much!

    @mtntrainman I'm doing it then !! Cross your fingers !!! Maybe I should put India Ink on it too ....
     
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    Wow !! I made it to the third page !! hahaha It's sad that I haven't been on here in so long. I have been periodically working on the layout though. New job happened. Then Corona Virus hit LA and everyone is freaking out so I had to be inspector gadget and get TP and water. Between it all though I was able to get some work done. This bridge I'm staining is going to take longer than expected. Painting every surface was a lot more work than I anticipated. It is going to be well worth it though. The color is beautiful.

    1st things 1st !! In order to even place the bridge/tressel I have to finish some of the land cover that falls underneath it. I'm using a technique I picked up from youtube and altered it a bit after trying it on a sample piece. It works out good and the texture is really nice. I also built up the mountain area for the evil witch's house !!!

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    One other issue I ran into was figuring out how to actually get the train to turn around on the same loop. Many nights I stood in front of the layout with a beer that had a hole at the bottom and thought ..... how am I going to do this..... as it wasn't in my original track plan. I had to do some mediocre adjustments. The difficult part was putting these 2 switch machines in accurately since 1 side of track was going down and the other was rising up. This took a lot of adjusting and troubleshooting. If there was one thing that I will not forget about building this layout this will be it !! You can also see in pictures above that the big mountain is going to have a pass through which is going to be pretty neat IMO.


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    Any who! I'm working from home. Pretty nice actually. I'm just glad to be working. Hopefully I can get some photos of the trestle on here later. Enjoy !!
     
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  10. HemiAdda2d

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    If you use stain on the balsa, like noted, it will soak up the stain quickly. Additionally, since it soaks readily, use a shade or two lighter, to offset the effect of the stain soaking in faster. A dark stain like walnut may turn out almost black on balsa. Use sparingly and wipe off promptly.
    By all means, test the stain on some scrap balsa to get a feel for how the color turns out. Just some experience from staining softwood projects.
     
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  11. sams

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    I may have gone to dark .... but I'm LOVING the look and it will fit perfect for what I'm doing. I should have stained it all before I put it together but hey! I've never scratch built a bridge before lol

    I'm glad I took your advice on the dark part. Originally I wanted to do a Mahogany sort of color. The stain I got though is great. Its workable and is water based I think. One of the few stains I can use inside without upsetting anyone hahaha

    So 1st coat of stain on the Trestle.... where the hell did they get the word Trestle from anyways ?!?!


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    Cheers and happy Friday !
     
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    I have to upload this !! I'm setting up my layout to be versatile between DCC and DC. So with that said I got bored the other day and hooked up the DC system and ran some of the first trains I ever bought!!

    These Suckers are quick !! haha. :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

     
  13. HemiAdda2d

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    Very nice staining job, Sams!
     
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  14. MK

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    Hey, they look like Aurora AFX slot cars (remember those???) :D:ROFLMAO::LOL::p Goes to show how far N Scale has come!
     
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  15. mtntrainman

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    Turn the throttle down....zoooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm:eek:
     
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    I know they need to slow down haha ! I almost had a heart attack when I ran it. I was not expecting it to take off like a dragster !

    Yes I had a few sets of those tracks and tunnels myself... They flew off the track if going to fast. I have to be really careful when I run them that fast or I might need a catcher in the future.

    Eventually you will see a normal running train with a regular tree and normal looking mountain I promise! Though I have came up with an idea for a spooky caboose that is launched from a loco.. More on that later !
     
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    This is my 5th day inside ..... Dear god hahaha! This is my current mood. I need to do some more trimming since I'm going to have a path going up to the witchs house. Pretty exciting to have one of the portals and mountains glued down. Finally starting to "see" some progress. I think I've spent a lot of time recently doing a small bit of backtracking and re-configuring track, which I am still doing, It is not perfect lol I still get derailments from time to time. Also the dam Atlas switch machines..... ugh .... Never again ! I also bought 2 atlas pieces of rolling stock. I don't like em :LOL: I am learning that Atlas products are sub par. Including ! My locomotive. I realized the front truck clip broke so the plastic truck cover hangs low!! First the pair I bought the motor was bad. Now the second one is falling apart!

    Keep in mind ALL ATLAS !!

    What kind of models are they selling!?!?!?!?!

    Very unfortunate.

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  18. sams

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    Slow night but a lot of progress has been made. !
    so I made a cartoon !

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  19. MK

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    You should print that out and frame it in your train area/room.
     
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    I thought the same thing !! Great idea !
     

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