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    • May 26, 2017 6:54 AM EDT
    • Steve Featherkile said:

      One thing that I've done to get forest floor detritus is to find some real detritus, put in my lovely bride's blender, and chop it up, and then spread it around the layout.  Its more scale-like.

       

      Course chop for 0 Scale, fine chop for H0 Scale.

       

      Agree. I have a 5 gallon bucket full of last fall's colorful leaves ready for the blender. This will be the next scenery layer after the winter tree armatures. Wife said "no way" to using her blender. I had to get a cheapie from the local recycle store. SWMBO is obeyed.

       

      Tom

       

    • May 24, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
    • One thing that I've done to get forest floor detritus is to find some real detritus, put in my lovely bride's blender, and chop it up, and then spread it around the layout.  Its more scale-like.

       

      Course chop for 0 Scale, fine chop for H0 Scale.

    • May 24, 2017 11:18 AM EDT
    • This one gave me the idea!

    • May 24, 2017 11:08 AM EDT
    • Love it Doc!

      I really like Sean's idea as well !!

    • May 24, 2017 6:50 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Tom

      You need to sneak one of these in there!

      Now that is very cool Sean!! Be a neat trick to get that on the layout and perhaps even animated.    Doc Tom

    • May 24, 2017 6:48 AM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      i envy you your ability for placing all these realistic details

      Thanks Korm. The detailing takes place in very small bites. The pictures were done in area 6" X 6".........took up a whole weekend to do. Glad this is a mini layout at this pace.

       

      Tom

    • May 22, 2017 11:34 AM EDT
    • Tom

      You need to sneak one of these in there!

    • May 22, 2017 5:04 AM EDT
    • i envy you your ability for placing all these realistic details

    • May 21, 2017 5:09 PM EDT
    • Now that half of the layout is covered with dirt and autumnal grasses.

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      It was time for the big foliage…. trees in the winter.

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      Scenic Express came through with some of there sage brush armatures (not readily found here in Tennessee ) and roots and twigs from the garden were also used. Here are some of the first plantings near the log trestle bridge.

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      I really like the detail you can get in this large O scale with these diminutive On30 trains.

      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • May 25, 2017 7:13 PM EDT
    • Bart,

      No pressure, no schedule, no timeline.  However, doesn't mean we wouldn't want to see ya.  Glad your back.

    • May 24, 2017 3:13 PM EDT
    • Not looking good for this year.....the first trip to the hospital has pretty much burned my sick and vacation days for the year....mebbe next Spring lol

    • May 24, 2017 2:21 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

       

      Maybe Ken can drag you west again.

       

      I keep tryin..................

    • May 23, 2017 10:56 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      I saw a name like that down at the Post Office on the wall.  Anybody gotta a picture of this guy that claims to be a long, lost friend?


       

    • May 23, 2017 10:11 PM EDT
    • Bart?  What was the last name again?  Salmons?  HMMMM, seems like I saw a name like that down at the Post Office on the wall.  Anybody gotta a picture of this guy that claims to be a long, lost friend?

      ????

      Ahhh, the pencil sketches looks like the Bart I knew.  I've got some spare parts off of a 7/8th Shay that tried to make it around the old KVRwy.  Can you produce the engine those parts fell off of?

      ????

      Our lives strain, change and blend back together again.  Good to hear from you and as always like your ideas.

      Maybe Ken can drag you west again.

       

    • May 23, 2017 3:51 PM EDT
    • This will be fun to watch, Bart.

    • May 23, 2017 1:12 AM EDT
    • I'm keeping an eye out for a narrow-ish rolling stool for my On30. The aisle between the storage shelves and the layout is too narrow for a desk chair, but where the chair does fit, it's a delight to operate sitting down at near eye-level with the railroad.

       

      I look forward to seeing your progress!

       

      Later,

       

      K

    • May 22, 2017 4:51 PM EDT
    • Woke up with no TV or Internet this morning so I thought I'd get some railroad benchwork installed before work.  

       

       

       

      This is the section that will support the Cedar Junction interchange and the last of the curved sections to go in.

       

       

      And the first two of three straight sections that will eventually support Switchback.  I gotta cut down an exisiting module by about 3" to get it to fit before I can install it.

       

       

      Construction is Molly approved!

    • May 21, 2017 5:12 PM EDT
    • Very good start to a nice looking layout. Looking forward to more updates. Doc Tom

    • May 21, 2017 5:19 PM EDT
    • Kevin your Facebook photos are incredible. Wonder why they will not show up here?? Love the log load, a good way to recycle a household chore.

      Been doing that myself with proceeds from the "honey do list."

       

       

      Doc Tom

    • May 21, 2017 2:07 PM EDT
    • Steve is getting ideaso? Next Steve is going to be off Devoning.