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    • April 11, 2017 8:15 AM EDT
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      Love it.

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    • April 15, 2017 6:15 PM EDT

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      Thanks for the comments fellas.

       

      A very warm spring day today with plenty of sunshine. It was time to take the mini layout outside for some pictures.

      Here is an overall shot of both sides. This was difficult to do in the work shed as I could not get back far enough to include the whole layout.
      Here is the" Woods Side" with the log landing. The first cover of dirt and debris has been applied.


      Here is the side that will have the rail camp and the log dump. Scenery has not been started on this side yet.

      I think I need to get going on some backdrops the styrofoam blue is really sticking out!

      Doc Tom

      A very warm spring day today with plenty of sunshine. It was time to take the mini layout outside for some pictures.





      Here is an overall shot of both sides. This was difficult to do in the work shed as I could not get back far enough to include the whole layout.
      Here is the" Woods Side" with the log landing. The first cover of dirt and debris has been applied.




      Here is the side that will have the rail camp and the log dump. Scenery has not been started on this side yet.



      I think I need to get going on some backdrops the styrofoam blue is really sticking out!

      Doc Tom
    • April 15, 2017 6:57 PM EDT
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      Nice work, Tom. Two very convincing scenes. I can only imagine how well it will look once you complete the backdrop. Thanks for sharing with us.
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    • April 15, 2017 7:49 PM EDT
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      Why not just replace the backdrop with a row of standing pine trees?

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    • April 17, 2017 9:49 AM EDT
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      Hey Doc,

      Next time you have the "mini layout" outside, could you take a picture back away to see the whole structure?  What kind of weight are you dealing with? 

      Do you have it on wheels or a cart?  Can you move it by yourself?  Very intriguing.  Always enjoy your work.

      Is the outside largescale layout entirely dismantled and returned to normal yard landscape?

      This post was edited by Ric Golding at April 17, 2017 9:52 AM EDT
    • April 17, 2017 9:20 PM EDT

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      Dan Hilyer said:
      Nice work, Tom. Two very convincing scenes. I can only imagine how well it will look once you complete the backdrop. Thanks for sharing with us.

       

      Two winter scene backdrops ordered tonight 48"X18". More pics to come.

      Tom

    • April 17, 2017 9:23 PM EDT

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      David Maynard said:

      Why not just replace the backdrop with a row of standing pine trees?

      Hi David,

      That is a good idea.....but after thinking it out I am going to try photo backdrops. Thanks for the input. More pics to follow.

      Doc Tom

    • April 17, 2017 9:33 PM EDT

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      Ric Golding said:

      Hey Doc,

      Next time you have the "mini layout" outside, could you take a picture back away to see the whole structure?  What kind of weight are you dealing with? 

      Do you have it on wheels or a cart?  Can you move it by yourself?  Very intriguing.  Always enjoy your work.

      Is the outside largescale layout entirely dismantled and returned to normal yard landscape?

      Hi Ric,

      The mini sits on a light weight  plastic cabinet that holds all the electrical goodies to run the beast. The modeled portion is removed from the cabinet and two square aluminum channels sit in grooves on the top of the cabinet. Basically they can be easily separated for movement. At one time the whole modeled portion (constructed of blue foam and aluminum channel) weighed about 10 pounds. The sculptamold overlayer I placed  after carving the foam added weight and it is now about twenty pounds. I can move it myself but because of its size (48"X30") it is better moved by two people.

      Here it is sitting on the cabinet in rudimentary fashion several months ago:

       

      Thanks for the interest.  Doc Tom

      This post was edited by Tom Grabenstein at April 17, 2017 9:36 PM EDT
    • April 19, 2017 7:58 AM EDT
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      Thank you for the pics and stats. I remembered that picture, but as you stated better to carry with two people.  Nicely done!

    • May 21, 2017 5:09 PM EDT

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

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    • May 22, 2017 11:34 AM EDT
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      Tom

      You need to sneak one of these in there!

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    • May 24, 2017 6:48 AM EDT

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      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 24, 2017 6:50 AM EDT

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      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 11:08 AM EDT
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      Love it Doc!

      I really like Sean's idea as well !!

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

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    • May 24, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
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      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.

      This post was edited by Steve Featherkile at May 24, 2017 2:01 PM EDT
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    • May 26, 2017 6:54 AM EDT

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      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

       

    • June 9, 2017 10:32 PM EDT

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      I finally got rid of the STYROFOAM BLUE and put up some photo backdrops on the divider in the center of the mini layout.

       

      Most photo backdrops are in summer or fall color schemes. I really had to search to find one that was a winter photo with leaves down and conifers giving only a hint of green.

       

       

      I found two at "Backdrop Junction" made of vinyl that I think look OK.

      Doc Tom

    • June 10, 2017 8:44 AM EDT
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      I like the backdrops. I've been trying to come up with a plan for my indoor portion built last winter. The green painted concrete block wall doesn't add much to photos   I work in a sign shop and can have photos printed on self adhesive vinyl, but coming up with a panoramic photo that will work with building flats has been my challenge.  I will probably end up stitching a whole bunch of photos together in Photoshop.

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