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31 Oct 2015
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Tim suggested a new thread on this subject so here it is.

On October 25, 2015 I completed 8 benchwork modules for a new model RR layout, seen below with some of the leg assemblies. Installation occurs on Saturday. The layout is on the right side of the garage, my stamp storage is in cabinets on the left. I am literally split between the hobbies.

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Today I completed installation of the modules in the space I have available in my garage. Working alone, in 80 degree temperatures in California, it took about 3 hours. Two modules are secured by a single set of legs each, and a 1x2 cleat on the wall. The remaining modules are bolted in place and have their own leg assemblies, with one exception. There is a 1' x 10' section along the wall above my workbench. This will be supported on shelf brackets, which are not yet in place. I made it intentionally narrow to provide clearance for work below. It will mostly have staging tracks and will have minimal scenery. The setup also salvages a 7' module that I had built last year at another location. Much of the time for installation involved fitting the other modules to this existing module. However, everything fit perfectly and is level.

You learn things about your space when you do this. I had no idea that the slope from the back of my garage to the front is nearly 3/4" in just 14'. Well, at least if the hot water heater bursts, it will drain away from the house.

To the left of the space shown is a washer-dryer pair. To the right, I have to park a car. These plus the window, which I agreed not to cover as part of negotiations with my wife, are the baseline constraints of the space. Every project of this type involves compromises, and the main ones here are (a) there is a duck-under to reach the central operating area, and (b) the use of a central operating area. The latter has become archaic in model railroad design; most layouts today are linear and around-the-walls. Rectangular tables and "control pit" designs like mine are not favored. However, I like to see trains run, so this setup will permit me to have a continuous run loop, plus switching in towns along the way. Much of the time I will be the only operator, so this works for me. If one or two others join, there will be things for them to do.

Next up: preparing a full size track plan on sheets of cardboard tacked in place. Due to upcoming travel, I am not likely to post about that until about November 22. See you then.

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The perimeter dimensions of this layout are 14 feet long and 7' wide. As layouts go, it is narrow, but it will permit me to use 30" radius curves, which will be adequate for most equipment in HO scale (1:87).

November is Model Railroad Month. If you have questions about this project or the hobby in general, please sent me a private message via SOR.

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Very nice.

I look forward to future updates!

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01 Nov 2015
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I am diggin' it!

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Wormser Furniture is ready to receive materials, but ya gotta let Big Al unload them. From a kit from Monster Modelworks; the brick is laser cut basswood, and the details are 3D printed in resin.

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Always great to see a new layout going up!

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3D printing will be a game changer. It's affecting the model car hobby. I sat in on a half day seminar by a panel of folks in that industry and it's interesting to see what's coming. As of now, there are a few sources for 3D printed parts, but due to the cost of machine time and media it's mostly creating masters for resin casting.

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Agreed. I just received two kits for SP Hart convertible gondolas, for which the entire body (except interior end panels) is 3D printed as a single unit. The prototype had a complex underframe that would have been difficult to scratch build. The 3D prints are fantastic and I look forward to assembling it. The main downsides are cost, brittleness of the resin and the requirement to use solvent-based paint, at least as a primer. Here's the maker:

http://www.drycreekmodels.com/w-50-3-as-made.html

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That is really cool! When you say solvent based paint... I use automotive primer under all my models. Sometimes because I'm painting resin, but much of the time on regular styrene models because it protects the body from the automotive finishing paints I generally spray. Brands, Duplicolor Plastikote... I like light gray as an undercoat for most everything.

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Here's a 3d printed character that I was given as a sample at the 3D seminar. Incredible detail. It was held as part of the Greater Salt Lake Model Car Championship in Utah this spring.

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03 Nov 2015
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There is a guy at Board Game Geek who found some cheap train sets that are real close to HO scale. He is modifying them for Dust Tactics, to make a Nazi Gold Train. It's a cool thread like this one, where we can watch the transformation. Happy

http://boardgamegeek.com/article/20716473#20716473

Dust Tactics- http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/36367/dust-tactics

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I look forward to watching your progress!



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I now have half the sub roadbed down, of which this image shows a small part. In a departure from prior practice--most people use 1/2" plywood--I'm using 3/16" plywood for the 12" wide shelf section shown at far left, and 3/16" MDF for all other areas. Some people say that unfinished MDF can have long-term warping problems in humid climates, but here in dry California it's not an issue, and I'm going to paint the top surface to seal it anyway. The curved section will support a 30" radius curve around one end of the layout, and the rectangle at right center will support a large citrus packing house, from a kit that I have yet to build. To avoid renting a truck, I'm using 24" x 49" panels, so joints appear in some locations, as in the center. I'll fill these with yellow carpenter's glue. The screws on top also are temporary; when I'm satisfied with the track alignment I will pull these screws, squirt in some glue, reset the screws overnight, then remove the screws. They just get in the way of scenery, and I'm not likely to change the sub roadbed at any future point.

Meanwhile I've ordered track, turnouts, and electrical connectors in the hope of holding a Christmas week track laying party.


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Chris, it's not just warping that is an issue with benchwork. As you add items to the benchwork such as roadbed, track, scenery and buildings, the wood will have a tendency to sag from the weight. Sags can cause trains to uncouple.

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Fair enough, though what can't be seen here is that there are a lot of risers and all the span distances are 12" max, often less.

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10 Dec 2015
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You might be all right then.

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Hi Chris,
Just wondering how the build is going?

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Tim ... making progress although not much is visible. I laid, connected and energized the main DCC control bus so I now have operating voltage and control signal around the layout. Photos of wire aren't very interesting so the first image shows one of two terminal points where a couple of modules connect to the main bus. I use 14-ga solid wire for the bus, 18-ga stranded for local connections of which there are only a couple, and 22-ga stranded to the track. The advantage of 14-ga solid is almost zero voltage drop around the layout; the amount of voltage drop is below the resolution of my (analog) volt-ammeter.

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All the sub roadbed is down and painted a tan earth color. I've drawn the track plan full size in place. I've proceeded to laying roadbed, a combination of a bit of cork, and precut Homasote from Cascade Rail Supply in Oregon. I'm using the cork only because I botched the Cascade order and failed to get enough kerfed stock to lay curves, so I'm filling in with cork that I had on hand, rather than waiting for another order. Straight Homasote, with no saw kerfs, doesn't curve, it just snaps. I lay it with yellow carpenter's glue and pin it with pushpins overnight, and weight it with cans of paint.

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The last image shows a full size cardboard template that I'm using to lay out the geometry of the last module. For this one, I'm not going to cut any sub roadbed until everything else is done. Errors tend to accumulate as you lay track, so I'm working in one direction only, and when I reach this point I'll be able to address any misalignments or compromises that resulted from track placement earlier on.

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I've also spent considerable time ordering stuff for the next phases: Micro Engineering code 83 flex track and turnouts; servo motors to control turnouts and a DCC control board for them; cab controller plug panels; etc. Trying to stay one step ahead (in supplies) of where I'm working now.

Thanks for asking.

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Very interesting and fun to watch the progress of a well planned model railroad.Thumbs Up

I find it particularly fascinating, seeing how this is the extent of my model railroading experience.

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I lost my large HO layout during a large earthquake and would really like to build another, but old age and lack of time is holding me back. I've spent the last few months of free time, whenever possible, to lubricate and detail locomotives and rolling stock. Only have around 20 engines that are DCC, not ready to invest in upgraded the hundreds more that are not DCC ready. I have thousands of rolling stock, complete with correct prototyping and KD equipped but I'm too old to get involved to the point of making a 300' layout. I'm enjoying your progress and it brings back a lot of memories...Thanks!

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10 Feb 2016
11:03:46pm
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Quote:

"would really like to build another"



You could always build a small shelf-style switching layout.
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Kenneth, two suggestions. First, you could join a club. Based on your location, perhaps those in Glendale or Pasadena. Both have large layouts where you could run your rolling stock (probably only the DCC stuff). Second, check out the Yahoo! group called Model Railroads of Southern California. It is a moderated, closed group run by Bob Chaparro. If you explain your location and situation he will add you to the group. He organizes private layout tours in So Cal a couple of times a year and this would put you in touch with more modelers and maybe more options for operating or building.

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Hi Chris,
Just wondering how the build is going?

Regards ... Tim.

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Tim, thanks for the nudge. I've been on a tear. All the roadbed is down. All the main line track is down, wired to the control bus, and mechanically/electrically debugged. The roadbed you see with no track will be spur tracks that I am planning to hand lay. I have never done it before and wanted a new challenge. Trains are running again for the first time in two years. I've started working on an operating scheme and roughing in building sites. Yellow signs indicate industry locations. I took a break from two weeks of soldering to build a feed & grain dealer. Due to personal and business travel, nothing will be done for the next two weeks. Back at it in May. The first project will be to put up some sky boards and fascia so it looks less like benches in a garage. /Chris

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Wow this is really neat. It is fascinating to see how model railroads are built. I have seen working displays and exhibits but never the creative process. It looks like a time consuming labor of love. Thanks for posting the photos!

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The one thing with model railroads is that they are hardly ever completed. There is always something to add or change as one works along the "road". Abilities, talents and materials all get better over time, so tearing up a section and redoing it, or adding something new is commonplace. I started my layout in 1993. If I gave a "completion" percentage to it, I would have to say 85% to 90%. When I get the last larger area finished, that will bring me to 95%. The remaining 5% is small areas that I will redo or have to finish. Even when that is done, I have plans to upgrade and make other areas better.

You are right when you say, "a time consuming labor of love", except when things don't go right. Then we have to remind ourselves that model railroading is "fun"!

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One more, an overall view. Looks puny here. I'm working in half of a California garage, 7x14 feet plus extensions.

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You may want to cover up those garage door windows. I don't know how hot things get where you live, but I found that the sun coming through my garage door windows heated up the plastic models and warped some. I actually wound up replacing the old wooden doors with metal insulated windowless doors.

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Yes, this is fun watching the progress. Keep us posted!

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So ... any of you guys know any of these guys?

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Extra points if you know anything about any other postcards published by the bank.

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I cut, fit, installed and painted 25 linear feet of fascia and 12' of skyboards over the weekend, of which a portion is shown below. It is 1/8" Masonite hardboard affixed with 1" pan head sheet metal screws, primed white and then painted with two coats of dead flat interior latex. The question "what color should the facia be?" has as many answers as modelers. I went with "Asphalt Gray," a close match to Southern Pacific "Lark" Gray. I wanted something that would not attract the eye, would complement the scenery, would be compatible with black mounted items such as control panel plates, and had something to do with the prototype I am modeling. I am happy with it.

In the first image, the upwardly extending rectangular part on the right side has a model building (not visible) abutting it on the other side.

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Hi Chris,
How is the build going? I've been enjoying watching a number of model railroading videos of late and have been wondering how you are getting on.

Regards ... Tim

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Tim,

I have no visible progress to show, everything in the past few months has been under the layout such as wiring and switch machines, and the holidays always bring work to a standstill. I did finish all the fascia mentioned below and put up more sky boards. However, a "Pineapple Express" (warm rainstorm originating between Hawaii and here) is hitting the Bay Area this weekend with predictions of antediluvian rain and flooding, plus my wife is at the CES show in Las Vegas for work, so I expect to be at the layout all Saturday, and hope to post photos after that. I'm focusing on completing the scenery for one six-foot section so I have one complete area for visitors to see.

There have been other commitments. I'm pleased to advise that I was elected 2017 President of Sequoia Stamp Club in Redwood City, which is one of the nation's largest APS member clubs with 125 members. I am also serving as co-Chair of the 2017 regional convention of the National Model Railroad Association, Pacific Coast Region. It's in Bakersfield in April and work is at a fever pitch on that right now. And last, I was picked as Secretary of the PCR, a non-voting Board position. I think 2017 is going to be busier than when I had kids in the house!

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Hi Anglophile;

Nice looking layout, and I don't even like trains. Model cars was my thing in the 60s & 70s. And nowadays it is wooden model ships.

You should make a build log showing more different steps, and maybe a few scratch built buildings that are not expensive kits. This is a great way to encourage younger folks to get interested in trains, when they realize it can be affordable. Are you by any chance a railroad cancel collector?

The windows on your garage door are really cool. They remind me of transom windows on old sailing ships. This space on warships is where the admiral or captain and other officers would have their quarters.

Just stampin'....
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News just in for anyone interested in model railways.
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I recently mounted some commercial photo backdrops. They add a lot of depth to my scenes.

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The buildings have been in storage for a while and need some TLC. After 35+ years in the hobby, I handlaid track for the first time. This is Micro Engineering code 70 (0.070") pre-weathered rail on individually placed and stained wood ties with 4 spikes per tie, every 5 ties. The camera shows all and I can see some spike heads that need to be fixed and the scattered ballast needs to be vacuumed. I picked a straight spur that is hard for visitors to see, to make all my mistakes there. I have about 25' of other spurs yet to do.

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Nice work Chris! The backdrop really does add depth and pulls the scene together. As a car modeler I've always studied the weathering techniques the model railroad hobby has used, and have employed a lot of what I have learned there. What scale is your layout?

My own model car work is 1/24 and 1/25 scale, which is roughly G Scale. I do look at G Scale accessories that I can use.

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Here's a piece I scratch built. I saw plans to build a full size one in Popular Science Magazine and decided to build it in scale (1/25 scale) as an exercise in scaling and working with wood. This would be right at home on a G Scale layout.

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Excellent. I am working in HO scale (1:87). Large scale terrifies me - you can see every detail and the figures (humans) never look right. A minority of model railroaders follow the weathering techniques that you guys use and military modelers use. I recently learned that in Europe there is an entire magazine devoted just to weathering ... see http://www.migjimenez.com/en/

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Worked on this laser-cut structure kit over the weekend.

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And this scene.

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It's fun to work on a wooden kit now and then. Your picture of the Salinas company has given me an idea. Now, if I can fit it in...darn space is always a problem!

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Nicely done. Looks very sharp.

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Hello people

I know this forum has lots of model makers - this question is for you!

My wife bought a nice jewellery box with a hinged lid a few months ago, - it's faux leather, with a glass window (5.25 inches by 3.5 inches) in the lid. Got it from Hobbycraft, which I guess is the UK's Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately she dropped it a while ago and the glass in the lid smashed. Can I fix it? My craft skills are a bit rudimentary, but I'll have a go.

I've carefully removed all the bits of broken glass, and now want to fashion a replacement to fit in the lid. It's like there are two layers making the lid, and the glass was fitted and glued between them. Back to HobbyCraft where I've bought a small sheet of Midwest Clear P9olyester Sheet Clear/0.08. It's a bit flexible but not much. I figure if I can cut a piece a bit bigger than the opening - that is bigger in one dimension and about the right size in the other, so I can flex it and ease it into the slots between the layers in the lid.

So, first question - how do I cut this sheet? Is it about scratching a straight groove with a box cutter blade (we call it a Stanley knife) and then snapping it over a firm straight edge like the edge of a kitchen worktop? And hoping it breaks down the straight line of the groove?

Second question, having got a piece the right size and flexing it to ease it in between the two layers of the lid, how do I glue it into place? What adhesive should I use? Or is it a case of cutting a little bit off the spare bits and trying out different glues??

Third question, have I bought the right item - or is there something or some material more workable than this polyester sheet?

Come on, you model makers, give me a steer!

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1. The "score and snap" technique works with acrylic and styrene. I'm not sure about polyester. An experiment would be best. Try two or three passes with the Stanley knife, then snap on the cut line, using a sharp surface as you mention. If the experiment fails then you will have to cut all the way through with the knife. Repeated light cuts are much better.

2. For the adhesive, I recommend Formula 560 Canopy Glue by Pacer. It was developed for affixing model airplane canopies. It looks like white PVA glue, but dries clear, and works well with dissimilar materials. The bond will be stronger than the faux leather when cured. It's available from Amazon UK here.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZAP-CANOPY-PT56-Canopy-Glue/dp/B0006O8EVM

Good luck,
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I took a two-week hiatus from layout construction to build a model and prep a clinic for an NMRA convention later this week. The clinic is online at Academia.edu under the title Modernist Industries for the Transition Era Layout.

Mid-century modern commercial buildings are rarely modeled and this project took me in an enjoyably different direction both in terms of prototype research and kitbashing a unique structure. It is a work in progress at this point with finish painting, detailing and light weathering yet to do. At 22" long, it's hard to get good photos.

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09 May 2018
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While I am no longer in the modelling game I did dabble when my sons were of a certain age and read up a bit.

It used to be said that the difference between the US and UK approach to modelling was that "over there" the accent was on operating while "over here" the a idea was to produce a three dimensional moving "painting" which happened to have trains in it !

It seems looking here and elsewhere that there is now some convergence in this approach.

However I must draw your attention to what must be the ultimate in the latter approach. Just look at www,pendonmuseum.com and drool. I have visited this place and I have to say that the pictures understate the reality. What doesn't show in a static picture like here is that the trains are specially geared to run at scale speed - so a long freight train really crawls through the landscape, just like I remember "unfitted" freight trains ( that is without vaccuum or air assisted brakes, the guuard had to jump off the train and manually "pin down" the brakes on the waggons). Some of the farms and cottages took up to a year each to build and are exact scale models of now vanished buildings( although the environment is imaginary - all the buildings are accurate but were just not in the same place in real life. Before constructing the model, the original was actually visited by a surveying team complete with measuring tapes, theodolites and the like to take minutely accurate dimensions.

You can spend ages just looking at one building and marvelling at the detail. The trains are made up of accurate scale models of actual rail vehicles and are are marshalled just as a similar-purpose train would have been "back in the day".

Highly recommended.

Malcolm

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09 May 2018
09:06:09am
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Further to my previous post I have discovered that there is some you-tube footage worth a visit.

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For many model railroaders, actually operating the model like a real railroad is the draw. I attend and also host operating sessions. It is something to watch your creation "move" as you stand back and supervise/observe.

Of course operations vary in scope from one modeler to another, from imaginary to precise prototypical operations. It can be quite an experience to participate in a session.

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I took out the tools and materials and went on a scenery working spree. It has been a while, but I'm holding an open house in a couple of weeks, so I wanted people to get a chance to see an addition to my layout. Here's the first image being released of my progress thus far (only about 1/2 of my work is visible in this picture):

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Michael,

That is really impressive how you can achieve such a depth of field in your images. I wish my father had the technology to do that in the 60's with his S-gauge layout. Photos of his layout always suffered from the inevitable blurry foreground or background. I always felt that "proved" the images were "fake". Your images look believable. Well done, sir!

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Thanks, Lars.

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There is a direct (if inverse) relationship between aperture and depth-of-field.

Light is the Great Enabler ... if the 'target' is not melting, you are not using enough light.

So: add light, which allows you to narrow the aperture, which increases the depth-of-field. Rinse. Repeat.

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Michael,
The picture looks great, as your layout pics always do. Applause Which pieces in the pic are your recent work?

Regards ... Tim.

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26 Oct 2018
07:37:41am
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Everything, except the track. This is one of the two areas on my layout that do/did not have scenery in place. If you recall, sometime ago I showed pictures of when I added a two-sided backdrop. This is one side of that.

The left side of this section (not in the picture) is about 90% complete with scenery as well.

Here is an old picture of the same area before the final (and different) backdrop and scenery were installed.

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In the current scene, I have realigned the sidings and buildings. I'll take a picture of how it looks now from this same angle and post it here in a bit.

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Here are a couple of "helicopter" views of the newly sceniced area:

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02:15:28pm
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'Tis the season for model railroading open houses:

http://www.limrre.com/openhouse.htm

https://www.tmbmodeltrainclub.com/

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My layout is open for viewing on November 10th (afternoon until whenever) for members of the National Model Railroad Association (NRMA-affiliated event), and members of the Austin Model Railroad group.

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