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Good day today. I started by finishing an electrical project that Patrick and I started last Sunday. I extended the near conduit across the floor, and up the leg on the far right (out of frame).

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Then down about 8' to this box. These outlets are switched for accessory power, specifically C/MRI, though I can also use it for under layout lighting.

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The switch on the left is track power only. The one on the right is for everything else, security cameras, C/MRI, etc. Ended up adding a box extension due to the additional wires. I still need a couple more outlets on this circuit, but they will be extended and fed from an existing box at the end of the pipe on the left.

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Once that was done, I went back to work on filling in between the tracks. I had to add a couple more of my stapling strips to the backdrop.

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Then I started filling in. No plaster cloth today. I'll do another batch Thursday.

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When I told my wife that I needed something to mix plaster in that would clean up easily. She found this silicone cookware set on Amazon for $14. It's perfect.

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After receiving a lot of input on my water color, I am trying a new color that I like much better,  The thing that finally convinced me was watching some videos on YouTube where they used this color for the base coat and then added the clear resin on top.  It gave the water that greenish/brown color common in Midwest rivers and the top surface reflected the sky and surrounding giving it that blue cast that I like.

I painted my river base tonight and took these pictures while it was still wet.

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It gives me a much more realistic base color and feel that I may be on the right track now.

Art

 

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beardog posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

Paul, That is a lot of projects you have going at once!!!  

I think the between tracks wetlands look great!  They look ready to have a stork or heron standing in there. 

I am thinking flamingos

I like how you are thinking!!

One must be careful with flamingos tho, they tend to multiply and they are very

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Art- the river looks better now. Once the acrylic is on top it should look great.

Mark- I use fun-tak to hold my little people in place. Don't know how it would do on a moving train but worth a shot. The stuff never hardens or dries out.

Beardog- first its flamingos- next its Gi-raffes!

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Mark Boyce posted:

 Oh, the sticky stuff.  I'm not impressed.  It may work sticking a person to the sidewalk, but not on a vibrating train.

Mark, for my Minion Vampire and Zombie flats this weekend, I used Glue Dots (that's the brand) from a craft store. They'd been sitting in storage for years and worked just fine.  I plan to use them again for sure.  Some club members asked about them as well for their layouts/consists.

Chugman posted:

After receiving a lot of input on my water color, I am trying a new color that I like much better,  The thing that finally convinced me was watching some videos on YouTube where they used this color for the base coat and then added the clear resin on top.  It gave the water that greenish/brown color common in Midwest rivers and the top surface reflected the sky and surrounding giving it that blue cast that I like.

I painted my river base tonight and took these pictures while it was still wet.

watercolortest9watercolortest10watercolortest11

It gives me a much more realistic base color and feel that I may be on the right track now.

Art

 

Art, I think you made the right move with the new color, once you get the water in I bet its going to look just GREAYT!

John D. posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

 Oh, the sticky stuff.  I'm not impressed.  It may work sticking a person to the sidewalk, but not on a vibrating train.

Mark, for my Minion Vampire and Zombie flats this weekend, I used Glue Dots (that's the brand) from a craft store. They'd been sitting in storage for years and worked just fine.  I plan to use them again for sure.  Some club members asked about them as well for their layouts/consists.

John, I know just what product you mean!  Thank you very much for the great idea!!!

RSJB18 posted:

Art- the river looks better now. Once the acrylic is on top it should look great.

Mark- I use fun-tak to hold my little people in place. Don't know how it would do on a moving train but worth a shot. The stuff never hardens or dries out.

Beardog- first its flamingos- next its Gi-raffes!

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, Fun-Tak, I'll try that as well!  Maybe it will work.

Art, Yes, I agree the river color looks better now!

beardog posted:
Mark Boyce posted:
beardog posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

Paul, That is a lot of projects you have going at once!!!  

I think the between tracks wetlands look great!  They look ready to have a stork or heron standing in there. 

I am thinking flamingos

I like how you are thinking!!

One must be careful with flamingos tho, they tend to multiply and they are very

sneaky, blending in around local dinersIMG_20180116_204319

That will be Paul's problem!!  

              come home from work  to a surprise package on the front porch...

                                              it was sent from Mike G...

    wondering what it was, I hurried in and had Sherri open it while I got cleaned up and

                                                      grabbed a beer...

              much to my surprise, it was frame work like his lift bridge he built !!

                                                           very  COOL !!!

        it fit the entrance to my upstairs layout, like he came over and measured for it !

     great job, nice surprise !   AWESOME !!     THANKS MIKE !!! 

   nice shipping wrapping too !!    I'll have to have one with you ! 

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briansilvermustang posted:

              come home from work  to a surprise package on the front porch...

                                              it was sent from Mike G...

    wondering what it was, I hurried in and had Sherri open it while I got cleaned up and

                                                      grabbed a beer...

              much to my surprise, it was frame work like his lift bridge he built !!

                                                           very  COOL !!!

        it fit the entrance to my upstairs layout, like he came over and measured for it !

     great job, nice surprise !   AWESOME !!     THANKS MIKE !!! 

   nice shipping wrapping too !!    I'll have to have one with you ! 

Your more then welcome Brian! I was a fun little build!

RSJB18 posted:

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, internet shopping is one of her many talents. I just tell her what I need, and she finds it. She's so good at it, I've nicknamed her "Hoover" as in vacuum cleaner, though there is also an element of J Edgar as well.

Then there was that wire. I tried pushing it through the pipe, but got stuck at the last bend. I had to get the fish tape and send it through. Then I called her down, and had her pull, while I went under the layout and fed the wire.

She has helped with a number of other projects, probably to the tune of a couple hundred hours worth. Where most wives steer well clear of the trains, mine doesn't mind helping where she can. I guess that does qualify for sainthood. She has performed minor miracles.

mike g. posted:
Chugman posted:

After receiving a lot of input on my water color, I am trying a new color that I like much better,  The thing that finally convinced me was watching some videos on YouTube where they used this color for the base coat and then added the clear resin on top.  It gave the water that greenish/brown color common in Midwest rivers and the top surface reflected the sky and surrounding giving it that blue cast that I like.

I painted my river base tonight and took these pictures while it was still wet.

watercolortest9watercolortest10watercolortest11

It gives me a much more realistic base color and feel that I may be on the right track now.

Art

 

Art, I think you made the right move with the new color, once you get the water in I bet its going to look just GREAYT!

 

Art that's it! You're going to love the look once you get it all scenicked in.

RSJB18 posted:

That's awesome Mike. Very cool. I vote for the actuator. I'm all in for anything that I can make work by pushing a button.

Brian- we expect to see trains running across by this evening.

Bob

Bob, don't push him to hard on that, I don't know if I can build and get another one to him that fast! LOL

Big_Boy_4005 posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, internet shopping is one of her many talents. I just tell her what I need, and she finds it. She's so good at it, I've nicknamed her "Hoover" as in vacuum cleaner, though there is also an element of J Edgar as well.

Then there was that wire. I tried pushing it through the pipe, but got stuck at the last bend. I had to get the fish tape and send it through. Then I called her down, and had her pull, while I went under the layout and fed the wire.

She has helped with a number of other projects, probably to the tune of a couple hundred hours worth. Where most wives steer well clear of the trains, mine doesn't mind helping where she can. I guess that does qualify for sainthood. She has performed minor miracles.

Elliot- If I had a buck for every time the wire got stuck at the last bend I could have retired from the electrical business years ago.

My wife is the same with internet searching.  Lately she has taken a bit of interest in the trains as the scenery gets completed. Not on the trains but she has lent me a hand over the years on various projects around the house.

Bob

mike g. posted:
briansilvermustang posted:

              come home from work  to a surprise package on the front porch...

                                              it was sent from Mike G...

    wondering what it was, I hurried in and had Sherri open it while I got cleaned up and

                                                      grabbed a beer...

              much to my surprise, it was frame work like his lift bridge he built !!

                                                           very  COOL !!!

        it fit the entrance to my upstairs layout, like he came over and measured for it !

     great job, nice surprise !   AWESOME !!     THANKS MIKE !!! 

   nice shipping wrapping too !!    I'll have to have one with you ! 

Your more then welcome Brian! I was a fun little build!

That’s Super Brian!!  What a great job you did, Mike G.!!!!!!!!!!!

RSJB18 posted:
Big_Boy_4005 posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, internet shopping is one of her many talents. I just tell her what I need, and she finds it. She's so good at it, I've nicknamed her "Hoover" as in vacuum cleaner, though there is also an element of J Edgar as well.

Then there was that wire. I tried pushing it through the pipe, but got stuck at the last bend. I had to get the fish tape and send it through. Then I called her down, and had her pull, while I went under the layout and fed the wire.

She has helped with a number of other projects, probably to the tune of a couple hundred hours worth. Where most wives steer well clear of the trains, mine doesn't mind helping where she can. I guess that does qualify for sainthood. She has performed minor miracles.

Elliot- If I had a buck for every time the wire got stuck at the last bend I could have retired from the electrical business years ago.

My wife is the same with internet searching.  Lately she has taken a bit of interest in the trains as the scenery gets completed. Not on the trains but she has lent me a hand over the years on various projects around the house.

Bob

Yes old Murphy loves to pull a fast one like that on me all the time.  I just chuckle and say, There old Murphy is at it again!!

My wife is always willing to lend a hand, but needing that second knee replaced, I am really cautious about what I let her do these days.

Chugman posted:

After receiving a lot of input on my water color, I am trying a new color that I like much better,  The thing that finally convinced me was watching some videos on YouTube where they used this color for the base coat and then added the clear resin on top.  It gave the water that greenish/brown color common in Midwest rivers and the top surface reflected the sky and surrounding giving it that blue cast that I like.

I painted my river base tonight and took these pictures while it was still wet.

watercolortest11

It gives me a much more realistic base color and feel that I may be on the right track now.

Art

 

Much better Art.  Once you add some rocks and stream side vegetation along with the "water", it will be tempting not to go fishing while running trains.  Great job once again.

Mark Boyce posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Art- the river looks better now. Once the acrylic is on top it should look great.

Mark- I use fun-tak to hold my little people in place. Don't know how it would do on a moving train but worth a shot. The stuff never hardens or dries out.

Beardog- first its flamingos- next its Gi-raffes!

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, Fun-Tak, I'll try that as well!  Maybe it will work.ys Art, Yes, I agree the river color looks better now!

I have always used a hot glue gun, no damage to figure or train

beardog posted:
Mark Boyce posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Art- the river looks better now. Once the acrylic is on top it should look great.

Mark- I use fun-tak to hold my little people in place. Don't know how it would do on a moving train but worth a shot. The stuff never hardens or dries out.

Beardog- first its flamingos- next its Gi-raffes!

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, Fun-Tak, I'll try that as well!  Maybe it will work.ys Art, Yes, I agree the river color looks better now!

I have always used a hot glue gun, no damage to figure or train

but I also have a product called Bards tacky wax that is for the same thing

beardog posted:
beardog posted:
Mark Boyce posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Art- the river looks better now. Once the acrylic is on top it should look great.

Mark- I use fun-tak to hold my little people in place. Don't know how it would do on a moving train but worth a shot. The stuff never hardens or dries out.

Beardog- first its flamingos- next its Gi-raffes!

Elliot- your wife is a saint! Actually does some train related shopping for you too! I have a couple of Woodland Scenics silicone rock molds. The plaster pops right out of them every time. 

Bob

Bob, Fun-Tak, I'll try that as well!  Maybe it will work.ys Art, Yes, I agree the river color looks better now!

I have always used a hot glue gun, no damage to figure or train

but I also have a product called Bards tacky wax that is for the same thing

This stuff is Quik-Stik distributed by Handley House.  I'll go with any of the suggestions I see first.  Thank you, Everyone!!!

  With all the spirits flowing you'd think it might be pink elephants or something.

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(Fortescue owes me one for the pin-up )

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 I've got to push you for the heron too.  No contest for me, I got withing yards of a Great Blue this last summer while it fished a flood basin pond next to Wallmart (not these). It was also the biggest, bluest one I have seen about 4'-4.5'/head up. Watch directly and you'll never get close, just point the camera if you want to spook one Catching them in the right light the blue pops more... like a Russian Blue cat glowing bright blue in the right moonlight.

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Thanks Shilo

    Mike has an interesting approach of shipping stuff off so pictures of his stuff get posted on the forum without him having to find his camera again  

 

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