Thursday, August 10, 2017

3 Month Update

I've been horrible about keeping the blog up to date this summer. I'm happy to announce I have another article coming out in the upcoming issue of NSR. It is a full build up on my AC44C4M. 10 pages of fun!

It has been warm working on the layout, but I have been progressing just the same. Mostly scenery work. I was heavy into the making of trees, but now I have transitioned into roads. It feels good to be getting all this asphalt down.

To recap:
More trees in Hinckley. I have now planted two full boxes of Scenic Express Super Trees (250-ish trees). I think 4-5 more boxes will get me to a good place. MP 74 looks good, I need to fill in all the way to MP 75.
At the Horizon Mill, I added the fall protection system above the flour cars (yellow structure) and a radio tower behind the HQ.

I started experimenting with the Woodland Scenics Smooth-It Road system. I started with W 1st St in Rush City.
 From there I went to CRR 133 in Hinckley. The Pan Pastel weathering really brought it home.
Next I added the blacktop to 415th St in North Branch. I mocked up Zinpro in Foam Core before I started the project. Since taking this photo I have weathered the blacktop, contoured the terrain between Zinpro and the road and I added the crossbucks at the grade crossing.
I mocked up the Titan office in Foam Core, but then I got excited, so I built the styrene verion. I still need to paint it, but I have since added the grass to the right of the building and one of the AC units outside. I hope to install the Titan-Lansing sign tonight.

I think that gets everyone caught up with the bulk of the work. Hopefully my next update will come sooner!

6 comments:

  1. Looking very good Karl.
    I used scenic express trees on my now sold SFRSD and they do come up a treat. New leaf material that is now available makes them look even better on your RR.
    Unfortunately we are not supposed to bring them in to OZ now because of quarantine laws.
    Rod.

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    1. Thanks Rod! I had a couple containers of the leaf material and it is too large for N Scale. I ended up giving them to my Dad for use on his HO Scale layout.

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  2. As always Karl, excellent work!

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