What I have been working on of late has been installations of slide switches and electrical block gaps, to complete the tracklaying in the vicinity of the Winchester Yard Throat. Along with this, I have had to re-design my control panel to reflect the revised track configuration, and I to map out where electrical blocks will go.
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Lately I have been working on a big mountain scene with a tall steel trestle, and I had gotten as far as roughing in the mountain shape using expanding foam over a wire mesh. The mountain shape needed some refinement so I have used some additional Great Stuff to build it up in areas, and I’ve used my knife to carve away other areas (mostly removing the crown off of blobs). But the “ground goop” or finished plaster layer will smooth over things and give a final contour to the land. Here is how I go about making my topsoil.
One of the boys, lacking all manner of tact, asked why things looked so junky around here, but good Mr. Pemrunning just laughed and shrugged. “Boys,” he said, “You’ve reach the very end of the world out here! This is right where God is still in the business of creation, and if I took you any further up the line, well then, you’d fall plum off the edge of the planet!”
At the recent N-scale Weekend train show in Columbus, Ohio, I bought a not-so-little station that I just fell in love with. It was a solid resin casting of a famous station in Tenafly, New Jersey, part of a series of such stations that were produced for the Danbury Mint in 1994. Of course, I don’t model New Jersey, so I had in mind doing a little bit of surgery to give the building a unique look.