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    It was my initial intent to keep a low profile here.......but, what the heck, in for a penny... This seems to be a convivial crowd.

    I've been working on my RR for about 6 months and have barely scratched the surface. I'm a tad slow and even if I had money to burn, ti wouldn't go much faster.

    I am blessed with a large area o work in due to building a shop for my race car starting 12-13 years back.This retired guy decided that a Porsche is no longer a financially viable unit and it went to a good home.

    Now what? I like to keep busy and I about went nuts last winter for lack of things to do. When I was a kid I was into HO trains and still had a Tenshodo 2-8-2 that I got for Christmas in 1958.....Humm....

    Here's a pic of my RR in it's present form.

    My hope now is to live long enough to get it "done".



  • #2
    Looks like a great start! Looking forward to your progress.
    -- KP --

    Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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    • #3
      Looking forward to your progress.
      Chuck Faist

      Burlington, Ontario

      Enjoy yourself it is later than you think!

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by northern6400


        Looking forward to your progress.


        Yeah, thanks, me too.

        I'm not doing myself many favors with the seldom or never seen it done attitude.

        The switchbacks were a time killer and a quick redesign made them worse. I needed more length for the run offs so added a foot to the width. As it is, I can get only 30 inches of train up to the top.That and a poor initial design cuts off access to the middle area of the layout.

        I had to get that semi-done to move on past the rocks. There is an area 3 X 19 feet that is nearly naked....except for clutter.

        Gotta keep doing pics till I get it into muscle memory.



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        • #5
          JP (John, Jack, Joe, Jerry, Jim???) I'm glad you've decided to not keep a low profile.

          Nice layout you've got started there.

          There's always going to be lessons learned and things you wish you'd done differently when building a layout.

          It's the journey that's important and not the destination.

          Thanks for sharing and have fun.

          BTW, you're the second Porsche racer, that I know of, on the forum.

          Kevin (onl26) also used to race.

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          • #6
            JP I have seriously been in the hobby for 30+ years and I am still learning. At my age I seam to learn, and then forget and then have to relearn again.

            30 inch length trains on a switch-back is great. Enjoy and have fun, learn from your mistakes.
            Chuck Faist

            Burlington, Ontario

            Enjoy yourself it is later than you think!

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            • #7
              I'm the third in a line of John Pauls. Being third is not all it's cracked up to be......but atleast it's on the podium. 8D

              Ah yes, live & lean.....er, learn.

              My hindsight being 20-20, I coulda/shoulda used the pictured method and done in 4 feet of track instead of 45 feet.(sigh)


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              • #8
                JP

                looks good so far. One suggestion. Your trees are in to neat of rows. I would suggest a more random growing pattern.

                Keep up the good work

                Mike M

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                • #9
                  The switch back area was logged off in the past, graded for the switch back, & replanted by the landowner.....that's my story & I'm stickin' to it. He's an orderly fella.

                  The random old growth comes next....after I make a couple hundred more of these.....don't hold your breath. If I can make 2 a week for a couple years, I'll be in biddness. The area on top is tree storage....they're just stuck in the foam and will undoubtedly be moved around some.


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                  • #10
                    JP

                    Nice height. You using flocked caspian?

                    Mike M

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                    • #11
                      Frankly, I don't know what this stuff is.

                      I harvested it a month ago at my mom's place.

                      Someone said it may be Asian or oriental pine???

                      I have used Caspia but need more practice on it also. The tallest Doug Fir measured in Washington was 398 feet tall......well over 400 feet up North in BC. IIRC, the taller one is about 200 feet (in scale) so I have room to play.

                      My tree building needs refinement.

                      Here's a close up pic of the stuff. Anybody got an ID?

                      BTW, Home Despot has hardwood dowel at a good price.... in 4 foot lengths X 1/8 to about 1-1/2 ". I bought some 1/2 inch at about $1.25 ea.


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                      • #12
                        JJ-- tree's look good.

                        Tree's.. carved balsa trunks and natural leaf materials Takes about 3 hours a tree for me.





                        Mike M

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                        • #13
                          Good lookin' trees. Natural leaf fiber?

                          Do you want to share the name?

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                          • #14
                            Good start on the trees JP, personaly I'm not that kind on natural stuff for trees, dries out and breaks easy. I go for wood, wire, grassfibers and fine turf...


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                            • #15
                              Nice trees. I have a static grass applicator & grass up to 12mm. I've been mulling that over also. Your trees will prolly get me on the stick. What length grass are you using?

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