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  • Michael sorry, somehow I passed over your post and didn't see it. Thank you and yes there
    still is a good amount of room for more structures. I plan on a wood/coal area and maybe others as well.
    Glad I inspired you to take a look at your own lighting; it sure makes a huge difference.

    Mike thank you for your compliment and I'm so glad that your feeling better. Take it easy and
    get lots of rest while you dream of your own empire to come.
    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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    • The basic scenery material is done around the Garage so I thought I would share a few photos:

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      Here is a front view with the scenery material applied. The ballast was extended to blend in the scenery material better. Decided to go with more
      of a dirt look with just a little gravel on top. Still need to add weeds, bushes, and a tree to the right side. The road is gravel and goes to the Company Store
      and will be extended to the right to almost the end of the layout.

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      The fence was made from scale 6x6's for the uprights and rail pieces and scale 1x12's for the planking which was cut at various lengths.
      Some of the planks were split to create gaps in the fencing. The whole thing was given a light coat of A&I and planted in the layout.
      Added a few signs as well. This area will be filled with junk parts and a truck of some sort also.

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      This is the other side and a tall tree will be planted next to the building with some more detail parts added.
      The road goes to the Company Store parking lot.

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      Here's what it looks like with the roof and front removed. I added a ramp which was covered with dirt to make a sloped area going into
      the Garage.

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      With the front on, this was shot looking through the door and the roof off to let in more light.

      I need to order some detailing parts for the outside in the next few days, finish the tree, and
      figure out what junk to put in the fence area. Oh yes and build the tractor for the inside.
      There is still a lot I want to do in this area before moving to maybe the foreground.

      That's brings you up to date on the CC&W thus far. Any comments, thoughts, and/or suggestions
      are always appreciated. Until next time.
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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      • Covering up the blue earth with even a little scenery makes for a big improvement.

        Mike
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        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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        • Thank you Mike. When I bought the foam for the layout I was just happy that it
          wasn't pink!! I'll be adding more layers of scenery with the weeds, bushes, etc
          along with the detailing parts.
          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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          • Larry, it's looking better all the time.
            Nice work.

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            • Rick thank you. A little bit at a time.
              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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              • Hey Larry nice work! Like Rick said gets better all the time.
                Jerry



                "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                • Thank you Jerry, much appreciated. Taking my time and enjoying
                  every minute of the different projects.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • Even though life has kept me very busy of late I have managed to carve out a hour here and there to work on the layout.
                    There was thing that I was "itching" to do....and you know what they say about an itch; scratch it. That's exactly what I did.

                    Months ago I ordered a Kerosine Tractor to have in the garage....I mean they had to have something to fix. The kit was a modified
                    Kerosine loco with steel wheels, so I ordered it. When it arrived I left it in the box and set it aside for later. Well later came and
                    when I opened it I discovered that it was the loco that I was sent and not the tractor. Not wanting to send it back I decided to
                    modify it myself and this is what I came up with:

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                    The biggest stumbling block was what to do for wheels. Looking around the forum I found other tractors with the big steel
                    wheels all the way around. So in order to get rid of the flange, that ride on the rails, I cut a 12 inch piece of masking tape and cut
                    scale 3 inch wide strips and started wrapping it around the wheels to eliminate the flange on the back of the wheel. Once that was
                    completed I used a black magic marker and painted the tape as well as the rims on both sides of the wheel. I think it made a
                    pretty convincing tire on the wheel. Then I drilled out the center of each wheel to accept the axels. The wheels were then given
                    a coat of rust to look like it had seen it's better days.

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                    The whole tractor is made up of three mini models which were assembled, painted, then weathered with A&I before gluing together.
                    The detail items like the brake, shifter, fenders, seat, and lights were added last. All of the wheels have been glued on except for one
                    which will be removed for tractor repair. I'm pretty pleased with the finished product being that it my first "vehicle build" in this scale.

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                    Here is the little bugger in the garage having some work done on the frontend by my invisible workers. I really need to order
                    a bunch of little people soon to bring the different buildings to life.

                    That's about it for now, although the bits going in the fenced area have been primed and that section will probably be the next
                    to be completed.

                    Here is a question for all you guys. The foreground so far is 4.5 inch wide and 2.5 ft in length. I have drawn a blank on what to do with
                    that area so I'm looking for suggestions. I would like to keep it low so as not to obstruct the view of the back of the layout, but I'm
                    open to any and all ideas.

                    Any thoughts/ ideas would be greatly appreciated and thanks for looking. Until next time.
                    Last edited by Larryc; 09-28-2021, 02:06 PM.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                    • Neat little project. Only question I have is how do they steer it? Skid steering?

                      Great job on the paint job.

                      Bernd
                      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                      • Thanks Bernd. Oops....I never thought about a steering wheel until you mentioned it. Good eye; looks like
                        I'll have to find or make one. Because it was the loco kit and not the tractor no steering wheel came with it.
                        Easy fix.
                        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                        • Cool beans!

                          Philip
                          Philip

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                          • Larry, nice job of converting it from an engine to a tractor.
                            A steering wheel is definitely necessary.
                            Painting and weathering a very good too.

                            Can you post a picture of the foreground?

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                            • Well done on the conversion, Larry.

                              With regard to the foreground, you could have a stack of ties with a few rails; miscellaneous junk; a dirt road that parallels and then crosses the track; and perhaps a fence between road and track.

                              Mike
                              _________________________________________________

                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                              • Larry just a nice all around job on the conversion.

                                Just make sure you weather the brass axle unless its a brand new axle there putting in!
                                Jerry



                                "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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