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mog



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Dreary, Idaho Reply with quote

I unplugged my modellers block!



Settled on HO, as suggested previously, and I've made a start on Dreary, Idaho. (name maybe subject to change!)
Full details on the Mogtrains 2 blog page (Blogspot is very frustrating!)..
The main thing that's changed for me this time around, is that I have a fairly clear notion in my head of the kind of setting, the kind of (very simple) operation that I'm aiming at.. I've decided only to use 'quality' rolling stock, or at least repair and replace trucks, wheels and couplings on less detailed stuff. It's helped me to focus on stuff that's right for period and place and industry.
I hope to get some transfers/decals done at some point for my Yellow Pine RR.
The scenic stuff is all loose at the moment, I haven't ballasted yet.
It's DCC.. my favourite GN coloured Geep has rubbish sound and I'm sorely tempted to get something with factory sound.. possibly a SW9.
One modification I'm considering at the moment too, is to fit a 'fiddle stick' at right angles , thus re-aligning the interchange track.. or plan to extend around the corner of the room.. potentially up to another 8 feet or so!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Dreary, Idaho Reply with quote

mog wrote:
I unplugged my modellers block!

One modification I'm considering at the moment too, is to fit a 'fiddle stick' at right angles , thus re-aligning the interchange track.. or plan to extend around the corner of the room.. potentially up to another 8 feet or so!


Congratulations on getting back your flow of inspiration. Any chance of a layout plan to see how your right-angled fiddle stick will work?

Since the week-end I'm a bit clearer with what my next project will probably be, though the timeline is still far from clear. Will post any more thoughts on this on my own thread.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see the Modeller's Block resolved!!!
I agree with Giles - trackplan please!!

I've been getting into a bit of 'witchcraft' myself recently... I have used a Digitrax SDN144PS decoder which comes with both steam & diesel sounds (the diesel is apparently an SD38). The supplied speaker is rather small so I replaced it with a larger sized one (same 8 Ohm value though). I've put it in a Kato HO SD45.
The Digitrax decoder was from this guy in the US, as it seems to be out of stock in the UK; http://www.bobthetrainguy.com/
At $40 (about 25) it's about the cheapest option for sound I've seen. Others like QSI and Soundtrax Tsunami might be better somehow (and more Type-specific) but cost a lot more even in US$; I'm pleased enough with this as a start in DCC Sound. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent stuff..just taken a gander at your blog....that wooden shed...Euromod seems to ring a bell..I have one..too....had it for..oooo.....20 years now??

Mine's dark green, however.....and someone has been swinging on the gutters...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see the block is gone Martin! I look forward to seeing how this progresses...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one thing with your layout pic above, mog, re: the telegraph poles...

When you do the scenery properly, you will keep the poles at those wonky angles, won't you? They look just great as they are!! Laughing Cool Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy I will try to make sure that some wonkiness is built in!

Thanks for the encouragement folks.. starting ballasting now.. my least favourite job.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Treat the ballast as part of the rest of the ground cover. If it's done as part of the greater job, adding weeds etc at the same time, it doesn't seem so boring as doing it separately then going back to blend it into the scenery afterwards. Wink

I like the wide open vista that the overview of the layout provides. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks pretty good to me with an open spacious feel to it Martin. Cool

I agree with Jordan about the telegraph poles, they look perfect as they are.

Not mad keen on the name I must admit.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadoak wrote:


Not mad keen on the name I must admit.


I like it, a bit along the lines of Normal and Boring. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never, not 'Dreary' (gloomy, melancholy, depressing, boring) Idaho; the border with it from my home in Utah is about 15 miles distant north, to its south and west are the wastes of Nevada, to the west Oregon, to the east the open spaces of Wyoming and Montana, northward spectacular mountain ranges into Canada. It is none of those things I can assure you.

Martin. you'll have to come up with a better name that that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

john flann wrote:
... the open spaces ...

It's partly because of the "Wide Open Spaces" of the American Mid-West that I've not bothered to build a garden line for my O Scale... to get that wonderful sort of effect I'd have to run a line through the middle of the football pitch behind our house, and I'm not sure they'd appreciate that... Rolling Eyes Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing
I didn't know the name would cause such debate!
hehe..I'm not stuck on it myself.. I was loking at Deary Idaho y'see..on the route of the WI&M.

Okay.. suggestions anyone? I'll try to come up with something else before Dreary sticks!

btw "Yellow Pine RR" is staying !
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martinsville Idaho? Mansfield Idaho? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spurred into action by the mention of weathering on another thread.. I had a go today at weathering some of my freight cars, using my relatively new airbrush.
I have a lot to learn but overall I'm not too disappointed with the results..


More on the blog http://mogtrains.blogspot.com/2011/07/weathering.html
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