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badlandnp Mar 17, 2013

  1. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    This morning I got a couple of hours in early, adding rocks, timber supports, color etc....

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    Then after spending time with sons and family stuff, (1 year old youngest grandson!) I was able to spend a bit doing some more gravel and rocks and painting the bridge abutments.
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  2. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

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    That's going to be a Grand scene @badlandnp.
    Watching patently.

    Thank you for posting photos.

    Happy birthday to your grandson.

    Joe
     
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  3. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    And a couple of cottonwoods,
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  4. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    Well, there goes the neighborhood, in the springtime. everything will be covered in white fluff! Hope you're prepared to model that, too! lol
     
  5. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    I thought about that! Ain't sure just how to make it look good in N! It sure is a different deal every year. One year it was so bad you couldn't see half a mile for a day or two!! SNEEZE!!
     
  6. badlandnp

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    I put a thin coat of high gloss Mod Podge on a couple of days ago, and it got cold inside a couple of times. Here it is this morning. I am hoping this will cure out of it????

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  7. Allen H

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    Yup, when it warms up it should cure clear.
     
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    Soo, the water is getting close to done. I do like the ModPodge, it is easy to use. So after water comes foliage and such. Got a good start on all of that over the last week and this morning.
    This was earlier this week, PIC_0502.JPG PIC_0504.JPG And after today's fun,
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    PIC_0553.JPG And broken dry sagebrush is a great source for larger trees and deadfall. Cottonwoods have a short life and then end up in the rivers and creeks,
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  9. BigJake

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    Most cottonwoods have a short life... A few, like one in the Ft Worth Zoo, are very old. It is massive, and impressive to see.

    Brilliant idea, using dried roots rather than branches/twigs for small trees! If carefully harvested (soak the soil before harvesting), the very fine terminal branches (much finer than the finest leaf-bearing twigs grown above ground) will remain intact. Thank you for sharing!
     
  10. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    We end up with some oldies up here, too. But not as massive as that one!

    I have the good fortune of occassionally digging stuff up with a backhoe that comes in handy for the layout!
     
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  11. BigJake

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    LOL, never thought of a 1:1 backhoe as a model railroading tool. I mean, I knew they were versatile, but...

    "Honey?! I'll be back after a while; I need to get a new gadget for my layout..."
     
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  12. Doorgunnerjgs

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    Nice that the cloudy "water" areas in the back have cleared up. Love the root trees.
     
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  13. badlandnp

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    One of the comments I used to get was " You know you are a Model Railroader if you see everything as potentially part of a model RR!!"
     
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    Over the last week, in little spots of time I was able to get something done,

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    Then this morning, I filled in the area to the right of the bridge with terrain,
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  15. BoxcabE50

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    That stream looks nice. Makes me think about some fishing. :)
     
  16. HemiAdda2d

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    Great work! The cottonwoods look real enough that I'm looking for all the twigs they drop in my yard every time the wind blows (which in ND is constantly)...:rolleyes::rolleyes::ROFLMAO::cool:
     
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  17. badlandnp

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    Twigs? I like it better when the sky is white like snow from the 'cotton!!'

    Thanks guys. It is taking time, but I like how it is coming out.
     
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    Not a lot of progress, but here's a sneak preview of the scene with the bridges placed,
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  19. BNSF FAN

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    That is going to be one cool looking scene when finished Alan! I really like that bridge. (y)(y)(y)
     
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    Eureka!! Bridges are finally back in! And connected to the mainline! There may be trains again..........
    Added a dead cottonwood behind the track with some other trees and brush,
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    And a bridge is in,
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    Joined at both ends,
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    As is the lower trestle,
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    And boy howdy! Them little joiners are tough!
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    And with fresh ballast! Yay!!
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    Just got to get trains rolling!!
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