Another great group night on the Ramore Sub with thanks to Rick, Steve, Ken and Paul.
Prior to heading to the layout room the guys critiqued the six model and prototype photos I will be submitting at next weekend’s SER Convention photo contest in Bessemer. I appreciated the feedback from the guys highlighting some things that I did not even notice. These will help me improve my photo learning skills. One of the color model photos is of Rick’s L&N over his scratch built trestle with his beautifully sceniqued mountains in the background. Wouldn’t it be nice if it placed in the contest?
We then headed upstairs to the layout room. Steve migrated to Englehart yard and hand laid the frog assembly and points assembly to complete another turnout in the yard. With his fine tuning it ran very well! Good work Steve!
Paul also took to hand laying rail in another ladder of Englehart yard. His work was very precise because the roller gauges ran by themselves on the straight section.
Steve and Paul hand laying track in Englehart yard
Paul also soldered some of the gap joints of nickel silver rail and brass screws solder assemblies for my future layout dismantling feature.
So Paul, are you going to hand lay some track on your layout now? How about doing a turnout next time? I have 5 more turnouts to go and I am all done with track laying.
Steve’s #6 turnout completed
Scenery continues to progress, but it seems only when I have my NCI night. Thanks NCI!
My problem is deciding what scenery materials to use to obtain a desired affect and secondly learning the application techniques. Rick is very good at this and got us immediately on the right track.
We focused on continuing to add some detail along the SWA Junction main line & passing track. With Rick and Ken’s input and examining prototype site photos we were able to determine what to do.
First was grass using Rick’s home made “Grass-O-Matic Turbo 5000” static grass applicator. We used both the standard 2mm long Woodland Scenics static grass that I had and some of Rick’s Scenic Express 6 mm long wild static grass. The 6mm long grass makes such a difference combined with the short. I will get some.
After the grass was installed we made a variety small bushes with black polyester fiber fill, white glue and a mix of 3 parts medium green coarse turf and 1 part blended turf earth blend.
Ken and I then went to the Boston Creek mine site where the abandoned mine will be installed. Ken had a great perception as to where the road should be located and reminded me of the abandoned and partially buried track could be located. We drew this out and glued the mine pad and road extension in place.
We missed Scott last night who was hoping to take some time to come over but when I opened my emails after everyone had left realized why he did not come. He completed an excellent 5 part Power Point presentation with voice, for next weekend’s SER convention in Bessemer.