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  • #5241
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    Trackgang
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    This sunday we’ll get into leveling the layout and joining everything up. Might even clean the track and test that things still go around. That could be a dangerous step though cos we’ll probably play trains and get sweet stuff all done afterwards.

    #5244
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    Trackgang
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    3 sundays done. We’ve now managed to set the modules up again and level them all so they join together at the same height. Subtle small differences can make a bit of a headache when setting up at a show so now we won’t need to carry a box of packers to ensure everything lines up. Have put in power feeds on all the point frogs and now setting about putting in polarity switches so that all points have much better power routing and conductivity. Meanwhile on the ‘new’ bridge modules we have reclaimed several boxes of small trees from another display and started experimenting with recolouring and reshaping. Looks promising. Next sunday (25th) is the BoP area get together in Ngongotaha Rail park, north of Rotorua. If you’re in the area drop in after 10am.
    Cheers.

    #5250
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    Trackgang
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    Something more visible now happening on the layout today. Started with a light sand and repaint of the sky behind the bridge modules and the original yard modules, to make them more presentable. Then a retouch to the painted bush line on the backdrop of the bridge modules. A start was made on planting the background trees. (Picture 1) These are wire trunk trees sourced from another display and then over-sprayed with camouflage coloring to tone them down. After getting really enthused about the look of the trees I went back and infill the front with low scrub. (Picture 2) So buzzed that we’re taking pictures and the glues still wet. Very happy with the appearance. Also experimenting with some foreground trees as in picture 3.
    Thanks to John for the pictures.

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    Lewis Holden
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    Nice work!

    #5265
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    Trackgang
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    A few pics up loaded of progress on the display layout over the last couple of sundays. On the industrial modules work continues on route wiring on the points controls, painting the rail rusty and we’ve added 2 sidings in at the freezing works. over the other side at the bridge modules scenic work continues. I’ve worked from the back scene planting the trees and moved forward. Firstly with ground cover using different grades and colours of Woodland scenic foam, and this weekend started some bushy long grass clumps using 3 colours of Woodlands field grass. Some of these will become toi-toi’s, when I manage to replicate the heads.

    #5274
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    Back in the shed after a successful Hamilton show. Firstly, thanks to everyone who attended the show and for the positive comments about the layout presentation and progress. Second thanks goes to the operational crew led by John with the help of Greg and Len from Kati and Jolon form Auckland. Great effort guys.
    Today the Tauranga team were back for our sunday get together. After some clearance modifications underneath the new modules were made, the whole layout was once again assembled ready for action. The electrical connection were done and a test loco was circulating once again. Key tasks done today included putting hinge module joiners on the middle of the original curved yard. This also required resoldering one main line track for better alignment. We also had to scrap back some of the new scenery in the industrial area as it was too thick and caught on the loco cowcatchers.
    Now planning to be back to our monthly BopTrackgang meetings. The first will be held on 3rd November at the rooms, and Decembers meeting to be held at the Ngongotaha Rail Park in Rotorua on 1st December.For more details contact me at russell@hdb.org.nz

    Cheers and happy modeling,
    Russell

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