Adding some ground cover


Some splotches of color
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A dusting of "turf"
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A apron of gravel in front of the platform
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Some vegetation to soften the lines of the slope
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Melding the Kato and the gravel with a bit of ballast
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View of downtown
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Passenger service and staging area gravel
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Need to add ballast
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View through town
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A view i never see. :-)
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Kragle restructure

The Station was too far away from "downtown" Kragle. Looked out of place, with no connection to the town. The two track covered station was also too big.

Its now a covered platform with a single track, and a siding.


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Reuse of the "park" from one of the previous iterations of the station.
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I think the empty spot will be utility mail and baggage "stuff"
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Kragle gets a new arrangement of tracks with simplified sidings for two industries. Some of the old buildings get moved again.
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The "downtown" platform stays pretty much the same, but the hotel get a new rooftop addition.
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Jurrasic Luke&Nick III

First layer of texture

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Fall Tinkering

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Kragle Kristmas 2016

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Jurassic Luke&Nick III

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Wheel Cleaning

I hate cleaning wheels, but they are probably my #1 cause of derailments.
The Lux wheel cleaning track looked pretty good, but at $200+ a bit pricey.
A read about some fellas using strips of paper/fabric on their layouts with good results.
I decided to prototype the concept, or at least test the approach,…

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The wet strip, isopropyl alcohol, stays in place quite well with out any additional attachment.
The dry strip needed a couple of push pins. But they both held up to the initial trial of several laps of a longish passenger train (Kato) and a med sized freight (mostly Bachmann and Microtrains).
Tried a squirt for CRC contact cleaner, which really seamed to work, based on the gunk left on the track between the wet and dry strips.
Ran the track cleaning car afterwards.

Jurassic Luke&Nick and Grant

Laying on a top coating of sanded grout.

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Jurrasic Luke&Nick II

The next version of Luke & Nick's Jurrasic World.

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Post Xmas Mod - Ground Cover


I think I pretty much got the look I was after on the hillside, but really need a backdrop.
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Yeah, the little mining loop (Bub's train) needs some attention. :-)
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Post Xmas Mod - Ballast


When I started with Kato unitrack I was hoping I wouldn't need to ballast. But you do.
The upside is ballasting Unitrack is nowhere near the ordeal it is on track without an attached road base.
Its really more of a blending/masking of the transitions between track sections and between track and ground cover.

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I think a couple of picts show the need for ballast.
The contrast with the unballasted track really shows how much improved the look of the track is with a very simple ballast.


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Post Xmas Mod - Initial Scenicing

I guess I didn't get any pictures of the grout, but it mixes up well goes on nice. I did find using a picnic squirt bottle (like for mustard) works quite well for small/tight areas.

Coloring the grout with some washes. Most of this hillside will be covered with ground cover.
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I'm not sure about the too steep cliffs.
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Yeah, the departure is abrupt, but I'll live with it. This will remain a rock/cliff area.
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Post Xmas Mod - Geomorphology


I found the shaper sheets to be a bit limiting, so back to the tried and true - plaster cloth.
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The new canyon.
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And the 'old" canyon.
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And "Roadhouse Corner" is in the background.
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Trying some sanded grout for ground texture. Its a grey color but takes the washes nicely.
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Some foam putty and a quick cover of "train room" paint.
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Post Xmas Mod - Track and Road Bed

Well, the track and roadbed are in and operational. Trains are running, but geomorphology and scenicing still needed.
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Where's Nick when I need some foam carved? :-)
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The new double track bridges and makeshift support. We'll get to that "later".
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A bit abrupt and steps, but workable.
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Double track on the grade hidden behind Kragle.
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Post Christmas Mods

So,…
The objectives are to change the "around the mountain twice" route, by separating the mountain loop into two separate routes, a "high route" and a "middle route", in an attempt to reduce the "merry-go-round" feel . In the process, add a larger diameter curve (for drama), and maybe (eventually) double track the "upper and middle main". Which would really just create a larger whole layout loop incorporating the upper and middle.

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Test fit of the double main 315 & 282. Should work/fit.


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Existing over/under merry-go-round trackage. But I did like the canyon.

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Existing station and mainline tracks.
Actually (from left to right: local freight route, station tracks, "upper" main station bypass , local freight into lower main, lower main/lower main (return/reverse loop), yard entrance, and upper main.


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Cut through the mountain, removed the canyon track.
Test fit the new "middle route" track, and not quite sweeping curve.

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Finally found a use for the shaper sheets (I think).
Intent is to have a rolling hillside look.
Gonna be pretty tight to accomplish that.

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Weights are to hold the shaper sheets down during gluing.
Sweeping curve, not quite there yet. Its going to have to cross over one or more of the lower tracks. Bridge or tunnel? Probably depend on the radius I can get.


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Another test fit on the sweeping curve. Too close to middle and upper routes to have a hillside, but I like the sweep. 481mm 15* curves with 29mm straights.

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Got the sweeper laid out enough to glue the risers. The Mainline behind the station now has a sweeping curve and a long gentle decline from the high route. It's really a combination of a 318/481 section, 1/2 straight into a greater than 481 section, another 1/2 straight, and a final greater than 481 into the mainline straight. A compromise.
And its still going to be very tight for scenery.