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Old 05-07-2019, 08:03 PM   #281
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Thanks. It's not that bad--hand spiking--in two-foot gauge = 45mm. I developed my own system and it became mentally therapeutic, like knitting. And trust me I was certifiably nuts to go to all the trouble I did, to build that damn railway outside, in Canada. This hobby is so much better.

By the way, a fellow modeler and good friend was/is a professional photographer, and he took those particular shots, I think.

ps: Handlaying my own turnouts--now that was hard.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:28 PM   #282
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:38 AM   #283
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Love the garden railway that looks all sorts of sweet! Before opting to put a crawler area behind the patio a G scale railroad crossed my mind.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:36 AM   #284
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Surprising how many skills I honed doing trains would come in handy later, with crawlers.



Can't say I developed those skills doing trains since they go way back before that.

If I were to do trains again I would be much further ahead, thanks to crawlers. No more gigantic nicad packs, for one thing. No more manual toggle switches and speed controls. RC all the way, baby.




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Old 05-09-2019, 11:41 AM   #285
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Thanks. Now that I look at these old photos, a crawler destiny must have been in the back of my subconscious.




By the way you made the right choice imho. :-)






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Old 05-09-2019, 12:26 PM   #286
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Thanks. Now that I look at these old photos, a crawler destiny must have been in the back of my subconscious.




By the way you made the right choice imho. :-)


Cool what you have done. Maybe you might want to start your own thread.


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Old 05-09-2019, 02:31 PM   #287
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Ha! I can take a hint. Didn't mean to hijack this thread, just to add perspective. I'm done.


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Old 05-17-2019, 08:59 AM   #288
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I built a mountain yesterday. This was a small scale test. I have much larger plans in mind...

Step 1. Build random structure from wood.


Step 2. Staple screen to the wood.


Step 3. Staple chicken wire over screen.


Step 4. Spread 1-2 inches of concrete over screen and chicken wire with a gloved hand.


Step 5. Let it set for a while then go over concrete with hand inside a plastic bag.


Step 6. Wait a few days before coloring.

Got a question for you on this with the "rock" skim coated like this how much weight can the concrete take? I'm debating trying to do this in a few places but could see the kids trying to walk on it so figured I'd check before hand.


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Old 07-31-2019, 01:38 PM   #289
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Just found this, this is incredible detail and love seeing it. Working on something similar in my backyard and love seeing what you have done here. Hope all is well and you are still active with it as I see it is an old post.

Cheers!
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