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Sep 2016 18

Scenery and buildings for Mt Adams

Another Sunday, another Mt Adams update...

More excellent progress this week, helped along by some good rainy weekend weather.

Platforms

I wasn't especially happy with my platforms as they stood last week. However today I masked off the flagstones and used my trusty foam roller and some Resent "Half Gravel" paint to add some asphalt colour to them. The foam roller gives a nice fine texture, and by adding a little of the concrete colour to the roller, I can create nicely varied tones.

I then dug out my Woodland Scenics yellow roadway marking pen and used it to add in the yellow safety line around the edge of the platform. I discovered very quickly that a ruler is essential! Although if your platforms are curved like mine...

Anyway, after some careful lining, I now have pretty good looking platforms. Next step will be to weather the fronts of the platforms, as they are currently far too clean.

Upper Bridge

A very quick delivery from Jap...

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Sep 2016 13

48 hours later

What a difference 48 hours can make at Mt Adams...

Chomping at the bit, I pulled out the craft knife Monday night and attacked the expanding foam with gusto. Then I mixed up all my remaining Sculptamold and trowled it over the polystyrene, filling in all the gaps and making a nice smooth surface for the next stage.

While that dried I applied washes of very dilute Resene Sambuca (dark brown colour) over the rockwork, watching it soak into all the nooks and crannies. Here and there I added very dilute washes of Sandcastle (sand colour) and Gravel (dark gray) to add a little variation. Within minutes the rocks had come to life and looked amazing.

Today was another beautiful sunny day, so I carried Mt Adams outside and gave the Sculptamold a good coat of cheap brownish paint to seal it. Already it is starting to take shape.

Then before dinner I sat on the deck and made up trees from Sedum stalks, cheap hair spray, and assorted flock. Mrs A wo...

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Sep 2016 11

Mt Adams weekly update

Another week sails by on Mt Adams...

Lots of mixed weather here this week. From torrential downpours and snow flurries, to baking heat and cloudless skies! While the rain poured down I busied myself with inside jobs:

Wrote a program to play sounds while I drive the trains; I can now toot the horn for each tunnel, and open and close the doors at the stations.Added more rocks to the canyon scene.Painted up the bridge girders for canyon scene.Made and installed more tunnel portals.Painted up the Japanese-style retaining wall in preparation for scenery.

So lots of little odds and ends getting attention.

My main goal for the weekend was to get the station platforms installed. I always struggle a bit with platforms, and this was a pair of platforms on curves, so even more complicated. I made up the frame from Palight PVC foam, and laser cut some Taskboard for the surface, adding in some stone edging details.

The still need a bit of weathering an...

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Sep 2016 4

Mt Adams scenery progress

After a long break in updates, you'll be glad to hear Mt Adams is still alive...

Despite not posting much, I've been busy beavering away on my railway. I've also been busy re-painting our bedroom, renovating a back hallway, cleaning the property, fixing some wiring, putting in new lights, tidying up in the ceiling, etc etc. Mrs A describes it as "man nesting mode".

But in between all of that, I've still got plenty done on the railway. All the electrics are in and debugged now. I've added track sensors to detect where the trains are, and wired it all up to my laptop. I can even control trains from my phone, without even turning on my computer.

The track work is also complete and mostly ballasted, and the double crossover is running very nicely. Ironing out the trackwork niggles took quite a while, but definitely aided by having trains running. I've really enjoyed getting out my various little locos and railcars and running them up and down the incline.

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