“I have not seen this tip from anyone, but it may not be new. I save the saw dust from any wood work I do, (train table, remodeling, etc.). Then I mix different colors of scenery grass and small foliage with it for landscape base. This saves money by extending purchased material it looks good. Especially if you are doing fall or spring scenes. Secondly, I mix water and alcohol with carpenter’s glue to the consistency of milk and use it as scenic cement. You have a comment?
“Hi All, lately I’ve been making my own trees with things we throw away or find in our yard. I have many Oak trees on my property and when the branches fall I pick the Lichen off to use as foliage. I also use grape vines. These will dry nicely which can be trimmed. No painting is necessary as they dry to a nice brown natural color. I use a household glue that is thick to attach the lichen to form the tree. When dry, a little diluted water based green paint will give the tree highlights.
Thanks for so quickly publishing my recent video to you on the Bachmann DD40AX. I’ve gotten a lot of comments and requests for more information about my N scale layout. The most frequent request is to see a copy of the track plan. So I’m attaching a copy of it. If you are agreeable, I would like to have you share with the readers some further data about my Susquehanna Valley & Gulf Summit Railway:
> The layout is only 8ft. x 5ft. but has two levels (the lower Valley region and the upper Gulf Summit region).
> Three transition tracks join lower to upper levels and vice versa. One transition track is actually a 4 foot kit-bashed trestle with a 3% grade.
> Four trains (2 upper and 2 lower) can run simultaneously, or one train traversing the upper and lower levels in a multitude of patterns….
> The layout incorporates built-in environmental and railroad related sound effects and day-to-night lighting and environmental sound transition that can be activated by just turning on and off the room’s overhead fluorescent lighting.
> The layout is DC powered by two dual throttle MRC Tech 4 280 power packs; one for each level.
> Wiring scheme and control system panel was created by me. The control panel is entirely toggle switch operated using 55 toggle switches to power/activate 27 turnouts, approx. 10 sound effects, track signals, and lighting for numerous buildings and station platforms.
The layout was actually featured in “N Scale Model Railroading” magazine in the May-June 2007 issue (#41). As mentioned above, I am attaching a copy of the track plan that was used in the article.
Some readers have asked to see a video showing a more comprehensive view of the layout. Al, you previously published a video of mine entitled, “LIFE ON THE SV&GS.” I think this would fit the bill (you can see it here).
Once again, I thank you Al whole-heartedly for being so accommodating and providing this arena for the readers to share and enjoy each others’ work and ideas.
A big thanks to Arnie for taking the time to answer our questions.
That’s all this time. Please keep ’em coming.