Richard got in touch with this super quick ‘how to’:
“My pine trees are even quicker – I use the “needles” off an artificial Christmas tree. Drill a hole in the baseboard to take a matchstick, paint the “trunk” of the needle brown and slip it over the match. Hey presto! I did an entire forest of 60+ trees in an hour!
Not a terribly good picture (PICT1043) I’m afraid, and some of the trees had come adrift at the time, but you get the general idea…
And some more tips sent in:
“I am new to model railroading and it took me awhile to decide on a layout plan. When I decided I found that I needed some material to raise the track. I found the ready made material but it cost to much. I bought some styrafoam, ripped it to the proper width on a table saw and cut notches in it to make it flexible for curves. I made about 50 feet of it for only a few dollars. By the way I used a layout plan from one of your contributers.
“my tip would be to make sure that there is access to all of your wiring and the inside’s of any tunnels in case of any type of issue, such as a derailment or exposed freight falling off a car..
“Jeff (with his motorized crane) has a great idea I would like to suggest may be adding more weight to his hook would make it operate easier..
Just add a brass weight may be 1/16th ounce or more above the hook,Real cranes have them .
They make the movement up and done better. We use to call them headache balls.
I Got the knots on my head to prove it. Lol
Thanks Al. Best to Jeff, keep it going.”
That’s all folks.
Don’t forget the ‘model house bundle deal‘ is you want to add some houses to your layout.
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