In the layout room, nobody can hear you scream

Work Night

LCC Project on Rick's Frisco Layout

I've been fortunate to be involved in a fun and entertaining on my good friend Rick's terrific Friso layout. We are installing hardware

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Some of the hardware from RR-CitKits that will be used on Rick's LCC project

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The signals have been installed, awaiting wiring

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Overview of the wye that comprises the plant to be signaled.

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Bret attempts to get the electrons to flow in the proper direction, while he dreams of his next Hawaiian vacation. Rick looks on approvingly, but he is silently thinking of his Rainbow Brite collection

One thousand trees = a tiny hill

At my recent Thursday night work session, we made polyfiber trees. Oh, boy! did we make trees! Two solid hours of spray adhesive and dipping into ground foam. I had previously formed the polyfiber trees balls - I take a bag of fiber along with me while I railfan, and I pass the time between trains making the tree shapes.

At the end of the night, we had seemingly a thousand green tree balls (yes, there were plenty of 'ball' jokes that night). You would think that all those trees would be plenty to cover a vast expanse on the layout but, in reality, all those trees don't go as far as you might think.

So my advice to the prospective layout owner is: model the desert!!! Barring that, get starting making polyfiber trees!

Steve and his fur ball
Steve enjoys the fine fragrance of solvent-based adhesive

Ballz to  the walz
Teamwork is important as the sprayer hands off the proto-tree to the dipper