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    • December 10, 2020 3:30 AM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      The roof is a coroplast campaign sign, and has not been painted yet, but that’s a great idea!!! He would like that, now to go looking for a 1/24 or close enough scale helicopter to go on top!

      Neat. Don't forget the stairway to the roof access, you might need one of Tim's doors.

    • December 10, 2020 2:22 AM EST
    • Pete,

       

      Looks great!  I'll have top add candle holders to my list or almost-ready-to-go buildings!

       

      Eric

    • December 9, 2020 9:02 PM EST
    • The roof is a coroplast campaign sign, and has not been painted yet, but that’s a great idea!!! He would like that, now to go looking for a 1/24 or close enough scale helicopter to go on top!

    • December 9, 2020 8:05 AM EST
    • Looking good all gussied up Pete. I like the simulated modern helicopter landing pad on the center building, but you do realize they are usually just a circle with an H in the center, right ?

    • December 6, 2020 7:07 PM EST
    • Great looking buildings, Pete. You’ve been busy. 

    • December 6, 2020 4:47 PM EST
    • Nice weekend, but not time to get trains on the track, so I took a few pictures of the buildings I have finished ( except the interiors) and one still under construction. Still need to find the proper bases.

      First up is the current construction, Eli's Engineering Corp. Grandson Eli keeps changing his mind on what he wants so a generic concrete building will be his.

      This is the CEO/SHMBO/CINCHOUSE's building, Debbie's Chocolates. It is the back half of a Colorado Model building I cut in half, made the tall front out of coroplast, added the front awning and I have made a wooden sidewalk for it, but waiting for some glue to dry.

      Next is daughter Lacey's Outdoor and Camping supplies. The front half of the Colorado building.

      Caleb's Equipment Co. The base is floor tile, the roll up doors are painted and waiting to dry and be installed and this will be finished. Another Colorado building I cut up to raise it to a good height for large equipment to fit inside

      This was a $10.00 after Christmas sale decorative candle holder piece, A mile of blue tape later it now looks better. Roof needs some flat black paint, but its close to done

       

      These were more decorative candle holders, $4.99 each after Christmas last year. Paint, then paint pens for the details

      Sophia's Bakery is another Colorado building. I wish I had ordered the 2 or 3 other buildings I was planning on buying. Contacted him once and was trying to buy some building 

      s he had but never got to finish the sale

      A wide shot of the west side of the layout, I found some flat cement roof tiles that have a good "road" appearance. There is a company that has more I can get if I decide to use them

      A view of the north side of the layout. My moms house has been moved to a sunny location, and next to the old bridge that is scheduled for replacement this winter

      The rest of the layout, shade in the winter, but the new plants seem to be doing ok, if I can keep the quail and doves from eating them! they seem to really like the asslyum flowers I just planted a month or so ago! GRRR!! Roasted quail may be a item on the household menu if they keep it up

       

    • October 29, 2020 10:48 AM EDT
    • The trains and scenery looks great. I really like how you used the moss.

       

    • September 23, 2020 8:14 PM EDT
    • The layout has really matured, Ken.  Great photos.  Thanks for sharing.

    • September 23, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
    • Haven't found any of those yet, but we do get plenty of maple tree sapling that spring up all the time.

    • September 23, 2020 11:16 AM EDT
    • John Bouck said:

      Someone has a walnut tree in my neighborhood. Every spring, I'm yanking walnut saplings all over my property, thanks to this tree rats!

       Ha! My parents were about 300 yards from a walnut tree and the kept finding saplings, mysterious, until one day we saw their German Shepard Penny walk over to a flower bed dig a small hole and drop a walnut into the hole, she did this several times that day. That had a large tree they left after Penny died to honor her, unfortunately it didn’t survive a wind storm a couple of year ago 

       

    • September 23, 2020 10:35 AM EDT
    • Someone has a walnut tree in my neighborhood. Every spring, I'm yanking walnut saplings all over my property, thanks to this tree rats!

       

    • September 23, 2020 7:38 AM EDT
    • I hope, when the tree is shaken, some of those nuts fall your side of the fence, Ken. 

    • September 23, 2020 7:29 AM EDT
    • My neighbors walnut tree has lost most of it's leaves, but most of the others are just starting to turn. It'll be another month before they start dropping. 

    • September 23, 2020 3:57 AM EDT
    • I see most leaves are still on your trees Ken, rather than on the tracks.  Same here.  I bought a blower/sucker thing recently which should make life easier when the leaves do start to fall.

    • September 22, 2020 3:45 PM EDT
    • Since it officially turned Autumn at 9:30 this morning and it was such a beautiful day, thought I'd try this out.

    • September 8, 2020 9:19 PM EDT
    • He's clearly having fun!

    • September 8, 2020 9:04 AM EDT
    • I had a visiting Engineer over this weekend ....William..2 1/2 looks and acts older ..

       

      He is sharing the train with some of his friends ...

    • September 1, 2020 10:43 AM EDT
    • John said - "If you want a new leaf blower I just purchased the Ego 650, it top air speed is 180 mph."

      If you can control the speed, you might have a new source of rail propulsion. 

      We had one of those Snoopy Fan motor, Flying Dog Houses.  Took it to a train show with the club layout.  Pretty well tore it up over one weekend with it getting launched on the curves and trying to catch it.  Old men can't catch worth a damn.  Lots of fun, worth every penny.  Wife probably doesn't agree with that, but it was a great memory.  Right now I can't even remember where that thing ended up.  It was kind of one of those "hold my beer" moments . but no alcohol was involved.  Bunch of old men reliving their childhood. 

    • September 1, 2020 10:08 AM EDT
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