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    • October 13, 2019 9:49 AM EDT
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      Nice progress, and work, Tom...    

    • October 13, 2019 8:11 PM EDT
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      Tom Grabenstein said:
      Rooster ' said:

      As always nice work Doc Tom

      Love the history and I don't even like steam !

      Thanks Rooster. Part of the fun is finding all the old photographs to emulate.

      I UNDERSTAND !!!!

    • October 15, 2019 7:07 AM EDT
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      You're making it look too easy ...Great progress...

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    • November 2, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

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      Evolution at Linville

      The transformation from blue foam to colourful topography is underway on the layout design element at Linville on the On30 ET& WNC RR.









      Low lying shrubs and grasses have been planted on the hillsides in anticipation of “O” scale trees in full summer growth to come in the future.





      Homabed roadbed has been placed in preparation for track laying. So, we have gone from track plans to getting the foundation down for the modeled track work.







      I also did the trim of the layout in an olive green color that I think matches the color of the railroad coaches on the 1920 prototype. I would appreciate comments on what Color was actually used by the ET&WNC railroad in 1920 to paint their beautiful varnish.







      Thanks for looking.



      Doc Tom

    • November 2, 2019 3:44 PM EDT
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      Very nice looking.  You're making it come alive!

      It's great that the workers know exactly where to place the "ROAD"

      I'm not sure what the "original" color was...but here's a shot of the triple combine undergoing restoration in the Spencer Shops...

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    • November 2, 2019 7:29 PM EDT
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      Bruce's example appears to be a darker shade of phthalo green...

      Image result for Phthalo green dark

      I don't know the lighting conditions there either.

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    • November 2, 2019 7:37 PM EDT
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      Bruce Chandler said:

      Very nice looking.  You're making it come alive!

      It's great that the workers know exactly where to place the "ROAD"

      I'm not sure what the "original" color was...but here's a shot of the triple combine undergoing restoration in the Spencer Shops...

      I suspect that the keys is to have a large number of paint samples; most of which should backup your authoritative statements as to the actual color based on "expert" witnesses.  There doesn't appear to be any color pictures of it from back in the day so it's probably time to just make stuff up! 

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    • November 2, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

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      Thanks Bruce and John for the help in color selection for the ET &WNC passenger cars in the 1920's. That is a very nice shot of the combine undergoing restoration. The green color looks similar to the rattle can green I chose for my first passenger car build.

       

      Thanks Doc Tom

    • November 2, 2019 9:53 PM EDT
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      I am betting the rattle can was NOT called phthalo green!   I wonder  how THAT is pronounced?

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    • November 2, 2019 9:56 PM EDT
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      By the way, that’s a fine model of Azalea!

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    • November 2, 2019 10:20 PM EDT
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      The ph is silent ... 

      came from my art school daze. It's an acrylic in a tube, color, great for air brushes....

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    • November 3, 2019 6:52 AM EST
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      Phthalo Green is kind of like Brett Favre, you just kind of mumble through it.  So wonder why it wasn't Fthalo Green or Brett Phavre? 

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      Doc, as Sean says - your work is inspiring.  Your temps are becoming very comfortable to be working inside on a project.  28 degrees this morning in Carlyle and not much warmer where you are.  The hood is pointed southbound in about 2 hours.  

    • November 3, 2019 7:33 AM EST

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      Ric Golding said:

      Phthalo Green is kind of like Brett Favre, you just kind of mumble through it.  So wonder why it wasn't Fthalo Green or Brett Phavre? 

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      Doc, as Sean says - your work is inspiring.  Your temps are becoming very comfortable to be working inside on a project.  28 degrees this morning in Carlyle and not much warmer where you are.  The hood is pointed southbound in about 2 hours.  

      Ric,

      I am enjoying the heated train shed. It is 30 degrees here in Tennessee. Are you headin' to sunny Florida?

      Doc Tom

    • November 3, 2019 9:40 PM EST
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      27 miles from the Alabama border on I-65.  Can't say we are over heating tonight.  But with a little luck, we'll be around Troy, Alabama tomorrow evening and then toasting the sunsets at the Tiki Bar of the Low Key Hideaway on Cedar Keys by Tuesday night.  Doing our best to support the economy.

    • November 10, 2019 7:07 PM EST

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                                                                                                          Juice for Linville

       

      While not as glamorous as the number two spot working its way to the Linville interchange with a load of logs, electrical wiring is extremely important on a model railroad.With a foam sub roadbed on a shelf, there is very little depth to hide the jungle of wires so common in Model Rail Roads. The side profile is quite thin, at best 2 inches.Working with the foam means the lightweight mountains, hillocks and hills can easily be removed.The whole layout can then be turned up on its side to do the dirty, non glamorous work of electrical wiring.The inexpensive “router” attachment for the hard working Dremel tool is used to cut grooves in the underside to a depth of a 1/2”.Next the wiring is pushed in to the groove and secured using dabs of hot glue. “ Suit case” connectors make easy work of splicing in to the wires in the groovesAfter labelling the connectors that will go to the electronics box below the shelving the layout is brought back to place on the wire shelving and it is on to the more glamorous work of building the Linville LDE for the On30 East Tennessee and Western RR.Thanks for looking. Hope this mini tutorial wasn’t too boring.Doc Tom

    • November 22, 2019 6:17 PM EST

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      My recent work on the ET&WNC On30 layout reminded me of modern day“ rails to trails" programs. As I placed the roadbed and the first layers of scenery……….





      ….. the result reminded me of this picture of the" Tweetsie Trail" near Johnson City Tennessee.



      The Tweetsie Trail is the actual old roadbed of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

      My On30 trail walkers were in for quite a fright when they stumbled into a large hairy humanoid from the Northwest country side who was obviously quite lost in the Blue Ridge.







      Thanks for following along. Doc Tom

    • November 22, 2019 9:15 PM EST
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      Doc, that may very well be a real bigfoot .  Much more realistic than all the ones people on TV claim to see.  Might want to get the local news media out to investigate.

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    • November 23, 2019 9:35 AM EST

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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Doc, that may very well be a real bigfoot .  Much more realistic than all the ones people on TV claim to see.  Might want to get the local news media out to investigate.

      Hi Dan,

      Calls in to FOX and CNN this AM.  So far no one has called back.

      Doc Tom

    • November 24, 2019 5:53 PM EST

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      The good old boys in the Blue Ridge have been working hard to get the first structure built on the Linville LDE.



      I am trying to re-create this scene from Linville in 1920 on the ET &WNC RR. I thought I would start with the simplest structure.... the line side shed



      I found it on eBay and thought it was a nifty stand in for the little shed.







      Thanks for looking. Tom

    • November 24, 2019 6:54 PM EST
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      great find Doc 

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