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  1. During the late December and early January, I built a wagonturntable from scratch, using 1mm and 0.5mm styrene sheet, some rail offcuts, superglue and plastic cement. In these Youtube tutorial I will show you the way I did it. During the filming I had some probleme with the autofocus of my camera, and I have to improve how to position the camera. The turntable is built for my 009 layout, but the method could be used for other gauges and scales. In the past I have built a similar wagonturntable for my N gauge layout. Markus
  2. Hello, during the christmas time and the first weekends in January a friend of mine held the so called Silvester Layout operating session during that time. The time period is set to 1919 just before the founding of the DRG (Deutsch Reichsbahn Gesellschaft, Impirial German Railway Society). Most of the layout is assembled with modules built to the FREMO N-RE standards. Enjoy the video. Markus
  3. Hello, today I uploaded the December update on Youtube. During the last few months I hadn't done much on my layout projects. But last October I and some friends spend a weekend in Berlin to build more than 20 curved modules to the FREMO N-RE standards. After these I spend a few days in the Harz mountain region and did a trip from Gernrode to Wernigerrode on the HSB. Markus
  4. Hello, I'm using the Caboose Industries N gauge ground throws on my 009 modular layout. I'm using Caboose Industries 224S which are the ones with the integrated electrical switch for frog polarisation. I made a picture of it. Markus
  5. Hello, it's been some time since my last update on my G&D plan. Due to the housemove last year I had to scrap the beginnings of my Sorethroat Branchline Mk2 layout. I was only able to start tracklaying in the fiddle yard. But now with some time gone I started on planing the new version. The new layout should be a homage to John Allens layout. But with less space, I don't want to copy his layout. So I set my layout further north. So in the Northern Californian or Oregon area. My room is roughly 4x4 meters. And the intended layout is placed over my current british N scale modular layout. The Sorethroat branchline connects with the G&D network at Little Divide (my Fiddle Yard) and climbs the mountains towards Porkbelly, from there the line declines to Sorethroat the end of the G&D branch. At Porkbelly there is a short line which serves the small community of Achingback and some logging and mining camps along the line. From Sorethroat there is a short line connecting with Weber Point (a future small fiddle yard). These connections will allow for continues run if needed. At Sorethroat I plan to fit a small Sawmill, a Coal and Fuel Merchant, a small Powerstation, an larger manufacturing plant against the wall, and some smaller businesses, which are rail served. There is also an engine terminal. The Line to Achingback see some lumber and ore traffic, and some occasional goods traffic. And the short line to Weber Point will bring in some perishabel traffic (that my reefers got someting to do) My engine roster haven't changed much. I own a 4-4-0 (Mehano/IHC), two 2-6-0 (Mehano/IHC; Bachmann Alco), one 0-6-0 Camelback (Mantua), one 2-6-6-2 Articulated (Mantua), two 2-8-0 (Frateschi/Model Power; Roundhouse by Athearn), one 0-4-0 Dockside Tank (Mehano/IHC) and since last year an 0-4-0 with sloped tender (Rivarossi, I changed the mechanisem against a Mehano 0-4-0 from another Dockside tank). The Rivarossi 0-4-0 is planned for the Weber Point Short Line. Here is the trackplan. The Fiddle Yard will be about 6 inches below Achingback. Markus
  6. Hello Martin, a member of our german british railway forum recently turned up with these link. Maybe these could be of interest for you. Markus
  7. Hello Martin, regarding the humidity in your shed, maybe you could use a chemical dehumidifier. I've been using these in my modelrailway room in the basement. I'm using one similar to these one https://www.amazon.co.uk/500ml-Interior-Dehumidifiers-Acting-Crystals/dp/B075KNTRTL/ref=sr_1_52?crid=1D48L8MJ0Q70W&keywords=dehumidifiers&qid=1572423503&sprefix=dehum%2Caps%2C156&sr=8-52 In Germany they look a bit different https://www.amazon.de/Sichler-Haushaltsgeräte-Luftentfeuchter-Raumentfeuchter-Wiederverwendbare/dp/B075CS1TX8/ref=sr_1_14?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&crid=16BB3N3OVUX1T&keywords=luftentfeuchter&qid=1572423574&sprefix=luften%2Caps%2C170&sr=8-14 But their working principal is the same. Markus
  8. Thank you for your answer, so the wall thickness is about 3mm. For rolling out the DAS clay. Are you using some 1mm thick sticks as a height gauge for the rolling pin? Markus
  9. Hello, may I ask what material you have used for the walls of your destillery? Markus
  10. McRuss


    Hello, I've got another question regarding finetrax. Are there any rail joiners available? I haven't found them on their website. Markus
  11. Hello, during the last two weeks I built the backdrop for the Lochdubh part of my layout. And here is the result. DSCI4994 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4995 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4996 by mcruss1, on Flickr First you could see an overview, and now some detailshots. DSCI4997 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4998 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4980 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4981 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4982 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4983 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4984 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4985 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4986 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4987 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4989 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4990 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4991 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4992 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4993 by mcruss1, on Flickr Markus
  12. Hello, it's been some time since my last update. In May I held the first operating session in the new basement. These time my friend Daniel did the filming. After the session I had a little flooding in the layout room during a thunderstorm, but I've got lucky and only a bit of the scenery was harmed, The baseboards and electrics weren't harmed. So here is the video from the operating session. Enjoy. Markus
  13. McRuss


    Are there suppliers sellng the finetrax track system? I aks because, I can't order their products from Germany? Markus
  14. Hello, since the late 2000s I've building my homelayouts according to the FREMO recommendations. So I can go to FREMO meetings or exhibitions with my modules, and in the case of a house move I don't have to tear down the layout. So I was able to reuse most of my layout after the my house moves in the last 3 years. Markus
  15. Hello, during the last weeks I started with the building of my backdrops, and now about half of the backdrop is in place. DSCI4916 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4915 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4917 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4918 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4919 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4920 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4922 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4926 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4924 by mcruss1, on Flickr DSCI4925 by mcruss1, on Flickr Markus
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