a few more buildings and painting the layout…

I picked up a can of Krylon Camouflage Sand paint to paint the layout and make it look more realistic (lowering the left over budget to $25) before ballasting the track. I also printed out two new buildings to flush out the layout (yes, they look cheap, but just place holders). I also dug out an ancient pair of Atlas tank cars that need new trucks and couplers.paper8 paper9 paper10 paper11 paper12 paper13 paper14

I also got tired of the gap and the bad kink, so I pulled the track up to re-arrange the track to make it smoother. Unfortunately, I fubared a switch beyond repair.Fortunatly, I do have some spares.

adding buildings to the layout…a NUSED loco, and not using any of the leftover budget!

I have been trying to come up with things to do to my layout without spending a dime. I came across a site that has WWI airbase paper buildings in 1:144 scale. I figured that if I print them at 90%, they would then magically be 1:160! I also figured that Dollar Tree has white poster board that costs $1.00 for TWO! Today, I ran a test run with 2 sheets of printer paper and one of my daughter’s glue sticks, I got TWO buildings for nothing! (well, basically nothing)

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I can’t really complain about my 5 minute buildings……now for the really cool, no-cost project! Henk in the UK who posts on  http://www.southernpacificmodelerssociety.org offered a FREE Southern Pacific GP20 and a bunch of Micro-Trains couplers for free…he even paid for the shipping! Henk informed me that it was a parts unit, and it might run, and that it had some appearance issues.  Well, that is the best looking and running parts loco that I have ever seen. While it is not as quiet as a Kato and requires a high starting voltage, it is nice and slow!

The loco that Henk sent was numbered 4077 and had a winterization hatch added to it. 4077 was rebuilt into 4124 in 1978-79.4084-4087 had the winterization hatch, and the correct side sills like this model, all other SP GP20’s had thin, GP30 style sills….. I applied a pair of Detail Associates lights to the nose, added a SP to the nose, and renumbered it to 4087 to match the details for this model.paper6Thanks again Henk!