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Martijn Meerts

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  • Birthday 12/01/1976

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  1. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I noticed hull red being mentioned to get a little more of an unused track rust effect, while the red brown is more to get the look of a main line. I do have some hull red, so I can experiment with that one as well. I'll definitely paint the track before ballasting, much easier to paint the track when it's not stuck on the baseboard yet :)
  2. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I'll see what happens.. I've used Revell before, but never managed to find a colour I'm happy with. I'd prefer going with Gunze really, but they don't have a good rail colour in their range anymore, so it'd have to be a custom mix, which is what I'm trying to prevent. I have noticed that a lot of acrylic paints don't stick to metal well, which is why I have a little glass fibre brush to roughen up the surface a little bit, and if needed I have some metal primers as well. As for painting flaking, that's very likely because the surface being painted wasn't cleaned well before painting. There's always some residue left from manufacturing which causes paint to not stick.
  3. What did you order or the post deliver?

    It's a really nice system, maybe not the cheapest if you need a lot of them, but you don't have to buy them all at a time. This is the 3rd time I'm ordering some bits and it should the the last order for now as well, since I won't have space left for more modules :) Once the new ones have arrived and I've built them (they're really easy to build and the fit is pretty much perfect) I'll take a picture. Well, after cleaning up the rest of the desk of course :D
  4. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I ordered a couple of more modules from the modular workshop system thingy (http://www.hobbyzone.pl/en/wsm/) as well as some paint and scenery stuff. The paint is various shades of darker brown to try and get a good color for the tracks. I've used a custom mixed colour before which is pretty much perfect, but it's expensive and you never know when the guy decides to stop mixing the paint. It's also meant for airbrushing, and I don't really want to go through the trouble of cleaning the airbrush after painting 1 module worth of single track. I've now ordered a couple of Vallejo Model Color colours, 1 is the equivalent of Tamiya XF64 Red Brown which a lot of people use for track. The only reason I didn't order the Tamiya is that the shop I made this order at does't have a lot of Tamiya, but does have the entire Vallejo range. The scenery kits are the Woodland Scenics river and waterfall learning kit. I've never done water before, so I figured this might be a good start. And looking at the Enoden, there's plenty little bits of water and streams and rivers etc. The other kit is a snow kit which is really meant for things like creating snowy wargaming diorama's, but according to the description, the powder that creates the snow effect is fine enough for N-scale. They also claim it doesn't discolour, and it's easy to apply and gets some amazing results. The kit is from Krycell.
  5. Reporting bugs and feature requests

    I've disabled the file type limitation for now, and added a file size limitation instead. Let me know if it's not working right and I'll look into it some more :)
  6. Reporting bugs and feature requests

    Yeah, it's a known issue which suddenly appeared. I've been looking into it the past days but haven't been able to figure out what's happening. When we add other allowed file types to the list, none of them get accepted apart from the last one in the list. I'll have a look again tonight when I get home from work, and if I can't find anything I'll probably remove the file type limitation, but add a file size limitation instead.
  7. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    Shame, looks like a fun project, and lots of thought and planning already went into it. As for my version, I'm probably going to start with stitching together a lot of google maps screenshots so I have a map of the entire line including scenery. From there I can convert the track plan to something that'd work in T-Trak and decide how to divide up the parts into the 4 season. I'm guessing the bit along the beach should really be summer, and I want bits with lots of trees to be autumn, to really add lots of colours there. Other than that, I also need to check the blocks. Judging from the video's I've seen, there's not a lot of traffic, so turning each module into a block isn't necessary at all. Would be more than enough to have blocks for each of the stations, and then 1 block in between the stations. Will have to experiment with it a bit I guess.
  8. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    Thanks. definitely something to look at for inspiration :)
  9. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    Stain I believe, although it's a bit less water-y than I'm used to from stains. I'm probably just going to start building 1 module now, and see what it looks like with some scenery. Just need to figure out which scene to model :)
  10. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    This is what they look like after 2 rounds of staining. Not sure they need another round really...
  11. What are you MUST HAVE tools for building your layout?

    The chop saw has already saved me a ton of time, well worth the investment :)
  12. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    I have no problem with adding a computer to a layout. Heck, the ECoS I have pretty much is a computer in itself, runs a custom version of Linux ;) Anyway, did the 2nd layout of staining today. Not sure yet if I need a 3rd layer, but the time it was dry, there was no daylight left so it's hard to see what colour it is now. The image shows the 2 of the module bases with 1 layer of deep mahogany stain.
  13. Enoden T-Trak

    T-trak modules based on the Enoden line.
  14. What are you MUST HAVE tools for building your layout?

    I use a chop saw (mine's on a rail, so I can chop wider boards with it as well) and jig saw mainly, and some hand saws for simple things. For sanding I have a small electric sander for fine sanding, and a larger variable speed electric sander for the more heavy duty work. Other than that, I have a Dremel with some accessories and of course some drills. I have to say though, the 1 tool that's made the most difference to me for building a layout, is a high quality soldering station. I used to absolutely hate soldering even simple things like adding feeders to track, but these days I can even solder N-scale brass kits quite well. Definitely worth the investment in my case.
  15. The threaded rod and bolts is a great method, and if you use Kato track you can easily get away with just supporting the parts where the track pieces join up like the Cosmic one does. I've made mine the old fashioned way, just cutting out all the wood I need and then laying the track on it. I used the threaded rod and bolts system for it, and it works great. Took a bit of measuring and careful drilling to make sure it all lined up, but it's well worth taking your time on a helix. It's easy to mess them up and they're hard to fix.