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Great idea to seal walls with "glue pitch", I'll have to mix some of that for myself, and to use a penlight for light leaks.  I found a couple of those today when cleaning the home office. 

For brick paper on foundation, transfer tape works well... 

From your observation of PA anthracite towns, what's the likely roofing on these structures? 


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Roof Repair Sale
« on: April 14, 2021, 03:21:02 PM »
Hey Dave:

Hope the roof repair is going well.


No relation with Tichy other than being a very happy customer.  But yeah, I hope they get their roof fixed.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday - April 14, 2021
« on: April 14, 2021, 03:15:35 PM »
Doc Jeff, I really hate buying a vehicle, the business is institutionally crooked.  (I learned a bit about the inside from my brother-in-law who sold cars for a while.  That business was too nasty even for him!)  There are some advantages to the fixed price places like CarMax. 

We're just back in from walking the dogs, it's nice now, but turning colder and cloudy tonight.  We hope we get the rain they're promising on Friday, we really need rain! 

No training for me today, I've been cleaning up the home office.  I found some give-away items from an old computer conference, companies that are long gone...  But I did have to smile when I saw them.  Also a photo from 20 years ago of my brother and his (5 year old?) daughter each playing a bagpipe chanter.  Very cute!  And of course, lots of dried out pens....  Plus probably 20 small screwdrivers (Torx, Philips #0) from computer projects...   Oh, and a roll of (presumably exposed) 35mm B&W film.  There's a company that still does film developing in town, so I dropped it off with them.  It'll be fun to see what (if anything) they find on that roll. 


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Roof Repair Sale
« on: April 13, 2021, 10:59:20 AM »
Just my luck.  I ordered and received a bunch of windows and doors for my cheese plant a couple of weeks ago.  SIGH.

I did a big Tichy order a couple of weeks ago, too.  But there's -no one- in the business I'd rather make more money at my expense than Don Tichy!   A couple of times he's responded quickly (and cheaply) to some special requests, and I love his product line. 


Kit Building / Re: Sewall's Foundry using RailroadKits castings.
« on: April 13, 2021, 08:39:41 AM »
That looks great in its position, I'm looking forward to seeing how you detail it.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Roof Repair Sale
« on: April 12, 2021, 01:10:11 PM »

From Don Tichy

April 10, 2021

Dear Modeler:

We here at Tichy Train Group want to wish everyone a happy and healthy year as we hopefully emerge from this pandemic. Our factory is not as healthy as we are. We are having 24,000 square feet of new roof installed on our factory this week to keep our production areas dry and the people that bring you Tichy products happy. To tempt you to help pay for it, we are having a special sale while the work is being done.

On orders from 20 to 50 dollars we are giving a 10% discount.
Just use 10 in the coupon code box at checkout.

On orders from 50 to 100 dollars we are giving a 20% discount.
Just use 20 in the coupon code box at checkout.

On orders over 100 dollars we are giving a 25% discount.
Just use 25 in the coupon code box at checkout.

US customers will receive free freight on orders over $60, $4 under that.
Canadian customers will receive free freight on orders over $100, $10 under that.
International orders will go into moderation when you place them and we will add airmail postage and send you a payment link to approve and pay. On international orders, you can request a PayPal invoice by sending us an email.

These coupons expire at midnight on Monday April 19th.

A quick note on shipping. USPS shipping times have started to improve but we are still seeing significant problems. We now have send you a shipping link with your tracking number when we ship. We do not have any better information than what this link provides. UPS shipping is available on any order for a $4 charge, just buy a UPS shipping surcharge available under the what's new tab.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 11, 2021
« on: April 11, 2021, 10:53:03 AM »
My grandmother went through nurses training in the '20s.  She had some great stories from that experience.  It had a lot in common with my own experience 50 years later in a military school, with room inspections and a lot of 'mickey mouse'. :-) :-)

Those of you who are getting tired of rain, please send it here.  We're probably going back into serious drought this summer.


She was a toy poodle.  No pedigree, but I'm pretty sure she was pure poodle.  Our current dogs are toy poodle mixed with bichon, we think. 


One last memory, our last big trip together, to Gettysburg.  Here she is underneath a peach tree in the Peach Orchard.  Afterwards, we went for lunch. 


Kit Building / Re: Micro-Scale Models Two Stall Engine House
« on: April 08, 2021, 02:28:17 PM »
I wonder if they'd whitewash those walls on the inside.  Roundhouses would be pretty dark places, and dark walls would definitely not help visibility...


Jersey in her favorite place....  The license plate holder is still on my truck (but with NH plates now.)

Dennis, I'm glad you insisted on being with yours!


What John said!...  Sorry you lost them both.  I hope you get replacements.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - April 6, 2021
« on: April 06, 2021, 08:56:02 AM »
Dogs are at the groomers, so the house is unnaturally quiet. 

I'm still waiting for some inspiration to hit.  Yesterday I bought some more 1/4" hardboard to cut into backdrop panels.  I'll do the sawing this afternoon.

Update:  Instead of cutting hardboard, James Van Bokkelen came over and helped me hang some of the backdrops.  The second is the 'mill stream' location, and the first shows the backdrop behind the switcher shed and the first chunk of backdrop going into the train room itself. 

These are photo backdrops from Trackside Scenery, attached with Deluxe Materials backdrop glue.  That stuff provides a lot of working time, which we needed to get things correctly positioned. 


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: 4/4/21 Sunday
« on: April 04, 2021, 03:46:19 PM »
Near 60, sunny and dry.  So no excuse to not drop some lime on the yard.  Then we took the dogs for a walk and talked to a neighbor for a bit.  In between, I did some clean-up/pick-up in the home office, which frankly is still a mess. 

I'm still pondering what my next project will be.  I should get some hardboard for backdrop mounting (need to cut it down to 18" x 4' panels.)


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday - April 2, 2021
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:55:02 AM »
Since I declared the Wileys kitbash 'finished' (more or less...), today I'll clean the workbench (always a tough project in its own right) and think about the next project.


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