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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday, April 2
« on: Today at 08:34:23 AM »

Good morning.

Sun is out this morning, forecast calls for clouds to move in and some mixed precipitation tonight into tomorrow.  Still, we are on a welcome warming trend.  Farm stuff and hopefully some modeling later. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday - 4/1/2020 April Fool's Day
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:48:31 AM »

Good morning.

My calves were running, jumping, and butting heads this morning.  I wonder if that yellow thing in the sky that showed up out of nowhere this morning has spooked them.  ;D

That's about as exciting as it gets around here.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday 31 March
« on: March 31, 2020, 08:17:34 AM »

Good morning.

Congrats to Blazeman on joining the ranks of those of us where every day is Saturday.

Overcast here with intermittent showers for yet another day.  Weather guesser says we might see a few peeks of sun in a couple days before yet another front arrives with more clouds and that wet stuff that makes the grass grow and the cows muddy.  Later... ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 30, 2020, 07:04:51 PM »


I found my Optivisor was not enough magnification for painting fine details like belts and suspenders on figures.  Rather than change the Optivisor lens for things requiring higher magnification, I picked up an inexpensive magnifier from Harbor Freight.  When performing tasks that require more magnification than my Optivisor provides I just slip it on long enough to complete that step. Then I go back to my Optivisor and its lower magnification and longer focal length. 

Layout Tours / Re: illinois Central Chicago District - Monee Rebuild
« on: March 29, 2020, 03:43:47 PM »

The Harrison building does look much better raised the little you have it. My vote for the higher elevation.

Tom ;D


I agree with Tom, but I'd go one step further.  I would remove the billboard from the gas station roof thus opening up the view to the Harrison building.  That not only exposes more of the interesting narrow end of that structure, it helps draw the viewer's eye further into the scene.  I'd use a chimney and maybe a roof hatch on the gas station to add interest to that roof while not restricting the ling of sight to the Harrison building.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, 3/29/20
« on: March 29, 2020, 08:31:24 AM »

Good morning.

Raining here to start the day, forecast is for some clearing later, fingers crossed.  Planning some modeling at least part of the day, simply staying home and laying low.  Everyone stay safe!



I vote to attach it to the main building.  The height may not make "logical" sense, but the viewer does not know why it was constructed this way.  Did it originally house an over height (more than 8' tall machine)?  Was it a boiler house that had height added to make piping access easier?   Is part of the floor elevated? 

At one of the early Craftsman Structure shows I attended a Brian Nolan clinic on diorama composition.  One of the things I learned was that a rectangular two (or more) story building, while prototypic does not draw the viewer's eye into the scene well.  The use of single story additions brings the viewer's eye down from the tall roof to the ground and then to the details of the scene.  With that in mind, maybe you could add an elevated fuel oil tank by the end of the addition.  Add some barrels and crates and the viewer is now entranced with the overall scene.

Just my two cents and maybe not worth even that... ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday, March 28
« on: March 28, 2020, 08:10:02 AM »

Good morning. 

Quiet start to the day.  A couple of my neighbors will be coming by later this morning to check out the new calves.  We'll be keeping our social distance, though I'm not sure the calves understand that concept. 

Rain coming this afternoon so some modeling is on the schedule.  Everyone stay safe!

My condolences to and prayers for his family and friends.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday 27MAR
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:27:43 AM »

Good morning.

Sunny today but...rain arrives in time to make both Saturday and Sunday miserable.  I had hoped my neighbor could help me get some fence and other spring work done.  Looks like that is not going to happen.

Once again, everyone lay low and stay safe!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, March 26
« on: March 26, 2020, 08:25:01 AM »

Good morning!

Cannot believe I am opening this late.

Everyone have a great day and stay safe!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wed - 3/25/2020
« on: March 25, 2020, 10:36:27 AM »

Good morning. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday, March 24
« on: March 24, 2020, 12:29:58 PM »


You are not neurotic.  You are taking precautions based on your personal situation.  Right now that is all any of us can do.  In some ways you have an advantage.  Because of your stem cell transplant you are familiar with steps to take to protect yourself. 

Fortunately, all of us here have a great hobby that we enjoy.  For most of us being housebound is a positive experience.  We are also fortunate to have an online community of like minded people that we interact with on a daily basis. 

Stay safe, stay positive.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday, March 24
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:23:40 AM »

Good morning. 

That's about it from here... ;D ;D ;D

Super Detailing / Re: Nails or Glue for Roadbed?
« on: March 23, 2020, 01:23:42 PM »


I used latex caulk to fasten my cork roadbed to the foam sheets I used on my modules.  One caveat, I did have to remove and rearrange some of the roadbed.  The caulk held so well that I ended up having to use some spackle to patch the foam where It tore when pulling up the cork.  I also used latex caulk to fasten the track as well as some track nails to hold curves, switches, etc., while the caulk dried.  You might check this part of my layout thread:

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