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Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Cundy Village Hotel
« on: December 04, 2020, 11:16:53 PM »
At this point the third floor interior was put in place. I printed out a library wall photo of an old mansion and placed it down the middle of each wing. On the front side of the 'wall' I had a wood floor printed which would be hopefully seen if you looked down into the building windows. This was scored but left attached to the 'wall'. Contact cement was used to place the wall and wood floor.

I forgot to take pictures of the interior and lighting but it was much like second floor. However, the lights were placed behind the bookcase wall to provide a dimmer defused light. I did have to get creative on wiring. I had placed the roof in place for second floor and not run wiring down a corner. So instead I used copper tape and hid it behind the chimneys. The area around the chimney and roof had to be filed for allowing a snug flat fit of the chimney which resulted in plenty of room for the wire connections. There are three warm white lights in each wing.

Well there is much more to go but the computer is on empty and so am I so we will catch up tomorrow.

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Cundy Village Hotel
« on: December 04, 2020, 10:47:39 PM »
It has been some time since my last update. Lots to do and working on this kit is both enjoyable and time consuming. So let's start:

The directions call for the trim boards that go on the exterior just under the third floor be put in place at this time. I recommend that you first glue the third floor in place and then put the trim in place. That way if there are small gaps between the third floor and the trim it is easy to adjust. it is what I would do if I did it again.

Next I glued in place the third floor. It locks in place easy and the wall bracing is just as straight forward. At this point I started using canopy glue instead of Elmers, it just seemed to work better with the materials of this kit. The directions call for using sandpaper and a #7 exacto knife to remove the ash burns. It makes a difference ensuring everything stays straight.

I ended up having to hand brush the Folk Art Crocodile Green on the third floor sills. The paper board used for this part of the kit is a cardboard and soaks paint in like mad. Also, a word of caution, it will begin to separate into individual layers at the corners if bounced too much so care is needed. (or careful gluing of the damaged area  ::) )

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday 4th December
« on: December 04, 2020, 08:45:18 AM »
Cool but nice today. The Diet Pepsi people have recalled the medical team they had scrambled for deployment to Orlando. They had determined where and why sales of Diet Pepsi had fallen so much and were rushing to help their best customer.

Hope to just enjoy the day.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Covid-19 update on the Langfords.
« on: December 03, 2020, 09:22:46 PM »
That is awesome news Tom, thank you for letting all know. You sure had Deb and me worried. Keep the good news coming.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday - Dec. 3, 2020
« on: December 03, 2020, 07:18:53 AM »
Up early for me. Our dog was up and down over the night and for some reason it would wake me. Oh well more of the day to enjoy. Hope everyone has a great day.

Jim D

Green Cove Springs Florida in 1910's. Hotel in back (gone) and spring in front (now a pool).

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wed - Dec. 2, 2020
« on: December 02, 2020, 09:39:02 AM »
The chill made it all the way through Florida. Deb (aka The Boss) is in full Christmas mode. We had a couple cruises planned this time of year which are gone so she is making plans to keep the fun going. I hope to work on Cundy Hotel some today and who knows what else.

Tom, we need you big guy, get better soon, thinking of you.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Covid-19 update on the Langfords.
« on: December 01, 2020, 10:23:30 PM »
Like Tom said, hang in there Tom. Prayers for all.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday November 30
« on: November 30, 2020, 09:14:40 AM »
Tom, thinking about you today.

Apparently wife’s ex (30 years plus ago) is demanding kids and grandkids not see us. Talk about needing to get a life. Oh well, work on Cundy Hotel and layout work this afternoon I think.

Stay safe everyone.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday the 29th of November
« on: November 29, 2020, 08:37:58 AM »
That is great news Tom.

Coffee is in hand, pup and wife nearby, life is very good. Hope to work on layout today, I think the honey-do list is short enough now.

Have a great day folks.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday November 28
« on: November 28, 2020, 09:58:21 AM »
Good Morning Folks;

Checking in and glad to hear an update from Tom. Deb and I saw my Daughter and husband yesterday for a Thanksgiving type dinner. It was a fun time. Today hopefully some work on the layout. And football on TV of course.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Covid-19 update on the Langfords.
« on: November 28, 2020, 09:53:35 AM »

Thank you for taking the time to let everyone know you and your family status. To have everyone with it, one a 92 year old woman with daily care needs is truly a bad situation. I am hopeful you are starting to feel a little better but it sounds were much touch and go. Deb and I add our prayers for you with those of the entire forum. Not sure what we can do but let us know if there is. Get well soon.

Deb & Jim Donovan

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday, Nov 27
« on: November 27, 2020, 12:47:06 PM »
Tom glad to hear from you. Covid is a bitch, period. We had. A great time with my brother and his new wife. Today we visit daughter and do it all over.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Time to enjoy the holidays.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving
« on: November 26, 2020, 10:11:03 AM »
We are off to be with one of my brothers and his wife today. Weather is perfect so I imagine we will stay outside. I think we have a lot to be thankful for. I am retired now but I have seen and stayed in large chunks of this world. We are very blessed to all be in the Good ship USA. News nonsense aside no other country has done more for its people or will come out of this faster or stronger.

Happy Thanksgiving


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday Nov 25, Thanksgiving Eve
« on: November 25, 2020, 08:22:15 AM »
Good Morning Folks;

Tom that does not sound good. I hope your wife and Mother-In-Law are turning the corner. You need help call, sounds like things are not good.

I gave up trying to sleep around midnight and did some modeling instead until 3 am. Not sure why, suspect it just is. Have some house chores today then visiting Deb's sister for dinner.

Everyone try to stay safe. It is not easy. .

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday the 24th --- almost turkey day
« on: November 24, 2020, 09:26:59 AM »
Good Morning Everyone

Off to the local museum this morning to work on the layout track. Some gremlins in the system, most likely solder breaks. Great looking truck Jamie.

Then taking the Boss to lunch and enjoy the great weather. Hope everyone is doing great.

Jim D

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