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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / There's a prototype for everything
« on: October 30, 2020, 04:06:52 PM »

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Scratchbuilding / small office
« on: September 14, 2020, 10:19:55 AM »
I'm working on a small office from a prototype photo.  Although that particular photo is from a Northern location (the snow is a big hint :-) ), I found a bunch of similar structures in Southern locations (including several from a town in MS.) 

The challenge was getting something to look like those scroll-end Ionic columns.  I ended up twirling thin brass around round nose tweezers, then inserting a styrene rod.  The columns should be fluted (and to be most precise, should be slightly smaller diameter at top), but I'm doing "Victorian Vernacular" so I can cheat and use plain columns.  The square Tuscan columns were easy by comparison.

I wanted an interior, so I primed both sides of the styrene walls white, and then painted on wainscoting.  After I painted the windows and added glazing, I glued them in place, and then added interior trim, painted a slightly different brown to stand out.  And yes, one window is glued in upside down, I had real problems with the glue actually holding.

dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Roundhouse/Enginehouse build question
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:42:31 PM »
John, Karl, others who recently built a roundhouse/engine house:  How did you attach the doors?  On my little KC roundhouse, the doors will be always open, but I'm kinda stumped how to best glue them to the door frames.


Thanks in advance!


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tara Sellios
« on: July 02, 2020, 05:27:35 PM »
There's a post from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on Facebook, they bought their first photo by a local Boston photographer/artist, George's daughter!


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / question: controlling staging tracks?
« on: May 03, 2020, 01:05:16 PM »
I have a 4 track staging yard, and I want each track to have its power switched (on/off).  That way I can have some trains in the yard ready to go, but not consuming power (or making noise) until I'm ready to release the train.  I'd like an indication on the control panel whether the track is powered up.

Suggestions?

thanks in advance!

dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / NMRA cancels this summer's convention
« on: April 09, 2020, 12:21:01 PM »
I just got an email announcing the cancellation of the St Louis national convention in July.   :-[


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / adhesive for backdrops?
« on: October 30, 2019, 05:58:54 PM »
Anyone have experience or a suggestion for an adhesive to glue backdrops to (MDF) substrate?  I need something that gives me positioning time, since I have to work the backdrop down behind some scenery, and make sure it's plumb and aligned with the top of the substrate.  That argues against contact cements or spray glue.


thanks in advance!


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / NWSL "saved"
« on: August 19, 2019, 04:08:27 PM »
NorthWest Short Line Press Release
For Immediate Release

NorthWest Short Line is pleased to announce that the entire line has been acquired by an NWSL employee, effective September 3rd, 2019. All existing back orders will be filled, and NWSL will be open to new orders as soon as the new websites are rolled out; the primary website nwsl.comwill carry forward as the primary contact point. The line is expected to carry forward largely unchanged although the company will no longer offer phone support. NWSL will be headquartered in Kila, Montana, located near Kalispell, and the new address is PO Box 219, Kila, MT 59920. Email contact is through the website.

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Modelers Forum book club
« on: July 11, 2019, 12:08:24 PM »
Greg Shinnie has run a "What are you reading this summer" thread on Another Forum.  I thought, particularly given the discussions in yesterday's chat on Gettysburg, it might be worth starting a book club discussion here.


Rules:  The books do NOT have to be railroad related.  Both fiction and non-fiction are in scope.  Start a discussion by naming a book and why you like it.  It would help to provide an Amazon link to your book, so people can get bibliographic information (and order there if they want.)  We can talk about what's in that book, other books on the same topic, or the underlying subject of the book (e.g. how we discussed the Battle of Gettysburg itself after someone mentioned "Killer Angels.")


dave

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Kit Building / NE Brownstone Viaduct
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:23:51 PM »
Russ Greene released parts for a new kit, which allows you to build a viaduct or stone arch bridge.  Each arch is 4", and there are both short and tall piers, plus abutments. 

I started working on mine today, after picking up some of the first run castings at Springfield.  Russ told me this was coming, so I designed a spot for it, with a 12" straight section and a 6" drop from track to benchwork base.

Today I discovered the tall pier castings are at the exact height, just a bit of shimming needed.  The track curves on one abutment, so it will have to be slightly skewed to the angle of the rest of the bridge. 

I cut away the splines, fit and shaped the main pieces to fit.   Next step is to think about how I'll glue them together, I don't want the end assembly to be fragile.

dave

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Kit Building / FSM Jacob's Coal
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:36:15 AM »
A couple years ago I got a good deal on some older Yellow Boxes.  On the current layout, I have 2 different locations where I could put a coal dealer.  So I dug this kit out, in response to the latest challenge.  I can build it in parts, and defer the final assembly until the end.  (The two locations I have require the conveyor to be on opposite sides of the structure.)  I work slowly, so don't expect frequent updates, but this is my attempt to build something for the winter Tom Schwarz build.  (I probably met Tom when I was in Pittsburgh for a couple of their NMRA meets.)

dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Some sad news to pass along
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:31:16 PM »

For those of them who are familiar with Carol and Craig Vreeland, of Sterling Models, the vendor of beautiful handmade trees, I'm very sorry to say that Carol passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday in August
« on: August 16, 2018, 07:48:27 AM »
Did I ever mention I really dislike August?  In addition to the terrible weather, this is the second year where a close relative passed away (mother last year, uncle this year.)

On the bright side, I did some 'terraforming' yesterday.

dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / New owner for Grandt Line
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:29:37 PM »

This was posted today (on Facebook)
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We happy to announce the acquisition and merger of Grandt Line Products, The San Juan Car Co., San Juan Decals, American Limited Models and The Leadville Shops. The new company is called The San Juan Model Co.
At the request of the Grandt family the “Grandt Line” name has been retired. The extensive catalog of former Grandt Line products is being merged with the On3, O Scale and P:48 products offered by The San Juan Car Co.
This new combined catalog of products will be available this fall directly from The San Juan Model Co. web site as well as from our current distributors.
The extensive line of high quality screen printed water slide decals produced in house by San Juan Decals will be augmented by the dozens of decal sets offered by The Leadville Shops. This growing catalog of decals will also available directly from The San Juan Model Co. web site. In addition, San Juan Decals will continue to offer custom design and screen printing of the highest quality water slide decals.
American Limited Models will continue to offer high quality imported HO scale RTR models as well as other new RTR models in other scales.
Best Regards,
Doug Junda and Bob Stears
--


I'm presuming they'll do the full catalog, not just the 1/48 stuff, but I've asked about that.


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, Monday
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:32:12 AM »
It's our last day of vacation.  I hope I've recovered from jet lag in time for Springfield. 

Here's what we saw yesterday.  No archeologists carrying whips were visible onsite.

dave

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