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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday 6/23/2020
« on: June 23, 2020, 06:28:23 AM »
Good morning everyone.

Been a bit of a slacker about posting.

Warm, a bit muggy here, but looks like a nice day shaping up. Not that it makes a difference, I have no outside chores that need doing.

Off for breakfast.

Be safe, all.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday June 15 2020
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:28:11 AM »
Morning all.

Cool and a bit overcast this AM. More to do in hobby room, I 'think' I am making progress. LOL

Be safe, all.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, May 31 2020
« on: May 31, 2020, 07:28:50 AM »
Good morning all.

Been some time since I have been here, like since Jan., I think. Almost from Jan 1, health issues, a couple of deaths in the family (expected, but still hard to take) and some family issues really dampened my modeling interests.

Just starting to get interested again, auditing my unfinised projects and trying to determine where I want to go from here.

Hope everyone still here is well ( I see a couple of folks from here are now just posting to FB?), and surviving the virus inconveniences.

Jim F

Kit Building / Taxi cab company signs
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:46:25 PM »
I'm in need of the above for a structure.

Anyone have anything to spare, or can suggest available decals (or a kit to rob them from)?



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday 2/25/2020
« on: February 25, 2020, 06:37:16 AM »
Morning, all.

Another rainy day, hope we get more than a day of 2 break from all this water.

Be safe, all.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thur Feb 20 2020
« on: February 20, 2020, 07:02:42 AM »
Morning all.

Chip, sorry for your loss. Even when expected soon, still difficult.

Some snow expected today, we'll see.

Making some progress with hobby room, and getting bits of bench time in here and there.

Be safe, all.


Scratchbuilding / Beginner
« on: February 19, 2020, 08:15:12 AM »
My wife, bless her heart, asked if I would build the structure shown in the picture. I want to do it in wood.

I've never scratchbuilt a structure before. I can guess at the dimensions, but really stumped at how to begin. Anyone know of a book or other source of info, to help me get started?

I have "Scratchbuilding For Model Railroaders" by Bob Walker. Huge amount of excellent info, but no where is there a section of the "lets get started" sort (The station model on the cover is almost a dead ringer for the other structure she asked if I could build).

I looked at build threads on here, there were a couple that may have shown steps, but the pictures are no longer available, and most of the rest just show finished projects.

Any hints, tips or 'how to' info anyone can share?



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wed Feb 19 2020
« on: February 19, 2020, 06:13:36 AM »
Good morning all.

More rain last night, but seems to be clearing now. Post office run this AM, then more hobby time, hopefully.

Be safe, all.


Kit Building / Bar Mills Delancey St - Rickett's
« on: February 18, 2020, 03:22:30 AM »
I actually started this kit back before Christmas, but put it aside over the holidays, and then for the Challenge build.

I have mixed feelings about this kit. Not just Ricketts, but the whole set. I love Bar Mills kits, I've built several, and always have fun doing them. Their instructions can sometimes be a bit erratic, or scattered, but if one reads them all before hand, it's not a problem. And they usually contain some of Art's humor.

Delancey St comes with 70 pages of instructions, broken up into sections for each building. But you almost have to read them all through before you begin, as there are bits here and there that might pertain to one of the other structures. With all that, they admit that the instructions are not complete, and refer you to several 'How To' videos for further info. There were supposed to be 7 videos, one for each structure and one for the overall diorama, I believe. That would work fine, I guess, if they had actually done it that way. But they only did one each for 4 of the buildings, a part 2 for 2 of those, and one on the scaffolding. One building was missed altogether. As for the videos, they basically just consist of Atr and Jack Ellis talking about the individual kit, pointing out a few things you might not notice at 1st glance while building it, and a bit on techniques. Overall, an experienced modeler could probably build the kit just fine without the videos, and I don't feel they would help a less experienced modeler all that much. 

Perhaps this large a kit just took way more time for them to do up, and they had to do it this way to get the kit out the door without a lot of delay.

Ok, so that being all said, here's the 3 pics, of the kit parts and the instruction sheets showing the built kit.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday Feb 18 2020
« on: February 18, 2020, 02:06:02 AM »
A very early good morning to all.

Up with some aches and pains, nothing serious, just pop up once in a while.

I've been getting some desk time in, a couple of things going. One of the kits from the Bar Mills Delancy St package, drawing out plans to scratchbuild a company store and a small depot in O scale, per a request from my wife. Almost have the 2 modules cleared off of accumulated stuff. Maybe that's why some guys just do mountain layouts, not flat surface to collect junk on LOL

Be safe, all.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday Jan 25 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 06:05:01 AM »
Morning, all. Hope everyone who is in Springfield had a good trip. Hope you all have a great day.

Shopping with the Mrs. this AM, breakfast after that, then home and hope to get some bench time in.

Be safe, all.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Magazines?
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:51:17 AM »
Unless Model Railroader has done a big change over, it was getting pretty useless regarding structure building, kitbashin, scratchbuilding, etc..

I've not seen any others for a long time. Are any worth getting, subscribing to?


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday Jan 23 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 06:12:18 AM »
Good morning, all.

Been a heck of a year so far. Loss of our dog on the 2nd, a bad head cold shared with wife for over a week. Death in the family, not unexpected, but meant a few days in Ohio.

Got in a hurry with a bit of painting, blew up my airbrush, more on that later LOL

All that really put a damper on my modeling mood, but things are pretty much back on track, now.

Gotta go catch up on all the challenge builds, will post my progress a bit later this AM.

Be safe, all.


Modeling: Signage / Creating signs?
« on: January 12, 2020, 08:33:04 AM »
Anyone know of any good "How To" tutorial or write up, etc.. on how to actually create signs using a computer?

I see folks saying "I created my signs on my computer and printed them out" or similar,  and sometimes they might mention they used ABC or XYZ software, but never seem to get into explaining how they did it.

I have GIMP and Irfanview, and whatever Windows 10 gives you, but haven't a clue how to use them for creating signs.

I'd rather not have to buy some expensive software, if I can help it.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday Jan 11 2020
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:45:03 AM »
Good morning, all, happy Saturday.

Bench time today, with a little luck.

Putting my HO building efforts on hold, temporarily, after I finish the challenge build. My better half has asked if I could build the structure in the picture below, perhaps in O scale. Her Dad worked there when a boy, before going to work in the coal mine.

Be safe, all.


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