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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday - 1/27/2020
« on: January 27, 2020, 07:28:54 AM »
Morning all,

Another Monday in the cube for those of us still working for a living.   :(  I did spend time at the work bench this past weekend so that's one good thing to report this morning.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday - 1/22/2020
« on: January 22, 2020, 06:58:46 AM »
Morning all,

Looks like things are back to normal around here.  At least as normal as this crew ever gets.   ;)

Alas, no workbench progress to report.  I had to connect to the office last night and monitor several jobs that were running.   :(

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - 1/5/2020
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:18:03 AM »
Morning all,

Cool but sunny here today in FL.   8)  Think I'll stay inside and occupy my time at the workbench this afternoon.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, January 3, 2020
« on: January 03, 2020, 08:11:02 AM »
Morning all,

First T.G.I.F. of the new year!   :)

Hopefully some workbench time tomorrow afternoon.  Kind of depends on how my vision is after an eye exam in the morning.

Have a great one!

Kit Building / Bar Mills Seckler's Cold Storage Background Flat for the A&S
« on: December 26, 2019, 02:19:11 PM »
Time to get moving on my next project.  This one's for the Atlantic and Southern Railroad.  It's the Bar Mills Seckler's Cold Storage Background Flat. 

It comes well packed in a sturdy box.

Some of the walls are a pressed fiberboard type material.  There's also some Masonite pieces included.  I'll get into what those are for in a little bit.

Here are the instructions and another large Masonite piece.  This one doesn't look like Masonite because it's got a sticky surface on one side covered with a peel away sheet of wax like paper (think 3M Transfer Tape).

There are several bags of assorted goodies which include castings, strip wood, laser cut clapboard walls, etc.  Also some roofing materials.

I started by removing the windows from their sprues using a sprue cutter (definitely a tool worth having on the workbench).  Some folks prefer to paint the windows while still attached to sprues because they're easier to handle that way.  I just prefer to do remove them prior to painting.  No wrong way here.  Either works.   ;)

Even though the sprue cutter is a flush cut type tool I still prefer to clean up the edges with a swipe or two of an emery board.

More in a moment... ;)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday - December 6th Woo-hoo!
« on: December 06, 2019, 07:27:30 AM »
Morning all,

Okay, I'll open for the second day in a row.   ;)

Today marks my 20th anniversary with the company that currently employs me.  I'm just trying to hang on until I reach my full retirement age in a little under 4 1/2 years.   ::)  :P

Not much on the workbench front.  Well, nothing actually.  I hope to remedy that this weekend.  I'm taking a vacation day on Monday so I'll have the house to myself that day and no plans other than sitting at the workbench.  ;D

Have a great one!

Morning all,

Guess I'd better start my X-Mas shopping for my wife's gifts.  Junior is taken care of.  Oh, yeah, they're birthdays are the 21st and 22nd respectively.   ::)  I need birthday presents as well.  Merry Birthday/Happy X-Mas and all that.   ;D  ;D  ;D

Have a great one! 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / 11/11 Veterans Day - Thank you veterans!
« on: November 11, 2019, 07:02:00 AM »
Morning all,

Thanks to all who have served!

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wed - 9/25/2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 06:51:45 AM »
Morning all,

Just another hump day in the old cube.  All things considered though I'd rather be playing with trains.  ::)

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 8/29
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:08:24 AM »
Morning all,

Hmm....I see one of the banners leads to an eBay sale where the seller is asking $45 for a fairly beat up Fine Scale Miniatures Ezra Cooper's Garage BOX.   :o  I sold the kit for $50.  Guess I should have just sold the box and kept the contents.   ::)

Just another day in the cube farm.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday, August 7th
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:07:11 AM »
Morning all,

Just another hump day in the cube.  On the home front the kitchen is starting to come together.  The backsplash was installed yesterday.  I've had enough of camping out in my own home and am impatiently waiting for that project to get wrapped up.   ;)

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / T.G.I.F! - July 26
« on: July 26, 2019, 07:44:33 AM »
"Thank God, it's Friday!" - Pep Streebeck

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday - July 5th
« on: July 05, 2019, 07:09:04 AM »
Morning all,

T.G.I.F!  I'm in the cube today but I'm one of the few.  It'll be quiet here today as most have taken the day off to have a nice long weekend. 

I spent a good deal of time at the workbench yesterday working on the loading dock for Avram's.  Progress is slow but steady now.  ;)

I hope to get down to Tom's tomorrow to check out his progress on the A&S.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday (yuck) Feb 11th
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:08:13 AM »
Morning all,

I guess everyone is afraid to open up this morning.  Given the system I need to work on is unavailable a the moment I guess I'll do it.   :D  Not much to report here.

Have a great one!

Kit Building / Atlantic Scale Modelers - HO Scale Bell Buoy
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:50:37 AM »
Here's a little side project, or amuse-gueule, between a couple of larger builds I tackled last month.  (I want Tom and Greg to have to scramble and look up amuse-gueule.)  I picked this up at Hal Reynolds table at the EXPO in Altoona and recently stumbled across it.

Here's the package. 

It's a small kit so there's not a lot of parts in the bag.  That doesn't mean it isn't a little bit challenging though.

The instructions and drawings are pretty well written and clearly describe the build process.  Not that I didn't mess up in one or two places but those mistakes were on me.   ::)

More illustrations.  Not bad for such a small kit.

I started out by gluing together the two pieces that make up the base.

Then the top of the base was sanded into a rounded shape.  I started with a coarse sanding stick and finished with a fine sanding stick.  I just sanded until it looked good to me and was a close match to the shape in the drawings/pictures.

More in a moment... ;)

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