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I have just enough time to squeeze another build into the Build Challenge.   ;D

This is one I picked up at the EXPO in Altoona a few years back.  It's the Carolina Craftsman Kit Rowhouse on Concord Street.

Lot's of little goodies in the bag.  Let's start with the paper stuff like the roofing material, view block, etc.

Then onto the door, window and chimney castings.

Lot's of strip wood and walls for a little structure such as this.

I started by removing the castings from the sprues using a sprue cutter.

Then I smoothed the edges off with a quick swipe of an emery board.

More in a moment.... ;)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday - April 14, 2021
« on: April 14, 2021, 06:50:26 AM »
Morning all,

Ten minutes at the work bench last night soldering a couple of connections I forgot to solder when I put some lights in a structure.  After that I cleaned off some of the paints that had accumulated on my small workbench and made room for the next project.   ;)

A shot from Howard Zane's magnificent layout.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - April 13, 2021
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:20:38 AM »
Morning all,

No workbench time last night.  I need to breakout the soldering pencil though and fix a connection in my latest build.  I forgot to solder the copper tape in two spots and it's proving problematic.  Easy fix though.  I'll take care of that tonight.

Recycling some old pictures from the Scranton EXPO.  I miss the EXPO's.   :'(

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday - April 7, 2021
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:54:22 AM »
Morning all,

No workbench time last night.   :(  I have to take a long lunch break today to get my second vaccination.  Junior is trying to score an appointment now that it's available to his age group.'s been over a year since we've been up to Mt. Dora for a visit.  Maybe someday soon we'll go up and take a walk around town.  I snapped this picture during a visit to Mt. Dora years ago.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - April 6, 2021
« on: April 06, 2021, 06:59:48 AM »
Morning all,

Got a little workbench time in after a long day at work yesterday.  It felt good.  The workbench time that is.  Not the long day.   :P

Old picture (obviously) from the Enola yards.  Probably taken around my college days back in the late 70's.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday - 4/5/2021
« on: April 05, 2021, 07:02:10 AM »
Morning all,

Monday.   :(  Back to work.   :(  :(

Had fun at the workbench over the weekend.  Maybe I'll squeeze a little fun in this evening too.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday - April 2, 2021
« on: April 02, 2021, 08:02:43 AM »
Morning all,

I've been waiting for someone else to open for fear of getting more than one Friday thread but I finally caved.

T.G.I.F!  That's all I have for today.  ;D

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday - 03/31/2021
« on: March 31, 2021, 06:49:25 AM »
Morning all,

Halfway through the week and no workbench time (yet).  Looking forward to the weekend for sure.

Another picture of some forum members.  Partially obscured on the left is Tom (ACL1504), the late Jim Miller (jimmillho), Greg (GPdemayo), Curt (PRR Modeler) and Doug (Onewolf) when we stopped in to check out Doug's layout a while back.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - March 30, 2021
« on: March 30, 2021, 07:42:48 AM »
Morning all,

A new time entry system was rolled out at work this week.  It's just wonderful.  I'm really looking forward to the days when I no longer have to track/log my time.   ::)  No workbench time yesterday.  Maybe tonight.  I'm in the lighting phase of a little row home I'm building so I'll need to break out the LED's, soldering pencil, etc.

One of my favorite lighting projects from the past.  8)

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday (T.G.I.F!) - 03/26/2021
« on: March 26, 2021, 06:54:57 AM »
Morning all,

T.G.I.F!  Especially after the day I had a work yesterday.   :o  Tomorrow I have to take my better half to get her second jab of the vaccine.  I'm a couple of weeks behind her on that front.  Sprinkler repair after that and then workbench time.  Just need to survive today.  ::)

Paint your wagon?

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday - March 25, 2021
« on: March 25, 2021, 07:07:57 AM »
Morning all,

Squeezed in a bit of workbench time last night in spite of a busy schedule.   :D

Sidewalks anyone?  They're not always nice, neat and new looking.  :o

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, March 23, 2021
« on: March 23, 2021, 06:46:29 AM »
Morning all,

Nothing much to report here.  Spent all of about five minutes at the workbench yesterday. 

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday - 03/18/2021
« on: March 18, 2021, 06:25:43 AM »
Morning all,

No workbench time last night.  Maybe I'll remedy that tonight.  If not tonight tomorrow for sure since I'm taking the day off.   ;)

I think I've received over a hundred 'final' courtesy calls that my cars extended warranty is about to expire.  Each an every one says it's my last warning.  I never answer them.  They just go straight to voice mail.  My MIL gets them too and she's in an assisted living facility and doesn't own a car.   ::)  There oughta be a law.   >:(

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday - 3/17/2021
« on: March 17, 2021, 06:22:16 AM »
Morning all,

I'm scheduled to get my first shot today at 12:30.   :)  It's a good half hour drive from my house to the vaccination site.  So naturally someone from my company sent me a meeting invite for a meeting with a client today a 1:00 and I'm a required attendee.   >:(  That was an easy call.  They can start the meeting without me and I'll get there when I get there.  My calendar shows I'm out of office for that period.  I'm not passing up the shot for someone who can't check on my availability.

Love these older homes with unique features.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday - 03/03/2021
« on: March 03, 2021, 06:44:43 AM »
Morning all,

Hump day.  These five day work weeks are about five days too long.   :D

Love a rusty roof.

Have a great one!

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