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Layout Tours / PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« on: June 07, 2020, 02:32:45 PM »
I've completed the buildings that I wanted to build before starting the layout. I purchased heavy duty adjustable feet and attached them to the painted legs and have painted the beg bracing.

Greg DeMayo helped me out by producing a CAD drawing of the benchwork that I use to determine what lumber I need. I have purchased the wood for the first 2 modules that go against the left wall of the trainroom. Unfortunately the humidity and rain the last 2 days have stopped progress since I need to build the modules in the driveway.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday May 29th
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:27:02 AM »
Wow, I can't believe I'm first today. Need to brush the pool then some workbench time.

I hope everyone has a good day.

Kit Building / FOS Hendrix Style Foundary
« on: May 13, 2020, 03:17:20 PM »
Afternoon All,

I started out with the hydrocal walls by spraying them light gray. Afterwards I used wet weathering powders to randomly paint stones then did a heavy (intentional) wash of Tamiya German Gray (grimy black). I want this kit to look very dirty but not falling apart.

Kit Building / B.T.S Mill Creek Coal & Coke Tipple #2
« on: April 25, 2020, 02:33:16 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I built 3 small kits prior to this (BTS Company House, AMB Company Houses (3), and Blair Line Truck Coal Dump). I decided to start small since I haven't built anything in about 6 months because of the layout tear down. The plan is to build all my major structures then start on the layout. I don't do very well jumping from project to project.

I have been working on this kit for about 10 days now and it is by far the most complicated kit that I have built but I love the look of it and B.T.S. did a great job putting it together. They even pre-drilled the NBW holes! I figure I still have about 10 more days to go with it. I hope you enjoy the build as much as I do.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 5 March
« on: March 05, 2020, 08:12:48 AM »
Good Morning All ,

WOW! I'm the first one today? Going to meet up with a couple of friends later.

I hope everyone has a good day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday December 20th
« on: December 20, 2019, 08:44:40 AM »
Good Morning All,

WOW, I can't believe that I'm the first one starting here today. Not much planned today.

I hope everyone has a good day.

Kit Building / American Model Builder PRR Coal Trestle
« on: April 04, 2019, 04:15:10 PM »
First I would like to give a big thank you to Tom. The last time we were at lunch I mentioned what project I wanted to do next and he said he thought he had one, he did and he gave it to me.

This will be a single posting for the build since it is a pretty easy kit to build. The biggest issue I had was cutting out the preexisting approach which was 2 1/4 inches high and putting in a 1 3/8 high one. I used Woodland Scenics risers for the basic structure.

I received the FOS Gardiner kit for Christmas, finished the freebee kit and am now getting ready to start on the main kit. I plan on several modifications. The lean-to on the front right side will be moved to the back and I plan on extending the platform the entire length of the front and possibly add a extra door or two. 

I have decided on Tamiya XF-9 Hull Red as the trim and can't decide on either the Tamiya Flat White XF-2 or the Tamiya Buff XF-57 for the main wall color. Any suggestions?

Kit Building / HO FOS Preston Printers
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:50:29 PM »
First thank you to Jim Donovan and Dave K. for their help with downsizing photos.

I just received a Preston Printers kit in HO, so as I make the journey of discovery I will share my progress. The kit recommended off-white for the walls and dark green for the trim. Based on this I will use Tamiya Flat White, Tamiya Flat Field Grey (Greyish Green) and Tamiya Flat Buff (bare wood). The bottom part of the walls are stucco.

After reading the directions several times I still had several questions so I sent a email requesting clarification to Doug at FOS scale models.

Today I removed all the wall and roof wood parts, then I sanded all the edges and put A&I, Field Grey, and splotches of Buff on the wood trim.


Scratchbuilding / Freight Depot Platform
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:28:47 PM »
I'm not sure if anyone is interested but I am doing a scratch build freight depot and almost all depots have some sort of platform. The platform I just finished is 22" x 5" and has a concrete base with a wooden deck on top of that. Thank you to Greg for the answers to my initial questions he provided.

The wooden decking are NESL 2x8 strips cut to 10' lengths then stained with Hunterline Medium Brown. Every 4 or 5 rows I put a square on it to make sure it wasn't starting to veer off square. I used 11 or 12 packages of the 2x8's and the actual construction took about 12 hours.

This is what was originally on the layout and the changes.

Afternoon All,

Well I finally got started on my project. This is my first scratch build and it will replace the Walther's Sand House and Sand Pit I currently have. I will also need to design a support tower to support a supply pipe from the house to the existing track sand dispenser.

I previously completed the measurements and did some drawings to help me with the project. Today I cut out the 4 walls and the spaces for the windows and doors. I was a bit rough on one window but I can make it work.

It may be Thursday before I can do more work on the project due to Grand Parent duties this week.

Kit Building / AMB Interlocking Tower (Kit #702)
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:31:34 PM »
Afternoon All,

Since my Saturday plans were cancelled by weather I decided to start the kit today instead of tomorrow. Today I painted the inside of the tower. The lower part was painted with Tamiya Flat Black and the part you will be able to see is a Medium Foliage Green (craft paint). I painted the floor Asphaltium (craft paint). The roof supports were painted the flat black also.

I was cheap so I built a tower lever machine that will go inside. It looks unimpressive in the photo, but I think it will be OK when inside the tower.

I ordered shingles from wild west models for the roof of the tower instead of the provided tar paper. I did this based on a conversation with Greg when we met at Tom's.

Kit Building / FOS Yard Office
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:33:25 PM »
I completed the kit today. It was pretty basic so I didn't want to do a full thread.

Kit Building / FOS Yard Office # 2
« on: May 15, 2017, 02:31:22 PM »
I received this kit today in the mail. All I did today was open the kit, separate parts, removed the walls from the sprue and read the instructions several times. I'll get started with the bracing tomorrow.

I thing I don't understand is that the wide loading door is made out of a cardboard type material. Everything else (doors and windows) are from Tichy. In fact, the last Fos scale model I built had the exact door, but it was from Tichy.

Kit Building / Fos Tower Two Kit
« on: April 09, 2017, 03:52:01 PM »
As you can tell by the title I will be building a Fos Tower Two Kit that I purchased last week when I was in Sarasota. It's not going to be used as a tower but as my container yard office.

I opened the kit today took all the parts out and grouped them. I also read the directions 2 complete times. So there are 2 things I need to decide:

1. Colors to use. I use acrylic paint that comes in the little bottles at the craft stores. If anyone has suggestions concerning their use, please suggest away. Also the directions said to apply a alcohol and india ink mix (which I have) before painting. Does that seem right? I have always done it the other way around.

2. Any ideas where to get clear acetate sheets for making window glass?

Again, I am open to all suggestions as a newbie. I may not always take them but I will seriously think about them.

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