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Looks great John.

Thank you Curt.

Looking really good, John.

I can't quite see from the photos so I will risk wasting my breath.  I agree that putting the fly rafters/ barge boards on the edge of the roof card and the roofing material on top of the barge boards yields the best results aesthetically.  My suggestion (moving forwards on upcoming builds) would be to try to obtain the same perceived thickness of timber as the rafter tails, either by swapping out the barge board material for something wider, or swapping out the rafter tail material for something narrower.   This would compensate for the thickness of the card.  For example, if 6"x2" timber is supplied for both the rafter tails and barge board, use the 6"x2" material for rafter tails and use 8"x2" for the barge boards (or maybe 10"x2", depending on the thickness of the card).  Hope that is all as clear as mud!  Its a tiny thing - but really no extra work - and tiny things make the difference.

Cheers, Mark.


You have an eagle eye.  I totally agree with you and the thought crossed my mind when I installed the end rafters as the instructions suggested even with the roof card. Add this to the notes for future builders, I would use a end rafter that is the thickness of the roof card wider. This is something that know one will be able to see when the model is installed on the layout because it will be three to four feet away. I have to get the high power viewer or the camera out to see it when it's right in front of my face, but details are details and this will be a lesson learned for all future builds.  As always, thank you for following along and your comments.  This is what the forum is all about - we all get to be better modelers by making these suggestions. You guys will know if this bugs me when the model is done if you see me change them out. ;)  I looked at the prototype pictures I have and even with zooming in I can't tell what they did. It may be that our roof cards are more than 3/4 on an inch thick in HO scale.

WOW, that is looking real good, love the shingle color and the wood color.

The #145 we only saw that build in a black and white fsm advert.   Rarely did somebody build one and take digital photos of it up close and super clear. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Want to watch this come to a conclusion.   After seeing the FSM 155 and now this #145 come to life in pages on here, hopefully will encourage people to get them out of storage closet and onto the work bench.

mike lynch       MADMIKE3434.....  now............HAIRBALL


Thank you for following along and the kind words.  This is a fantastic kit - anyone that has one should get it off the shelf. I see another one with a different prototype CN design in my future - there is room for a number of coal towers on a steam powered railroad.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday 28FEB
« on: Today at 07:58:49 AM »
Good morning! A cup of coffee and I'm heading into the train room.  It's been more than a week since I have been able to do that for more than a couple ours at a time. I hope everyone has a great day.

From the gallery - some of the mountain top trees I photographed - real close to the tree line. I have been using these photographs for the scenery on the S&S RR.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:24:46 PM »

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:23:56 PM »

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:23:25 PM »
Today, I completed the rafter ends and got started installing the shingles.  Here are a few progress pictures from my workbench.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:16:31 PM »
John, I've enjoyed following this and watching it take shape.  It looks great so far--can't wait to see you adding details.
--Opa George


Thank you for following along and the encouraging words.  I got some bench time in on this project today.  Pictures to follow.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thu Feb 27
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:46:45 AM »
Happy Birthday to Karl (aka Postalkarl).

Okay, so I did look at Facebook this morning.  :-[

 Jimmy if you are looking for a feature to add to the forum, again.  It's the birthday list.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Paper Interiors
« on: February 27, 2020, 08:13:43 AM »
Really nice work Bob.  The interiors really make the scene come to life. I was at the Henry Ford Museum last week and took some pictures of their gas station, general store, and a few other, displays, that I think might work for your technique.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thu Feb 27
« on: February 27, 2020, 08:05:56 AM »
Good morning.  I got home last night at 9 PM and plowed 6 inches of snow off the driveway. Winters back. Errands and hopefully some bench time for me today.  I hope everyone has a great day. Now for a picture from the gallery.

 The S&S RR is really looking fantastic !
All your structures you built, the tracks you installed, the scenery to the ceiling , etc. is making this a thread not to miss to check on it's progress.


Thank you for the encouraging words and for following along. One of the great things about doing these threads is I can look back and see where I was at with the RR a year ago or even 5 our more years ago.  I know I'm making progress but sometimes you need to take a step back to recognize it.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 26, 2020, 10:36:08 PM »
 Outstanding job n the coal tower so far....



Thank you for the kind words and for following along.  We are just about to the really fun part - the details.


The Swakhammer build is looking fantastic. Very well done, really great.

Tom ;D


Thank you for the complements and for following along. As you well know, the layout becomes more alive with every one of these builds. I really enjoy the process of tying them all together to make a railroad.

Holy cow!  And I'm frettin' over making a ditch.


Thank you for following along. It's all about the details and ditches are important.

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