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Thanks Tom.  I'll forward you the e-mail I received.  ;)

Hey guys.  I received an e-mail from a fellow modeler asking if I could scan Card A from FOS Rohlen Welding and send it to him (it was missing from his kit).  As luck would have it that's one of FOS kits I don't have in my stash so I can't help him out.  I'm hoping someone here would be kind enough to lend a hand.  If you have it and can scan it you can attach it here or e-mail it to me and I'll forward it.  Thanks!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - July 14, 2020
« on: Today at 06:30:21 AM »
Morning all,

Just another day at the virtual office for us working stiffs.  Got a little workbench time in last night.  Not much though.  I need two more airbrush sessions before I can really start to make some headway on my current build.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Scale Lumber Advise Please
« on: Today at 06:27:16 AM »
Great advice.  I find myself going through the common sizes (1/16" Square, 1/8" Square) pretty fast.  Other sizes sure are handy to have on hand as well.  Like Steve mention some manufacturers supply plenty of strip wood in their kits and when you're done building them there's always a few left over strips to set aside and save.  Others, you'll figure out which one's pretty quick, don't supply enough forcing you to supplement the kit from your stash.  I know they'd send a piece or two needed to complete the kit if requested but who wants to stop what they're working on and wait for that?   ???

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, July 13
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:28:40 AM »
Larry - I did fill the gas tank this past weekend but it's been every three or four weeks at the most.  I burned up a little gas attending the Memorial Service for our butty Jim Miller a few weeks back.  The longest trip I make these days is to visit Tom (ACL1504) and those visits have been far too infrequent thanks to the state of things these days.  I just don't want to risk passing something on to any of my friends.  They'll be even less frequent when my wife goes back to work at the elementary school/petri dish she works at.  She already has the blessing (and strong encouragement) from both me and our son to quit if she feels they aren't taking this thing seriously enough.

The new logo's look terrific.  Now you'll have a project to get a certain percentage of rolling stock decaled for the A&S.  Are you going to buy new rolling stock, undecorated, to decal or is some of the existing rolling stock heading to the paint shop?

As far as Greg and the bear incident what can say?   ::)

Layout Tours / Re: Holland Odessa R.R.
« on: July 13, 2020, 07:12:53 AM »
Really nice job on Azzie's Apple Orchard Jim!  Very impressive upgrade from the original kit (which is nice in as well). 

At least we have our wonderful hobby and our own little miniature worlds to lose ourselves in while the outside world seems to be going to heck in a handbasket.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, July 13
« on: July 13, 2020, 07:02:50 AM »
Good morning Opa George, Jerry and all who follow,

Been back at work since 6:15 a.m.  I get to work earlier these days because the office is roughly 7 feet from my bedroom.  ;)

I primed parts yesterday for a couple of builds.  Since I was breaking out the airbrush anyway to prime the parts for McLEOD SUPER SERVICE I prepped the parts for a small FOS Kit of the Month Club kit Tom gifted me with.  Might as well fill up the tray while I'm dirtying up the airbrush. 

Have a great one!

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:53:27 AM »
Another fun story Bill.  Keep 'em coming.  ;)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, July 12
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:52:29 AM »
Morning all,

Have a safe trip Jim.  We had to skip ours this year.

May work on the gutters a little later today.  No, no ladders involved.  ;)  I'll be screwing around with the downspouts to improve the flow.  Shouldn't take too long.  Then workbench time.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday, July 11
« on: July 11, 2020, 09:11:06 AM »
Morning all,

Sounds like good news Larry and Lord knows we need to hear some good news these days.  :)  Congratulations on putting the treatments in the rear view mirror.

If things stay dry long enough today I need to mow the lawn/weeds.  Also continue on with my pruning.  Should have gotten the pruning done while I was on vacation but my not so gracious descent from the ladder kind of held up progress on that front.   ::)  Maybe some workbench time afterwards.  ;)

Have a great one!

Kit Building / Re: JL Innovative Design Kit #311 McLEOD SUPER SERVICE
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:49:21 AM »
I built this ten years ago, and don't remember any problems with it (but it WAS ten years ago).   ;D  Alas, the build is on the old forum and now lost to antiquity.


That looks great Jeff.  Thanks for sharing the picture.  I see a few details that didn't come with the kit.  You must have gotten an expansion pack for it.   ;D   ;D

Kit Building / Re: JL Innovative Design Kit #311 McLEOD SUPER SERVICE
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:03:51 AM »
Sounds like a great approach to this one Bob !!   And you know that I will be following along ...

Enjoy the process and thanks again for your contribution to the Atlantic & White Mountain Railway !

All the best,

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the Atlantic and White Mountain Railway Paul!  I prefer seeing something I build put to good use vs. trying to find an open space on a shelf in my garage to stash it away.   ;D

Kit Building / Re: JL Innovative Design Kit #311 McLEOD SUPER SERVICE
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:02:24 AM »
I haven't gotten very far on this one yet.  I've read the instructions a few times.  I guess they haven't been updated in quite some time.  They mention "Window and door openings need to be trimmed out of their pre-cut wall sections.  Many of these trimmings are near the edge of walls.  We recommend a small piece of masking tape across the wood grain to prevent splitting."  Not necessary.  The openings are laser cut now and nothing needed to be trimmed.   :)

Getting started.  As usual, when I dive into a new kit it's usually a good time to put a new blade in the X-Acto handle and break out a new single edge razor blade and dispose of the old ones.  I started with the plastic castings.

I removed the windows and doors from their sprues using a flush cutting sprue cutter.  Some modelers prefer to paint them while they're still attached to the sprues so the sprue gives them a way to handle them during painting.  I prefer to remove them first.  There's no wrong way when it comes to this.  I clean up any flash with an emery board or by gently scraping the X-Acto blade along the edge.

The metal castings (which are nicely done in this kit) I clean up with a file or, if there happens to be a larger chunk or sprue piece attached, and old pair of rail nippers relegated to my work bench.

And this is exactly where I'm at right now.  Figuring out what's what and what goes where.   ???  I was a bit surprised to see the kit didn't include cardboard roof cards until I figured out the wood pieces at the bottom of the picture are the roof cards.

I haven't trimmed the windows yet.  The instructions state "File the lower extending window sill on both sides on six of the eight twelve pane windows and the main door."  I haven't done that yet.  I can see where one side of the sill needs to be filed so the window will fit flush with the window next to it when two are side by side but I don't think I'm going to do both sides.

My next step will be to decide what gets airbrushed and then to prime the components.  The front wall and two of the side walls that make up the little office area are smooth (not clapboard) and I may not want to put bracing inside because it will likely be visible so I'm thinking of airbrushing them to reduce the risk of warping.  Either way, next up will be the airbrushing and I'm not sure when I'll get to that.  That's something I do out in my garage and have to plan around the weather down here.  ;)

Thanks for following along on my new adventure!


Kit Building / JL Innovative Design Kit #311 McLEOD SUPER SERVICE
« on: July 10, 2020, 07:43:39 AM »
Here's the next kit I'm building.  This one is for PaulS.   :)  My plan, at the moment, is for it represent a relatively well maintained structure.  Just a little dirty and weathered so it doesn't look like it's just been built and painted.  Paul also included some new signs so the business will be named "Rivers Super Service".  I'll be keeping the Red and White paint scheme as shown on the box.

This is my first foray into building a kit from JL Innovative Design.  I have one of there's somewhere in my stash, an Ice Cream Parlor I think, but I've never built one.  Let's see what's in the box.  First there are some nicely package walls, castings and a bundle of strip wood.

Lot's of signs.  Some of these are the signs Paul slipped into the box.  But nice signs.

More signs and rolled roofing material.

The inside of the instructions shows the structure from all sides and identifies the components.

The front page of the instructions.

And the back page.

More in a moment... ;)

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