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Dioramas / Re: Ernie Hoffnagle's Place
« on: September 04, 2020, 05:40:38 AM »
Lots of fun in Davetown.  What an interesting place!  Love your modeling and sense of whimsey, Dave. 
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Cundy Village Hotel
« on: August 28, 2020, 06:26:43 PM »
Jim, that is gorgeous and really shows the work you put into it.  I'm really enjoying following along, and I totally agree with pre-painting the detail parts before assembly rather than after, in order to get that exquisite extra oomph in the detail.  Beautiful work!
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - August 25, 2020
« on: August 25, 2020, 06:20:43 PM »
I'll close out the day.  Was up at 4 am today and just got home from work.  But we got our first school day in successfully with all kids on campus--every principal and administrator cleaning desks between classes, delivering box lunches to kids and outside for bus duty all day.  A few tech and schedule bugs, but no disasters!

It was totally worth it. It's really a high when all that planning pays off!

Stay safe, everyone!
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday 18AUG2020
« on: August 18, 2020, 07:07:32 AM »
Happy Tuesday,
No layout work yesterday (dismantling the old to make way for the new).  Our teachers returned for a week of in-service before school begins next week and now its meeting after meeting but still get your regular work done.   But happy to see them in person again having been online only since March.

Stay safe and sane, everyone!
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Cundy Village Hotel
« on: August 18, 2020, 07:03:00 AM »
Agree with the comments on the tower--wonderful work.
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Cundy Village Hotel
« on: August 17, 2020, 06:55:39 AM »
Absolutely fantastic bit on the interior designs and lighting. I have bookmarked this page for future use and inspiration.  I really like the designs you chose for interior wallpaper, carpets and such. 

Your hotel reminds me of the old hotel we stay in when at the seashore.  It was built as a "grand" style hotel in the 1880s (I think) and the lobby, hallways and rooms have been maintained in that old, beautiful style. I am always particularly impressed by the huge floor to ceiling mirrors encased in rich dark wood frames in the lobby.

Anyway, thanks for indulging me in some reminiscences. Your build triggered lots of nice memories.

--Opa George

Scratchbuilding / Re: Route 66 Tourist Trap
« on: August 16, 2020, 07:07:30 PM »
Karl, this is my favorite of your dioramas.  Simply so much to look at, so many hidden "easter eggs."  Well done, and one for my inspiration file.
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Second Build - Foley Towing by RailRoad Kits
« on: August 16, 2020, 07:22:10 AM »
Nice progress, Steven.  This will be a little gem when you are done.

I have come to really appreciate and enjoy kits that present building challenges.  There is the satisfaction that comes from solving a problem, or successfully completing a particularly tough step.  There is also the mental challenge of reading through, planning steps, looking ahead and organizing work.  Sometimes it's not unlike working a difficult jigsaw puzzle.

Of course if a challenge turns into frustration because of poor kit design, that is the opposite of what I want from a kit.  I have yet to encounter a kit that is truly poorly designed, although I know they are out there.  The most challenging kit I have built is Builders In Scale Tidewater Wharf. In particular, getting the clerestory roof onto the boat repair building.  In fact, the designer wrote in the kit instructions that he expected hate mail with regard to that step--so I can't say I wasn't warned.  Yet the end result was absolutely worth the effort.

Keep up the great effort--this is turning out nicely.

--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: August 16, 2020, 07:04:10 AM »
Wow, Mark!  I'm running out of superlatives to describe this project.  Every area is loaded with interest.  Exquisite!
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday the 13th! (8/13/2020)
« on: August 13, 2020, 07:17:22 AM »
Good luck with your ice maker repair, Bob.    John, enjoy the time with your grandson!

Not much for me today except work, although today is my "Friday" as we work only four days per week over the summer. Alas! This is my last summer week. Monday the teachers return, and new student orientation a week from Friday.  Where did this summer go?

On another topic--tossing around ideas for my new layout to replace the old. I'm liking the idea of a fictional small northeast portage railway.  There were several around here and the scenic possibilities are getting my creativity flowing.

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
« on: August 12, 2020, 07:02:38 AM »
Good morning, all,
Same here--at the office on another hot day.  Need to water the garden as the abundant rain of last week has gone away this week.

Take care!
--Opa George

Scratchbuilding / Re: Try again...
« on: August 11, 2020, 03:10:56 PM »
I'm so glad to see you posting here.  I really enjoy seeing your work and hope you can post more photos. 
My favorite on this latest set is the dueling wrecking cranes.

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday - August 10, 2020
« on: August 10, 2020, 07:50:09 PM »

Thanks for that pic, Tommy. Classic!  I love the creative terminology:  Signtist and Signry.

--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Sierra West Deer Creek Mine
« on: August 10, 2020, 07:46:38 PM »
Quite an intricate and substantial looking support structure.  Lots of interest there.  The color of the wood is very rich, Karl.  Nice!
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FSM #145 Coal Tower
« on: August 10, 2020, 07:28:41 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for following along and all the supportive comments along the way. 

This kit also includes a machinery and sand storage building, which is a mini-gem in itself.  As I noted elsewhere, I am delaying that until I get my layout re-worked. 

So for now, the gandy dancers are removing old mainlines to make way for the new right-of-way.

--Opa  George

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