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Magnificent seems like the right word for that roundhouse...that will be an epic scene on an epic layout.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday, July 11
« on: July 11, 2020, 07:20:46 AM »
Morning All,

Lots of rain here the last few days too. The pool's overflowing. Yard work today and hopefully, I'll at least brace a new build...Pendleton Marine from Fos. It's been sitting on my workbench for a bit. Somehow, it jumped ahead of Sierra West's Woodcutter's Shack...Perhaps a little less daunting as I've done a few Foscale builds before. Also, this one, when planted, will basically finish a side of the layout...I know, there is no such thing as FINISH, but you know what I mean.

Have a great day and stay safe...John

Kit Building / Re: JL Innovative Design Kit #311 McLEOD SUPER SERVICE
« on: July 11, 2020, 07:16:23 AM »
that's a neat looking kit...I'll be watching. It must be satisfying to see your excellent builds featured on so many great layouts.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, July 6th, 2020
« on: July 06, 2020, 06:46:39 PM »
Evening All,

Hope all is well. Haven't been around (here) lately. Belated Happy Anniversary to John and Amy....I have an Amy of my own who's a keeper!

I'm enjoying catching up on all the threads.


Layout Tours / Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:23:53 PM »
Great progress Curt! Benchwork can be very satisfying that other aspect of the hobby can fill a room so quickly!


Awesome structure to compliment your majestic rocks. Those giant beams will look amazing when distressed and stained!


Kit Building / Re: FSM Brownsville Depot
« on: June 15, 2020, 08:46:31 AM »
Pretty much perfect. As always, you've got a great eye for coloring and weathering.


Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Queen City Coal
« on: June 14, 2020, 05:58:37 PM »
GREAT job...that weathered stucco is awesome!


Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: June 14, 2020, 05:22:04 PM »
Jeff, Jerry, Mark, Jan, Tom, Greg, and Loren...Thanks. I'm really happy with the results. Vilius is a true artist - everything is weathered and colored perfectly. It looks board by board...

Next Up (in no order) after adding more underbrush and random scenic king...

-repaint, detail and resurface the river under the bridge...pondering whether to add rocks and running water or just go for that magical Envirotex shine
-paint the upper and lower fascia. I'm very excited to see the effect this has in "framing it all"
-build SWSM Woodcutter Shack for a little hidden spot in the back corner
-build Foscale's Pendleton Marine...which is a really nice, complex background flat structure
-build Bar Mills' FSM tribute Wharf at Doverton, but not on a wharf
All three kits have dedicated real estate with scenery creeping up already, I really want to build the rest myself just to keep the ratio respectable   ;D  I've got BEAUTIFUL builds featured by ReadingBob, ACLTom, FSMCollector Loren, a really cool snowplow and some cars by Dave Fugere and a couple of masterpieces by Vilius, If I build the rest myself, I'm at about 10 myself. I LOVE to feature work by others on my layout but I also need to remind myself what I'm capable of with a little patience and (more challenging to find) time. After that, I'll turn to vehicles, rolling stock, critters, SWSM work train, Jordans, placing figures and details forever...or until I get a wild hair and blow it up (again). I also have a tentative plan to extend a little skinny branch someday, perhaps spanning some high bridges to get to a big sawmill? We'll see, just a brain dump for now.


Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:48:46 PM »

Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:40:22 PM »
More...and thanks again for the helpful advice about converting my pics to a format that works here...

Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:37:20 PM »
More... Foscale's Dead Horse Bay was built by the great and powerful Vilius. I was very excited to get the big box and get to planting it. I've discovered that I like to take highly detailed masterpieces and make the viewer work to see them. The trees block the view, but the poor foreground lighting was unintentional and i think I will have to put a little LED strip along the front fascia to really feature this structure and the (as yet unbuilt) Doverton Wharf that will reside in the vacant mountaintop lot next door....John

Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:19:45 PM »
Let's see if I can post my pics again...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday June 13
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:17:49 PM »
Sorry to hear of your fall Bob. My family operates a tree company in NY, so I grew up climbing. A few years ago, I casually hopped up a tree with my chainsaw to just clean up a few things. Little by little, I found more and more to "touch up". All of a sudden I found myself 20 feet above my roof, no ropes,  and had quite the epiphany - "you fall, you die". I didn't fall, but I never forgot that thunderbolt of reality. Now I'm just gutters, holiday lights, and low branches (Palms here, remember) but I'm always thinking of that moment. Hope nothing serious's not that we are unable or unwilling to do things anymore (in my case including skateboarding, juijitsu, mountain biking...) it's just that the healing process is different, so the stakes are higher.

Anyway, going to try to post some pics today as I have a lot of progress on an area I'm scenicking...John

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday, June 12
« on: June 12, 2020, 07:58:42 AM »
Morning All,

I have lots to share...maybe I'll make the effort to revisit my pic posting technique that went afoul recently...I've kind of been avoiding the effort for stuff in my wheelhouse. Maybe...


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