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Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:13:37 PM »
For the floor area between the tracks I chose to go with a wood plank flooring. The wood was glued to a cardboard base and then cut to the right size and fitted between the track sections. The stain for the floor was alcohol and ink.  I used different ratios of A&I to simulate oil spills etc. I didn't forget the nail holes even though no one is going to see them. But now we all know they are there.












22397
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:58:26 PM »
The next step was to paint the floor under the tracks black - simulates repair pits under the track. Then the track was laid and wired.





22398
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:53:40 PM »
Then it was back to the workbench and lots of gluing and measuring and more gluing.  You can't have enough weights and squares for a project this size.











22399
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:47:05 PM »
Next came the process of gluing the wall sections together.  I only got four sections together and I had to see what it looked like in place on the layout.






22400
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:30:23 PM »

In my case, I was working with Model Masterpieces parts that would have been really expensive to replace.  (No one seems to know what happened to the old MM molds.)

What are you using to glue the plaster together?  I've used carpenter glue, with epoxy where I wanted a particularly strong joint (or gluing wood bracing to plaster.)


dave

Dave

I used epoxy for the plaster to plaster joints and carpenter glue for the wood to plaster.  The casting here are very easy to replace because I made the molds, but when I put a plaster kit together I usually make a mold of the major plaster castings before I start.  I know I will find a place on the layout for the extra casting and I have a backup if I have a major disaster.

I actually made extra casting for a machine shop that I have planned in front of the Roundhouse. 

22401
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Balance an Egg on End Thursday
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:20:30 PM »
I had a very nice phone conversation with George Sellios from Fine Scale Miniatures yesterday afternoon.  He is hard at work on this years kit. He was in the back room cutting wood when I called - sorry for the interruption George. He said I should hold on to an area of  about 11 x 18 for this years kit on the layout - and his wife thinks it is one of the best kits he has ever done. 
After I hunge up the phone I thought how great it is that George has so much enthusiasm for what he does - it is very contagious - I think this is kit number 49 give or take a couple. His excitement for this years kit is just as great as it was 20 years ago. George, to me,  retirement is getting up every morning and doing what I want to do - maybe you have been retired longer than you think.  I sure am looking forward to at least 2 more great kits from FSM, maybe more. ;)

22402
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Balance an Egg on End Thursday
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:59:13 PM »
Good evening , I think you have been smitten  ;)

A small French layout at Ontraxs , some great weathering and I especially liked his windows.

Janboui

Great pictures and some real nice modeling.  Thanks for sharing. Hope this post works when I hit the quote button I got the pictures too - didn't want to double post so I deleted them in this post.

22403
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Balance an Egg on End Thursday
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:12:40 PM »
Good morning! 


Tom I just went back and looked at your photographs and they show up real nice.  Did you have to fix something? Great thread!




John,
 
Yes, I had to go in and modify the photos. It was really strange but I had to delete the Red "X" and then upload all the photos again. Thankfully it worked!
 
Tom ;D 



Did you move the photos in the gallery?  Red X means that the software could not find them where the magic code said the they were.


So far the gallery thing is working great for me.

22404
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:39:47 PM »
Next step on the roundhouse was the assembly of the walls.  I added wood on the interior because I like the look and it helped stabilize the large plaster wall castings.  In the location the roundhouse is going on my layout the interior will only be visible through the back and side windows so the look isn't going to be real valuable once the roundhouse is on the layout.



First the plaster castings were glued together.



Then they were reinforced with a wood interior wall.



22405
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Balance an Egg on End Thursday
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:29:47 PM »
Mornin' all.......

I'll get some time in this afternoon.........

Could some one explain to me the karma gig under our name and such with each posting?

see ya
Bob

Hi Bob

The "karma gig" is something that was started when the forum first started. It seems to be deactivated now. I think it was a way of saying like or smite (dislike) a post. A few games were played early on but then it went away - as it should.  If it helps I would give you + karma for your engine build  :) , if it was active. 

22406
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:09:02 PM »
I know all too well the feeling of terror you get when working on a plaster kit, that one slip can ruin your whole experience! 


dave

Dave

I find that the look of plaster when it is complete makes it worth the risk. I have found that cracks are easy to fix.  I'm not sure if that isn't because I have had lots of practice. :-\   

22407
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Balance an Egg on End Thursday
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:40:18 AM »
Opps! Forgot my pictures for the day. Since I got back on this project Today's pictures are of Stone Roundhouses.





George Sellois - F&SM






Bob VanGelder's Stone Roundhouse on the South River & Millville.




John Allen

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Balance an Egg on End Thursday
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:25:39 AM »
Good morning! 


Tom I just went back and looked at your photographs and they show up real nice.  Did you have to fix something? Great thread!


I got back to work on the Stone Roundhouse last night -  was real nice to get back to the work bench.
I still have lots of track to lay and wiring to do - but it was time to start working in parallel again. I will be posting updates on the build in my layout thread.


All the snow that melted yesterday is now ice on my driveway and yard. Ice skating anyone?
It's spring!


Okay - coffee break is over back to the layout.  Have a great day!



22409
Scratchbuilding / Re: Falk Locomotive build
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:59:34 PM »
Bob

It looks great! This is going to be so cool to watch.

Thanks for posting it.

John Siekirk

22410
Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:57:21 PM »
That's enough for tonight - tomorrow we will start the assembly process.

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