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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, June 22
« on: June 22, 2020, 06:49:51 AM »
Morning all you modelers and guys who'd like to be (like me).

Sunny and warm today in SE PA.

Drank too much iced tea yesterday.  Tough night to stay asleep. But it was a nice gathering and great eating for Father's Day. 

Contractor back again.  Having a squabble with them now as to what and how.  They just arrived.

Stay cool, hydrate, be safe and smart.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, June 19
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:15:25 AM »
Good mornning ladies and gentlemen and all the ships at sea.

Still a comfortable day here in SE PA, but the hot and humid is coming.

Morning will be spent putting things back in order after new appliances delivered and installed yesterday.  Now with an induction stove, some new pots and pans will need to be acquired (have to be steel/iron). 

Only one contractor coming today.  While the continuing upheaval of renovation is not as bad as getting a kitchen done over, it still means things aren't normal. 

Everyone take care, be smart, stay safe.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, June 16
« on: June 16, 2020, 06:32:57 AM »
Hello and good day all!

Hope all are doing well, or at least better.

Nothing of note for today.  Truck is loaded with trimmings, weeds, metal and such to take to the township recycle yard shortly.  Other than a treatment, nothing.  No contractors expected today.  Cut grass yesterday, so perhaps the day will bring activity as it transpires.  Can always work on the trains or the current structure.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, June 14
« on: June 14, 2020, 06:40:07 AM »
Me again to lead off???

Well, another night of good sleeping weather may have many enjoying and catching some extra ZZZZ's. 

Going to mass in a few minutes.  Last evening, we dined out for the first time in months.  Today's church event will be with distancing and a reduced number. 

We're playing this carefully and choosing our spots. 

You all be safe and smart.  Going to be another really nice day in SE PA.  Outside work opportunities abound.

Bob:  Good to hear you're bouncing back, albeit slower than you wish. 


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday June 13
« on: June 13, 2020, 06:53:56 AM »
Me again?

Hi all.  Shaping up to be gorgeous in SE PA.  Slept with the window open and the fan pulling in cool air.  Was 66 in the room when I got out of the rack.

Don't know if contractor will be here today.   Hate being left hanging.

Combo celebration today for Father's Day and #1 son's birthday, both a week early (beat the crowd and he's going away next weekend).  We'll patronize an establishment in Conshohocken with outdoor service.

All of you have a nice day, stay safe and smart.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, June 11
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:01:14 AM »
Morning, team!

Clicked this site first today. Now I'll read the paper. 

 Gentle rain this AM in SE PA.  Still humid.

Couple doctor visits today. Still better than working.

You all be safe, smart, and model well.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday May 21
« on: May 21, 2020, 07:42:32 AM »
Avast, ye maties!!!

Top of a chilly, cloudy morn in SE PA. Temp barely breaking 40 thus far.

Out and back already to the township yard with the first load of brush cuttings for recycle (neighbor's yard).  Yesterday was a removal of a skin cancer spot on the forehead first thing in the morning.  Giving me flashbacks of getting up to go to work.

Have a good day you all. 

Chip:  My time was spoken for the other night, so unable to join the TNRR virtual gathering.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, May 2
« on: May 02, 2020, 07:12:24 AM »
Mornuing all. Happy weekend.

Celebrating the wife's birthday today.  Our boys and their girls will join us. Half dozen of us will assemble late afternoon in the driveway to maintain safety.  Great day in SE PA for doing so.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, Last Day of April
« on: April 30, 2020, 06:43:10 AM »
Been retired a month now!  Where did the month go???  Not that I was " busy" either.

Happy Thursday, all you modelers.

Comfortable right now, rain and wind as the day unfolds in SE PA.

Nothing specific planned today as of 6:42 AM.  Keep masking, using gloves, and keeping distance.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, April 10
« on: April 10, 2020, 07:07:13 AM »
Wow!  One third of the way through April already. 

With retirement only a week or so old, already the days have lost their "feel."  I like it and recommend it highly.

Clouds and sun here, winds and more rain coming later in SE PA. I'm afraid that will be the end of a lot of flowers on trees.  Our magnolia, somewhat shielded from the sun, blooms later than others here and right now is full of flowers in peak bloom.  Fearful the weather will rust them.  OK for engines and cars, not flowers.

Stay smart everyone in regards to protecting yourselves. After a couple of weeks with quarantines and limitations,  others will feel it their right to get out and inevitably start the merry-go-round again. For any among us dealing with the virus, best wishes and hopes for your, or their, speedy recovery.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thu Feb 27
« on: February 27, 2020, 07:11:36 AM »
Morning, all.

Supposed to see Mr. Sun today in SE PA.  Breezy, chilly though.  Feels like February, while it lasts.

No numerical milestones today with the countdown, so everyone is spared.

Time for breakfast/

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, the thirteenth
« on: February 13, 2020, 07:09:16 AM »
Start the day with a little alliteration.

Good morning all.  Jumped over here and saw no one had opened the day, so here we go.

I have 25 working days to go.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wed-nes-day the 14th
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:49:17 AM »
Morning all.

Hump day. 33 weeks left now until that magic R-day.

Very humid in SE PA, overcast, but not as hot as it's been recently.

For the regulars here recovering from procedures, tests and such (goes with the age bracket), wishing a speedy rebound.

Kit Building / Kitbashing Fundamentals
« on: June 07, 2018, 03:40:37 PM »
Just about all who post on this wonderful site work with wood kits. I've not advanced to that point as yet, still working with plastic.

I've always been intrigued with the kit-bash aspect for structures be it making one standard structure larger by using two or three kits, or "expanding" one structure by making an addition using another different  kit.

The magazines and books talk about "looking at the parts as ingredients for a unique structure." I can do some of that.  But right now, I'm more comfortable with the above paragraph aspect of the discipline.

But what I need to know from the members here who I feel have been down that path, is some in's and out's for blending the parts.  Things like window height when laying out walls, wall heights themselves and the accompanying mating of the sections so they match up nicely. Roof lines would be another challenge I can use some insight on.

The articles from Art Curren over the years feature a lot of trimming, filling, and grafting blank sheet cuts. No wonder people have developed scratch building skills. Not much more effort it seems. Anyway, if you've been down this road, any thoughts you can share about this designing process are welcome.

In particular, I'm pondering taking several of the "Superior Bakery" kits to make a larger edition of that design and then show an add-on using Walthers Paragon Plumbing which is one of their modular offerings. The wall sections are different heights which may not be a giant problem being this will be an add-on rather than a blend.

Another kit source I've been intrigued with also goes back in time: the Life Like Belvedere Hotel. It's easy to make it higher, but not wider. Suggestions to that end would be helpful.

And just so you know, I'm working in N.

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