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Kit Building / Re: Schmidtchens Firearwems Bar Mills
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:36:07 PM »
Looks good!  Think about stippling some weathering powders on top of that, maybe dark brown, light bluish grey, even an olive green, to represent 'crystals' and other coloring in the rock.  I've gotten some good results with that as a 'last step' in rock coloring.


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday Sep 24
« on: September 24, 2017, 01:53:16 PM »
Yesterday, I spread a bag of lime and it covered 1/2 of the yard.  So today I went back to Home Despot and bought a second bag.  Unfortunately, this bag is wet, and it won't spread.  It's not worth the hassle to go back and return a bag of wet lime, but I'm Not Happy (tm).  Wife wanted a spare storage bin, and I have a bunch of them, but they're buried under the tarp in the huge pile of stuff piled up in the storage area of the basement, waiting for the basement to be done.  So all-in-all, not a good Sunday. 


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday Sep. 23
« on: September 23, 2017, 03:50:02 PM »
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Afternoon all,
    Sorry I wasn't around this morning.  Just got back from hard knoxx.  I was raking leaves for a friend and fell out of the tree.  I think I'll stick to the bushes, anyone know where I can get a good leaf blower? :-\  Think there's a store next to the local taxi shop.   Have fun today y'all.  Thanx Thom...
In some parts of the country, it's traditional to let the leaves fall out of the tree onto the ground before raking them.   ;D

dave

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Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic and Southern Build Thread Continued
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:54:30 AM »
I use Neutral Grey #3 for Weathered Black.  You can get both paints and paint markers. 
https://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_neutgray


(Forgive me if I've mentioned this before.)


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday Sep. 20
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:57:16 PM »
Super photo, Tom!  Note the bridge over the mill pond, the waterfall at the dam, and how the building is planted in the relatively narrow stream channel.

update They've finished hanging wallboard and they've started taping the basement.   The first photo is the larger workshop, exercise room, etc.  The second photo is the actual layout space.  Now comes the 7 days to finish the drywall, when it doesn't look like anything has changed. :-(

dave

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Super Detailing / Re: Railways & sleepers....?
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:55:27 PM »
We've been to Catalunya a couple of times, and I know enough to apologize for speaking (very bad) Spanish :-)

dave

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Super Detailing / Re: Railways & sleepers....?
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:07:15 AM »
What's your modeling era?  Creosoted ties look different from untreated ties. 

For creosote, you want a dark chocolate brown.  For untreated ties, the base color should be a lighter grey. 

The approach I've been using is as follows (my railroad is set in the 1890s, so untreated ties)
1.  Put a light coat of oil on the rail head.
2.  Spraypaint the whole track a light grey
3.  Add washes of light brown, dark brown, and then drybrush with beige or even white.
4.  Paint the rails and spikes a dark rusty brown
5.  Wipe the oil and paint off the rail heads.  Touch up rail paint if needed.

dave

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Rolling Stock / Re: Freight car weights
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:17:56 AM »
Some options for weighing cars:
1.  sticky 1/4 oz and 1/2 oz weights.  The one concern about the is how long the sticky lasts.  I like to add some CA glue just to be sure.  I like these a lot.  And if the freight car door is open, you can paint these and they'll kinda look like crates. 

2.  pennies. (US or Canadian :-) )
3.  chunks of lead weights salvaged from a auto/tire shop


dave






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Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic and Southern Build Thread Continued
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:21:50 AM »
One thing that has worked for me is to build a kit/structure in another scale.  Maybe you can grab a good O Scale kit and work on that.


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, Sept. 18
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:47:49 AM »
Today they'll install insulation and later this week start on the wallboard in the basement.  That'll really make a difference between "a bunch of standing sticks" and the look of a real room.  Then comes the taping and sanding :-(


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday, Sept. 16th.
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:25:25 AM »
And we have light!  ;D ;D ;D
And there was Much Rejoicing!!


dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday Sep. 17
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:24:53 AM »
Foggy on the NH Seacoast today, and we're keeping a weather eye out for Jose later this week.  Yesterday I worked on countertops, one for the vanity in the bathroom in the basement, and the other to go over top of the washer/drier.  Of course, that also required 2 runs to the hardware store :-(.  They'll do insulation and then wallboard in the basement this week, which will make a huge difference.



dave

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I have found Scalecoat's Concrete to be a decent substitute for Floquil's.  Haven't yet found a good match for Floquil Grimy Black though.  Maybe this, though the color in the photo looks blacker than my old jars of Floquil.
I like Neutral Grey #3 for 'Grimy Black', see http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_neutgray  You can also get artist illustration markers in the same neutral grey palette, and that's -great- for touching up things like handrails if they get chipped.


dave

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Okay I'll play...
And as someone mentioned the name-tag background reveals a little nice-to-know info about the member.

Both my wife and I have extensive backgrounds in the early frontier of computers. Now we're not the folks that get written about but when the tide comes in... We were in the boat. Want stories I got 'em.

RichBeau is pretty simple. It comes from the early days of the Internet. Arapanet actually. I worked for Honeywell in the mid-to-late 1970s and we had a H316 connected to the BBN40 node. Standard login was first four letters of your first name and the first four letters of your last name.

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--Rich
Not many people with that much on-line experience.  But I'm still using the same email from 1985, grebyn.com is the 20th oldest domain on the internet (and yeah, you can look it up).  Next month marks my 39th year owning some sort of personal computer (first was a TRS-80 model I, and I paid an extra $300 to bulk it up to a full 16kb of RAM.)

dave

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday the 14th of September
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:37:08 AM »
Morning all,

Still in the dark at home.  Last night the wife and I swung by Tom's and picked up his generator (Thanks again Tom!) so we do have power to the fridge, a freezer, a fan and a light.  I was in the middle of hooking everything up when a friend in neighborhood behind me texted me to tell me that he got power back.  No such luck on our part though.  Trying to sleep in a hot, humid house with a generator running outside is not something I'd recommend.  I'm going to be grumpy like my avatar today.   >:(  The highlight of the evening was, while setting all this up, a moth the size of a B-52 bomber got in the house.  So we ended up chasing that thing around until it was evicted from the premises.  It was rather comedic.   ::) :P 

Looking forward to getting power back and life returning to normal.  Maybe today's the day!

Have a great one!
Our house in Northern VA was along the boundary between 2 local power grids.  Since they restore power for each grid from the middle out to the edge, we would often be without power while the office complex behind us got their power back.  (I could see the boundary pole from my house.)   In 19 years there, I think we lost power 4 times, but for at least 2 of those times it was out for more than 48 hours.


dave

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