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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Am I first to notice?
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:38:41 PM »
The 2016 Northeastern Region NMRA convention was put on by the Hudson Berkshire Division at the Desmond Hotel, more or less between I-87 and the airport.  Decent place, far enough from the highway to be quiet, though I stayed elsewhere.

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic and Southern Build Thread Continued
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:28:52 PM »
Downsizing?  Eeeek!  Guess I better bump getting back to Phoenix up the priority list...

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Re: Spray painter gun
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:20:05 PM »
If budget is an issue, the bottom-of-the-line Badger atomizer (blue plastic molding with glass bottle screwed into the bottom) will produce a decent smooth coat.  More sophisticated air brushes can do weathering and shading too.  I've used a single-action Paasche model H for about 20 years now, for base coats and weathering.  A double-action would be better for art, but I've never learned the relevant techniques.

When I bought my setup, I had kids at home, so noise in evenings was to be avoided.  I bought a regulator (like Jerry and Bob mention) and a cylinder of high pressure Nitrogen.  I get a refill (swap cylinders) once or twice a year at the local welding supply business.

Note that acrylic (water-base) paints need more air pressure, thinner coats and thorough cleaning immediately you're done painting.  Solvent paints are more forgiving, but need a spray booth for indoor use.

Kit Building / Re: Adding track to diorama for future use
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:10:10 PM »
It's usually smoother to have rails continuous over a joint in the roadbed than to have a rail joint right above the roadbed joint. And rail joints are smoother when staggered 1/2 inch or more.

Rolling Stock / Re: DERM undercarriage.
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:06:31 PM »
A prototype photo would help, but bottom center I see the brake valve, brake cylinder, so the two tanks below are probably the main and emergency air reservoirs.   The biggest tank along the top is probably diesel fuel, the smaller two might be drinking or cooling water?

Being an exhibitor (Hub Division Modular Layout in the BLC) gets you in Friday night, but everyone's busy setting up.  The half-hour of calm after the track is cleaned but before the doors open is part of the reward.

If the day's busy enough, the Better Living Center gets fairly toasty from all those 400 watt space heaters walking around.  Best between 1 and 2 PM on Saturday...

I've painted the visible parts of boxcar interiors where the kit came with unrealistic interior colors.  But I haven't detailed any with debris from previous ladings.  What I saw around 1970 was usually pallets, steel strapping and paper bags from dry cargoes like lime, fertilizer and talc.  When I was misspending my youth hanging around the tracks, loaded cars were pretty much always latched and sealed. The seals were checked at intermediate yards too.

Rolling Stock / Re: Freight car weights
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:21:24 AM »
I just pick 'em up out of the gutter in early spring, after the snow melts but before the DPW gets out the street sweeper.  This might not work if I needed 1,000 cars for my layout, but in that case I wouldn't be building kits that came without weights.

Scratchbuilding / Re: who makes this part?
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:44:16 PM »
White metal, brass, resin or injection molded?

Scratchbuilding / Re: Portable Trolley Railroad
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:21:00 PM »
IIRC you posted a number of photos of the construction of this layout.  Sad to hear about Bruce, good to see the layout continuing.  I like your 'trail through' point scheme, though my own interest for many years has been making a reasonable facsimile of a railroad spring switch.  Back in the '70s I wrote MR asking how to build one; their answer worked mechanically but not electrically for 2-rail HO.

Rolling Stock / Re: Freight car weights
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:13:59 PM »
I usually hammer tire weights straight and flat on one side, so the Goo can hold better.  Sometimes I hammer shape them to fit inside the center sill of a passenger car which will get an interior.  Older weights had more lead and were easier to shape than the current stuff.  And some of the current tire weights have a plastic coating.  So far I've been able to leave that on...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday the 14th of September
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:53:39 PM »
Evening, all.  The NH seacoast saw a mix of clouds and sun today.  After spending a while planning repairs to the Town Office building, I started taking apart a dead elm with the chainsaw.  Elm is tough wood - the whole tree stopped at a 45 degree angle, held by a strip about 1.5" x 8" across the heart.  No modeling today, probably not tomorrow or Saturday either, though Saturday some 1:1 trackwork is needed at Seashore Trolley Museum.

My longest power outages have been winter storms - record to date is 6 days.  Which is why my solar electric system has a battery bank.  No noise, no mechanical issues and considerably cleaner power than I'd get from the grid.

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.

Rolling Stock / Re: Mystery Engine build???
« on: September 11, 2017, 11:31:38 PM »
Interesting, particularly the drive. I've got a B&M A-41f 4-4-0 imported by PFM long ago, in pieces after being stripped.  The original was bad enough that MR knocked it in Trade Topics! When layout work eases off a bit, I need to decide which issues I'll fix and which I'll live with.  If I can't make it haul two Ambroid cars up a 1% grade it's doomed to be a roundhouse queen.

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