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Kit Building / Lorrie's Red Light District by FOS
« on: September 22, 2017, 03:29:10 AM »
My wife, Lorrie completed her Red Light District and I thought I'd share it here.  She chose her own colors for the build.  I think they look nice.  The RLD will be set into it's pemanent home on our layout over the weekend.  Thanks for looking!

Layout Tours / Chuck Ellis’ Great Northwestern & Pacific
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:32:58 AM »
I've got 100's of pictures of Chucks layout taken over the years and thought I'd share some here.  Chucks Great Northwestern & Pacific RR was leatured on an Alan Keller DVD (#52?).  He's got dozens and dozens of FSM kits in which more than half are scratch built.  He an incredible modeler.   The layout has some dust bat as we all know, cleaning can be tough as we get older.  This layout is YUGE!!  No doubt he'll have the layout in tip top shape for the Lone Star Region Convention in Austin next summer.

Here you go.......

Layout Tours / The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:40:33 AM »
My wife, Lorrie  and I started our railroad in July of 2011.  We'd stocked up on track, turnouts Tortoises and structures for years so we had a nice head start.  Lorrie dilly dallyed in the hobby until we went to the Craftsman Structure Show in 2008.  After the show, she was hooked! I'm very proud of her work.  In June of this year our Black Bear & Bayou Railroad made the cover of The Cowcatcher magazine with a very nice story.  A couple weeks later the Dallas Morning news  Sunday edition did a story on the railroad.

 The Black Bear & Bayou is the freelance RR. We decided on a freelance layout because we like to make our own rules The  layout is a mushroom design and  is housed in a detached building in our backyard (with central heat and AC). The layout is set in the transition era of Steam to Diesel. The trains run from southern Colorado to the bayous of east Texas and SW Louisiana. TheHO/HOn3 layout is designed for point to point operations using DCC. Thru freights, passenger trains and way freights. Our scenery features towering mountains, beautifully painted backdrops (Lorrie), multiple ocean scenes, four turntables, a sound enhanced thunderstorm along with many structures (lots of craftsman kits and scratch built). The six track staging yard features a unique home made remote switch panel. Trains are both steam and diesel. The layout has a dual gauge yard, switchbacks, a 40"/43" radius double track helix, two reversing loops and various levels. The LED lighting is setup for both day and night time viewing.   

Somewhere between Louisiana and Colorado, the Palittis can be found a few times a year snooping around. They rarely retrace their steps, especially when driving to southwestern Colorado. Every adventure is unique. When they aren’t traveling during “train season,” Leo and Lorrie canvass local model railroads on home layout tours. They take lots of notes, and their Fort Worth layout is sprouting life as they see it with every last detail. The craftsman kit-laden Black Bear & Bayou model railroad is rapidly becoming a must-see among Dallas/Fort Worth layouts.

Scratchbuilding / Cricut Explorer
« on: June 08, 2015, 03:53:21 PM »
I love most everything about scratch building except cutting out windows and doors. I saw the video below and alas, my wife has one of these and I thought it's time to utilize it. Can anyone tell me if there is a site on the internet that offers a compatible (price friendly) Auto CAD program for this machine?


eBay Crazies / eBay shill?
« on: June 07, 2015, 02:03:37 AM »
I've noticed that the seller in the link below sells stuff for outrageous prices sometimes.  Going though the available previous sales, there seems to be a recurring bidder that never seems to win an auction but does drive up the cost of the items for sale?

The bidder I refer to is: k***n ( 1457) * Always bidding but never winning

I guess these tactics are OK with eBay?

Modeling: Roofing Techniques / Good pitch
« on: May 26, 2015, 01:31:40 PM »
Adding "pitch" (black tar) around chimneys and roofing is a great detail to add to structures.  I always have a hard time applying the pitch whether using scale lumber of a small brush.  The pitch always seemed to come out a scale foot wide.


 While getting out a new bottle of Flamingo glue yesterday I noticed the accompanying small bottle and 2 tips.  The tips appear to be from a mechanical pencil.  I mixed a half oz of Elmers plain white glue and some black acrylic paint and the poured mixture into the small bottle and put the tip on it.   I applied the pitch with ease to the areas I wanted it.  Avoid getting an air bubble in the tip as this will cause a burst when it comes out.


Hope someone finds this useful

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Remote switch panel.
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:08:22 PM »
After the holidays I got busy with a friend of mine and developed a remote switch panel.  I'd like your opinion of this system and what you think of it?  Have you or anyone you know used anything similar? This remote panel could be used in place of multiple switch panels, not just one like you see here.  The guy that developed the system also made a motion detected  thunderstorm for my layout and the thunderstorm (lights and sounds) can also be accessed with this remote panel. I know there's companies that have a system like this but we made this one  :)


Video here: 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 10/30/2104
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:59:39 AM »
Worked with our friend Scott until 2:30AM on a thunderstorm/ lightning on the Black Bear & Bayou Railroad

Going to bed!


Layout Tours / Construction on the Black Bear and Bayou
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:14:02 AM »
Some impressive layouts here!  My wife and I have been working on our Black Bear and Bayou layout since 2011.  We decided on a freelance layout so the D&RGW can meet the Gulf of Mexico.  Our layout runs from the Colorado Rockies to the east Texas bayous.  We're modeling the ever popular transition era in HO/HOn3.  Having a wife that enjoys painting backdrops, doing scenery and building structures is a blessing.  I had a complete thread (on another site) from day one of construction that is now in cyber space some where....  This is our border town of El Segundo.  Not totally finished as we had to put stuff up and get ready for open house this weekend.   Pictures taken with iPhone.  Will get better shots after this weekend/

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