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Here's the kit I chose to build for Raymo's 2018 Build Challenge - the FOS Rothman's Pawn Shop & Thornhill Liquors.  All I have, so far, is the basic what comes in the box (bag in this case) shots.  I haven't actually started to build this yet but wanted to commit to the challenge and kick off the thread.   :) 

Now the pressure is on.

A little background on this one.  I've built this kit once before.  I traded ACL1504 the finished kit for the unfinished kit.  My understanding is he leased the finished kit to Bill and Kris Cutler and it's starting to take root on their Pennsy layout.  They'd like to make it a permanent addition.  So.....I'm building the kit again and, when I'm finished they'll have a permanent replacement.   ;)

Because of the build challenge this kit kind of cut in line in my build queue.  Next up would have been the FSM Jewel Series #2 - Bailey's Produce Company for Cuse but there's no way I could have finished the time frame specified for the build challenge.  So I have to apologize to John.  Bailey's is sitting here right next to me and I'm anxious to get started on it but it'll have to wait a little bit. 

The kit comes in a bag. 

In the bag is a fairly detailed set of instructions.

A few signs and templates.

And the usual suspects.  Strip wood, doors, windows, chimney's, walls, etc.

It'll be a little while until I get rolling on this one so be patient.   ::) 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - November 14th
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:35:14 AM »
Morning all,

I did manage to get a little workbench time in last night.   :D  One of those rare (for me) weeknight sessions.   ;)

Congratulations to Mike on the birth of his grandson.   ;D

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / (It's finally) Friday November 10th
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:22:39 AM »
Morning all,

A bunch of new Raymo vehicles were delivered to the A&S in the early evening yesterday.  The proprietor of the A&S was overjoyed to put it mildly.   :D  I suspect we may see some pictures in the near future.   ;)

Have a great one!

Kit Building / FOS Radio Station WKLO
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:20:50 AM »
Time to start a new build thread.  This time I'll be building the FOS WKLO Radio Station for Tom (ACL1504).  I have one of these in my closet to build for myself (someday  ::)  ).  When I build mine I may try to figure out how to rename it to WOLD as a tribute to the late, great Harry Chapin.     

Here's the prerequisite shots of the the box and it's contents (it's always fun opening up the box for a new build).  :)

The instructions have some nice, color pictures on the front page.

Lot's of templates.  These come in handy.   ;)

Signs and details.  Normally I'd scan the signs as a back up in case I make a boo boo.  But, since I have the same kit in my stash of yet to be built kits I'll count that as my backup.

The roof pieces.

More 'stuff'.

More in a moment.... :P

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday - Sept. 15th
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:53:19 AM »
Morning all,

Normally I'd be excited it's Friday because it would mean workbench time is approaching over the weekend.  But, we're still in the dark at home so that may limit what I can do.   :(  Apologies for the constant power updates but I don't really have much else to talk about.   ;)

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday - September 1st
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:22:45 AM »
Morning all,

T.G.I.F!   ;D  A three day weekend coming up to boot.   ;D  ;D

Have a great one!

Kit Building / Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:36:31 PM »
Okay, since Donato is anxiously awaiting my next thread here goes.   ;D  I picked this one up at the EXPO last year.  It's the Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office.  I've never built one of Hal's kits but really liked the look of this one so I bought it along with another of his kits.  I hope I do it justice!   :D

Here are the contents spread out on my workbench.

I started by cleaning removing the windows and doors from their sprues with my handy, dandy sprue cutter. 

Then I touched up the edges with an emery board.

The instructions called for removing the window section from the large door so I did that with my sprue cutter as well.

After which I touched the top of the large door up with the emery board.

More in a moment... :D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / What's on your workbench (tool wise)?
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:13:53 AM »
A while back someone asked about what tools do we find most useful.  I thought it might be interesting to share what's on our workbench's and what tools we may favor.  So what are your favorite shovels and rakes and implements of destruction (to borrow a line from a well known song)?  8)  :D

Knifes and cutty things - I prefer the single edge razor blade on the left for most things.  The X-Acto's come in handy too but most of my cutting is done with the razor blade.

Scrappy, scratchy things - I use cheap emory boards the most.  I pair of heavy duty wire cutters can be used to cut them down to size to fit smaller openings.  The ball of steel wool comes in handy for aging printed signs. 

Maybe you won't consider these to be tools but here are the glues I lean towards.  I've grown fond of the Pink Flamingo Glue. 

Drill bits and handles - gotta have 'em.

All kinds of rulers - I usually use whichever one is the first one I find in the pile of debris that accumulates on my bench.

Weights, blocks, etc. - The marble blocks are from old bowling trophies.

Continued in a moment..... :D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday 1/6/2017
« on: January 06, 2017, 07:30:03 AM »
Morning all,

I'm ready for the weekend after a four day work week.   ::)  Next week will be five day work week.   :o  :o  But we have a three day weekend next weekend.  Then we hit a long, long stretch of no holidays (or at least holidays that we get the day off for).   :(  I'm ready for some workbench time!

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wed Dec 28th - The year is almost over!
« on: December 28, 2016, 07:48:26 AM »
Morning all,

Where is everybody?  I've already been to the airport, found out my flight was canceled and returned home.  Apparently our friends in the NE have a major named storm hitting today. We've been on hold with the airlines customer service for over an hour now.  Guess I'll have to spend time at the workbench instead of traveling today.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Lightning and Thunder
« on: November 16, 2016, 06:25:21 PM »
 I think this is pretty cool.   8)  I may have to order one in spite of the fact I don't have a layout.   ::) 

Kit Building / Build Challenge 2016: Bar Mills Dock House at Cundy Harbor
« on: September 25, 2016, 10:26:19 AM »
Although I'm not really starting on this build quite yet I thought I'd start the thread and at least show you what I'm planning on building for the challenge.  It will be the Bar Mills Dock House at Cundy Harbor which is one of several structures included in the Cundy Harbor collection.  It's the one on the right in the picture on the box (although my flash washed out the picture a bit, sorry about that  :-[).

And here's what's hiding inside the box.

I'll have more updates when I actually start building this puppy.   ;)

I'm building this one for John (Cuse).  I hope to get the Dockhouse done by the end of the challenge.  But I may get carried away and build the remaining structures too.   :o  We'll see how it goes.   ;)  John had pulled out the parts from the boathouse and separated them from the carrier sheets.  They're in the baggie on the right. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, July 11
« on: July 12, 2016, 06:48:42 AM »
Morning all,

Off to the eye doctor so they can check out the eye the worked on last week and/or the eye they're going to work on next week.   8)  Then it's off to work.   :( 

Our forum family is growing.   :D  It's been great to see some of the wonderful things the newer members have been posting.   ;D

The former Reading Railroad station in Tamaqua, PA.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, Blessed Friday, March 4th
« on: March 04, 2016, 07:24:19 AM »
Woo-hoo!  It's Friday!  I missed posting yesterday.  Yeah, it was that kind of day in cubeville.   :o  I'm really looking forward to the weekend and some workbench time (after I rearrange the leaves in my yard of course).

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, February 11
« on: February 11, 2016, 07:35:08 AM »
Morning all,

First of all a big thank you to everyone wished Eileen and I a happy anniversary yesterday.  Your comments were very much appreciated!  I'm a lucky man.  I have to point out that it was primarily Eileen who changed my mind about going to the EXPO this year.  When I first told her that I had decided not to attend she encouraged me to rethink my decision and go.  Well, that, along with an unexpected change in a policy at work that resulted in some additional vacation time this year and a little unexpected cash coming our way tipped the scales and helped convince me to go after all.   :D  Now I'm looking forward to it and getting excited about looking at all the goodies in the vendor room, sitting in on some of the clinics and, most of all, seeing some of my forum friends.

Have a great one!

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