Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - ReadingBob

Pages: [1] 2 3 4
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!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Fridays are a wonderful thing - 1/22/2016
« on: January 22, 2016, 07:34:19 AM »
Morning all,

I hope all are friends up in the Northeast are safe, dry and warm.  I'm ready for the weekend!   ;D

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 1/21/2016
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:46:12 AM »
Morning all,

On this date in 1916 the Brownie Pond Pump House near Port Reading was destroyed by fire (per my Reading Company Technical and Historical Society Calendar).  Authorities are checking into the whereabouts of ACL1504 and Slim Jerkins at the time of the fire.   ;)

I'm ready for the weekend. 

Have a great one!

Kit Building / FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« on: January 03, 2016, 06:41:28 PM »
(Apologies in advance to those who may be offended by the subject matter of this build but it does depict a seedier part of town that was typically found near the train tracks.  I understand you may not want something like this on your layout and that's certainly your prerogative.)     

The Red Light District was released by FOS Scale Models last year while we (Tom, the Judge and I) were in Scranton, PA attending the EXPO.  As soon as I saw the e-mail I knew I wanted to build this one.  There are so many different textures, roof lines, finishes, etc. all combined into one block.  The real clincher was when I saw the pilot model in the vendor room.  Holy Cow!  What a beautiful build.  I ordered one on my first visit to the vendor room.  I know Tom ordered one as well and has a good idea where it's going to be placed on the new A&S.  Now it's time for me to build mine!   :D

The kit includes 9 business in 7 connected structures.  Here's the obligatory shot of the box the kit came in (it's a pretty big box).

I love opening up a new kit and seeing what's inside.  This one certainly didn't disappoint.

There's too much stuff in too many bags to try and get capture in one photo.  Just use your imagination.   ;)

As with any build I do I start by cleaning up the castings.  For the metal castings I use files to sooth out areas that need to be touched up.

I also use an old pair of rail cutters to remove metal castings from sprues or to nip off any large imperfections (there were none of the latter in this kit).

Plastic castings, such as doors and windows, I remove from their sprues using a sprue cutter.  A very handy tool to have on the workbench.

More in a moment.   ::)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, December 29th
« on: December 29, 2015, 07:29:05 AM »
Morning all,

Hope everyone is doing well out there in forum land.  I'm back in my cube getting ready to settle in for a long day of testing software.   ::)  I'd rather be at the work bench.   :D

Have a great one!

Pages: [1] 2 3 4
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal