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Rolling Stock / Re: Freight car weights
« on: Today at 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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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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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday the 13th
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:45:13 PM »
Electrician has been hard at work in the basement, I have some extra wiring requirements to support the layout and workshop needs.  In particular (a) separately switched light outlets in the ceiling (for shop lights, track lighting or whatever else I decide for layout lighting.) and (b) every outlet has one of the outlets switched at the wall (while the other remains hot.)  The idea is I can shut everything off with a single wall switch.


dave

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Rolling Stock / Re: Resin Freight Car Build
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:04:10 AM »
I've had great luck using a 10% solution of "Super Clean" (automotive cleaner section of Wal-Mart) for cleaning resin parts. That stuff also works great to clean the oven hood, so I got brownie points from the wife for that :-)  And I have a dollar store battery toothbrush that works great to clean around the cast-in details.


dave

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Rolling Stock / Re: Resin Freight Car Build
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:09:42 PM »
I've had good luck removing warp from resin parts by heating the oven to about 150, then turning the heat off.  I put the 'offending' part on a piece of granite (so it's definitely flat) and let it sit in the oven for a half hour or so.


dave

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Kit Building / Re: CCK's Monitor Barn Color Experiment
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:15:17 PM »
Added some more color under the eaves...enough?  Hoping the inkahol will help it blend.
That looks good, let's see how the alcohol and ink blends things together.

Here's a nice well-weathered barn for inspiration.

dave

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Kit Building / Re: CCK's Monitor Barn Color Experiment
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:58:38 PM »
Definitely a A&I wash.  Also consider adding some paint under the eaves, where the sun wouldn't bleach it out.  That's something I've seen on barns.


dave

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...How do I get the background to stay in focus with the foreground? Thanx Thom...
You need to use the smallest aperture your camera lens will allow, e.g. f/16 or f/22.  That will increase the exposure time, so you'll want a tripod if the exposures work out to more than 1/30 (of a second).  Here's a good site on model railroad photography:  http

dave

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Selling Kit... / Re: Micro- Scale Models kits for sale
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:45:18 PM »
Hi Dave:

Thanks for the compliment.

Krl
Unless it's Slim Sartore, and he decides to model a burned out building.   :o

dave

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