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Thanks again Leo! Very nice.

Hi John:

Very interesting project. I shall be following along. Can't wait to see how it come out.



Thanks -- I have a picture in my head of what this build is going to look like but at our age that keeps changing. ;)   Thanks for following along, we will see where this takes us, together.

I'm just catching up with this build.  Holy Cow!  This is great John!  Your walls are looking fantastic and Frank's concept really works well with the building. Looking forward to watching your progress.


Thanks for stopping by - I'm really having fun with this build.  I have been collecting detail castings for this for years. Lots of belt driven machinery.  Frank's roof design really helped - now it will become my big winter project.  I usually have three builds going at the same time and rotate between them.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday Nov 17
« on: Today at 08:13:43 AM »
Good morning.  Thank you - to all of you that posted, sent me emails, and txt messages with ideas on where to buy the shelf castings for my Locomotive Works build. I have orders in to three different suppliers that had shelf castings that I think will work. I have been sitting in my deer blind designing this build in my head, while I'm watching for deer. ;)   This is a fun time of the year because I get together with family members that are all spread out all over the country, trying to make a living, for some quality time. We meet and stay at my cabin and hunt on the family farm that has been in the family for six generations, now. The sun is coming up so I'm off to my deer blind - I hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:05:27 AM »
Good morning from Northern Michigan.  Raining here again. We had frozen rain last night. I think summer might be over. I have been on the internet looking for some detail castings for my Locomotive Works. I'm looking for shelving for along the wall - so far the only thing I found was at Rusty Stumps. I want lots of tools, oil cans, and machine shop related stuff on them. Does anyone have a lead for me? I know Brett Gallant has them in a couple of his kits but I will need them when I build the kits. I may have to scratch build them.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Very interesting build. The only resin I have worked with is some F&C car kits.


I typically use hydrocal for stone work but it is very sensitive to chipping and damage and this building is going to be right near the edge of the layout. The resin is much more durable and when I paint and weather it I can't tell the difference. The only down side of resin is the cost.

That is a fantastic looking build.

I like the concept of being in the process of construction.



Thanks for the kind words.  If I'm going to put all the work into detailing the interior I want to be able to see it. This is going to be my big build for the winter. We will see how it comes out.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday Nov. 15
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:03:12 AM »
Good morning!  On the FSM open house question - George usually doesn't have open houses during the winter - except for the Springfield show weekend.  I don't know if he has changed his schedule - now that he is retired.  I need to call him next week with my list of FS&M questions for the thread so I will ask. 
I just came in from sitting in the rain in my deer hunting blind all morning. It's time for a fire in the fireplace and a warm up.  Even the deer are smart enough to find someplace dry in this weather. It's time to paint some castings and wait for the rain to stop. I hope everyone has a great day.

A very big THANK YOU to Frank Baker for his design work on this build.  It definitely got me over the hump on figuring out what I wanted to do for this. I originally wanted to have an office area - the headquarters of the S&S RR - in a second story of this building.  With the high bays for the locomotive repair area it just didn't look right.  Way to high - it would block the view of the rest of the yard.  I think the unique roof line that Frank designed really works well. The office for the S&S RR will now be housed in another building.  I made some extra castings. ;)

Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / Re: Super Trees question
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:23:11 PM »
does anyone know of a company like that in the US?

The only place I have ever found selling Super Trees or anything like them is Scenic Express in the US. Jim sells them already treated with the glycerine. Jim is in the process of shipping case number 12 for my layout.

As far as modeling a tree with the seed pods - I don't like them.  The seed pods look unnatural to me and if you cover the tree with enough flock to hide them the trees look worse.  As I said in a previous post, don't try to pull them off after the glycerine treatment.  I have been cutting them out of the tree with nippers. The long nippers used to remove plastic parts from the sprue work real well.

The best lesson I have learned - Credit goes to Wayne Olson on this - is don't use very much flock.  You want to see through the trees. If you take a look at my build thread I did a pictorial on this a while back.
Just my 2 cents.

Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / Re: Super Trees question
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:16:20 PM »
I bought my super trees from a decorations material wholesale, a 60 liter box , more then enough for 600 trees for around 50 dollars. It's called seamoss or seafoam , official name Teloxys aristata.

John , I have seen more then one person leaving the buds on ( I am having a dejavu feeling about this question ) , is it necessary to take them off ?

I'll be spraypainting them dark gray , after I boil them in glycerine. Maybe I can boil them in glycerine with gray or black pigment , worth a try, or has someone done that already and found out it doesn't work?


All of my trees - so far - have been Aspens so we have painted them off white.  I don't know why you couldn't color them with a gray pigment.  I would start with grey  - trees only look black when they are wet so I would be afraid of getting them to dark.

Your price sounds good. I'm paying between $100 and $120, US for a case. I know there is a lot of shipping costs involved getting them here from Europe.

You will notice that I'm starting to use the Titebond III glue for the resin castings.  It holds just as well as the epoxy that I was using and it's easier to work with.  I'm also using it as a filler to fill any gaps between the castings and to establish the initial ground level around the building. I really think the stone detail in the interior of this structure is really going to look nice.



The Locomotive Works is now back on my workbench adding the remaining castings to both the exterior and interior of the building.

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