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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: #11 Club
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:11:31 AM »
There's no way I can, or would even want to, top Bob's screw story.   ;D  I've got my scars, most notably one on top of a finger earned by reaching under the blade of chopper trying to retrieve a piece of strip wood, but that's about it.   :o

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday 12/12
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:08:26 AM »
Morning all,

Nothing model railroading related to report here.  I ended up installing a new faucet in the kitchen sink last night.  I found out, much to my surprise, I can still contort myself into unnatural positions in the cabinet beneath the sink.   :P

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday December 11th
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:28:51 AM »
Morning all,

Another Monday in the cube.  But, I'm off next week and the following week so if I can just make it thru this week everything will be fine.   :D

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday 12/10
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:40:18 AM »
Morning all,

More workbench time today!   :D   Gotta make hay while it's the weekend.   ;)

Cresson was a busy place.  At one point we had two trains passing in opposite directions.

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday, Wet and Rainy - December 9, 2017
« on: December 09, 2017, 10:46:38 AM »
Morning all,

It's chilly outside today.  Heck, I even had to put on long pants (and there was great rejoicing throughout the land).   :D   I'll hit the workbench once my better half gets home.  I have to move my car so she can back hers into the garage.  Afterwards I'll settle in and work on the WKLO Radio Station.   ;)

More tank cars rolling through Cresson, PA.   ::)

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:48:36 PM »
Morning. Snow is supposed to hit this area tomorrow and last to Sunday, I'm far from being a happy camper about it. Then again, I could be living in California.
Here's something else to worry about, Raymo:

Best of luck to Curt's daughter, we'll keep her in our thoughts.

I'll have to check with my insurance company to see if my camper is covered for volcanic fallout.

No, but there's probably a rider for that you can pick up for that for just a few extra $.   ;)

Sure hoping everything works out okay for Curt's daughter. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:20:18 AM »
Morning all,

Nice pictures Dave and Jeff.  That's a neat structure.

More from Cresson.  When John and I were there we were having a pleasant conversation with a couple of local rail fans.  One of them had his camera with him and was shooting 35mm film.  When I was young I couldn't afford to shoot too many pictures due to the cost of the film and developing.  Ain't digital wonderful?  I wouldn't have taken all these shots of tank cars if I had to put out $ for each picture.   ;D  ;D  ;D

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: First Snow Thursday
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:25:39 AM »
Morning all,

No snow here.   8)  At least I didn't notice any on the way in to work this morning.   ;)

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Brisk Wednesday
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:22:07 PM »
Afternoon all.

Looks like I will be scheduling Cataract Surgery for some time in Jan.

Medicare has just decided that it is now considered "Cosmetic Surgery" and therefore they will not pay for it.  The price is over $3000.00 out of my Train Budget.  I guess that not going blind is "Cosmetic" and not a necessity......Ya Think ?


Been there.  Done that (not on Medicare though).  Still paying for it.  Mine will be paid off in six or seven months.   8)

Kit Building / Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:31:24 AM »
Thanks Curt, Dave and Jan!  Much appreciated. 

I know I repeat myself quite a bit from one thread to the next.  Heck I repeat myself a lot in real life too.  ::)  When I create a thread I just run under the assumption that there may be one person that's new to reading one of my threads.  The rest of you have to put up with the redundancy.    :D  Just like the people who know me in real life.   ;D  ;D   

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Brisk Wednesday
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:42:09 AM »
Morning all,

The closest I got to MRR'ing last night was to set up the LGB train under the X-Mas tree.   :D

Like John mentioned yesterday we sure saw a lot of trains when we were tooling around the Altoona area last month.  I'll be posting a picture a day for quite some time.  I think I'm still on the first train we saw in Cresson.  It was a long one.   ;)

Have a great one!

Kit Building / Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:42:46 AM »
Looks great Bob. I don't think I've seen you use the plastic sheet when you're "burnishing" the sign into the wall. What is that do (or prevent)?


Thanks John!  I don't always use the plastic sheet.  Depends on whether I can find on my workbench when I need it.   ::)  It helps prevent tearing the sign.  The paper is thin and subject to damage when it's moist from the thinned glue on the back.  If you catch it just the wrong way with the edge of your fingernail (or whatever you're using to burnish it down into the clapboards) it can tear.

Kit Building / Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:04:09 AM »
I glue the trim on longer than necessary.

Then I trim it an exact fit using a single edge razor blade.

For window shades I use a plain piece of paper painted tan or green on one side.  I paint an full sheet and then cut it into strips slightly wider than the width of the windows.  Then I cut of various lengths to glue behind the windows.

No science here.  Just random lengths of paper to represent partly closed blinds.

And here's one completed wall with blinds in the windows.

That's all I have for now.  Next up is the most wonderful time, of the build - putting the walls together.   :D  :D  :D

Thanks for following along! 

Kit Building / Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:59:10 AM »
I added the signs to the walls next.  I cut them out using a sharp X-Acto knife and steel ruler.

Then I sanded the back of the sign, lightly, to try and get it as thin as possible.

I stained the back side of the sign with A&I.  It looks dark but dries a bit lighter and bleeds thru the front of the sign just enough to weather it a bit.

I coated the entire back side of the sign with some thinned down Elmer's glue and then positioned it in place on the wall.

Immediately after getting the sign on the wall I put some clear plastic over it and then ran my fingernail along each clapboard to snuggle the sign down into the walls so it appears painted on.  After it dried I lightly dabbed some of the gray paint on the sign with a sponge and then dry brushed it with off white to further blend it into the wall. 

Next I added the corner trim to the walls, per the templates.

More in a moment...

Kit Building / Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:51:57 AM »
When I weathered the window and door castings with the sponge I may have gotten a little too much paint on them.  Like this one.

Not a problem.  After I dip them in the A&I mix I can gently scrub off a little of the paint with a fine pointed swab.  The A&I mix will loosed up the cheap craft store acrylics I used to weather it but not the main color which was Floquil Dark Green.

After the A&I dries I dry brush everything with an off white.  The trick here is to just highlight the edges and raised surfaces a tiny bit.  The brush has to be, well, almost dry.  Hence, the dry brush terminology.   ::)  Again, these are cheap craft store acrylics so if (when) I mess up and get a little too heavy handed a little straight A and a swab can be used to correct the boo boo.

For the windows I use a product called Micro Krystal Klear.  It's a white glue that can be spread across the opening to create a thin film.  It goes on relatively easy and with very few bubbles.  I apply it from the back.

A front view.

I prop the pieces up on some strip wood and let them dry.  You can see the Krystal Klear turn crystal clear as it dries.   ;D

More in a moment...

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