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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday 3/10
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:29:42 AM »
What ever happened to the new PODCAST? I remember some discussion of recording it a few weeks ago.  Did I miss it?

Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:25:28 AM »
Thanks Andy! I'm putting together a few pictures of the process I used to paint the plaster.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday 3/10
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:22:14 AM »
Good morning - spending my forum30 time on the layout build thread this morning. Hope everyone has a great day!

« on: March 09, 2014, 03:59:25 PM »
Well I'm back from my visit to the Morristown & Erie Railraod and all I can say is WOW!  Frank has a great layout and pictures do not do it justice. The few structure pictures he has posted here are just a sample of eye candy on his layout. I really enjoyed studying the changes he has made to his kit builds (I sure took a lot of pictures ;D ).  I will be watching as he documents his continued progress here on this thread. Amy and I really enjoyed our visit, thanks again to you and Phyllis for your hospitality.

Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:41:52 PM »
A few more pictures of the plaster process in various locations around the layout.

Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:38:03 PM »
Here are a few pictures of the build process for the mountains.  As stated earlier, I have used 33 - 100 pound bags of plaster so far on the layout. The base shape of the mountains is traditional cardboard mess covered with plaster and paper towels. Rock castings from about  50 different molds are then fitted and attached to the base plaster with a plaster mortar - just like laying bricks. Each of the latex molds were shaped into multiple configurations using drying fixtures so the number of different rock castings is a very big number.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, March 9th
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:14:53 PM »
A couple structures along the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, March 9th
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:12:55 PM »
Good afternoon.  I spent the morning unpacking and looking through the pictures I took while in Arizona.

Here are a few from the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:15:31 PM »
Good evening! I returned from my trip to AZ on the red eye last night - 85 degrees when I left Scottsdale and 25 when I got in the morning.  I had a great time and stored up some warmth to get me through the rest of the winter.  Thanks to Erieman I was able to meet a number of great model railroaders and tour and photograph a number of excellent layouts in the Phoenix area.  Thanks Frank and also thanks to Mrs. Erieman for the wonderful trip. Frank your layout is a real work of art!  And like most great layouts - pictures will never do it justice. The boss and I had a great time. I will have some photographs to post once I get the driveway plowed and the suitcases unpacked. 8) The sun is out here but just doesn't seem to be working as well as it did in AZ.

Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 08, 2014, 04:01:55 PM »
The following pictures will provide a history of the S&S build over the past 5 years.  This series of pictures provides virtual tour of the layout as it existed about a year ago just after the rock work had been painted with the acrylic paints. I will then post a few pictures of the process that was used to get to this point.

Picture set one: is a structure placement test.  There are four FSM kits off my workbench in these pictures ; kit 180 the Sand House, kit 125 the Tool Shed and Water Tower, kit 160 the Repair Shed, and kit 170 the Saw Mill. The structures are 85% complete with some finish detail work required before they find their permanent placement on the layout.

Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:20:46 PM »
I looked up the .xps file type - one site says "Microsoft's less-compatible version of a PDF".  .xps on Win7 & Vista is apparently incompatible with .oxps on Win8.

Nice progress on the scenery.


Thanks for researching the file type - I'm going to go back to using the original pictures for rebuilding this thread - little more work but worth it.

Contest Thread # 1 / Re: FSM JS16 Jamestown Water Stop
« on: March 06, 2014, 02:09:46 PM »
Looking great Jaime - modeling time with 12 hour work days has to be keeping you very busy

Layout Tours / Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:43:40 PM »
Hope you didn't get any rattlesnake rattles mixed in with the talus!!!!   ;D ;D ;D


I'm real careful with snakes - only collect HO scale.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday the 6th of March
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:23:06 PM »
Good afternoon! Spending the day doing some design work. Using my computer to place structure pictures over layout photographs  to get an idea of structure placement- using photoshop.  So far, I like the way it is working.

Modeling Reference Pix / Re: Weathered Old Buildings
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:31:01 PM »
Just found this thread - some great modeling ideas.  I wonder if it was Rowe's  that brought George out of retirement.

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