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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, April 25th
« on: April 25, 2021, 07:13:43 AM »
I would have opened this morning, but I've lost my door key.
Guess I'll ask Santa Claus for a new one as Christmas is only 8 months from today.
Off to find coffee. Enjoy a great spring day wherever you are.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, Sep 30
« on: September 30, 2020, 07:41:00 AM »
Where is everybody this morning? Debate hangover?
Might get some basement time in today. Only the Shadow knows for sure.
Stay healthy all.

Super Detailing / Track questions
« on: August 18, 2020, 12:12:39 PM »
Don't know where else this would belong, so it's here.
Starting track laying and asking for some comments/suggestions/experiences. I want to use Micro Engineering track: that I know. I've checked with two dealers who "will check and get back to me" regarding product availability. I've also looked at Fasttracks website and checked their videos. Their process doesn't seem any slower than using ME flex track (if such an animal exists). My quick math tells me that hand built turnouts using the FT products is actually less expensive than buying new turnouts. There's a learning curve involved, but time I've got.
Interested to see or read any experiences with either process. And, oh yes, thanks in advance for any posts or responses.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Heeee's baaaack!
« on: June 14, 2020, 08:16:49 PM »
Just saw a post on Facebook from Jimmie Simmons aka Monster Model Works he is returning to his train business.
Details are forthcoming.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, June 4th
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:31:08 AM »
I left the coffee on, but couldn't wait any longer for Jaime to bring the donuts.
Have a great one, all.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, April 6th
« on: April 06, 2020, 06:46:31 AM »

Someone left the door unlocked.
I put coffee on. Thank goodness coffee hasn't reached toilet paper status.
Did some more loco testing yesterday, taking units out of storage and checking to see what operates and what doesn't. My prized Reading T-1 is okay, but there are some others I wasn't as fortunate with. Would really like to find a good reference on basic brass troubleshooting. Any suggestions in addition to experience?
Stay healthy all.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday at Timonium (Oct 27)
« on: October 27, 2019, 07:24:27 AM »
Early start this AM as I've got to transport the layout opener to the "shed" this morning.
After the formal part of his clinic yesterday, Jeff Grove said the show management was surprised and pleased at the positive response and numbers of folks going through the Craftsman Corner. They plan to repeat at Spring Timonium. The only problem I see from an attendance standpoint is that that show is the weekend after Amherst. The dealers like that as the can lurk along I-95 and conserve travel time. The downside is the cost of attending both shows or choosing one over the other.
One of the attendees at Jeff's clinic was here from Nashville, TN. His first time at Timonium. Good to see Jaime here all the way from Memphis.
Breakfast, show and a long trailer pull home tonight. Wish us luck, folks.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wishen' ya'll was here (Saturday, Oct 27)
« on: October 26, 2019, 12:36:38 AM »
Here's a first! Me posting a "Bob" after midnight
It's Saturday and most of the hard core a here at Timonium, MD.
I got a text from Jaime (donuts) in a frantic search for canopy glue late this afternoon. During transit, his award winning model suffered a "mishap".  I had an early pass for vendor/display set up and was able to locate Canopy glue for his prize winning entry in the model contest.
When set up was closed at 8 PM, no sign of King James and the royal entourage. CCK was here in full splendor although the police escort from the city limits was a BIT overdone.
The one thing I noticed during set up was a lack of kneeling cushions for all of the supplicants of the Craftsman Gurus who have gathered here.
I did find that Moses has finally come down from the Mount and given schedule scrolls to those humble enough to attend todays star studded roster of clinic presenters. I do have a few on the roster that are " must sees". I even brought my own Tootsie Rolls to return fire from Bill Sartore. I was pleased to see Bill has been elevated to presenting DURING lunch as opposed to last week when he spoke after lunch at the Philly NMRA regional. Think I'll spring for my own subs as opposed to Tootsie Rolls.
For Reading Bob: tear your heart out:: the Reading Technical & Historical Society modular layout for this show is 128' long, 16' across. Do you know how many rail joiners are involved in a 128', 3 track main line? I do. 3 of us found out the hard way yesterday!
And, as the fates would have it, PayPal extended my line of credit yesterday, pre show by $3,000.00
Updates later today knowing I will be overshadowed by The Judge, a roll I will humbly accept.
As Bob would say, "later".

Kit Building / Forgive me for I have sinned
« on: October 04, 2019, 12:14:18 PM »
In that I'm way late to the party, I have the following ridiculous question, but please bear with me. (TiA)
First step in kit assembly is, after the obligatory photos, apply a coat of AI to the walls, both sides.
How do I prevent warping? Kit is tab and slot construction. Interior brace prior to A&I even though there's no interior bracing in the kit instructions?
All suggestions appreciated after you're through snickering/guffawing at my ignorance.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, Sep 13th
« on: September 13, 2019, 07:09:07 AM »
7:05 and I'm opening? Must be a lot of folks out there with trixadexaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th.
Has anyone else realized we're in the middle of calendar palindromes? Through Sep 19th, if you write the date in digital form (9/13/19), the date is the same written forward or in reverse.
That's all I've got this morning. Worn out from the brain work.
Have a SUPER one, all.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / On the road again
« on: May 08, 2019, 11:46:36 AM »

I get to spend some time in a motel next week while we're in New England.
Plan on taking some car kits with me to work on while my wife is out socializing. In addition to the obvious files, small screw drivers, ACC, what tools et cetera should I take or be sure to have with me?
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.  :-\

Okay, you shamed me into this.
I've got a bunch of partially done craftsman kits somewhere around the basement, partially unpacked or undiscovered. Sad confession: never completed a craftsman kit nor built a layout, but 2019 is the challenge year to change all of that. I looked at some of the rest of the stash, but this one comes with great directions and a lot of back resources.
First step is to figure out how to post photos here. And the second step is to ask for comments and criticisms. This is going to be a learning experience, and to quote the infamous Sergeant Schultz, "I know nothing".
Good luck to all the other builders in this journey. Hope your posts are not copyrighted as I may be stealing some ideas and techniques.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday, Oct 10th
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:06:13 AM »

Glad someone left the key under the rock in the front yard last night. Can't believe I'm opening up at 7 AM+.
Great operating session last night with the Tuesday Night Railroad Group. The group rotates through five layouts weekly, Only 2 are scenicked currently, but that doesn't stop the fun.
Gotta' get on with it. The To Do list grows daily despite my best efforts.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / How old is old?
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:14:30 PM »
Unpacking from last years move, I've found my box of paints (finally).
There's a large (for me) number of aged Floquil bottles, some opened, some unopened. How do I tell which ones to keep and which ones are past recovery?
Thanks for comments in advance.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Help Wanted
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:19:59 AM »
I know this isn't modeling, but all of a sudden there's a female interest in riding a western narrow gauge rairoad!
Trouble is, which one to ride. What's your favorite Colorado/New Mexico narrow gauge ride and why? Can't let this interest pass.
Thanks in advance for all comments.

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