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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday - May 10
« on: May 10, 2021, 08:53:58 AM »
Morning all.....the forum site was down earlier this morning???

Actually got in 2 hours modeling .....I'm on a roll..... ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Memories of Wonderful Companions & Family
« on: April 07, 2021, 08:48:21 AM »

Yesterday was a very sad day for Pegi and I with the loss of the four legged members of our family after 15-1/2 years of wonderful companionship.

They were cairn terrier sisters from the same litter and have spent their entire lives with each other and with us since they were 8 weeks old. They were really close and were a joy to be around and observe thru the years. As terriers, we nicknamed them the "Hooligan Sisters" as they were always getting into mischief and having a great time with each other and us.

I know this is not a loss on the scale of what Curt and John are going thru, but it is not an easy process to go thru. All the little critters that we have in our lives are truly a member of the family and as such, not having them around is quite a jolt in our lives.

Treas developed health problems last year, but it was held in check with medicines. Aidan joined her in a slow decline a few months ago and prompted the hard decision Pegi and I had to make a couple of weeks ago. Do we continue to keep them alive for our sake or let them go to a happier place where they can be as happy as when they were younger.

We have gone thru this type of loss before, but it doesn't get any easier. Unlike our other dogs, which were taken unexpectedly, we sadly watched as they declined to a point that it would be wrong, cruel and thoughtless of us to allow them to continue to struggle everyday.

Like all pets, they worm their way into your heart and make this an extremely difficult time. We will heal with time and a conscious effort to remember all the happy times we spent together, but that does not make the present any less difficult.

Those of you with dogs and other pets, give them a hug and a treat and take a moment to reflect on all the joy and happiness they add to our lives and thank whatever higher power you believe in that he has let them come into our lives and given us such boundless joy and unconditional love.

Below is a picture of The Girls on their 1st birthday.....Aidan is on the left and Treas is on the right.


Kit Building / FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 03, 2020, 11:29:22 AM »

Happy 4th to all here.....

It seems that we are having a rash of FSM builds on the Forum and I will be adding to the mix with this build, the Fine Scale Miniature kit #130.....Ezra Cooper's Garage.

I got this kit, along with the Rail Car Shed and Flagstop Station about 5 years ago when Bob Butts had a fire sale of a few of his FSM stash that he didn't think he would ever get around to building. Thanks Bob, these are fun kits and some of George's early works that I missed when he originally released them.

I had intended to rifle these kits for the castings to use on other builds, but after the my less than satisfying results with the CCK Low Company kit, I think this kit can be better used for practicing on my structure building skills. Also, none of the kits that I have ever built have the number or level of detail as the castings that are in this kit and it will be a new adventure for me.

So here goes.....obligatory box & content photos.

Exhibit #1 - (ECG-001)

Exhibit #2 - (ECG-002)

To demonstrate how the kit should look as completed, I have included a photo of Frank Baker's build. I don't remember getting this from you Frank, but thanks for the photo and beautifully done.

Exhibit #3 - (ECG-003)

To begin.....I made copies of George's templates and instructions. I then checked the templates to make sure they were the exact size as the original.....sometimes when they are reproduced, the process can make the copy a bit smaller or larger.

I started with the wall framing on the rear wall. The structure has post and beam type construction and I mostly followed the instructions as George wrote them. The bottom and top plates and studs are 6"x6", however, I thought that since the local of the scene on the layout will be in the Rockies, the top plate should be more substantial too handle the snow loads, so a 6"x8" was specified instead.

I checked in the stash and I have everything but a 6"x8" size.....what to do? Only one choice, call my LHS and inquired if Mr. Langford had that size in stock. As luck would have it, he had an unopened bag in his stash from 30 years ago. Thanks Tom.....

The other change I made was to the horizontal blocking for the siding. As you can see in the photo of the template below, George didn't include the blocking required for nailing the vertical siding onto the framing. The wall scales out to 11'-6" high. When nailing on vertical siding a minimum of 4' center to center spacing is needed. In the real world, using 2' on center is a better choice, but for a model in HO, that seems to a bit of overkill.

Exhibit #4 - (ECG-003b)

I struck parallel lines at 4' and 8' from the bottom plate and used this as my guide for the blocking placement. Note the thicker 6"x8" top plate in the photo.

Exhibit #5 - (ECG-004)

The vertical siding, furnished in the kit, is a scale 1"x10". I stressed the lumber and cleaned the pieces and began applying it to the wall framing, adding nail holes as I went.

Exhibit #6 - (ECG-005)

A decent start, but a lot to go, as the stick built wall framing and siding is a bit time consuming to cut and put together.....thank goodness for the ole' chopper.

Next time.....


How is everyone doing during the virus shutdown and what is it doing to y'all's normal routines?

Pegi and I closed our company offices and began working out of an office in our home over 30 years ago. Even though we are used to being here, we miss going out due to the recent virus outbreak.

Like taking time to wander down to visit the A&S and get together with the guys for some bar-b-que and BS, going to a play or an Orlando Philharmonic concert, wandering over to the coast for some salt air and fine dining overlooking the Atlantic, getting together with friends.....just average everyday life, up until a couple of weeks age.

So in effort to keep the insanity at bay we decided to go rouge and take a drive around the area yesterday (no planned stops of course). It was quite an eyeopener to say the least, the place looked like a ghost town without the decay. It kind of reminded me of some of those crazy disaster movies in the 50's where you see shots of a big city with the streets all deserted.

The last time we say so little traffic on I-4 was back in the early 80's at 2:00 AM, the road had next to no traffic and we are in our busy winter season for tourists. All the suburbs of Orlando were deserted, except for a lot of helmeted bicycle riders, with few people out and about.

The nutty mayor of Orlando has shut down the town and has a curfew going from 11 to 5 each night, except for people going to work. The photo below is of main street in Orlando where on a normal Sunday, there would be tons of people out and about enjoying a great sunny Florida day.

This got me to thinking about rush hour this morning around the rest of the country. I went on Google maps this morning during rush hour. All the interstates in major cities should be red with clogged traffic. Not in todays environment. The roads in Florida were all green in all the major cities and the same was shown up the east coast to New York and Boston. Spooky times.....

So what about your neck of the woods? How are y'all doing and what are y'all doing to keep from going stir crazy? Inquiring minds and all....... ;D ;D ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday.....the 11th
« on: March 11, 2020, 08:36:37 AM »
Where is everybody? ??? ?

Morning all.....

Hello and welcome to the build thread of the Carolina Craftsman Kit #CCK1359 - "AD Low & Company".

It has been some time, a few years is more like it, that I have posted any build threads to the forum. I have been procrastinating about taking time to build kits and post because of business concerns, but I really need to get on with building some of the great kits I have accumulated over the years and time keeps marching on.

I have intended to participate in the challenges that Dan has started each year, but I just couldn't get moving on any one project. So this year, I thought I would start out easy on a smaller project and Jeff's kit fit the bill. So, a big thank you to Dan for giving me a good case of the ole' Jewish/Catholic guilt to get back to modeling and being responsible for getting so many great build threads going each year.

Also a big thank you to Jeff Grove for the kit. Jeff was in a generous mood about 4 years ago and sent Tom, Bob and myself a free kit from his ever expending excellent product line. It is a great, small footprint, structure that is adaptable for most any type of business that you would find in small town USA.

At this point, I'm not sure what that use will be, I just want to get started building again. I'll worry about what it will be when I get around to including it in the redesigned St.L&D Railroad.

Below are the requisite photos of the box and contents:

Exhibit #1 (ADL-002)

Exhibit #2 (ADL-003)

And of course, the box contents:

Exhibit #3 (ADL-007)

Exhibit #4 (ADL-008)

Stay tuned.....

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - June 16
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:30:24 AM »
Morning all.....Happy Fathers Day!

Scratchbuilding / Anyone Thought About Modeling A Mine.....This Guy Did
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:51:49 AM »

Many years ago I had a brief thought about modeling the underground portion of a mine after purchasing a Campbell kit. It would be neat to come up with a way to show the hoist shaft and tunnels at different levels with all the shoring and details.....short of a dynamite blast to move some rock.

The idea surfaced a few years ago in chats with Capt. Mike when he was thinking about expanding his traveling layout with a permanent section that would feature the Deer Creek Mine by Stoney Creek.

I just came across the video below about building a diorama of exactly what Mike and I had been discussing. I thought y'all might find it as interesting as I did.


Modeling Reference Pix / Railroad Related Videos from the Net
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:52:43 AM »
Hi all.....I thought I'd start a thread where we could share railroad related videos that we have run across that would be of interest to the rest of us.

I'll start off with a historical video of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. It is about 45 min. and has tons of background info on the NYC railroad and the building of the structure.

As a bit of background on this station.....I was involved in the restoration because of a client of mine from Yonkers. They had me do the structural steel, concrete, framing and finishes estimates when they bid the job back in the 90's.

I still have the huge role of blueprints from the project that shows all the floors, including the 2 levels of tracks.

Hope y'all enjoy.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday - Nov. 9, 2017
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:02:50 AM »

Hello All.....

I spoke with Tom early last evening. He had received a few phone calls during the day and asked that I put up a notice on the forum for him.

The bad news.....he went into the hospital on Monday morning and had prostate surgery.

The good news.....everything went well and he was kicked out and returned home Tuesday. He is sore and sick of being confined to a bed since Monday. Unlike his days as a paragon of law enforcement in Orlando, he now has a better understanding of the ole' saying "better living thru pharmaceuticals".

The cranky news.....he is not a happy camper because the doctor was very firm with him about NOT going into the shed for any sitting or working until he gives him the okay next week. So no posting on the forum or working on the empire.

My two cents worth on the cranky the man has said, "I'm on a mission.....I have an empire to build" and I have seen him when he has been laid up for a few days after some skin cancer has been removed from his leg or arm. I can't imagine how cranky he will get with this delay. Unlike the Babe, who is stuck in the same house, I'm really glad I'm up here in Longwood and out of harms way.

He said that he will probably feel like doing a little lurking by this weekend and sends his best to all here. I'm sure he will be keeping track of the goings on here soon.

So for my part.....Feel better soonest Tom and try to play nice with Pam while you're stuck in the house.  ;D ;D ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - Jan. 3, '16
« on: January 03, 2016, 09:01:35 AM »
Morning.....where is everyone?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - Day After Day After Xmas
« on: December 27, 2015, 08:39:59 AM »
Morning..... :)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sierra West - Deer Creek Mine
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:49:52 PM »
Has anyone that ordered this kit recieved it?

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