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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, July 11, 2024
July 11, 2024, 09:02:47 AM
Good Morning World. 

We are up in Ohio this week babysitting grandkids and enjoying the weather. Rained yesterday but tempitures dropped to 70's, love it. I plan to do some computer work today and enjoy being a grandpa. Hope everyone has a great day.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday July 4th, 2024
July 04, 2024, 08:25:48 AM
IMG_4787.jpegFor those in the States, Happy 4th of July. We will be having family over for hot dogs and hamburgers along with swimming in the neighbour's pool. Not much on the modeling front to share at this time. Hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday June 28,2024
June 28, 2024, 09:25:49 AM
Greetings from London. Took the train from Gatwick to Victoria Station. Really fun. Now at a pub for fish and chips then some rubber necking. Tomorrow we fly home. 

Have a great day. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday June 8, 2024
June 08, 2024, 08:15:33 AM
Good Morning;

I will be taking my long time friend to the airport this morning. I've known John since cub scouts 60 years ago. We have seen and done a lot together over the years. Best man for each other's weddings, at children births, and family deaths. Man has time flown, as has this past week. The travel highlight was going to Cape Canaveral. If you have not been there put it on your list, the place has really changed for the better.

I hope to get some bench time in latter but that fills out the day. Hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday June 1, 2024
June 01, 2024, 07:50:13 AM
Good Morning World;

Thought I would open the club house today. Enjoying a cup of coffee on the porch with the pups on my lap and a cool breeze to start the day, life is good. Yesterday I hosted a local modeling group and had Debra D' Designs judged by two NMRA MMR who have both judged at the National level. I got a lot of good feedback and learned much on what I need to work on. The model exceeded the required 88.5 score for merit qualification but did not score as high as I hoped, getting a 96. I was bummed at first but on reflection don't ask if you don't want to know. I need to work on fit and finish as most points lost due to some sloppy construction, brick not perfectly horizontal, columns not straight, that sort of thing. Stuff I needed to hear. So next project will be thought out a little better and built a little tighter. I appreciated the honest feedback from these two highly regarded modelers.

Today we get the house ready for my long time friend arriving for a visit tomorrow. He lost his wife a year ago and still a little lost. We will see the sights for next week. Well, coffee waiting time to get moving, hope everyone has as great day.

Folks I am writing this late Tuesday and will be curious how many respond tomorrow, I suspect not many. Since the site re-opened traffic has steadily dropped and build threads have almost ceased. Even the daily chat has less then 10 people on a good day, today there was 3. The reasons are many but the result is the same, the site is no longer meeting the purpose for which it was designed. Jeff e mailed me asking  what is up and what now? The site is very stable, Craig Rusty has done an incredible job of bring everything back and improving the site's ability way above what it originally had. We simply have too few posting threads or reviewing otherswork. Cost is not an issue, or perhaps it is. I learned a long time ago that things that were free were perceived to have no value. Put a cost to it, be it ads, subscription, whatever and people would say they were not getting their money's worth, but they would come.

Folks, I do not have any magic answer, the site needs everyone if it is to prosper. Please let me know if you feel it still is relevant to you, what you think needs to be done to bring the people back or if time has move on.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday May 16, 2024
May 16, 2024, 08:29:07 AM
Good Morning;

I will open the clubhouse today. Yesterday saw another batch of heavy weather come through but we needed the rain so all good. Today bright and sunny. I am a little bored with structure and layout work so am going to switch and see what I can learn about electronic add ons for the layout. Should be an interesting change.  Hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday May 9th, 2024
May 09, 2024, 09:10:38 PM
I thought I'd pop in to catch up and found out no one opened the clubhouse today, bummer. I was able to make progress on the barrel company today, building the outside staircase and such. Had to see the doc this afternoon due to seriously swollen ankles, appears I've had a reaction to a new med they had put me on for blood pressure. So we will try something different.  Anyway I will turn the lights out and call it a day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday May 7;2024
May 07, 2024, 06:07:46 AM
Good Morning;

Up early today, not sure why but coffee tastes good and it gives me time to catch up on reading. Today some yard work , bench time and  whatever else I get myself into.Guess I need to wait to find out who is cooking up breakfast today. Have a good one folks.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday May 5th, 2024
May 05, 2024, 09:14:28 AM
Happy Cinco De Mayo, the day all of Mexico celebrates Deb and my anniversary. Today marks 17 years. She bought me season tickets for local classical orchestra, music I like, her, not so much. Tonight I will take her to the best restaurant in area, she is a keeper and I am very lucky.

I have been working on a small kit this week, Campbell #422 Barrel Mfg. Company. I bought the box at a swap meet for nine dollars a couple years back, some wood is missing but all the directions and templates in place. Campbell instructions and templates are some of the best. You can build a kit just from them, the wood is a nice addition. I'm not trying to be creative on this one, just enjoying making it. Anyhow, hope everyone has a great Sunday.

The precision an inexpensive engraving laser brings to the hobby allows for some realistic modeling of simple objects found in the real world but hard up until now to create in small scale modeling. A project I am currently undertaking is to add a corral around a 1900 tavern so horses can be kept while the folks are inside having a pint. I wanted the fence to be made of wood and depict typical board fence with cut slots in the fence posts so the boards simply slide into the cut allowing for easy assembly and replacement in the real world. Making the cut slots is the issue the laser makes short work of. I designed the posts using the cutter program LaserBurn. The board to be cut needed to be 3 millimeter or 1/8 thick so the post would measure a scale 12 x 12, with the height to be 5.5 feet high allowing for 3 high slats, each a scale 1 x 12. So here is the post cut out, put together with 1 x 12 strip wood stained with Hunter medium brown. I used thin CA glue to hold everything together and apply to layout. The thin CA is quickly absorbed into the wood and did not leave a shinny look like the thick version would.

Simple but up until now not easy to do.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday April 26, 2024
April 26, 2024, 07:19:04 AM
Good Morning;

Coffee ☑️ 
Nice sunny morning ☑️

Good to be alive, going to start work on next section of Mandryville Canal District today, mostly planning I expect. Hope it's a great day for everyone.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday April 24,2024
April 24, 2024, 07:10:53 AM
Looks like I get to open two days in a row. Deb is driving me to center to get this procedure done, I'm glad it is morning. She is also cooking up pot roast as a special treat for tonight so all is well.

Yesterday I 3D printed HO scale steam heat radiators for the building interior, is that nuts or what? Well hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024, 09:22:39 AM
Good Morning Looks like I am opening the clubhouse today. I am on food restriction today for tomorrow's operation so lots of bathroom time in my future. Everything else is well here, hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, March 23, 2024
March 24, 2024, 08:03:36 AM
Good Morning Folks;

I posted a photo of a 1905 truck I finished yesterday on the Saturday chat. Boy was that a project. We are back from St Thomas, good to be home. Today we are going to a theatre show and meeting family so no modeling. Hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - March 12, 2024
March 12, 2024, 09:00:11 AM
Good Morning Folks;

Trying to catch up on everyone's posts this morning in sunny Florida. Looks like it is going to be a great day. I have some business investment work this morning then getting the RV oil change in afternoon. Also making slow progress on current building project so all good. Hope everyone has a great day.

Happy ;D Presidents'Day for those in US still working. I had to be reminded why I did not need to take the garbage out today. Being retired does change one's outlook.

I was able to get some modeling done yesterday and hope to get more in today. Have a great day wherever you are!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday January 30, 2024
January 30, 2024, 09:05:55 AM
Good Morning Folks;

Looks like I start today. Things starting good, had a full night of sleep, something I no longer take for granted. We are visiting friends today, perhaps a Hobby Lobby in my future and then perhaps some fun at the layout. Cilly but sunny so I am all set. Have a good day folks.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, December 16, 2023
December 16, 2023, 08:04:15 AM
Good Morning, looks like I get to kick the day off.

I couldn't sleep last night so ended up getting some nice detailing completed  of model I am working on. Sleep often comes slowly, age I guess. Today we are expecting high winds, rain and perhaps tornados. We could use the rain but forget about the rest. Well off to the coffee pot. Man oh man I am sure glad Graig got this clubroom up and running again, and I love the program that operates it, much nicer than what I was looking at. Have a great day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / November 29, 2023
November 29, 2023, 07:52:41 AM
Good Morning All;

I will kick off the day. Yesterday I took the Boss to the movies and dinner. The movie was Napoleon since I love history and have read many of the biographies of historical people, including Napoleon. This movie did nothing for me, the writing was poor, the acting bad and they essentially portray Napoliian as a shallow cartoon character with a high sex drive. We left after an hour. Oh well they can't all be hits.

Today I hope to get a little more work on model done but I also need to start get ready for our upcoming cruise Friday. We are invited on an all expense paid trip by Etsy, I guess that gives you a hint of how much jewelry my gal has gathered over the years. In any event, have a great day!

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