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Scratchbuilding / 1851 Lowell Locomotive Works build
« on: December 10, 2020, 10:09:55 PM »
So I am starting another brass locomotive build project.

It is an 1851 4-4-0 steamer built by the Lowell Locomotive Works in Massachusetts.

Here is an elevation of the loco from the period.  I'll put up more later.

see ya


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Niel Besougloff In Memorium
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:19:33 PM »
I copied this from another forum this morning
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On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 12:59 PM Anthony Koester via <> wrote:
I don't know how many of your personally knew former MR editor Neil 
 Besougloff. If you did, you know he was a great guy. I say "was," as 
 he succumbed to a heart attack brought on by COVID-19 at his and 
 Suzy's retirement place in Mexico yesterday. He was recovering well, 
 but the doctors were worried about his badly weakened heart. Their 
 treatment equalled U.S. standards, so it wasn't lack of care.
 This is more detail than you really need, but I share it because we 
 may be tending to ease off on our personal precautions regarding 
 COVID-19. DON'T! It can still kill you quite easily. Neil wasn't "an 
 old guy," probably in his low 60s.
 Be safe.
 Tony Koester

Scratchbuilding / Wood box cars Scratch building and trick shots
« on: July 26, 2020, 05:53:13 PM »
So I'm going after a new build as I am chained to the work bench..... What bad luck! ! ! !

I'm going to build a batch of wood box cars that fit my time era, 1897-1914, and walk you through some steps and trick shots of keeping stuff straight and square.

I got all the wood parts from Northeastern Wood Products and the plastic detail stuff and grab irons are from Tichy.  Both companies are great for turn around times on orders.

I have built so many Labelle and Central Valley cars that this  is not a big new adventure that I need comprehensive drawings.  Also I am not building this for AP judging so I am going to leave out some under floor details.

Here is a photo of the basic box that all cars start from.  The order of construction is important however.  The end scribed wood must go on first.  The sides go on later and lap over the ends as does the roof sheathing so the end is also covered.

Below is a shot of the ends being glued up to the boxes.  Nothing scientific.  I make sure that the bottom edge of the scribed panel is flush with the floor.  This assures that the scribed lines are straight up on the ends.

Here are the six raw car bodies with the ends glued on and waiting for trimming.

More later

Scratchbuilding / Operating Barber Pole
« on: May 22, 2020, 01:36:38 PM »
I've had a lot of time at the bench since all of this sequestering.  I long ago had this idea of making up a barber pole.   I grew up when these things were everywhere.  We walked past them and gave little thought.

When you model 1900 era stuff there is not much opportunity to create animations on your railroad.  This project became a classic example of mission creep.  "let's see...... can I make this thing operate?"

The turning sleeve took three versions before I had one that I liked and the motor drive took on two before I got it controlled down to speed and got the motor noise out of it.

So here are some photos of the completed street scene.  I'll put up how I got there over the next days.

see ya

Kit Building / 2020 build challenge Scrap yard
« on: March 26, 2020, 10:25:24 PM »
So better late than never.............

I've had a coupla threads over the winter about building various stuff, vehicles and the paper interiors but I have not gotten on officially with the 2020 build.

I found a Bar Mills Shack pack so I am building them into a scrap yard.

I started by scratching a bunch of fence in an area near the engine house and on the edge of Nampa.

Then of course mission creep sets in and I have to build an access road and a bunch of grade crossings.

More tomorrow

So with all of this virus stuff and the various sequestrations.....................

What are you boys doing with all of that bench time?

Here are some photos of vehicles that have gone on my railroad over the last week.

Below is a 1915 Packard freight truck with a load of hay headed for Nampa.

A 1916 Bulldog Mack model AC with a wood load at Lloyd Lumber in Nampa.

Another photo of a Mack AC with a coal load at meridian Idaho.

A second look.

Some of you might recognize these Jordan trucks as I put up a shameless plea for Jordan models something nearing two years ago when it became evident that the company was not going to continue.    Thank you for all who answered the call.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Social distancing tool
« on: March 18, 2020, 08:06:06 PM »
Gentlemen............ I have a solution for the current pandemic.

Social distancing may be easier than we first thought.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / It's Tuesday
« on: March 17, 2020, 03:55:51 AM »
Wake up you sleepy heads..............

You aren't going anywhere so get up to your work bench and show us what you are up to.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Darryll's truck
« on: March 16, 2020, 06:32:23 PM »
So after two plus years of sitting on the shelf, the bench and again after that the bench......................

Darryll Jacobs is Inter-Action Enterprises on this forum.  He comes on here as Rail And Tie.

I finished Darryll's add-on kit to the Jordan Models 1925 Ford stake truck.  I have benefited from the virus sequester stuff and gotten a LOT of bench time.  I'm a month ahead on yard work also as it has been a mild winter and early spring here in downtown Idaho.

Much of the Jordan kit is set aside and I added a few things to the kit also.  I used microscope slide covers .008" for the windows and Kleenex rolled up and tied with thread for the canvas sides.  I colored the Kleenex with a wash of lacquer thinner from my brush cleaning jar.  It's a mucky nothing color that breaks down the stark white.   

This is a great kit if you can find the Jordan kit to start.  It could be put on any of a number of other kits also I suppose.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday Mar 9
« on: March 09, 2020, 02:46:56 AM »
Morn'in all...

Can't remember when I woke you all up.  But...............

It will be a good day for modeling.  I've got some bench time coming and then the Monday night boys  at Tom's in Meridian.  That is in downtown Idaho.

We have been building a large two level railroad and are on track (pun intended) to have him ready for the northwest regional convention in 2021. 

see yaBob

Scratchbuilding / Paper Interiors
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:53:41 PM »
I got on a lighting and interior kick some weeks ago.  I made up a bunch of brass parts and clear plastic tubing to make street lights look like old gas lamps.  Recall that I model 1897 to 1913.

I then got carried away on interior lighting and detail stuff.  Below are photos of interiors that are small mat board cubes with paper wall details taken from the internet and Photo shopped down to size.  All of the lights are Miniatronics.  There are some counter and stool details that are built up from styrene.  The windows are microscope slide glass.  Nothing looks like glass except glass.

I've got four structures done and another on the way.  I'll take photos of the inner structure as I go along with that one.  These are very forgiving as they are really little and when  placed on your railroad the viewer cannot get real close to see that much is two dimensional. 

Here is Ritter Drugs.  This structure came off of my Oakley Street diorama when I built it for the Prototype Photo category for the NMRA achievement stuff.  Put Oakley in the home page search on this forum and it will come up.

Next is the bank.  This is done in two layers as the back wall is the vault and there is a closer paper print of the teller windows with cutouts so the vault behind can be seen.  There are two ceiling lights so that the vault print is more visible.  The camera is being held lower than the viewer would see so the light is not so noticeable when standing.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Water systems
« on: September 30, 2019, 03:31:04 PM »

I am considering putting water in what is now a dry creek across my trolley module.

I am also to be the water master for such water features on Tom Water's railroad that we are building in downtown Idaho.

I got a Woodland Scenics starter kit in the silent auction at our fall meet this last weekend.  So I have read their instructions but have not tried it as yet.

What other water systems are out there and what argument might you offer for one or another?


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Shameless Plea For Help
« on: September 25, 2019, 01:33:43 PM »

Several years ago I built a portable trolley module for touring local and regional meets.  It operates from the wire and is powered by a portable DCC unit in a small tool box.  It has folding legs so it is very easy to set up.  Some structures are fastened down to the base and others are transported and set up at the location.

From the photos below you can see a urban area and above it on a small hill a rural section.

I have adequately detailed out the urban section for now and am looking for some additional stuff for the rural area.

So here is the shameless plea..........  I'm looking for a barn.  It does not need to be a new in the box kit.  I'm looking for something from under your work bench or in the back of a closet long forgotten.

Specifically.......either............  an old True Scale / Ayres  Mail pouch barn.    or...  an old Revelle plastic barn.   Again........ they can be either built or as an old kit.   

As I only tour this a few times a year I need not to spend a lot on some craftsman kit.   If you need something for it we can visit but I would certainly match you for the postage and such.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 28 February
« on: February 28, 2019, 03:39:20 AM »
I guess this is one of the benefits of living in the west...............

I get to wake up all of you sleepy slugs in the east  ! ! !

Hope you get to your RR bench today.

I have a bunch of errands to do in the morning. Otta be at the bench and working on the pole trolley motor by about 2pm.

Have a good one ! ! !

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Feb 24
« on: February 24, 2019, 04:00:24 AM »
Are you making me do this again?!??!?!!?!?

Where are all of you?

I'm just now coming down from my RR room after working on my trolley work motor and there are none of you out there?

How am I to run this by myself?

I'm not allowed to be in charge of anything.! ! !

see ya

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