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#1
Morning all,

Day started out too slow to make it down to Tom's.  Dang, these weekends are too short. (Sorry, I had to slip that one in.  This is the last weekend I get to make that claim.)

Workbench time this afternoon.  Perhaps after a trip to the grocery store depending upon whether my better half wants me to accompany her there.  Game night tonight at our friend's house.

Have a great one!  
#2
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday - April 19, 2024
April 19, 2024, 07:39:46 AM
Morning all,

T.G.I.F!  Looking forward to the weekend and some workbench time.  I'm roughly 70% of the way through painting all the detail castings on the current build (there are a lot).  I hope to finish that task up this weekend though it's becoming a little more challenging.  The old A&I wash after painting has to be abandoned.  It'll just wash off some of the newer paints I'm using.  I'm going to try Dr. Jeff's trick of hitting the castings with a flat finish (DullCoat or similar) and then using an oil paint wash in lieu of the A&I.

Have a great one!
#3
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday - April 18, 2024
April 18, 2024, 07:08:59 AM
Morning all,

Planning meeting at work this morning.  We'll discuss the projects that are slated for the next PI, how difficult they're going to be, etc.  I'll be here for grand total of two days in the next PI so I hope they don't expect much involvement from me.   ;)

I'm looking forward to getting back to the workbench this weekend.  Maybe I can squeeze a few minutes in tonight or at lunch.  Maybe. 

Have a great one!
#4
Quote from: restocarp on April 18, 2024, 05:11:04 AMThe newspapers are just the same papers that I use for detailing rubbish on my dioramas. I used Kathy Millatt's method of downloading images of actual newspapers from Baltimore, 1952 into MS Word and then scaling them down. I then generated an entire sheet of them and printed out multiple copies. I usually just cut them out and place them on sidewalks, etc, but for this I gave parts of the printout sheets a wash of an ugly yellow/brown. Once that dried I cut out the individual newspapers and glued them to the face of a piece of acetate. I then glued any signage that I want visible on the window on top of them. I applied a bit of weathering powders here and there. Not a lot. That decorated acetate was then glued to the back of the clear acetate that is installed into the window so that the newspapers and signs are captured between the two pieces.  I think that it turned out to be very effective.

That's simply a great method and your results with are spectacular.  I have to give that a try one of these days!  Thanks for explaining.
#5
Quote from: BandOGuy on April 17, 2024, 07:53:07 AMThursday. I'll save all the rolling stock checkups for our late June presentation at Strasburg, PA

Dang it.  If I get to Strasburg on our trip up this summer it'll be early June.  My timing stinks.  :(
#6
Good morning all,

Hump day here.  Lots of meetings today.  None that I give a rip about.  I have to cut out a little early today to go submit our applications for passports.  Once we have those in hand we'll start planning an oversea trip.

Nothing to report on the workbench front.

Have a great one!
#7
Wow!  That's really impressive!  Thanks for sharing the journey.  
#8
Amazing!  Simply amazing!
#9
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - April 16, 2024
April 16, 2024, 08:03:10 AM
Morning all,

Hot water for the morning tea is ready.  We have a selection of English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Earl Gray and a few others.  Scrapple with maple syrup for those so inclined.   ;)

Our new windows are getting inspected today.  Of course, the only thing they can tell me, in terms of what time, is "today".  Hope they pass the inspection.  Then the final trim can be installed to cover up the screw holes.  This has project started back in September.  And not last September.  The one before that.  >:(  

I have some photo's ready to go to start a new build thread.  Just need some time on my own PC, not this work PC, to get that going.

Have a great one!
#10
Morning all,

If you haven't filed your income tax return yet (in the US) today is the day!  I already have my refund.  It'll partially replace one of the pays I won't be getting next month while I'm waiting for my first Social Security Deposit to hit my account.   :o

John asked how many meetings I have left.  Good question.  I'm in my final two weeks of work.  Today I have meetings at 8:30, 9:00, 9:30 and 9:45.  So far.  There are always those last-minute meeting invites.  Next week, my final week, is PI planning week.  A whole slew of really boring meetings to plan the next 12 weeks' worth of work.  I won't have too much to say during those planning sessions.  Instead, I'll be planning what I'm going to do to get in better shape and which kits I'm going to work on next. ;D

Have a great one!
#11
Morning all,

I can see your pictures, Dave.  Looks like you've been busy.

More workbench time for me today.  Making progress on the current build.  Red Hook Wharf is on a temporary hiatus until I retire and can spend a full day in the garage (while my wife is at work and her car isn't in the garage) cutting out a base for land-based structures.  

Have a great one!
#12
Dioramas / Re: Justice City Dioramish
April 13, 2024, 10:52:01 AM
Shaping up nicely.  I really like the stairs down to the water level.
#13
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday - 4/13/2024
April 13, 2024, 10:50:24 AM
Morning all,

No one to open up the club house this morning?

I'm heading to the workbench shortly.  I hope the structure I'm working on can take shape this weekend.  I'm alternating between painting detail castings and working on the walls.

Have a great one!
#14
Wonderful!  The dog taking a nap is the perfect touch for this scene.  ;)
#15
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday - 04/12/2024
April 12, 2024, 01:01:45 PM
Quote from: BandOGuy on April 12, 2024, 08:07:53 AMHow appropriate, Bob!
Two weeks from today we'll be hauling the Reading Company module to Timonium, MD for display. Can't think of a better way to celebrate your freedom.


Man, it's been far too long since I've seen the Reading Company module in action!  I really need to get up there some time to see it.  I'm sure quite a bit has changed since the last time I witnessed it in person.  That was probably when I still lived in PA over 24 years ago.  :o  

It's also been quite some time since I visited the RCT&H Society Museum in Hamburg as well.  When we are in the area, we're always busy running around visiting family and friends.  
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