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#1
Good Morning;

My stock broker account is down this morning so no need to worry about the market today. Looks like rain this afternoon making working on a model a great idea. Hope everyone has a great day.

Jim
#2
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, June 9, 2024
June 09, 2024, 10:24:59 AM
Off to a Broadway show this morning and working on layout tonight, does not get much better than that! Hope to do some design work on the scratch bridge I am working on, we will see. Have a great day folks.

Jim
#3
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.

Jim
#4
Good Morning;

I will be showing my friend the area today, no modeling today.

Jim
#5
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, June 2, 2024
June 02, 2024, 07:52:24 AM
Good Morning;

Nice picture! Enjoying coffee on the porch as usual, only one pup on the lap this morning. I pick up my lonnnng time friend, more like a brother today. We have known each other since Cub Scouts, 4th grade I think. Unreal how time speeds up.. anyway have a great day..

Jim
#6
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.

Jim
#7
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, May 28th
May 28, 2024, 08:21:28 AM
Good Morning Bob and everyone else. I see retirement strikes again thinking today is Monday rather than Tuesday. Good luck with the dentist office, I had mine last week, not fun.

I hope to begin work on the next part of canal scene today. I went to Lowes yesterday to get a sheet of their green foam board and all they had was regular styrofoam board and a thinner version of what looks like foam board but it is in a gray color and only 3/4 inch thick. I bought a sheet to see if it will work. Prices up, sizes down. Oh well.



Jim
#8
I've no excuse for late check in except not moving very fast today. I started work on the Jordan delivery trucks and found I was missing the wheels for one. I took the measurements of the four each I have and had the 3D printer make up some that came out very very close in looks to the original. It is a modern world for sure.

Jim
#9
Good Afternoon;

Nice photo and Happy Memorial Day weekend. Driving yesterday and was nuts. We will stay around home for weekend and I can continue work on the Jorden's.

Jim
#10
Good Morning Folks

Jeff, not how you want to wake up but glad just a storm, at least in your area. 

Today I took the wife to Gainsville for CAT scan. Doctors keep circling the 'lump' found on her left breast but keeping wanting more tests before removing it. Can anyone spell Annuity? For the love of God, remove it, test tissue, know what it is! Instead this is third 'picture' session, bet you anything results come back, 'Yep still there, nope, no idea what it is'. She has been referred to now three doctors, none trust test from previous doctor, thus three scans. Modern Medicine at it's finest. 

Once home bench cleaning on agenda. Have a great weekend folks. 

Jim
#11
Good Morning;

Dentist this morning and then I have a couple 1911 Jordan Delivery Trucks to start work on. A couple days ago I put the parts into a solution of Super Clean (Dan Raymond recommends this to help the surface have a 'bite' for the paint) yesterday I remembered I had put them in for an expected couple of hours and forgot so they got 24 hours! For those that wonder, Super Clean does attack the plastic, I had a couple of parts that are now thinner than originally. Fortunately all are still OK for use.  ::)

I appreciate all the comments I got on the forum yesterday, special thanks to Jeff Firestone for the elbow e-mail (I needed it, the site can be better for all). Any thoughts anyone has to improve site please tell me. Thanks

Jim
#12
Layout Tours / Re: Shadowlands and Tellynott
May 22, 2024, 09:22:51 PM
Mark, just catching up on the forum, really impressive bridge, quite the project.

Jim
#13
I don't know Jerry, your background looks great to me. At the end of the day background is something needed to help focus interest on the layout. From what I see in the photos you've got that done great. Looks like you have a great project for those raining NY days. Thanks for the photos.

Jim
#14
Layout Tours / Re: nycjeff layout
May 22, 2024, 09:10:07 PM
Great photos of really nice scene. You've put a lot of love into this layout.

Jim
#15
Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
May 22, 2024, 09:06:25 PM
Neat building and layout!

Jim
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