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Kit Building / Re: SRMW TUCKER & COOK MILL - 2021 Build Challenge
« on: May 01, 2021, 08:52:11 PM »
I managed to make a little more progress on the build so I thought I would post a couple progress pictures.

I need to decide how far I want to take this before I move it to the layout for final detailing. I think I'm going to add some of the scenery and details close to the buildings.  The front loading dock needs to be added once it's on the layout because it spans two different baseboards. I will be deviating from usual mill yard clutter because this is a crew quarters, now.

Any tricks for gluing that 1/4" bracing in place after the walls are glued together? 



The bracing I'm using on this one is 1/2 inch - I like lots of glue joint surface area. I use my trusty titebond III and clamp everything square until it dries - usually wait overnight. I did some joint testing on some scrap resin castings a few years ago and was very happy with the bond. I will be adding some strips inside the walls before this goes to the paint booth.

You will notice that I left the resin in the window openings.  I plan on blacking out the three sides that will not be visible and only opening the front windows.  I will have some internal LED's to light them up for the night photographs.

It sure is nice to see casting going together again. ;) ;D

As soon as the casting joint is dry I reinforce it with 1/2 inch square basswood so nothing moves or comes apart during the handling that takes place during the painting process.  I will also reinforce the castings with wood to make sure nothing warps during the assembly process or down the road on the layout as the humidity and temperature change.

I always do a dry fit before the castings go to the layout bench for gluing.  During this process the top of the casting is labeled along with joint numbers.  This keeps me from getting castings turned around during the gluing process.

The walls are starting to go together for my Sayles Mill Build.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: May 01, 2021
« on: May 01, 2021, 08:02:01 AM »
Good morning! The weather forecast says 64 for a high here but it's starting out at 27. I'm heading into the train room for a few hours until it warms up enough to go out and work on the spring chores. I hope everyone has a great day.

John really looking forward to the new section.
I'm sure there be some surprises along the way!



I'm looking forward to it, too. I think I enjoy the design process as much or more than the building. Lots of ideas to be looked at before  starting the build.

Sounds good, John.

An hour here and an hour there still adds up. 

Good luck with the travel plans.  I see the USA is still hovering around 50,000 new cases a day.  These new variants aren't helping.  NZ put a ban on flights from India a few weeks ago.  We now have a special separate quarantine facility set up for flights from hot spots and flights from India have resumed.

I'm plenty busy with the autumn chores here.  I have my modeling weekend here the first weekend in May, so this weekend I have to clean out the garage for my guests!

Right - back to the pruning and planting!

Cheers, Mark.


The virus is still doing its thing here,  Michigan where I live is one of the hot spots. Amy and I have both had our shots but it's unclear if we could give it to someone because we get it and don't have symptoms. Hopefully this will be the last flareup. Our numbers are dropping the last two weeks. We have about 50% of the population vaccinated at this point. Of the 46 plus million people that have had both shots only 7800 have been documented with a positive test after the shots, but their symptoms were mild.

Good luck with your fall chores and the modeling weekend. I still have trouble getting my head around July being winter. We live in an amazing world - and it's getting smaller every year. I will be modeling all summer but not at anywhere near the pace I was last winter.

Thank you Vince and Steve Custer. I'm glad I asked for the card.  Every time I think I know how George does things on his kits he surprises me. I love how fast you can get help on this forum.


Pls chk your email. I responded.


I sent you a message with my email address.  Didn't get the first one.

I just got back on my Brownsville Depot build and can't find detail card number 1.  Either I never got it or it fell behind the workbench or something.  I did get two complete sets of instructions with the kit.  George has never shorted me on any of the kits I have bought from him. :) ;)   Can someone take a picture of the card number 1 from their kit and either post it or email it to me. I have a question and it appears the answer is on on card 1.  Thank you in advance.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday 30APR2021
« on: April 30, 2021, 08:07:41 AM »
Good morning. I have a little modeling planned for this morning, then it will be back on the spring chores this afternoon.  We managed to get a few April showers, yesterday. I hope everyone has a great day.

Update on my Brother-in-law: He is off the ventilator and out of the ICU - starting to make some progress toward recovery. His kidneys have recovered enough so he doesn't need dialysis. This COVID virus messes with a lot of parts we need to survive.

Kit Building / Re: Sierra West Twin Mills Kit
« on: April 29, 2021, 08:55:37 PM »

You are doing a great job on this build - as always. I like the wood color, too.

Kit Building / Re: SRMW Retirement Build Challenge - 2021 updates
« on: April 29, 2021, 08:48:57 PM »

I just got caught up with your thread.  Great work - you have a lot of builds to finish. I can't wait to see how they look finished up with all the details.   I love the signs.

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