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Update: My activity on the layout has been an hour here and and an hour there this past week.  I continue to work on the details for my challenge build the "Crew Quarters for the Eagles Nest Yard".  The FSM Brownsville Depot and the Sayles Mill are both started and on my workbenches but I haven't made any progress in the last few weeks. The life getting in the way issues I have been having coupled with all the Spring chores have really limited the time I have to spend on the layout build.  I have also spent a lot of time this week taking measurements so I can work on the design for future areas on the layout when I'm traveling this summer (I'm hoping we can travel this summer). Once the Eagles Nest area is complete my next big project will be the town of Vansel that has been discussed over the past few pages of this thread. So that's what I have been doing - pictures and future updates to follow when I have progress to report.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday - April 29, 2021
« on: April 29, 2021, 07:41:07 AM »
Good morning! More Spring chores today, with interment stops at my workbench to glue on a few details to my very late challenge build. I hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: priming metal details....
« on: April 28, 2021, 10:03:31 PM »
I drill holes and mount all my metal castings on toothpicks.  For the real small castings I use a popsicle stick and glue the castings to the stick.  I try not to handle them. Acrylic paints are just not as durable as the stuff that smells bad. Our models are to look at not to touch. A don't touch policy really helps when you like to use a lot of chalks, too.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday - April 28, 2021
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:46:02 AM »
Good morning! I have a meeting with a shovel this morning.  Spring chores for a few hours then I promised myself some workbench time. We got to 77 degrees, yesterday, it snowed the day before. That's what we call Michigan weather. I hope everyone has a great day.

Bob - Hang in there.  Those meetings will come to an end - one day when you decided it's time.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday 27APR2021
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:26:40 AM »
Good morning! More spring chores for me today.  I hope everyone has a great day.


Great progress on the S&S Railroad. I need to get my a** in gear and do some A&S RR stuff.

Very well done my friend.

Tom  ;D

Thank you, my friend. I kinda got the wind knocked out of my sails the last few weeks but I'm getting it back.


The layout is looking better and better, beautiful work.  Thank you for the explanation of your technique for applying MP. I need to protect my technique to get a bubble free surface.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, April 26, 2021
« on: April 26, 2021, 08:33:26 AM »
Good morning! Waking up to snow again this morning. It is supposed to get to 54 degrees here today - the sun has some work to do to make that prediction come true. Lots of spring chores for me, today. I hope everyone has a great day.

Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: April 25, 2021, 09:58:00 PM »

The layout looks wonderful.  I recently had problems with bubbles using Mod Podge in the little pond in the Beach Farms scene on my layout. It was after multiple coats and I was really liking how it was going and then bubbles. I may have got it on too heavy but I'm not sure what caused the bubbles.  Anyway, I decided to paint over the pond bubbles and all and start over with the Mod Podge - no more bubbles.  You may want to give it a try in a small area and see if it works for you.

Layout Tours / Re: nycjeff layout
« on: April 25, 2021, 09:20:29 PM »

I got caught back up with the tour, tonight.  Real nice work, great layout. I love all the details.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: April 25, 2021, 09:15:28 PM »

This little building looks great. Wonderful work.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 25th
« on: April 25, 2021, 09:09:40 PM »
Morning. Woke up late, started late, checking in late..

It's Sunday - day of rest and all that.  How is mom doing?  I talked to George Sellios on Friday and he asked about you.
My mom is doing OK this week. I should call George myself and talk to him myself.. Thanks for asking John.

Good to hear mom is doing, well.  You should give George a call - I know he would love to hear from you.

Kit Building / Re: KC's Workshop - Linda's Luncheonette
« on: April 25, 2021, 09:06:40 PM »

Great work - very nice build.  I also, really like the signs. And you have managed to keep the paint and glue off those T-shirts for all these years.  Amazing, my friend.

Update:  I have made a lot of progress with the design for the town of Vansel. I have twenty pages in Notes of structures /kits and the design changes I want to make.  I originally did my footprint study using the dimensions from the baseboard for each kit from the instruction sheets. Now, that I have a rough plan, I'm going to get serious about placement with the new dimensions with the roads and tracks in place. I'm going to do this project using a CAD package on my MacBook called TurboCad.  This is a great evening project in the cabin. No TV here, and very limited internet from my cell phone. I will post the printout from TurboCad when it is complete.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 25th
« on: April 25, 2021, 10:53:44 AM »
Morning. Woke up late, started late, checking in late..

It's Sunday - day of rest and all that.  How is mom doing?  I talked to George Sellios on Friday and he asked about you.

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