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I'm happy to hear that this stuff is again available.  I need to check my supply against my track plan to see if I have enough.  I use the thin homabed for my sidings as I use cork for the main line.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: New hosmasote roadbed supplier
« on: May 05, 2021, 09:43:51 AM »

Never heard of this company until now. I'm about 95% finished with my track laying but this looks good if you are still using homasote roadbed.

Here's the link.

Tom ;D
I wonder if he bought out Cascade Rail Supply?   I love the stuff and better than DIY and the dust.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: May 02, 2021, 08:24:32 PM »
Well Jeff, I can understand why.  These bowstring truss roofs where somewhat common here in the Midwest back in the day.

I finally managed to get a corporate logo that I liked and installed.  I fiddled with an "Office" sign for the main door, but it doesn't really show.

The cardboard that I used for the roof deck holds it shape really well,  I curved it a week or so ago and it held up.  Got it glued down.  I like the transfer tape and got lucky that two wide rows and on middle width row fir perfectly.  I added rolled roofing and glued the joints down.  Hopefully it'll all show up once the glue has dried and the roof is sprayed painted white.  It'll all make sense once I remember to take photos.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:49:19 AM »
That really looks great.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 29, 2021, 07:57:26 PM »
I've gotten to the point where i need to develop the various signs needed.  I was good with my old Office stuff, but had to switch to Office 10 (or whatever) and I am struggling.  In the mean time i worked a bit on the front canopy posts.  The prototype has a canopy that included the lower part of the exterior staircase enclosure.  I thought it would look a bit better to have the main canopy be above a bit and over the lower staircase portion.  All for visual interest.  But that didn't look as good in person as it did in my head.  So, I had to remove some of the installed rolled roofing off to allow for rolled roofing over the entire canopy.  My little bit of foundation also forms the front concrete walkway.  I cut the posts from some bras tubing which I painted black.  Now how to put it all together.  I drilled out the holes for the posts, but added a piece of wood underneath the plastic and even with the front of it.  Then it was a matter of adding some tape to the bottom to cover the holes.  I added some medium ACC stuck in the posts and then aligned the post tops with the holes in the wood.  Made holding the pieces in parallel and straight up and down.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: April 26, 2021, 09:39:56 AM »
Very, very nice. 

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 24, 2021, 10:40:00 PM »
I wound up spacing 1/8" square material 4 scale feet apart for the purlins.  I used some Styrogoo to hold them to the foam core.  Seemed to work decently.

So here is what the roof should look like when installed.
I'll need to play with the construction paper for the rolled roofing.  The prototype had painted the roofing white.  Since I am running low, or possibly out of black, I'll nee to do some testing on other colors to see what they look like when painted white.

Kit Building / Re: KC's Workshop - Linda's Luncheonette
« on: April 24, 2021, 10:31:22 PM »
Cool little building

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Re: Proxxon KS 115
« on: April 23, 2021, 10:23:23 AM »
I went and took a look at the KS115. The picture shows why you are having a problem with that fence. Even in their product guide you can see that the fence is not even square with the table. I'd use a square to square up a piece of wood as a fence and clamp it to the table.

I watched their video and had to cringe at the way they were running the pieces through the saw. Apparently they never watched Norm Abramas on The Yankee Workshop. You never use a fence as a stop for cutting off lengths of wood.

I did some searching on the net and didn't find anything I'd buy at present.

I didn't have the looky lou option.  Not sure if that would made a difference though.  I eventually used a 2" machinist square and found the fence to be off.  The filing helped quite a bit, but I'll continue the use of the square as a check.

Machines such as this scare me a bit.  Which is a good thing.  I made up some mini-push sticks out of wood craft sticks.  They work surprisingly well.  And yes, one uses the miter gauge or the fence, never both at the same time. 

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Re: Proxxon KS 115
« on: April 23, 2021, 10:18:25 AM »
Wish you had asked here before you bought it , I have one myself KS 230 , I think it's the same one, and from the first use of it on I have wanted to sell it and buy the more expensive Proxxon FET. I will after I have bought a lasercutter and a 3D printer , oh wait maybe after the lasercutter I won't need a mini tablesaw anymore.
Me too now.  I did a search here and nothing of concern was returned.  So I went with the cheaper option.  It's German so it has to be good.  Right?

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 22, 2021, 09:37:07 PM »
Welp, change of plans.  It seems that I'll have to use cardboard for the roof deck after all.  I managed to get a couple of pieces cut from a large sheet that I had on hand.  I marked it for the rolled roofing and pre-coiled it.  I will need to add some purlins to help support the roof deck and keep the bow.  The first two border the monitor piece and I'll add two or three more on each side.

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Re: Proxxon KS 115
« on: April 22, 2021, 09:30:47 PM »
It looks to me like adjusting screws #9 will change the angle of the blade.  Tighten one and loosen the other.  You'll need a good square to start this process.

Hmmm, I looked at that, but it appears just to hold the belt section to the motor section.  I did find that the filing on the rip fence seemed to have made a little difference.  The blade is another matter.  I replaced the 100 tooth blade with the carbide tip blade and the kerf may help.  I don't think that there is an actual adjustment.  It is off only by a thou or two.

But thanks for the thoughts.   I tried to remove the cast top, but there are some additional screws still holding the motor assembly on to it.  I'll just live with it for now and take it apart in a week or so.

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Proxxon KS 115
« on: April 21, 2021, 10:10:19 PM »
I found that I needed a tiny table saw for scratchbuilding.  It seems that there wasn't a lot out there and I didn't anything fancy.  So after looking around, I decided on the Proxxon KS115.
I have found that ripping material was a pain.  The rip fence and the blade are not parallel.  It binds up when the material gets above the spindle.  It works better when the cut gets to the splitter. 

I have filed the end of the knob bolt and the insides of the rip fence hoping to improve it's squareness (?) to the table edge.  Meh. 

Anyone else have this problem?  And if so, how did you fix it.  The blade is so small trying to see if the motor assembly is square is problematic.  And I don't see any adjustment.  Maybe I'll just have to stick with the carbide blade as it is thicker.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 21, 2021, 09:57:58 PM »
I got the windows installed.  I found that I needed to make a depth gauge for the windows in an attempt to get them at an even depth.  It was just a matter of cutting up some popsicle sticks.

Then I added some roof cards for the employee staircase.  This bit will have rolled roofing.  After fitting, I added lines for the roofing material. 

I had purchased ten 1/16" basswood sheets several weeks back and I'll be damned if I can find the other nine.  I could have used cardboard for the main roof, using some intermediate bracing, but I hate cardboard for large spans or expanses.  So, my plan is to use the basswood.  Now, this product doesn't want to bend, so I'll cut it into strips.  In a quick test fit and I made a major error.  I had inset the monitor roof, just a bit.  In all honesty, I wanted the block wall to go up to the top of the monitor roof, but my block sheets aren't that tall.  Perhaps in hindsight, I could have added a bunch of additional rows, but that ship has sailed some time ago.  So, the inset made sense at the time, but I neglected to take into account the thickness of the roof deck sheets.  Rookie mistake.  So I had to add another row anyway to get that monitor piece raised about 8 scale inches.  Things probably could have gone better if I actually made up a cross section instead of working off a sketch.  Sigh.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 21, 2021, 09:59:18 AM »
Hello Bob, what a nice looking building, I'm looking forward to the roof going on and what techniques you use to do it.   Jeff
You and me both.  ;D

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