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jbvb Posted - 01/31/2008 : 8:10:46 PM
I'm modeling the Boston & Maine's Eastern Route in HO standard gauge in my 207-year-old house's attic. The attic has its pluses and minuses - plenty of space, just up the stairs and finished, but the combination of the sloping ceiling and a 36" minimum radius meant I could only do an around-the-walls plan. Also, it can get a bit hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The layout incorporates my Rowley MA modules, presently the only finished scenery, in the rural northern half of the attic. The southeast corner is where I'm building my compressed version of West Lynn, MA including the General Electric River works and the West Lynn creamery.

This photo shows the mainline curve passing the future creamery (spur under the file) and the Saugus Branch (long staging tracks) coming in from the left. I'm spiking rail on the branch, building the switch comes next. The flying plywood is actually pretty rigid with the flange below and the backdrop partially installed, it will get better when I bring the backdrop around to the left edge of the photo.
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CNE1899 Posted - 04/21/2021 : 4:35:38 PM
Those house look great! Nothing like New England architecture.
Orionvp17 Posted - 04/19/2021 : 8:53:31 PM
Good to know. I've used the Canopy Glue or Aleen's Tacky Glue, both of which AFAIK are PVA, with OK results. And I may have butchered the Ambroid/Goo process somewhere, too... I do remember the odors, though, and they were not good for me.

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 04/19/2021 : 8:28:10 PM
Pacer/SuperGlue's MSDS for Canopy Glue says it's polyvinyl acetate (like white & yellow glues), cleans up with water and shouldn't be allowed to freeze. So I'd expect it to swell and curl wood just the same.

I put a Northeastern/Ambroid coach kit together with Ambroid for wood/wood and Goo for wood/metal 15 years ago and it's been through train shows and operating sessions. Nothing swelled/curled at the time, nor has anything come apart since.
Orionvp17 Posted - 04/19/2021 : 7:58:46 PM
Yellow glue??? That's rude! Would Canopy glue work for that job? I've had issues with Ambroid and Goo applications in that environment. CA will work, but it takes two applications... one to seal the wood and one to make the joint.

Please let us know how you make out....

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 04/19/2021 : 7:54:08 PM
Thanks, Mike, Mike,Chuck & Pete. She's started a 3rd structure, a 1792 Georgian for 180 High St., known as the Pettingill-Fowler House. And I've started a thread for her: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53773

Myself, I started scratchbuilding a refrigerator car in wood but immediately got bitten by yellow glue causing swelling & curling at sheet wood joints. I think I can recover but I'm switching to Ambroid cement when I get back to it.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 04/13/2021 : 07:05:36 AM
Michael Hohn Posted - 04/12/2021 : 10:34:16 PM
The houses look terrific. What a talent!
wvrr Posted - 04/12/2021 : 9:49:52 PM
She couldn't start with something small, eh? She is doing a great job!

Orionvp17 Posted - 04/12/2021 : 10:56:36 AM
New buildings look really good, James! Very nice work!

But I'm gonna call "no fair," because she gets more done in two days than I can in four to six months! Enjoy your Blessings!

in Michigan

jbvb Posted - 04/11/2021 : 9:32:25 PM
Now that the April NERx is just about over and I've learned to CadWeld rail bonds at Seashore, it looks like I need to do another Tichy order:

My wife, whom a few of you have met, worked as an architect until 2007. She'd recently built a 'mass model' of a house suitable for Thailand and had been making clothes for herself. Talking about this, she remarked that family and friends didn't need more bird or pet paintings, and she was tailoring to ward off boredom. Newburyport needs lots of scratchbuilt buildings, so I offered to show her how to scale from photos and tax plans, and build out of styrene. 10 days later, I had to start work on foundations:

She's finding styrene and molded windows much easier to work with than the paper and wood she used at university. Roofs tomorrow, so I need to order shingles too.

It's late so if you want to see prototypes, ask Street View for 24 Winter St. and 38 Washington St. in Newburyport. I shortened 24 Winter's el and should have compressed it more. But I'll shrink the station's driveway to make up for that.
jbvb Posted - 04/05/2021 : 2:11:07 PM
Belated thanks, Scott. The silver cars are Rapido's models of Budd Rail Diesel Cars. After about 1955, the B&M owned more of them than any other railroad.

Also, a big hurrah for Tichy Train Group and the US Postal Service. I ordered at 10 AM Friday, Tichy shipped it First Class Saturday morning and the USPS transported it almost 800 miles, delivering it as we ate lunch Monday.
CNE1899 Posted - 03/23/2021 : 09:02:20 AM
Beautiful car builds! I like the photo work as well, particularly the one of the station and silver cars.

jbvb Posted - 03/20/2021 : 10:23:07 PM
Belated thanks, Mike, Bruce, Chuck and Pete. I've been scratchbuilding my first car, a PRR 'FM' 40' flat car, in brass in another thread:


I haven't posted here since February. I'm done (I hope) with the soldering phase and spent an hour testing it on the layout tonight:

With luck I can get it finished before April; the nice weather makes it much more comfortable to airbrush with the vent pipe out the window.
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/18/2021 : 11:20:16 AM
The car looks good, James. Used, but not abused. Nice!

in Michigan
wvrr Posted - 02/18/2021 : 10:52:59 AM
The car looks great, James.


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