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TomPM
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  11:41:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Rob

Having issues with the files my son sent me. Once I get them resolved I will post.



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TomPM
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  11:45:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
There is a great to post as a lot got done this past weekend.

The foam is complete over the first board.





The second board is ready for foam.





First layer is down on the second board.





All four layers done. The top two layers are being held in place temporarily because I am not sure how I am going to be reinserting the various scenes back into the layout. I want to be able to remove the foam easily to cut out for the scenes if needed.





Next: Laying Track!



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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/01/2021 :  08:31:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom, it looks like a great base for your railroad.



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 03/01/2021 :  09:10:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom,

I agree with Bruce.

With that many layers of foam you have potential for a fair amount of vertical relief in you scenery. I'd be inclined to support the corners. My only suggestion.

Mike



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TomPM
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Posted - 03/02/2021 :  5:27:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I finished laying down the outer loop of the track plan. I also did some test runs with a Atlas S-2 and a Bachmann Spectrum 4-8-2. I tested both with a Walthers Heavyweight car. Next will be laying down some of the inner loop. I am waiting for a track order to be delivered so I can finish the inner loop. I plan to tack down the track and outline the track zone. After that will be laying the roadbed.









Video of a test run with NYO&W Bachmann Spectrum Light Mountain 4-8-2 alone.

https://youtu.be/xiFYRd_K3Tk

Video of a test run with NYO&W Bachmann Spectrum Light Mountain 4-8-2 with a Walthers B&O Heavyweight Diner.

https://youtu.be/wE1EqJM_nNY



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TomPM
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Posted - 03/08/2021 :  11:57:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Progress has slowed basically due to a lack of track. One order arrived but this included only half of the turnouts I need. The other switches have been sitting in Kansas City Postal Facility for a week now. I have used this time to make some carboard placers representing the footprint of some unbuilt or yet to be acquired structures. After placing several I realized the third loop aka the far inside loop will need to be redesigned in the area of the station.

I have some structure kits I can build in the meantime. I found an old International Hobby Corp Sand and Fuel Depot kit near the bottom of a pile of structure kits. I am about halfway done the kit after a few days. I had to airbrush the fuel tank as the color in the kit was brown. I have never seen a brown fuel tank. To me they are either black or grey. I forgot how much of pain airbrushing can be with clean up. I need to come up with a better way to change colors without having to breakdown and clean the airbrush.

Here is the Passenger Station Area and some of the middle loop.



This is more of the middle loop and the possible engine facility with some building footprints.



The Sand and Fuel Depot kit



The kit parts






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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/09/2021 :  08:36:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A classic kit, Tom.


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George D
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Posted - 03/09/2021 :  09:20:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice progress, Tom. I'm sure it feels good to be working on the layout again.

George


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 03/09/2021 :  12:08:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom,

You're coming right along.

I have rarely used an airbrush for structure models since I've discovered that spray cans work quite well for the job. Many of the spray paints from hobby stores (Krylon and Rustoleum for instance) put down a pretty thin coat, more than acceptable on plastic kits where the detail tends to be a little over scale. You also have model colors in cans and Scale Coat for railroad colors. I've also found that whereas in the old days the nozzle would clog before the can was used up, I don't have that problem very often any more; perhaps the paints are better quality, nozzles better made, or I more consistently turn the can over to clear the nozzle (unless directed otherwise).

I spray outside down to pretty cool weather, bringing the work inside to dry. In inclement weather I have a large garage and I place the model in a large box or place the model on a sheet of cardboard on the floor to catch overspray. I try to go easy on each coat, but usually a couple light coats will do the job.

My habit is not getting the airbrush out until I have a queue of rolling stock to paint. It's a summer activity for me.

Mike




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TomPM
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Posted - 03/09/2021 :  11:29:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, guys, for the praise!

Mike – Like you I generally get the airbrush out with I several things to paint. The other day was too cold to use a rattle can outside, so I elected to do the airbrush.

In addition, I must be careful with what I use with my wife’s asthma. All sealing and any rattle can painting is done outside only. Things can be moved to the garage for drying provided the exhaust fan is turned on for a time to prevent any smells from leaking into the kitchen (next to the garage) or my son’s bedroom (above the garage) and eventually finding my wife.

For airbrushing I am currently using craft paints thinned with a thinner for acrylics. It seems to be working. I have not seen a “new” bottle of Pollyscale or Floquil in a decade in these parts.

With the craft paints I can airbrush in a dedicated spot in the basement since I can provide a makeshift booth and some ventilation. Since the craft paints have either no smell or a very mild one my wife is okay with it.

This last time I used only black. I was going to use a tan and grey, but I decided against it. The gray was for the building which is gray and the tan for the bases. I painted the bases tan with a brush. I figure once there are placed on the layout they will be covered with cinders, coal, ballast, weeds, etc., therefore it only needs to look like soil. The building I did not paint. Weathering will take care of what needs to be done to make it look better.

Sometime in the hopefully not too distance future I will being painting a couple of GP-38 shells and C424(?- I need to check that is what they are) black. The GP-38’s will be Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines and the ALCO’s a fantasy Lehigh & New England scheme.



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 03/10/2021 :  08:08:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, some of the rattlecan paints are incredibly stinky.

Asthma is nothing to fool around with.



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TomPM
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Posted - 03/10/2021 :  11:58:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Finished the Sand and Fuel Depot structures.

Sand facility front



Sand facility back



Fuel Tank front



Fuel Tank back



A couple of notes. I am missing part of the wood walkway for the fuel tank. Thus, I had to change the location of the ladder.

Next is weathering the structures.

I am going to work on the bases some more. I plan to add cinders and some fine ballast. Also add some turf and perhaps a few other scenery items. I am not going to go too crazy since this will need to be blended into the layout. After the base is done, I can add some of the detail items that came with the it such as drums, sacks, tools, wood piles, and boxes.



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TomPM
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Posted - 03/14/2021 :  11:22:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I added some cinders and ballast along with ground cover around the structures. I added many of the detail parts included with the kits. Once these are placed on the layout there will be additional work and detailing completed.









This is what is next, Walthers Wood Coaling Tower.








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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  09:03:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You did a nice job on that sanding facility kit, Tom.



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TomPM
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Posted - 03/17/2021 :  11:00:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit TomPM's Homepage  Send TomPM a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I realized I have not posted any progress on the Coaling Tower.

First shot is from Monday, the 15th. I have gotten most of the conveyor tower done at this point. This was something of a problem as the backwall piece (with the bracing) was warped. It took some time and patience to get the side walls attached properly.



By Tuesday I have the bin nearly completed and the chutes for the covered track. The chutes are a pain in the rear. I gave upon trying to rig them and have them move. The black thread that came with the kit is useless. It frays and unravels too easily and is too big for any of the holes it is supposed to pass through. I did find a metallic thread in my wife’s craft box which was thinner and seemed to work but the fact you must have X-ray vision and move the thread with your mind as you set the two sides of the bin together made it impossible.

Again, the warped piece made for some frustrations, but it was not as bad as the first time.



Tonight, I finished adding parts to the front of the tower. I also built the chutes. I am debating whether I am going to rig them, so they move or not.

The small walkway was a pain as there are no marks or anything to tell you where the braces go. The instructions just say to glue them. From the picture on the box, I figured out they go against the diagonal braces at the vertical member. The ones on the end have nothing to help you. I placed the walkway and then the end braces to match it.





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