MODELING It's Monday, August 22nd, 2022: Weekend Modeling Accomplishments

Jim Wiggin Aug 22, 2022

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend and got a lot accomplished. Let's get started.

    Friday: As scheduled, I worked on the valance project. I used the dual width metal shelf method many have used before, and this seems to be working out nicely. The valance structure is made of 1X3 and careful engineering had to be performed to build the corner section. I also had to fabricate some wooden wedges that would allow me to place the 1x3 frame on the metal shelving brackets. By evening, I had completed all the 1x3 construction.

    Saturday: Started out rainy but I set up my easy up and started the smoker anyway. By 10:00am the rain stopped and by 10:30 the sun was out. I washed the Mustang and about the time I was finishing up, Angela's dad showed up. His car is black, so his car was next to get washed. We left for the car show and was surprised at the variety of vehicles. When was the last time you saw an AMC Marlin? Do you even know what it is? We got home in time to have the brisket and corn on the cob ready and enjoyed a great meal. I'll definitely be doing more smoked brisket in the future.

    Sunday: Ang and I headed to the Third Sunday Market and both of us picked up some neat antiques. My find was three 1960's Hot Rod magazines in great shape with one being the June 1964 issue showing off the all-new Mustang. After a quick lunch I spent the afternoon priming the 1x3 valance structure white to help with lighting then mowed the lawn while it dried. Once I put the mower away, I realized my long weekend was over.

    So how about you? What did you get done? Let us know. We'll come back on Friday the 26th to start the process all over again. Until then, have a good week, be safe, stay healthy and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. Tim Holmes

    Tim Holmes TrainBoard Member

    Well - -my weekend is only partly over -- I had a surprise work day on saturday, so Today, monday is part of my weekend. I did get some work done on the digital layout fixing the track around the coach yard and roundhouse, as well as setting up control panels for the switches. I am planning to work some more today as well as continuing to make some liveries.
  3. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    We got some of the gardening done as I did some weeding and deadheading on the hosta. I did not get to the weeping cherry tree. We ran our errands. On Sunday we took a trip to Linvilla Orchards which is a local farm and store. Bought a bunch of outdoor Halloween decorations and goodies from the food shop.

    I finally finished updating the coupler pockets on the last two Con-Cor Tropicana reefers by adding washers to the outside of the lid to prevent the coupler from bouncing around in the pocket and causing uncoupling and derailing. I then ran a train consisting of the two Athearn RTR RF&P GP-40 locos I recently cleaned and lubed, 13 Tropicana reefers from Athearn blue boxes, Con-Cor, and Bachmann with an Athearn blue box RF&P caboose. The train ran smoothly. I ran it for about 45 minutes with no stalling, derailing, and/or uncoupling. One of the best operating sessions I have had in a long time.
  4. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning all.
    The weekend went mostly like I thought. As usual, too short even though I had some extra time on Friday.

    The 2 covered hoppers got decaled as I wanted. They will go in the cabinet w/ the rest of the "project" cars. Usually, when I get about 6 to 10 cars decaled, I then pull them all out, weather, dullcote them, and all that good stuff. So I am building my next "batch" w/ these 2 cars.

    Managed to do get some scenery cleaned up around the layout as well as started an area that had been begging for attention. Then I got the train room "mostly" cleaned up. Still some organizing to do. May get to that during the week this week. AND Finally, late yesterday, I managed to run some trains. The shot below is of a mixed freight with a head-end of Pennsy cars heading for return at an interchange in northern WV.

    Have a great week all!!

  5. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning Y'all,

    I had a mixed bag kind of weekend.

    I did get a few more beet gons completely decaled. I am up to 9 out of 15 ready for a clear coat. That's about all I was able to accomplish.
    The new magnifier worked great. Should have bought a newer one years ago. (Again, I was in complete denial regarding my deteriorating close up vision)

    Y'all have a great week,
  6. Helitac

    Helitac TrainBoard Member

    I got about 2/3 of the track painting done, most notably 9 turnouts. I have to push myself to stay at it, but now it's obviously better looking so I have some pressure to continue. I didn't get to the handrail project, I guess I'm just chicken. I really need to just do one stanchion and then copy the method that works. Plugging away here Boss. Have a great week, and Be Safe. Bobby.
  7. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Didn't get much done, kind of stalled out on my first foam mountain. Scenery is not my favorite hobby aspect. Did some railfanning and yard work instead. Hope to get back on the mountain this week.
  8. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning everyone.

    I had a good productive weekend both on and off the layout. Got half of the push-pull turnout controls trimmed out and have more 2-56 nuts on order to finish the other half.


    From the scraps of the helix sections cut out last weekend, I started making some of the joiner pieces. This upper helix will need an estimated 16 sections and 32 of these joiners to complete. First step is to finish enough to start the first turn of the helix and use it as a tail track off the east end of the Carlin yard. Maybe by next weekend I'll be getting to that.

  9. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Your ingenuity, precise work and creativity always results in some fantastic modeling Brad. I enjoy watching your progress. (y)
  10. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

    Well, this week, and the next several, are a little different because at the end of the month our church trustees will be doing their annual "parsonage inspection." This gang isn't as critical as some churches we have served, but it still means that we are doing an ultra-deep cleaning of every room in the house. Everything out of place needs to get to its place, every piece of clutter needs to be dispensed with, vacuuming everything (multiple times - thank goodness for the new robot vacuum) then every carpet gets cleaned twice, and so on. At this point, we are in the tidying phase.
    That said, I also start classes for my doctoral program this weekend and I already have homework to do wh:ich leads me to...

    Friday: I did my morning run with our German Shepherd, did chores around the house, took a nap, then did homework for a couple hours. But, as a part of my tidying efforts, worked on my basement pile of train stuff that several folk have gifted to me as they retired, downsized, etc. As a part of that effort, several boxes were reboxed, one because it got wet at some point and was partially collapsed, and others just to consolidate. In doing that, I got a better look at some of the most recent acquisitions which are from the collection of the father of a church member who is moving in with his grown children. All of this stuff has been in boxes since the 1950's and much of it is handbuilt, wooden boxcars and cast metal (possibly Varney) locomotives (some with intact motors and running gear, and others just as shells). I'm looking forward to returning as many of these as possible to the rails at our train club.

    Saturday, I participated in the funeral for a friend and colleague who was a retired Air Force chaplain (Lt. Colonel) and an awesome pastor. At one time, he was a staff chaplain at Patrick Air Force Base and thus Cape Kennedy and so was called upon to pray with the families of the crew flying on the first Space Shuttle to fly after the Challenger disaster. He told some amazing stories. After I came home, there was more house cleaning. more tidying, and more homework. One of my tidying projects this day was trying to finish (or get closer to finishing) the restoration of a small bench vice I brought home from somewhere. I've done several rounds of rust removal, and now disassembled it, and wire brushed everything so that it's ready for me to "undercoat" the interior and then prime and paint it next weekend. The milk can project is still in the garage temporarily on hold until after the parsonage inspection.

    Sunday, was church, then our daughter came over to visit, we had lunch, then I went to the Sebring Model Railroad Club where I spent my time collecting random piles of receipts dating back to 2015, sorting, organizing, and filing them in some kind of understandable date order.

    And, between Sunday and today, found that my retired "associate" pastor and I will likely be officiating two funerals this weekend and somehow fitting those into our already busy schedules. Possibly one Friday morning and another on Monday, but that hasn't settled out yet. The good news is that they are being done through the same funeral home so we know they won't try to schedule simultaneously.
  11. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Well, I did some scenery imagineering. Decided I might extend one spur during that process. This morning I am working on my gondola assembly, just as I had figured that task would play out. Planning to keep my work hours cut back for a while, (whether they like it or not), as getting caught up on this, health issues permitting, is now at the top of my list. Am tired of projects delayed, etc.
  12. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    Good Morning from cloudy and warm Northeast Ohio!

    Friday, did some decaling and painted a boxcar and a U25B that I had been working on. Bowling Friday was pretty bad, but managed to save the evening with the last game, which helped us win 5 out of 7 points against the team that won the league last year.

    Saturday, went to the club and had a good time, discussed ordering some of the new PS 5280CF Covered Hoppers from Scaletrains. Also did some more decal work and cleaned up the workbench a little. In the afternoon my wife showed me the giant wasp nest that had taken up residence on the side porch which we don't use in the summer. At 11:00 at night while the wasps were dormant I went out and sprayed the nest with wasp poison.

    Sunday, checked the nest and found some dead wasps on the porch floor and I did not see any flying around the nest like there were the day before. But as the wasp spray I had was several years old I went to Lowe's and got some new stuff to do another application in the evening. Also did some more decaling and started looking for the next project to work on.

    Rick Jesionowski
  13. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    Wow! Lots gettin' done. I do remember AMC Marlin! Great pics! (y) Saturday, I continued to lean into the Olds project. :cautious: I got a somewhat good casting done. The mold is flawed and will be redone better (I hope). :oops: The casting has a void or two and will be redone also. o_O Have a great week. :D
  14. MetraMan01

    MetraMan01 TrainBoard Member

    Let’s see-

    I finished installing bikes in all 5 Metra bicycle cars. Finished painting the last two as well. Also finished the last 2 flat cars carrying Metra coaches. In hindsight-I spent a lot of time weathering decks you can’t see…
    I also started in on 4 100 ton hoppers. Finished the interiors. Still working on exteriors.




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  15. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

    Been working on the house. Roof and walls painted and windows painted and installed. Been fabricating the porch/balconies. Then come the columns and railings along with the gingerbread trim. Oh yeah, got to have a chimney and sewer drain vents on the roof.
  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Wow. First time in ages I have seen anyone mention this name. :)
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  17. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    A day late but at least I’m here. I was able to work on the new track plan. Pretty much got a good plan for the staging yard done and started working on the other decks. Upper deck will have an HOn3 narrow gauge with dual gauge track in one spot. Still a work in progress. [​IMG]

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