MODELING It's Monday, October 4th 2021: Weekend Modeling Accomplishments

Jim Wiggin Oct 4, 2021

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning, good afternoon, where ever you may be. I hope you all had a great weekend and got a lot done. Let's get started.

    Saturday: We decided to go to Newport Indiana for the Antique Automobile Hill Climb. It rained hard on the way there but by noon, the sun was out and we saw a lot of neat cars and motorcycles, with the newest one being a late 1960's model. I think Ang is warming up to the idea of me owning a 1960's era Ford as a daily driver. We had a few rain spurts but in all it was a great day with great car folks and it was encouraging to see younger men and women driving and maintaining these antique and classic cars.

    Sunday: I took it easy and worked on Track plans, both HO and N. I built some light weight modules years ago and have determined they will work well for my Lance Mindhiem track plan with some work. I also made some minor repairs on my 1960 coffee pot so I can enjoy coffee again as the weather gets colder. All in all, a nice relaxing day.

    So how about you? What did you get accomplished? Let us know. We'll do it all over again on Friday the 8th to start the process again. Until then, have a great week, be safe, stay healthy and as always...

    High Greens!
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  2. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Good mornin Y'all,

    I managed to get some work done on my F7's. Drilled out the side vents a replaced them with flush vents. Glad that is done. Next is to add roof top grabs and ladder grabs on their noses. - then paint.

    Hope Y'all had a great weekend,
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  3. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 TrainBoard Member

    Worked to finish up this 1902 CRI&T boxcar. Accurail 36-ft mod w/K4 Decals and Tahoe trucks. A little more work on the decals, some air hoses and should be ready to go for weathering with the set of 190x cars in the works...



    Hope all are well. Take care,

    -Bob T.
  4. GP30

    GP30 TrainBoard Member

    Saturday, I cut and installed more subroadbed on the lower level and glued down the cork roadbed. Later, I worked on installing the rest of the ceiling tiles I had left. I will need one or two more cases of tiles, but it is pretty close to done.

    Sunday, I extended the main track about 9 feet on the roadbed installed on Saturday. I also did some cleaning, as I plan to have some guests from the local NMRA division soon.


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  5. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Mounted the painted fascia boards to both tables on my new N Scale road, test fitting the removable legs as I went. I then filled the nail holes and touched up those spots with paint. Here're the two tables stacked as the glue and paint dried. The control panel will fit in place where you see the six bolts on the bottom table.

    I'm pleased with the weight of the tables (40 LBS for the large table with control panel and 28 LBS for the other), as the layout will likely be moved to a new house some day. Track, wiring and scenery will add weight, but not a whole lot. With seven legs under the tables, the casters will support only 10 LBS each and they're rated at 80.

    2021-10-01 DSN With Fascia Applied - for upload.jpg
  6. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning all,

    We had great weather here this weekend with temps in the upper 80's. This may be the last of our warm weather for the year, we'll see.

    I was able to pick up a 4 x 4 sheet of 1/4 inch plywood and make the new tempoary turn around loop section. Also continued work on turnouts, now have 8 going in various stages of completion. Pressed on with the back yard drip irrigation project and Saturday evening BBQed some ribs.
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  7. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    Saturday, I chased and removed a couple of vine s from the gardens in the backyard. A couple were really intertwined with the bushes, and it took me a while and some acrobatics to find their source. The wife planted some ornamental peppers in the pots by the pond. Sunday, we drove down to Delaware to get gas for my car. Paid $2.87. Closest station to our home wanted $3.35. Cheapest Pennsylvania price we saw was $3.13. On the way back we stopped at the nursery to pick up mums.

    I relayed the track through the area I painted. I tested the inner loop. I still need to test the outer loop. I will run trains for a few days before I move toward installing the foam roadbed.
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  8. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

    I put in a couple more hours of trying to match original boxes with railcars on my father's n-scale layout. Many, many more to go.

    My wife was diagnosed with Covid last week and, even though she has been vaccinated, has been in an out of hospitals and camping out in my recliner when home. That's consumed a lot of my time, but I still got a little done on my workbench.

    The flatcar started as a free-to-me toy-ish pipe carrier. I removed the raised plastic pipe holders, added lead sheet to meet NMRA standards, a new stained balsa wood deck, steel wheels, body mounted kadee couplers, and two built-in magnets to secure flatcar loads. While I was at it, I did a little weathering (and to hide a gouge I accidentally made while cutting the pipe holders off).



    I also started painting my 1948 Varney Docksider, but didn't get that finished yet.

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  9. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Finished my turntable. For now. Just need to pop it back into the module. I am a bit disappointed in both the paint and the matte finish which was applied. The black was not even close to flat, and the matte did absolutely nothing to dull the gloss of the bridge. :mad:

    Now to install both lead and storage tracks, then get the engine house built.
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  10. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Made it up to the Piedmont Division Model Train Show in Cartersville GA on Saturday. It w smaller but much better than the last train show i attended in August. Found a couple of neat things that i was in search of. Also found an old Aurora Postage Stamp Trains N scale freight car. Had never even seen one it person before and the price was right so it's a cool add to the collection.
    The rest of the weekend was taken up with work around the house and a Boy Scout activity on Sunday.

    Hope you all have a great week!
  11. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    After a busy weekend it’s time to relax,

    Two decoders installed, check

    Wendover module delivered to the Historic Wendover Airbase Museum in Wendover UT for a six month display, check

    Assembled a lightning sound and light effect and placed for testing on the layout, check

    Finished writing up a clinic to be given in two weeks, check


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  12. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    Use 400 grit sandpaper, maybe? Have similar problem with modpodge on cardstock not being as matte as wanted.
  13. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    My very impressed meter just pegged out! Frisco rules!
  14. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    Friday: procrastination day. Saturday: chore day with a dose of procrastination for good measure. Sunday: planning day with procrastination. Monday: early errands. Also, after I started the covered hopper project (after I started), I found a good reference pic online. Even though I plan to continue with the in progress body color I decided to visit a nearby hobby/craft store earlier today to try to match the color in the pic. I will use this the next car batch I make. Cardstock on sale! twenty-six cents with tax! Go penny pinchers! :D Also, outstanding progress by members here. All have a great week. (y)
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    There is a molded in wood grain for the decking, so sanding would likely cause damage. I may attack it a different way, via some light weathering. The debate with myself rages on... :)
  16. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    Try using Tamiyah smoke. It is a rattle can but the effects are great and it is flat. I’ve used it on several models.

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  17. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Send it to me. I'll keep it for six months, then send it back -- with the volume of dust that somehow accumulates in our house, any gloss will be well muted in no time.
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  18. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    Well, Friday Bowling was not the best but as a team we won 5 out of 7 points and I had at least a 211 game when we needed it.

    Saturday, I worked on decaling a 50' boxcar and a couple of 40' trailers. Also started on building a Red Caboose R70-15 PCF Refrigerator Car.

    Sunday, We attended the memorial service for my brother-in-law who died last year, later in the evening I managed to work on decaling an Eastern Car Works Airslide covered hopper and finished up the 40' trailers. Finished up the underframe for the Red Caboose kit and started on the body details. A couple of pictures showing the kit contents and the semi-complete underframe.



    Rick Jesionowski
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  19. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Ha ha ha. :) I can actually do that here. Just leave my windows open a while and it's Dust Bowl Central.
  20. mrhedley

    mrhedley TrainBoard Member

    Well, it's October, so it's time to return to the hobby. I take a 'sabbatical' every summer, to get out of the house and enjoy outdoor activities. In the past I would do a little modeling on rainy days, but not so this year, probably because Covid kept us home all last summer. On top of that we are in the process of buying a retirement home, which took up more time than expected. We finally signed a contract for a villa/town home in the Hilton Head area, which is due to start construction in February. Lori will be retiring at the end of 2022, at which time we will relocate there for the first winter. We plan to keep our home here as we enjoy summers here so much (and avoid the dreadful summer humidity...). The rest of this week I'll be getting the house ready for winter, the worst of which will be reinstalling the roof edge heating cables after replacing the gutters. When the chores are done, it's time to get to work cleaning track and vacuuming the layout. I'll post pictures sometime after that. Hope everyone had a great summer. Good to be back.

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