MODELING It's Monday, December 4th 2017: Weekend Modeling Accomplishments

Jim Wiggin Dec 4, 2017

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Good Morning, good evening, where ever you are and whatever time you read this. It is now time for us to gather around and see what all we got accomplished this past weekend.

    Saturday: Was as planned. Once I got Lucy home from the Vet, I moved Jess outside, fired up the garage heater and warmed up some lunch. Turns out the shot that Lucy got, made here a clingy doggy so I didn't get much done until Angela got home. Once Angela got home, I switched gears and headed to the garage, I was able to get both halve circle curves done for the MTH O-31 track. Gluing the 1/8-inch fascia was a royal pain but in the end, I think it worked out okay.

    Sunday: I started the day by helping out with grocery shopping then a quick trip to my favorite hardware store. I needed more 1/2-inch plywood for the straights on the O-31 Christmas display as well as some white paint. No trip would be complete without stopping by the Christmas lights section and yes we picked up more. Once home, we took advantage of the sunny, 60 degree weather and placed the newly purchased lights up. I then headed to the garage and started ripping the 1/2-inch plywood into 3-inch wide strips. From there they were cut to 40-inches long, the same as 4 pieces of MTH straight sections. More cutting and gluing and now I would say I'm almost half way through this project. I have three more straight pieces with fascia that must be completed then sanding, primer, sanding, primer, sanding, primer then maybe paint and Christmas decals. Last will be the support legs. I hope to finish this project this week.

    So how about you? What did you get done this past weekend? Let us know. We'll assemble here once again on Friday the 8th to start a whole new weekend. Until then, have a great week, stay safe and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Member

    I managed to install decoders in my SD-9 fleet. Next will be to hook up the lights. Man, SP is a pain!! -- LOL

    Hope Y'all had a great weekend,
  3. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    Sunday was the beginning of my weekend. I was able to attach the small bridge piece I built last weekend to the staging yard carts that will connect to the main layout. I also laid the sub roadbed . Today I laid the cork roadbed and will be placing a gate latch underneath so when the carts are in place there won’t be any movement. Tomorrow I lay the track. Next week I hope to start the wiring in this area. I still have one small area that needs a drop in section to bridge the other half of the staging yard to the layout.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  4. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Got about 16' of homasote glued down, decorated the outside of the house, and decorated the tree.


    Clark Griswold
  5. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    And we now have a connection to the staging yard.[​IMG]
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  6. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

    I have discovered the joys of ballasting! So far, I'm just doing between the rails; when that's all done, I'll spread ballast on either side. I'd say I have about 15-20% done, and I've barely made a dent in the first jug of ballast.

    I found a quick-and-dirty (and best of all, cheap) way to do it. Two drinking straws - one for the ballast and other for the glue (WS Scenic Cement). I load up one straw with ballast, spread it, even it out with a small brush, then use the other as an eyedropper to distribute the glue.

    Cheap, cheap, cheap, says the birdie!:D

    And it's relaxing and fun.:cool:
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  7. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    My weekend this week starts today. Since we are taking a nice weekend trip Friday through Sunday I will be able to get a little done today and then Monday and Tuesday before I have to go back to work Tuesday night. We will see how much I get done.

    Install a gate latch

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