MODELING It's Friday, February 2nd,2024: Weekend Modeling Plans

Jim Wiggin Feb 2, 2024

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back to the gateway to the weekend and welcome to February. I hope you all had a great week and are ready for some model railroading this weekend. Let's get started.

    Friday: I have today off so I'm starting my day here with a cup of coffee. The plan or lack thereof is to relax with my wife. She took the day off as well, so we'll spend the day together and enjoy each other's company which sounds odd but is rare with our work schedules.

    Saturday: After subzero temps in January, the weekend here is going to be in the 40s. Ang and I need to get up to her dad's and I have car maintenance to perform. I need to put the battery tender on the Mustang as well as some fuel stabilizer in her. She has been sitting since October in her winter slumber since the weather got cold as soon as I drove her back from NH in September. I also need to remove the carburetor on the Falcon and bring it to my well-lit and warm workshop and restore it ground up. I have found a website/manufacturer that specializes in these old Ford single barrel carburetors and since we did so much to the block including painting it factory colors, I might as well do the same with the carb. I may also do a other maintenance in anticipation of the upcoming car shows. After that it will be dinner with Grandma.

    Sunday: Back to the N scale switching layout. Before I left, I made a lot of headway on the wiring. If I can, I would like to wrap up all the wiring and have functioning track and switches to run trains. If that is a success, I can start ordering the paint I will need to paint and weather the track which I hope to accomplish next weekend.

    So how about you? What do you have planned for the first weekend of February? Let us know. We'll all assemble again on Monday the 5th to see how we did. Until then, have a great weekend, be safe and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Good mornin to Y'all - Happy Friday and good riddance to January

    My plans are simple -- continue decaling my friends Lackawanna F3 and complete his NYO&W NW-2's

    Perhaps start a new project for me

    Y'all have a great weekend,

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Happy Friday all!

    My big goal for the weekend is to get my layout lowered back down to it's new height now that I have completed all the things I needed to do underneath. Then run trains and get things organized for the next task. We'll see what else I get in to depending on how that all goes.

    Hope you all have a great weekend!!!!!
  4. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    Good morning from cloudy and cool Northeast Ohio!

    Friday, took my wife to the Orthopedic Surgeon's office for her Physical Therapy, came home and did some kitchen cleanup before I can get to doing some modeling. Will be completing an RBL I have been working on, then on to bowling tonight.

    Saturday, will be going to the club and when I get home have a lot of stuff to take to recycling before I can work on some modeling.

    Sunday, laundry and a trip to Toledo to pickup a dining room table one of our relatives is getting rid of.

    Rick Jesionowski
  5. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    We still have the Christmas decoration bins to be moved to their proper places in the attic. Then wee have the usual weekend errands to run, the grocery store, pharmacy, produce store, pet store. I should throw a trip to Target in there to grab a couple more bins. Yes, there is laundry. There is always laundry.

    I would like to work on the Ambassador Hotel kit. I can continue organizing how and where I store the trains. That way I can clear the layout and run some trains.
  6. Atani

    Atani TrainBoard Member

    My weekend is going to spent across a couple tasks:
    • Investigate and fix a couple issues we encountered in the MRC booth at the Amherst show relating to the Gateway and Throttles.
    • Cut wood for the second module of my new layout (which should give approx 10ft of modules to work with). This will depend on the weather clearing up a bit, lots of rain.
    • Stain and prepare wood ties for track laying on the new layout.
    • Assemble a three-way stub and right hand stub turnouts for the ends of Vance Junction. The track splits at this point with one leg heading off towards Telluride and the main heading further south towards Ames.
    • Assemble both the first and second modules (if I can cut wood for module 2) and give them a coat of white paint.
    • Paint the backdrops to a sky blue color (forget the exact name).
    I'm not sure which (or any) of these will be completed beyond hopefully the first one since I need to send hardware out to testers and prep for next weekend's demos to NMRA PCR members.
  7. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning everyone,

    Had and having lots of rain here so that gets me out of doing any yard work. Will do a bit of house cleaning and may get started on the taxes.

    Still working on some structures and details for the layout. Biggest goal this weekend will be to clean up the work bench.

    May you all have an enjoyable weekend whatever you are doing.
  8. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    First of all, thank you, Mr. Wiggin for all you do. We all appreciate your faithfulness. Wiring sounds like a done deal. (y) F3's sound interesting. :cool: Elevation change always sounds daunting. :whistle: Dining room table = more delicious food! ;) Clear layout = run trains. :love: Ten feet of modules = cool! :cool: Clean the workbench is always a sound idea. :) Glad all out travelers are back home. I checked the Monday thread a few minutes ago. Nice pics. :) Earlier today, I cut the module material I have from two feet by three feet to one by three, the standard size. I also tested out making some air-dry clay. As usual, first attempts = big boo-boo. :eek: Back to the "caldron". :sick: Yesterday saw the completion of the seven turnout upgrades. :p Whole thing looks better and works better. Still some glitches though. :rolleyes: This upgrade encompassed a departure from the specified cardstock material to a much more rugged styrene sheet sized .030. This material took marking seemingly well enough, but we will see how it wears. Next on the drawing board is figures, structures and a new module or more. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Ground Hog's Day!
  9. Grey One

    Grey One TrainBoard Supporter

    Greetings from a cloudy but warm 49° McLean VA.
    Priority: Get started on 'Transfer / Coupler Transition Caboose', (TCTC) - Start Today, Friday
    * Saturday: Continue with TCTC
    * Sunday: Continue with TCTC
    If possible make the first cuts for the 'Great Divide Mountain'.
    It will be in the Southeast Corner. This will force the 'Roundy Round' into a 'Point-to-point' It will be removable so I can 'just run trains'.

    South East Corner. Outer track is the 'main line'. Inner track is Arrival / Departure Track. Bottle left shows tip of yard.
    GandG South East Corner TRS 20240202_132608.jpg
    Great Divide Mt will integrate with existing mountain.
  10. MRLdave

    MRLdave TrainBoard Member

    I screwed up my "weekend plans" by getting to them early.......partly because I needed something to do and partly because stuff showed up early. So I already got the trucks changed on several tank cars, and I found another that had been on the shelf for quite a while and came with no couplers (body mount) so added those. Also put some loads in 13 ore cars. And I did some trackwork to try to fix a stalling issue on several Atlas code 55 #10 turnouts. So NOW my plans are to try to get some wood cut for my upper level branch line, work on a new building, and try to get stuff organized for an NTRAK setup next weekend.
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  11. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

    I have a four day weekend, but it will be a wet one. I am not comfortable building benchwork while it is so damp even if I am in the garage, so no go there. I need to get to the bottom of a new ESU sound decoder issue and ask for a replacement. I have backdrop touch ups and a fascia experiment I can do.
    Of course I have to get off this computer first.
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  12. MetraMan01

    MetraMan01 TrainBoard Member

    I’ve got a bit of volunteer work to do with some proposals to change our by laws.

    There are some chores, possibly including the movement of a “small” electric piano, and maybe gathering all the tax docs.

    And I’d really like to get the foam down on the layout. Maybe I can tackle that first and do chores while the adhesive dries?

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  13. Mark St Clair

    Mark St Clair TrainBoard Member

    Happy Groundhog Day! My personal favorite holiday.

    Already behind schedule while typing this. Rental house has a new property management company. New lease agreement to sign. New sink on my hobby time.

    Friday: When I am done here, I hope to put some primer on the Mikado drivers and disc inserts I made. Tonight, we are going out for Groundhog Day dinner. Not expecting big crowds at the bistro.

    Saturday: If the primer coat looks good, I will add a finish coat to drivers and inserts.

    Sunday: Watch soccer with Sharon in the morning. Go find some bacon-n-eggs after the match. If the finish coat from Saturday looks good, I will assemble inserts and drivers.

    Unscheduled but important activities that may also be tackled:
    Boiler design revision
    New tender truck bolsters
    Tree pruning

    Stay safe,
    Jim Wiggin, Atani, BNSF FAN and 4 others like this.
  14. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

    Continue working on the C&L Layout & Beyond project. And there is some kind of football game Sunday in the USA :(
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Continue scanning my NP train order collection. Make a thorough search of Shapeways for an HOn30 diesel shell, for a project in mind. See what, if anything else transpires.....

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