MODELING It's Friday, October 2nd 2020: Weekend Modeling Plans

Jim Wiggin Oct 2, 2020

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back everyone to the gateway to the weekend! We are now officially in October. Doesn't seem possible but I think we all are counting down the days to when this year is over. Onward!

    Saturday: A busy day is on tap. I need to get moving early and get to my favorite hardware store so I can get material to work on both the N scale and HO modules. I need to build legs for the HO modules and paint and glue for the N scale modules. After that, I need to go to my "not so local Hobby Shop" and pick up some Micro Engineering code 55 rail joiners and some HO supplies for the modules. The other point of interest will be the Free-Mo set up in the same town, sponsored by the shop. I'm not attending like I did last year, but I still want to stop in and say hi to some fellow modelers. Any time left after that will be spent working on the HO module.

    Sunday: It is supposed to rain so I'm hopping to have a complete day in the work shop. In an ideal world, I will have the track plan for the B&M N scale layout wrapped up and ready to commit to the actual process of laying track. I may also try to get the shadow box painted at some point this weekend as well. It all depends on weather and domestic Goddess plans as well, but I'm hopeful for a productive weekend.

    So how about you? What do have planned for the weekend? Track work, scenery, structure builds, maybe freight car work? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Monday the 5th to see how we all did. Until then, have a fun weekend, be safe, stay healthy and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. goatfarmer

    goatfarmer TrainBoard Member

    I'm still working on the hunny do list but I hope to find time to work on some structures for my layout. Maybe if she's nice I can actually get down there and start wiring. I would really like the opportunity to run my first train. As usual, I have to wait and see what the weekend brings.
  3. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    This weekend:
    Air brushing a few things
    Build steps and landings for the brick signal cabin.

    have a great weekend!

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Saturday is yet another trip to Chattanooga. Potential buyer doing a house inspection. We have potential buyers for most of the furniture left so hopefully everything spoken for gets picked up. Not a lot of small stuff left to pack so should finish that. Also a couple of trips to Goodwill and the used book store. If the inspection goes as expected, that means the finish line is in sight!.

    Sunday, I will pick up where I left off on this mess. Hoping to make some good progress on the scenery around the electrical sub station and access road.

    Hope you all have a great weekend. Stay safe and have fun!
  5. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Let's see....

    Saturday: My Silverado gets new shoes - finally getting rid of the Goodyears - she's getting a set of Coopers.
    Then I get to put on my plumbing hat - kitchen sink needs some TLC
    Then - if I'm in the mood - work on the 2-10-2 --- we'll see

    Sunday: Work on the 2-10-2
    Perhaps my friends Model T

    Y'all have a spectacular weekend!!
  6. Philip H

    Philip H TrainBoard Member

    Saturday our Boy Scout Council is holding a very reduced Cob Scout Family Day at the Council camp. Two Half day fully outdoor sessions with no meals. Taking my son to the afternoon session so he can get some quality scout time.
    Sunday will likely start with the weekly lawn battle. Hopefully doing some building lighting and airbrushing after that.
  7. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Still working on the staging yard. Slowly wiring up the feeders and turnout motors.

    The plan over the next couple days will be to install the finished control circuit and have the siding on the return track work from the control panel. Then start work on the other control circuit for the 3 turnout yard ladder.

    After having a couple weeks of good air quality, we now have another wild fire burning about 100 miles north of us and again have smoke and some ash here. This means no outside work but if it's bad enough may also limit my time in the train room. If I have to stay in the house I will work on some drawings for these control circuits.

    Hope you all enjoy the weekend whatever you are doing.
  8. rray

    rray Staff Member

    This weekend is forecast 80 degrees mild but warm weather. Indian Summer before the winter sets in.
    Today I'm changing my truck oil, and doing regular maintenance stuff, then pressure washing all the mud off underneath and engine compartment. Later guests are bringing over a Prime Rib roast for dinner.

    Tomorrow is family day, kids visiting and BBQ.

    Sunday I will continue working on my Coal Dock project:
  9. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Some paint has chipped off handrails and grabs on a critter I built. Will touch up these items and then see where the day takes me!
  10. bigGG1fan

    bigGG1fan TrainBoard Member

    This weekend: Glue the roundhouse floor and pits together, lay the turntable, and glue the woodland Scenics risers together. If I can make the time, cut the foam for the dump zone.

    Wiring for DCC Monday, so procrastination is not an option.

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  11. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Member

    No layout progress this week.
    I've been working on bringing my tech skills up to the late 20th century. Trying to get my phone, camera and laptop to play nice with each other.

    For the weekend,
    Yardwork everyday, ripping and burning brush if dry enough. Finish restoring and edging a flower bed.
    Continue patching bare spots in yard.


    Continue to sort and consolidate 10 years of photos from various phones and computers and cameras. I miss the days of camera shops and three ring binder photos albums!

    After dinner, use camera for some practice photos of the pink and blue plains and try to upload from laptop. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one. My patience with electronics is near zero.
    Pull up coal and lumber dealer track and shim it up ¼".

    Saturday. Paint base layer of foam.

    Sunday. Start building up foam layers for hill.
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  12. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    This weekend the wife wants to get the Halloween decorations up. Hopefully the weather holds up and we can do the outside ones.
    I just installed the front railings on a couple of Atlas Penn Central GP-7’s. I would like to run them over the weekend. I plan to run a train of some express reefers I just finished weathering.

    I want to weather some boxcars. I tried doing one with all chalks this week and was pleased with the result. I want to try more. The only drawback was the car I used was a used one I picked up for $5. The person who handed the car must have had dirty fingers when the handled the car. Before giving the car its initial spray of Dullcoat I thought I had cleaned the car. When I put the first coat of weathering chalks, I had fingerprints appear. I did some additional weathering and thought I got rid of all the fingerprints. After taking some photos I found one I still must work on.


  13. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    With a new work shift starting this next week my weekend is now extended until Tuesday night. My plans are:

    Saturday hit the hardware store. Need lumber, foam board and other building supplies for the new return loop modules I plan to build. Hopefully by Saturday evening I have started cutting wood.

    Sunday more of the same.

    Monday I need to hit the LHS for track and supplies. Thanks f all goes well Saturday and Sunday I should be laying cork road bed today.

    Tuesday I should be laying track and starting the wiring process

    Then we will be back at another weekend starting Friday.
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  14. mrhedley

    mrhedley TrainBoard Member

    After many weeks away from the layout and work room due to camping, hiking, and chores, this could be a weekend to get back to some modeling. First task will be to paint and assemble the lot of vehicles I bought from TB member Rasputen. I already had about twenty of them, and recently purchased another 10. I picked up a few bottles of enamel from the LHS, and already have the chrome pen and canopy glue for the windows. If I get through that, I need to lay a few roadways, with either foam sheet, styrene, or molded plaster, then paint and weather. Fall is here. Clouds and rain in the forecast for the next several days.
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  15. mrhedley

    mrhedley TrainBoard Member

    Interesting roofing material you've chosen. Is the lettering this large in the prototype? :)
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2020
  16. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    More great stuff. Go 2-10-2! GM&O rules! (Nice boxcar!) I am just working along on loco parts. Couplers on frame. Cross head guide done. Needs installation. Running board set done. Needs installation. You get the idea. Boiler next. Sunny and clear out with cooler temps. Hard to stay inside. Have fun and be safe.
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  17. Randy Stahl

    Randy Stahl TrainBoard Supporter

    I would love to see your results with Rasputins vehicles, I have plans to buy some but haven't gotten around to it quite yet. I have seen some outstanding results with these models.
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  18. rray

    rray Staff Member

    Yeah, I have good luck with 3M transfer adhesive. I just peel the wax paper off, and stick on whatever roofing I want. If it's wood shingles, they stick well, then a fine dusting with chalk powder also sticks between the cracks. Great stuff, but expensive at $400 a 12" x 60' roll!
  19. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

    I'm going to finish building the steel trestle for module 08 this evening and hope to install it tomorrow afternoon.

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  20. Mark St Clair

    Mark St Clair TrainBoard Member

    It has been three weeks since I had the chance to work on the trains. Nights are cooler now and the daylight hours are notably shorter. Cooler temps mean I will be getting out for walks midday Saturday and Sunday. Less daylight means more time inside and, I hope, fewer excuses to skip modeling.

    There are two ladders to build for 2295's tender.
    Here is a rough sketch of the project.
    ladder sketch.jpg

    I tried modifying various ladders I have in my parts boxes without success. Brass strip seems my best option for shaping the curved parts of the rails. We will see how it goes.

    Stay well!
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