MODELING It's Friday, September 15th, 2023: Weekend Modeling Plans

Jim Wiggin Sep 15, 2023 at 1:53 PM

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back to the gateway to the weekend. I hope you all had a great week and are ready to discus what you have planned for the weekend. Let's get started.

    Saturday: I got in to NH yesterday afternoon and my older brother Gary got in the previous day. The big project isn't really model railroad themed but the reason I am back in the granite state. The goal for the day is to remove the bed from Grandpas 1987 F-150 and replace both of the two rusted out fuel tanks. I ordered two new ones from Summit and they are awaiting installation. Like any home or auto project, I'll have my eyes on other items that will need to be replaced but what do you expect from a 36 year old truck? Besides I'll keep this in the family since I remember the day Grandpa purchased it brand new. I hope we get a lot done as I do have model railroading things I want to tackle.

    Sunday: Depending on how far we get on the truck will largely depend on what I want to do today. My Dad is still recovering and I want to get him out of the house. The old B&M Hillsboro branch has seen some life breathed into it thanks to CSX and I want to take Dad out for a Sunday drive to southern NH to see the updates as well as document the line. We'll see how far we get on the truck but some time out of the house may do Dad a world of good.

    So how about you? What do you have planned? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Monday the 18th to see how we all did. Until then, have a great weekend, be safe and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning everyone,

    The big goals on the layout this weekend will be to finish the last of the fascia and maybe finish the tunnel portals for Carlin tunnels on the east end of the layout. Work will continue on the last control circuit for the Ntrak club staging yard.

    Have a great weekend everyone.
  3. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    Busy weekend coming up, Friday will see some work on an XLI boxcar where I have applied the first coat of paint and will need to mask before painting the ends of the car, will also be painting some parts of an ART reefer the same color as the ends on the boxcar. Also need to paint the doors of the boxcar and the side of the reefer as well. Will be taking my wife to get her hair cut and then later in the day to get her shot in the eye for the macular degeneration.

    Saturday, will be going to the club and then in the afternoon, the company is having our picnic at the Guardian's baseball game which should be fun, will not get much work done on my cars this day.

    Sunday, will be working on cars and the substation for the club layout in between the laundry and choir practice.

    Have a great weekend!

    Rick Jesionowski
  4. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    It has been a hectic week between work and doctors’ appointments. My wife went to a doctor’s appointment by herself this week. She drove herself there and was able to walk from the parking lot to the office and throughout the office and back to the car without assistance. This a big step for her considering that a little over two years ago her visit to this doctor involved both my daughter and myself. I had to pull up to the door. My daughter had to help her out of the car and into a wheelchair. Then we had to push her around the office and help her back into the car.

    I hit a major milestone on the layout last night. The two-track main line is now completely tacked and wired into four power districts/blocks. I spent a good amount of time testing trains after connecting the last set of feeders. The trains ran great. I brought out my MTH Milwaukee Little Joe to test it. The last time I had it out it ran poorly especially on the sections of track that lacked feeders. Last night it ran like a charm over the entire layout proving my suspicions that it was a track power issue causing it to run poorly.

    Not sure what we have planned for the weekend. Since my wife is able to be more mobile, we may have to try a few things we have not done in some time. Perhaps go shopping or visit a museum or something similar. Around the house there is the dreaded pile of laundry to throw around. Maybe on a shopping trip we will go searching for mums to plant in the pots around the garden.

    On the layout I want to run some trains. I would like to speed match several locomotives so I can experiment with running a long trailer train. I have some decoders to install. I need to decide what is next for the layout; ballast, roads, another building, or something completely different.
  5. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Happy Friday. Another football home game tomorrow. The 'Pack plays VMI so I will be at the stadium most of the day. That leaves this afternoon and Sunday after mass for modeling. Not sure what I will do, I have 4 things in mind but certainly won't hit them all. I have 2 buildings I want to start, maybe hitting the puff ball trees I put off last weekend, working on the elevated LCL project, and sorting through some of my diesel engines that need attention, cleaning, and tweaking. We'll find out together on Monday what I do because right now, I have no clue which one(s) will be done.

    Have a great weekend all!!!
  6. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

    After I get my Amazon item, due today, plane on fixing the WS lights, again. Those wires are so tiny. I always have issues with them not connecting well, into those WS connectors. The item will be in the Purchase N Scale items soon today :)
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  7. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 TrainBoard Member

    Happy Friday,

    I am going to finish up the remodel of my office (flooring, paint, etc.) and then get back to some modeling. I am attempting to add a rotary beacon and change out an antenna to "modernize" to the 1980s the roof of a GP-18 for the W&NW. I am trying to find these parts (or similar) from this GP-15:

    WNW-Power (2).jpg

    Hopefully, I'll get some advice from the modeling world. Not even sure if I am correct on the date these would be present.

    Have a good one, All,

    -Bob T.

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Did someone mention hectic week?!?! It's been a long not fun filled one for sure. Home now and just have a couple of emails to send before calling it a week.

    Have a bunch of little projects on the workbench that I have been piddling with. Might even finish one or two up this weekend. Even though not much planned, I'm still not sure how much I'll really do so it's a play it by ear weekend.

    You all have fun and enjoy the weekend!
  9. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    Reno a 1987 Ford 150! Cool! :cool: Fascia completion is job done. ;) Club cars. :) (and laundry...) @Tompm, so proud for your wife. Four power districts! :) (and laundry...) Puff ball trees!:love: N-scale for sale! (y) Rotary beacon = Mars light... Hmmm... :unsure: Ihave been described as a "piddler" myself. :oops: I am on here late today due to attending a funeral a distance out of town. It was a nice service. I have completed the initial coach diagram and will start on another passenger type soon. (y) I did my laundry Tuesday and Wednesday early morning. :rolleyes: Met a couple of fellows, last Saturday, at the Irondale Norris Yard west end who were also railfanning. :) One local and one from Idaho. The local guy sent me a video drone clip of train action at Bridgeport, North Alabama. :love: Have an outstanding weekend! :D
  10. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

    A mostly typical weekend ahead. Homework on Friday and Saturday.

    Friday, we will have one or more of our kids over for buffalo wings and cookies since we were all too busy on my birthday Thursday. I'll probably also send some of the venison stuffed pepper casserole I made this week home with them.

    Church Sunday, followed by some time at the club doing some track laying, and then a Zoom meeting for our Liberia mission board.

    Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk
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  11. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

    #1 thing-look at the brake hardlines running along the frame for rust! We get these in to the shop AFTER the customer loses the brake pedal pressure! The Northwest climate up here in Washington does no favors to old vehicles!

    With the bed off, that's the best time to replace them along with the rubber lines, to the rear brakes between the frame to the rear differential.
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  12. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

    Mind posting a picture of said pickum ( spelled incorrectly on purpose ) up truck? Or is it a secret? I understand IF it is a secret. We have a fairly NEW neighbor that has I think a 2005 pickum up truck, that was in the family, and that thing looks brand new. Maybe it's 1995, or 1985, there is a 5 in it I swear :) Either way, it is really cool! As I am sure yours is!
  13. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Brake hard lines were replaced from the master to the brakes back in 2021, but with the bed off, everything will be checked.
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  14. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Grandpa's Truck is an 1987, first year of the Ford Brick look and first year with EFI. If your Neighbor has a 2005, the frame will be different however if it is a 1995, the frame is very similar as back then, Ford didn't completely redesign a truck every three years. 1987 - 1991 were the Brick body syle, first year with composite headlights and 1993 - 1995 were the a different front end in sheet metal and the cab and the interior was different but the frame was nearly identical. When Ford introduced the 1997 it was completely redesigned. I'll try to post pics later.
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  15. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Pick up trucks are awesome. I had a chevy back in the day, a 65 w/ a 67 engine squeezed into it. Something that (I don't believe) could happen today. Love those trucks.
  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    This is huge problem these past few decades. It is more than just fuel lines. Many frames, even if painted or undercoating applied, are rotting. Be wary if you buy a used vehicle! The causes are the material quality, and the fact that frames have been made of less metal, to lighten vehicles for gas mileage concerns. This rotting is the end result. Shock mounts fail. Spring perches disintegrate. A current neighbor had his frame break, unrepairable. Very few of the public even have a clue, until their vehicles suffer a major issue. Repairs are difficult, very expensive and often NOT possible- meaning your car is worthless junk!
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