MODELING It's Monday, April 5th 2021: Weekend Modeling Accomplishments

Jim Wiggin Apr 5, 2021

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend and for those who celebrate it, a great Easter. Let's get started.

    Friday: While cold, the high only got to 53 for a mere 20 minutes, the day was a success. Most of Illinois is open so the usually haunts and eating places were open and things almost felt normal. I was able to catch a few pieces of cool equipment such as a few former Super Fleet Dash 9's still in the red and silver and a former Q waycar on display in Williamsfield. We finished the day with our usual in Galesburg, fried tacos and frosty beverages. It was a good time and I hope to do it again before Galesburg RR Days.

    Saturday: Since I got home at midnight the night before, I slept in a bit but was soon moving about. Someone turned on the warm weather and so I decided to head to my not so local hobby shop. I picked up three frog juicers for the HO layout as well as some metal wheel sets for some older HO kits I plan to build. I was then shown some N scale models that were of interest to me, an older Atlas GP7 in Maine Central and a Bachmann Spektrum B&M steam locomotive. The roads and price were right so they went home with me. I spent the rest of the day getting tractor supplies and having a nice dinner with Angela.

    Easter Sunday: While Ang had most of the lunch cooking, I tackled the tractor for it's annual. This meant, oil and filter change, spark plug and general cleaning. We had the kids and grand child over and enjoyed the grand daughters first Easter Egg hunt then settled in for a wonderful meal. After everyone left, I finished up the tractor then changed the oil and filter on the Harley. I still have more to do on the bike and tractor but it was a good start to getting maintenance done. All in all, a great weekend.

    So how about you? What did you accomplish this Easter weekend? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Friday the 9th to do it all over again. Until then, have a great week, be safe and stay healthy and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning... Good Easter weekend. Got done what I wanted thanks to all day Friday.

    1. Decaled 7 cars, 5 of which were the N&W 22000 series coal hoppers I wanted to get done.
    2. Cleaned off the area where the elevated coal branch will go. Was storing scenery supplies there. Managed to put down ballast down the center of tracks that will be covered by the elevated coal facility. Before and after photos below.

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  3. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Hope Y'all had a great Easter.

    I din't get anything done - and, that's OK.

    Here is a photo of my depot relocation project. (From previous weeks)
    I still have a bit to do - but, making progress.


    Thanks, and, Y'all have a great week,
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  4. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

    I did not have anything planned for this past weekend but I started piddling and came up with the following :




    Made the decals myself, yes quality does not match some commercial printer, but after weathering they are OK. The 2 spine cars are part of a 5 car set. They are excellent runners and wish I had another set.

    Thanks for looking. Guess I should go into every weekend with no special plans.

    Be well,
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    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Was too cool to do any painting Friday evening and Saturday so about all I got done was organizing some papers in the train room and applied a few hazmat placard decals to some items on the layout. More of that to go. Got caught up on honey do's as well. Sunday, I cooked pork chops, chicken, and sausages on the grill and just chilled for the afternoon.

    Hope everyone has a great week!
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  6. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

    Friday, I drove to our daughter and SIL's house and helped them move/assemble furniture.

    Saturday, I shot some video while I deep-cleaned my Varney Docksider. The video is intended for my YouTube train channel, which has not yet officially launched, and which I now have a backlog at least three episodes that need to be edited so I can post them.

    Sunday, we had most of the kids over (of course not the one who is on active duty at Fort Benning, but we called him, and my Mom while we were all together) for dinner and ate far too much ham, cheesy potatoes, deviled eggs, salad, and carrot cake/cheese cake for dessert.

    And, over the course of the weekend, I also sorted through three or four more boxes of Dad's accumulated magazines. So far, I'm keeping the Model Railroader mags until I think of something to do with them. I can't yet bring myself to recycle them all but I am recycling all of the archaeology magazines, alumni bulletins, National Geographics, etc. I've set aside a couple boxes of Trains, Model Railroad Craftsman, and Lionel Collectors Club to donate to the HO and O-gauge model railroad clubs to which I belong. I now have five or six boxes of MRR in the basement and two more big boxes in the garage yet to be brought in, altogether about five decades worth more or less.
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  7. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    This weekend was almost a repeat of the last. Continued work on my F226 flat cars, applying road number decals. Just could not find a Trailer Train styled letter "D" in any of the decal sets so am adding the TTDX with a different type script. Hopefully this week I will finally get to the LHS to pick up some styrene strip to finish the decks on these.


    A pair of M2 Bradley IFV's got chained down on another one of my M/T flat cars. And I figured out how to modify the box insert to accommodate the loads.


    And I started to apply decals to a couple of the River Point pickups that I got awhile back.


    Had trains running all the time I was working at the bench and in between sessions in the train room I did some work on the vegetable garden.
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  8. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    (I just realized nscalestation is actually Superman!) Great Easter weekend. I was able to visit with all my children and grandchildren. A slightly unusual event. We had fourteen members family at my daughter's church, including the great granddaughter! A lot of fun. The model railroad activity is just continuing drawing the building diagram which I added to just a while ago. Great looking projects listed above. Excelsior! All have fun and be well. :D
  9. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Not Superman. Just no family nearby so for us this was just a regular weekend to spend time on our interests.
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  10. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    Getting here late today. My wife had a rough night sleeping. She was getting the chills and running a low-grade fever. She was up and down constantly and could not get comfortable. Appears to be a late reaction to her second shot. She is scheduled to go back to work on Thursday if the school reopens.

    We had a peaceful, uneventful Easter other than me having to run out and get chopped peanuts for the sweet potato casserole. Saturday, we ran some errands until the wife was too tired to continue. Friday, however, was the stress day. I had to travel to four PetSmarts before I found the prescription dog food. I did not have a choice as we were out of the only one the dog will eat. Took me about 3 hours and about 85 miles.

    I painted the mortar lines for the walls of the Engine House.


  11. Mark St Clair

    Mark St Clair TrainBoard Member

    Was a good weekend. Had three big objectives. Finished two and made progress on the third.

    1. Build a "catch" trough on the workspace.
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    Simple as can be. Adjustable to the width of the fabric to accommodate various activities. Sharon hemmed the edges to keep the fabric from unraveling.

    2. Insulate the pilot wheelset on the Mikado project.
    pilot truck.JPG
    Originally the bolster (top) was the same width as the journal. That worked great for the original wheelset which had a thick insulator on the back of the wheel. This wheelset has much thinner insulation. I planned do put an insulating washer on the axle, but the washers are in the storage unit. Instead I ground and filed the bolster down for more clearance. Probably a better solution anyway. No way of knowing if the washer might get lost at some later date.

    3. Make a boiler drawing. Did not get this one done. Still figuring out the best places to compromise the prototype dimensions to match the mechanism. I hope to make a first attempt sometime this week.

    All in all I was pleased with the modeling accomplishments. Sharon and I provided my son and his friends some Easter dinner. Finally, I caught this critter working Sunday morning.
    Black Rabbit sm.jpg

    I think it was annoyed I saw it, because I didn't get any eggs!

    Stay safe,
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  12. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

    Worked on painting the 3D printed house and garage in the background. But the main thing is a opened a package, I bought 4 different ones, of the Woodland Scenics N-Scale Rail Fence, and I have to say, cause they are so tiny those little Legs break OFF really easy. So probably in the end I put a dab of clue on them. Has anyone had issues with this in N-Scale or any other scale? Would imagine the HO and for sure O are a lot easier to install, just because of size? I was frustrated and disappointed last night, but today, I calmed down and kind of dig them. The little legs you are suppose to put into the hole are just so tiny and brittle. Have the Picket, Barbed Wire, and Privacy also to use at some point.

    Plus I don't know why, I thought they would be longer, but I had never bought a fence. BTW, on the Just Plug N-Scale lights, the wires are super tiny too, so it's really just a scale thing I guess :)

    Anyone bought the N-Scale fence or Just Plug lights from Woodland Scenics?


    A few of the animals fall down :) That's one crowed area!
  13. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    Wry productive weekend.

    Friday I finished another structure.

    Saturday nothing of course

    Sunday I worked on the modules. The new six footer. Is coming along. Cork road bed is down, and I was able to start some of the ground cover on the loop. Waiting for an order of powder from Arizona rock and mineral to show up. I need my dirt to finish the modules.

    Monday I continued work on the six footer. Track is glued down, tunnel portals are painted. Next is ballast the tunnel areas, start wiring, paint the rail then start building mountains. This module will be done quickly.
  14. Chris Hall

    Chris Hall TrainBoard Member

    Most of the weekend was spent outside, enjoying the sun but inbetween hurtling up and down mountains on the bike I managed to get the lights installed and paint done on the castle


    Also had a go at applying static grass, not the easiest of things to try for the first time. Went on ok, but doesn't stand up particularly well. Once the glue has fully dried I will hit it with the vacuum and try to remove all the errant strands that went everywhere.

  15. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

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  16. mrhedley

    mrhedley TrainBoard Member

    I got zero modeling done last week. It was winter cleanup, yard and garage. There were a lot of dead limbs that had to be cut up and taken to the curb. Then the yard had to be raked.

    There won't be any modeling at all the next two weeks. Friday we leave for a week on the coast. We left that once we were fully vaccinated it was time to get out for the first time in over a year (except for a couple of weekends camping last summer within an hour of the house...). This will be our first driving vacation in years. Hopefully it will be uneventful.

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