MODELING It's Monday, March 8th 2021: Weekend Modeling Accomplishments

Jim Wiggin Mar 8, 2021

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a productive weekend and enjoyed the weekend overall. Let's see how we did.

    Saturday: I was able to get the track I needed Friday night, so Saturday morning, I fired up my podcast and got to work. It was super relaxing to just sit and work on track while listening to my favorite podcasts. By that afternoon, I had all the trackwork finished on the layout.
    As luck would have it, the Amazon truck pulled up with my 14 Gauge wire just in time so I started the wiring of the bus line.
    I finished the evening by enjoying some fine Polynesian food with the wife and called it a day.

    Sunday: I continued the wiring by connecting all the feeders to the bus line, testing as I went. I'm using blue and white for the DCC line as I plan to use a dedicated DC line for accessories. That line will be traditional black and red. By 11:00am I had all the feeders connected, no shorts or power loss and the NCE panel installed and ready to go.
    I had just enough time to clean the track and test run a train before lunch. Success! After lunch I enjoyed the warm weather and did my spring cleaning of the garage and worked on a window screen project that Ang has been after me for years. I started up the charcoal grill and slow cooked some pork while Ang helped me finish the screen. One good thing about my new blood pressure medicine is I feel much better and in the mornings, I feel like I'm 21 again. The bad news is, by the end of the day, I crash! We finished up, ate dinner and I think I fell asleep on the sofa.
    This morning I fired up my new Genesis GP40-2, in B&M of course, and tested the layout by switching a car. It ran smoothly and I'm happy with the results. I just now need to add a few ties, detail the turnouts and paint the track but that might be next weekend.

    So how about you? What did you get accomplished? Let us know. We'll start the process all over again on Friday the 12th. Until then, have a great week, be safe, stay healthy and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Was a good weekend. Got done what I wanted.

    1. Broke out the Airbrush and weathered some cars that have been either built, fixed, needed some "love", etc. Got work completed on about 8 cars and 2 engines. 4 of the cars posed for pictures below. Plus I air brushed various caboose parts for the Atlantic and Danville F&C Kit I started. Air brushed parts/trim for the Highland Paint Company building I started as well.
    2. Managed to correct the offending edge cards that were driving my DigiTrax Command station nuts every time I powered up the layout.

    Watched NC State women's basketball team knock off Virginia Tech, Ga Tech, and Louisville in the ACC women's tourney for their 2nd consecutive ACC title this weekend. All in all, a very good weekend.

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  3. Helitac

    Helitac TrainBoard Member

    I got the remaining 3 flatcars to the ready for paint stage, sadly the LHS didn't have the couplers, so I ordered them. The wood for the decks should be here any time so I can start on the decks. I was going to use 1/32 strips, but they looked too heavy, so I've got some 1/64th coming, it should look better. No progress on the switcher, where does the time go? Be Safe.
  4. Philip H

    Philip H TrainBoard Member

    TUrned out to be a 1:1 kitbashing weekend. Saturday I was "in the closet" under the stairs fixing drywall that had started to mold from and A/C condensate drain leak in the adjacent air handler. Once that was cut and patched and the initial coat of mud was on, I went to Lowes and bought the supplies to repair the roof of the pergola, which was damaged in Hurricane Zeta. Sunday I had and elevated view of the CSX trains passing behind the house while scrambling like a monkey fixing said roof. So lots of 1:1 train action but no modeling.
  5. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

  6. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    I had a very productive weekend.

    Finished re-applying ground cover to the depot relocation project. Next will be adding in a parking lot, flattening the area between the depot and rails and adding a road.
    I painted a building a building flat. next - windows a and window treatment.

    I ballasted the re-positioned rails.

    That's about it

    Hope Y'all had a great weekend,
  7. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning all,

    It was also a productive weekend for me as well. On Friday the tunnel portals got weathered and installed on the layout then another layer of scenery materials got added to the hillside, and then added the painted backdrop above the hillside. On Saturday I added bushes to the hillside while running a few trains in automatic mode. Discovered a couple of rolling stock problems that I had not noticed before and those will have to be worked on a some point. Sunday I added another layer of scenery materials to the areas to the right of the river and also put down a final coat of acrylic and gloss on the river, this time adding a bit more green. Here are some photos of how the area looks now.
    TBWMA08Mar21a.jpg TBWMA08Mar21d.jpg
    Still need to add a fence along the road above the tunnels, may try the new Woodland Scenics barbed wire fence for that. And also line poles along both tracks.

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Not going to call mine productive but did get some things done. Finished dome touch up paint work on some GHQ models, put some vent decals along the bottom of the silos for the grain elevator. They are ready to mount now before proceeding to the next part. Worked on the main building for the grain elevator and got it much closer to being ready for the layout as well. Also with those two sections coming along, I turned my attention to prepping the base so that it will be ready for the buildings. Made good progress on that.

    Hope you all have a great week!
  9. Chris Hall

    Chris Hall TrainBoard Member

    Saterday -Installed and wired up the mini control panel. Just a couple of minor tweaks to get it fully operational but really pleased with the result.


    Sunday - Sorted out replacing all the Fleishmann turnout motors and filling in the holes I cut so I could mount them upside down. Also had a go at printing out some traffic lights, mostly to see how small I can print something, and the answer to that was very...

  10. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    I finished paining up the bamboo skewers for trees. Next will be assembly scheduled for Wednesday.

    Friday evening I received some good news. Last month I had 9 models evaluate for merit awards. 5 had passed. Well the team took another look at one of the 4 that didn’t pass and changed their mind. I now have 6 merit awards. Very pleased. Shows my modeling skills have improved.

    Sunday was spent typing up paperwork so today and tomorrow it’s back to painting rail rusty so I can start ballasting.
  11. Philip H

    Philip H TrainBoard Member

    @nscalestation - I really like how your water turned out in that scene.
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  12. rch

    rch TrainBoard Member

    I weathered the UP Bicentennial hopper I got last week. I hate getting any grime on it, but if it's going to be somewhat plausible in the late 80s it really needs to be filthy. I'll keep looking at it and decide if I need to go farther with it.

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  13. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    Most be working here. Made progress on car upgrades and now have the last group of cars in process. One locomotive will need a possible repair and may as well upgrade it too. Hope all have a safe and good week. (y)
  14. Tim Holmes

    Tim Holmes TrainBoard Member

    Looks great to me -- sometimes (particularly with a special car) less is more!

  15. Mark St Clair

    Mark St Clair TrainBoard Member

    Had a good weekend even if I didn't accomplish as much on the train list as I intended.

    A little bonus time on Friday evening led me to discover that the wire I needed to "fire up" the DC throttle was in the storage unit. Oh well, add that to the list.

    Saturday: Sharon and I toured a few nearby communities per our plans. Grabbed some coffee and a pastry in Mount Vernon after checking out Sedro-Woolley and Burlington. Then drove around Arlington and Lake Stevens before heading for Snohomish. Grabbed some fish-n-chips for a late lunch after walking around.

    Sunday: We enjoyed Saturday so much we decided to check out a few closer places. Headed up to Birch Bay and grabbed coffee in Blaine. After walking around there we cruised over to Lynden and then Ferndale. Stopped at the storage unit for the wire on the way home. Still had plenty of time to get the DC supply working. Then used it to power the Mike's mech while removing the blackening from the drivers. It being dinner time I called it a day. Plenty more to do, but it will wait for me.

    Stay safe,
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  16. rch

    rch TrainBoard Member

    I think you're right. Not only that, I'm always cautious with white cars. It's so easy to overdo it and not that easy to correct.
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  17. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    Even with the bowling tournament this weekend I managed to decal a 52'6" gondola car, and painted an early version Evans 5277CF Boxcar kit. Also started work on a 50' PS1 Boxcar kit. Also updated my car inventory list with all the hopper cars I upgraded with wheels and couplers.

    Rick Jesionowski
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  18. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Thank you Phillip, it's actually an easy technique using acrylic tube paints and gloss medium that anyone could master.
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  19. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Member

    I've been delaying this post hoping I would get more done but all I accomplished was cutting a few parts off of sprus.
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