Rainier Great Western Const Update

RGW Feb 19, 2007

  1. BoxcabE50

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  2. RGW

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    A jam packed evening on the RGW tonight. Scott brought in his modified police motorcycle and patrol officer. He changed the deflection of the officer's arm and added a radar gun. On the cycle, he added saddle bags and a beacon.

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    He also modified one of the officer's to represent a Washington State Patrol officer at the gas station. It is repleat with the force's signature Smokey the Bear hat.

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    After a little clean-up, this is how Renton looks tonight. We even reinstalled Dunn Lumber.

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    As for me, I started the evening using epoxy to glue down the ridge cap on the SSY bridge.

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    Great care was taken to bend the end piece into the correct curve and then some creativity was used to hold both ends to the bridge itself.

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    While that was drying, I modified the Kenworth building to match a recent prototype I came across where the building was actually used as a support. In my case, I used a razor saw to make the horizontal cuts. Then I used an x-acto knife to cut the entire piece out. Later I added back a styrene edge cap.

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    After finishing in Renton, Scott joined Doug in weathering up our abutments and a tunnel portal.

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    That's all I have for tonight. Well see you next Tuesday. Thanks for checking in....
     
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  3. vince p

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    Love the way the it's progressing.

    What about that county mounty or is he/she on a call.
     
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    Such great detail, its looking fantastic.
     
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  5. BNSF FAN

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    (y)(y)(y) Impressive work as always!
     
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  6. RGW

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    Getting in a little late Friday night work on the SSY bridge. The cap rail is all in. Tomorrow the bottom rail.

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    Looking Great Michael! The building interiors are super impressive! Love the police. The bridge is great. All around awesome!
     
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  8. RGW

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    Another productive evening on the RGW. Wain continues to make excellent progress on the lower West wall scenery.

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    Doug and Scott are making nice work of the Southeast wall. Specifically the area around the UPS and Dairy Queen...

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    As well as the area above the RGW headquarters...

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    I wrapped up the lower lip of the SSY bridge.

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    Here's a close-up of that work after the first coat of paint.

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    Looking forward to completing the bridge next week.

    That's it for tonight. Thanks for checking in.
     
  9. vince p

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    Like the song

    I can see for miles and miles and miles lol M

    Looking great

    But if Fed-Ex and UPS merged you'd get Fed-UP

    And a lot of claims lol


    Looks great
     
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  10. RGW

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    A quick update on tonight's progress. I was able to complete the facade of the SSY bridge and began to weather the structure. There will be much more to come, including adding vines to the stantions.

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    Rey spent the evening working on another 5 car set of APC well cars.

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    Doug assisted me with some of the bridge work, then decided to make more dead trees. He had two complete by evening's ended.

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    That's all there is tonight. Thanks for checking in.
     
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    Fun night making progress the RGW. Scott started us off with making a foamcore box for our soon to be poured mold for concrete median barriers.

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    There are 48 Walther's median barriers in the box and we will be using Smooth-On molding silicone to form the mold.

    Wain spent the evening attaching the Masonite boards to our staging tracks in South Seattle Yard.

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    He'll soon be adding Plastruct "rock textured" styrene to the Masonite. We'll finish off the Masonite with a simulated masonry cap.

    As for me, a couple of different projects. First was to continue adding scenery to our new bridge facade.

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    In these two similar photos, I tried to simulate vines that intersect with each other. Before:

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    After:

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    My other project is on the north end of the bridge. I'm preparing the area for a Republic Services transfer station.

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    Part of that prep is the use of a retaining wall. A little creativity was employed to glue the two pieces in a 90° angle.

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    Well that's it for tonight. More to come next Tuesday.
     
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  12. vince p

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    Looking great really like the Vines
     
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  14. RGW

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    I can't count that high....
     
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  15. dalebaker

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    It all looks great Michael!
     
  16. gjslsffan

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    Thats some really clever modeling Mike. Great use of the vine material, you are so lucky to have all that help, and the resources to do the fantastic modeling and building going on there.
     
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  17. RGW

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    Thx Tom
     
  18. vince p

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    Lol think you need some Kudzu Mike
     
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  19. RGW

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    Here's our update from the Tuesday RGW work party. I spent the evening adding scenery and weathering to the area around the SSY bridge.

    I used pan pastels to add darker colors to accent the smoke residue and added greens to simulate mold. I also took the time to create a scenery block for one of the tortoise switch machines. I used black foamcore as the "block" and hot glued it to a sculpted piece of foam so it stands upright and is removable.

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    I finished the evening adding ground cover to the general area. I used a lot of real dirt, various greens for grasses and some leaf debris.

    Rey continued working on the well cars. They have tons of detail so they are quite the work in progress.

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    Scott and Doug began putting gravel on the Renton Yard approach road's shoulders and building up a platform for the concrete median barriers. You can see some of those put in place for reference purposes.

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    Scott used basswood strips to bring the barrier foundation to the road height. It also provides a consistent base to attach the barriers.

    Well, that's it for now. Cya next week.
     
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    Quick update, had an interesting start to the mold project yesterday. I'm using Oomoo 30 for the mold. It's a two part product for a silicone mold. I bought mine in January. I opened Part A only to find solid rubber. How fun. Turns out it has a 6-month shelf life. Ugh.

    Amazon came to my rescue with one day delivery on a replacement. So when I got home tonight, there it was on my doorstep. So, it was out to the train room.

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    I set everything up and placed paper towel on the desk. Put on the requisite gloves and I was off. Mixing each part in its own container very thoroughly and when done I poured each into a 2 quart mixing bucket. Then I began the process of mixing the combined parts into a solid (not marbled) color.

    I pulled out the mold and gave it a second coat of mold release and I was ready to pour.

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    After the pour was done, I tapped the mold repeatedly to get air bubbles out. After a quick clean up, I banged the table top a bit to really get the bubbles to the surface.

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    Now it sits over night and we'll pull apart the mold for the next step, resin casting.

    Thanks for checking in!
     
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