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IronBeltKen

Lazy Daydreamer
I can't find any of those products at MBK's?
Surely they carry some dont' they.
E
Eric are you talking about the decal softeners or the intermodal machines?

MBK has both MicroSol and MicroSet in stock: http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=decal+solution&Submit=

...and they have two of the four intermodal handling machines on your list:
http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=933-3109&Submit=
http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=933-3122&Submit=

[Actually they also have the 3rd one, but it is N scale...]

Since "Solvaset" is a Walthers product, you might need to order that directly thru them:
https://www.walthers.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=solvaset
 
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BigE

Active Member
Ken I was talking about the decal stuff that I couldn't find at MBK.
The intermodal stuff I already found on MBK.

Since there is only 1 forklift type, I'll order it.
But I am not sure which one of the overhead cranes to get.
E.
 

Sirfoldalot

Plucked Tailfeathers
Staff member
Just going to say -- Morning!
Been awake for almost 2 hours now - spent one hour of that waiting for computer to install MS BS! I thought I had that stuff turned off!

Generally have felt like doing nothing the past two days - sure am getting tired of the One Day of Feeling Good and then a relasph back into non sleep and feeling rotton.

Nice photos of everyone's projects .. Interesting pilot there, ARL.

Maybe I will feel like putting something of value later on today -- take care everyone........
 
Good morning, 72° and swampy. Forecast is for summer temperatures, with a daily 20% chance of storms, which means, it ain't gonna rain, but if it does, we told ya.

I attempted to paint the Reading Freight station yesterday, it did not go well. I used Poly Scale Aged White, and brushed it on. Fortunately, I started on the side that will not be visible on the layout, so the project isn't ruined. I'll try to remove as much as possible and restart. :mad:

Another Harrisburg PA photo, the station during the PC era.

Harrisburg PA 1970.jpg

And, the Reading Company Station, which was demolished in the early 1960s.

Harrisburg PA Reading Co sta.jpg

Have a good day!
 
Good morning everyone. It's 72 and 600% humidity - these are the days when you walk outside, wave hello to your neighbor, and havew to go back in to change your shirt! Will get to 94 today, mid-90's every day this week and next weekend, too. We need rain! If any of you have a surplus, please bottle it and send right away :mad:

We'll be on vacation for a while starting tomorrow, so may not get to post regularly. Mostly a stay-cation since folks are coming here to visit us.

GarryCBQ - Wow! Nice work and nice photos. BTW, is that an 18" bridge? I just got one in and will start working on it in a couple of weeks. Yours looks nicely-done.

Here are some photos of the passenger station I just finished. Did a little touch-up paint after taking these photos, so the mistakes you will all catch have already been TCO.

Passenger station angled view.jpg Passenger station close-up.jpg Passenger station with mountain background.jpg

Have a good day everyone.
 
Good Morning All. Clear and 75° right now. Afternoon temperatures are staying in the lower 90's until Wednesday. Then up to a more normal upper 90's. Still no triple-digits in the forecast. With the exception of last year (1 day) we historically have 30+ days of triple-digits. Had a wonderful visit from all of the grandkids and my daughters and their husbands yesterday. My two grandsons remain until Wednesday, and they brought the granddog to stay with them! Matchbox cars have taken over as a focal point for the boys, and they barely spent ten minutes in the train shed. My granddaughter was a lot more interested, but Daddy had to hold her up to see anything, she's only two and a half right now.
In the quiet time that I had after most folks had left, I applied decals and signs to the structure that I am building. All that's left is some small details and it will be completed. I installed lighting although it will be a while before power makes it to that portion of the layout.

Eric - You seem to be moving right along with an actual layout. I know that you were somewhat limited for space back in GA, so that longer run that you are designing will seem like utopia when you get it running. Regarding the decal solutions, I use "Solvaset". It basically softens the decal (don't touch) and helps it settle into crevices and over rivets etc. I don't usually use it when I am applying decals to absolutely smooth surfaces. I do however spray or brush paint some Testor's "Dullcoat" over them as soon as the water evaporates. That feed store may be one of the kits that some European company makes for Walther's. I don't recall their name, but they include those lighting kits in all of them and their instructions are much better than Walther's. Of the three Walther's kits that you mentioned, I have two of them, but have only assembled the forklift. The third one (933-3222) is the "N" scale version of the "MiJack" kit. Edit I see that Ken has already pointed this out. The forklift was used in the 70's at mostly smaller intermodal yards. It has some delicate parts that I broke when I built it 20 years ago, that I had to refabricate with styrene at the time. I haven't built the overhead crane yet, mainly because I am not ready for it.
Garry - I build just the opposite way (nothing wrong with either method). I build out most of the benchwork, roadbed, track and wiring first and get trains running and then go back and do the scenery. That explains why I have 300'+ of mainline (as well as 800' of sidings and spurs) done, but only about 45' of completed scenery. Trouble is that there are gaps between the scenery and it is not continuous. I too have picked up some lumber at construction sites and some other salvaged stuff from where I used to work; lumber, wire, electronics etc. It's always amazed me what companies discard.
Chet - Porch looks great now that you're finished. In this area, mockingbirds will dive-bomb things and pets, and will attack their own images reflecting off window glass.
Ken (D&J) - Fortunate catch on the wheel bearing. It sure could screw up an otherwise enjoyable trip.
Johnny - Just saw your station pictures. Great work for a newbie! Kidding about the newbie part.

I hear young voices, so it's time to go. Everybody have a wonderful day.

Willie
 

bnsf971

AKA Gomez Addams
Staff member
Just going to say -- Morning!
Been awake for almost 2 hours now - spent one hour of that waiting for computer to install MS BS! I thought I had that stuff turned off!

Generally have felt like doing nothing the past two days - sure am getting tired of the One Day of Feeling Good and then a relasph back into non sleep and feeling rotton.

Nice photos of everyone's projects .. Interesting pilot there, ARL.

Maybe I will feel like putting something of value later on today -- take care everyone........
Go to "start", then type in "msconfig" in the seatch box, then click msconfig at the top of the field. Click "services", then scroll down to "windows update", then uncheck that selection. Click "apply" or "save", then click "exit". Then click "restart now", and when the computer reboots, it will not install windows updates.
 

GarryCBQ

Active Member
Caught some of the "Mainstream Media" snooping around! They are looking for a story that will STICK!

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Sherrel ..... Actually, the Frisco had a 2-10-0 originally built by Baldwin for the Russian government in 2018. The order for Russia was cancelled, and the Russian Decapod was purchased by Frisco and other US roads. .... I think Bachmann made models of them several years ago.

Johnny... The black truss badge over the main line is made from a Campbell wood kit, and it is about 17" long. Also, there is a gray plastic bridge by Plastruct about 20" long crossing the mainline as the layout wraps around a corner of the room.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
Good morning. A nice cool start to the day at 52 degrees. Supposed to be sunny with a high in the low 80's. I can live with that.

Joe - Is it a structure you are painting? Like both buildings. Like the photo of the NS units also. I have seen a few of them up here. That was a bit of a suprise.

Sherrel - Sounds like you are a bit down in the dumps. Hoping that thing can get back to normal for you quickly. Like the news paper article.

Johnny - Nice job on the station. Looking good.

Curt - We have done just about everything to the house. It's like a new 40 year old house. Put a new roof on a couple of years ago also.

Karl - Nice looking locomotive. You have quite a collection. I don't have many brass locomotives, but with the exception of a 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone and a Northern Pacific Northern,2626, the rest of mine are on the layout and are used on a regular basis.

Willie -
I don't think these birds are mocking birds, but they are a bit of entertainment. At least the robins aren't crapping on the porch.

Here's another photo of the rails.

Nature_Landscape-wallpaper-11294411.jpg

Later
 
Sherrel ..... Actually, the Frisco had a 2-10-0 originally built by Baldwin for the Russian government in 2018. The order for Russia was cancelled, and the Russian Decapod was purchased by Frisco and other US roads. .... I think Bachmann made models of them several years ago.

Johnny... The black truss badge over the main line is made from a Campbell wood kit, and it is about 17" long. Also, there is a gray plastic bridge by Plastruct about 20" long crossing the mainline as the layout wraps around a corner of the room.
Garry - The kit I just got in is an Atlas 18" but I like how you painted/weathered yours. I may use it as a guide for mine. Thanks for sharing.
 

kbkchooch

"retired" conductor
Sherrel ..... Actually, the Frisco had a 2-10-0 originally built by Baldwin for the Russian government in 2018. The order for Russia was cancelled, and the Russian Decapod was purchased by Frisco and other US roads. .... I think Bachmann made models of them several years ago.
Bachmann did , I've got 3 of them( 2 Western Maryland and 1 Erie), they run as well as the infamous Bachmann 2-8-0 Consols
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
Karl - I also have one, but on grades it is a wimp. Really runs smoothly, but can't handle more than 4 cars on a two and a half percent grade. It has been assigned switching duties in one of the yards. Mine is udecorated. I was so disappointed iwith it that I never lettered it. My Bachmann consolidation can handle 10 cars on the grade. ?????????
 
Good morning all! 79 headed for 90.

Going to the hobby shop later to get some paint for the shingles, they recommend painting prior to application, also white glue as the adhesive.

Will post more later on a real computer!

Johnny--the station turned out really nice!
 

BigE

Active Member
Well fellers, I'm about model builded out building buildings.
So I got out some rolling and decided to some track ready. I fixed about a dozen of them.
The next one I opened up was a kit to build one - so I guess I'm about to learn how to build rolling stock!!
That's ok - I haven't done any before.
E.
 
Well fellers, I'm about model builded out building buildings.
So I got out some rolling and decided to some track ready. I fixed about a dozen of them.
The next one I opened up was a kit to build one - so I guess I'm about to learn how to build rolling stock!!
That's ok - I haven't done any before.
E.
Which kit is it? I have built hundreds over the last 35 years. Most are relatively easy.

Willie
 
Afternoon All,

Didn't accomplish much today other than re-arranging two cabinet drawers so all my styrene supplies are in one and all my wood supplies are together in another. I just got done talking to Phil and he is doing well.

Karl- Nice looking loco.

Eric- I hook my lighting to the track buss with a resistor in-line. It works great and you can have several lights on the same circuit.

Sherrel- I hope you feel better.

Joe- I use Tamiya Flat White (I believe it's XF-1 or 2) thinned with alcohol. If it's wood I put A&I on first and if it's styrene I paint first.

Johnny- I really like the station. It's amazing the difference scenery makes.

Chet- Great rail picture.

I hope everyone has a good night.
 



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