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    • July 14, 2020 8:44 PM EDT
    • Eric if you have a square of some sort place it in the bottom plate, and if it’s like my old one there is a wing nut on the end to adjust to where the blade is square to the base, or check the blade and make sure it’s not bent from the base of the blade where it conneats to the saw. 

    • July 13, 2020 9:02 PM EDT
    • the key with 'jigsaws' is a 'jig' or 'guide' affixed to the object you are cutting.  As to the angle bit...check the bottom and find the relevant Allan wrench.

    • July 13, 2020 2:57 AM EDT
    • Update:

       

      Our card reader broke, so no pictures to prove it, but work continued this weekend.

       

           Saturday, I test fit my foam walls.  Even by my standards, it wasn't going to work!  I found my template for the rook peak, taped it to a wall, then taped the walls together, and sliced away.  I didn't even to have to use the calibrated coconut for this one! Similar hot-knife work went into the walls.  Then, it was a matter of taking some shishkabob skewers, cutting them into thirds, and driving them through the foam to hold everything together while the glue set.  Today, I returned to the foam core to add more glue fillets.  

       

           Today, my old nemesis, "Jigsaw," came out for the first time since the Mik challenge with the 2x4.  In fact, the remnants of same-said 2x4 came out of the shed.  I had to use "Jigsaw" to cut open a soda syrup barrel we are using as a rain catchment, and figured, as long as the thing was out of the closet, I might as well see if I can cut a straight line.   Nope.   I measured, measured again, then measured, braced the 2x4 on a low picnic table, lined up the blade on the line, and still botched it.  I am not sure by what laws of alchemy a straight metal blade cuts at an angle relative to the vertical, but clearly I have to either a.) find the correct incantation, or b.) keep practicing.  Despite myself, I ended up with four 14" lengths of lumber that will serve as braces in each corner.  Ultimately, I plan to use deck screws to hold the mill to the backerboard base. I plan to drill tap holes in the backerboard, then use a drill to anchor those 2x4s with deck screws.  We'll see...

       

            Speaking of backerboard, I opted to snap it just shy of the loading / empties track.  I had thought to use it as a base all the way across that part of the garden for the engine service track and the mainline station area, but that would've made this project unwieldly.  It's big enough as it is!  The backerboard got a coat of water sealer as a precaution (need to get more; one spray can was insufficient).  It also got pencil markings for the mill location and the various tracks.  More fiddling and sketching again proved that this project is as much a landscaping project as a modeling project!

       

           The next step after I get the core mounted is the roof.  I think I am going to use plastic sheet as it is light, usually available, should add rigidity, and because, why not try something new? The only drawback I see would be interior access, but, as I don't intend to detail the inside, I am not sure this is an issue.   I can always add an access panel to the mauka (mountain facing) side.  Most of the mills had a top structure, presumably for ventilation and lighting.  I also plan to run the stack through the roof, rather than having an external boiler building.  This is an issue of space. Sure glad I test fit everything one more time!  Once I am at this stage (hopefully sooner rather than later!), I feel comfortable ordering the siding.   

       

          I had a some thoughts on the unloader area, but I'll save you from them until I have the photos.  I am finding the constraints of space and the desire to present a logical work flow in my stylized mill are presenting some intriguing design challenges that, while creating delays, are actually rather fun to work through.  

       

      Pictures to come.  

       

      Have a great week!

       

      Eric

    • July 14, 2020 7:13 PM EDT
    •  

      Note the mask wearing before it became a fashion!

      Feed the machine ....

       

       

      Thanks Ric !

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      This post has been edited by Rooster:  he "left" his spare set of balls in downstairs bathroom medicine cabinet and forgot to note the MODEL RAILROAD about 2.45 minutes in.

    • July 14, 2020 7:08 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:."

       

        There are clues here, but I have to wait to even begin to understand them - 

      No clues, just a pair of boxcab's that you asked for.  I think they are pretty cool considering what I started with and once again like the Indian's "Waste nothing" ! 

      BTW...you got a box of scraps but Hollywood got the homemade sauerkraut and strawberry jam for his efforts!

      Really wish I could have delivered them myself so I could explain all but I believe Hollywood can handle the explanation and if not just ask.

       

      Enjoy them Ric....it was a huge challenge for me and I really enjoyed the build !

       

      Thank you for the opportunity !

       

      Rooz

    • July 14, 2020 4:30 PM EDT
    • That hurt my frontal lobe. Ric, when you get the decoding done, please share the results.

       

       

    • July 13, 2020 9:11 PM EDT
    • Rooster said - "The football shall be passed this weekend "with truck mounted couplers that are not to the proper scale". Perhaps someone can figure out how to body mount them properly for proper operational qualities. Nothing glued only pressed, pinned and "screwed" if one gathers to re-read from page 1 as recommended. Debating whether to add another stripper pole for the TWIN.

      John has a long mustache , repeat John has a long mustache! Tired of Alpha Charlie from the experts even though Rooster wears chest candy within the Large Scale community."

       

      All I can do is wait until Wednesday.  There are clues here, but I have to wait to even begin to understand them - 

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      John has a long mustache , repeat John has a long mustache!

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      Tired of Alpha Charlie from the experts

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      even though Rooster wears chest candy within the Large Scale community.

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      Stay tuned, some answers maybe by Wednesday.  Maybe not.

    • July 13, 2020 9:00 PM EDT
    • you guys are merciless!

    • July 13, 2020 6:02 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      I didn't like the face pads either, I could never see what I was doing.  

       

      True that, but it doesn't hurt as much when you fall on your face!

    • July 13, 2020 2:25 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:
       

      ... I have the wearable hard face pads which I cant use on a hard surface or it causes my hips to hurt from trying to keep my legs from kicking out... 

       

      Cliff - Your work looks awesome. There is something about hardscape that never goes quite according to plan, but engineering the fix can be as much fun as the initial plan!

       

      Thanks Jon, much appreciated!

       

      I didn't like the face pads either, I could never see what I was doing.  

    • July 13, 2020 10:13 AM EDT
    • Mark Hadler said:

       About 5 years ago I discovered ErgoKneel mats and finally have the relief that I was always searching for.  I probably have about 5 of them in various sizes.  You might check them out.

       

      Thanks you for this.  I've been using cheap kneeling pads from the garden departments at the big box stores. They are OK, but crush fairly quickly.  I have the wearable hard face pads which I cant use on a hard surface or it causes my hips to hurt from trying to keep my legs from kicking out. I also have a pair of wearable soft pads that feel good on the knees, but the straps dig into my legs. So I ended up using only portable kneeling pads.  I went and looked on Amazon and purchased one!

       

      Cliff - Your work looks awesome. There is something about hardscape that never goes quite according to plan, but engineering the fix can be as much fun as the initial plan!

    • July 13, 2020 8:40 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Is it done yet ...... 

       

      Hmm Sean, filling in for Caughey, I see.

       

      You Scottish guys...

       

    • July 13, 2020 7:51 AM EDT
    • Is it done yet ...... 

    • July 12, 2020 3:29 PM EDT
    • This morning I wanted to even out those roads coming off the mountain, now that I've decided to make those flats have diagonal bases (with each building going up a step). The saw-tooth look looks dumb. But my conduit stubs were already getting buried, and need extending for sure if the road mortar was going to be even thicker there.

       

      So I took some 7/16" styrene tube, shoved it into the semi-buried conduit. Then I put a short piece of conduit the styrene. After mortaring all around, it'll be like a single piece of conduit. Later on, I'll remove the styrene tube and trim the conduit extension close to the newly raised ground level.

       

         

       

      After that, I was able to build up and even out these roads. Then I kept going through the main city area.

       

       

       

      Looks like another day of mortar work is needed, then a couple days of cleanup. Then staining, track replacement, and finally back to the installation of the 1st four flats.

       

      Thanks for watching,

      ===:>Cliffy

    • July 12, 2020 3:11 PM EDT
    • Mark Hadler said:

      Cliff:

       

      I've had bad knees since high school when I was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter disease while playing football that I still suffer from in my old age as I never "out grew" it. 

       

      I have tried every kneeling device that I could find and they have all been better than nothing but never provided genuine comport when kneeling.  I even purchased, and subsequently returned, the ProKnee device.

       

      About 5 years ago I discovered ErgoKneel mats and finally have the relief that I was always searching for.  I probably have about 5 of them in various sizes.  You might check them out.

       

      Sorry about your knees Mark, but thanks for the ErgoKneel tip. I've been using discarded chair pads, but the foam is way too squishy. So thanks for that idea!

    • July 12, 2020 3:07 PM EDT
    • Rooster said:
      Rooster said:

      I ain't helping cut it up when your dead!

      Looks amazing !!!! 

       

      Well, that makes two of us!

       

      And thanks!

    • July 12, 2020 7:32 AM EDT
    • Rooster said:

       

       

      Outstanding !

       

       

       

       

      This post has been edited by: Rooster

       

      Pussy

       

      Well you got one line in that response right

    • July 11, 2020 8:04 PM EDT
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      Outstanding !

       

       

       

       

      This post has been edited by: Rooster

       

      Pussy

    • July 11, 2020 8:02 PM EDT
    • Cliff:

       

      I've had bad knees since high school when I was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter disease while playing football that I still suffer from in my old age as I never "out grew" it. 

       

      I have tried every kneeling device that I could find and they have all been better than nothing but never provided genuine comfort when kneeling.  I even purchased, and subsequently returned, the ProKnee device.

       

      About 5 years ago I discovered ErgoKneel mats and finally have the relief that I was always searching for.  I probably have about 5 of them in various sizes.  You might check them out.

    • July 11, 2020 7:58 PM EDT
    • Rooster said:

      I ain't helping cut it up when your dead!

      Looks amazing !!!! 

       

       

      Bumping for post count !