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    • May 1, 2019 8:37 PM EDT
    • Damn. I glued it down bit that would have been a good idea. And label it Greg's paint stripper.

    • May 1, 2019 12:53 PM EDT
    • You need the scull and cross bones on the jug!

    • May 1, 2019 12:56 PM EDT
    • When is the out house on wheels coming ..

    • April 30, 2019 8:11 PM EDT
    • Well Hartland omitted a boiler course to shorten the 4-4-0 loco, should have been the diameter of the smoke box and placed behind it. I'm sure they did it to navigate tight curves.


      I use bees wax as my lube when drilling metal using micro bits. As it warms, it gets liquid to float the bits out and dosen't fling itself about. I also resharpen bits on the sides of separating discs, but since that can be dangerous you didn't see that here. Always wear goggles or a face shield. I wear Optivisors as mine.

    • April 30, 2019 6:16 PM EDT
    • Thanks Bruce, thanks Rooster!


      Back to scale... It's really weird, looking at the derrick frame; seems huge -- especially for 1:24!! But I just checked, and yep, it was 36' long x 10' wide. So, 18" x 5". But still makes everything else I have seem puny, including my 1:24 (???) Hartland 4-4-0 loco that should look just right with this. 


      LGB used the good 'ol "rubber scale," as we all know and love. But for all the other manufacturers, now I'm wondering if and how much rubber they used in their scaling...? 





    • April 30, 2019 4:26 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

      What they all said...  Fantastic model and build...         


      Thanks Andy


    • April 30, 2019 4:14 PM EDT
    • What they all said...  Fantastic model and build...         

    • April 30, 2019 2:35 PM EDT
    • Bill that is outstanding. You showed a little teaser of this when talking about plumbing. But seeing the entire saw mill is awe inspiring. I need to build one myself (actually two) and this will be a great help in doing it.

    • April 30, 2019 10:24 AM EDT
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      Shawn Viggiano said:

      wow great use of parts.  The strainer for wood burner is a great idea.  I might have to steal that one. 



      You are more than welcome to it got a jewelry ultra sonic basket for the top just haven't got around to installing it yet  


    • April 30, 2019 10:20 AM EDT
    • Thanks Bruce, and yes I have already sent it to Kent at GRW also posted on their forum, and had a couple written up for their one page project, easy money. They are paying for gallery pictures so have at it, Bill

    • April 30, 2019 9:04 AM EDT
    • Very nice model and a great write up.   Perhaps Garden Railway magazine might be interested in an article, as your version sure looks like something that will last outside!

      So creative!  Well done!

    • April 30, 2019 8:14 AM EDT
    • wow great use of parts.  The strainer for wood burner is a great idea.  I might have to steal that one.   

    • April 30, 2019 5:02 AM EDT
    • Great project, quite inventive. The canning strainer repurposed to slash burner works magnificently.

    • April 30, 2019 1:19 AM EDT
    • Bill,

      I've said it via e-mail, but, again, this is a great project!  It really shows the potential of left-over parts!



    • April 29, 2019 10:27 PM EDT
    • Nice job, Bill!

    • April 30, 2019 1:23 PM EDT
    • Had forgotten what coquina was; it has been several decades since I was a child on the southeast coast, so went playing in Google.
      Not only is there stone, there is soup.

      Well, you know you are on vacation when you decide to make coquina soup.  (Who has time?)   Luckily, my brother-in-law is a marine biologist, so he could tell me what to do, and luckily all four of us were popping the meats out after I boiled them.  There were 901 of them.  Yes, we counted.

    • April 30, 2019 1:16 PM EDT
    • Creative build with a neat story to the name :)

    • April 30, 2019 1:06 PM EDT
    •    Love it. Anytime I have a chance to create something in my own personal rr hobby that might mean something to somebody in the family, I'm all in. Good job all around.

    • April 30, 2019 12:25 PM EDT
    •    Well the second child building was for my middle son, He owns a landscaping business under the name of PLM ( professional lawn maintenance )  and I had come across a rather beat up Piko stone building, the walls were all unattached and was missing a roof, glue on the back where a shed roof had been glues and generally in pretty poor shape, but for $15.00  what do you want. I started by removing the windows, used acetone to soften the old glue and scraping with a hobby knife. Cleaning the glue on the back was a pain but got thru it with the help of a dremel tool having to re carve the cracks and remove debris from the rock base. Colored the stone with multi flayers of different color paints to try and simulate Coquina which is an indigenous to the area consisting of limestone and sea creature shells. Coquina buildings in the area, which there are quite a few) have the rocks separated with a rather coarse seams of black tar looking like rope. So after painting I scribed the lines with a small tip magic marker and the coating the service with Krylon dull coat. Added an awning from left over playmobil stuff and roof from older scankit. The old time lawn mower I purchased from hobby store and although it is 1" scale it looked good as sign logo. Lettering as with daughter's Lisa O came from sign maker for restaurants daily specials. Mikes letters on his real business are orange with outer edges white and as being not that sturdy of hand sprayed the letters orange and then stuck the orange  side down on masking tape and sprayed the letters again with white paint. Mike's brother Brian (Barn's Texaco) when about 3 couldn't  say Michael so he called him MIKE MO. How fitting 40 years later he would own his own landscape business    building front sign  plm sign