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    • April 23, 2018 8:09 AM EDT
    • Who me ..

    • April 22, 2018 1:24 PM EDT
    • Woo Hoo!!! Looking good and May is right around the corner! I think you are sandbagging on the pictures and will “ suddenly” be  finished and be pulling pizza out for a crowd of kids. Oh Incase you have not thought of it , a crowd of kids  wanting pizza , you better visit your local Costco for a 100lb sack of flour and empty the cheese and meat sections to feed them! Good luck and since Sean hasn’t said it yet 

      IS IT DONE YET????

    • April 18, 2018 8:37 PM EDT
    • I'm beginning to smell pizzas.  Although I didn't have a whole lot of time this past weekend to work on the oven between cows and weather, I did manage to make a little progress.  Finished the 3rd and 4th courses of brick by tying them into the arch, completed course 5 and the arch.  Got a visit from Waverly Southern RR's owner, B.C. Paws.  He wanted to know why his RR crew was working on an oven instead of his RR.  Really didn't have an answer.



      Arch Progress



      5th course complete.



      Arch complete.  It didn't even fall when I took out the form.  [URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL]



      I've got a little touch up work to do on the interior of the arch, but that was expected.  Getting closer.  Thanks for following our journey.



    • April 18, 2018 9:21 AM EDT
    • Fair enough.    I'll do the Bach Dm, Cm, and Gm.  The "Ride of the Valkyries"  is not ready yet, but Sigfried's Death will be ready soon.  Nest Year in York, if the ECLSTS is before Easter week,  I'll contact the Lutheran Church nearby and ask to give a recital.   

    • April 17, 2018 10:18 PM EDT
    • Nice! 

    • April 17, 2018 8:35 PM EDT
    • Toccata and Fugue in D minor?

      Flight of the Valkyries.

    • April 17, 2018 7:09 PM EDT
    • Cool, Ed.  You know the saying around here, no pictures, it didn't happen.  But I guess in this case, no video with audio, it didn't happen .  We want a concert .

    • April 17, 2018 6:55 PM EDT
    • Since retirement, I have been spending an increasing amount relearning mostly Bach and learning Wagner.


    • April 15, 2018 6:15 PM EDT
    • They are. I'm not.

    • April 15, 2018 2:30 PM EDT
    • Are they litter box trained?

    • April 15, 2018 1:05 PM EDT
    • The temporary fish tank...



    • April 15, 2018 1:03 PM EDT
    • Empty, clean pond...
      Now to move the raised bed about two feet back away from the pond so we can install the liner. That will put s shallow channel between the pond and the bed so the bed won't drain into the pond when watered. It will also allow us to walk around that side of the pond for cleaning.
      I may end up putting a train layout around the pond. Maybe a bridge over the pond.

    • April 15, 2018 7:11 AM EDT
    • "Mike Wlez said:

      Very nice David ,did you use stock rims and dog dishes from a 1/24 model kit?"


      No, they are a swap from a Danbury '32 Ford diecast:



      Probably the toughest part of the conversion was getting the tires from "The Kid' diecast to fit on the '32 rims - they were NOT designed to be interchangeable for some reason.



      You can see lots of pictures and details at 'The Kid' link in the original post.



    • April 14, 2018 11:20 PM EDT
    • Well done!

    • April 14, 2018 10:53 PM EDT
    • Very nice Dave ,did you use stock rims and dog dishes from a 1/24 model kit?

    • April 12, 2018 10:32 AM EDT
    •   Very cool...both of 'em!


    • April 12, 2018 9:42 AM EDT
    • This is a test but while I'm at it, an explanation:

      The locomotive is the iconic Kalamazoo 4-4-0 that I have detailed.

      The car is "The California Kid" Danbury Mint 1934 Ford that I have modified to represent the car as it appeared in the movie of the same name.



      Before mods:



    • April 10, 2018 8:29 AM EDT
    • Well said RJ.

      Yes, we probably did leave Florida early, but family, life and taxes sometime get in the way.

      We successfully made the trip to Massachusetts and back.  The "CliShay" is now sitting in the garage ready for inspection, cleanup and tweaking to my own desires.  The young man we acquired it from is achieving what many of us would like to have done.  He is 22 years old and is an accomplished steam engineer, working on tourist railroads through out New England and learning to be a machinist to maintain and repair both hobby and real equipment.  Quite a young man.  In the short time I got to spend with him and his Dad, I learned stuff that will help me improve my skills whatever steam engine I'm running or attempting to fire and run.  

      In Shawn's video post, I replied that I have satisfied my "Bucket List" desire to see upstate New York and New England in the Winter time.  Yep, lets put a line through that one and mark it complete.

    • April 7, 2018 2:27 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      When you slam the door they fly, unless the fishing is really good.  If its really good, there ears are below the water level and they are very busy.

      Spring and Fall are very nice in Southern Illinois.  Trying to think about other great things about Illinois, my Mom, kids and grandkids are there.  Yep, that's what I can say.



      I never regretted leaving Ill and saw no future there.   Later RJD