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    • September 8, 2017 10:55 PM EDT
    • i love your structures, Very good


    • September 8, 2017 3:32 PM EDT
    • Very nice.

    • September 8, 2017 12:22 PM EDT
    •    That's looking really nice, Monsieur...keep us posted right through to the finish.


    • September 8, 2017 7:51 AM EDT
    • And here I am today

    • September 4, 2017 9:08 AM EDT
    • I propose you the beginning of a small construction of an old west station to install it later on my layout.

      The frames are in samba of 9x9, the vertical and the blades are in balsa of 1mm, the frames of door and window in balsa of 2.








    • September 7, 2017 11:50 AM EDT
    • Back to the layout, here are the building placed, they are Woodland Scenics white metal building kits.



    • September 7, 2017 11:29 AM EDT
    • Okay trains, here is a little something on the XTS conversion. Foreground shows the original model, something-something turbotrain, ostensibly N scale. I had a second one that I bashed. This type of XTS has the motor in the middle car, pushing the 'engine'. I bashed an old AHM Minitrains gas critter onto the lead chassis, repurposed a bashed boxcar shell for the power car, and scratched up the gondola on the trailing car. So far, so insane.



      Just the new bash train


    • September 7, 2017 5:47 AM EDT

    • September 7, 2017 1:01 AM EDT
    • I have long said HOn30 is a path to MADNESS, it can drive you nuts, even high quality stuff can be a massive PITA to get running right. That's kinda what I like about this XTS stuff, it's stupid simple.

    • September 6, 2017 4:19 PM EDT
    • The Minitrains are back in production, and I have 2 sets of them. But my HO/HOn30 module has been fighting me so much, its about to be shelved.

    • September 6, 2017 2:27 PM EDT
    • RMC was a great resource, I think it was through them I learned to use an HO GE center cab for On3 critters ... carefully prying the wheels outward a tad on each axle and setting with glue I had cheap reliable runners until I could save up for a brass loco... I got the loco and Psycho Kitty sent me out side and my first monsoon erased the thought of Fine Scale in the dirt!

      Oh G



    • September 6, 2017 10:27 AM EDT
    • Forrest, Yes, its basically a semi-gloss, the trouble is that I can only get the smaller 1/2 quart cans in eggshell, I dont want to have to pay for a full quart can just to get a flat paint finish when I can spray the whole thing with a flat matte.


      Korm, yep and I lusted after them as a boy, along with the old AHM Minitrains, Roco, and Jouef HOe trains. BTW I just won an old Jouef HOe set on Ebay. We'll see what that entails when it arrives.


      RE: HOe & HOn30, I've had narrow gauge fever for a very very very very very very long time. The first layout that I saw that really lite my fire was in RMC April 1970, I was 7 or 8, it  was a small HOn30 microlayout by Frary & Hayden, perhaps the first published to seriously make a real scale HO model railroad using N track and mechanisms. I saw it and was immediately charmed and that influence has never really ever left me. In fact last year I was able to track down a copy of that RMC so I have it again. almost 50 years later, dam... I'm getting old!


    • September 6, 2017 6:20 AM EDT
    • "Egger" was the name of a company that made narrow gauge trains in 1:87 / H0 scale.

    • September 5, 2017 11:08 PM EDT
    • Is the eggshell finish a sort of satin sheen type of thing? It is a name I do not recall encountering.

      Something about this brings to mind a certain animated canid and avian.

    • September 5, 2017 11:01 PM EDT
    • Vic, I think you pack in the most Fsf (fun / square foot) than anyone I've known.  

    • September 5, 2017 12:04 PM EDT
    • This summer has been a real bummer, we have had one hellova hot summer here including many days straight of 105-107 degree heat and 80+ at night, makes it too dam hot to do pretty much anything outside, that includes work in the garage or in the side-yard planned for the Angry Beaver layout. So out of frustration as much as boredom I started messing around with my collection of old XTS battery powered toy trains, these are N gauge, and have ultra compact little track modules. So I took an old wooden letter in-box, some leftover 2" pink foam and started building a small little mess of a layout. The train loco is an old AHM steam loco shell set over the XTS mechanism. I have since added two old Egger Bahn passenger car shells for this engine to haul and have moved it over to my Furlows Corner micro layout, as the Egger cars foul the tunnels on this layout. I am working on two other trains for us on this layout. 


      Currently working on three Woodland Scenics white metal buildings and a station shed. The scenery paint looks alot better in person than my indoor pictures on my phone can take, also the only cheap small cans of latex paint I can buy is eggshell finish so I will have to give the whole shabang a matte medium spray over. So far, so good.

    • September 5, 2017 5:19 AM EDT
    • This is going to be quite a project. I like the look of the benchwork.

    • September 4, 2017 10:28 PM EDT
    • So I've finally told myself it was time to start my indoor layout in the newer section of the basement of our 109 year old remodeled farm house. The newer section has a ceiling height of just a bit over 6 ft 2 inches which is just enough for my 6 ft 2 inch frame.  I decided on module type bench work of 3 ft x 8 ft sections, made to be taken down easily because the wife is looking at houses AGAIN.  When the home was renovated back in 2010 there was no consideration for using the basement for much other than storage, (isn't it just the way the model RR guy get the less than ideal basement). There are several obstacles in the way, I have to move the water heater including the water and gas lines and make some minor modifications and exceptions for the large HVAC ducting but it looks like it will work. I collected a bunch of 2 x 4s off projects which made the wall supports, front legs and ripped down pieces for the inner frame stringers.  I used surplus 3 1/2" butt hinges to secure the legs to the front of the modules and the rear of the modules just slide into wooden brackets so to remove the modules just pull the hinge pins and lift up. there are no screws or nails holding the back supports to the masonry walls as I did not want to drill holes below grade, those supports are held in place by 2 screws into the floor joists at top and the bottoms held in place by 2 x 4 stringers which will also provide storage under the layout.  The modules will not be screwed together rather held in place by notches in the rear supports and the butt hinges.  The module outside frames are 2 x 3 with ripped 2 x 4 inner stringers, the sub roadbed will be 3/4" plywood with homosoate as roadbed for the ballast.  The roadbed will only be under where the track will be, the scenery and buildings will be constructed on 2" thick foam insulation board on lift out sub assemblies, I used this method on my Christmas layout and it works great.  Track will be code 250 Sunset Valley rail with Accucraft NG tie strips, I wanted to hand lay the track with wood ties and hand spiked rail but I'm 68 now and time is ticking, I'm estimating it should be about 250 ft of track.  The section of basement I'm using is 11 ft 8 inches x 32 ft 7 inches.  I haven't finalized the track plan as yet but it will be using a minimum of 10 dia. curves and #6 Accucraft turnouts.  I have to accommodate a large HVAC duct running almost the entire length of the left side of the 32 ft wall so the benchwork on that side will be place to the right of the duct with a backdrop extending down to hide the duct but there will be a hidden run of track on a 12" wide shelf running on the other side of the duct against the outside of the 32 ft wall.  Basically a single track main line design with passings sidings and switching where ever possible.  As of today I've finished an "L" section of bench work and installed ceiling lighting.

    • August 28, 2017 6:53 PM EDT
    • Oh yea. Bob always seemed a bit too....ah...mellow.

    • August 28, 2017 12:44 PM EDT
    • no, i didn't. (or i forgot...) thanks for the link.