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    • October 1, 2019 12:03 AM EDT
    • Double post

    • September 30, 2019 11:30 PM EDT
    • Hello R.W.!

      Hope all is well with you.  That is a great looking crane, nice job!

      Hope to post some project images here soon.

      Have fun!

      Don Gage  

    • August 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT
    • glad to see you back at it


    • August 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT
    • Is there a roof up there or is it still a rain catcher .


    • August 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT
    • Buildings settle and crack.


      Looks just fine from here.

    • August 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT
    • Can you say earthquake on the fold

    • August 20, 2019 6:12 PM EDT
    • Pete that turned out to be a fine looking structure.  Don't mind the crimp or gouge, they just give the building an aged and used look.  Some folks work really hard to simulate that look and you got it with little effort 

    • August 20, 2019 5:57 PM EDT
    • Update time, I really never got around to finishing the building, but I have been playing with it as time permits,

      This is what was turned in to the Challenge ... and quite shockingly it didn't win a thing, being as plain as day and not what my napkin represented as my project

      and now that I have done way more work. This will be the close to finished product. Going to add a sign M V Sandoval Co. My brother in law has been a help from a day of moving dirt for the base of the RR to getting the crimping tool and for me and other things, so I think he deserves a building. When I was building this I didnt notice the crimp/fold mark on the wall and the gouge either, but its too late now, I guess I will have to come up with a derailment story for it!


    • March 20, 2019 7:20 AM EDT
    • I will not be going .... However I'm sure the rest will like to see it !

    • March 20, 2019 3:54 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Hopefully he brings it to York so all can see ....

      Sean, I may be bringing this to York if you would like to see it...... Will be there Friday and part of Saturday.... Travis

    • March 17, 2019 11:46 PM EDT
    • Wow Jim Your technique of knock down structure is a really cool idea. I love your sign making video, a very helpful ideas, a very well done video. 

      Thanks for Sharing your work with us


    • March 17, 2019 9:46 PM EDT
    • Great information Jim, thanks for taking the time to present it to us!

    • March 17, 2019 7:35 PM EDT
    • Great article, Jim. Thanks for putting it together. 

    • March 17, 2019 6:27 PM EDT
    • Nicely done!

    • March 17, 2019 6:17 PM EDT
    • I've finished my article about applying these "painted on signs" [link].




    • March 10, 2019 5:30 PM EDT
    • Thanks Todd! So far I'm quite happy that I made it so I can take it apart. I still intend to go back and detail the interior, and I have some electrical work to finish too, so there's that.


    • March 10, 2019 5:24 PM EDT
    • I just watched the video where you take the building apart and that is clever and your craftsmanship really shows. 

      I have 2 large buildings on my RR that can each be broken down into 3 pieces but they are rough wooden boxes compared to your model.  I had to build these in pieces to be assembled on site. One actually appeared in the Garden Railways back page "If I'd Only Known" years ago.


      Nice job Jim.

    • March 4, 2019 6:50 PM EST
    • I bought the Mod Podge photo transfer medium. I haven't used it yet. There are are two types. photo transfer and image transfer. I think I got the photo transfer kind.But it says: "Can be applied to surfaces such as wood, canvas, terra cotta, metal, and fabric". And on fabric is washable. But on glassware it says its a decal and can not be washed. So from the sounds of it it can be applied to anything but will only have real staying power if on something with some tooth to hold the gel.


      Link to mod podge transfer medium.



    • March 4, 2019 5:07 PM EST
    • Bill: That's a really good question. I'm afraid I have no idea. Would be nice to experiment with plastic, pvc board, brick, and stone surfaces, with texture and smooth. I don't do much with those other surfaces so have no current plan try things like this out. If somebody tries please let us all know!


    • March 4, 2019 3:00 PM EST
    • Jim, will the process work on other materials like plastics or does it have to be wood?