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    • November 20, 2017 10:04 PM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Real nice there Tom ...  I think when your done,  you will have to age the engine a little..

      Agree Sean. But, just how much is the ? This is supposed to be 1910 and the owner/operators of steam engines were pretty proud of their lokies and did not let them fall into dereliction. On the other hand......the Porter is about 20 years old in1910, bought second or third hand and is operating on a backwoods backwater logging outfit and so probably has become somewhat aged and weathered. Thanks for helping me think this through.  Tom

    • November 20, 2017 1:53 PM EST
    • Real nice there Tom ...  I think when your done,  you will have to age the engine a little..

    • November 20, 2017 7:16 AM EST
    • Doc Tom,

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      Sure enjoy your work and documentation.  Looks great!

    • November 19, 2017 1:57 PM EST
    • Two of the Amish Brethren have nailed up a roof on the Engine House at Railcamp. Next to come tar paper rolls and a clerestory roof to let out all that locomotive smoke while the engine simmers through the night.





      Here is an overview of the Railcamp Engine House from the posterior view.



      Thanks for L KING

      Doc Tom

    • November 18, 2017 9:28 AM EST
    • Jon Radder said:

      That looks awesome Tom. I love all the little details.

      Thanks Jon. There are quite a number of detail parts and figures available  in 1:48 scale. I'm now trying to figure out how to put coats on  my LP for the winter scenes  I will be depicting. The old guy warming himself @ the fire had a coat and he was one of the first I put in.   Tom

    • November 18, 2017 9:24 AM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      The better you seal it, the more the reason will come that you have to take it back off.  

       

      Very wise and good advice.   Tom

    • November 18, 2017 7:38 AM EST
    • That looks awesome Tom. I love all the little details.

    • November 18, 2017 7:21 AM EST
    • The better you seal it, the more the reason will come that you have to take it back off.  

    • November 14, 2017 2:31 PM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Tom

      Are you going to just rest the roof in place ... incase you want to do more / add extra stuff inside

       

       

       

       

      Hi Sean,

      I considered a removable roof but will go with sealing it shut to keep out the snow that is coming soon. 

      I put the figures and clutter in through the front door using a long "pickups" (tweezer) like those guys building ship models in bottles. So far so good. Doc Tom

    • November 14, 2017 1:25 PM EST
    • Tom

      Are you going to just rest the roof in place ... incase you want to do more / add extra stuff inside?

    • November 14, 2017 12:08 PM EST
    • Took the day off from the clinic today. Placed some rafters on the engine house.



      Before sealing it up and putting on the roof I put a few details inside..........including "Old Man of the Woods" warming himself by the fire.





      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


    • November 12, 2017 7:42 PM EST
    • This week I put in some kerosene lanterns in the 1910 backwoods engine house. They are flickering LEDS mounted to a round bottom fuel bowl from the spare parts bin.



      I mounted them on shelving above the height of the engines. This gives overall illumination and allows for peaks inside the engine house.









      Thanks for Lking.

      Doc Tom

    • October 31, 2017 9:32 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Is Smoke for the stove planned ?

       

      Hmmm. Have to think about that a bit.

      [img]https://i.imgur.com/wT3a939.jpg?1[/img]

       

      Doc Tom

       

    • October 30, 2017 10:47 AM EDT
    • Is Smoke for the stove planned ?

    • October 29, 2017 1:32 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:
      David Maynard said:

      Oh yea, out there in the Ozarks you need to have a bullet hole or two. Them hillbillys shoot at anything they think may be a Revenuer.

      HEY!  That's my family your talkin bout.  We use shotguns and there better be more than 2 holes in any target, unless it is was a slug and there is one big hole.

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      Lemon cough drop, the cheap ones from the dallah store.  You put one of dem in the corn squeezins and the girls get giggly. 

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      Friday night means you put the new ax handle in the gun rack. 

       Suh, I believe you meant The Company Store, that's the only place that accepts the script, with which, you were paid!

      Giggly is so much better than chatty!

       

      Nice stove, I can see the locals warming themselves at the window!

    • October 29, 2017 12:38 PM EDT
    • This weeks adventure on the mini logging layout was to build a simple wood burning stove for the engine house. Using an old metalcasting of a 55 gallon drum in “O” scale and bits and pieces of styrene from the scrap box I built up a backwoods stove. The stove pipe is from a piece of shrink tubing.



      The wood burning stove was positioned to avoid fouling the locomotives and kept a good distance from the wooden walls to avoid burning down the engine house.




      I purchased a package of micro LEDs wired to look like flickering fire and installed it into the stove. The LEDs provide a nice fire effect that will look good on future videos.



      One little trick I tried was to make the open firebox doors visible through one of the windows on the outside.



      To complete the scene there will be good ole boys sittin’ back in chairs keeping warm and feeding the fire.

      Thank you for looking. Doc Tom

    • October 23, 2017 5:30 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Oh yea, out there in the Ozarks you need to have a bullet hole or two. Them hillbillys shoot at anything they think may be a Revenuer.

      HEY!  That's my family your talkin bout.  We use shotguns and there better be more than 2 holes in any target, unless it is was a slug and there is one big hole.

      .

      Lemon cough drop, the cheap ones from the dallah store.  You put one of dem in the corn squeezins and the girls get giggly. 

      .

      Friday night means you put the new ax handle in the gun rack. 

    • October 23, 2017 10:55 AM EDT
    • Oh yea, out there in the Ozarks you need to have a bullet hole or two. Them hillbillys shoot at anything they think may be a Revenuer.

    • October 22, 2017 6:44 PM EDT
    • It took a week but Big Boss Man got the boys to hang some windows on the backwoods engine house.



      I think these are Grandt line castings. They were distressed and weathered. There ws no material for the glazing. So Evergreen products to the rescue.



      I obtained their clear styrene sheet and carefully cut two windows to fit each frame. I toyed with leaving them "glassless" but since this is a mini layout set in winter missing window glass would be noticed.



      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom