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    • June 18, 2020 3:18 AM EDT
    • I don't know, Bill, that m2015 cab looks pretty good there!

    • June 17, 2020 6:02 PM EDT
    • Found a smoke box door that fit so decided to use it, fitted the smoke stack and it is held in by a screw from the bottom and you can pick it up by it, makes a nice handle. still need to add a short piece to the rear of the boiler so there is room for the steam dome which will be in the cab like a Porter. Still using the old 2015 cab for fitting purposes but going to use the one from a 2-4-2 rogers. Getting time to mount the boiler to the chassis, more to come, BBmini heisler with smoke stack and test cap

    • June 14, 2020 3:11 PM EDT
    • Well got the boiler size decided and partially constructed, rivets installed using 1/2 sided 2mm beads and now just starting to band it. Found a water regulator screen that fits the stack and caped it with a hole plug. Still undecided about the cab but leaning toward one from a aristocraft Rogers. V cylinders built out of old stanza ones and secured to the boiler. Will be making a smoke box door out of a hole plug and styrene strip. More to come

      ember screen

       

      rivets and cylinders

    • June 18, 2020 3:14 AM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      So many things to-do, so little time

       

      You've no idea!

    • June 17, 2020 3:41 PM EDT
    • So many things to-do, so little time

       

    • June 17, 2020 2:12 AM EDT
    • Quick Update:

       

      The arrival of my rebuilt LGB 2071D chassis stalled real progress, but Younger Daughter and I did place the backerboard:

       

      We sketched in the tracks, too, to facilitate some "head modeling."  

       

      I had originally though to use the whole backerboard, as the mill is only part of a larger project to turn this whole area into the industrial zone where the Triple O delivers and picks up from the M&K Sugar Co.  I am worried that that might make things unwieldly, though, and it would make things unsightly as the area slowly still builds out.  At this moment, I plan to snap the board just mauka (towards the mountains) of the engine service track (fuel and water facilities are in the conceptualization stage; different thread way in the future, but it takes the guide off the Iwilei facility in Honolulu).  The plan for the mill complex will start with the mill building and unloader represented in the mock-up.  As I will need a loading area, the finished product would come out of the left hand of the mill, cross the unloading tracks, and end up on a covered loading dock on the empties track.  I theorize having all of that share a common base would help to keep everything aligned over time.  In addition to structurally sound, I am hoping this will also eventually present a relatively realistic or at least logical work flow.  Any thoughts?

       

      Diving conditions look promising this weekend, but I still hope to cut some walls and the  2x4 braces.

       

      Eric

       

    • June 17, 2020 12:50 AM EDT
    • Pete, I have photos of CP units and Canpotex potash cars sporting red and white stripes. You just need to add some foreign power and cars to your fleet.

       

    • June 16, 2020 7:08 PM EDT
    • I just had to replace the reflective tape on my 48' trailer, I think a 100' roll was around $80.00. too bad red and white don't work for railroads, I have some leftover, I could do all my rolling stock at scale sizes. I may get a roll and do my UP loco to current looks.

    • June 16, 2020 3:41 PM EDT
    • When it rains, make trains.

       

       

    • June 15, 2020 1:56 PM EDT
    • Great pics and videos, but we didn't get to see the loader in action. ;)

    • June 15, 2020 1:44 PM EDT
    • This may not really belong in this topic, but wanted to show off the logs that Bob Cope sent me, and that are now on some of my skeletons:

       

       

      And a couple of short videos:

       

       

    • June 15, 2020 10:30 AM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      Cliff Jennings said:
      Bruce Chandler said:

      Looks good, Cliff!  But aren't you supposed to have higher temperatures in Virginia City?    (What's this 4 letter word you keep invoking? )

       

      Thanks Bruce, hahaha! 

       

      BTW, I used almost all the treated wood you gave me in this, thanks!

      I still have a lot of wood left...

       

      Yeah, too bad I couldn't take more off your hands, using my little SUV. You were right though, when you initially advised to "bring a big truck!" But I hope someone else, maybe a neighbor, needs some... Maybe put out a little sign on the street, "Free wood for your new deck, inquire within."   

    • June 15, 2020 9:13 AM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:
      Bruce Chandler said:

      Looks good, Cliff!  But aren't you supposed to have higher temperatures in Virginia City?    (What's this 4 letter word you keep invoking? )

       

      Thanks Bruce, hahaha! 

       

      BTW, I used almost all the treated wood you gave me in this, thanks!

      I still have a lot of wood left...

    • June 15, 2020 8:59 AM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

      Looks good, Cliff!  But aren't you supposed to have higher temperatures in Virginia City?    (What's this 4 letter word you keep invoking? )

       

      Thanks Bruce, hahaha! 

       

      BTW, I used almost all the treated wood you gave me in this, thanks!

    • June 14, 2020 4:42 PM EDT
    • Looks good, Cliff!  But aren't you supposed to have higher temperatures in Virginia City?    (What's this 4 letter word you keep invoking? )

    • June 14, 2020 4:38 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Ok, now for 4 days of office work and rest, haha! 

      Funny how that works. Back to work to rest up......................

    • June 14, 2020 4:03 PM EDT
    • We had a nice cool morning here, in the 50's, lo RH, loved it. Got up to low 80's later, but still pleasant. 

       

      I completed the wood armature for the center mountain, and got a few sheets of mesh material on it.

       

       

      The layout is finally starting to be at least reminiscent of Virginia City! The area to the right (where the 3 pavers are buried) represents the current V&T depot where it stands -- and has stood since the 1800's. The E Street Tunnel, represented at the center, was filled in long ago; but you can still see where its portal was.

       

      The platform thing to the left will support the eventual model of the Gould & Curry mine. But for now, I just want to get the mountain skinned, and move on to the VC streets. 

       

       

       

      The flat-ish area in the foreground here is for an eventual model of the famous "St Mary's of the Mountains" Catholic church. Been there since the Comstock days, and is still doing well. 

       

      Ok, now for 4 days of office work and rest, haha! 

    • June 14, 2020 11:26 AM EDT
    • Pete;

       

      I remember an article in Model Railways magazine quite some years ago, where the author had a mishap involving duckets.  Seems he had built a new guard's van without checking clearances on the layout.  On the first trip through one tunnel portal, the duckets were "emasculated" from the van.   Things got widened and repaired, but I'm sure his face was red when the mishap happened.

       

      Best, David Meashey

    • June 13, 2020 5:17 PM EDT
    • Oh, I get it - "just DUCK IT (ducket) in there to get a look down the tracks".