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    • February 13, 2020 9:49 PM EST
    • Yep, Dave's right, I am waiting on this liquid sunshine to go away.  Hopefully it will be nice out on Saturday and I will be able to get the photos taken.  I think, according to the original schedule we have until Sunday to get them uploaded.

    • February 13, 2020 8:33 PM EST
    • Oh Mr.Rooster... Thats a really good question when all the builds show upon the pic thread...   Maybe they are waiting for good weather to shoot there Glamor Pics...

       

      Voting starts next week...

       

    • February 13, 2020 8:11 PM EST
    • Why are not all the "Challenge Builds for 2020" in the "voting thread" and when "or how" is it time to vote?

    • February 13, 2020 9:35 PM EST
    • Over the past year or so, various folks here suggested Kenai's Russian Orthodox Church would make for a Mik project:

       

      https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x56c67c85289b3b03:0xad08146c88e752c7!3m1!7e115!4shttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/p/AF1QipMi_1Rt9pR0raBTIq4jnO7fiTplkVh5JB04oxMi%3Dw239-h160-k-no!5skenai+russian+orthodox+church+-+Google+Search&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipMi_1Rt9pR0raBTIq4jnO7fiTplkVh5JB04oxMi&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjJ-9SE-8_nAhWPGDQIHQHEDRAQoiowCnoECA8QBg

       

      (note on pronunciation - most people outside the area pronounce it as Ken-Aye.  It's actually Keen-Eye - a moniker adopted by one of the early locals who ran 'Keen-Eyed Joe's' bar back in the old days.  Not likely to happen, but should the opportunity to arise, I suggest you take in the 'Ballad of Kenai' sometime - a strange yet engrossing mix of native american belief and the old homesteading days)

       

      Space is tight on my pike.  Not much room left for buildings...especially with the slot car track streets.  Still, Middleton, the 'big city' of the fictional line (which is also set on a fictional world) was the only berg on the layout lacking a church.  I mean Cliffport has the Shrine to Saint Dagon and Bachmann the Church of the Risen Dead and even the 2D town of Nocturne Deep (Summit or some such in the last challenge) has a churchly facade...but not Middleton. (no offense intended to the devout types here - my layout is more than a little 'out there.'  Buildings are mostly 'background' or 'props for gags.') And there wasn't much room, what with the gas station, Office Building, and Sin Tower (a pair of total rebuild projects that occupied me through the holidaze.)  But repeated careful measurements revealed a possible spot...so I went for it.  

       

       

      I started with scraps and leftovers from the rebuilds of the Office Building and Sin Tower, plus the last of the scribed siding from long past projects.  To this, at the suggestion of a member here, I added teardrop shaped Christmas ornaments.  Later, I went and bought more scribed siding and strips for trim...though the former didn't match what I had.  Tack in the priest figure, and the total tab is just under $25, much of that shipping.  Only used one ornament of four, so maybe that rates a discount, plus I still have some of the trim pieces left.  

       

       

      This project was a trial right from the start.  Everything from repeated miss-measurements to bad cuts to glue that didn't stick.  The scribed siding had an annoying tendency to curl and split when cut.  The prior two projects had their woes (Sin Tower, for example is nowhere near square, and a piece of plexiglass broke wrong during a cut for the Office Tower) but this was much worse. Because of these travails, I named it the 'Shrine of Saint Murphy the Muddled.' Amazingly, though, it didn't turn out too terrible apart from the steeple, which has a visible tilt to it. I figure it works as a rundown shrine in a seedy part of town.   Anyhow:

       

       

       

      Anybody spot Waldo?

       

       

       

       

    • February 13, 2020 10:44 AM EST
    • I've reduced the track plan to adjust for outside conditions. Indoors I could get away with more sidings because everything could be made very tightly. Scenery could be vertical almost. But outside I have to leave more open space to allow for supporting substructures, stonework and landscaping.

    • February 13, 2020 3:02 AM EST
    • I remember that video.  I also know that model railroad layouts are mutable - especially track plans.

       

      Mine underwent a significant alteration a couple years ago when I tacked in the 'distance eating loop' on the outer loop.  Now, i'm giving serious thought to merging the inner and outer loops, making one huge tangle (1 33 degree and 4 90 degree crossovers).  It should solve a few issues.     

    • February 12, 2020 11:39 PM EST
    • Tim said:

      In our next episode: does Vic's track plan survive contact with reality?

       

      Should be good, it's a simplified version of the layout I had in my garage years ago. From many years ago...

      https://youtu.be/jZzGLj_SfQw

       

    • February 13, 2020 10:18 AM EST
    • Sometimes it's a little change that makes us think.

      One of my favorite Art teachers in college answered my What is Art, with If it makes you think, it's Art.

      I already pinned them together so it can be moved back and forth.

      I rarely built a kit as is...

      Thanks

    • February 13, 2020 9:51 AM EST
    • What a cool idea John. I like dutch doors and never thought of modeling them.

    • February 12, 2020 9:30 PM EST
    • So Devon asked that some of us finish... 

      I whittled some on a Taylor door. Built to last a lifetime, they are thick!

      I want a Dutch door and when opened I wanted a truer edge thickness. My band saw wandered a tad, so there's some white putty seen...

      I'll add a kick plate at the bottom to widen the new lower board. If I can find glass and time, I'll pop out a panel or two...

      When it's framed it won't need the prop 'er upper.

      See ya.

    • February 13, 2020 9:47 AM EST
    • Why an ice house? A couple of you have mentioned the uniqueness of the idea. My RR is small, very small; but I still want to do operations. So every thing has to have a purpose. As Dennis mentioned we have these cars on our pike but they need some place to go and serve a purpose. So if I am going to run reefers then the reefers need to go somewhere, then go somewhere else. So for my reefers I will have this ice house and there will also be a slaughter house (thats actually going where the ice house is now). And if space allows there will be a cold storage facility as well. That way my reefers have places to go and people to see. When it comes to operations I will have to go get ice and then run to the slaughter house and pick up meat, then run to cold storage in town.

       

      The ice house had been on my list since the inception of this RR, way back in the very first iterations of track design. I once had to google ice in RR use. I didn't quite understand reefer cars. That led to learning that they dropped the ice down roof hatches so they didn't have to open the big doors and let all the cold out. Cold air sinks so by dropping it through the roof they don't lose any cold air. If you have not seen how reefers work they have slats on the ends to section off an area for the ice. All the stuff needing to be kept cold is loaded between these ends (packed in such a way that it was secure but allowed air movement around it). Then ice is dropped down the roof hatches and is layered in straw for insulation.

       

      One of the features you will see sitting next to the ice house when that whole area gets developed is a hay shed for holding bailed straw.

    • February 13, 2020 9:25 AM EST
    • Dennis,

       

      That's the good old standby aluminum pop can run through the Fiskers crimper. After it is glued on I shot the whole thing with chrome aluminum color paint (Rustoleum I believe) then dusted with flat black and then oil paints (raw umber and burnt umber) dabbed on and then some heavier stuff was applied and drug down to give it more of a streaked look.

    • February 12, 2020 9:02 PM EST
    • Devon, 

      I am trying to catch up on others build, your ice house has been a very interesting and unique build. I love to see a railroad having a purpose for the train passing by. 

      Most people have no idea of how much ice was used in the RR cars. Mostly used in hauling beef. I like your metal siding, is this a product you have made, and

      what is it made from?

      Great job

      Dennis

    • February 12, 2020 8:40 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Pepper's serve ice blended with tequila and margarita mix in salted glasses 

      I'll take a reefer full 

    • February 12, 2020 8:14 PM EST
    • Pepper's serve ice blended with tequila and margarita mix in salted glasses 

    • February 12, 2020 8:13 PM EST
    • I have no idea john if the ice will actually fit. I had a ready built mold in that my wife loves those wax melter heater things that stink up your house. So I used an empty one of those to make the ice blocks. 

    • February 12, 2020 9:28 PM EST
    • Dave

      I have been a little busy and have not been following your awesome Blacksmith shop. Now playing catch up, I love your technique, the stone looks very nice for the infamous fire hazardous structure.. I love your front with the cool looking business name. Your technique of the stone is very appropriate,

      Great Job

      Dennis

    • February 12, 2020 8:59 PM EST
    • Dennis Rayon said:

      Wow Dan, I have been so busy with my build I have neglected to follow all the others, now playing catchup. Your 3D printed master piece, Wow, I see I am not alone in the 3D printable RR world

      Wow you bit off one big project. I also noticed in the background at least one Mec Reloader. Are you a shotgun shooter?  I have a hydraulic spolar, I used to have all 4 gauges of Mec's in hydraulic.

      What printer are you using? Your structure is a real design challenge. You are quite the master at 3D drawing, that is my favorite part of 3D printing. 

      That will be really cool when finished, thanks for sharing

      Dennis

      Thanks, Dennis. I have a Prusa MK2.5s that's been upgraded to an extruded aluminum frame for better rigidity.  The 3D modeling is also my favorite part of the printing process.  Not only is the modeling a fun challenge, but figuring out how to design it so you can actually print it is another challenge.  I have several (16, 20, 28) MEC reloaders, all manual though.  The 16 and 28 are single stage SizeMasters, the one you see in the photo is the 20 and its a 8567N Grabber progressive loader.  My son and I do a lot of shooting (we live in Alabama, go figure ).  I'm not sure if we're saving any money, I reload so I can get the loads I want and that pattern well in the various shotguns we have.  I also reload rifle and handgun cartridges.  You can probably pick out the Forster CoAx single stage metallic press in some of the photos and I also have a RCBS Rock Chucker single stage and a Lyman 8 stage turret press.

    • February 12, 2020 7:24 PM EST
    • Wow Dan, I have been so busy with my build I have neglected to follow all the others, now playing catchup. Your 3D printed master piece, Wow, I see I am not alone in the 3D printable RR world

      Wow you bit off one big project. I also noticed in the background at least one Mec Reloader. Are you a shotgun shooter?  I have a hydraulic spolar, I used to have all 4 gauges of Mec's in hydraulic.

      What printer are you using? Your structure is a real design challenge. You are quite the master at 3D drawing, that is my favorite part of 3D printing. 

      That will be really cool when finished, thanks for sharing

      Dennis

    • February 12, 2020 7:14 PM EST
    • All right where is it, building is over we are all dying to see the Hawaiian bakery, come on give us a peak, BB