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#126 willysmb44

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:30 AM

I drew out a track plan in ink, then scanned and colored it last night. I think it turned out okay. The original file is the size of a letter-sized sheet of paper:
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:19 PM

I just added what the old folks would have called, "a mess o' Critters" on the layout. And this isn't all of them.
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A small cow pasture is going on next, I'm painting the cows right now to match the right breed for the area at that time.
And I just finished editing an article on the layout for a model RR magazine


What RR magazine and when will it be out? Is it printed or electronic? I'd love to get a copy.
Mikie

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 11:21 PM

I don't want to jinx myself just yet, but the announcement will come out if and when my article is accepted. I fully expect it to be, as the editor has been very receptive, but I don't want to count the chickens before they're hatched.

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 10:50 AM

Within a 2-week period, I've found that my layout will be in TWO model train publications this year. :D
I have confirmed my layout will be in the On30 Annual for 2017! It's the "Tweetsie Inspired" layout mentioned in the pre-order form: https://shop.whiteri...m/products/on17
Also, the online Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine will be running one of my photos of the layout in an upcoming issue: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 10:58 AM

Congrats Lee! Well deserved.

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 10:37 AM

I added a Plexi piece at the edge of the turntable, to keep my locomotives from doing half-gainers to the floor. The Plexi was cut, drilled, and the mounts pre drilled and ready to go for quite a while. I just waited to mount them in place until after I took the other photos for my upcoming magazine article.
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And today, I just scored this off eBay, a timetable from the RR I model in the same year. There are not many of these still around!
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:15 PM

The timetable is a great addition to your project. I can only affirm 72psb's post, you did a great job. BTW, what's next? ;)

 

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 01:01 PM

And just think!  We saw it here first!  Congratulations, your layout is fantastic!

Mikie

 

Within a 2-week period, I've found that my layout will be in TWO model train publications this year. :D
I have confirmed my layout will be in the On30 Annual for 2017! It's the "Tweetsie Inspired" layout mentioned in the pre-order form: https://shop.whiteri...m/products/on17
Also, the online Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine will be running one of my photos of the layout in an upcoming issue: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/

 



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 02:30 PM

I scored this at a model train show on Sunday (the day after I got home from an epic Grand Canyon/Route 66/San Diego trip which included a LOT of trains, such as the BNSF 'Transcon' route through the Mojave desert, and Ward Kimball's 3-foot train collection at the Orange Empire RR museum at Perris, CA). It doesn't 'go' with the narrow gauge motif as such, but I got it for an insanely good price, so much so I couldn't believe nobody else had snatched it up. It is from a track switch, almost surely an electric one as it has none of the part for an oil-lit one. Putting a light inside would be easy, but finding a good place and method to mount the thing? That might take a while...
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Congrats Lee! Well deserved.

Thank you, Bob, I figured you'd like the news. Man, I really need to give you a call sometime. The slackness with which I've let so much slide as far as you're concerned, downright baffles even me... :(

The timetable is a great addition to your project. I can only affirm 72psb's post, you did a great job. BTW, what's next? ;)

Thanks, Lars. I'm thinking of framing it, along with a 1943/dated train order from the same RR that I also got off eBay last year, and putting it on the wall, as I have a large wall space right above the layout right now.
As for what's next, well,

And just think!  We saw it here first!  Congratulations, your layout is fantastic!

Thank you very much, Mikie.


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Posted 29 January 2017 - 07:27 PM

I scored this at a model train show on Sunday (the day after I got home from an epic Grand Canyon/Route 66/San Diego trip which included a LOT of trains, such as the BNSF 'Transcon' route through the Mojave desert, and Ward Kimball's 3-foot train collection at the Orange Empire RR museum at Perris, CA). It doesn't 'go' with the narrow gauge motif as such, but I got it for an insanely good price, so much so I couldn't believe nobody else had snatched it up. It is from a track switch, almost surely an electric one as it has none of the part for an oil-lit one. Putting a light inside would be easy, but finding a good place and method to mount the thing? That might take a while...

 

Hey Lee,

Nice pick up on the switch target. Usually that is associated with a manual hand-throw switch. The light is normally electric although an oil lamp was sometimes used. The green lens tell the engineer that he has a mainline route and the yellow lens signifies a diverging route. Normally where there were a few manual hand-throw switches there was also a hand switchman's shack. His job was to receive notification of trains coming his way and to properly route them, note the time they went thru and pass it on to the next switchman, tower or station/depot. Of course as more and more towers appeared the manual hand throw switches were replaced with electric or air operated switches. Just an FYI.

 

Again, great pick up.

 

Semper Fi.

 

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 08:49 PM

I uploaded these videos:
https://youtu.be/tBt3DHPuD_k
https://youtu.be/eEyGruZ-fXE

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:51 AM

Way cool videos.  Nice to see the trains on the move.  

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:36 AM

Also, the online Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine will be running one of my photos of the layout in an upcoming issue: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/

I’m pretty ticked to find this morning that this online ‘magazine’ didn't run my photo at all. They specifically asked for a photo of the layout to use in their photo section, confirmed what size they needed, then the jerks not only didn’t use it, they didn’t even let me know. They contacted me for this, for crying out loud. Oh well, for a publication you don’t have to pay for, I guess you get your money’s worth, huh? At least the printed magazine article in the On30 Annual seems solid as they’re mentioning it in their ad copy now.

Just wasn't a good morning for me in that regard...



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 01:39 PM

Seems I spoke out of turn. I confirmed that it'll run next month after all.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:16 AM

I couldn't sleep, so I put down some static grass mats on the layout last night. They're pre-made in Germany and look like real high grass with very easy application.
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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:29 AM

Dang Lee,You can almost smell the Kreosote.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 02:09 PM

Awesome!



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 02:54 PM

Your groundwork is awesome. You did a magnificent job. The grass and trees look great but I especially like the look of the track roadbeds.

 

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 03:01 PM

That really looks amazing Lee!
Lots of work there and it shows.

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 12:06 PM

Online magazine Model RR Hobbyist just ran a photo from my layout it it's current issue, which can be seen here: http://mrhpub.com/20...html5/?page=164

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:14 PM

I finished the Studebaker US6 2.5 ton truck today. This is a very hard to find 1/43 scale diecast by Atlas (its the only one I've ever found for sale by a US vendor) and came out of the box as a British-marked one. I had to disassemble it, repaint and put new decals to make it look like a US mid-war stateside truck.
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Maybe someday, the same company will make the more common GMC one in 1/43.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:24 AM

Online magazine Model RR Hobbyist just ran a photo from my layout it it's current issue, which can be seen here: http://mrhpub.com/20...html5/?page=164

 

Congrats on the well deserved recognition.
 



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:38 AM

Wow, good work on that truck.

 

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:42 PM

It's always enjoyable to check in from time to time and catch up with what you've done. I'd still like to live there - there must be a Twilight Zone episode out there somewhere along that line.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:33 PM

Thanks, guys!


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