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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 03:42 pm
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Thanks.  I looked them up.  

I believe I will order some, but there is a point of frustration.

Not all that many years ago I would have called the local hobby shop and see if they carried it.  That shop closed, but there was a radio control hobby shop in Olympia (20 minutes away) that carried a lot of useful things.  They closed. 

Now the closest hobby shop, and the only one in Western Washington that I can find that carries MRR supplies, is in Chehalis, which is more than an hour away.  

So...I will need to order the stuff.  So I will order more than more immediate needs in order to justify the shipping costs.  

End of rant.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 05:02 pm
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Reg H wrote:
Now the closest hobby shop, and the only one in Western Washington that I can find that carries MRR supplies, is in Chehalis, which is more than an hour away.  
And it isn't that good. I'm not terribly far away from there but on several occasions, the place is just randomly closed when it should be open, not even a sign saying why.
And the place has more "ancient used hobby shop stock" than anything else. The place it like a time warp as they have stuff I haven't seen for sale in a hobby shop in decades.
Just because it's there., doesn't mean they have what you want.
If I really need to hit a good hobby shop, I'll save up on projects and find a reason to go to Portland to hit Whistle Stop, Hobbysmith and (if I'm truly desperate) Tammies....



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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 07:49 pm
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Lee:
My time is so crunched right now, if it isn't close, I just have to resort to the internet.

Which can have it's problems, too.  I tried to order some paint directly from Humbrol.  Their web site loads sloooooowwwwly, or not at all.  At several points just switching pages resulted in time outs.  

Found Mega Hobby. They seem to stock most of Humbrol paints, plus some others.  Very reasonable shipping, too. 

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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 09:17 pm
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Reg,
I get it, I really do. The small hobby shop downtown Shelton wasn't all that big but at least it was close to you.
I was just saying that even if you didn't have to drive to Chehalis, you might not find it open and likely not having what you wanted. I've found the new location of Online Hobbies in Tacoma (on South Tacoma Way) isn't all that bad and good deals can be found there. But for someone in Shelton, yeah, that's a LONG haul!



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Hi Reg
Good progress with the branch.
I know this might be  bit late but have found at last a “Layout Design Journal”  I picked up at the NMRA National in 2015. It has an article on proto-freelancing the Grays Harbor Branch. I can scan and send a copy if you want. Yesterday I got the latest NP Historical Society magazine,. It has an article on operations on the South Bend branch, ahead of their convention in Centralia. I could send that if you wanted
 Re: Humbrol matt paint I could get some and send – no minimum charge or try Model Junction in Slough UK. sales@modeljunction.info Can mention my name as a satisfied customer and see what they can offer

 Hope it is not too hot on your side of the pond

 Alan
 

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Alan:

Information is always timely.  I would greatly appreciate that.  But send it email rather than through this forum.  

I sure wish I had time to attend all these events.  I bet the NP Historical Society meeting would be very interesting.  

I ordered some Humbrol paint (and some other things) through MegaHobby.com.   Somewhat of a discount and reasonable shipping.  The 14ml bottle doesn't sound like much paint, so I ordered four bottles.  

Yesterday was a machine shop day (well, I spent a couple of hours hanging out in the pilot's lounge as well).   I spent an hour and half setting up the second to the last operation on the steam chest for the mill engine.  After taking the first cut, I realized I hadn't been paying very good attention and I had ruined this rather complex part.  Adding insult to injury I don't have a big enough piece of stock to start the second attempt.  The original piece was out of the scrap box.  Now I am going to have to purchase a piece of cold rolled steel. 

Failing in that operation, I started work on the flywheel.  It is a rather large piece of round steel stock.  It won't fit in my three-jaw chuck in the inside jaws and somewhere in it's long life the outside jaws got lost.   So I had to set that up in the four-jaw chuck.  It is a bit of a tedious task, but, theoretical, is more accurate than the three-jaw.  "Theoretically" because the degree of accuracy depends a great deal on the skill of the machinest.  I am still a beginner.   

I guess the upside is that I will be able to correct some minor errors that occurred in the first attempt. 

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 Posted: Fri Jul 13th, 2018 10:51 pm
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OK!  Hand painting the rail is just not going to cut it.  I simply don't have the patience.

Purchased two cans of flat brown spray paint today.  

I will mask off the plate girder bridge, mask the rail at the switch points, and apply a bit of plastic compatible oil at the tie bars.  

I have the buildings in place, but I always make my buildings removable.  

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Hi Reg  :wave:



How has the spray-paint worked out ?  ???

What sort did you get ?  L:



:)



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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 04:36 pm
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Si:

I have been hanging out, but not saying much lately.

The spray paint worked perfectly.  Exactly the result I was looking for.  I will get some photos posted.  I used a Rust-o-leum flat brown picked up at the local Home Depot. 

I also did a small patch of scenery and a short stretch of ballast.  The scenery turned out really awful.  My scenery skills have always fallen short of my vision.  Still working on it.

The ballast worked out pretty well.  I am pleased with that.  A medium gray ballast with the brown painted track gives me what I am looking for.  I will get photos of that, too.

Part of my vision was to just ballast the main line tracks and bury the sidings in "dirt".  That is not working out so well, partly because it depends on the rest of the scenery for the vision I have.  I use sanded grout for "dirt".  It actually works pretty well.  It's when I get past the "dirt" application that my skills fall apart. So I am going to ballast all the track.

I think what I am going to do with the scenery is keep it really, really, really simple.  I am going to try another patch with just some ground foam sprinkled around topped off with some static grass.  Bushes, trees and other details can come later. 

Railroad (and machine shop) work is being slowed somewhat from finances.  My faithful Honda Civic commuter car hit the 200,000 mile point.  While it was still running and driving great, I am in the water business (with a 41 mile  commute each way) and I have to have reliable transportation.  With that many miles, something is bound to break.  With my luck, it would be on an occasion when I needed to get to the water district as rapidly as possible.  The Civic had some other shortcomings, so it was time.  It got traded in on a Honda CRV.  I like the CRV very much, but it wasn't exactly cheap.  

Then my airplane broke.  Not a big deal.  The carb heat cable came out in my hand on downwind the other day.  Unless you have a death wish, you do not fly behind a Continental O-200 without carb heat control. The Marvel-Shebly carb on the O-200 is a notorious ice maker.  So I am awaiting the part (essentially a lawn mower throttle cable, but at aviation part prices) and my mechanic.  The repair is relatively simple, but it has to be done by a certified aviation mechanic.  I don't know what the total cost of that repair is going to be.  Sometimes I think my mechanic hires Jay Leno to change the spark plugs. 

The upshot is that I can only accomplish tasks for which I already have the material/parts for the time being. 

Work has been crazy too.  I spent my whole life in the private sector.  My magnum opus was a company dedicated to providing management services and engineering to water utilities.  I stepped down from CEO of that company and took this public sector job because I was just plain worn out.   Fifteen years of 60-80 hour weeks gets old. 

But lately, it has gotten a bit out of control.  There are three big projects here in the community that require the water district's attention.  By this afternoon I will have worked a full 40-hour week.  That doesn't happen very often anymore.   :)

And I suppose I better get back at it.

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Reg H wrote: My scenery skills have always fallen short of my vision.  Still working on it.Join the club. I don't know anyone who can make scenery to match their mental picture of what they want. I know I sure can't!
Sometimes it works out better than you'd hoped, but I don't think scenery on a layout ever turns out like the builder had in mind.



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