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 Posted: Wed Apr 1st, 2020 03:42 pm
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I acquired the Foredom very second hand as a gift some 40+ years ago.
 
It is a very handy tool.  It was the only tool I had for many years,
because I simply could not afford a Dremel.

I have two hand pieces, but rarely use the collet hand piece. 
The one in the photo has a Jacobs chuck, and is far more useful.  


I now have a Dremel.
I find the two tools complement each other. 

My Dremel is the bottom of the line model, with no speed control. 
So it is useful when high speed is needed. 

When I need precise speed control, the Foredom is my choice. 
I find the slimmer profile of the Foredom handpiece,
to be an advantage over the Dremel, as well. 

The Dremel  is handier when working around the layout,
away from the work bench.


I typically don't use either one for drilling. 
I find the handiest attachment for either one is the cut off disk. 
I can do a lot of things with a cut off disk.  

For small drilling I use either a good old pin vise,
or my Unimat configured as a mill/drill.

The Unimat isn't in the photo.  It is still up in the machine shop. 
It will be down here in the model shop shortly. 

There is a drill bit in the Foredom in the photo. 
I had just got done destroying an SW-7 shell with it.  


Somewhere on Freerails,
I have some photos taken of the construction of the Howe truss bridge,
that show the use of the Unimat as a precise drill press. 

These old original Unimat's are an extremely handy tool in the model shop. 
Mine spends most of it's days as a very precise miniature drill press. 

It was also a gift quite a few years ago. 
It would take a considerable amount of cash to convince me to part with it.  

I note on eBay that good ones are going,
for as much as one of the small Chinese lathes.  


If I had to have only a Foredom, or only a Dremel,
I would go with the Foredom. 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 9th, 2020 11:02 pm
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Progress on the railroad has been slow. 
There have been some family obligations,
and I must admit to spending some time in the machine shop.  

I have been lurking on the site and doing my moderator duties.
I just haven't posted much.


The news here is that the hotel is 90% finished with only 90% to go.  
I finally have some suitable shingles.  Those need to go on and will be time consuming. 

I want to do a couple of signs. One for the hotel itself (Railroad Hotel),
and one advertising the diner housed in one end of the hotel, as the story goes. 

Those will take some time to get right.
But it will be a nice addition to the layout. 


After that I think I will work on the town without a name. 
I have yet to come up with a good name for the east end of the line. 
 

Or ... I might tackle the woods end of the logging operation. 

Or ... get some scenery in the area between LeBam and Pe Ell roughed in.  

Or ... go sit at the beach.


Anyway, I will do something, even if it's wrong.

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Great ^^ photo Reg !  :thumb:

The lighting :!: looks 'just right'.  :cool:



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Si:

The lighting is accidental. 
It is just the shop lights I have strung about the layout.

I suppose someday I will invent a better lighting setup,
but this works for construction activities.

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" The lighting is accidental. 
It is just the shop lights I have strung about the layout."


Hi Reg  :wave:

Pretty much looks like PRO illumination :!: to me !  :old dude:


Nice light & colour on the building & ground cover ...  :thumb:

... as well as those  C :cool: :cool: L  locos !


Crop that fascia off the bottom ... & it's an 'Annual' cover IMO !  :2t:


:)


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I just might do that...

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A notification....

I am working on getting some of my negatives into a post-able state.  

The first one does not have the (C) Copyright notification.  Later ones will. 

These will all be my original work, so, yes, I have the right to publish them.

The first ones are in the 'Proto-Photo' Forum.

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Pacific Northwest Railfanning ... With Reg

Real retro railfanning with Reg ... On roll-film !


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Work on the layout slowed down a bit,
as I spent some time in the machine shop working on the Stuart 10V vertical steam engine. 
That project is coming along, but it is a major learning experience. 

However, Summer hit this weekend after a lengthy wet and cool Spring. 
The sudden appearance, with no time to aclimate, of mid-80's weather was a bit of a shock.

So I have been conducting my outdoor activities early and cowering in the basement during the hottest parts of the day. 
With the result that some progress has been made on the Railroad Hotel.





This is the back side. 
It took me decades to learn to do the least visible assemblies first,
before tackling those features that will be front and center. 

There has been some angst on roof treatment. 
The Idaho Hotel kit comes with roll roofing. 
I wasn't enamored of that.  

I decided that the most appropriate would be cedar shingles. 
They would be very typical of the era in which the structure would originally have been built,
and still appropriate for current times as they are very common here in the Pacific Northwest.  

The first shingles I ordered were not satisfactory. 
They were quite expensive, were pre-finished, and looked ghastly.

The second round is much better. 

They are from an "off" company
(I will provide the name when I am back in the model shop) 
Not somebody I recognize, but look quite good. 

The random length/random width would be more typical of the 19th Century than modern. 
Modern cedar shakes are machine processed so are more uniform. 
But I like the more random effect. 
Plus, it is not so obvious if a row or two get out of alignment. 

I thought I was ordering self-stick shingles.  But was pleased to find these are not. 
I have not had universal success with self-stick building pieces. 
I almost always seem to have to do some extensive re-gluing after a year or two.  

The manufacturer recommended glue-stick. 
I tried that here on the back side.  Not a good plan. 
The following day I found myself re-gluing shingles. 

I got quite a bit more done after this photo was taken, but I used white glue instead of the glue-stick. 
It adds to the tedium, but I am pretty sure I won't be having to re-glue any of those shingles. 

These look pretty raw, like brand new shingles.  I am going to try some experiments with stain. 
I need to be sure the stain won't loosen the glue-stick shingles,
or curl any individual shingles to which adhesive was not applied, which is typical of the white-glued shingles. 
I tended to just spread glue on the common strip.


We have a bit more warm weather forecast,
so perhaps more progress will be made in the next couple of days.

Perhaps I will post some photos of the vertical steam engine in the "Other Topics" section.

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Progress on the hotel.





There are still some details to finish up. 

I want to stain the shingles. 
I have some practice pads to make sure I get the effect I want. 
I don't want the shingles to curl up either.

Some steps need to be added and I have some signs in mind.

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