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 Posted: Wed Aug 12th, 2020 03:39 pm
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Thanks, Si for your broad shoulders.

I remember the last time I used it,
and it was just before the great re-organization. 
It is here somewhere. 

History indicates that it will show up very shortly after the new one gets here. 
Meanwhile, the caboose project is stuck. 
I suppose I could jury-rig something, but I don't really want to do that.

I could go up to the machine shop and continue work on the Stuart steam engine. 
But I have encountered a problem that will require some unfettered contemplation time.

Recently I have been shoe-horning hobby time in between various obligations.
But you have heard THAT whine before. 

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 Posted: Thu Aug 13th, 2020 01:11 am
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It seems I neglected to upload the photo of the completed hotel.

Its site is not quite ready on the layout.







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Oh how I hate that.  :w:

It is always a tool that I need now to do a project,
and when I have time to do the project.


I am grateful that there is a Hobby Lobby 45 minutes away...
not a mom and pop (my fav) but something. 

They have some of the basics in the model section. 

There is nothing else, as the fellow an hour 15 away,
recently passed and the store is gone.


Sentimental tools, nice. 
I've lost my first "important" tool, a "poker" years ago,
and I keep looking for it.  It was so handy.


Hey the hotel looks great!!

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Reg, that hotel looks GREAT!

It screams for weathering on the roof,
and a little on the steps/walkways,
but is excellent work.





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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2020 03:52 pm
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The Great Northern Caboose is coming along.





Even when doing something for pleasure, there can be parts of the project that are not particularly enjoyable. 
That was the case with the carbody end handrails.

Provided in the kit is this apparently nifty little handrail bending jig. 
It is just a bit larger than a business card.





You will note the posts.  These "posts" are .015" in diameter.  Very small. 
The instructions require that they be cut to about 3/16" length.  

I about drove myself crazy trying to pick up these tiny bits of wire. Let alone get them in their proper holes. 
Get them in any holding device (tweezers, needle nose, etc.) and they instantly go "ping",
and go flying across the shop never to be seen again.

I finally got smart and inserted the uncut wire into the holes, ACC'd the wire in place,
and THEN trimmed the post to length.  

My first attempt at creating a handrail indicated that the device is more a bending guide than a bending jig. 
If you try and bend the wire around the posts you end up with too large a radius bend.
So I placed the wire and used the posts, and other guides that are hard to see in the photo, as guides for the pliers. 

My first attempts, the handrails above the carbody end windows, went perfectly. 
Nice handrails that fit the pre-drilled (burned?) hose exactly.

The lower, and more complex, handrails, not so much. 
After several tries using the guide, I ended up using the the pre-drilled holes as a guide.
That worked OK.  

These are REALLY tiny parts, especially for someone who has spent most of his modeling activity in 1/4" scale. 
I am reasonably pleased with the result, but I can't say that the process was particularly enjoyable.
It just had to be done.

There are also some other anomalies. 
Most of the parts are peel-and-stick.  I am not a big fan. 
In a few instances the adhesive came off with the paper backing.  That required a bit more force. 
Note that one of the window frames is a bit damaged.  I repaired it as best I could, but it still isn't perfect.  

I was concerned that, once the roof is on, there is no access to the interior of the carbody. 
The inside window frames and glazing are stick on from inside. 
Not having complete confidence in the stick on, I reinforced those installations with a bit of white glue.




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Hi Reg  :wave:


The hotel ^^ looks like it would make the 5-Star Guidebook !  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:


Perhaps your Pin-Vice is staying in Room 13 or 101 ... & forgot to check out ?  ;)

Just another unhelpful thought !  :P


:java::moose: :dt:


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Or Room 1408 (for Stephen King fans).





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 Posted: Tue Aug 25th, 2020 03:10 pm
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Yeah !


Reg could totally loose it ...  :Crazy:

... after weeks of modelmaking, snowed-in up in the Pacific Northwest !


And start chopping through hotel doors with a fire-axe ...  :f:

... looking for his Pin-Vice !




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 Posted: Tue Aug 25th, 2020 04:41 pm
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Si. wrote:
Reg could totally loose it ...  :Crazy:

... after weeks of modelmaking, snowed-in up in the Pacific Northwest !


And start chopping through hotel doors with a fire-axe ...  :f:

... looking for his Pin-Vice !


There are those who are convinced that Reg doesn't have all that firm a grip in the first place...

:)

The new pin vice has arrived and is satisfactory. 

Not surprising in this day and age, it is good enough,
but not QUITE the quality of the old one.  

Surprisingly, the old one has not surfaced yet. 
I expected it to show up shortly after I destroyed the packaging for the new one. 

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Simple things can be irritating.

A coupler height gauge recently went missing. 
It was right there the other day.  Then suddenly it vanished.  Poof!

I have a second one, but had the uneasy feeling that it too would get up and run off on its own. 
So, I ordered another one.

Has to be here someplace. 
Who else would want it (my wife has a bad habit of wandering off with my tools)?

Really liked the first one.  Had it for many decades. 




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