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 Posted: Fri May 17th, 2019 04:56 pm
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Yep.  After a lifetime of working in 1/4" scale, HO seems really tiny.  

The slip jack is now fixed and finished. 
Actually, there is one more "sin" I discovered, but it is really hard to see. 
So it will remain with only me knowing it is there. 

I am really looking forward to getting all these craftsman kits finished
(mill, log dump, engine house, camp cars) that are associated with the logging operation. 
I am enjoying the process, but it really has knocked a hole in my schedule for this layout.

The mill is very close to completion. 
I just need to build the slip jack house and the two loading/unloading platforms.
Progress is on hold for a bit while I deal with some upgrades to the airplane mandated by the FAA. 
That project is sucking up way too much time and money.

Normally, I don't have a construction schedule,
but the original goal for this layout was to get trackwork and basic scenery done within a year,
so I could introduce the grandkids to operations (other than watching trains race around an oval). 
I am WAY behind schedule.

The flip side is that I am excited about having the logging operation a part of the layout. 

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Progress is being made on the mill. 

We are having 80+ degree weather here (somewhat unusual, quite unusual for June),
so I have an excuse to cower in the basement.





The jack slip is competed except for the handrails, and the jack slip shed is assembled and installed. 
Since the photo was taken the roofing has been applied.

I attached much of the roofing on the mill using a spray adhesive. 
It is beginning to appear that was not a good decision.  

I am saving the installation of some really fragile parts, until the mill is permanently installed on the layout. 
It is fragile enough as it is.





The rafters for this dock were a major undertaking.  They are very small and light. 
Since this was taken the roofing has been applied... using Elmers Glue-All and the roof installed. 
This dock is actually the output port of the mill. 
From here I will build a "green line" that will double as the departing loading dock.  

Every now and then I take issue with the sequencing.  This is a case in point. 
Had I read ahead a bit more, I would have installed the header for this roof before joining the walls together.
If you look closely you can see some "posts" under the header. 
It was the only way I could see to get it installed at the correct height and level.

I took another approach with the loading dock (for deliveries).  It's roof is a bit different.
I cut some spacers for the roof height and temporarily attached them with a dab of rubber cement. 

Another sequencing variation is that, for these small roofs,
it makes good sense to apply the roofing material prior to mounting the roof on the mill.  

Once all this is dry I am going to call the mill complete for the moment. 
There is a small porch yet to be assembled and installed, and a wrap around walk way. 
I am going to hold off on those until the mill is in its permanent location in order to avoid damage. 
In hind sight I should have done the same with the two docks.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 08:17 pm
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Hi Reg
 
Congratulations sawmill is looking really good. 
Don’t think I would have had the patience to do all the steps and would have cut corners so result would not have come out so well.
I see you have modified the jack slip so that it now goes into the pond and does not stop in mid-air as the kit originally had.
Well done and I look forward to seeing it set up on the layout.

I still don’t understand why BTS had the two loading docks.
I would have had to modify one at the rear as this should be where the green chain I comes out of the mill,
and the sorted lumber is packaged to go to the storage shed/yard or the planning mill.
Another dock at the mill seems unlikely I think.
Not sure what this would be used for except the occasional replacement bandsaw or drive machinery

I guess it’s now on to the log dump.
I know you will make a better job of it than Model Railroader seems to have done on their Olympia project layout

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Alan:

Yes, the second dock very definitely appears to be for the receiving department. 
The photos show a crated saw blade
(provided in the kit as a detail...there is a stack of small details)
so that suggests incoming supplies.

I can see where one would want incoming supplies and parts,
to be separate from cut lumber coming off the planer. 

I intend to extend the "green line" dock,
into what will come close to representing a green line,
as I have observed in the photo (and others) that you provided.  

Yes, it is on to the unloader. 
I have stained all the parts that look like they need staining. 
There is not much to be airbrushed.  

I don't subscribe to Model Railroader,
so I don't know what they did to the unloader.

My two mags are the Gazette,
and Model Railroad Hobbiest, an online magazine.

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Hi Reg

Will be interested to see how you set up the green chain.
If you want any more info on that I will see what I have got 

Well given what you said I guess the other dock is for machinery and supply,
although I can't remember ever seeing something like that.
The nearest was the attached I took at Scotia in 1989,
which looks like a way of handling spare band saws into the mill. 
My visit was brief on a Saturday, so the railroad was not working,
but I did see their two GE 88-ton in the open fronted engine house.
And now it is all gone.

My comment on the Model Railroader layout,
was on the series running on Model Railroader Video Plus called Olympia2.
It is an On30 logging layout supposedly in Washington,
where there were not many narrow gauge loggers anyway.
David Popp originally built a dump with an A frame but no brow log.
After some comments he corrected this but left the brow log too far from the tracks and too low.
He also had the cable from the A-frame attaching to the cars rather than the brow log.
I did e-mail him on this, but no response.

Anyway will be interested to see how yours works out.

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There has been some progress on the log dump. 
It is going together pretty rapidly.





I know everyone recommends using a weathered gray finish. 
I have that option in my bag of tricks.  I just prefer the brown stain. 
In the end, I don't need to please anyone but myself.

I just about had a disaster with the beams. 
The instructions are not crystal clear on how they are to be installed.  
I went ahead and glued them in the way I thought they should be. 
I was about to pack it all up and go upstairs, pleased with the progress.  

But something just kept bugging me,
kind of a nag in the back of my mind, that it wasn't right. 
For one thing, I had left over parts. 
My experience with the mill is that BTS doesn't provide any extra structural parts.  

So I went back to it, looked it over and poured over the instructions looking for a clue.
Sure enough, kind of buried in an unrelated drawing,
the beams show up, and I had not installed them correctly. 
Fortunately, the glue had not firmly set up.

Had I not caught it there would have been some very serious problems down the road.

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Alan:

My thoughts on the green line are pretty simple. 

I am planning what amounts to a simple loading dock on which lumber can be sorted.  

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You just can't have enough clamps.  
This is the header for the log dump, visible in the background.  

This kit is going together pretty rapidly, compared to the mill. 
Note the pre-drilled (lasered?) holes for the NBW castings.  That is a major blessing.
This beam is made up of four separate pieces.

The clamps are from Harbor Freight. 
I have no idea how many of these clamps I have, some in the model shop,
some in the machine shop, some in my music bag for outside events. 
Harbor Freight sells these things dirt cheap.  
Sometimes they will have a bag of assorted sizes, sometimes just individually. 
They used to all be black. 
Some time ago they decided they had to be in "designer" colors. 
I always pick up a handful, or bag, whenever I am in Harbor Freight.  





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I have been trying to find plans for the Simpson #700 caboose
(in front of the post office in Shelton).

No joy. 
I have a bunch of photos,
but I guess I am going to have to develop a set of plans myself.  
I haven't checked the museum yet, but I will soon.

I had also hoped I could find a kit or ready-to-run caboose that was very similar. 
The only ones that I can find are "Out of Stock". 
So scratch building is my only option. 

One lesson I have learned is that, in the new environment,
if you see something you want, and it is "In Stock", buy it. 

I did find what looks like a great kit for a Great Northern wood caboose. 
I have lusted after it for some time, but it has always been "Out of Stock".  
It popped up "In Stock" at Walthers, so I jumped on it.
 
I won't need it for some time,
but I can be pretty confident it won't be available when I do need it. 

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Reg H wrote:
One lesson I have learned is that, in the new environment,
if you see something you want, and it is "In Stock", buy it. 

I did find what looks like a great kit for a Great Northern wood caboose. 
I have lusted after it for some time, but it has always been "Out of Stock".  
It popped up "In Stock" at Walthers, so I jumped on it.
 
I won't need it for some time,
but I can be pretty confident it won't be available when I do need it.


A very good lesson.
I have a few kits lying around that aren't being made anymore and I'm glad to have them.

Great work so far, can't wait to see your take on that hack in Shelton!
I've seen it many times and I agree it'll make a fine model!




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