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 Posted: Fri Dec 6th, 2019 07:19 pm
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Hi Reg  :wave:



L :cool: :cool: Kin'  C :cool: :cool: L  ! 



Amazingly quick progress (if you ask me) ...  :thumb:

... even though, as you've said, things like BIG kits  :dt:  take a while.  :java::time:



The mill, dump, log-pond & unloader, all look nicely placed in the whole scheme, to my eyes.  :)



Any R.R. Boss will be celebrating a brick or stone enginehouse (probably) ...

... especially as they've heard all the stories of wooden ones BURNING DOWN !  :shocked:  :f:  ;)



Great photos of all the new yard trackage you've got laid on the previous << Page.



I like Alans photo he Posted as well, he has some inspiring scenes of mooodern logging.  :shades:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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 Posted: Fri Dec 6th, 2019 07:56 pm
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Thanks, Si. 

It is coming along. 
There has been a brief hiatus due to running out of some critical supplies.
 
Of course, now we are into the holiday season,
progress will be further slowed by all the festivities.  

I miss being able to purchase bits and pieces locally, or even semi-locally. 
I needed a handful of suitcase connectors. 
Does anyone anywhere near me have them in stock?
Nope.  Gotta order them online. 
I need, maybe four. 
The smallest quantity I could find was a package of 50.

Likewise, LEDs. 
I am cooking up a scheme to convert a pair of Lifelike FA's to DCC. 
It is not a terribly complex operation. 
But the incandecent (sp?) headlights need to be changed to LED. 
I need two.  I ended up ordering an assortment of 100. 
Very reasonable price ($7.57 on Prime), but still. 
What am I going to do with the remaining 98? 

Of course, there are the two Athearn GP-9's. 
I bet they will need LEDs.   

I am improving the waiting time,
by assembling a skid shack kit that I acquired from Alan Sewell. 
It will serve as the logging railroad operations office.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 7th, 2019 12:20 am
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Hi Reg

Very impressed with how things are going.

Makes me ashamed of how slow progress is on my layout.

Hopefully that will change and I have posted a couple of things,
over on my Diesel Forest Railroading page.

Glad you are finding a use for the kits I sent.
Will be interested in progress on that and the rest of the layout.

Best regards

Alan


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Alan:

I have been able to get some time in this fall. 
Which is a blessing.

I am quite enjoying the use of commercial track. 
I have not used commercial track since my teen years. 
I put down all of the engine terminal track in one evening. 
Handlaying I can fabricate and install one turnout in a long evening or full Saturday.  

The sheds (there are two) kit is quite useful. 
A well done kit as well. 
The first one will be done soon. 
I am not putting this one on the skids. 
The second one will probably go up at the woods end and will be a true "skid shack".  
I am looking forward to building the rest of what you sent.  

I hope to get the wiring finalized at the mill/engine camp end today. 
We will see.
Lots of holiday goings on. 
The wiring got held up because I ran out of suitcase connectors. 
When I bought my first supply (I resisted using them for a long time)
my local hardware store stocked a variety. 
I got a couple of packages of fifty,
which served well because I had the entire railroad to wire.  
I came up three short (If I don't damage any, which happens)
to finish what I currently have laid. 

The hardware store still stocks some,
but just two sizes (red and blue) they have found most popular. 
No one else seems to have them. 
Off to the internet. 
The smallest quantity I could find was a bag of 100. 
Sigh.

I have to ring off and go write a sermon. 
I am up tomorrow evening.  

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Really liking the layout of the mill. 

Makes sense and is massive enough to make car loads of lumber. 

Love following what you have going on.

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The Holidays have definitely slowed progress, but all is good.

I was planning to get some work done last evening after work.  
I got home to the announcement that Emily's boyfriend's parents were coming over for dinner. 
Emily is my youngest daughter and has been living with us for the last few years,
recovering from a series of life disasters. 
All is good with her now.

In fact, her boyfriend led me off to a corner. 
You can guess what that was all about. 
The boyfriend is now fiance. 
It was a great evening...but no railroad work.  


The skid shack/logging railroad ops office is finished.  





I am not completely pleased with the shingles, especially the ridge cap. 
I will work on that some more. 
It looked pretty good until I stained the shingles,
and the stain loosened the Alene's Tacky Glue with which I installed the shingles.  
Sigh.  

The next skid shack
(the package had enough parts for two)
will have a tar paper (black construction paper) roof.  

This may, or may not, be the final location. 
The thing is just really cute from all angles. 
I will make a final decision once I have the timber company office assembled,
and I can play with layout a bit.

The 1/4" plywood "foundation" will be buried in scenery. 
The plywood will be screwed to the base, the scenery contoured up to it,
and the building set loose on the plywood. 

All my buildings are easily removable and all have access to the interior,
in case, someday, I want to add some lighting. 

With my supply of 500 3mm and 5mm LEDs
(though some are colored)
the possibilities definitely exist.

In the case of this little building,
the roof is removable. 


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Well, some progress was made over the last few days, despite my predictions.

The first problem solved,
was the tendency for locomotives to derail on one short stretch of track. 
The spur leading past the mill and to the log dump.

It took a few pounds of scrap steel bar and Liquid Nails...





The problem seems to be solved.
 
The Liquid Nails is a bit messy,
but once it is painted and this stretch of track is buried in "dirt" it will be just fine. 

The big project news is the completion of the timber company's offices.





I think this will serve very nicely. 

I have to say, this is one of the finest plastic kits I have built.  
It is very well engineered, the details are fine (one must be very careful),
and everything goes together as it should. 
A rare occurrence.  

The very miner negatives are the colors and two bits of sequencing. 

The model comes molded in three colors. 
The only one I found acceptable is the foundation color. 
The main building color is white.  Everything is white. 
The walls are white, the window frames are white, the porch railings are white. 
The box shows a main color of blue, which it is not. 
Not a big problem for me as I intended to paint it,
no matter what color it was molded in.

The other color that did not work for me was the roof,
which is molded kind of a sickly gray. 
I painted it rail brown.  

The first sequencing issue I had,
was the timing of installing the back stairs and basement access. 
I would have done the front porch first. 
It would have been handy to be able to set the model on the back wall,
while working on the front porch.  

The front porch is a bit tricky. 
The porch floor, railings, and roof all have to come together,
and fit the mounting locations on the front wall. 
I spent a bit of time trying to make the instructions sequencing work. 
It didn't. 

I found that installing the porch trim (the pieces holding up the floor) first,
was the best beginning. 
Second step was to glue just the front railings in place. 
Then I carefully dry fit all the rest of the porch parts,
and held them together while spot gluing. 
Once I was sure everything was lined up I final glued everything.  

A really big point is the way the roof structure is designed. 
It is configured so that it would be very difficult to get the angle wrong.  

This kit is a recent offering. 
If this is the direction Cornerstone is going, it is clearly the right direction. 

A brief word about my adhesive. 
I use MEK.  It works extremely well. 
I apply it with a small brush,
with the parts held together either by hand or with whatever works. 
The caution is the MEK is highly volatile
(it evaporates rapidly, which is a good thing from an assembly standpoint)
and the fumes are not good for you. 
I buy it in quart cans from the local hardware store. 
But, for use, I transfer it to a very (I mean VERY) small bottle. 
Only the bottle enters the model shop. 
The quart can stays in the garage. 
I will post a picture of my "gluing station".  

So this is how the mill site layout looked this afternoon.





After taking the photo,
I started thinking I may want to move the office building to the other side of the tracks.
I need to reach through that area, or very close to it, to operate turnouts.




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As promised, here is my set up for handling MEK.





I have included the pencil for scale. 
The block is two pieces of 3/4" plywood screwed together. 
The tiny bottle holds the ready supply of MEK.  
The hole is sized so I could use a bottle up to 1" in diameter.  

This rig keeps everything handy and prevents the MEK from getting spilled. 
Even if it is spilled, the small amount in the bottle will cause limited damage. 
I keep the lid on except when actually dipping the brush. 
That limits evaporation,
so the supply lasts longer and the fumes are greatly reduced. 

I have developed a skill in opening the bottle one-handed.

How do I get MEK from a quart can into that small bottle,
without making a smelly and flammable mess? 
I use a pipette. 
Actually a scrap piece of brass tubing I had laying around.  

This approach can't be beat for assembling plastic models.

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Great idea,

will be making something like this.

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Sometimes you just have to be a little creative...





There are two places where there just isn't room between the tracks for a ground throw.

I was thinking of just depending on the Micro Engineering internal springs. 
But I was not totally comfortable with that approach.  

One more like this.  

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