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  • Mike,

    Your shop buildings will be a showpiece on the layout! I'm anxious to see a finished caboose...they are a neat design!

    Wonderful work!!

    Dave
    Dave

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    • Hey Mike,

      I like your car shop. You may have already stated in this thread, but what did you use for construction material?

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      • Bob, Carl, Dave and Tim, thank you for your kind words and questions.

        Bob, the shops are indeed near the front although the machine shop with detailed interior is farthest from the aisle. No avoiding it.

        Carl, I often get impatient and try to avoid the time required to build jigs but it’s usually worth the effort.

        Dave, I’m starting to get anxious to wrap things up on this caboose project. They are just unusual enough with the small cupolas to keep my interest up.

        Tim, I used board on board construction for the two-stall enginehouse. I then used board and batten milled sheetwood for the narrow car shop but experienced some problems with warping; for the machine shop at the far end I went back to board on board.

        Mike
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        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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        • One of the bobbers with all four sets of steps:




          Responding to a question how far the shop facilities are from the aisle, I took a couple pictures from different angles:





          Time now for a walk with the family.

          Mike
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          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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          • Mike,

            You have a really good start going on all sorts of interesting stuff! Keep at it and please keep us posted!

            Pete

            in Michigan

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            • LOVE your cabeese you're building! Doing a superb job on 'em too. (I'm lovin' me that rolling stock fleet in the background, too!)

              The shops look great. I can see what you mean about its configuration pretty much dictating its orientation. Betcha wish you could hopscotch the scene and get that two stall in foreground, eh?

              Can't wait until I'm seeing some of my envisioned elements coming together is such a way as you're seeing. Fun, ain't it?

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              • The Caboose is looking Sharp Mike. It looks like the machine shop is about 18" from the edge. That should work. How high is your bench work? If you can lean over it to view the shop it will be fine.
                It's only make-believe

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                • Thanks, guys!

                  Pete, I try to be regular in posting. It does require getting modeling done which is sometimes a challenge. As you can see I tend to go in several directions at one time.

                  Andre, I appreciate your enthusiasm. I could rearrange things but then the most detailed building, the machine shop, would be farther from the aisle. Best wishes on your layout; sounds like you are making big progress. The main thing is having a vision of what you want to accomplish.

                  Bob, my benchwork is about 3’ from the floor. That’s lower than usual but the ceiling is low. My layout is above our garage with the inevitable ceiling-under-the-eaves configuration. I don’t have any problem reaching quite a distance, especially since I’m about 6’ tall.

                  Mike
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                  Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                  • I've started the rather tedious job of ballasting track in the interchange area of my layout.



                    I also started final laying of track on the left that represents Southern Central RR(eventually the Auburn Division of the Lehigh Valley RR) mainline heading north towards Lake Ontario.

                    Mike
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                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • Mike,

                      What product are you using for ballasting purposes? The scene appears to be coming along nicely.

                      Tim

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                      • Hi Tim,

                        Thank you.

                        My ballast is from Smith and Son.

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • Caboose steps are done. Not perfect, but acceptable. The vertical rods (look closely) were sort of fun and went better than I expected. They really firmed everything up, if that makes sense.



                          I've also been working on the track in this part of the layout, painting the ties etc. Not much to show at this point.

                          Mike
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                          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                          • They look good, Mike!!

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                            • Bill,

                              Thank you!

                              It might look like I know what I’m doing but there have been many steps where I have to figure out how to proceed. More than once I’ve found myself thinking “that turned out ok after all.”

                              I’ve never built a caboose before except a Central Valley kit about fifty years ago. I still have a nearly-full bottle of Floquil Caboose Red paint, unopened for 49 years. It predates Sgt. Pepper.

                              Mike
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                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                              • they do look good indeed. The steps are fine too. They're ready to have crews scrambling over them. I like the boot guard detail too.
                                It's only make-believe

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