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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers, from 44f and partly Sunny N.E. Indiana. The coffee urn is READY with Superheater blend. The special is a French toast and Canadian bacon, or the oatmeal pot has a fresh load. All other beverages at the end of the line.

    I got about 30 minutes of mowing in yesterday, keeping it slow. Still taking it easy. At least that's the excuse I'm using.

    Today, I'm heading to another guys layout, and working on a few JMRI puzzles. We went to a 'signaling' clinic at the Tri-Regional, and am going to try some of the new tricks learned. A double crossover is logically considered to be one turnout. Somehow that doesn't seem right, until you consider that the train is either going straight or diverging through the crossover. Once you get your head wrapped around that, it makes sense, and behaves as a single turnout. I guess it's easy to over complicate track conditions.

    What is the best paint remover for the coating put on Korean brass engines? This stuff acts like an epoxy paint. Acetone bath overnight hasn't touched it. The closer I looked at the GP38, I see the shortcuts they took to get their product in the box. The rear screens are pretty chintzy (actually etched into the sides) and I'll have to either locate some or make some to fix that.

    I'm rambling!

    Have a Super day!

    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Nice looking morning and I've got a few errands to run.

    Got that entrance way lamp disassembled and clear up started; have to rewire it, paint, seal, and seal again.

    Magazine galley dribbling in so that's on the docket for today, too.

    Stripping brass - right to lacquer thinner and sometimes that doesn't work either. May need something heinous like oven cleaner......

    In the meantime, I need coffee!

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    In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


    • #3
      Good morning Jim, Martin and the rest of the crew. It is 48 degrees and heading up to 61 with a mix of sun and clouds here in S.E. Michigan today.

      I got the blood test results back and all looks good on the PSA and Cholesterol front.

      Some errands in 'town' this morning and then up on the Kubota to mow the lawn.

      Probably some modeling this evening. I started assembling a Roundhouse Loco Kit - one of their 0-6-0 tank engines. Since I have a second similar kit of a different vintage, I did some comparing. The one I'm building has a Delrin Cylinder unit and Guide Rod Hanger Yoke. The slightly older version (still with plastic boiler and cab) has white metal for both the yoke and cylinder assembly. Most everything else is the same. I did note that the weight (for inside the boiler) supplied for the newer version is larger than that of the older version. Probably to make up for the Delrin cylinder unit.

      Have a great day!


      • #4
        Good morning, all. Cooler here in NH than yesterday. I'm off to Seashore again, this time mostly overhead wire work.


        • #5
          Good morning Jim, Martin, Bruce, James, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge as usual Jim. It is the best way to start off the day.

          64 degrees and Cloudy here in Rhode Island today. The temps keep going up and back down these days.

          Modeling on the critter is still ongoing, posted some more work of it yesterday. Now it's time to assemble the crane for mounting.

          Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. I'll see you all on the RR-L Forum.

          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


          • #6
            Hello fellow Crew and lurkers. We may get to the 60’s today, yippee! Told the SIL I will cut the 3 acres around the house today, don’t tell anyone. I am bored as the place is too quiet but at the same time very nice. Terry, daughter and son will head back this afternoon. Not sure I am playing passenger for the Milwaukee pickup. Terry said her Fitbit said she had 21000+ steps at Disneyland on Saturday. 18000+ to all the places they went yesterday.

            Was going to try some online retail therapy but my list isn’t big enough for an online buying spree. I don’t need or want much.I did find some pliers that should making wire tree armatures easier. Not sure if I pull the trigger! They are called aircraft safety pliers. The prices run from cheap at 20 to professional 300+



            • BurleyJim
              BurleyJim commented
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              That's a lot of trees for $300.

            • k9wrangler
              k9wrangler commented
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              I have a set of safety wire pliers I found at a garage sale some years ago for a couple bucks, interesting device. I can’t imagine the advantage of a $300 set. Ditto Jim…

          • #7
            Totally cloud free and chilly 40 on the way to 60. Heat on inside after a/c 2 days ago.

            May mount the Green Steed later to mow what I never got to at all yesterday.

            Never stripped any brass, nor fished for bass… Let us know what works, Jim.

            Everyone be well.

            KarlS still in the south…of the mitten
            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

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            • #8
              Good morning. I'm back home after attending the Tri-regional convention in Indianapolis. Boy, was that a lot of fun. I gave two clinics twice, which meant four times getting up in front of audiences. They went well and I had a lot of good feedback. I also had a chance to talk to old friends and modellers I admire. I'm ready for another one.

              It's a cool day, below 60F at present. I should get out a mow the lawn. Everything sure did grow while I was gone.

              Have a great day.


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


              • #9
                Yesterday Jimmy Deignan announced he will be closing He's had lots of technical problems with the software ('known bugs' that aren't getting fixed) and the cost (annual product license) and hassle of dealing with buggy software is not worth it. We may pick up some of the participants from modelersforum.

                Comparing the 2, modelersforum (and its predecessor) were a lot less formal/more 'social'. But in between the joking around, there were some really great modelers with long-running build threads (like John Siekerk who has started to post here.)

                It is sad to see a modeler community shut down.

                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


                • #10
                  Good afternoon, Jim and crew. I've been out running errands. (Note to self: don't go to Costco on a Monday morning)

                  I've been making some small modifications to the cassettes on my switching layout. After looking at some operations scenarios, I see a need for a couple more cassettes, so that's my next effort.

                  Have a good day.
                  Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.