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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thank You All from the Bench Time Podcast
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:09:03 PM »
Good Afternoon Everyone!  Hoping to get some work done on the bench after work at the office....then record episode # 52 of the Bench Time Podcast.  last year when we started it, we debated if we would do a weekly or monthly cast and opted for the weekly.  Pretty daunting thought at the time considering you have to come up with content weekly......52 episodes later we did it and wonder where the time has gone!  It went so fast this year and we got to meet a lot of really cool modelers, many from here, and have them on as guests.  We (Brett and I) thank all of you for the great support and encouragement we received over the past year.  Without all of you here at the forums, without all of us as modelers sharing experiences, techniques and a lot of laughs together, we would never have been able to do the show and we would not have made so many great friends.  Thank You all and Happy and Safe Holidays!  See you in 2019 for another fun year!

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Catch all gadget
« on: August 04, 2017, 07:53:25 AM »
Was sitting at the workbench last night working with a kit, half watching pre-season football, when again, out of my less than nimble fingers drops another small part.  This time it was a teeny tiny door hinge for an ho scale garage door.  After the prerequisite mumbling, turned cursing, turned disgust that I would need to get my lazy duff off my stool, I grabbed the large flashlight I now keep hung on the pegboard of my workbench and proceed to "ONCE AGAIN" bend down to my knees and begin the arduous adventure of finding it on a shop floor that should have been swept nights ago.  Eventually after more cursing and an interruption from the Mrs. who peeked in to see if she should call 911, but made no offer to help, I find it and I celebrate like Indiana Jones finding the Arc of the Covenant!  Elated, Relieved, yet exasperated that I now lost 15 minutes of benchtime and half the third quarter of the game. 

All this had me thinking... If this happens to me, let's say three or four times a week, I wonder if other modeler's have similar experiences, and why no one has devised some sort of catching device for catching small parts we drop from the bench?  Maybe a tarp of sorts that attaches from the lap to the edge of the workbench.  Perhaps an apron with Velcro on the bottom edge that can be pressed to it?  hmmmm, maybe I will have to get to work on that, although I likely will forget Im attached and hang myself as I get up!  Anyone out there have similar experiences or a fail-proof method to avoid this outside of "Get your act together and don't drop stuff Todd"  ? 

Just an amusing thought today.....

Enjoy your weekend!

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Expo 2017 Altoona. information?
« on: May 11, 2017, 03:03:42 PM »
Does anyone have any updated information about the Expo 2017 in Altoona November 2-4?
There hasn't been any information added to the website for some time, or at all since I had registered my wife and I in January.
Schedule?  Clinics? Updated vendors list and possible layout tours?  Just curious for personal travel and work scheduling purposes.
Thanks in advance for any word.

Todd

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Seeking Kit... / Suggestions for a lighthouse kit?
« on: April 13, 2017, 10:05:17 AM »
Good Morning Modelers,

I am nearing the point on the harbor/wharf area of my layout where I can begin the creation of water. Most all structures, piers, docks, platforms, retaining walls, and landscape around it are about ready to go.  I have one specific footprint atop of a seawall of rocks that is dedicated to the addition of a lighthouse.  I thought that would have been one of my first structures I would have done, but as per the mold of a model railroader, I began the harbor and a thousand other ideas for it took over and I began working on those, neglecting a lighthouse and thinking I would sooner or later get to it.  Well later is here...lol.  I think my hesitation was finding a lighthouse in a kit that looks quality and has some unique charm in the style of coastal Maryland or New England.   Have scoured the internet and have come across some but they were either cheesy and cheap looking or they were craftsman kits (which is what I am looking for) that were so expensive that I'd have to refinance my home.  OR if I found one I did like, it was out of production by the manufacturer.

Any ideas on available kits that any of you are aware of?  I have even considered scratch building one, however my expertise on lighthouse architecture is zippo...

Todd

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Kit Building / FOS Ideal Hosiery
« on: April 12, 2017, 10:32:54 AM »
Last night I began preparing for my next kit build of FOS Scale Models  "Ideal Hosiery"  I have had the kit since December when it caught my eye with it's design.  Perfect for one of the corners on our layout which will be sort of a garment district.  I will begin with the structural bracing tonight before NHL hockey playoffs start, and hopefully will have time to give the initial A/I stain/wash.    Unpacking it last night, I was pleasantly surprised to find a paper with photographs on each angle from FOS' model. A very nice touch not found so often in kits.  I will keep you all posted with photos during construction on how it goes.  Pretty pumped for this one!

Todd

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Kit Building / Bar Mills Booty Corner winter project 2
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:00:34 AM »
One of the kits that had always had my attention and on my wish list was the Bar Mills Booty Corner, and finally this late fall I was able to shop around until I found one for sale to build this Winter with several other projects.  After it was built, I decided to give it some extra sidewalk, and an entire back alley of sorts.  It was definitely a fun kit to build, and I thought it would fit well in our world war 2 Americana era town.  All it needs now is some figures and for me to find a street corner to place it this next month!

I will try to find some of the step by step photos I took to add to it later!

Enjoy

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Kit Building / Delgiorno Fish from FOS Scale Models Winter Fun Project
« on: March 30, 2017, 08:33:04 AM »
This January and February I was working on a few structures for our layouts harbor which has not been completed, but nearly ready to start modeling the water. 
The FOS Delgiorno Fish was one of the kits, and I really had a blast building it.  It isn't a very big structure but it has all the potential you could want to get creative with it.  However, the photo of FOS's advertisement for it was exactly the look I was going for, hence why I wanted to use it, so I kept the paint scheme nearly identical.  I did take the liberty to add larger pilings to the outside corners and mid-section of the model, and also get into some detailing of barnacles and algae on the pilings to enhance it at the water level. 

About the time I was midway done with the model in February, FOS scale models on their Instagram page ran a contest asking participants to add a photo to their page of one of their models.....So I worked on it quicker and put more emphasis into the rusted corrugated siding that I had originally was planning.  But what a fun project that was very modeler friendly to build.  Directions (If you choose to read them) as always with their products are well written like they are there with you as you build it.  Also everything included fit to a T, and nothing could have been easier.  Can't wait to see it on the water in a few weeks as it fits perfectly with the other structures.

Enjoy!

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Good Morning modelers! New here
« on: February 27, 2017, 01:04:09 AM »
Good morning everyone,
Thank you all for allowing me to join in the forum.  It's an honor to be among so many excellent modelers and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through so many of the posts with all the great ideas, quality worksmanship, and sound helpful advice!  Both my adult son and I have joined friday and we are in process of building our own HO layout at his home, and we both are avid kit and scratch built modelers as our passion in the hobby.  I have recently returned to it after 28 years and it is good being back.  Look forward to actively participating here in the forum!!  Again, thank you

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