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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, July 5
« on: July 05, 2021, 07:06:43 AM »
Holiday observed for the working people.  Just another day for us retirees.  Things do change when one retires.

Lovely morning in SE PA. Warmer weather with humidity gradually returning.  Baseball season at the halfway point.  Pro football camps will get rolling in another week or two.

Looks like my email got hacked yesterday.  Heard from many about "my" plea for some kind of game cards for a niece I don't have.  Any advice?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Disassembly of a plastic building
« on: July 04, 2021, 09:00:38 PM »
I'm wanting to kitbash a structure I started assembling almost 50 years ago.  It's partially done and I didn't have the insight then I have now.  I'd like to bash it with some other plastic structures.  Problem is, back then, it was glued to the base that plastic structures have.  I need to remove it from the base.

I believe I used a Testor's adhesive...the one with the brush cap.  I've cleaned off 50 years of grime.  Sure changed color. 

So, can you all think back and advise how to loosen the adhesive holding it to the base?  I know I can try to use more of the same adhesive to soften the existing bond such that the bond can be broken.   Any other ideas? 


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / April 1, No Foolin'
« on: April 01, 2021, 06:41:35 AM »
Here it is!  Opening Day of baseball season.

And there's snow (no accumulation) in the forecast later today.

Up early (for me anymore) to get the puppy out and about.  He went back to sleep.  I really kept him moving yesterday and wore him out. He even decided to splash through the water that rose through the pool cover.  Apparently not too cold.

More of same for a couple days.

Everyone else can focus on other chores and diversions.  Be safe doing it.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, March 7
« on: March 07, 2021, 06:48:35 AM »
First week of March is about done.  One more week of standard time.

Clear and chilly in SE PA this AM.

Made a lot of progress yesterday dismantling my friend's layout.  Sad thing.  Amazing how he designed and constructed his benchwork, especially around the oil tank. 

Relaxing day here planned, even though heater not igniting.  Playing waiting game with plumber/heating man.  Thank goodness we have backup heat pumps that are still efficient with these lower temps.

Stay warm....better days coming for us folks in the higher latitudes.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Vehicles
« on: March 01, 2021, 08:28:44 AM »
I'm working with a couple of modelers to dismantle and dispose (sell off) a deceased friend's layout for his widow. He had numerous cars and trucks of course.  His era was early/mid 50's, so the span of cars and trucks covered the 20's to the 50's. 

I've grouped the collection by decade.  The items from the 20's are all assembled plastic and wood models, painted and with some trim paint as necessary (lights, chrome).  I would think modelers doing or having layouts from that ear would be interested in acquiring some of the cars and such.

The vehicles out of the 30's and 40's appear to be a lot of the Dick Tracy collection that came out when the movie was in vogue. Also some straight job trucks including a couple REX.

The 50's are an accumulation from various marketers, but there are a good percentage of CMV items. Lots of pickups.

Question is, need some pricing guidance.  I've noted some comments on this site now and then regarding vehicles for the 20's, so I'm thinking members would have some ideas as to what they might be worth, much less if there's any market at all. 

I simply am lost in so far as doing what is needed to be able to post photos here (or any other site).  I can send photos via email though.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, Feb 14, Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:41:21 AM »
Hi, all.

Late start for the thread today.

Some ice came during the night, staying put this morning.

Be cautious out there.  Most of the country experiencing bad weather.  No more football to watch, so keep busy.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / TGIF, Dec 18
« on: December 18, 2020, 07:02:40 AM »
One week to Christmas.

Another chilly one today in SE PA.  Heading to Lancaster County then up 222 to Reading this morning.  Hope Penn DOT got to the roads.

All have a great day.  I've got some work to do on the layout.  Finally figured out the best way to make it happen.  Takes me a lot of time.  But I have a level so I can emulate Sheriff Tom.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, November 2
« on: November 02, 2020, 07:03:31 AM »
Happy November, a day late from me.  One more day until we vote.  Means two more days of political ads on TV, phone calls (robo), and mailers. Will be up early tomorrow to be at the polling place when it opens.

Brisk here today in SE PA.  Breezy, chilly. Should see the sun before too long.

Will no doubt find some chores to perform inside.

Have a safe day, everyone.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, October 18
« on: October 18, 2020, 06:45:07 AM »
A new week begins!  Top of the morning, all.

Frosty this morning in SE PA.  Have the car running so the frost melts when we head out to mass shortly.

Nothing planned for today.  Maybe some train time.  Basking in the glow of the Tide's victory last night.

Have a safe day and a super week.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, October 5, 2020
« on: October 05, 2020, 07:42:47 AM »
A later opening for a Monday.  Hmm.  Football game was over by 11:30, so maybe it's the weather keeping us between the sheets a bit later.

Some moving work for #1 son on tap.  A few other domestic chores that will be performed after the skies get blue I hope.

Have a safe day all of you.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, Oct 2, 2020
« on: October 02, 2020, 06:55:25 AM »
Here it is....FRIDAY!!

Just stopped raining in SE PA.  Good for the new sod and tree planted yesterday.  Timing's everything.

Meanwhile, the AC unit keeps running. 

May get to door more yardwork later.  Might be time to consider cutting the grass. Otherwise, work on a structure and maybe clear off the junk that finds it way to the layout.

Have a superb day, all.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, October 1, 2020
« on: October 01, 2020, 06:31:44 AM »
Happy October everyone!

It's dark now at this moment, so can't tell what's happening.  Happens every year around this time.

I'm told we'll be planting a tree today.  I'm sure other duties will be added.  At least the weather is fall-like, so it will be pleasant to be in the fresh air and sunshine.

So, all be smart and safe.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, September 27, 2020
« on: September 27, 2020, 06:53:27 AM »
Hey there and good morning!

Thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday.  Took advantage of the rain and picked up  130 sq ft of sod and unrolled it to get a drink.  I was a mess at the end, but the sod is safe for a day.

Question for you all:  I have some of the Mitsubishi AC units in ceilings, operated by a controller that usually is wall mounted like a thermostat.  Last night, one of the controllers went blank on the display screen.  Replacing batteries made no difference.  The unit came on but now I can't turn it off or adjust fan speed and temp.

Until the service man arrives this week, is it possible to manually shut down the unit, or do you have any tricks to get the controller to come back on?

Have a good Sunday.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, September 20, 2020
« on: September 20, 2020, 06:43:53 AM »
Well, it's another week, ready or not.  And it's still a little on the dark side now at this time of day.

Chilly here.  I thought the thermometer said 34 just now, but the wife's phone says 43. 

Getting ready for mass, then back to chores later in the morning.  Pool cover got put on yesterday, but still have other aspects of the "closing" to perform.  Then a drive-by for a friend's (and his wife's) 60th anniversary.

Gotta go.  Stay safe. Work smart.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, September 14, 2020
« on: September 14, 2020, 06:39:28 AM »
Another work week begins.  Up and at 'em, all you working guys.

Getting three trees removed today, so I'm sure I'll be doing clean ups afterwards.  But there will be no more leaves and whirlybirds from the maples, as well as the spotted lanterns will have to find a new place to infest.

Have a good week, and keep safe and healthy.


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