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    • January 23, 2018 1:45 AM EST
      • Kailua, HI
         
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      Aloha!

       

      Progress continued over the weekend.  Mostly, this involved trying to get the craft sticks to hide the lack of true vertical in the core.  As a consequence of my poor cutting (As mentioned, I forgot to brace an end of the 2x4), we had to do quite a bit of shimming and then leave clamps in place overnight to hold things in place.  I deployed Oldest Daughter to ensure some of the leveling along what will be the top will be, well, level:

      Progress was slow, but we got a little past the picture below, and a few more of the external beams are currently drying in place:

      We have a few more beams to glue on, then we will glue in place the supports for the observation tower.  I am still mulling over what to use for the roof of the building.  I will probably just use 1:1 scale roofing material my father-in-law donated.  This is strong enough for me to hold up a solar light I can glue to the inside if this building, and it will be consistent with his projects along the road, if not "scale."  If I can get to it, I will also cut the windows before going off-line for work for about 10 days.  If not, oh well.  Oh, and I have to figure out how to incorporate a broken fencing sword.   It is just my "sight gag" on my projects.  Not as funny as a snowplow.

      Meanwhile, we probably are going to use spray foam and then shape and carve it for our "rock" base, but only after we paint this thing.   Oldest Daughter is determining the paint scheme.  I have nixed sky blue on purple.  I have not consulted other members of the crew.

      Oh, Kid-zilla, meanwhile, observed the activity, then tottered off for happier hunting...

      The trains escaped his wrath, and bridge was quickly placed back in order.  Thank goodness my father-in-law worked to the same design standard - if to much higher craftsmanship - that I do!

      I've really been enjoying everyone else's work. They are giving my some ideas on my annual "strategic purchase," tilting it towards a "tool" rather than a loco...even if locos are really cool!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

       

    • January 23, 2018 10:12 PM EST
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      The yard office is coming along quite well.  I like seeing the younger generation getting involved.  I agree on the nixation ... is that a word?  Well, it is now .... of the sky blue on purple.  You might want to look at the specs on those clamps because I'm not sure they're rated for the load required to hold that beam in place .  

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    • January 24, 2018 9:53 PM EST
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      Eric, don't listen to engineers, they freak out if things are the least bit too small for the job, I am quite sure those clamps  can at least hold the beam there while the glue dries, an engineer would want nails and screws there besides the glue for shear strength and load carying capabilities. Rest assured KidZilla will show you any weakness of any parts!!

      This post was edited by Pete Lassen at January 24, 2018 9:55 PM EST
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    • January 24, 2018 10:05 PM EST
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      We will not talk about shear strength and walls and engineers. I had to spend a lot if money convincing a building inspector that my once exterior wall no longer needs to be shear strength rated because it was now a non load bearing interior wall and that my new exterior wall was shear strength rated. It took two engineers to convince his boss I was right.

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    • January 24, 2018 10:14 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      We will not talk about shear strength and walls and engineers. I had to spend a lot if money convincing a building inspector that my once exterior wall no longer needs to be shear strength rated because it was now a non load bearing interior wall and that my new exterior wall was shear strength rated. It took two engineers to convince his boss I was right.

       Engineer to the rescue!!!

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    • January 25, 2018 1:24 AM EST
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      Thanks, gents!  I thought about nails and screws.  Maybe next year.  My father-in-law's structures are all TiteBond-ed together, and they have survived heat, rain, and Kid-zilla.

      Progress has to stop for 1:1 work, but I did take it out to the its intended location for clearance checks tonight.  It'll work.  Maybe not in the place intended, but it'll work.  So will purple and blue, if that is what it takes to keep everyone involved!

      "See" you in a couple weeks!

      Aloha,

      eric

    • January 25, 2018 8:02 AM EST
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      Lots of fun, thanks for sharing.

    • January 25, 2018 11:18 AM EST
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      glad to see your kids helping out...maybe some "help" more than others?  All good!  keep having fun!

      This post was edited by Eric Schade at January 25, 2018 11:19 AM EST
    • February 5, 2018 1:01 AM EST
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      Aloha all!

      With work over, work resumed.  I cannot download pictures from my camera but...

      • ...we cut windows into the wall.  This exposed some of the 2x4 core along the top, but we plan to hide this with "blinds" along the inside of the widows.
      • ... we cut the windows themselves from translucent plastic out of the bottom of a re-useable shopping back and then glued a simple coffee stirrer frame onto the "pane."  We'll mount these after the building is painted.
      • ...we made a door pretty much the same way but with some sheet wood we had laying around from another one of my attempts at making a building.
      • ...I installed the supports for the observation platform.  Due to my patented measure fifteen time, double check seven times, cut once, and screw up anyway technique, this required a bit of filing and shimming to get those uprights upright!

      This week, I hope to have the platform installed for the observation tower.  I will bore holes for shiskabob skewers into the top, which will be the frame for the palm-frond thatched roof. Prior to the thatching, and after cleaning up some of my more creative cuts, gouges, and shims, we will paint the lot with an exterior latex paint to seal it up.  Then, I'll screw in the light switches, we can tend to our "rock" foundation, glue on the windows and doors, make a ladder out of scrap, and wire this thing in place!  I don't think we are going to make it across the line in time for the contest, but we'll be done before spring break.   I hope!

      Oh, and Eric S., yes, the kids offer various degrees of help, ranging from genuinely useful to benignly disinterested to counter-productive.   On all of our projects, it is a rare day when all four synchronize on "useful" for any length of time.  Oh, well, we are (usually) having fun!

       

      Looking forward to perusing the rest of the field's progress!

       

      Have a great week!

      Eric

    • February 5, 2018 11:29 AM EST
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      Can't wait to see pics off it. Was wondering where you went

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    • February 12, 2018 1:59 AM EST
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      Aloha all!

      First, let me take a moment to thank everyone for their inspiring work here.  Truly amazing stuff!  I haven't the time to comment / thank / add reputation on everything, so I hope this will suffice.

      I mentioned there is no way I will finish this in time for the challenge.  A change in work schedule robbed me of my daylight working hours.  Today, my big "push," turned into a pleasant stroll along the beach and some body surfing.  So, you can see, I, too, can use weather for an excuse!  

      We did make some progress on Saturday, mostly because it was cool and looked a bit drizzly.  The key development was Younger Daughter deciding to lend a hand:

      This is in accordance with strict "company" policy of giving the kids an opportunity to start or join any project, but not forcing their participation beyond their interest level at that time.

      Older Daughter posed with the end of the morning's work.  What will be the observation platform (Which would've been planked had the weather cooperated...) is drying in place.

      She has settled on blue and purple.  I guess this will be blue and purple....On the upside, Kid-zilla performed preliminary destructive testing by jamming our PLAYMOBIL man in the still unframed windows.  Yard Office, tower, and PLAYMOBIL dude are all fine...

      He made up for being kind yesterday by spending the late afternoon derailing and rerailing the evening freight train, which much upset my post-beach beverage consumption schedule.  At least this week it was an 0-4-0T and some 2x axle cars and not the 4-6-0 and 4x axle cars like last week.  I am learning!

      We should at least get the latex undercoat on this week before moving on with planks and windows and screws and switches and stuff.  No chance of making the deadline, but we'll get there!

      Have a wonderful week!

      Eric

       

    • February 12, 2018 9:02 AM EST
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      Coming along nicely, Eric. Looks like you are strictly enforcing Rule #1. Great to see the family pitching in and having fun. 

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    • February 12, 2018 6:53 PM EST
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      Blocks of wood, tongue depressors, excessively large clamps, playmobil crash test dummies and a whole bunch of kids helping......I am thinking Mik would be so thrilled with your project he would laugh himself to tears!

       

      Rule #1 at its finest! 

       

      Great stuff Eric..you and the kids keep going!!!!!

      This post was edited by Boomer K. MOGWAI at February 12, 2018 6:59 PM EST
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      These Bachmann connies are great but you gotta hit'em jusssst rightttt!

       

    • February 12, 2018 7:26 PM EST
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      pics we need pics 

       

       

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    • February 13, 2018 12:23 AM EST
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      Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!  We will keep going.  The project has caused me to think about what we need to keep the Triple O an interesting project for all hands...what I call my annual "strategic purpose."  Different thread at a different time...  

      @Vic, did the photos not show?  They link in from OneDrive, and they show in EDGE.  Not sure about other browsers.

       

      Eric

    • February 13, 2018 12:44 AM EST
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      Vic Smith said:

      pics we need pics 

       

       

      Pics are there buddy, are you on the secure side of the site? Your address bar should read; https

      No s no pics.

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 13, 2018 10:58 AM EST
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      John Caughey said:
      Vic Smith said:

      pics we need pics 

       

       

      Pics are there buddy, are you on the secure side of the site? Your address bar should read; https

      No s no pics.

      Yeah I clicked a few things and now they show up, getting there 

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    • February 20, 2018 1:14 AM EST
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      Aloha,

      I know I "failed" to get the project across the line in time, but this thread is a convenient way to keep me honest and keep this project going.  Thanks for your indulgence and for keeping me honest!

      Saturday, before heading to the beach, Mueller-class whippersnappers hulls one and two (female variant) put on an undercoat of white paint. As you can see, some got on the project...

       

      Sunday, we had to give over to the weather.  Company policy prohibits the use of paints and electric tools when the work space is underwater...

      The water rose to a point just off camera left, and actually seeped into our living room (cleverly built over the old lanai without raising the foundation).  We hit the swabs, and all was well.

      Work proceeded today, with Oldest Daughter lending-to...

      She won the color wars, and our blue and purple yard office went out for a test positioning...

      I will turn over touch up painting to Oldest Daughter as I finagle the light switches into place.   I have a piece of HardieBacker and the requisite insulated rail clamps standing by to wire this into place, something I feel compelled to do as someone recently complained we can only run three trains!  Who am I to disappoint

      Again, I know the contest is done, but I intend to keep the thread alive until I am done...sometime before Mik's 2019!

      Have great week!

      Eric

       

       

      This post was edited by Eric Mueller at February 20, 2018 1:15 AM EST
    • February 20, 2018 7:39 AM EST
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      Eric Mueller said:.. but I intend to keep the thread alive until I am done...sometime before Mik's 2019!

       

       

      be carefull, what you promise!

      i'm still working on the 2011 challenge project...

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    • February 20, 2018 9:43 AM EST
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      Korm,

       

      You know you are just waiting for Dave to spring a finish a challenge challenge on us.

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