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    • July 24, 2020 11:56 AM EDT
    • Just a tad cooler yesterday, so I grabbed the rattle cans and went out to do a bit of touch-up.  The red primer looks much better now I sprayed from the underside, and the clarified door gaps will do.

      I did the roof grey and I'm quite happy with it.  This morning I removed the blue painters tape to expose the sides of the clerestory, which are green with black "windows", as you can sort-of see. I've been wondering how to paint them, but I see the wondows are more square than I thought. A good bit of masking on the wondows and roof and I should be able to paint around them.

       

    • July 19, 2020 1:32 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

       You do realize that the ties are sitting on the proper Amtrak fluting for the sides

      Rooz, you totally lost me (again.) What ties?

      Ah - that ribbed shelf liner. It was there when we moved in. I don't do Amtrak, so if you want some, it's yours. The wide shelves on the other side of the workshop/pantry have lots of it.

    • July 19, 2020 1:17 PM EDT
    • Nice work Pete. On the Emily I had sort of figured it was .5" to the foot, just measuring the big wheel and reading it was 8' and the models wheel is 4". But who knows with the way companies do things. Anyway, keep posting your work.

    • July 18, 2020 1:26 PM EDT
    • Nice catch Rooster. And the car is really looking good Pete

    • July 18, 2020 1:17 PM EDT
    •  You do realize that the ties are sitting on the proper Amtrak fluting for the sides

      Rooz, you totally lost me (again.) What ties?

       

    • July 17, 2020 7:56 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      I brought everything in after the smell had dissipated, and put it together (no screws) on the shelf.  I'm impressed! Too much black - I may have to do the roof in grey instead of black - it needs another coat anyway.  And there's the clerestory windows to worry about - they are currently covered in tape and still green.

       

      Lots of little details to fix. The 2 nearest doors for the baggage compartment need a better defined line for the center gap. I think they only had 1 handle, so that's fine.  The window glasses that are filling some blank spaces have gaps, but I may decide to live with that. The curves for the panel adjacent to the duckett came out nicely.

      It needs a little more primer on the lower edges and then I'll fix this stuff.

       

       

       

       

      Pete,

       You do realize that the ties are sitting on the proper Amtrak fluting for the sides or perhaps you do know this and ignored it.

       

      Build looks great even though it's not my cup of tea. Love the odd lines and irregular windows like AMTRAK !

    • July 17, 2020 7:26 PM EDT
    • The coach is turning out really well Pete!   I've been lurking and peeking in on this thread occasionally.  I've always liked the Stirling Single and am looking forward to seeing it with the finished coach. I always enjoy watching you work too.  You may not have a fully equipped shop at you disposal, but you always find a way.  Quite inspiring.

    • July 14, 2020 6:35 PM EDT
    • I brought everything in after the smell had dissipated, and put it together (no screws) on the shelf.  I'm impressed! Too much black - I may have to do the roof in grey instead of black - it needs another coat anyway.  And there's the clerestory windows to worry about - they are currently covered in tape and still green.

       

      Lots of little details to fix. The 2 nearest doors for the baggage compartment need a better defined line for the center gap. I think they only had 1 handle, so that's fine.  The window glasses that are filling some blank spaces have gaps, but I may decide to live with that. The curves for the panel adjacent to the duckett came out nicely.

      It needs a little more primer on the lower edges and then I'll fix this stuff.

       

    • July 14, 2020 12:49 PM EDT
    • Today was a good day to start painting - slight breeze and hot. The ducketts got brown primer as a test for the body.

       

       

      (As they are glazed, I have to fit them after painting.)  The body got the same brown.

       

       

      The underframe is just boring (semi-gloss) black, as is the (flat black) roof.

      I then got one of my Ford Canyon Red cans and tried it on the duckett.  I didn't like the way it looked, and I accidentally touched it and discovered it was already dry. Didn't one of our Brethren here discover that paint can dry before it hits the surface? This certainly did, so the red will have to wait for a cooler morning.

       

    • July 14, 2020 6:03 AM EDT
    • PollyScale was a good product, I miss it. As well as decal and paint remover, they had a plastic prep, wash for plastic models before painting them.

    • July 24, 2020 6:40 AM EDT
    • Great Report Eric. Your kids have put in a few delightful ideas on specialty cars for the railroad and as keepsakes for the family. Quite a few of the members here have added the whimsy your kids are showing which personalizes their contributions for this great hobby. Give them all A MIK award for following Rule #!.

    • July 24, 2020 3:19 AM EDT
    • Update:

      Progress continues!

       

      But first, yes, Bill, HLW minis are quite a deal.  We have a few, in fact, and they are as indestructible as LGB at a third of the price.  They are slated for projects later when their utility as "toy" is spent and they are ready to serve as the bases for models.  I do hope HLW makes a go at it again...In the meantime, I had the donated parts on hand, and I wanted an excuse to use "Saw" in the vain hope of acquiring skill with "Saw."

       

      Oldest Son declared his assault wagon complete after drilling firing loupes into the sides and making its armored roof / entrance.  Below you can see that Caesar and George Washington have pressed it into service:

       

      The rooftop is topped with crimped cans left over the Mik 2020 layered over a matrix of craftsticks.  Romans and colonists alike were satisfied, however, both expressed a desire for it to be less obviously a military vehicle.  Oldest Son, after seeing his sister's progress, has discussed disguising it a a mess wagon.

       

      Younger Daughter, meanwhile has begun converting her flat car into the birthday wagon.   This involved a bit of Dremel work to drill holes into the vertical supports:

      ...followed by hanging chains from cotter pins like we did for the cane cars:

       

      She made sure it met the exacting standards of 1:24-ish PLAYMOBIL scale along the way!  Next came the beadwork:

      ...which is where the project currently stands.   She did learn you have to properly order your steps, and I had to help her pull the cotter pins so she could place the beads.  She plans to sew curtains for the ends, which she topped with shiskabob skewer bits left over from the cane cars, a well as a canopy.  Along the way, she also plans to paint the car.  

       

           OD has backed out of the contest as she tries to spawn her fighting fish.  Kid-zilla, seeing his siblings' efforts, announced tonight he wants to make a combine.  I am leaning towards cutting foam blocks for him to glue together to realize this plan.  Oldest Son, however, has offered to help.  We will see what happens.

       

      Updates as required!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

       

    • July 23, 2020 11:52 PM EDT
    • Gotten more work done on the caboose. Soldered up out of brass the end rails and the ladder. Added the steps made out of brass angle then painted all the brass parts black. Painted the trucks red oxide and painted the end platforms red. The roof got painted underneath the glued on to the car body. Got all the bottom widows glazed and the inside window frames in. Covered the roof with 1500 wet/dry paper. Made up the cupola today and painted it. Still need to put the paper roof on and glaze it. Going to cut the brass smoke stack to length and solder on the wind baffle then paint it. Didnt get any pictures of the cupola yet.

    • July 17, 2020 12:37 PM EDT
    • Very nice Ted.  When you get it finished you should sends some pics to CAMA !

    • July 17, 2020 8:27 AM EDT
    • nice . . . 

    • July 17, 2020 12:28 AM EDT
    • Had some fun and took some liberties with the interior. Put in a cook stove, some cabinets w/sink and across from that another cabinet with a bunk. Made up the two doors, painted, then installed them. Cut a piece of 1/8” balsa for the roof and used 6 tiny flat head wood screws to hold the body to the chassis. Now to glaze the rest of the windows and start ob the cupola.

    • July 16, 2020 12:03 AM EDT
    • Did more work on the caboose. Painted it red than made up an interior that closely resembles the original. Because I started with a flat car already made, mine is slightly shorter than the plans so Ill also make the cupola slightly shorter. I covered the inside wall with a narrower scribed wood and also put the brass channel in so I could have a sliding baggage door. The top channel is installed with tiny screws into the tapped channel. Once it’s all painted and detailed to my liking inside, I’ll put the glazing in along with the inside window frames. Lots todo yet but it’s coming along.

    • July 13, 2020 10:55 PM EDT
    • I live down by the ocean and all the boats get coats of high quality varnish (Pettits Captains Spar Varnish Is a good one) even over the paint because of the UV protection it has. The hickory wood wheels on my 32’ Oldsmobile got 14 coats of gloss put on them. I use Minwax satin spar varnish in spray cans to protect my other yard projects like paint metal ones and others with decal transfers on them. It keeps both the paint and the transfers from fading plus stops the transfers from peeling. The gondola and line shed got a couple coats of the satin spray too.

    • July 13, 2020 7:06 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Ted Brito said:

      That’s great, than for the picture. Now I know how to paint it up. It actually looks like gloss red almost.

      I think the gloss wouldn't last long out in the real world.

       

      This is EXACTLY why you spray gloss as it becomes satin in a few months then becomes flat after that!

    • July 13, 2020 3:07 PM EDT
    • https://thecraftsmanblog.com/spar-varnish-vs-regular-varnish/

       

      The final paragraph excerpt from the provided link :

      The Conclusion

      What it all comes down to is protecting wood, and for exterior applications, spar varnish does a better job of it plain and simple. Just like you need the right tool for the right job you also need the right varnish for the right application. Finding the right varnish is only half the battle, though. You need to know how to apply it properly and we’ll be talking about that next week.

      The main reason most finishes fail prematurely is not because of an inferior product, but because of user error. Poor preparation and application can’t be overcome by a premium product. So, tune in to learn how to get a great finish next week.

      Again YMMV