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    Post Weekend Update (11th May 2018)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 11th May 2018).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

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    So, fellow nSn'ers, what have you been up to this week?

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    Not too busy this weekend got the design for the timber tunnel portal completed and made more trees.







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    Got my layout torn down (AGAIN). Moved it into a new area in the basement. Now, to start again... (Head-slap!)
    N-joy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Got my layout torn down (AGAIN). Moved it into a new area in the basement. Now, to start again... (Head-slap!)
    On and off the Bus, you should be use to it from your time in the navy. I know I did it a lot in my 21 years. LOL

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    Well the perils of getting older, and the damages created in the younger years by stupidity of invincibility, I aggravated a blown L5 disk, and blew L4 as well back in Feb. So trains have been secondary. This will finally get resolved through surgery on the 22nd. I did however wince through the pain to revive an Atlas/Roco FA of LV. A cheap Ebay non running find. It required a thorough cleaning, and electrical work on the pickups, and board, and voila, an excellent, and fairly quiet runner that will pull 13 40 footers, and caboose around my layout (Sorry Mark), and creeps like no one's business. It's no new loco but for a 40 year old unit, I'm impressed!
    Additionally, I managed to mark another unit off the wish list. I got an LV Snowbird. It was missing it's F&R hand rails, had a bad truck, and generally ran poorly but no mind. I addressed it's needs, and it's like new. Finally!
    Continuing in the LV jones I couldn't help myself when I found the Finger Lakes U23 tribute for 30.00 brand new. Score!
    Be safe everyone!











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    Quote Originally Posted by rwslater View Post
    On and off the Bus, you should be use to it from your time in the navy. I know I did it a lot in my 21 years. LOL
    Ah, yeah. But I never thought it would be a short yellow bus. My 20 + years wasn't bad, I was in aviation. Never saw any sea time. Fly here, fly there, fly home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Ah, yeah. But I never thought it would be a short yellow bus. My 20 + years wasn't bad, I was in aviation. Never saw any sea time. Fly here, fly there, fly home.
    Ted I was the same just a Seabee instead. Never stepped foot on a Ship in all that time.

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    Making progress on my E-7B


    Next: Add window glazing, paint the stirrups then a clear coat and a little light weathering.






    Thanks,
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    Wolf, another masterpiece! Question on the stirrups. Are they part of the shell or after market add on's? If aftermarket, what brand and can you post a closer pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Wolf, another masterpiece! Question on the stirrups. Are they part of the shell or after market add on's? If aftermarket, what brand and can you post a closer pic?
    Thank you, The stirrups are aftermarket. Gold medal models part # 160-48. I'll post a close up photo tomorrow.

    Wolf

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    Looks really great! I must have missed the beginnng of this thread. Can you point me to it? What did you start out with: a B shell from another road, or did you scratch build from the ground up? I’ve been looking for a Daylight B unit (E7 or 8/9) but can’t seem to find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Got my layout torn down (AGAIN). Moved it into a new area in the basement. Now, to start again... (Head-slap!)
    Don't you love starting over? I'm on my 4th major build.
    Cheers Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Don't you love starting over?
    Not exactly. But it gives me a chance to re-think some of those things I didn't like about the last one.
    Last edited by Tred; 14th May 2018 at 07:34 PM.
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    This weekend saw several projects inch further to completion.

    Chessie System WM Safety Cabs These are the last 3 that I have to do. They still need windows added and end platforms painted to be completed, but are ready to roll for some upcoming shows.

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    B&O rear cupola cabeese. The unit on the right is a complete custom cab (paint, decals, windows, window shades, MT end platform railings....). I made this unit because I didn't have one a couple of years ago. I ended up finding a stock B&O unit at a local show recently. So, now starts the process to detail it to match the one that I made. It only needs windows and window shades to be complete.

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    After I thought that I painted the last Chessie Steam Special car, I began to line them up for a group shot and to assign individual car numbers. It turns out I forgot to account for a power car that was not apart of the sequential numbered 18 cars on the train for the first year. So, I have another car in the early stages of painting.

    The 2101 engine is from the Con-Cor set and is not DCC, so there will either be a B&O em-1 pulling this consist, or a gaggle of B&O/Chessie diesels. I forsee a 2101 DCC engine build in the future if only I can find a reasonably priced KATO FEF mech!

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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    That's how I look at it as well.
    Cheers Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Looks really great! I must have missed the beginnng of this thread. Can you point me to it? What did you start out with: a B shell from another road, or did you scratch build from the ground up? I’ve been looking for a Daylight B unit (E7 or 8/9) but can’t seem to find any.
    Thank you, Dan
    There is not a thread per se. I have been posting in the weekly update threads. Here are the photos in a nut shell.

    The beginning: Stock Lifelike on a Kato E9 mechanism.



    The modifications:


    Details added:


    Thanks again,
    Wolf

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    Now I see how thick the original stirrups were!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Ah, yeah. But I never thought it would be a short yellow bus. My 20 + years wasn't bad, I was in aviation. Never saw any sea time. Fly here, fly there, fly home.
    I enjoyed my 21+ years, and going to sea was some of the best time I had. 17 years of 'sea duty' in 21. I know what you mean about moving, MRR in living room, but now I have to move it to basement. Wife has spoken!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wentzeljr View Post
    I enjoyed my 21+ years, and going to sea was some of the best time I had. 17 years of 'sea duty' in 21. I know what you mean about moving, MRR in living room, but now I have to move it to basement. Wife has spoken!!
    I started out in the garage (no heat or A/C), a little over four years ago. Six months into it, I started over. It just wasn't how I envisioned it. I finally got permission, from the wife to bring it up to the basement of the house, a little over 2 years ago. I was still using B-man track & switches, FAILED! Frustrated, I tore it all down, threw out all of the B-man track, and let it sit. I started again, about 6 months later. I've tried several different plans, haven't found the one. This time, using all Kato track. Carefully I tore all the track off, to move it into another room off the main basement area, so we utilize more of the basement. The only flack I get from the wife, "Are you ever going to finish your layout?"
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    I've been running trains, plus created a simple google sheet to keep track of last run time.

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