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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2011 04:31 pm
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Dehavilands? You Texans always seem to get better stuff than us New Mexicans: We were given Curtis Jenny JN3s to chase Pancho Villa in the boondogle remembered as the 1916 Punitive Expedition! iirc they were listed for a maximum ceiling of something like 5500 feet-when the runway in the valley at Columbus, NM was 4000 feet. They couldnt even fly over the low passes unless they were nearly out of gas. within a few months nearly all of the planes had crashed or been abandoned.

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Sullivan-You mentioned that you enjoy spending time with the grandkids-is your layout low enough that you could leave an area unscenicked so that they could play with legos, cars and whatnot?



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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2011 04:46 pm
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Duane-from a distance, the DH4 looks pretty much like a JN4 (Jenny) so I guess it don't matter much. The DeHaviland was set up to "fight" but the old Jenny wasn't. Yep, we gets the good stuff in Texas. I believe old Gen. Pershing was in charge of all this. James might like to know that there is a 1:32 kit for the DH4...if he's interested in aerial shenanigans. Now, back to mining and banditos...
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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2011 05:10 pm
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elminero67 wrote: WARNING: TEMPORARY OFF TOPIC THREAD HIJACK:

Dehavilands? You Texans always seem to get better stuff ...
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...is your layout low enough that you could leave an area unscenicked so that they could play with legos, cars and whatnot?


There is no such thing as off-topic - unless you're bring up pole dancing or the like. We here at the Chisos find all variety of nonsense equally interesting. If you ain't having fun, why do it?

As to the layout height - not a chance! I have too little space as it is. And the kids have the whole apartment to play in...and usually have stuff spread all over.

Once I get back to working on the scenery I'm sure I'll have offers of help from all the little angels . Fortunately, I can take the foam bits out to the patio to sling plaster and dirt.



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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2011 12:22 am
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Hi all,

It's been a long while since I posted anything actually related to the Chisos Mining Tram but here it is.

As you may remember I became disatisfied with the direction I was going and pulled up all the track and ties done thus far. Part of this was because of restrictions I had come to find would apply. So I now had only the main 14 foot wall and maybe a tad bit more to play with.  Here are the results as they now stand.

This is a sort of overall shot of one end of the newly proposed layout - the yard area. This is all I'm going to work on for a while.



Next is a shot I made from above the part you see above. This shows the placement of the turnouts. There is also one to the far left of the shot at the other end of the passing siding.



I know some of you will immediately say that this is all a bit compressed for really doing anything, especially the passing siding. Yes, it's short. It will accomodate a loco and two cars, maybe three, of the sort I'm building.

The yard has two tracks that will hold about five ore cars or anything else I want to put there. I may use the front track, the switch lead, to also service the loco, a small tank and coal dock. I know it again sounds really crowded but, gee, that's life, ain't it?

The next shot is a new thing I came up with for this time around. The entire thing is on casters...

 

This way I can roll it out from the wall if I want to add any kind of light weight backdrop or whatever else might be necessary.

The foam sheets will be removeable but I plan to make sure they will be attached to the thin frame (2" x 2") very well once all the track is laid and scenery started. That's another reason for the mobile framework. Since I live in an apartment I can't take any chances when it comes to doing scenery. It'll either move outside or roll over plastic sheeting.

The rolling qualities should also come in handy when it comes to taking photos. I won't have to worry about proper lighting, I can use the good ol' natural lighting that the sun offers.

Wow! What a concept. The best of indoors for building and operating during the hottest days of summer to the wettest, coldest days of winter. Yet I can move it outside when I want. That's the plan, anyway.

I'm sure some of you will have comments and I'll accept any and all - good or bad. I still have more planning to do and a lot of building, obviously. It'll go slow since I have my grandkids over so often but William is anxious to help. In fact we already built tie strip jigs today. I built mine and he built his. His may actually be better for the Tram; it's not as straight.

Anyway, that's it for now. More to follow...

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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2011 04:17 am
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ALRIGHT! BACK TO WORK!
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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2011 05:28 am
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Using masking tape to mock up where the track will be.. that's such a great idea. I'll have to remember that one.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 26th, 2011 07:21 pm
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James-how's it coming along? Hopefully after the first of the year you can have track laid and train running. At least it could be a plan...keep the faith.
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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2011 03:24 am
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Woodie,

How's what coming along?   :cool:

Actually, work is killing me with long days. I had vacation scheduled and that got cancelled on me. Now I'm trying to get them to agree to let me take it in January 2012 (the policy here is use it or loose it...no exceptions). I still had four days left.

Fate did step in for part of it. I got sick...a huge migraine that ran for three days. Finally had to take off long enough to go to the doc. He gave me meds and sent me home (102 degree fever to boot). That was for Christmas...yay...uh-huh.

The same day he looked at that finger I cut way back in October. It has failed to heal. They scrubbed it real good (ouch...ouch...owwww!) and put a splint on it that makes typing and everything else soooo easy.

It will get done........either that or I'll switch back to HO and lay flex. Yeah.

And to those who don't know me and feel it appears I'm whining about bad luck...I do keep an ample stock of cheese to go with it.

Taco bueno to all...



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 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2012 09:09 pm
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WARNING: This update is only being made to keep the thread from a fate worse than death.

Nothing much is doing at the moment on the Chisos. I was over at Woodie's the other day for a bit. I learned there are some changes due for the Mogollon - in a good way. I hate he has so much space to work with but that's life, ain't it?

The finger I aluded to earlier is finally (after 4 months!) healing. It just won't bend.

I do plan to get some work done on the Chisos. It is not going away. I may even be able to have a little longer run than I initially thought. That's LITTLE bit!

I had honestly thought that once I moved into this apartment that I was gonna be gangbusters with the layout. It never happened, unfortunately. I would like to blame it on my grandkids but that would be pretty petty of me. After all, they're only over on Wednesday evening, Friday night, Saturday - mostly all day, and Sunday - again, mostly all day. That leaves me with Monday evening, Tuesday evening, and Thursday after Big Bang Theory. Gee, you'd think I'd have more done with 2-1/2 evenings a week!

Sheeeeeesh!!!???

More to come...



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 Posted: Sun Mar 11th, 2012 01:48 am
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James wm ...fellers..

I have come back to...as an inspirational message...that sitting at the workbench ..leads to nefarious things getting done..even if it is organizing the tools..

I  view model railroading in future.as doing little things as I want to , when I want to ..and enjoying all of it,..No major campaigns of model  or railroad building extravaganzas...just piddling at  or about the workbench or model railroad..this makes it fun..passes some time..and probably will bear fruit..in the form of a little extra narrow gauge railway..how fun is that...

Go forth and plant.../ harvest ..what ever...etc..

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