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 Posted: Thu Apr 8th, 2010 01:52 pm
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James-looking great! I knew you could do this and it looks like the typical "Sullivan-esque" work. As for my fast work, remember that I don't have a job to do (except watch Bill) and plenty of time to fiddle. Also, years of custom work has caused me to work quickly so I could get paid (wish the customers would pay as quickly!). Keep on keeping on and before long, we will be at your place running trains.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 29th, 2010 03:52 pm
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James, that hard spot is probably a "thick spot" of glue.  I have encountered this on my RR on occasion.  If you must have a spike in that particular tie, just pre-drill with a pin vise and tiny bit.  Looking good so far.  As far as speed, that will come as you lay more rail.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 29th, 2010 06:00 pm
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Jim,

The "speed" part really has to do with getting more done on the section. Since I work every day (and it's been really stressful here of late) by the time I get home some days all I want to do is play couch potato.

Sure, I walk into the apartment with great plans to start on the scenery but that's as far as it goes some nights.

As to laying rail...yeah, I'm slow but sure and have some false starts and adjust things.

I'm taking a week off in May and hope to actually get some modeling done during that time. I'd really like to take a road trip to Terlingua but the finances have been checked and messaged and it doesn't look like it can happen this year.

Hope to have an update posted here soon... 



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 Posted: Fri Apr 30th, 2010 01:59 pm
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I know the feeling.  My boss passed away back in March so the workload is much greater for the four remaining employees while we absorb his duties.  And that's a big pair of shoes to fill.   Also this year we have a huge new adoption for reading/language arts (about 1Mil textbooks) so he picked a bad time to check out.



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Gents,

I was working on the layout section the other night in preparation for William coming over this weekend. I had wondered whether to post any pictures or not because, although it's heading in the direction I want it to go (I think), it isn't the kind of "finished" pics that folks post.

Anyway, here they be...







Like I said, not finished by a long shot. However, I always wonder how people get from bare boards to the finished scene. Most never show these shots. I plan to do just that.

Right now it's just a mess of foam all glued up. How's that ever gonna look like desert country? Wait around and see (I hope)...



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James-

Any picture is a good picture, in process or finished!!



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 Posted: Sat May 1st, 2010 03:16 pm
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Well it's good to see progress.  That's a good amount of work already.  Keep it up. :rah:



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Way to go James! Maybe with the RR president in house, you will get even more work done. That's a great way to do the mesa, I will use that idea when/if I make another something or ruther. Carry on, sir.

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 Posted: Sat May 1st, 2010 11:16 pm
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Well, the prez came over today and after we went and secured yo-yos for the both of us, we preceeded to do a little altering of the landscape.



Looks pretty good...as far as starts go...if I do say so myself. You have to understand that little hands work slow and must be guided...gently.

Of course, there are times when big hands better work REALLY fast when little hands have just dumped three sheets of plaster impregnated guaze in the water all at once. Sigh...

Yes, a good day was had by all...



Hey, Prez, quit tapin' on the rockface!!



And no, he isn't crying there. In fact I didn't even yell at him until he took the black marker and scribbled on the patio fence. Sigh...



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 Posted: Wed May 5th, 2010 03:12 am
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OK, Boy Scouts...

Well, I got home this evening...and I do mean evening (long day), and felt like I needed a wind down something. Soooo...

I decided to go ahead and plaster in the rest of the foam that's showing. This way when the Prez comes over this weekend we can maybe work on getting a little rock-face and dirt down.

Here's what we've got so far...



 

This shot shows where the demolition crew blasted the foam back from the track area. This is where the tipple will be built.




Pictures are a sure-fire way to see all your mistakes. Right now this just looks like a bunch of foam covered with plaster toweling. Pretty static stuff. So I'll be praying to the gods of narrow gauge for the inspiration to turn this into something spectacular.

I mean, when I set this section out on the lawn at sunset I want to se the painted desert...Oooooh...pretty colors!!

Yeah...I need to go take my meds...

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