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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2018 09:22 pm
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Hi Tom, thanks for asking.  Yes, use a pretty fresh tube.  The stuff stinks to high heaven and is toxic, use it with a mask or with ventilation.  

I will squeeze some out on a hobby knife.  I push and prod in a general shape.  MEK (also toxic) softens it up as it gets hard, it will also smooth it out.  I use an old brush to shape and smooth the stuff.  Once it is hard you can file and cut it.  I wasn't too worried about how close these were as they will be inside the coach and not easily seen.  

The hat brims are card cut in a circle with a hole for the head in the middle.  I then heap a bunch of squadron on top and shape and MEK it until I like it.  Then add your favorite paint.
  
I hope that helps some... if you want more, I can do a spread on people.  I gave a clinic on just that at a meet a few years back.  I love modeling people and need a bunch'o them for a boom town!
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AND OH!!!!  By absolute accident while looking for a "modern" photo of the "Mule's Relief", I found a video of a modern day 20 Mule Team doing its stuff!  You should see these critters jumping the chains just like I have read about.  I was (still am) going to model a mule team or two on the layout.  They took a team across the Golden Gate Bridge when it opened and had to turn the wagons on the streets of San Francisco.  I have always wanted to see that.  Now, I have.  And I am not disappointed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Thvbp0rPo    :boogie:




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 Posted: Sun Apr 21st, 2019 11:36 pm
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Getting back to it...


It has been a while since I have posted other than comments here and there, but real work has been busy in the neighborhood of 60 plus hours a week and an hour drive each way, makes for looonng days.  :Crazy:


I like to blame work, but the truth is I've been stymied about the next step.  I have to do the roof on this car.  It was built with tin pieces, hundred plus, fitted together with seams and soldered in place.  Ugh... how to do it?  :w:


So when I get stumped, I walk away, look at it from time to time and think, huh.  ???  I've been thinking "huh" for months.


I knew that I wanted the essence of the tin roof.  But then I have to give a hat tip to Brian Bond, who suggested aluminum tape.  :brill:  What a great idea.  Instead of opting for over a hundred pieces I went with 12x12 squares and honestly, I like it.  Once it is painted it will look great, and yes, I know it is not perfect, and while I wanted it perfect, reeeaaaallllly wanted it perfect (I am still in rivet recovery), I'll settle because this isn't the "whole" of the project, it is but a small part.  I have locos and freight cars and buildings and dare I say... a layout to build yet.  I'll have about 5 or six more passenger cars to get it right, not to mention Combine #2.


Initially I was going to underlay the tape with a grid of small phosphor wire and emboss it on.  Nah... it just sat there waiting, so today I had a couple of hours and I just started in cutting squares.  I laid out the first row and thought uhoh (I've put up a couple of squares roofing), there was going to be a water problem on that first row.  I didn't want to tear it off and start over, I had made so much progress.  I adapted the second row to shed water off of the duckbill (how funny is that?!!) better.  Fortunately Nevada ain't Virginia and it doesn't rain as much, but when it does, Noah gets worried.  I don't know if it can even be noticed anyway.


Anyway, I'm very pleased with where it is headed and perhaps we will see a little movement on this car now?



Image shows the whole roof with the tin in place on the outside of the right side.  Also is the packaging for the aluminum tape to see what I used.  Bought it at the local do it to yourself store.



Close up.  Not too pretty for the first time out, but perhaps after it is painted and the car is whizzing by at the unbelievable speed of 10mph, no one will notice that?  Yippee!!!  We're going somewhere now!




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 Posted: Sun May 5th, 2019 07:03 pm
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Glad to see you back Steven, great modelling



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 Posted: Thu May 16th, 2019 11:41 am
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Go West Young Man...

So there was a small delay again in my modeling.  As a boy I wanted so badly to go to Bicentennial Celebrations.  I told everyone that we were going.  Yeah... just because you want it badly doesn't mean it is going to happen.  The case is not always true today when I have more control over my life.  I HAD to go to the greatest Westward Expansion celebration in my lifetime (well I was too young to understand the Centennial), the Sesquicentennial of the Driving of the Gold Spike.

While this post is not On30, it is "Old Timey."  The event was a completely silly celebration.  If you were going for a hardcore reenactment, you were going to be disappointed.  It was a goofy thing with a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers type musical...   huh?  Silly.  

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But I was there at 10:00 am on the date of the driving 150 years later.




I also got to see UP fav 844 in Provo.




And then there was 4014, the recently restored Big Boy.  HOLY SMOKES that was cool.  It is a little bigger than what I model.  But it was nice to see it steamed up.




My camera sucked, but I liked the composition and the drama of this photo which was taken the day after the anniversary.  




It was a great time made better by meeting up with a friend that I hadn't seen since my move to the Great Eastern Divide in Virginia.  Patrick is the leader of a band called The Black Irish Band who perform traditional and original folk music of the west with, obviously, an Irish beat.  "Men of Iron, Men of Steel" was about the Chinese laborers.  It was a great time.  I really was glad that I went.




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 Posted: Thu May 16th, 2019 11:42 am
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Thanks for the encouragement. 

Summer slowdown at work just started. 

I hope to be a little more active for the next two months. 




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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 01:21 pm
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Help is on the way!

Look new tools arrived this weekend!  No more measure, single cut, measure, single cut.  I now can set up a jig and use cut to my little hearts content the same sized piece, over and over, without stopping to measure.  Maybe this will go a little faster?   
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