Pile Driver Progress (Part III)

Milepost 927 I mentioned last time that the weight of the rigging was causing the thread to sag and actually pulling the vertical tower back to the point where it would fall down onto the cab. This wouldn’t do but what could I do to remedy the situation? It is things like...
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Pile Driver Progress (Part III)

Milepost 927 I mentioned last time that the weight of the rigging was causing the thread to sag and actually pulling the vertical tower back to the point where it would fall down onto the cab. This wouldn’t do but what could I do to remedy the situation? It is things like...
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The Hinge…

Milepost 925 Many of you are probably wondering how I built the hinge that allows the vertical boom to go up and down. Well, thanks to Evergreen Styrene, this is pretty easy to do. They make about six different sizes of tubing and every other one fits inside of the larger one....

Some Thoughts on Rebuilding My Layout

Milepost 922 In past posts, I have hinted at the possible rebuilding of my current layout. The current one has served me well but it has some flaws. I feel kind of like the people who build their own homes; they often say that they want to build one more to correct all of the...

Some Thoughts on Rebuilding My Layout

Milepost 922 In past posts, I have hinted at the possible rebuilding of my current layout. The current one has served me well but it has some flaws. I feel kind of like the people who build their own homes; they often say that they want to build one more to correct all of the...
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Why We Do What We Do…

Milepost 918 In a recent roundtable discussion (via email), the Pirates ware talking about a variety of subjects. One of the Pirates, Kyle, shared a couple of pictures of some Archbar trucks that he had printed with a 5’2″ wheelbase. They looked pretty good but he...
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More Weathering Examples

Milepost 913 As I have shared so many times in the past, it is really great to have a small circle of modeling friends to mutually share work with. From time to time, I’ve talked about the Pirates, a group of about a dozen guys that have a loose common interest of modeling...
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Really Cool Office Digs

Milepost 912 OK, let’s face it; it has happened to all of us at one time or another. Your well-meaning & lovely Aunt Myrtle just “had” to get you something for your layout but it flat-out doesn’t “fit” with what you are modeling. Maybe...
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Ya’ Never Know What’s Lurking in the Background…

Milepost 911 Quite some time ago in one of my posts, I mentioned the things that are in photos that are not the main subject matter. I shared a photo of an NKP caboose with no cupola that was caught in the background of a steam engine shot and I’ve seen one of the only...
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Happy New Year!

Milepost 908 Another year has come and gone. Hopefully, we have all had an opportunity to do at least some of the things that we want to do for our model railroad hobby. I had hoped to get the layout torn down and at least started on a rebuild but that hasn’t happened yet....