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Screwy Nick

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  1. Screwy Nick

    McKeen car metal kit.

    Sean, I have, build and modify both scales. Jerry, found a couple of sites that show the interiors. LiG
  2. Screwy Nick

    McKeen car metal kit.

    A very interesting model, I assume G scale. LiG
  3. Screwy Nick

    Realistic ballast to use for gauge one?

    After hardening these samples had soaked several times, but I never picked at them during, Now that dried again, hard as rock. I hadn't even thought about drainage between the rails, something to consider if I do the layout, or even the main area, thank you Sean. LiG
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    Realistic ballast to use for gauge one?

    To my surprise it did live up to it's claim, 3+ years so far. Just like water based paint, the properties change when it dries/hardens. Like the commercial said "better living through chemistry" LiG
  5. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Sean, I agree it was needed and it does finish off that area. I appreciate all suggestions. LiG
  6. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Sean, here's the safety chain you suggested. LiG
  7. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Sean, do you mean as continuing the hand rail? Not according to the procedure, but that is a GREAT idea. Just happen to have some in one of my parts drawers. Can always count on you for enhancements. thank you. LiG
  8. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Bringing together several small projects brought the tug into reality. Procedure showed aft cabin ladder ending even with the cabin roof and had no hand holds or safety rails so getting from the ladder to the roof meant crawling. Made another simple jig and made the ladder stringers longer so the crew can stay upright from the tup rung to the roof securely. Also added short railings on each side. I especially liked the look and fit of the life boat and cover, I did drift from the suggested colors
  9. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    The hatches were fun. The cabin is shaped to fit the deck and there is an up swing from center to forward. The forward hatches are not perpendicular to the deck but aligned parallel to the aft buikhead. If installed using the deck as the guide they would be tilted aft. Once I realized the geometry involved I adhered the structure to a piece of cardboard with fwd elevated as on deck and marked the locations. Can now also see the hinges. I think the hatches were set up this way because ??? we have a tendency to walk upright even if the deck/floor is on an angle and if those hatches were 90' from the deck could possibly cause head injuries. Others thoughts requested.
  10. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Trying things that don't work are still worth noting. I posted here a few years ago a Rotary plow build. Started with a box car and was about 1/2 done and scrapped it and started all over using a caboose, I was very happy with the outcome. I have a file that I keep detailed notes on all modifications I make to anything I work on. Sometimes have to refer to them to remember where I hid a switch or sensor, what value resistor I used etc. I do enjoy every facet of the hobby, even the failures. LiG
  11. Screwy Nick

    Realistic ballast to use for gauge one?

    Bob, found the original notes: I used Tite Bond III not Elmers.
  12. Screwy Nick

    Realistic ballast to use for gauge one?

    I used a pump spray bottle and let it slightly puddle. I think you are running electrics, may want to mask the rail.
  13. Screwy Nick

    Realistic ballast to use for gauge one?

    Bob, it's just Elmers diluted 40% glue 60% water. What you are looking at has been sitting on my back deck for 3 years, (no overhang or roof) rain, snow even water puddled on top, still hard. I overturned and tapped them to knock off the debris so the stone would show better. Still very tight. The track is nailed to the wood. Your layout already looks great, this will make it OUTSTANDING. LiG
  14. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Bob, thank you. I follow your work, you are a true craftsman. LiG
  15. Screwy Nick

    Realistic ballast to use for gauge one?

    Here is Pea Gravel straight from the stone yard. Pics of short sections to test the durability of different dilutions of white glue. These have been weathered for 3 years now. Still haven't decided if I'm going to do the whole layout. The other difference is the wood I used, one is coated cedar and the other is pine. LiG
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