Monday, March 31, 2008

Rivarossi HO scale GG1 in custom Brunswick Green and single stripe... of their earlier "pancake" motored versions. It is a great runner and, while not professionally done, the paint scheme is an authentic portrayal of that color and numerically correct.


I know it sounds morbid but I never forget our lives truly are but a vapor. One day this was the pride of someone's workshop, possibly of a locomotive of some significance to them as a fond memory. Now it belongs to me, passed on through the years by way of an estate auction here, a yard sale there, long disconnected from it's first owner who has since gone the way of all men.

Never forget it's just a hobby...time is just too short to have your epitaph scattered to the wind. Very few who wind up with a piece of your work will give you or your family a second thought.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Isaiah 58:1-14

(1) Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

(2) Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

(3) Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

(4) Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

(5) Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

(6) Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

(7) Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

(8) Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

(9) Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

(10) And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

(11) And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

(12) And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

(13) If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

(14) Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Two miles of freight cars...

...three locomotives, 15,000 tons, 2% grade...priceless soundtrack.

Crank it up...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Hyram and Billy Joe Ray Bob...

...inspect the newly painted pilot on my Harley Davidson F unit.



Thursday, March 27, 2008

And the pilot on my Harley F unit is repaired...

Just a bit of styrene, some file work and paint and it'll be good to go.


The 2 Guyz N scale boxcar...

...toured my layout today.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Reel Rides, Hot Wheels 1/87 cars...


...that I hope Wal-Mart will continue to carry. The Hot Wheels 1/87 issues have some that are definitely larger than HO but the two shown are pretty close. The two on the left come from Reel Rides and are knockouts to behold, right down to "The Judge" printed on the side of the GTO. As you can see, my LPBs are celebrating their new rides with a little pizza party on a finished parcel on my Inglenook Switching puzzle.

1996 Harley Davidson Commemorative train set...

...a chastening rod of the Lord, I should have walked away as the price was just too good to be true. I found a missing railing on the caboose and a broken pilot on the engine and what looks to be a glue burn on the caboose side. While I've been able to make most repairs, I should have let it lie on the table in the first place. The money lost may not be great, but it could go to better places then yet another project on my "Round Tuit" list.







The set features an 8 wheel drive F unit with a matching wide vision caboose. There are four cars, each lettered for two motorcycles that Harley Davidson currently offers. There are at least two other sets that Harley has offered over the years.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Today's monster scratchbuild...

...well...actually...several, and on a scale I could not even imagine. My newest link is to the Internet Craftsmanship Museum and it is a treasure trove of model work on par with the finest masterpieces ever painted or sculpted.

This 1/8 scale 1936 John Deere Model "D" is just incredible, modeled detail for detail, replicating every facet of the real tractor. You have got to see this puppy run...



Mike Rehmus/Forrest Atkinson photos

Sunday, March 23, 2008

To my brothers and sisters in Christ...

...Rejoice! For He is Risen...1 Corinthians 15:10-28

(10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

(11) Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

(12) Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

(13) But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

(14) And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

(15) Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

(16) For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

(17) And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

(18) Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

(19) If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

(20) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

(21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

(22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

(23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

(24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

(25) For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

(26) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

(27) For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

(28) And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

My curbs are in...

...made from scrap sidewalk material that comes with Model Power kits, I pieced them together, then painted them tan with a wash of black paint.





Thursday, March 20, 2008

Model train rule # 3...

No matter what era you model, bright red Lamborghinis and purple Firebirds from your little girl fit perfectly and are to be parked near the front for all to see.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Grade crossings and roads made easy...

...using match sticks, roofing shingles, paint pens and pastel chalks.


Glue 'em down, carve 'em to rail top level, a bit of sanding...


...stain 'em with your favorite weathered wood wash---mine varies between dirty paint thinner or thinned Nutmeg acrylic craft paint from Wal Mart---cut your shingles to width and length, then secure back side up...


...straight edge, paint pens and pastel chalks for weathering sealed with clear matte finish...


...the bolts are simulated by poking a pencil point into the soft wood...


...and your LPBs will be the envy of any road department.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The N scale Basic and Mostly Credible Railroad...

...was a surprise that came from out of the blue. A gentleman heard that I liked model trains and sent me an email offering his layout to me, free for the taking if I'd only come by and pick it up....engines, cars and all.

It wasn't long before I realized that my time constraints left me with sporadic operating times at best, made all the shorter by the necessity to clean the track and dust everything down before I could run. Since we needed a bookshelf for our exploding library of books and I own a couple of tools to boot, I designed and built this combination bookshelf cabinet for my layout.

It features storage for my HO equipment and projects and the layout, both on full extension drawer slides. Now both my model work and layout remain in a dust free environment and are ready to go at the pull of a drawer.






There is additional storage for the boxes and unassembled kits that go with the hobby in the cubby hole, an accident of design that works out well for maintenance and wiring issues that may come up.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Today's monster kitbash...

...comes from Mike in Ohio. He built this for my switching layout in an exchange we have going on at the 2Guys forum. We swap a car or building with each other, do our personal touches, then send them back so that we can share a bit of each other's workmanship on our layouts. Stunned is an understatement, the work he put into this goes above and beyond expectations. It's fully lit and features a detailed interior both up and downstairs. I'm making a home for it even now...




The B&MC Inglenook switching puzzle...

...reflects my downsizing trend. I love doing scenery, but there just is only so much time in the day. I couldn't imagine how I could justify the time involved in even a medium sized layout when the call to ministry is so urgent. This little switching puzzle gives me an operating platform for my trains and a photo diorama and it's "How-to" can be found here...



My LPBs enjoying a break after a day of cruzin...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Luke 19:29-44

(29) And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

(30) Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

(31) And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

(32) And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

(33) And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

(34) And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

(35) And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

(36) And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

(37) And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

(38) Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

(39) And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

(40) And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

(41) And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

(42) Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

(43) For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

(44) And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Friday, March 14, 2008

From my junk box over the years...

...toy trucks, scrap styrene, bits and pieces, even a rocket part.







Thursday, March 13, 2008

Athearn N scale Ford "C" Cab firetruck...

As I've confessed before, I have a weakness for inexpensive vehicles. The Athearn N scale firetruck is a nice but very expensive model of a truck similar to the ones I grew up around. When I found this one in nearly the same paint scheme as my dad's truck for half price, I had to scarf it up. What a model and yes, I will make those lights work one day...




Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Monster build of the week...

TC's scale lumber vacuum clamped sled saw...

N scale traffic lights...

My computers have been having an off month lately, leaving me to pick up those round tuits that have been laying around the work bench. My latest project has been working N scale traffic lights. The commercial ones are just too expensive and don't look very good anyway. I like how these came out...


The complete "How To" can be found here.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

John 21:1-25

(1) After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

(2) There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

(3) Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

(4) But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

(5) Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

(6) And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

(7) Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

(8) And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

(9) As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

(10) Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

(11) Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

(12) Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

(13) Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

(14) This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

(15) So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

(16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

(17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

(18) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

(19) This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

(20) Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

(21) Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

(22) Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

(23) Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

(24) This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

(25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

A lazy, cold Saturday at home...

...yields a new cruiser for Sheriff Sternly Hardcase. Now my Albertson town force can call in a backup.

I modified a Bakatronics flasher kit by adding wire leads to remote LEDs mounted on the roof of the car. Because the 1.6mm clear red and blue LEDs are modified by filing them down a bit, the voltage had to be controlled with the addition of 750k resistors. Musta blew through 5-6 of 'em before I figgered that out.



The board is scrap plywood mounted to a square of wood that will be hot glued to the bottom of the layout for easy removal and maintenance. The circuit board is elevated slightly for airflow and a switch and 9v battery clip and terminal were added. The addition of a screw terminal makes it easy to wire and mount layout level items.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Athearn HO scale MKT wide vision caboose...

There was an older gentleman in the club who showed some appreciation for my working with a very low budget. His name was Bill and he was very helpful in teaching me the basics of installing DCC decoders into older locomotives. He always seemed genuinely pleased when I'd shoehorn one into an ancient Rivarossi or Bachmann.

I moved on from the club, but I was never able to say goodbye to Bill. Sadly, he passed away shortly after that, leaving his equipment to the club as a fund raising aid. By the time I found out that he was gone, most of his collection was too. I managed to pick up this caboose as a sentimental piece to remember Bill and to remind me that the chief end of man is to "...glorify God, (1Corinthians 10:31) and to enjoy him for ever (Psalm 73:25,26)". Our models are but fleeting things, gathered today and scattered to the winds when we are gone.

My prayer is that my legacy leaves a testimony to be drawn from for an eternal value---first for my beloved and my children, then for those around me---and not something to be bid over by folks looking to grow their railroad.


Blessings, grace and peace to you and yours, Br'er Shaygetz

Marklin vertical steam engine...

...owned by Sandman of Ayrshire Scotland over at the Mamod forum. A beautiful runner, I just love that rhythmic putting.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Monster scratchbuild of the week...

...1/4 scale R/C "Gravedigger" monster truck with model V8 engine...ragin'...

Franklin Mint 1:24 scale 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

I pay for my hobby with a keen eye for the resalable. This model was picked up at a yard sale for next to nothing, needing a cleaning and a very minor repair. I enjoyed its workmanship for a time, then swapped it for some N scale stuff.