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coach joe posted:

Stu what did you do to the USCG rescue boat to make it sit flat?  I know it's not a waterline model.

Joe,

I sanded off the bottom using a bench top belt/disk sander.    I did the same to the cabin cruiser in some of the pictures.  It is also a plastic kit that you can still find.    I have also sanded off the bottoms at an angle of some of the small row boats to make them look like they sank.

 

 

@Greg Houser posted:

Do you operate the gantry crane to load coal/ore into waiting hoppers/ore cars or is it just for show?  I ask as I'm thinking about doing the same thing with my crane but wonder how well it works in practice.

Regardless, thanks for sharing - your layout looks great!

-Greg

Greg,

When i first got the crane I did use it to load coal from the barge to the bunker.  I did not load the hoppers but if set up right it should work.    Unfortunately the belt that rotates it has been replaced twice and after the 2nd time I stopped using it.   It still goes up and down so I could just rotate it by hand.   The coal I use is cork so light weight and picked up easily.  At this point it is just for looks.

@Bob Golfs posted:

Great stuff and  continue to learn by other's examples.  I really like how you used carrot tops to make trees in the pond - they are carrot tops, right?  What did you do to preserve them?

Bob,

The carrot tops were put on the layout as a joke because I liked the look of the greens.   They were not preserved and are back on the window sill in water to enjoy.    I did once go to a layout that had moss planted on the layout and a sprinkler system to water it.   He would cover the track and let it rain.   great affect.    If you look you might be able to find instructions for using glycerin.   here is one link to start with.  https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/nu...nt-foliage-glycerine

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Stu:

I noticed you are using Atlas O switch motors. I have not taken a full inventory as but I have about 7 used (functional) and 3 unused (still wrapped) motors. Let me know if you are interested - we can agree on a price for the 3 unused and throw in the used ones for piece parts.
I also have an O72 wye if you need it.

Joe

@Joe Fauty posted:

Stu:

I noticed you are using Atlas O switch motors. I have not taken a full inventory as but I have about 7 used (functional) and 3 unused (still wrapped) motors. Let me know if you are interested - we can agree on a price for the 3 unused and throw in the used ones for piece parts.
I also have an O72 wye if you need it.

Joe

Joe,

Thank you for the offer but I have tmcc so will walk around and hand throw the switches.

@Craftech posted:

How did you make the boat names Stu?  They look great.

John

John,   I just read your comment again and realized you were probably asking a technical question.  These signs were printed on paper using  Word with white letters printed on a black background.   These were then cut to fit a cast name plate that came with the kit.

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