Odd Couple

Clearly you came from another planet to tidy up ours – Oscar Madison Got excited when the news was announced that “The Odd Couple” would be brought back this year on CBS. Of course, comparisons would be made to the comedy from the 70s starring Tony Randall and...
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Do You Remember the Old Roundhouse 3-in-1 Kits?

Milepost 929   I was looking for one thing and found something else. The other day, I was doing a web search and ran across this site that has all of the instruction sheets for the old Roundhouse/MDC “3-in-1 kits” that were produced as well as a limited amount of...
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Pile Driver Progress — DONE!

Milepost 928 Since the painting was done and the rigging completed, I was in the home stretch of this project. Decaling was next so I sprayed the cab very lightly with some gloss clear spray. I’ve learned that a glossy surface is best to decal onto and cuts down on the...

Too Much Fuss?

I can’t get to sleep I think about the implications Of diving in too deep And possibly the complications – Men at Work Been following this controversy about a recovery house being considered for women. Guess some near Greendale Avenue worry a drug recovery home for...
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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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Pile Driver Progress (Part II)

Milepost 926 After the construction part was completed, it is on to the paint shop. Since the last time, I also added the rigging & the line for the driving weight. Painting turned out to be a bit of a compromise. The Nickel Plate Road used black for their MOW equipment but I...
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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....

Better Call Saul

I know. Eerie, right? – Saul Goodman, upon finding two skateboarder friends at a skate park Why should we pull for a shady lawyer who is down on his luck and down to his last dime? Do we care his “law office” is actually a cramped storage room in the back of a...
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My free-lanced Pile Driver

Milepost 924 After I saw my friend Paul’s pile driver, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I had to build one of my own. After all, I had squirreled away an old Tyco crane & tender set when I first thought about this kitbash a long time ago. Over the past...
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Snow plowing, Canadian National style!

Milepost 923 My friend Denny sent me this video of some SERIOUS snow plowing on the Canadian National. ENJOY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yja2VmZOfdA&feature=youtu.be And… don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day! Maybe a little something for your better...