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About jbelwood

  • Birthday 02/15/1940

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    Stratford, CT
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    Current build: Bluejacket Portland
    Finished builds: Inter-Action Enterprises C.R. LAMB, Train-Troll Western River Towboat

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  1. Thanks Nic. Next up is either the walking beam or the officers quarters. John
  2. Finished the Portlands skylight. I started by making a pattern of the rabbeted base on a piece of manila folder. Decided to have the vertical window framing 1/2" apart. Measured around the perimeter of the pattern and drew a line every 1/2" and place a blue dot on each for identification. Here you can more readily see the idea. At this point I painted the window wall with Floquil Engine Black. When dry, I burnished it with a soft cloth which produced a nice sheen. Fastened the pattern to the base with double sided tape and added the frame work. Used 1/32" x 1/16" bass wood strip along the base and uprights. Used 1/32" square where the window wall meets under the roof. Painted the roof Floquil CN Gray with a white stripe around the edge. Not glued down yet but here it is finished. John Elwood Stratford, CT
  3. Over the centuries many thousands of ship modelers have had to step many masts. There must be endless ways of doing this. I my case this is a first. As a life long model railroader I have few tools to address this. I do however have a 50 year old Dremmel drill press. I had to step the mast atop the skylight at 90 degrees to the deck and raked back at 5 degrees. I first cut a piece of black foam core to a 5 degree angle and used it as reference to afix a piece of scrap wood to the drill press base. I slid a piece of scrap under that to get the proper angle. Then held it in place by hand and drilled a few holes until I got it right. Then inserted the 1/8" dowel to determine if my measurements were correct. They apparently were. The next step was a challenge. Took me an hour to clamp the skylight to the base correctly so that the bit wouldn't wander. Had to be correct at first shot. The end result was perfect. The mast lined up exactly with the center line of the ship. John Elwood Stratford, CT
  4. Nice to see you back Norm. Very few modelers are apparently interested in the Portland. Will try to post the mast installation this evening. Not sure where I am going from here. Need to install the crew quarters and get the hurricane deck in place. John
  5. Well, this blasted COVID19 got me back to the Portland again. I decided to tackle the skylight after agonizing about it for some time. We start out with a 1/2 x 3 x 10 inch piece of basswood. I first roughly cut out the top view contour with my bench saw and then finished the outline with my Allwin Disc/Belt Sander. Next you cut a 3/16 high x 1/8 deep rabbet completely around the entire structure. Not having a router, I was able to adjust my bench saw to do the same thing. Cleaned up the curf marks with a sanding stick. Contouring the the roof with gentle curves is not adequately discussed in the instructions. Their instruction manual from the original kit is much more specific. I quote "Draw a centerline on top of the skylight. Measure up 1/16"from the top of the rabbet. Draw a line from the side of the skylight at its widest point (just before the forward curve) to the centerline 1-1/2" from the front edge. Draw another line from the narrowest point of the side (just before the after curve) to the centerline 1-1/4" from the after edge. This double "Y" is the shape of the ridge line. Carve the roof using these lines to the line 1/16" above the rabbet". Page 14 of the new manual give you a sketch of what they are talking about. NOTE: Instead of carving I used 1" wide sanding sticks to create the roof contour. Have yet to figure out how I want to do the windows. My next post will show how I installed the aft mast atop the skylight. John Elwood
  6. This is the Sundance Central Railroad located in the Suncoast Center in Odessa, FL. Modeled in Fn3 scale. https://www.finescalemodeling.org/about-the-center John Elwood Modeling the Pacific Northwest in HO scale
  7. OK...here's a few for you. Camera shots, unfortunately, show a few years of dust. Oh well. Looking back I probably used Titebond and ACC. John Elwood
  8. Hi Duanelaker, I've built four of these over the past 40 years. Original list price was $13.00. Shaping the interior of the hull never got easier as I always struggled using a chisel. My latest build, somewhat modified, sits in a river scene on my model railroad. I believe the latest issue of the Taurus has an etched brass pilot and deck house. That sure would make the build much easier and quicker. Will follow you along to see what additional ideas you might come up with. I love these little tugs as they add greatly to a maritime theme if in a diorama. John Elwood
  9. Just thought I'd throw this photo in for something different. Perhaps the most photographed scene on my layout. John Elwood
  10. Hi there Norm, Thanks for all those photos. I've heard many very positive comments about the museum from fellow modelers who have visited there. From your many photos, I can see why. I have yet to get back to the Portland. My overall health has slipped to a point where the passion to build has diminished considerably. I did finish the trestle however. Although it doesn't show, there are 374 pieces in this model, all cut from sprues. I estimate 70+ hours of work. It is to be installed on a friends Northern Pacific layout over Elwood Gulch. You couldn't pay me to build another one. John Elwood
  11. Thought I'd throw this in just for the heck of it. Last night, I finished this 270' (HO scale) tall steel trestle, a kit from Micro Engineering. Would you believe this beast has 374 parts. Will eventually be installed on a friends Northern Pacific layout over Elwood Gulch. John Elwood
  12. Bill, my layout is strictly freelanced. I loosely model the Pacific Northwest area although I've only been there once, for one day. Most of my ideas come from reading and photos of the Seattle/Tacoma area back in the early part of the 1900's. The name of my railroad is the Olympic and Puget Sound, although I am most fascinated with the Northern Pacific Rwy. Towns carry the names of Tacoma, Lake Quinault and Puget Mills. The wife and I vacationed in AK for 2 weeks about 10 years ago. Had to ride on the WP&Y. Wonderful trip. Also took the Alaskan Railroad from Fairbanks to Anchorage. Can't say enough about this top notch operation. Would love to go back. Didn't get to Sitka. John Elwood
  13. Ken...I have also had cover articles in those magazines. Model Railroader, March 2007 and Railroad Model Craftsman, February 2010. OK, you asked for it. Some more photos for you all. Forgot to down size first photo, dern it, John Elwood
  14. Chad and Bill. ..First off I want to thank you for your wonderful comments. I have taken many photos here and there of the layout over the years. May I suggest you Google "John Elwood, Model Railroader". This is a trailer for a one hour video that was made some years ago but no longer available. The sound was eliminated due to copyright infringement. It gives a quick overview of the entire layout. Perhaps I should stop crowding this thread. John Elwood
  15. Ken...Yes I am a huge fan of George Sellios. Have 12 of his kits in my layout. Met him in the early 1980's years before he started the F&SM. Has been my mentor since then. Below is my grand daughter, Ryan, in the midst of it all. The 2-story FSM depot was built in 1977. Where did all the years go? John Elwood

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