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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Just thought I'd throw this photo in for something different. Perhaps the most photographed scene on my layout. John Elwood
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Just a small portion of my model railroad. All structures are scratch built. John Elwood
  11. My current project brings me back to my first love of model railroading. The below image shows an HO scale steel trestle and scenery that I built for a client some 15 years ago. I am currently building the same trestle kit (Micro Scale Models) but in a longer (270') and higher (87') version for a close friend. Scenery to be added is yet another story. Quite a departure from the Portland, I'd say. John Elwood
  12. Have been away from my computer for the past week. Spent the week visiting my daughter and SIL in their summer cottage in Digby, Nova Scotia. Photo was taken in November last year. All last week the Bay of Fundy was extremely calm. Digby is advertised as the World's Scallop Capitol. Bought them fresh off the boat. Thin line in my photo of their photo is due to failed pixel sensor. John Elwood
  13. Before you go any further, take a look at this photo. In particular the paddle box cover. At this point in the build, I couldn't determine where the cover ended. Was it at the main deck or further up just past the saloon deck. No where in the instructions did it tell you to completely cover the box or not. I took a chance and completely covered it down to the main deck as shown in the photo. I guess I did it correctly as the build has gone smoothly since. Out of curiosity, what did you do Dan? You can probably catch a few other little problems, but we'll talk about those later in the build. John Elwood
  14. Norm, I cleaned it with alcohol and q-tips as best I could. Lousy job at best. Sprayed it without using primer but, looking back, I probably should have done so. Floquil seems to adhere quite well on it's own. And yes, some of the paint has chipped away but easy to touch up.
  15. Thanks Mark, I should have known that. Note to Norm, re: MSG question. Lighthouse on CMMS home page yet to be identified. John

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