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    Archaeology....digs in Utah, Colorado
    Chaco Culture NHP and Mesa Verde are amazing....

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  1. For anyone building this, I used .5" wide bias tape single fold.....for the fire hoses... And coarse RR ballast for coal.... Cheers, Jim
  2. Thanks for the sugggestions Mark. I had looked at poly braided sleeves and cable as well. My wife finally suggested bias tape from a fabric store and it appears to be the ticket. She reminded me that fire hose is flat when not in use and this also helps make bias tape a good choice. Maybe I'll post another pic here when it's done. Cheers, Jim
  3. Hi Rich, The kit came with a shoelace but it is flat woven and useless. This kit has hose ends that need to be inserted. I cannot find a braided shoelace anywhere...including the internet.....go figure. I've explored using braided slleeve material but have yet to do so. any other suggestions? Thanks, Jim
  4. Sooner or later I'll get back to wooden ships but here are my lateast projects. First is the Allerton Steam Pumoer circa 1869 from Model-Expo. Not quite finished as I am still trying to figure out what to use to represent fire hoses....some kind of braided sleeve I suppose. Second is an early version Panther from Dragon made to look old and tired. (The guard is a bit out of scale!) Anyway, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! Jim
  5. My latest completed project.....OcCre BR-18 locomotive. I have not built (yet) the coal car since it was observed that by doing so it would be too long to display anywhere in the house.... This was an interesting build....mostly metal working. The biggest challenge was attaching all the small parts correctly and in a fashion that would keep them attached. There is an option to motorize this build but it seems way too fragile to me to ever do so. Perhaps if one were to build it using epoxy and perhaps soldering wherever possible it could run on very smooth tracks. Most of my construction was done using Loctite Super Gel and then spraying the entire model with semi-gloss clear acrylic. Still had some things fall off in the handling that will be reattached. Not sure what my next project will be. On the shelf are the Confederacy, Allard Steam Pumper, and I am awaiting delivery of the kits to make up a harbor diorama from Bar Mills. Jim
  6. Hi Rodger, Your Lee is looking great! I made my cross braces with a much more primitive jig. My process also involved using rigging thread but I threaded separate lines and then used tension on the lines to hold all the rings in place and then used CA to hold them. I also used CA for those wood cap rails and formed the bends in the wood similar to what Iran describes but without a bending iron. I wet the wood...windex....and gently formed it on a wood plank using pins to hold the curve shape until set. I traced an outline of the curve on the plank and used that for a pattern. Your finished model will be excellent! Cheers, Jim
  7. Amazing work, Grant! You work is inspiring......you have amazing patience and concentration to be able to achieve such fine work in such small scale. Unless, perhaps, you are much larger than we mortals.......... :D Cheers, Jim
  8. Just finished this one......will be getting back to ships once I finish a diecast 1961 Ferrari F1 and a locomotive......
  9. Roger, Looking fine! Makes me remember some of the issues you are describing. Your narrative is very thorough...much better than my random ramblings. Keep up the great work! Cheers, Jim
  10. Augie, Looks better every pic. Been using the like button so there's more room for pics! Cheers, Jim
  11. Hi Sjors, Fine progress! I find myself using the like button a lot in order to leave more room for your pics! Cheers, Jim
  12. Mobbsie, Continued fine work! I find myself using the like button quite a bit to reduce the distance between pics. Cheers, Jin
  13. Grant, Great! Your mastery of miniature is magnificent! Your style of shaping sailing ship support ships is superb! Cheers, Jim
  14. Great work Robert! And well staged pictures. You have a riverboat to be proud of! Cheers, Jim
  15. Yep, Just haven't got around to it yet.......is there an expiration? Will also donate directly to MSW when I order the kit. MSW.....best site on the net!!!

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