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Courier BlogMaster
Contact the online editor blogmaster@thecourier.com if you are interested in blogging for Findlay Publishing Co.
Interests: nature,hiking,whitewater rafting
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Milepost 1089 When we get the track laid and the important scenery features of our layout done, it's time to add the little things that make it interesting. Here's one that you can think about... If you have been a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1088 I just received word that there is a new Athearn vehicle soon to be released from Athearn. It's an F-850 flat bed truck with a boom on it. See Ford Truck for more details. This one will fit... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
You're my favorite mistake - Sheryl Crow I like to think of myself as a savvy shopper, but a recent trek to the grocery proved otherwise. I try to eat healthy. (Honestly!) On one shelf of the produce area were... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1087 The Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue, Ohio, will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this weekend (June 25 & 26) with extended museum hours and lots of additional activities that will be of interest and enjoyable for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1086 One of the details that a lot of modelers overlook are the trucks under their freight car fleet. A lot of those have become standardized over the years but back when loads were getting heavier and trains were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? - U2 I've always thought that it was easy to wear your team colors when your favorite squad is riding in first place. But what if your favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
Thanks! I think it might need to be a bit taller and have less roof overhang but considering what I had to go with... I'm satisfied. I have the materials to make one in HO as well for my layout. W won't do a "step-by-step: but I'm sure there will be at least one post from that project.
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Milepost 1085 The tower project was completed but when I looked through those big windows, it looked more than a little bare in there so I decided that I needed some furnishings for the tower operator. A quick search on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1084 It's time to wrap this project up so let's take a quick look at where we are at right now. We built the main structure, the porch, added the windows and doors, struggled with the roof and added... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Sometimes I just want to punch you in your perfect teeth - Iron Man to Captain America So after years of destroying buildings and such, the thought has come that maybe our superheroes need to watch out for any collateral... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1083 I really couldn't believe this but by far, the hardest part of the project was the installation of the stairs & landing. I was using pre-cast Plastruct steps, stair railings and platform railings; it should have been a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1082 Ok, it's time for some odds & ends here to keep moving forward. The picture above doesn't sow it well but I made a brief trip to the paint shop to paint the interior of the tower a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1081 Up to this point, things went reasonably well and were relatively easy to complete. But then came the roof... When I was in high school, geometry was something that I literally killed. I did very well, in part,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1080 In the last installment, we drew & cut walls and then made the window & door openings. I can't stress how nicely that works "for me..." as the saying goes, your mileage may vary. But now it's on... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1079 Several months ago, I shared with you that I was planning on building a model of Arcadia, Ohio's DA Tower. There were actually two that were there; one pictured here was the wooden which was later replaced by... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Don't say/ Words you're gonna regret - Alan Parsons Project Water cannon, anyone? Seems that during this current voting season, the truth, in many instances, has taken a backseat to embellishment. To be fair, some voters like being lied to,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1078 A very long time ago, I wrote a piece here about scratchbuilding hip roofs. Just to review, a hip roof is one with all four sides having the same slope to the top. If the building isn't square,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1077 My friend Ray has been at it again. I swear, that guy is the King of Styrene. Give him a handful of strip styrene & some styrene sheeting and it's hard to tell what he'll come up with.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Does anybody really know was time it is? - Chicago Comes a news report of singer Lauryn Hill being two hours late for her concert in Atlanta. Anything's possible: a tour bus malfunction, wrong directions, bad weather. But Ms. Hill's... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1076 This looks like a kitbash project to me! As part of our booth display at the NTS coming up in July, I wanted to have a few examples of NKP models on display for show visitors to see.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1075 I have constantly been on the look-out for a substitute for Dullcote spray from Testor's. It is a very good product but comes with a hefty price. It runs from around $5-$6 for a 3 oz. can. my... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1074 At the recent NKPHTS spring board meeting, the board of directors approved a measure that would make the society's Modelers' Notebook e-magazine available to the general modeling public. Prior to this time, the MN was a benefit of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
You're not the only one That's feeling lonesome You're not the only one With mixed emotions Rolling Stones In the back of my living room closet, I found a lost treasure. Well, maybe treasure is too strong a word describing... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1073 It's official! The Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society will be at the 2016 National Train Show being held this year on July 8-10 in Indianapolis. As the Membership Director of the Society, I strongly feel that we... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1072 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike. "Hey Merk, are you going to be home in the next few minutes?" When a conversation starts out like that, it usually means he either has... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...