1. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Sabrina spoiled me with some goodies for Xmas! She’s a good women! LOL

    A 2023 U.P. Alco set with their original box and cartons! Gorgeous engine! The horn works great!! Body is a little dirty. Cleaned it up a bit, but was afraid of damaging the paint. Need to get the passenger cars for it, to make a complete set, as this is the 50th anniversary set.

    She also got me a 204 Santa Fe Alco set. Seems to be a rarer one year only engine (1957). Somebody added a newer electric horn in the dummy unit. Luckily the stuff is just glued in, and not screwed down to the frame.

    Also got a Lionel crossing gate, and some star cars for the streets. Was fun hacking up the Fastrack to get it to work with my realtrax. 3 different track systems are there to make it work. Realtrax Fastrack and tubular track pins connecting it all together. Seems to work good enough.

    Also picked up a new stand set of people, and a little subway stairway for the city. Sabrina was gifted a fancy moon desk topper. She had no idea where to put it. I believe I found a spot! LOL

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  2. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Some Xmas garland cut up, makes some decent weeds in the ballast! Not bad for a $1 a piece on sale locally. And have more than enough to do the entire layout if needed lol.

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    Some GoPro fun from tonight..



     
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    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Uh-oh, you're getting the seeds of craftiness of a hardcore enthusiast. Pretty soon you'll be telling Sabrina you need an addition to the house.
     
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  4. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I picked up some of this Woodland Scenics deep pour water murky to give a try. I like it! I think I could have done a better paint job for the “floor” of the pond/drainage ditch. But still happy how it came out.

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    Used some Silicone to form some walls to keep the “water” in. Once dried, painted the floor with some acrylic paint mixed up to simulate mud.

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    once that dried, I added some JTT cattails, and some ballast to make it look more natural. Also picked up some little fish for the pond lol. They are a lil too big unfortunately!

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    My “wall” wasn’t big enough next to the road. Ended up with a bunch of spillage trying to cover the fish completely. Oh well. I got some fishing figures on the way, maybe we can do something with em. Also added some JTT lily pads.

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    The pictures really don’t do it any justice. I’ve got a couple other things coming, to help finish out the scene.

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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    All that BS and still no shitmobile :wtf::D
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    They say anticipation is half the fun right?!?! In due time lol
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    So I may have gone a little off the deep end today.... The sun room got a complete revamp.... LOL

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    New table is 19’ x 4’ long, with a 5’ x 4’ L on the back wall. Will make a little draw/swing bridge to get the main line over to the new table, and add 2 more lines onto it.

    Plans are for a switch yard, farm, housing development, and continuing the city. It will take a while to fill!! Starting over again it feels like!
     
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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    So if I am seeing this correctly, you now have to walk outside and enter the "Train Room" from the exterior door? I suppose you could crawl under the tables :lol::poke:
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    YOU are out of control .
     
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    Ya think? Reminds me of this guy....

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    Still, I like it and am jealous of your ability to expand the layout. That will be a nice long run.

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  11. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    No, No, that would be a bit crazy... Don’t want to go overboard now.... Ha!

    There’s about 3’ between the 2 tables for access. Wanna build a hinged bridge to connect the 2. That way just swing the bridge up to get access all around.

    Im starting to think crack may be a little cheaper.....

    Luckily the significant other just rolls her eyes. For now at-least.... LOL That’s the beauty of no kids I think, I get to be the big kid.
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I made it a little difficult for her to leave me last month too....

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    Now she’s kinda stuck with me and my bullshit... LOL
     
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    Hey! Way to go! Congrats!
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Thank you!
     
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    Big_John Illegitimi non carborundum FCBO Gold Member

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    Congrats!!!
     
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    Mighty fine! Congratulations! She finally made an honest man outa you. Huh?
     
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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    She was already stuck, now you've just converted her to "management" :lol:

    Congrats to you both :thumbsup:
    Nah... he was always honest... now he's going to have to move the toys into the big toy box in the back yard :rolleyes:.

    Tell me, why did you really build the garagemahal? I bet it has something to do with not being allowed to build an engine in your kitchen. So far Javier @73 T&C is the only guy I know allowed to do that, and I bet he still has to sneak parts into the dishwasher...:D
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Thank you!

    Ehh, we’ll see! LOL Thank you!

    Thank you! Yes, She seems to be doing a good job moving over to her management duties quite well. Ha! The boss in her has started coming right out!
     
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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    They all wonder how we ever got along without adult supervision. :lol:

    You did good, Sabrina's more tolerant than most, and besides... she's a sweetheart.:thumbsup:
     
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    Congratulations you guys!:thumbsup::thumbsup:

    When is the big day? Saturday at Carlisle?:rofl::poke:
     
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