Monthly Archives: August 2008

Isaiah 43:1-21


(1) But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

(2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

(3) For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

(4) Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

(5) Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

(6) I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

(7) Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

(8) Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

(9) Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

(10) Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

(11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

(12) I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

(13) Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

(14) Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

(15) I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

(16) Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

(17) Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

(18) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

(19) Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

(20) The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

(21) This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Athearn HO scale Southern Pacific “’84 LA Games” SD40-2 dummy


I got the handrails installed while watching ESU send VT packing. I like Athearn handrails alot for their durability but, they can be a bit difficult to install. If they are not a good snug fit, I do one of two things.

—For overly loose parts, I use a bit of Loc-tite Super Glue Gel Control in the end of the part before I insert it.

—For tight fits, rather than force it, I use a heated 25w pencil soldering iron to heat up the end and slowly push it into the plastic. This has the added advantage of a firm grip after the plastic cools. The great disadvantage is that you can slip and ding the body shell with the hot point. Yes, I have done it and no, it is not a pretty sight seeing a 48 year old man go fetal and start sucking his thumb.

Once finished, I brush a drop of regular Crazy Glue to the end of each stantian to keep them perpendicular to the rails and footboards. No, mine are not all straight. Yes, I ran out of glue after I started this project.

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Atlas N scale SW1500 in GM Demonstrator colors…


This one was part of a box lot and is one of the early 70s models with the mechanism built by Rivarossi.

I usually don’t hesitate to purchase locomotives that don’t run as 99 times out of one hundred, I’m able to rescue them. Burned out motors are actually rare. More often they are simply gummed up from age and use and are easily made to run again. This one however, was packed in a granular styrofoam powder that resembled laundry soap. It left an even finer dust that got everywhere in the mechanism, essentially ruining it and the motor of another locomotive that came with it.

After a thorough cleaning, I did my usual bench running to test it. It ran fine, then stopped dead. It will not run until I put a full 12 volt jolt to it. Once placed on the track, it sits there mocking me like some mechanical school yard punk. In short, it has successfully lined itself up as the next candidate for any moon shots I can put together.

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Athearn HO scale Southern Pacific “’84 LA Olympic Games” SD40-2 dummy


This act of kindness came to me today from the UK. Ken posted a picture of his on the Tyco forum just about the time the Olympics were getting started. I had made a comment about how nice it was and that it really belonged over here stateside, but not thinking anything of it beyond that. Shortly thereafter he PMed me, offering me another one that he had, a dummy, for the price of shipping, it simply had a damaged rear step. I eagerly jumped at the opportunity, and kited him the necessary postal funds. That my middle little sister recently moved to LA made getting it all the more special.

—The beast is flawless save for one bell on the horn, none of the steps were broken (still tryin’ to figure out how that happened ‘tween here and England, knowing the USPS’s record)[ and I now have one of the prettiest Espee lokies outside of the Black Widow paint scheme that they had. Just got to place the railings, something that will be done this weekend whilst watching some college ball.

I am truly humbled and blessed to be in this hobby with folks like Ken and others I’ve met over the years and hope to live up to that in my dealings.

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Wednesday’s Word…


From a visitor in the past…

“Nice modeling but, I find the overt Christian message somewhat offensive.”

Who art thou?…What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

Enough said…