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Re: 3.5mm grid paper source

Nigel Phillips
 

Hi Ed,

You should be able to do this in Word using fixed table width/height. 

With any software you should callbrate the printer.

Nigel


On Monday, March 28, 2022, Ed Weldon <23.weldon@...> wrote:
Does anyone here have a source of 3.5mm grid paper, 8-1/2 x 11 or larger?  Or dot paper the same spacing?
Or maybe a software that lets you create custom grids on your computer printer?  I did find one such that works in Adobe Acrobat; but that software is still pretty foreign to me and it looks like a bit of a learning curve to get it to do a metric grid pattern.
I could create my own, I still have all my old drafting tools.  Not sure I could get it as accurate as a commercial manufactured paper and that would be a project in itself.  Like you get 3/4 of the way through drawing 200 carefully spaced pencil lines and one slip happens. An eraser is useless in that event.
I suppose I could do it in some modern CAD software.  But after spending the last 12 years of my career working in Autocad 2d I don't want to relearn it all.  It wasn't fun 30 years ago and I don't it would be fun now for my 83 year old brain. 
OTOH I'm rediscovering the joys of pencil sketching now that I discovered my wife's battery powered pencil sharpener.  It's hard to hold scale without constantly digging out a straight edge scale.  Takes a lot of the spontaneity and flow out of hand drawing when you resort to drafting tools.
Of course the "bee's knees" would be to adapt the finest Rapidograph pen to a CNC platform and draw it with machinist's accuracy. I don't think I have time in my life for a project like that.
Anyway, got any tips or ideas?   ..................... EdW


Re: 3.5mm grid paper source

lloyd lehrer
 

Ed, most printers have a setting to allow scaling of the file when printing. Put any grid on a document and play with the scaling until you get it right.

lloyd lehrer 310 951-9097

On Mon, Mar 28, 2022, 1:31 PM Ed Weldon <23.weldon@...> wrote:
Does anyone here have a source of 3.5mm grid paper, 8-1/2 x 11 or larger?  Or dot paper the same spacing?
Or maybe a software that lets you create custom grids on your computer printer?  I did find one such that works in Adobe Acrobat; but that software is still pretty foreign to me and it looks like a bit of a learning curve to get it to do a metric grid pattern.
I could create my own, I still have all my old drafting tools.  Not sure I could get it as accurate as a commercial manufactured paper and that would be a project in itself.  Like you get 3/4 of the way through drawing 200 carefully spaced pencil lines and one slip happens. An eraser is useless in that event.
I suppose I could do it in some modern CAD software.  But after spending the last 12 years of my career working in Autocad 2d I don't want to relearn it all.  It wasn't fun 30 years ago and I don't it would be fun now for my 83 year old brain. 
OTOH I'm rediscovering the joys of pencil sketching now that I discovered my wife's battery powered pencil sharpener.  It's hard to hold scale without constantly digging out a straight edge scale.  Takes a lot of the spontaneity and flow out of hand drawing when you resort to drafting tools.
Of course the "bee's knees" would be to adapt the finest Rapidograph pen to a CNC platform and draw it with machinist's accuracy. I don't think I have time in my life for a project like that.
Anyway, got any tips or ideas?   ..................... EdW


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lloyd lehrer


3.5mm grid paper source

 

Does anyone here have a source of 3.5mm grid paper, 8-1/2 x 11 or larger?  Or dot paper the same spacing?
Or maybe a software that lets you create custom grids on your computer printer?  I did find one such that works in Adobe Acrobat; but that software is still pretty foreign to me and it looks like a bit of a learning curve to get it to do a metric grid pattern.
I could create my own, I still have all my old drafting tools.  Not sure I could get it as accurate as a commercial manufactured paper and that would be a project in itself.  Like you get 3/4 of the way through drawing 200 carefully spaced pencil lines and one slip happens. An eraser is useless in that event.
I suppose I could do it in some modern CAD software.  But after spending the last 12 years of my career working in Autocad 2d I don't want to relearn it all.  It wasn't fun 30 years ago and I don't it would be fun now for my 83 year old brain. 
OTOH I'm rediscovering the joys of pencil sketching now that I discovered my wife's battery powered pencil sharpener.  It's hard to hold scale without constantly digging out a straight edge scale.  Takes a lot of the spontaneity and flow out of hand drawing when you resort to drafting tools.
Of course the "bee's knees" would be to adapt the finest Rapidograph pen to a CNC platform and draw it with machinist's accuracy. I don't think I have time in my life for a project like that.
Anyway, got any tips or ideas?   ..................... EdW


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mike McCarville
 

I released the HO scale RGS Ridgway Office\Warehouse kit for pre-order on my website.  Follow the link below if you would like to reserve one, or just are interested in more details.  We have already taken a dozen pre-orders, of a total of two dozen kits, if you are wondering if you should wait or not.  Shipping should be in the next few weeks, if not sooner.

Details:  https://mccarvillestudios.com/news-1
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Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

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Re: Crystal River Products

jerryc52
 

Last week I posted up a list of RGS structure kits I have for sale in response to your original question about kit availability.

I listed an unstarted Crystal River coaal pocket kit for a lower price than they're asking now.

Contact me offline if you're intereted.

Jerry


Re: Crystal River Products

Keith Wiseman
 

They are definitely in business. I recently made white metal parts for them. 

Keith 


Re: Crystal River Products

Mark Lewis
 

Here is the CONTACT information page from the current Crystal River Products website (www.crystalriverproducts), that is owned be Rand & Seth Johnson.
https://www.crystalriverproducts.com/crystal-river-blog

I have, in the past year, emailed and used their contact page to get information on a couple of their kits, but never got a reply.
I hope someone else in this group knows something more about this company and its current operating status.

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Crystal River Products

Mike Conder
 

I think it’s under new ownerships but I don’t remember the details. 

Mike Conder

On Sun, Mar 27, 2022 at 8:12 PM Rio Grande via groups.io <threefootmodels=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Does anyone know if Crystal River Products is still around? I see the website is still active and have tried contacting them with no response. I am trying to acquire the coal pockets for vance jct.

Thanks.

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Mike Conder


Crystal River Products

Rio Grande
 

Does anyone know if Crystal River Products is still around? I see the website is still active and have tried contacting them with no response. I am trying to acquire the coal pockets for vance jct.

Thanks.


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mike McCarville
 

Thanks for the interest, but nothing yet.  Watch my website below, as well as the FB and YT links.  Formal announcements will be issued there.

Thanks!
Mike
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Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

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Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Rio Grande
 

I am very interested to see the Ridgway roundhouse kit along with the price. Are there any pre production photos?

I was luck enough to get a Kitwood Hills turn table when they were available. A friend of mine bought a Walthers DCC n scale 130 ft turntable and converted it to Hon3 not quiet correct but it was very reliable and worked wonderfully.


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mike McCarville
 

Mark,
Good suggestion!
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Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

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Re: Old photos of autos unloading from ice trapped Great Lakes Steamer

Mike Van Hove
 

That’s quite a story.

Those Chryslers were well built cars.

I wonder how the Chryslers being built by FIAT would be able to survive a similar situation, today?

Thanks for the interesting story, I truly enjoyed it.

Mike Van Hove

(An old car nut as well as HOn3 nut)


Old photos of autos unloading from ice trapped Great Lakes Steamer

Don Bergman
 








Not narrow gauge, but an interesting story of steamers trapped in ice on the Great Lakes with a load of autos in 1926.  Found their way back to Detroit Via rails.
Don Bergman


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Jeff Reynolds
 

Mike,
It will be interesting to see what you come up with for Ridgway.
jefe


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

lloyd lehrer
 

I understood simon stopped the hon3 tt but the short tt kits in larger scale work. You just have to modify the bridge deck coverings to appropriate scale.

lloyd lehrer 310 951-9097

On Wed, Mar 23, 2022, 6:59 AM Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...> wrote:
Mike,

Any possibility/thought of producing an applicable Turntable assembly,  for use with the Ridgway Roundhouse kit? Kitwood Hills did produce a great HOn3 Turntable kit, but Simon Cox has stopped producing them.

Mark Lewis 
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.



On Wed, Mar 23, 2022, 9:50 AM Mike Mc <michaeljmccarville@...> wrote:
Seb,
I have not taken any reservations largely due to the fact that I don't have final pricing nailed down.  That said, watch my website and/or Facebook group below for announcements about release.  I plan to push hard for the Ridgway roundhouse release, but that will be much larger obviously.  Again, same details as the Ridgway office, with resin cast walls, laser cut windows and doors, roofing included, and goose stalls as part of the kit.  This also will be a limited run.  We have an exclusive on this kit with Banta Modelworks, and great to work with Bill Banta directly on this project.
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Stay Well,
Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

Web www.mccarvillestudios.com


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lloyd lehrer


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mark Lewis
 

Mike,

Any possibility/thought of producing an applicable Turntable assembly,  for use with the Ridgway Roundhouse kit? Kitwood Hills did produce a great HOn3 Turntable kit, but Simon Cox has stopped producing them.

Mark Lewis 
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.



On Wed, Mar 23, 2022, 9:50 AM Mike Mc <michaeljmccarville@...> wrote:
Seb,
I have not taken any reservations largely due to the fact that I don't have final pricing nailed down.  That said, watch my website and/or Facebook group below for announcements about release.  I plan to push hard for the Ridgway roundhouse release, but that will be much larger obviously.  Again, same details as the Ridgway office, with resin cast walls, laser cut windows and doors, roofing included, and goose stalls as part of the kit.  This also will be a limited run.  We have an exclusive on this kit with Banta Modelworks, and great to work with Bill Banta directly on this project.
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Stay Well,
Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

Web www.mccarvillestudios.com


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mike McCarville
 

Seb,
I have not taken any reservations largely due to the fact that I don't have final pricing nailed down.  That said, watch my website and/or Facebook group below for announcements about release.  I plan to push hard for the Ridgway roundhouse release, but that will be much larger obviously.  Again, same details as the Ridgway office, with resin cast walls, laser cut windows and doors, roofing included, and goose stalls as part of the kit.  This also will be a limited run.  We have an exclusive on this kit with Banta Modelworks, and great to work with Bill Banta directly on this project.
--
Stay Well,
Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

Web www.mccarvillestudios.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mccarvillestudios
Subscribe https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ5hQbEZ3p1gc-yB2k6MAcg


Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mike McCarville
 

Scott,
LOL, okay yeah in that case the cat is out of the bag, it is Bill Banta who I am partnering with.  I should have kits in hand by next week, plus or minus whatever variable is added by shipping delays that are common.

Some other details include the following.  The walls are 3D printed masters and then cast so the kit has resin walls, which are much stronger than the CC Crow aged kits.  Roof is basswood and can be removable.  Windows and doors are laser cut and built up in layers which makes two tone paint easy.  I should have final costs soon.  No fancy ecommerce store yet: maybe someday.
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Stay Well,
Mike McCarville
RGS in HOn3

Web www.mccarvillestudios.com
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Re: RGS Rico Engine House and Ridgway Roundhouse

Mark Kasprowicz
 

I started to build the Rico engine shed from Downtown Deco kits, but you need at least two of their engine house kits to have enough walls. You mention space as a problem and my issue with the second Rico engine house is that it is just that - the three tracks run parallel through it and Mike Blazak suggests that the HO length of the house should be about 18". I didn't have the space to do that plus the trackage at either end and add a wye (the Rico turntable never happened although planned) so I got Banta Sargents  kit with a couple of extra bays plus a kitwood turntable and went with that instead. Makes up nicely but getting the roof to sit correctly without gluing it down is a bit of a challenge - I think made more difficult in the extended version. Might try using miniature magnets to hold it down correctly.

Mark K

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