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...is almost finished. These are a few weeks old but I'm now ready to trench and install the service cable.





 

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Thanks guys! Got lots of stuff to build for the house, and I'm thinking of getting back into model building .Non CGI that is, I've got a bunch of kits I've collected over the years that are sitting around in boxes. Although speaking of CGI, I've got no less than 3 computers built and ready to go in there. Renderfarm anyone?
 

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It is cool! This weekend is the weekend for running the trench and hooking up the service line :dude:

Can't wait to see it at night. How will that be for "lighting a model"?
 

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That is one cool "plastic shack"! Those inside pics look familiar!

You've gotten further than I have. I've yet to hook up a/c and ventilation in my garage so that I can start working in it. Getting there!

What state do you live in?
 

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Hmmmmmmm Now maybe I could do that with my garage now. I got a 2 car (with no doors on it because the vehicles are too long and the garage was built way back when, when the cars were shorter, my trucks are too long) and a half a garage on one side of it with rickety old doors on it. Maybe I can redo that half garage and get some use out of it besides storage. But then again I would have to clean it out first.
Looks good though 4 mad men. Really taking shape.
 

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That is one cool "plastic shack"! Those inside pics look familiar!

You've gotten further than I have. I've yet to hook up a/c and ventilation in my garage so that I can start working in it. Getting there!
Familiar as in a complete wreck? I think it was clean for about 5 minutes until my wife saw it had a roof and decided she wanted her garage back and right then was a good enough time!

Well I've technically have had electrical for some time but it's been feed from an extension cord which only gave me 1 tool and 1 light (my hotter than the sun and twice as bright halogen work lamp).

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What state do you live in?
If you knew how long this has taken (longer than the Galileo!!!) you'd swear I lived in the State of Procrastination (in a little burg called "I'll do it tomorrow"). But the real answer is two-fold: North Carolina and Florida. I grew up in England and college'd in the mountains so I've pretty much seen all the snow I care to see. "Ma, it's gittin' colt, load up the truck and tell Mickey we're on our way..."
 

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Hmmmmmmm Now maybe I could do that with my garage now. I got a 2 car (with no doors on it because the vehicles are too long and the garage was built way back when, when the cars were shorter, my trucks are too long) and a half a garage on one side of it with rickety old doors on it. Maybe I can redo that half garage and get some use out of it besides storage. But then again I would have to clean it out first.
Looks good though 4 mad men. Really taking shape.
Thanks, but I'll warn you that's how I started out (taking half of the garage). In the long-run it's just easier to have my own "place". And yes cleaning out is a pain. True story: I once bought a house I was renting and planning to move out of because I simply didn't (really didn't) want to move all my crap. Which is strange because in college I could fit everthing I owned into a Toyota hatchback (and that included my dorm fridge)!!!
 

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Yeah isn't it amazing how much crap you can aquire over the years. The way I am looking at it right now, if its been in a box more than a year then why do I need it. Massive Yard/Garage sale coming up for us next summer.
Anyone interested in a washer,dryer or stove (I keep everything, major packrat and figured the Washer dryer and stove would be good in case the ones that were here when we moved in broke down, my wife really hates my way of thinking lol)
But yeah I have the Half garage next to the two ports that I may clean out for a model building area (wife is complaining again that she can't sit on the sofa with all my model crap on it lol). Its already enclosed with no 'lectricity and I would probably need to redo the doors as they are just barn type swing out double doors with gaps from hell all over them. And the 'lectricity is halfway there already with outlets by the deck. Maybe it won't be so hard as I am thinking lol. Just the going through crap.
 

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I myself am King of the pack rats. You never know when your going to need something. My first task after getting the shop wired and lit is to take everything out of both the walk-up attic and the walk-in attic (the latter being much much more full). I've got stuff that's been in there 15 years or more (maybe 20 for some of it). I'm hoping to find somethings I haven't seen in recent memory so it promises to be interesting. I know I've got a ton of T.V. Guides going back to the early seventies in there somewhere but I'm really hoping to find some of my old drawing pads (lots of Trek and Werewolves if I remember correctly).

That half-garage sounds promising. If the gaps are around the door frame those can be taken care of pretty easily if your content with covering them instead of trying to get rid of them. A gap between doors can likewise be covered by adding a stile to one of the doors. But I'm sure you can find a way to make something work (can't have a perfectly good model laying crushed on the sofa!). A falling mattress is pretty unforgiving too but that's another story for another day.
 

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I spent a good part of Saturday making pigtails and listening to Pink Floyd. About half the receptacles are in. Next up is hanging the permanent lights.



The fence which used to be a fine piece of Four Mad Men craftsmenship was half destroyed in a hurricane a few years ago but that tree will never hurt anyone again :devil:

 

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Looking great!

All I've done lately is install (temporarily) a vent in the rear gable to help cool off my stored models in the garage. Gotta get a new tool to cut the holes out and put in an electric fan to really help. You're really inspiring me to get off my rear and get busy.
 

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Ah yes, the (in)famous "Inorder to do this job properly dear, I'll need the proper tool" trick. So get busy. But more importantly, get thee to "Tool World"!
 

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^^LOL! Yep, that's it! A masterful strategy for yet more delay. There're a couple of good tool stores in Columbia (Northern and Harbor Freight) that should have what I need.

I foolishly tore up my Dremel tool trying to accomplish the task (it was old anyway :mad: ).
 

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Do you have a Fuji digital camera?
I have one at work and it ALWAYS photographs dust in the air, no matter how good you think the air quality is.
It was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw your pix

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As a matter of fact it IS a Fuji digital camera!

I really must update this thread soon. I'll be on Germany time for the next few days so I may not be around much. Just have to see how it works out.
 

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Those round circles look to be caused by the bright lights... usually they are internal reflections inside the camera, like an image of the lens itself being bounced off the innards onto the "film". You can get some weird effects that way... a lot of people with those old little flat cameras (One Step?) were seeing a ghostly "door" image, caused by the bright light making an image of the capsule-shaped shutter. You see pics like that in books about ghosts... good for a laugh.
 

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^^ Sounds like you're talking about lens flare. Happens a lot with telephoto lens. Have a great pic where I intentionally aimed the camera that way myself to get a series of halo type distortion. Some of what I think you are talking about may just be raindrops though...
 
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