The Greater Nickel Plate has a brand new work area thanks to the completion of my challenge. A dark, dingy and lifeless basement with an old, run down, dilapidated work bench has been brushed aside - - literally. Starting with a hammer and crowbar, the area was cleared, swept and washed down. A coating of Dri-Lock waterproofing paint added security and helped brighten a dingy cinder block wall (along with some elbow grease) and WD-40 freed up a stubborn window that hadn't been opened in 16 years. I added some shelving; modified a bookcase; and took Harbor Freight up on its sale offer for a new work bench complete with vise and metal and wood removable posts for holding lumber etc. A modified milk crate, light, fan and furnace filter provides a light airbrushing area that can be shielded by removable cloth or taped newspaper to protect other surfaces.
What a difference 10 days makes; and in hot weather with NO AC (they installed the new unit yesterday after a sweltering week with just ceiling fans) !! Now I have tools readily at hand to convert engines to DCC; put steel wheels and body mounted couplers on cars; and complete kit-bashed buildings. The big surprise was the total cost of under $200 and the fact that I found a number of items in boxes I had forgotten about that I really could use.
Drawers for tools and paperwork as well as a soldering station make the bench a more "user friendly" environment.
Airbrush area is for light painting only with suspended drop cloth from ceiling hooks or newspapers to protect the rest of the area.
Modified bookcases supports parts bins and scenery materials.
Five shelves hold plenty of "to do" freight cars and building projects to keep me busy during winter evenings.
Here's hoping that all your MRH Challenges turn out as well - Cheers! - - Dave C.
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