A journal following the history, design, construction and operation of Bernard Kempinski's O Scale model railroad depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Falmouth line in 1863, and other model railroad projects.
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April 29, 2020

Master Blaster?

Well, not quite, I only had 6 jumps as a US Army paratrooper. But a master of a different sort. Today I learned that the NMRA has accepted my Master Model Railroader (MMR)Statement of Qualifications. Mat Thompson, who mentored me through the process, sent me a note that they updated their website with my name on the list on MMRs. Given the quarantine, my certificate and other official paraphernalia will come at a later date.



My MMR number is 654, which is divisible by 2, 3 and 109.   Only 3 factors since 109 is prime.  It is the Pantone code for a dark navy blue, appropriate for a Union railroad. 654 is also the pill code for an antihistamine based sleep aid. Somehow that seems appropriate too.  So, all in all a good number.

Meanwhile, I continued work on the Belle Air farm house. My plan is to build a core with laser cut 1/16th inch MDF (see the photo) and then cover the exterior walls with basswood scribed clapboard siding.

The chimney was a little tricky as the stepped bricks required some trim and putty to get right. The building will need two chimneys, but only one is fully visible on the exterior.

I want the farm to act as a view block for the turn back curve at the far end of the layout. This test photo shows that it will work pretty well in this regard. Once I detail the rest of the scene with trees and hedges, it should work out nicely.

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations Bernie, Your MMR is well deserved as your modeling and layout are amazing!!! Now go back to building stuff. (The view block looks good.)

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  2. Congrats, Bernie! I've followed your modeling for ever and love the direction you are taking with the Aquia line!

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  3. Do you know Ronald Gough? If you can find him, stand next to him and have your picture made. Then you'll be 654 321.

    Congratulations - you deserve it!

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  4. Congrats! Your layout's track inspired me to handlay some track for my own MMR certificate. I only have 3 so far (another two are 1/2 done) but I hope to finish in due course. It is a fun process, and I am sure you have earned it.

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  5. Congratulations Bernie on a well earned achievement.

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  6. Congratulations! This award is so well deserved!

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  7. Congratulations, Bernie! Wonderful news!!

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  8. Congratulations and welcome! It was well deserved.
    Greg Rich #645

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