Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FEC GP40-2 weathering

Just finished up a weathering project for my friend Kevin, who works at Arinie's trains. I used MIG washes and powders for this. I was going for the sun bleached look of an engine working in hot and humid Florida. Kevin will assemble the engine and add sound, that's why I've left it apart and without the handrails on.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cardstock station

Started working on a laser cut cardstock station I bought at the narrow gauge convention in Maine last year. It's made by a chap named David Proven in the UK. David.provan@btinternet.com
The kit goes together very nicely, well written instructions with lots of photos. I added paper wallpaper and wainscoting to the interior from Clever models. I added a Grandt line door between the waiting room and office. I put in some lights and flickering fire lamps in the fireplace. Got the lights from lights4models.com

The overhead lights are from GRS.  I'll be mounting this on a small base and use battery power for lights. More soon

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Starting my Quincy module build

Finally started building my Quincy modules. I'm using the track plan from Campbell's with the exception that I'm making mine a single track mainline.
Each module is 2x4 feet. There is a total of three modules.

The above pictures show 2 of the 3 modules. The outside photo shows two sections joined together.  I'm using brass dowels to align the sections.

Below is a work in process group of pictures. I'm using Central Valley tie strips and turnouts.

I'll be posting the rest of this build on my Quincy module blog. see link on the right.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Gorre and Daphetid cars

Picked up a bunch of G&D cars plus 3 undec cars for only 40 bucks. I've got decals to letter the caboose and the 2 reefers. The reefers used to to be yellow, no lettering that I repainted red. I wanted red reefers to match the passenger cars. The yellow reefers are numbered in the low 100's, so I'm going to number the red ones 150 and 151. I'm just going to build the kits up as designed,  no super detailing, just metal wheels, Kadees and some weathering.
I'll put and interior and some people in the coaches, maybe lights too.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Quincy enginehouse

I'm building 2 models of the aforementioned enginehouse. I picked one up on eBay and found that the seller had started it and glue wood siding over the cardboard instead of corrugated metal as per the prototype. So I decided to go ahead and build two of them, a wood sheathed version and a scratch built one with corrugated metal.

The wood one was built first and was a very straight forward build. I used a Peco engine inspection pit and Woodland scenics LED lamps. The fence is Central Valley and a few figures and detail castings were added to the diorama.

The other building was built using individual board on board. I used the kits corrugated metal and weather it using AK washes and chalks. 

Above you can see the walls before I added the metal sheathing. I wasn't sure we're or how big the openings for the tool room and machine shop were, so I made a guess. I made both openings towards the rear, thinking that if they were working on something, they would like to be out of the weather and could have the engine sitting partially outside and not block the openings.

Below is the assembled structure.

Not sure if I'll finish the roof since I want to add interior details later. You see that I re-weathered the tool room.

Here are both buildings 

The structure on the left (diorama) is for sale. $350 which includes shipping. If interested, drop me a note.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Finally an update

Hi everyone!
Sorry that it's been so long without an update! I've been remodeling my house and now it's done!! The kitchen was the last ( and most expensive) part of the project.
Cabinets got added to this area 

Pink and yellow tile! So 1950s 

Demo time!

Add more cabinets and put the microwave over the stove

More counter space and I also added a dishwasher.
Put in recessed lighting and Led strip lights under the cabinets near the floor. Used Hue adjustable led strip lights. Can control them with my phone. Lots of fun!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hon3 Engine Terminal complete

Finally finished up the engine terminal. Finished building the Campbell sandhouse, I built it with the sandtower on the other end similar to the Chama tower layout. Dragged it outside for a few pictures.

Need to tone down the grass a bit I think.

My friend for whom I've built this for will add various details to this. This whole thing only weighs about 10 pounds or so. Very light and easy to carry. The coal tower is removable. This was a fun project and I'm happy the way it turned out. Thanks for following along ! I'm going to finish the Westerfield cars I started earlier and then ???