CSX Thomas Subdivision in HO

John Smith Jul 28, 2014

  1. SYROUS

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    Real nice work. Great senery
     
  2. John Smith

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    Thanks SYROUS. BOXCAB... I think anyone who is a model railroader is a patient person. LOL! JMS
     
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    So, I bought myself some Xmas presents for myself at a train show. First up was an Atlas GP40 in Chessie System paint. I weathered it up, moved the bell from underneath to the side or the long hood(from pics) and patched the numbers on the cab(also, added a small CSXT) and replaced the number boards. Cost me $60. Second, was a Bachmann C40-8 undecorated that was $25. I bought an Atlas Tank Car painted for Liquid Sugar Industries. I weathered it, and added some staining and spillage marks. It was $15. And lastly, I found two old Walthers Ortner Hopper Cars never out of the box with all the parts. $5 EACH!!!
    Not too bad for $110. Enjoy! JMS
     

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    I'm liking the streaking/runoff effects on that tank car. And that poor GP looks like it could use a day off...
     
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    Not at all bad! That Geep must be allergic to wash racks. :)
     
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    Thanks guys!!! Since my layout is in the 2004 timeframe, a Chessie Geep definitely needs to be dirty!!! LOL! JMS

    PS-should I paint the C40-8 in CSX YN2 paint or Conrail Quality w/ a patch? Thanks for the replies! JMS
     
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    DSCF1441.JPG DSCF1443.JPG Well, all finished my CSX OLS Caboose from post #366 of "Show us your recent HO purchases". I removed the walkway and filled in the holes. I added window glass. I rebuilt the end railings to more prototypical appearance. And lastly, I painted the trucks and then did a light(very light) coat of weathering... some light grey on top and bottom wit just a hint of dirt brown on bottom. I figured this caboose would be kept clean! Thanks for looking! JMS
     
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    looking great I really like all the weathering you have done adds to the realism
     
  9. BoxcabE50

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    So nice to not see a coupler trip pin.
     
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    Hi Jim,

    Those look great, I like the GP 40 the best. Your weathering looks really good. Keep posting pictures, I enjoy them greatly.

    Dale
     
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    Thanks guys! I try to weather everything. Some get a little... some get a lot! Yes, I cut off all coupler trip pins. Since, I do not use auto uncoupling... there is no reason for me to have them. Some of the cars have air lines on them... some do not. I plan on having all cars have air line one day. I think I might even try out those new magnetic air lines that will connect and disconnect from each other. JMS
     
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    Well, even though I have been out of town, I was able to get some work done on my C40-8 that I got myself for Xmas 2014 before I left. I have painted the pilots black, did the black anti-skid on the nose(This loco was painted by Conrail and did not get the black anti-skid on the walkways... however, when I weather it... the walkways will be almost black), handrail and step ends white, painted the vents silver, and added some decals. Still have some more decals to add when I get home... all those little warning labels!!! Fun! Fun!. I was able to finish the cab up, and already blasted it with a coat of Dull-coat and reassembled it(That is why it looks different from the rest of the body- and it is still able to be removed). Last step after decals will be weathering. DSCF0871.JPG DSCF1683.JPG DSCF1684.JPG DSCF1687.JPG DSCF1688.JPG Thanks for looking! JMS
     
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    Hi,
    Nice looking Loco. Great paintjob and decaling....

    Regards,Chris
     
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    Thanks Chris! I still have some more work to do... JMS
     
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    Great looking GE John. There are more little warning decals on these things than a person would think, its like they are everywhere. I used to know an electrician that when he started a shift he had a hand full of those stickers, and when he ran out the shift was about over :)
    What is your method for weathering all those screens?
     
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    Thanks Tom! Yes, those labels are EVERYWHERE!!! LOL! When weathering vents... I start with thinning regular flat black paint to about a 5(thinner)parts to 1(paint)part. I use fine artist brushes and paint(even though it is more like a "wash" at this point) in the vents and grills. After finishing the rest of the weathering, I then seal with dull-coat, and then I will come back with powdered black chalks and go over the vents and grills again. This way they get a 3D soot/dirt effect. JMS
     
  17. SYROUS

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    The loco turned out great. Awesome work.

    Sent from my LG-D852 using Tapatalk
     
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    Puurrdy stuff Chris
     
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    Howdy everybody! Hope everyone is doing well! Well, now that "life" has settled down a little bit, I was able to get some work done. I was able to do some more work on my mini Norfolk Southern OCS train. As you can see... I am at the point where I can start putting decals onto them. The dome car(aka Delaware) was already painted and lettered... however, the paint was way too red for the OCS. Since I was able to find a paint that almost perfectly matched, I decided to repaint and decal the car. Here are the two cars! I also added pics from the "build" of the observation car. It started off as a C&O coach.
    I modified the roof, cut new windows, filled in old windows, filled in one door and heavily modified the other door to match the pictures I have seen. After decals, I will gloss coat both cars and reinstall the windows. The last step will be to add the ditch and marker lights to the end of the observation car. I also have to paint some areas of the end railing "brass" color.
    More to come. Thanks for looking! JMS
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    Looks great John, keep it coming
     

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