HO Scale - What's On Your Workbench?

RDGbuff56 Nov 17, 2009

  1. retsignalmtr

    retsignalmtr TrainBoard Member

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    Several projects on the workbench. Building a portable DCC command station so I can use it at shows. Installing Athearn trucks, Kadee couplers and metal wheels to 20 Tyco hoppers. Building a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) fuel tender for a pair of SD35's using an old tank car and a Gunderson well car.
     
  2. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

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    This is a Tichy Panel Side Hopper Kit with an extension that was used for hauling grain from the Anderson's Elevator iin Maumee, OH to the Export Elavator in Toledo, OH. The cars came from the Wabash (N&W) after the merger and were repainted from Wabash to the Anderson's unique scheme. I had started on this car over 20 years ago, but just pulled it out of the box to complete this last weekend. After starting back on it I found out why I quit on the kit as I had made a major error in constructing the kit. I finished the kit this week as best I could and will be painting it this weekend. As I have 9 more of these to build the next car will be correct as I have learned a lot on car construction in the last few years.


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    Here is the start of work on the next kit, but I am building the car differently than the instructions so as to better install all the brake gear and airlines on the B end of the car.


    Thanks for looking!


    Rick J.
     
  3. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    What a great looking car. I look forward to following your progress :)

    Alan
    www.andersley.co.uk
     
  4. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

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    The detail on that is great. I look forward to seeing it when you get it done.
    thanks for sharing!
     
  5. gjslsffan

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    Have had this P2K BNSF SD60M shell for a few years. Saw a LLPX 8149 photo and knew this was its destiny.
    Really enjoyed this project, and tried to go as close as I could to the prototype photos. The shell sits on a Rail Power frame, and sports a sealed ball bearing Athearn BB motor with NWSL drives that were machined to fit into the factory Athearn flywheels. The masking around the nose emblem was a special challenge LOL. Trying to simulate the burnt decals on the engine compartment doors was a fun part of it too.
    This one might go to ebay. I gotta start letting some of this go.
     

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  6. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nice piece of work, Tom. Almost like a stealthy BNSF...
     
  7. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Great work, Tom Holley! That track is excellent, too. Looks like a real yard.
     
  8. John Smith

    John Smith TrainBoard Member

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    Love it Tom! NS has picked a couple of the "3 window" 60s from BNSF. I am thinking about doing one in NS paint... when NS gets around to painting them! LOL! JMS
     
  9. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

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    Looks great Tom, I especially like the masking on the nose! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Dale
     
  10. davec

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    Great weathering job. I love this. Beautiful model.
     
  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

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    Thanks Guys,
    Masking the nose was the biggest challenge in this little project. I cant believe they went around all those little Orange pieces on the nose emblem. I also cant believe the BNSF got rid of these things and on the scale they did. SD60's especially the Oakways, had some crazy mean day averages (average days between failures) really good locomotives over all.
    Anyways thanks for the comments guys, I appreciate it.
     
  12. danpik

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    A few cars on the bench in various states of completion.

    First up, Westerfield Rock Island Stock cars:

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    Next, 2 JJL Models Erie Dunmore Cabooses:

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    finally, F&C B&O Baggage car.

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  13. dti406

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    Got some more work done on the Tichy Converted Coal Hopper kit, installed all the brake gear and associated piping on the B end of the car. Bent all the piping per a diagram on the plans. Kit instructions had you install the end piece before installing the brake gear and piping, On this second kit I decided to install the brake gear and then glue in the end piece.

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    Thanks for looking

    Rick J
     
  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Are the steps etched brass?
     
  15. danpik

    danpik TrainBoard Member

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    No, they are cast resin supplied with the kit. Cleaned them up real well and glued them in place.
     
  16. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

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    Really appreciate all the details of these kits, especially the underframe details.
    Thanks for sharing.

     
  17. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    I love Westerfield kits. They are the majority of my modest fleet.
     
  18. GP30

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    Not a great shot, got this off my Android phone back on Friday.

    I am working on a $0.50 (50 cent) TYCO caboose. I trimmed off all handrails, bent and installed new ones, I also installed KD coupler pockets and drilled holes for the locations of new trucks. I bought an ancient Ayers Scale Models caboose interior kit from the early 50's last weekend at a show for $1. It is a little crude by today's standards, but I couldn't pass it up.

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  19. dalebaker

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    Pat and Tom,

    The kits look great. I like the brake details and the caboose. Keep posting photos.

    Dale
     
  20. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That is a bargain caboose! I guess the most expensive items will be trucks and couplers :)

    Alan
    www.andersley.co.uk
     

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