HO Scale - What's On Your Workbench?

RDGbuff56 Nov 17, 2009

  1. GP30

    GP30 TrainBoard Member

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    I finally cleaned up my work bench and started building a #8 turnout. I will need at least three of these for the throat of the classification yard. I want to have these ready to go for when track work progresses that far later this fall.[​IMG]


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  2. JimmyZ

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    I mainly model N Scale since I no longer have an HO scale layout. However, I still enjoy building the Bowser, Roundhouse/MDC, and whatever else is out there in kit form. I've been searching for an Arbour Models 2-6-6-6 Allegheny for a while and one popped up on the auction site a few months ago. I put in an offer and it was accepted. The train was partially built. Mostly the boiler and cab. I heard the horror stories of this kit and was prepared for the struggles. Unfortunately, the struggles were all too real. Upon receipt, two of the cross-rods were broken. I tried to repair them but finally gave up. The cross rods for the Bowser K11 are very close in size and center-center diameter of the Allegheny drivers and are still available for purchase. With some fitting and fine tuning, the mechanism runs super smooth but the original motor was just too loud. I'm waiting on a NWSL motor. In the interim, I'm using a generic can motor with flywheel and it runs very smooth and quiet but doesn't have the torque I expect from the NWLS motor. Anyway, she's finally ready for primer and paint. There are a few details missing in these pics but will be added after paint.
     

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  3. Mr. Trainiac

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    That's a nice looking model. I don't know much about Arbour or what happened to them. I knew they had a 2-8-4 berkshire (C&O?) kit, but I haven't seen many other models by them. I'd like to try my hand at building a model like this; the diecast medium isn't very popular anymore, but they seem so expensive on eBay. Either they are super expensive NOS, or a poorly-built completed without a box.
     
  4. JimmyZ

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    Thanks! The Bowser models are really nice when you add some detail but like you said they tend to go for a pretty high price. I've picked up a few that were a mess but luckily almost all parts are still available. I did pay a pretty penny for this kit but it's been my "white whale". It's made with a very soft metal alloy and causes a lot of little pieces to be very fragile and Arbour Models went out of business years ago, so no spares re available. It required a bit of scratch building to get everything working well. Hopefully, it'll be completed within the week.
     
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  5. Mr. Trainiac

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    I can understand paying up for this one. I think the Allegheny wheel arrangement is pretty interesting, and I think the rarity of an Arbour makes it more of a collector's item than a Bowser. I think taking the time to repair and upgrade missing components was the right thing to do. I'd rather see it run than keep everything original or have it end up as another unfinished project in a box.

    Do you have the tender for it? I think the Allegheny tender is pretty wild too, I have seen photos where the lead truck is 3-axle, but the trailing truck under the 'water' portion of the tender is 4-axle.
     
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  6. JimmyZ

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    Yep. I have the tender as well. I'll post some pics once Ii get it all back together after paint.
     
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  7. GP30

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    Finally got to try my new soldering station this morning. Boy, what a difference the right tool for the job makes! Back to building turnouts!

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  8. Bobby pitts

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    Two tank cars going through serious upgrades, one plastic, one brass! I'm doing something I usually don't do, a little here and a little there! I also, for the first time I'm using custom decals on one!

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