MODELING It's Monday 10/17/11, Weekend Modeling Accomplishments.

Jim Wiggin Oct 17, 2011

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Well yet again, the weekend is a recent memory. I had a productive weekend in the railroad department. I was off to Scranton PA to pick up some parts for Jess the Railfan Jeep and knew that the DL was running an excursion train with their vintage D&LW F units. I was actually able to find all my old equipment from when I had the old Wrangler, hooked up the speaker to the scanner, plugged in the freq and off I went. I stopped into Tobbyhanna PA and saw some gentleman at the depot and learned the F units were having a hard time making it back to Steamtown. After a few minutes we caught this heading south,

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    Steamtown sent their vintage Nickel Plate Geep down to pull the excursion out. Hmm, a Geep to pull out a stuck set? Sounds familiar to a "Jeep" owner! Sorry, it's a Geep/Jeep thing, you may or may not understand! Unfortunately by the time the rescued excursion train came back our way, it was too dark to get any pictures, dang it!

    Sunday, I got more done on the early Conrail patch jobs. Here is the RS3.

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    Per the prototype, I faded the Coast Guard logo and put a lot of heavy soot on the top. The red was faded as well so when the red patches are painted they will show up as "new" paint. I'll post more latter.

    So, how about you? Did you accomplish what you set out to do Friday? Let us know and show us your results. We'll do this all again this Friday the 21st.
     
  2. Tad

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    I did get my first Atlas Code 55 switch set up with a Miniatronics slide switch.

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    It took me a while to figure out how to do the first one.

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  3. SP-Wolf

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    I got the brick color painted onto my American Hardware Supply building-now for the mortar. Worked a bit on my friends ATSF cabooses. Closer to being able to weather them. Did some reprogramming on my VO-1000's. Had a pretty good modelling weekend.

    Have fun,
    Wolf
     
  4. PW&NJ

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    Not much accomplished at all this weekend. Found some foamcore for some modeling projects. And brought up a roll of electrical tape to finish testing lighting for my boxcab project. On the bright side though, since Model Railroader had it's free preview weekend, I did get to view a bazillion how-to tip videos that I've always wanted to see. :thumbs_up:
     
  5. MisterBeasley

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    Mission accomplished, or should I say "missions accomplished," since I checked every box on my list? This is a shot of the first test installation of the Merchants Row block. The roof isn't done yet, but I wanted to try it out to check the fit and check for light leakage.

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    I also got those grade crossing pieces glued down, did all the planned ballasting around the diner and even took care of the basement sink and countertop.

    And then there was the Fine Scale Model Railroader Expo. I spent all day Saturday there, checking out the vendors and buying detail parts, attending 3 clinics, and visiting the Franklin and South Manchester. Sorry, no pictures were allowed. The layout is just awe-inspiring. Photographs and videos don't do it justice. Every square inch is meticulously detailed. DCC, and all the engines I saw running were sound equipped.
     
  6. dti406

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    I had no set plan, but since my E-Bay purchases showed up I worked on a couple of them. I installed grab irons, lift rings, and a control box to my Kato SD45, need to purchase a Sinclair antenna before painting this unit. I also did the major part of the work on another 62' RBL Beer Reefer, all that is left is some minor detail parts and it is ready for painting.

    In addition I finished the pilot hand grab and coupler lift bar on each end of my RS-32 and it is ready for painting.

    Rick
     
  7. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    I went to a train show in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday. Walked out with a new P2K FA1 (CN 9403), a grotty (weathered) Atlas S-4 (CN 7985), freight cars (including a few Roundhouse kits) some decals and details.

    And, last but not least, I had a jolly good time.
     
  8. retsignalmtr

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    I did some scenicking on my T-Trak modules, but not enough. Got a show coming up next Sunday, but I do work better under pressure.
     
  9. TwinDad

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    Is that someone dressing in the 3rd floor window??
     
  10. TwinDad

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    Clever use of a foam paint brush. I'm going to have to remember that one!!
     
  11. Logtrain

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    They work like a charm! And the best part is, they are CHEAP!!!!!
     
  12. Curto

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    I didn't get anything done.... except take some photos of last weekend's achievements (does that count? lol). Last weekend I weathered 2 locos and a assortment of freight cars... comments appreciated! (constructive please!)

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    I can only insert 4 images... so I created a album elsewhere...
     
  13. jeffrey-wimberly

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    My modeling accomplishment was wiring two GP9m locos together in permanent, one a Walthers Trainline unit and the other a Frankenstein unit I built of Front Range, Athearn and Proto 2000 parts and capped with a Walthers GP9m shell. It took a bit of work but I got them wired together and the wires are hardly noticeable.

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  14. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Not sure where the idea came to me but I started doing this about 10 years ago.
     
  15. Tad

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    I've always done it that way myself. Great minds and all that, I reckon. :)
     
  16. MisterBeasley

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    Preiser #28089, "Doing her hair." Good eye.
     
  17. rg5378

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    I got the handrails on my gp-20 painted. Found out I need to trim the snowplow and shim the couplers in order for them to work correctly. Also worked on improving the lighting on the diesel as well.

    Not much physically got done, but information was gained about what still needs to be done.

    Cary H.
     
  18. GP30

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    I hand-laid all the Code 55 I am going to lay in the yard on the bottom level. I prepped the ends of the rails for soldering to the Code 70 I will be laying through out the rest of the yard. I did solder a couple feeders to strips of Code 70 rail, ready to go for installation after I drill some holes and feed the wires through. Might take care of that tomorrow evening.
     
  19. Logtrain

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    I ended up putting the finishing touches on some new Chehalis Western models that I am planning on selling at the Boeing show in a couple weeks.


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