Sunday, July 23, 2017

That's a lot of Orange!






Now I've built a lot of reefer kits over the years now. Sunshine, Westerfield, Tichy, etc.
These 5 were a new experience for me.
These kits were created by the late Stan Rydarowicz, to recreate the Hormel company steel reefers.




The kits use an Intermountain PFE reefer kit as a core, and Stan created resin ends and sides to accurately model these cars.
I had to do a little digging to discover the correct shade of orange for these cars and consensus was the orange you see on the models.
I mixed Scalecoat reefer orange and reefer yellow, 50/50, to tone the orange down a tad. And they're still pretty bright!
Decals and flat finish will calm things down I'm sure.
Another day of paint curing and I can apply decals, and put away my sunglasses!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

No NBWs on this bad boy!






Just finished this lovely O scale caboose kit, from Mullett River.
These are such well done kits, it's a shame the Glenn can't continue to produce them. A nice mix of laser cut and photo etched parts.
I've built a number of his cabooses now, and they've all been a pleasure to work on.
And my soldering skills get a bit of workout, on the underframes, end railings and ladders. Which is not a bad thing.
Now I can clean the work bench and try and catch up with all the HO scale freight cars I have waiting here

Saturday, July 1, 2017

350+ should suffice

I'm almost done assembling these 2 Mullet River Models boxcar kits.




And frankly I'll be happy to get paint on them soon.
These guys turned out to be more work than I'd anticipated, but the end results are well worth the effort.
Theses O scale boxcar kits come with a lot of details to add.
It's taken me days to add the over 350 individual nut/bolt/washer castings. 2 for every grab iron, 80 on the lower belt of the Great Northern car, etc.
But I can honestly say, I've had my fill of NBW castings for awhile.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A small change of pace

Just shipped out this model to a client;
Such an interesting car to build.
And my how things changed in the early half of the 20th century with car appliances.
Look closely.
No side ladders.
End ladder inset from the edge quite a bit.
And the statements, compared to mid-century, these guys are over the place.
But for me the biggest deal was the colour.
Fortunately I was directed to this blog;
http://designbuildop.hansmanns.org/2012/07/05/harolds-pennsylvania-railroad-box-cars/

Which describes this orange colour rather well, and I find the colour rather appealing.
I know, I'm a little odd with these things.

I really should start looking more closely at early freight cars, they are plain cool.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Next stop, Delhi!

After too many interruptions, distractions and other delays, I've finally been able to get the benchwork and roadbed built for the sections that will connect into the space that will become the Town of Delhi.






Nothing fancy. just simple benchwork framing around the walls of the furnace room.
I'll be able to use up the left over flextrack from the old layout in here. Not much point in handlaying track in here.
With this done, I'm now seriously motivated to figure out how to tackle Delhi.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

If you bought a CPR autobox kit from me in Enfield

Please check the body casting.

If it looks like this photo;




With no shelf at the end for the floor and the notches for the crossties  and bolster close to the edge of the side sill,

You have a bad body casting!
There are only 4-5 of them out there like this, but I need you to contact me so I can send you a correct body casting.
Email me at pierre.oliver@elgincarshops.com and we can discuss getting you the right body casting .
Thanks

Friday, June 2, 2017

Operators are standing by!

The newest kit from Yarmouth Model Works is now for sale on the webste;
http://www.yarmouthmodelworks.com/index.php/ResinModelKits/Index




I will start shipping orders as soon as I return from the RPM in Enfield, CT