Monday, September 19, 2016

Albion Begins

Its been a while since my last post, so time for an update!

Albion, on the WW&F begins.....

This summer, I inadvertently was once again bitten by the two-foot bug. I injured my back and was not able to bend over to complete the changes on the Deer Creek and Laurel that I had desired. I started looking at some books and information on the Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railroad, a two-footer in Maine. Interest increased the more I looked into it, more books purchased, then a track plan for a module, then lumber, then some kits........

About 5-7 years ago, I sold off 90% of my two foot equipment. Frustrated with its performance and well entrenched with my On3 layout, I sold or traded my cars and all but one locomotive, which needed a little work before re-sale.  Now I have re-motored that engine and will begin installing DCC and sound, then painting. Not sure how this interest has manifested into all my current modeling time and effort.

Differences this time?
Precision Scale flextrack and Fasttracks No. 8 turnouts and 42 inch minimum radius curves.
No handlaying track this time, no building turnouts on the workbench and trying to get them to fit, no kadee uncoupling magnets under the track, no heavy wood and plywood benchwork. Good, reliable turnouts, light benchwork, modular construction, reliable track, and more experience.

I've built two modules using some old standards I pulled off a Texas On30 module group on Yahoo. They use 2 -inch foam, a little plywood and MDF. I have found them to be good, reliable and light methods. They have been updated to use plywood under the 2-inch foam, so I gave it a try. Results - I think the extra 1/4-inch plywood is a waste of time and money. The 1/4-inch sandply is so flexable, more so than the 2-inch foam, that it doesn't provide any support to the center of the panel (flexing in the middle of the width of the module). I'm not even sure support is necessary, as I haven't had problems with my other modules but if there is a weak spot in design, I think this would be it. So, I added some 2-inch wide strips across the bottom to provide support. I think I will do this if there are any future modules and leave the 1/4-inch ply on the bottom off. 

I tried out a different type of adhesive this time, a Loctite product. It was much more difficult to apply, much thicker and required a lot of pressure on the applicator. However, it does appear to provide a stronger bond than the Liquid nails projects adhesive. I think I'll use liquid nails for large areas and the Loctite product for ends and sides.
Had some issues (imagine that) with the foam panel sitting flat. One edge dried with an edge raised. So, I had to level this out with a knife and rasp. Ugh. Should have seen this when gluing it up. Sloppy work! A good craftsman is one that can recover from mistakes without remaking the part!

I have been avoiding painting several models lately, so the paintshop has quite a backorder list! I really need to get to painting as several new On2 cars need the painting step before progressing.

Here is a Train and Troll WW&F flatcar laser kit. It was a nice kit and went together fairly quickly. It was interesting to see how they planned the underbody construction. Nice to have all those holes for stake pockets, pre-cut for me. I have put two of these together and am working on two of their boxcars. Thanks to Train and Troll for some WW&F On2 car kits....

Here are four cars waiting to go to the paintshop. Two Train and Troll flats, one scratchbuilt 30-ft flat (will be a coal gondola) and a scratchbuilt (styrene) start of a Turner Center Dairy boxcar.

More as time permits.......

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trucks for Small Gilpin Cars

Using the suggestion from GrantLine to use HOn3 trucks for the small Gilpin ore cars, I widened the truck bolsters of some Rio Grande Models, West Side Lbr. Co trucks. GrandtLine suggested using Precision Scale or Kemtron trucks but I couldn't find any suck trucks available today. I had some of the Rio Grande Model trucks left over from my Hon3 days.

After a miserable attempt at making new axles for the HOn3 wheels, I purchased some NWSL 28-inch HO wheelsets. Then I made up extra spacers for the bolsters. Two 0.08 thick styrene pieces glued to two 0.01 pieces (yeah, should have used a 0.02 thickness but was testing as I went along).

I then glued a small brass strip across the truck, brakes in the future, maybe.......

While the cars and trucks look really small, it does seem appropriate, i.e very close to what the prototype did. Wow, these are small I just need to paint them.....

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Small Gilpin Cars

I've had several of the smaller Gilpin cars for a while. I never finished them as they are so small and I hadn't come up with trucks for them. After reading in the Gilpin book about how the actual cars were modified by by raising the sides, shown below. 

So, I modified two of mine the same way. Due to the small size of the rivets, I used MicroMark rivet decals. We'll see if they show up after painting. Next, the trucks.....

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Local On30 Get Together

Mike held a local get together today at his On30 Bridgton and Harrison RR. Mark, Steve, Rick, Hank, John, Mike and I in attendance. Great to catch up on all the great modeling these guys have been up to.

Took some pictures of Mike's little on2 switching module. Quite nice and fun for such a small space. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Boxcar

Finished up a Foothills Models NCNG resin box car kit. I started the kit on vacation but held off completion since I didn't have my Grandtline grabiron jig. Finally finished it, noticing that while the instructions mentioned the NCNG having air hoses opposite most rr, I failed to note this till now. Oh well, we will see if the crew notices.....

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trying Something New

While on vacation, I decided to try working with styrene as a material for scratch building cars. All my previous scratch built cars have been made out of wood. Different materials behave differently. Some advantages and disadvantages with working with styrene. Glues rapidly, holds styrene details well, but is soft and very pliable. I have some bowing to deal with due to the tight truss rod material. Next time I'll use brass wire for the truss rods. The car is a model of a flat from the Cairo and Kanawha RY, in WV.  Just needs painting, a wood deck, brake details, couplers and trucks!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016