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 cars....now 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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Arroyo Progress

Had a little fun working on the Arroyo Tram this weekend. Added two small bridges and some cribbing.