Sunday, October 23, 2022

Kennebec Central Long Coal Car

 Here is the longer, later version of the Kennebec Central coal car. I messed up the painting a bit but the end result still looks pretty good. Now all I need is a Kennebec Central module to run these on............

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Adventures on the Kennebec Central Continue

I continue to utilize my new 3D printer for some really fun two foot cars. I've always thought that some Kennebec Central opening side door gondolas would be really neat to build. A challenge for sure but really neat. As I learn how to use my printer settings and the best ways to arrange and modify supports (the things that hold your model off the build plate while it is printing), I'm making some really cool cars.

A big THANK YOU to Chris Schmuck! Chris has posted some amazing stl files on Thingaverse and allowed others to print them. Designing in 3D is rather difficult and time consuming. His work is excellent and scales up from HOn30 to On30 or On2 very, very nicely. Here's the latest prints. Some slight modifications to the bolsters and coupler pockets. 

Basically this car is printed entirely in one go. The only details that are added are: queen posts, turnbuckles, truss rods, brake wheel, brake staff, a rod in the middle, couples and trucks. Clean up was easy though I did have to heat the car in hot water and carefully bend. The truss rods put a bit of pressure on the car, so I'm sure it won't dip but it may bend up! We'll see what happens over time. Two prints, one On30 using Chris's trucks and one in On3 using GrandtLine trucks. 

On30 K&C Short Gondola 

On2 K&C Short Gondola

Monday, October 10, 2022

Adventures in 3D Printing

 For the last year or so my friend Jeff Kracker has been subttly dropping hints that I should consider trying 3D printing. He casually mentioned this summer that Anycubic was having a sale on their Photon Mono X, which would be the perfect printer for a beginner and large enough to print O scale narrow gauge cars, and oh, what a great price. Well, I finally jumped in.................

And I've been using it to print very important items........well, my some found these and really enjoys 3D printing also!

After learning more about where to find things and how to use a "slicer" program, I started some hobby items that turned out really cool. These are models developed by Chris Shmuck and published on Thingaverse. The stl files are for Hon30 but were easily scaled up to O scale. Here is a Mt. Sicker and Lenor RR hopper car with some of his trucks from another posted project. 

After a few email and Zoom calls with Jeff to learn more about print settings, cleaning, supports, etc. (almost like a new hobby), I tried some more complex designs by Chris. Here is a Kennebec Central boxcar in On2. The detail scaled up amazingly well from HO to O scale. I'm greatful to Jeff and Chris for their assistance and sharing files. Learning AutoCad 3D, well, someday........

So, ultimately, this does relate to my On30 and On2 modeling. I won't mention the exciting secret project yet.....3D printing is really cool but another aspect with all kinds of learning and patience required!

Friday, February 25, 2022

More Horses......

 Finished up a horse and buggy for the Albion module. The idea came from a picture of a horse and buggy at Heat Tide station. Horse is from Berkshire Valley Models and the buggy is from Grizzly Mountain Engineering. Something a little fun for February.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Hauling Bark with a Stone Boat?

Merry Christmas! It has been a while since my last post. Over the last week, I have been working on a little scene for the logging railroad - a horse hauling a stone boat. What is a stone boat you ask? It was a very simple "sled" used to haul stones out of early farmers fields. 

These simple sleds were then adopted for many other purposes, such as hauling extract bark to landings at logging operations in the Appalachian mountains. Below is a team working on pulling a stone boat with bark extract on the logging operations outside of Richwood, WV. Several operations also used single horse pulled stone boats, which is what I decided to model. One less horse to paint.

I scratch built my stone boat with stripwood left over from other projects. I carved the sled runners and added the stakes. The horse is from Aspen Models, where I removed the blinders. Most horses used in for log skidding and bark hauling did not use blinders. Now all I need is someone to hold the rains.

See you in the New Year!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Wiscasset Expansion!

Over the weekend, I expanded track on the Wiscasset (staging) module to accommodate the newly built cars and for operation. While the expansion was short, it added some much needed space for accommodating the new boxcar fleet. Managed to have some fun with the static grass applicator.

The start

Tools, including the Fastracks On2 track gauge

The finished product with scenery

Monday, September 20, 2021

New Cars for the WW&F

I was quite surprised to see several ON2 WW&F Mount Blue Model kits at the Narrow Gauge Convention in Hickory, NC, of course, I had to pick them up! I'd seen them listed as "Coming Soon in On2" for the last few years and I guess had quit checking the website. A pleasant surprise for me! I picked up kits for box car 80-82, box car 306-319 and way car 303. Wonderful kits that are well thought out, relatively easy to construct and really neat to see how the owner used laser cut parts to make a prototype model. My new favorite kit manufacturer! Well, right up there with Train Troll for well designed, complete kits. 

The cars have an interior if you want to leave the doos open. Here is a a start of one of the 300 series within the first day of construction.

How cool is this. The end beans are mortised to accept the sills. Helps for a quick and square assembly. LOVED this!

Overall the instructions were very good. Only one area they fell short. The suggestion is to use Kadee #5 couplers and there is a really cool system for mounting couplers without the plastic box. Only one problem, the coupler body and spring, or brass spring system for #5's, won't fit between the sills. Maybe there is a way to do it but no mention in the instructions. So, I cut the ends and installed mine the traditional way. 

All that is left is to do a little paint touch up work, number and weather these great kits. More rolling stock for the Albion module!