Down to the details

A few emails from fellow prototype modelers have inspired me to push a couple of models further along. I built the models when I lived in El Paso but they need just a few more details. It’s time to wrap these up. I spent time making the details the other day. Can you tell what they are? They are grouped together in a one-inch square on my workbench. Now I need to find the freight cars and install these final parts.

This all reminds me of the chorus of a Tom Waits song from his Mule Variations LP. The song lyrics are pretty dark, but this project isn’t at all!


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Looking forward

As a new year opens, sometimes I look at my workbench and am disappointed with the unfinished projects. I was hoping to decal three boxcars in November and only finished one. It’s been a busy time of year with a couple trips to visit kids and grand kids, and prepping articles for Model Railroad Hobbyist. I must remind myself that it’s about balance and perspective as I review a busy 2019 and look forward to another trip around the sun.

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P&R GAc steel drop-door gondola kit

Bob McGlone sent an email the other day with an interesting model announcement. With his permission, it’s now a blog post.

I’d like to make early rail modelers aware of a new item that is now available. It’s a 3D printed model of the Philadelphia & Reading GAc class steel drop-door gondola.

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Roster shots

This 36-foot C&O boxcar is one of my recent builds. This resin kit and the decals were created by a friend.

I often snap photos of projects as they progress on my workbench. It is so easy to capture images with a cell phone, point and shoot camera, or a digital SLR. I’m able to share ideas and techniques with friends and I can send out a call for help when I screw something up.

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