Updating a Bowser GS Gondola

Bob McGlone shared an interesting model update on a discussion list earlier this year. He added drop bottom doors to a Pennsylvania Railroad gondola. Click on any image to review a larger size.

I’ve always been interested in circa 1900 steel freight cars. I find them fascinating but there are few plastic models commercially available. One model is the HO Bowser GS gondola which follows a Pennsy prototype with 32,700 cars built starting in 1903.

Continue reading “Updating a Bowser GS Gondola”

Contact cement

Contact cement has been used as an adhesive for decades. One of the most common is rubber cement. I recall using rubber cement to assemble plastic dinosaur models in the late 1960s. The eight-year-old modeler did not do a neat job at all. Walthers Goo and Ambroid cements are also contact cements. I had poor experiences with those when assembling models in the 1980s. In each case, I don’t think I was using the adhesives properly.

Continue reading “Contact cement”

Little details

ACF Industries, Westerfield Models collection

Several tasks have been keeping me away from regular blog posts but I am progressing with the two Westerfield Models B&O M-15 boxcar kits. After installing most of the brake components, I noticed something on the bottom of the side sill. Naturally, I became curious.

Continue reading “Little details”

2019 RPM-East wrap up

I’m finally getting caught up after the recent RPM-East prototype modeler meet, so it’s time for an update. I started my RPM experience by attending a Thursday night operating session on Roy Ward’s HO scale West Virginia Central & Pittsburg (correct with no ‘H’ at the end). I had a great time working a couple different jobs.

Continue reading “2019 RPM-East wrap up”