Catching up

A month can disappear quickly. I’ve been keeping busy, just not posting updates. A few models have moved forward and I attended the St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modeler (RPM) meet since the last post. Time to catch up.

As I was packing models to display at the RPM, I realized one had not been weathered. Some time with color pencils and Pan Pastels fixed that issue!

A friend started this HO scale D&H Seley design hopper project a few years ago. I started building it in early July. A few weathering touches and it was ready for the RPM model display.

The model was drawn in a CAD program and the files were sent to Shapeways for 3D printing. After the prints were cleaned up, they were used as masters to make resin castings. This model has four resin parts; the underframe, the end sill and end supports (two castings), and the car body. I added all other details based on a few prototype photos. The decal art was also created by the same modeler.

Here are links to St. Louis RPM photo galleries. These are always great to review if you missed the event, or if you need to refresh your memories!

The St. Louis event was a big success with 750 attending and more than 2,000 models displayed. The RPM calendar is available so you can plan to attend an upcoming Railroad Prototype Modeler event.

I’m the goofy one on the left.

I also enjoyed talking with a few Pre-Depression Era railroad modelers at the RPM. We are all part of a group that share resources. We encourage each other along with our projects, too. I was looking forward to seeing another subset of the group at the September Mid Atlantic RPM, but that event has been canceled.

It’s taken a couple weeks to catch up on several projects around the house. I need to return to the workbench and finish off a pair of Speedwitch Media Pere Marquette automobile boxcars. Those will be featured soon.

Who knows what I’ll dive into for the next project!

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