Archive for the ‘Weathering’ Category

Flat Car Additions

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

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A couple more completed freight cars have been discovered among the boxes of hobby kits and supplies. Each of these two flat car kits were built several years ago and even painted. The black car with fish belly side sills is a Funaro & Camerlengo kit for a Baltimore & Ohio P-11 class flat car. The other car is a Tichy Train Group kit that I may have built 20 years ago. The model is pretty close to representing several prototypes that fit my 1926 era. I have a few flat cars in service but none are proper for my era so these two newly found models were given the fast track to completion.

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Completing Long Term Projects

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Many model railroaders have projects that have been set aside long ago for one reason or another. I’m no different. You saw in the last post how six USRA box cars were finally completed, five years after the initial start of construction. I took some ribbing about those, especially since they were plastic kits. I expected those comments but long term projects are part of the hobby. I just finished up two more HO scale freight cars that go back a few more years.

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Weathering Factory output

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Lined up and ready for service!

Several box car projects have been completed recently and it’s really great to have these in service on the Wheeling Freight Terminal. It makes a big difference when six undecorated cars are replaced by six cars that are painted, lettered, and weathered. I started these five years ago, so it is doubly satisfying to complete these models. Click on any image here to review a larger size.

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Wheelsets and Trucks

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Compare the trucks of these two box cars. Follow the post for tips on weathering wheelsets and trucks.

Compare the trucks of these two box cars. Follow the post for tips on weathering wheelsets and trucks.

In our freight car building and detailing adventures, we sometimes forget about finishing the wheelsets and trucks that carry the latest builds around our model railroads. Here are a couple of tips to enhance these components and the final freight car effort.

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Weathering Railroad Models – A Pair of Box Cars

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
The latest box cars from the weathering factory have been spotted in the team track yard. Read more about the weathering techniques used on these two models.

The latest box cars from the weathering factory have been spotted in the team track yard. Read more about the weathering techniques used on these two models.

It has been a while since my last post. My hobby activity ebbs and flows and sometimes there isn’t much inspiring a report here. At a recent op session on an HO scale Las Cruces layout, Mike (the owner) noted a need for more box cars. I had recently gone through a few boxes of stored equipment and had found a couple of old kits that were built but not quite completed. He has another op session soon, so I thought it would be good to ready these for service. Details on Mike’s layout were posted earlier.

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