Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Fresh Decals!

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

After painting several freight cars recently,┬áit was time to decal. I want to display a few of these cars at the upcoming RPM-East prototype modeler meet. I often field questions about decal application, so let’s review some tools and processes.


Shop Trucks

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

I’ve been a bit sluggish lately with the holiday season. I started a new model but it’s not ready for a blog summary. While working on it, I employed a pair of shop trucks. This is a tool that isn’t frequently mentioned but can be very handy around our work spaces. The above image shows part of my shop truck collection.


Operating Tags

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Freight cars in service during an operating session.

Nearly one hundred freight cars are in service on the Wheeling Freight Terminal. Several of these are undecorated cars, or painted cars that have not had decals applied. To use these models in an operating session, they need a unique tag so crews can identify the specific car on the inventory lists.


Truck Installation tips

Friday, March 4th, 2016
A portion of my truck farm.

A portion of my truck farm.

This sounds pretty simple, right? I mean, you just turn the screw until it’s tight and then turn it back a quarter or a half turn so the truck pivots and rocks side to side. Sure, that is the way I had installed freight car trucks for years until a truck wouldn’t pivot well or I stripped out the threads in the hole.