I can’t believe it is almost mid-October. It seemed like August was just a week ago. The last several weeks have flown right by as several projects have kept me busy.
A few projects are connected to RPM events. I displayed eight models at the recent Mid-Atlantic Railroad Prototype Modeler meet (MARPM). I completed decal work on a Westerfield Models B&O M-15b double-sheathed boxcar kit, as seen above. Several small decals bits were cut and nudged into place for the 1926 weigh date and location. It was just a little tedious.
I took several photos at MARPM but not all turned out well. I’ve posted a representative sampling at my RPM photo galleries. Once again, I forgot to take photos of my own models. Shannon Crabtree also took a bunch of photos and you can visit his gallery to see additional documentation of the RPM.
I also finished modifications on an Accurail 36-foot double-sheathed boxcar to reflect the B&O M-23 class cars. I worked to keep as much of the factory lettering as possible. Now I need to write up the details for a future issue of the B&O Modeler electronic magazine.
In the end, the model work was deeply rewarding and the MARPM event was fantastic! I saw some great presentations on a variety of subjects. I also caught up with several friends and bought a couple items from the vendor room. Win. Win. Win!
Many RPM events feature open house hours at area model railroads. I was able to visit a few outstanding layouts. In the photo above, I’ve picked my jaw up off the floor at Bernard Kempinski’s stunning O scale layout depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Fredericksburg line in 1863. Many thanks to Gerald Fitzgerald for grabbing my camera to snap the photo. I’m not good at selfies.
Wait, there’s more!
Since the MARPM event, I’ve kept busy pushing more models towards completion. RPM Chicagoland is next on the calendar in two weekends. I look forward to seeing a bunch of model railroad friends and displaying a few new models.
In other news, I’ve been assisting with the monthly production of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine. As Editor-at-Large, I’ve been prepping articles for publication and proofreading just before a new issue is released. The October issue features my editorial. Click here for a jump to the forum topic on the editorial then click on my picture to read the piece. Model Railroad Hobbyist is a free, monthly magazine with lots of tips and features to help you enjoy the hobby.
Time to wrap this up and return to the workbench. I’ve got to decal another boxcar side. I hope to see you at RPM Chicagoland!
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