Since we don't get many posts to the weekend update threads, instead of starting a new thread every week, perhaps we should have a perpetual thread with no date. Just a thought.
Finally got around to stuffing this auto rack. Maybe someday I'll get around to lowering the car and super detailing it but for now it's good to go.
And so it wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg, I made a RTV mold and cast the cars for the lower levels of the rack. The top level has the nicely detailed originals. While it was cheaper, it does take a lot of time to paint the autos.
Left to right: Original CMW 1967 Ford; my painted resin copy; unpainted resin copy fresh out of the mold.
Post by powersteamguy1790 on Oct 27, 2012 12:41:27 GMT -8
A closeup view of the CB&Q #5506 O-4 Mikado on the engineers side of the locomotive showing all the detail parts. The CB&Q Mikado is slowly climbing the long 1 1/2% grade east of San Marino in the Monterrey Mountains.
A lateral view of the CB&Q #5506 O-4 Mikado on the fireman's side of the locomotive making the slow climb down the long grade of the mainline in the Monterrey Mountains. This is an excellent photo of the complex Feed Water Heater and its associated piping.
A closeup view of CB&Q #5506 O-4 Mikado on the engineers side in the center of San Marino.
A closeup view of CB&Q #5506 O-4 Mikado on the fireman's side in the center of San Marino.
I don't have a picture to post but for me this was a big weekend. Without space for a layout I have been scratching my head as to what I could do. I did build a timesaver but wanted something more. I got the idea to use one of the church's unused Sunday school rooms to build a layout in. Nothing much, just a 4x8 that can be moved when I move. Yesterday, I asked the church's session members and they OK'd my request. Now that I have real estate I can start making turnouts for the layout. Hope to be laying track just after Christmas.
I've been working on a Milwaukee Road Atlas RS3. I have already modified the body to phase III, moved the horns and added numberboards. Bought some blunt truck sideframes from Shapeways that fit the Life-Like switcher. Surprisingly they seem to work under the Atlas mechanism. I had to do some trimming on the inside of the sideframes as they are a little too tight on the trucks. I think I can paint them now.
Since this is the smallest scale on this forum I thought I would post a pic of something smaller that is my current project.
This is my Stony Smith designed Shapeways produced Z scale extended vision caboose.It is printed in FUD and the only spots that needed smoothing were the sides of the cupola and the area directly below that.It took all of 5 minutes to get It ready for paint.(Krylon Fusion "Red Pepper" from a rattle can).Trucks are Full Throttle and the couplers will be too.
The boose will most likely end up lettered for my Grande Valley Railway.
Post by powersteamguy1790 on Nov 9, 2012 17:18:58 GMT -8
UP #3985 "Challenger" and its consist of boxcars is heading to San Marino on a second mainline track. An ATSF Mallet #1790 with its consist of "Over Night" boxcars is headed out of San Marino towards the Switching Yard.
An old time "Platinum" B&W photo of a UP #3985 "Challenger" and its consist of boxcars is heading to San Marino on a second mainline track. An ATSF Mallet #1790 with its consist of "Over Night" boxcars is headed out of San Marino towards the Switching Yard.
Painted and decaled this MT heavyweight RPO. Had to blank out one window on each side to accomodate the lettering. There is a photo of this car in the Milwaukee Road color guide to freight and passenger cars Volume 1 page 13.
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2012 7:04:36 GMT -8 by skytop35