Post by slowfreight on May 16, 2021 7:17:04 GMT -8
Well, SteveF45 kicked it off today with some cool adds to last week's thread, but here's your dose of phun for the week.
Sometimes, in spite of all the undone projects in the stack, I end up going back to old, finished models.
After upgrading all of my P1K newsprint cars, this upgraded Intermountain RTR car just didn't look right. Originally, I replaced the stock 6' door with a 9' door from an old Walthers red box kit. I extended the door tracks and introduced Archer rivet decals for the first time. I was pretty happy with it, but didn't renumber into a correct prototype series because this was before it was quite so easy to get reference pictures online.
I revisited the project because I wanted to close the big gaping holes in the underframe by adding Moloco draft gear and scale-sized Kadees. Well, then I finally dug into the prototype, got some more reference photos, and turned a small project into a big one. New side sill extensions, just like the prototype. Upgraded brake detail with etched platform, coupler cut levers, correct number, and the most glaring omission...the missing "E". Both sides were spelled "CanadiAn National." One is always "CanadiEn." Letters and numbers weren't 100% the same size but look fine on the layout.
Here's a 3D printed International Cargostar cab I bought from Shapeways seller Willmodels and an Athearn Ford C chassis from A-line:
I took the interior from another Ford C in my fleet and modified it slightly to fit in the Cargostar cab, then built up the area underneath the cab with styrene bits.
I mocked up an interior for the Ford cab and installed it so it wouldn't just have an open void. The glass in the Ford and black interior help disguise the fact that there's not much there.
Anyway, after painting the printed cab I installed some Athearn Dayton wheels on the steering axle and some Dennis Aust wheels on the drive axle.
The trailer is a factory painted Athearn model with an A-line reefer and fuel tank installed.
One of my favorite TV shows growing up was CHiPs and trucks like this were frequent "guest stars" on the set. Athearn's Ford C was a giant leap forward for modeling the common workaday trucks of the 70s and 80s, but it's easy to saturate a scene with them. This printed cab helps give a little welcome variety to the fleet.
Beautiful sunny morning here on the West Coast....
Finally had a bit of time to take a Dio down to the local marina and shoot some naturally lit pics, I'm finding that photography is just one more aspect of model railroading that I really enjoy - plus it's an unforgiving anvil on which to test your work.
I rewired and cleaned up GP40-2 #3096 recently, it seems a much happier unit now, here with a Cannon & Co SP B70-30 paper car.
An Atlas Blue Island RBL with new Moloco draft gear and Plano cut bars.
A Tangent X58, love the specific underframe detail on this model!
A new FarMarCo 4750 showing it's wavy panels in the sun.
PC X58, this model differs quite a bit from the PRR version, a stellar model from Tangent.
BTTX flat with a PC rack, the load is still in the works...
The SP Greenville, another model Tangent knocked out of the park.
Finally got some stuff finished up this past week. First up is a boxcar inspired by Tom on the forum, a PL&E Despatch car:
Branchline undec kit with all the extra parts as a base painted with SCII PC green and K4 decals.
Next are a couple of Walthers 100ton covered hoppers. One in NAHX after I car I photographed in April but a little newer.
Painted with SCII hopper gray with various Microscale decals.
Second is in Southern with same SCII paint and Mask Island decals.
Great work everyone! Slowfreight one thing I learned doing online and lecture clinics is to take the pictures and look closely at them. The picture with show what you might not see and gives a chance to correct your work. I don't think there is anything there you can not fix with some touch ups.
Last Edit: May 16, 2021 13:19:18 GMT -8 by nsc39d8: added text
Slowly chipping at a proto 2000 kit of a CB&Q boxcar (forgot the class). I’m sorta stalled and what to do as far as making it fit the late 70s as I haven’t found any photos online yet. I’m not intending to install the roofwalk, but may cut down the side ladders and leave everything else as delivered.
Some modifications made to an intermountain covered hopper. Don’t know why they insist on using the pin still.