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WPF 08/11 TO 08/13/2017

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WPF 08/11 TO 08/13/2017
Posted by dti406 on Friday, August 11, 2017 6:06 AM

Good morning from cloudy and warm Northeast Ohio!

Looks like I am first this week, thanks for all the kind comments on my cars last week.

Intermountain 40' PS1 Boxcar Kit painted with Scalecoat II Boxcar Red and lettered with Champ Decals.  As delivered scheme from 1956 when the Annie was under control of the Wabash. AA Pennant similar to the Wabash Flag, the AA was conveyed to the DT&I as part of the N&W/NKP/Wabash Merger.

Kadee Undecorated 50' PS1 Boxcar, painted with Scalecoat II Boxcar Red and lettered with Herald King decals, car was acquired in 1962 and this is a 1972 repaint.

Thanks for looking!

Rick Jesionowski

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Posted by tbdanny on Friday, August 11, 2017 6:27 AM

Rick,

Those are some pretty crisp looking boxcars.  What method do you use to line up your decals?  I'm always having to guess at that myself.

Here's my own WPF contribution:

This On30 boxcab runs on an Athearn Blue Box SD40-2 mechanism, and is controlled with a TSU-750 decoder.  I've been working on it for the last couple of months, but just got it finished this week.

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Posted by mlehman on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:15 AM

Nice work there, Rick and tbdanny Bow

I pretty much finished up my Fn3 railcar by detailing the cab. Took a bunch of night scene shots in my thread on it: http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/262930.aspx

Here's some daylight pics of it on the Tin Cup turntable.

 

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Posted by SouthPenn on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:34 AM

Wow, really nice work from everybody. 

I have had this switch tower kit for a very long time and finally got around to putting it together.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:58 AM

Rick ... Thanks for starting Weekend Photo Fun .... Your outstanding boxcars remind me of when I lived in Michigan. 

Danny .... The On30 boxcab is very impressive.

Mike L ... I like the truntable as well as your unique rail bus .

South Penn .... The switch tower looks great. 

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I'm back to operating trains in this corner of the layout after completing bridge construction .

GARRY

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, August 11, 2017 9:14 AM

tbdanny

Rick,

Those are some pretty crisp looking boxcars.  What method do you use to line up your decals?  I'm always having to guess at that myself.

Danny,

Usually I line them up by eye, and used items like grab locations and door ribs for the placement area.  Where I have to apply a name in single letters I will draw a line using a ruller with #11 Blade in my knife, and then cover that line with the letter so the slight cut does not show. By the way that is a unique model, nice work.

Gary, your bridge scene had come along splendidly.

Mike, another giant model that looks good.

Soth Penn, that old Atlas kit sure looks good!

 

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Posted by G Paine on Friday, August 11, 2017 9:34 AM

One thing I do to eyeball that a decal is straight is to sight down the side parallel to the surface. It works good for stripes and long bits of lettering. Any irregularities show up, and the decal can be nudged ioto alignment.

 

George In Midcoast Maine, 'bout halfway up the Rockland branch 

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Friday, August 11, 2017 10:03 AM

Nice work everyone. 

The boxcars are cool as always

the switch tower looks sweet 

the rail car is awesome

heres my humble contribution this week

 

A Wheeling and Lake Erie ballast car 

weathering  really tie it together  

 

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Posted by RDG Casey on Friday, August 11, 2017 12:42 PM

Reading Q-1 races with just a single reffer of cheese steaks and beer for the stadium in Philadelphia, but is is only preseason.

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Posted by Jumijo on Friday, August 11, 2017 5:45 PM

My 1950's Mantua Shifter is painted and decaled. I tried to re-do this loco as if someone from the 1950's would have built it as a kit. I may come back and detail and weather it some day, but for now, I'm going to try making a vintage structure kit look half-way decent.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, August 11, 2017 6:43 PM

Hello, Folks!

A little rain is passing through NE Ohio at the moment. Good chance to get caught up here Smile

Thanks for another fine start to WPF, Rick. Nice job on the local (to the DT&I) rolling stock.

TBDanny— hard to believe there's an SD-40 hiding under there. She sure reminds me of one of the NYC DES-3 boxcabs:

http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr0101/dl612.jpg

Nice work, indeed!

You're really building some character into that little doodlebug, Mike! Have you given any thought for something to adorn the top of the radiator? Maybe a chrome goose-in-flight? Or one of those Moto-Meters? How about some steer horns?

Really fun stuff and a great job!

Your tower looks nice there, South Penn. I like to see lots of towers. I'm sure I have too many on my layout but they are an interesting visual addition.

That bridge scene is terriffic, Garry. I'll bet you enjoy getting back to running trains Yes

Good work on the ballast car, Jimmy. You're having a blast with ballast!

Another fine scene, RDG Casey! That train surely doesn't compare to the trains that the PRR ran to the Army/Navy Games in Philly— but equally important!

You have a nice model of a Mantua classic, Jumijo. How does it run?


 

I'm digging out and finishing up some little projects that I've had in the wings for a while. I made some blocking and built signs for these two depressed-center flat cars with transformer loads.

 IMG_9716_fix_web by Edmund, on Flickr

So many of the special loads I've seen photos of have signs on them proudly proclaiming the manufacturer's work. That's what I was shooting for here:

 IMG_9723_fix_web by Edmund, on Flickr

 Admittedly, the transformers are a bit modern for my era and they're not even GE! I already had the cars and found the transformer kits in a package of two by Kibri.

Another project (almost) wrapped up is this "water can" made from a PRR 210-F-75-A "Coast-to-Coast" tender.

 IMG_9705_fix_web by Edmund, on Flickr

I'm not sure of exactly how many the PRR converted like this but I have come across several of them in photos from the late-steam era.

 IMG_9706_fix_web by Edmund, on Flickr

Now, I really goofed on the original coal space cover Dunce !!! Found out that styrene doesn't like to be baked in a 200°F oven!    Duh.

I even looked at all the parts before I put them in the oven and assured myself that there was no plastic in there! Anyway, this is my repaired version. Actually I made the first one out of sheet brass but didn't quite like the looks of it.

 IMG_9692_fix_web by Edmund, on Flickr

Now, when I began this conversion I wasn't even sure that the PRR used the coal space as a water tank. While looking for the proper number to put on the car I came across these photos after I made the top.

http://www.trainweb.org/wnyrhs/tenderFrame1Source1.htm

Scroll down to the lower-left photo.

Looks like I came pretty close... after seeing the photos I added a hand-brake mechanism.

 IMG_9695_fix_web by Edmund, on Flickr

Now I really have to get to work on some serious weathering...

Great Stuff, Folks!

Regards, Ed

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:52 PM

Danny... I love that boxcab! It looks wonderful.

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Great job sir!

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Hopefully I will get a couple photographs posted tomorrow.

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-Kevin

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:32 AM

Rick,  Thanks for the WPF roll-out and views of the classic well finished roof-walk boxcars.

Ed,  Your nice transformer loads reminded me of an interesting early 80s tour of the GE Apparatus Shop in Oakland, Ca., where at the time locomotive traction motors were serviced and overhauled.

Though the hot August chores & activities abound still managed to get a start on DTD's Swartz Paint Supply.

Thanks to all & regards,  Peter

    

 

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Posted by "JaBear" on Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:18 PM
Once again Gentle ffolkes, I am impressed by everyone’s really Good Stuff!!!! Thank you. Thumbs Up
 
However, I’m relying on stuff from the archives.  
 
on Flickr
 
Have a Great One ffolkes,
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:13 PM

I finished these two freight cars for the DIAMONDBACK & WESTERN.

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The covered hopper car is brass model by Overland. The coal hopper was built from a resin kit by Funaro and Camerlengo.

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I made the load for the coal hopper from loose coal I put over a profile former I made from 2 part epoxy putty.

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Happy weekend to everybody.

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-Kevin

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Posted by C&O Fan on Sunday, August 13, 2017 9:00 AM

Garry (hartland) love that bridge

RS 3s Crossing  the New River

http://i.imgur.com/x50X8UE.jpg

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, August 14, 2017 8:03 AM

Rick, Ed, and TX Terry .. Thanks for the nice comments about my photo. 

Jimmy ... your ballast car looks good.

Casey ... Your Q-1 is a beautiful locomotive.

Jumijo ... That is a great job you did with the Mantua shifter. I once had one of those, but the metal castings detriorated and were no longer usable. 

Ed ... Your PRR "water can" and your GE transformer loads are impressive models.

Peter... It looks like you started another fun project.

Bear... Keep on posting from the archives. That is a nice locomotive. 

Kevin .... Your hoppers look very nice.

TX Terry ... I clikced on your photo so I could see it. I'm glad I did; the RS3's look great on the bridge. 

 

GARRY

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Posted by mlehman on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:56 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments and the really great contributions to this weekly photo potluck, everyone.Dinner

gmpullman
You're really building some character into that little doodlebug, Mike! Have you given any thought for something to adorn the top of the radiator? Maybe a chrome goose-in-flight? Or one of those Moto-Meters? How about some steer horns? Really fun stuff and a great job!

Ed,

Yeah, I've been thinking about that bare radiator. It needs something, just exactly what I have yet to determine, although those are some good ideas. More likely, it'll be coming across just the right trinket on my scrap box -- I''l know it when I see it. Elk horns I have thought about, except I'd have to make them. We'll see...

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Posted by G Paine on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:53 PM

mlehman
I've been thinking about that bare radiator. It needs something

Is the radiator a flat sheet or does it have some texture like a real one? If textured, you could add a thin wash of grey or dark rust. Something like 1/8" paint in a 1 oz bottle and top it up with solvent. Brace the car up so the radiatior is close to level and flood it with teh wash, then let it evaporate. The paint will settle in the depressions, and add some depth.

For a shield or something, look at some images online (maybe a bears head?). Use something like Photoshop to edit the image and resize it, then print on photo paper, and spray with a clear coat to protect it. Attach to the radiator with silicone caulk.

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 10:34 PM

mlehman
I've been thinking about that bare radiator.

Hello, George.

When I mentioned the "MotoMeter" I was thinking of the fancy indicators made by Boyce that some of the old cars had. Much fancier than today's aluminum cap and plastic overflow jug.

Here's a few examples:

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/unclegal/tags/motometer/

Over the years the radiator symbol became a real personality item for the car, or the owner. Everything from swans, winged warriors, Zephyrus or even a skull with eye-sockets that light up.

As Mike points out, he will have to find some kind of bauble, trinket or tchotchke to put up there. The "Mack" bulldog comes to mind but I don't know if the Hare has a Mack power-plant under the hood.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by mlehman on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:47 AM

I'm not sure what's under the hood, either, but a rabbit sitting in the Mack doggie pose would be cool. Finding one is the hard part. George's tip on bringing out some depth in the radiator grille is well taken, though.

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Posted by G Paine on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:05 PM

gmpullman
When I mentioned the "MotoMeter"

How about a ring cut from brass tube with a clear styrene rod inside? Could work for G scale.

George In Midcoast Maine, 'bout halfway up the Rockland branch 

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Posted by G Paine on Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:13 PM

 I had another thought about the MotoMeter. If you use a straight pin to represent the glass tube, it could be used to mount it on the radatior. It could also be used to mount an N scale bear figure on top; just paint it gold or silver
https://www.walthers.com/search/category/products/layout/figures/scale/n-scale/show/60?match=AND&q=bear

Lions are out of stock

 

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