My latest layout (see OGR Run 304 – The NYT&B Railroad) is finished, and last week I was looking for a small project to keep me busy, so I built a baggage cart kit by Bar Mills Models that I had purchased when the layout was under construction.

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The kit contained two small sheets of laser-cut parts and a set of instructions. It certainly looked simple enough. However, it presented a bit of a challenge due to some very small and fragile parts that were not that easy for me to work with or to see clearly.

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First, I removed all the parts from the sheets, trimmed them where necessary, and then painted them with acrylic paints. I applied a mixture of alcohol and India ink to darken the wood planks on the baggage deck and then began to assemble the parts with yellow carpenter’s glue, breaking several spokes off the wheels and two stub axles in the process.

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Eventually, I got the model put together.

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I think it looks OK on the platform surrounding my station – if you don’t look too closely. It could also use some baggage, but I don’t have anything suitable right now.

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While it was easy enough to build this kit in O scale, I don't think I would enjoy doing it in HO... Just another reason why I intend to remain in "O."

MELGAR

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Looks great Melgar!  Thanks for posting.  

Btw - I totally enjoyed the OGR feature on your layout!

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

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gunrunnerjohn posted:

Looks great, and I agree about O-scale, HO is too small for my fingers!

Bummer, GRJ and others.  To this day, I still occasionally sit and assemble a Micro Trains bulk pack of N-scale #1015-10 couplers for fun and relaxation. 

But not to fear, as far as REA Baggage Cart craftsman kits go, I still would much prefer O-scale. 

Paul  

Ship Rock Island ROCKET FREIGHT

 

2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high anyway.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

MNCW posted:

Mel/MELGAR,

Very nice looking cart. "Back in the day" they were so common to see on railroad platforms. By the way, you should say you didn't break those pieces, instead, that was part of the "weathering" process. 

Tom 

Tom,

In this case, the only thing that is weathered is the model builder... The axles had a square cross section and the holes in the wheel hubs were round - and too small. I attempted to round off the axles with a file. It took me two broken stub axles to conclude that this wouldn't work. The remedy was a small file to open the holes in the fragile spoked wheels - and to glue the stub axles back on... It's not unlike installing jewels on #228 steamers...

MELGAR

Mixed Freight posted:
gunrunnerjohn posted:

Looks great, and I agree about O-scale, HO is too small for my fingers!

Bummer, GRJ and others.  To this day, I still occasionally sit and assemble a Micro Trains bulk pack of N-scale #1015-10 couplers for fun and relaxation. 

Some of us are somewhat deranged!

The baggage cart looks great, Mel.  It really makes a great scene on your station platform.

Having built models in N scale in my younger years, I am now amazed I was able to do it.  There is no way I could handle the parts even with the best tweezers and optical devices.

gunrunnerjohn posted:
Mixed Freight posted:
gunrunnerjohn posted:

Looks great, and I agree about O-scale, HO is too small for my fingers!

Bummer, GRJ and others.  To this day, I still occasionally sit and assemble a Micro Trains bulk pack of N-scale #1015-10 couplers for fun and relaxation. 

Some of us are somewhat deranged!

Hey!  I resemble that remark!  

Paul  

Ship Rock Island ROCKET FREIGHT

 

2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high anyway.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

Well, MELGAR, that beautiful little project proves the old saying “God is in the detail”... such an incredible small detail that adds so much to the scene.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 TCA 15-70689

LCCA RM-39621

LOTS RM-9326

I think it looks great, Mel.

The missing spokes add a touch of realism, but a wooden toothpick  or bbq skewer might be the right circumference if you wanted to replace them.

The following links on the "bay" had some luggage that might work.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/O-sca...42b7af01baba3620a79a

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-P...1:g:qSAAAOSwwXRbyKwV

Richie C. posted:

The missing spokes add a touch of realism, but a wooden toothpick  or bbq skewer might be the right circumference if you wanted to replace them.

I tried to replace the broken spokes during assembly but could not do it. They are mere slivers of wood, much smaller than a toothpick. The wheels themselves are quite fragile so, at this point, it's probably best left as is. But thanks for the suggestion and the baggage information.

MELGAR

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