Tried out another "custom" car today. I recently bought a Marx 999 "junker" for parts and it came with a small assortment of rather tired rolling stock. One of the cars was a NIACET tank car that had seen better days..

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I wanted something a little different so I started looking at S scale tank car decals. Not much available in this scale but, I happened upon a Herald  King decal set for a Sinclair tank car. I looked into Sinclair and their history and it seems back in the day, they had the largest privately owned tank car fleet. So, a little black paint later...

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Still have to apply some dull coat and a few more details.

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

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You're welcome Dave! Just remember, pics when you're done...

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
LoadMaster posted:

Tried out another "custom" car today. I recently bought a Marx 999 "junker" for parts and it came with a small assortment of rather tired rolling stock. One of the cars was a NIACET tank car that had seen better days..

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I wanted something a little different so I started looking at S scale tank car decals. Not much available in this scale but, I happened upon a Herald  King decal set for a Sinclair tank car. I looked into Sinclair and their history and it seems back in the day, they had the largest privately owned tank car fleet. So, a little black paint later...

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Still have to apply some dull coat and a few more details.

Mike 

Nice job Mike, one day I would like to try restoration!

Joe Gozzo

Thanks Joe and Dave! Joe, you need to give it a try at least once...you might surprise yourself (just like I did!). Dave, I like her like that too. 

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

George S,

  Real nice job, you might want to smooth the Gold Trim edges out a might where you trimmed the end rails.  Seriously nice Construction Caboose, a small swivel Crane inside the front railings, might look real cool!  Outstanding work George, love it big time!

PCRR/Dave

Never worry about what other people think, be strong and walk in the way of the Lord.

POC914NUT posted:

Hey Steve, are you ready to run some standard gauge on 084 curves at the Southwestern meet in a week and a half? I have the bridges complete (for now) and I am getting the track and trains ready.IMG_20180426_114238972

I'll bring the Vanderbilt. It will give it a chance to stretch it's legs.

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Pine Creek Railroad posted:

George S,

  Real nice job, you might want to smooth the Gold Trim edges out a might where you trimmed the end rails.  Seriously nice Construction Caboose, a small swivel Crane inside the front railings, might look real cool!  Outstanding work George, love it big time!

PCRR/Dave

Yes, cutting the trim was a little problematic. The casting did not lend itself to this very well. Maybe I should have cut it from the back, but then the edge wouldn't be straight. The brass casting is fluted, which creates some of these issues.

George

My next project is a 814R Goetz Beer reefer. I started stripping the paint today. Here is the doner car I bought:

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I am using an aerosol can stripper. This car was way different than the newer MTH cars I have stripped. After 60 to 90 seconds, the paint lifted off the tin in a sheet! Painting is in progress and decals are designed and in production.

George

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Parts are painted and drying.

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I made a drying hanger for one of the doors that needed repainting.   I wish I had thought of that for all the doors.

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Assembly might be a while. I want the paint to be very hard, and I don't have the decals yet anyway.

Colors are rattlecan Krylon cover MAXX Georgia Clay Gloss and Rustoleum Sunburst Yellow.  I used Krylon Gray Primer. This tin would not paint without a primer.

George

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jhz563 posted:
Steve "Papa" Eastman posted

The main drive gear could be dry. They are a pain to get to. They are under the electronics if I recall. This is for P3.

thanks Steve,

 I was really hoping to not have to take apart a brand new engine, but I would really like to occasional run faster than 35 smph.  And it is a ps3

Well it was a pain to get to.  The gears had a minimum amount of lube so I added some grease.  It still makes way too much noise as far as I am concerned.  There is no bottom plate under the gears to form an actual gearbox. I think that may be why it sounds so loud.29CBA8C3-74DF-4E48-A1F9-8E75B68C6573B2C9DA10-812D-4572-98A5-B4B594B89B2F

May God Bless us all.

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jhz563 posted:
jhz563 posted:
Steve "Papa" Eastman posted

The main drive gear could be dry. They are a pain to get to. They are under the electronics if I recall. This is for P3.

thanks Steve,

 I was really hoping to not have to take apart a brand new engine, but I would really like to occasional run faster than 35 smph.  And it is a ps3

Well it was a pain to get to.  The gears had a minimum amount of lube so I added some grease.  It still makes way too much noise as far as I am concerned.  There is no bottom plate under the gears to form an actual gearbox. I think that may be why it sounds so loud.B2C9DA10-812D-4572-98A5-B4B594B89B2F

But at least you now have the comfort of knowing it’s not dry.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

jhz563 posted:
jhz563 posted:
Steve "Papa" Eastman posted

The main drive gear could be dry. They are a pain to get to. They are under the electronics if I recall. This is for P3.

thanks Steve,

 I was really hoping to not have to take apart a brand new engine, but I would really like to occasional run faster than 35 smph.  And it is a ps3

Well it was a pain to get to.  The gears had a minimum amount of lube so I added some grease.  It still makes way too much noise as far as I am concerned.  There is no bottom plate under the gears to form an actual gearbox. I think that may be why it sounds so loud.

Well, it may be noisy but it sure looks good...!

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

Maybe Joe is right; I am a tinplate abuser. 

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Everything was going great until assembly. I thought it would be best to assemble the shell before masking and painting the ends of the yellow sides. Wrong. Also, my yellow paint was not hard enough, and I damaged a spot on the side trying to put the doors on. When I masked the yellow, the tape ruined my finish, then the clay colored paint wrinkled the yellow. I mounted the shell too soon on the frame and could not get the door hangers tight. Now my doors are loose! I would strip it and start over, but I'm afraid I will break tabs. I am half tempted to sell this one as is and start over. These refrigerator cars are a bit of a pain. 

At least the roof looks good!

George

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I feel your pain George! It is so frustrating to start a repaint/refurb and have it go south. I am my own worst enemy though, sometimes I get so anxious to see a project come together that I push it a little too hard and make mistakes. Oh well, try, try again...

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
George S posted:

I can get the Sunburst Yellow in a 1 quart can.

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That would not be thinned as much, and I could probably get a harder finish. Easier for touch-ups too. The thinner in the rattle can is what causes the paint to wrinkle underneath. Hmm...

George

Do any of you repainters know if any one has tried powder coating? And if so what were the results?

 Thanks 

Steve

RideTheRails posted:
George S posted:

I can get the Sunburst Yellow in a 1 quart can.

That would not be thinned as much, and I could probably get a harder finish. Easier for touch-ups too. The thinner in the rattle can is what causes the paint to wrinkle underneath. Hmm...

George

Do any of you repainters know if any one has tried powder coating? And if so what were the results?

 Thanks 

Steve

I don't Steve, but I see some disadvantages on trains. First, a powder coating finish needs to be 300 microns or greater. This can be a problem on the tabs and the fit and assembly of the parts and trim. Second, it requires 390 degree F heat to cure. It's not really a "do it yourself" job, which will add a lot of cost to a small project. Lastly, I perceive it's hard to mask off an area of a part for a different color.

George

George S posted:

Parts are painted and drying.

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I made a drying hanger for one of the doors that needed repainting.   I wish I had thought of that for all the doors.

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Assembly might be a while. I want the paint to be very hard, and I don't have the decals yet anyway.

Colors are rattlecan Krylon cover MAXX Georgia Clay Gloss and Rustoleum Sunburst Yellow.  I used Krylon Gray Primer. This tin would not paint without a primer.

George

It's possible those two mfrs paints are not compatible or possibly the Yellow needs to cure first.  Maybe a trip through the oven would help? Looks good so far. I am looking forward to the decals!

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

Dennis Holler posted:
George S posted:

Parts are painted and drying.

I made a drying hanger for one of the doors that needed repainting.   I wish I had thought of that for all the doors.

IMG_2156

Assembly might be a while. I want the paint to be very hard, and I don't have the decals yet anyway.

Colors are rattlecan Krylon cover MAXX Georgia Clay Gloss and Rustoleum Sunburst Yellow.  I used Krylon Gray Primer. This tin would not paint without a primer.

George

It's possible those two mfrs paints are not compatible or possibly the Yellow needs to cure first.  Maybe a trip through the oven would help? Looks good so far. I am looking forward to the decals!

Yep, that little door is in the oven. The paints need much longer to cure before masking and painting a second color. I have had this problem before. With the yellow, it really needs a week before assembly, unless you can do it gently, which is a big risk. Also, I think the thinner in the rattle cans is a very aggressive solvent. The Naptha I use with my airbrush works much better. I am going to fix this one as best as possible and make a second, learning from my mistakes. 

George

George S posted:

Here is what the decals will look like. They will be available for sale once I proof the final version.

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I will provide the seller's details and contact information at that time for anyone who wants them.

George

These decals are available now. Thanks to Stan Cedarleaf! You can contact him directly at scedarleaf@aol.com. I may have mine this weekend to show initial results. As I mentioned above, I intend to make two cars. The first will have some paint imperfections.

George

beardog posted:

This may be very basic, but it sounds to me like you are trying to paint lacquer over enamal, This

usually never works.

Nope. Both are enamel. Even painting the same paint over itself caused a problem. With Rustoleum x2, I have not had this problem, I think because it includes a primer. The Krylon MAXX is supposed to have a primer in it, but it did not work. The cans talk about 48 hours or less than 2 minutes between coats, but I have not had to wait that long before when using an oven. I have proof that the rattle can thinner is the main culprit, because I bought the same enamel in the non-spray form, and I can brush that on without a problem, even if I thin it some with Naptha.

Also, a bit surprising that the blue painters tape damaged the finish too. I am sure this was due to the paint not being fully cured, but I am also reading that these tape adhesives try to "bond" with the paint to maintain an edge. On my next job, I plan to mask the primer and not try to paint over finished enamel. I also plan to not try to mask and paint assembled parts. Just learning as I go here...

George

The first side of the Goetz car is done.

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I have been fiddling with the car trying to fix or reduce the noticeability of my mistakes. I was able to tighten the door hangers and handles with epoxy from behind. I bought yellow paint in a can to brush on. It is looking better. No more mistakes, I am waiting 24 hours to do the other side. 

I have enough decals for three cars and plan to make one more once I find a suitable donor car.

George

 

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The first side of the Goetz car is done.

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I have been fiddling with the car trying to fix or reduce the noticeability of my mistakes. I was able to tighten the door hangers and handles with epoxy from behind. I bought yellow paint in a can to brush on. It is looking better. No more mistakes, I am waiting 24 hours to do the other side. 

I have enough decals for three cars and plan to make one more once I find a suitable donor car.

George

 

First class George!!

Joe Gozzo

Looking good George! I think you've got the hang of it!

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

Nice looking work George! Ya got me thinking, so got started on putting together a custom paint 800 series freight set from junkers.  It's bright but looks pretty good on the rails- if you like green. Apple green with 601 Pullman green roof and black cupola. The yellow window paint is original. Only two tabs broke on the main body, so solder was an easy fix. Next up will be either a 804 or 831. Decisions, decisions, what color next?

John

If it was easy, anybody could do it!

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