the engine work is really fantastic, however 6 month ago i said i'd like to flute the passenger cars with my 3d laser printer, i gave up.

now i have a 2d laser cutter. but i still  cant seem to figure out how to score and engrave the fluting on the cars.

AlanHN

Jerry, 

I have been following this thread for a while, but have yet to comment. I feel the need to remark now on how incredible your custom painting is. I am so impressed by the professional level of repaints and decals, it actually blows me away. If you have any interest in writing for a small magazine, send me an email. Again, amazing work!

Max

"Passing the torch to the next generation of railroaders, one whistle toot at a time"

See me on Youtube

 

Maxrailroad posted:

Awesome! Great job Jerry

Hey Max, thanks for feedback. I feel like I'm getting better learning with every new paint job.  All these pieces are Railking (as it provides me a lower cost "test piece" for all these "heritage" fantasy schemes except for the F40PH.

The F40PH Metra #177 is my "new to me" premier PS2... formerly Amtrak. It's my first attempt at a more detailed premier model. A lot more little detailed parts to remove... but the end result is more rewarding then my previous Railking models #175 & #181.

All these are rattle can paint jobs but really want to give air brushing another try.

Not a professional painter (ER nurse and dad to a toddler is my main specialty)by any means and I'm still practicing... I'm more of a enthusiast/hobbyist.

if only I can get my real layout started. With all these Metra diesels I've accumulated- maybe a layout centered around a diesel maintenance/paint facility/yard would be sweet.

Dominic Mazoch posted:
BNSF-Matt posted:

Yes, you can run them in push-pull operation as the MTH control car has a switch to enable those specific lighting functions. Engine is always first outbound and control car is first inbound.

In 1975, I was riding what is now the SW CHIEF into Union Station.  We were passing in the same direction this bilevel BN commuter train going "BACKWARDS".  I thought at first it was out of control.  Then we passed the cab car, and my blood pressure dropped 200 points.  My first look at push-pull railroading.  BTW, BN E units and BN and Burlington on the cars!

Back in the early 60's we used to take the C&NW Green and yellow F-7s and bilevel cars.  I remember the 2 engineers would ncome up the stairs on each side and enter their control cab.  You could hear them talking back and forth.  A young boy who was a relative got to go in the cab.  Darn!  Wouldn't adopt me.

I also remember going from car to car to get to the FA unit which was in push mode.  I always wanted to get in the cab to check it out.  One time the door to the engine was left unlocked.  Nervously turning the handle and stepping inside.  I was met by what appeared to be a long row going down the side.  The drivetrain was definitely in the middle.  I kept walking and the noise was unreal loud. Evnogh to deafen you if you stayed too long.   At that point, I decided I did not want to get caught and in trouble.  I wasn't sure their would be engineers in the cab and was afraid they would heave me overboard.

Memories of a 8 year old boy.  Have been in love with C&NW ever since.  Thanks to Matt for selling me his F-7s.

The trains would come in to the C&NW train station in Chicago control cab 1st and would go to Geneva, Illinois.  Then reverse and go back to Chicago.

The nice thing about having a set on your layout is that you do not have to go through  a reverse loop.  There really is no proper forward or backward.  Just my thoughts for the day.  I never told my mother or my brother about my escapade.  You the readers, my friends are the 1st to hear this story.  I am cleansed, but not of trains.

Bryant

TCA 18-73717

Got an email that my railking scale Metra F40PH #104 is due to arrive tomorrow. Exciting stuff to add to my fleet.

speaking of: me and my 3 year old have been busy working on our fleet. Here’s a little update:

So my first go at modifying MTH bilevels for Metra:

I tried my hand at adding fluting to the sides and modeled based on a Budd Bi-level seen on BNSF Metra. I’m happy with the first go at using Alclad paints: my next 3 cars should be better. Shout out to Chris Williams over at switchlinedecals.com for decals and tips

Also did the re-acquired Pullman cars in the repaint scheme. And my favorite little switcher: METX SW-1834596FC-24F0-484F-B6FD-845DB3875D023A8B8183-03D1-4427-A0A9-BF9C5C9EAB1DBFB087BD-C1D0-4A80-9E7E-D80B94EB095B0C5E3B2A-81A9-4131-83C5-B19F7FB352AD4263C766-004A-4B27-936D-6245938A2829DA878CBA-27DB-42D0-87B0-F4626EC5BBD4

Attachments

Photos (7)

I joined the club yesterday! Picked up my MTH Railking F40PH from Legacy Station yesterday which I preordered from the 2019 Vol 1 catalog:

It's interesting to see the new Railking version next to a PS2 Premier version - the shells are sized almost identically but there's definitely a number of add-on details on the premier version that the Railking version is lacking (as expected) - notably:

- See-through radiator screens and spinning fans
- Windshield wipers
- Marker Lights
- Add-on steps
- Nose ladder hand rails

Overall I'm very pleased with the locomotive - the sounds and lights are great, and the fake Chicago accent PFA announcements is pretty great!  Now I just need to decide what to do in the way of passenger cars!

Just picked up my railking scale Metra F40PH #104. Running it now and it’s just great!

its a great value: granted as stated by previous post, doesn’t have all the details of a premier but next to my premier f40ph units, it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

The PFA and sounds are a new file (or new to me) and are for the “Rock island district”.

definitely happy with this purchase from Mr. Muffins trains. 

 

mattrain posted:

I joined the club yesterday! Picked up my MTH Railking F40PH from Legacy Station yesterday which I preordered from the 2019 Vol 1 catalog:

It's interesting to see the new Railking version next to a PS2 Premier version - the shells are sized almost identically but there's definitely a number of add-on details on the premier version that the Railking version is lacking (as expected) - notably:

- See-through radiator screens and spinning fans
- Windshield wipers
- Marker Lights
- Add-on steps
- Nose ladder hand rails

Overall I'm very pleased with the locomotive - the sounds and lights are great, and the fake Chicago accent PFA announcements is pretty great!  Now I just need to decide what to do in the way of passenger cars!

I just ordered that one also from Mr. Muffin. I don't have cars, but I'm not concerned. As a long-time METRA commuter, I needed an F40ph. I was interested to see that MTH has "Superliners" (AMTRAK style) available....shades of things to come?

John 

 

 LCCA PCA TCA

 ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM        

 www.irm.org   

 

 

 

C8A861A5-B8DF-416D-B7A6-2C2F478F5800And finally: METX #79... former Amtrak F59PHI #456. Based on pics seen on social media and a brief look while seeing it parked at the Western Shops. I know my Metra Decal was a bit larger than real life... but it’ll do. My little guy just loves it and that’s more than good enough for me!

This is on a former MTH railking imperial model.

Not sure how I feel about the paint scheme as it truly looks like Metra ran out of black paint... but it’s different, and kinda growing on me. C51D91E5-CF34-46F6-BFD9-1B9185AD9A0B

Attachments

Photos (2)

4A3B2C3B-E93A-41DB-AB2F-1AEC8FA316EBB84684C3-A70A-4A9A-BBBB-6BC8BA841BC810926AE2-4028-463B-9A91-AB2F06FE26A0Latest project: a “Winnebago” Metra... F40PHM... this is a Switchline Decals Designed F40PHM. CAB designed and resin printed by Christopher Williams fused to a MTH F40ph premier model. 

Still needs windows and grabs C0296106-222C-4350-BD5F-79556E2BC16C

more pics and details to come after my 3yr old project manager and I come back from scouting some real Winnabego units at Chicago Union Station. 😉👍E8E58096-B1AF-4A12-9AF2-CED7970D9ABC...after further observations at the end of the BNSF Metra line... we decided to go back to the black window surrounds.

Still much left to do... waiting for our micro drill so we can install all our white grabs.A7374EAA-2C7F-444B-BDA0-8609B3519508

My little man tested the durability of my shell body work. He insisted to show our work to Metra conductors- very friendly ones I might add.97797F58-3DD3-4251-B4CF-1B3C7F3B1010

side note... he picked #210 when given a choice of numbers... as of last weekend, it still sits in its vintage Metra blue and orange at 47th Rocket pit awaiting rehab... 

Attachments

Photos (7)

17244000-D0E3-4E5D-9ACE-4BF5E922D18AD98BD127-5D5D-4292-BCE3-AD5CE7AEA122METX 210 (F40PHM) is headed back into the shops for more work. 

-This “Winnebago” Metra project was by far my most favorite so far.

Another shout out to Christopher Williams of switchline decals for his custom cab design and printing this prototype out on his 3D resin printer. 

Even came out to the Illinois Railway Museum to hand deliver the cab to me and the little guy. 

I believe he does a lot of HO stuff but he has never turned his nose at O-scale... Hasn’t said no to the possibility of doing a MPI Mp36PH. Exciting and fun stuff.

Attachments

Photos (2)
franktrain posted:

West bound Naperville, Il. Notice the dirt spray on the front side.

F84D63FF-DFD7-4367-832B-5CA6979639A7_1_201_a

I can’t bear to dirty up/weather my hard work... at least not yet. Metra, at least from what I’ve seen on the MD-N line, generally keeps their locomotives clean. 

Seeing fewer F40ph units and more F59PHI and Mp36s up by me lately. Haven’t seen #79 rotting away at the western yard lately - hoping that means we will see the F59phi in its non-patched Metra colors in revenue service soon.

4513CF79-845C-4625-819D-9435BF3D5C92All grabs are installed. Still working on fabricating the front shelves under windshield 2915E43D-C993-4B1C-A601-49AEAF532FA7project manager moving his freshly painted #163756CA052-4AEC-4151-8E2D-CEFAB20C8F51ED34BB23-3045-404A-859B-343E1F089201AA045A77-38CD-49D1-A7D3-3A56A9AE32DF7613F82E-6182-48F8-A01A-FAA079BE52D3METX #174: 2019 Operation North Pole decal set by switchline decals. Amazing graphics...  first time doing an entire wrap scheme. Chris walked me thru it and I think it turned out pretty good. Underneath was a former dead 5V MTH railking McDonalds f40ph that I had on hand. I began to paint most of it in the Metra progress rail post rehab paint scheme. Then applied the decal wrap set.

And just for good measure: a fictional #163 CNW heritage F40ph unit. Rattle can paints with decals from same source as above.

Attachments

Photos (6)

A few more units I’ve been working on.

METX #214 “Operation Lifesaver” F40phm-2 in pre rehab livery.

-still needing grab irons, windows, ac units, and nose stripes.

A663818D-32C3-4FB2-BEF9-5569A71D8AACNose and decals by Switchline Decals. The 214 nose I got printed on shapeways (1 wk production and shipping time) and glued to a MTH Premier F40ph body. Same process as previously done with METX 210.46D64789-3537-4914-8A33-4DE6C6D5D9797343AD31-D0CB-425A-ABF9-2477926A0E3E

METX #121 “Jimmy Johns Little John wrap” 7F9EC353-B5A3-42A0-93A9-31878DC4A8F1

METX #174 “Operation Northpole” Wrap6E55E3D3-9A41-4A88-B9D7-2C5A576D44A0

 

Attachments

Photos (5)

Add Reply

Post
OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
330-757-3020

www.ogaugerr.com
×
×
×
×
×