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mike g. posted:

Bob, good luck on the building kit! Remember, take your time and have fun!

Scott the building platform turned out nice! Wonderful job on the building and the  wall art! Where did you find it?

Mike,

  I was looking at "Ghost Signs" of Baltimore, and saw one for Hunter Rye so just searched for the logo and printed it on decal paper. 

Thanks- Scott 

B&O Fan posted:

I've gotten the base completed for the last section of the city and  started figuring out the building locations. Nearing the end of an Altoona model build and printed a nice decal for some wall advertising. Have fun.

Scott 

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Scott:

Your city scene is shaping up to be GREAT. I love urban scenes. Is the brick building in the second photo a kit? if so, what is it and where did you get it?

Thank you.

 

Randy Harrison posted:
B&O Fan posted:

I've gotten the base completed for the last section of the city and  started figuring out the building locations. Nearing the end of an Altoona model build and printed a nice decal for some wall advertising. Have fun.

Scott 

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Scott:

Your city scene is shaping up to be GREAT. I love urban scenes. Is the brick building in the second photo a kit? if so, what is it and where did you get it?

Thank you.

 

Randy,

It's the ABC Brewery office kit from Altoona models. 

Thanks for the comments. 

Scott 

 

    Mike, your engine looks great !

    Scott, really like your city scene !

    Lee, reefer car is looking really good !

   

                 shortly after taking delivery of a NH full dome car,

                           which will become part of my  Anheuser- Busch dinner train...

 

    I started removing all the New Haven lettering from the car...

               next a red & white stripe will replace the orange stripe that is on the car...

       that will match the stripes on the engine....

                  an Anheuser Busch's Adolphus business car will also be part of this train...

 

 

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Johan, what kind of car is that? I have never seen one before! Sure is sharp looking along with your great scenery!

Scott, Thanks for the information. I to would also like to have the brewery, but then again I also want to stay married! LOL

Brian, Looking good and sounds like you have a great plan! Good thing you have that New Haven switcher to help you out!~

mike g. posted:

Johan, what kind of car is that? I have never seen one before! Sure is sharp looking along with your great scenery!

Scott, Thanks for the information. I to would also like to have the brewery, but then again I also want to stay married! LOL

Brian, Looking good and sounds like you have a great plan! Good thing you have that New Haven switcher to help you out!~

Mike. Thank you. That is a B&M Doodlebug rail car. 20200208_145920

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Steve, Sure beats a flashlight! LOL Nice work!

Johan, thank you, Looks Great and now I know what a Doodlebug car is!

Lee D, You are doing a KILLER job on the reefer car! Just wondering how much of your rolling stock have Kadee's?

Well the CEO let me go out and play a little so I was able to get the Kadee's put on my dummy engine and put back in the fleet! Here are a couple photos! Who knows I might even get a little more done like clean the darn room! LOLIMG_20200209_125149488IMG_20200209_125258498

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Bob, I was thinking similar to you.  1/4" square basswood dowel is too large.  The caliper measures it as .130 inches, slightly larger than 1/8".  I could get 1/4" and sand it down.  I don't know how much torque it would be on basswood to wear it down and get sloppy.  Maybe it would have to be metal, but I don't know if it is too tight it could crack the plastic.  I can try something and see.

Scott, the town is going to look great!  I too, like the Altoona building with the round turret!

Johan, I agree, that is a great scene with the doodlebug and the cars on other tracks behind!!

Brian, that car will look nice with that paint scheme!

Steve, the LED lights under the layout are great!  You just can't have enough light when we get older.

Lee, the reefer is looking tremendous!

Mike, the engines look great!  Also, the room doesn't look bad.  Lew is right, you move the dust around and get natural weathering!

Ross, the control panel looks pretty snazzy.

Spent the day pointing brick......

Well not really but I did take a stab at white washing the mortar lines on the machine shop. I used white acrylic and mixed in some light brown to tone it down a little. If you look closely at most brick buildings, the mortar is as far from white as you could get. Even on new buildings. Not disappointed with the results at all. Once I paint the doors and trim I think it will be just fine. I'm going to do the window and door lintels to look like sandstone so I thought a beige mortar would match best.

I cleaned up the pieces first and washed all the parts too.

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I'm going to add a floor on the second floor, the model doesn't come with one. I want to do some lighting and interior details too. The footprint is only 6X6 so can't do too much.

I also settled on a couple of smaller size prints of the two buildings and cut them out and glued them to some thin cardboard. Once dry I'll cut them out and figure out where to place them later.

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           Bob, your building is looking great !!

          

"Brian, Looking good and sounds like you have a great plan! Good thing you have that New Haven switcher to help you out!~" 

      thanks Mike...   really like it...

 

     your BNSF engines look great together !

                  are you going to have an auto-rack siding...

                            to be able to use your ramp for unloading vehicles ?

 

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Lew, I didn't clean, but I did try to run trains. I founfdd out I have some wiring to trace and track to clean. Trains run, go threw switches and die! It has me scratching my head, so I am going to retrace all the wires for the sidings!

Ross, Nice control panel!

Mark, Thank you! If you would like I can cut you some thick Plexi Glass to close to size and you could still sand it to fit!

Bob, Nice Job on the white/Tan wash! Plus the printed buildings are going to look great on your layout! Your right there fallowing in Paul 2 feet!

MikeG. Thanks this has been really fun Brian the Silver Mustang sent that Reefer to me as a gift out of nowhere. I like that ramp and you trains look very good. About half of my rolling stock is Kadees. I’ll get some pics of my Rolling stock with Kadees. 

Lew. Thanks I appreciate your complement 

Bob. I just watched a video today on YouTube of Mr. muffins white washing and mortaring brick buildings you’re doing a fantastic job

Johan great pics as always 

Mark. thanks for the complement 

Brian. Nice switcher 

Ross. I second that nice panel very impressive 

Mark Boyce posted:

Bob, I was thinking similar to you.  1/4" square basswood dowel is too large.  The caliper measures it as .130 inches, slightly larger than 1/8".  I could get 1/4" and sand it down.  I don't know how much torque it would be on basswood to wear it down and get sloppy.  Maybe it would have to be metal, but I don't know if it is too tight it could crack the plastic.  I can try something and see.

Scott, the town is going to look great!  I too, like the Altoona building with the round turret!

Johan, I agree, that is a great scene with the doodlebug and the cars on other tracks behind!!

Brian, that car will look nice with that paint scheme!

Steve, the LED lights under the layout are great!  You just can't have enough light when we get older.

Lee, the reefer is looking tremendous!

Mike, the engines look great!  Also, the room doesn't look bad.  Lew is right, you move the dust around and get natural weathering!

Ross, the control panel looks pretty snazzy.

Mark. Thank you. 🤝

Johan

lee drennen posted:

MikeG. Thanks this has been really fun Brian the Silver Mustang sent that Reefer to me as a gift out of nowhere. I like that ramp and you trains look very good. About half of my rolling stock is Kadees. I’ll get some pics of my Rolling stock with Kadees. 

Lew. Thanks I appreciate your complement 

Bob. I just watched a video today on YouTube of Mr. muffins white washing and mortaring brick buildings you’re doing a fantastic job

Johan great pics as always 

Mark. thanks for the complement 

Brian. Nice switcher 

Ross. I second that nice panel very impressive 

Lee. Thanks. 🤝

Johan

Brian, thank you sir! As for the Auto-rack siding I am still working on it. I have 2 auto-rack cars that's why OI built the ramp. I even built one for Cabinet Bob! It even made the back of the last Menards train catalog!

Lee D, Amazing work! Looking wonderful. One has to ask what's next when your done with the reefer car?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and finds time for your layout and trains!

EricaAnn posted:

It's not so much what I did for my layout today, but what I did for someone else's layout. Working on 3 locomotives for a client. The two A units were originally Lionel 2032 Erie Alco's, circa 1952-1954. The B unit is from Lionel's MPF days. The two A units were "artistly" repainted by someone using a brush trying to stay away from the decals. Same with the truck side rails. Guess they wanted to update the color scheme. 

I was able to strip away the brush applied paint job as well as Lionel's original decals, black paint & yellow side strips. These shells have now had time turned back about 67 years and all of lead based paint is gone! 

After stripping a number of older Lionel cars my stripping solutions has enough lead in suspension to probably offer some limited radiation protection. 

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A couple weeks ago I shared a few photos of the stripped ALCO shells I was working on. Well, I thought I'd share a photo or two of the completed locomotives before I deliver them to my client. The "old girls" got quite a facelift!

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As a result of wanting to display one of my recent finds I did some work on the PER's scenic backdrop.

I put together three pics from a mid-'50s Shawmut excursion:

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The left photo is of a pair of Shawmut SW9s with B&O Fs idling in the background. This would have been at Brockway where the Shawmut and the B&O interchanged and was surely the end of the Northbound leg of the trip.

Dad took the top photo in the morning on the B&O high bridge over the Allegheny River and the Shawmut RR.

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The bottom photo was in the afternoon with the excursion train Southbound now passing under the B&O high bridge.

I also changed things a bit on the West wall, trying for perspective-filled shots to go with the D&RGW up-the-mountain pic:

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I feel like I done good work.  :

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Over the weekend I weathered my fleet of ore cars and my 0-6-0 tank engine. 20190511_14282120190511_14284720190511_142631

First I attacked the bodies with acetone to dull the finish and lighten the lettering.  The next step was a coatiing of Dullcoat.  Then I  brushed brown oxide powder all over, followed by a second dullcoat spray.  Finally the B&LE  cars got a wash of gray. 

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 On the tank engine, I first removed the US  STEEL logo with 91% ISOPROPYL Alcohol followed by an initial coating of dullcoat. US steel switcher

The next steps included brush painting the loco with acrylic paints, grimy black, dirt,  oily black,  and white.  It also got some brown oxide powder on it. 20200208_16030720200208_16035520200208_160246

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third rail posted:

Over the weekend I weathered my fleet of ore cars and my 0-6-0 tank engine. 20190511_14282120190511_14284720190511_142631

First I attacked the bodies with acetone to dull the finish and lighten the lettering.  The next step was a coatiing of Dullcoat.  Then I  brushed brown oxide powder all over, followed by a second dullcoat spray.  Finally the B&LE  cars got a wash of gray. 

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 On the tank engine, I first removed the US  STEEL logo with 91% ISOPROPYL Alcohol followed by an initial coating of dullcoat. US steel switcher

The next steps included brush painting the loco with acrylic paints, grimy black, dirt,  oily black,  and white.  It also got some brown oxide powder on it. 20200208_16030720200208_16035520200208_160246

Hope you like them.

Great work on the tank engine!

Mark,  I know I ran into this year's ago...  I would shop for some "Shaft Key Stock"....  It tends to be available at a good old style full service hardware store.   It's square steel stock made for keyways in drive shafts and mating hubs to prevent slipping....  

It's still or at least was fairly common hardware, find it on lawnmowers, snowblowers etc.....  If my memory serves me right it comes in common US standard fractional dimensions  3/16 sq.  1/4 sq etc.....

I think I re-installed mine with some acrylic latex caulk like DAP230 to keep it from falling out again. 

Sorry I am many days behind getting on the forum, went skiing with my daughter Saturday in NH>....   

 

mike g. posted:

Brian, thank you sir! As for the Auto-rack siding I am still working on it. I have 2 auto-rack cars that's why OI built the ramp. I even built one for Cabinet Bob! It even made the back of the last Menards train catalog!

Lee D, Amazing work! Looking wonderful. One has to ask what's next when your done with the reefer car?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and finds time for your layout and trains!

Mike I have a few ideas 

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Erica Ann, Those Alcos look great!!

Lew, your collage of prints looks great!  You cover quite a bit of territory all the way from the Allegheny River to D&RGW country!

Bill, the weathering looks superb!  Yes the B&LE cars that traveled through Butler County looked that way.

JLM1973, If it keeps him enjoying the layout, then by all means!  I think it looks great!

I second that everything Mark said great work everyone 

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