Workshop Wednesday

Discussion in 'General' started by yardmaster, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Ken, I don't think it is prototypical for either the beautiful Southern or L&N stations. I'll try to find a photo.
     
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  2. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Digital cameras make recording modeling projects so easy. There's no excuse for not having a camera on your workbench. This one was from two years ago. Our club's Tuesday-morning HO op sessions always seem to clean out our caboose track. One of the guys asked me to finish up an old Silver Streak SRR caboose kit someone had started decades ago but never finished. I built the Silver Streak Frisco wood caboose kit as a teen back in the mid 1950's and was eager to try another. I didn't put in any interior details, but it turned out well enough to be used every session since adding it to the layout. I love the smell of Floquil. Enjoy, Doug
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  3. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    More photos of the old Silver Streak (now marketed by Ye Old Huff & Puff in PA).
     

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  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Here I'yam stripping again, paint that is. This is an old MILW car re-stenciled for the San Luis Central, SLC, (a real RR btw) that's been hauling spuds out of the San Luis Valley for 20 years, that is headed for the QA&P paint shop.

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  5. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Really like all these pictures of your work Doug.
     
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  6. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I have been going thru these images Steve and I am having some issues with coming up with adjectives to describe your modeling that haven't been used many times buy myself and many others. You have a great sense and vision, of the finished model your working on. I wish I had that kind of vision, you have skills with paints I do not possess and wish I had them too. I am envious of your skills basically.
    What paints and colors are you using for the Keith repainted locos? They look great. The crane/wench KATY truck you are building has so many scratch built components it gets difficult to see what you made and what is a model component, but what a great model. That train in your posts is just incredible, What scale is it? What is it based upon? That headlight is so huge that it reminds me of the DRGW narrow gauge in some respects. The operating link and pin, well thats just a huge bonus, be careful of your fingers there LOL.
     
  7. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Worked on my E6 some more. Parts came in--thanks Bowser:

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  8. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Doug, someone gave me an old (I think) Silver Streak caboose, painted boxcar red. I was wondering if it would work for Frisco? I also got an Ambroid wood caboose kit from an estate. It's supposed to be Northern Pacific, but I wonder how close it is. I'll try to dig them up.
     
  9. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    So much metal. I bet if you get them to run good, these would pull the paint off the walls.
     
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  10. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    You're not far off. Key word "good." Lots of tweaking. They're noisy and crude looking, but they can pull. I have Bowser H9 boiler that's even heavier--I wonder if it's lead?

    I have a couple of plastic steamers that pull ok, but the Bachmann Russian Decapod can barely pull its shadow.

    Playing with these steamers now means I like "old junk," (according to my friends) so I'm ending up with all these old locomotives. I admit, I like tinkering, so I'm not complaining, but take a look:

    Someone sold me a Rivarossi Big Boy for cheap that didn't run well. I don't need a Big Boy, but what the hell? The motor was awful, so I tried a Canon EN22:

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    It runs a lot better. I suppose it's not a great puller, but ok. So someone gives me this:

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    Sorry for the bad cell pics, but it's all busted up. And then I was given this, from an estate.
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    Bachmann (not Spectrum), seems to have broken axles or a broken drive gear. Not sure what to do with it.
     
  11. First off Tom, thanks for some XXL compliments. First I am envious of a lot of skills displayed here yourself included. I wish my stuff was more precise. I finish every project and go "I wish I had......"'. I build trailer queens and would love to sit in the basement and see trains go in circles but I don't know the first thing about wiring a reverse loop or a passing track. I look at your layout and it makes my head hurt! Ken's knowledge of parts and pieces amazes me. Many other guys too! I enjoy building and painting. I try to build one major project every year for either an RPM show or a large model car show. Funny how quick a year goes by when you are meeting a deadline of a show. I try to work at least an hour or two nearly every night, my wife works nights so when most people have family time I cut plastic. I have enough ideas for three or four lifetimes is the problem. HA
    As for the questions you have, for Keith's SDs I used Testors Model Master Acryl Chevy engine red. It appears very close to the color Athearn used for the RTR Frisco 45s they released. It has a good red/orange color I think for that often debated shade. I have some old number boards and it seems close to the overspray on them. The Katy wrecker is obviously this years big project for the St Louis RPM. Thanks! The little train is G scale. An old Bachmann loco and caboose. The cars are some quirky little Hartford Products kits. Simple little builds, cheap fun, odd. It was 8 the day I took the pics outside so I wasn't risking my fingers either!! LOL
    Thanks again for the kind words. I really do appreciate it, I always feel like a poser here because I am not a railroader for a living, I was pretty young when the FRISCO died and I don't even have a layout. This place is a learning tool for me, fun too because I went to all the early FMIG meetings so I know who many of the usual suspects here are, I took a few years off and have gotten back into to trains the last few years. Thanks again, Steve
     
  12. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Doug - Those Silver Streak cabeese were fun kits. Not anywhere close to a Frisco prototype given the cupola, but I built two of them back in the 1960's anyway and "Friscoized" them. One was the three window cab that came with Frisco markings, the other was the MoP drovers caboose. Still have them both. I'll never get rid of them. I guess they are the oldest models I still have.
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  13. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    This string is really neat - it proves were aren't "armchair" modelers - unless, of course, you are into building models of armchairs!
     
  14. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I just weighed the boilers. The kit boiler is 8 oz; the H9 boiler is 11 3/4 oz! They look identical...
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  15. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    GARY , Now you are gonna make me dig out my Mantua Mike and weight it!
    Many years ago I had a Varney metal F3 that I had squeezed an O gage motor into it (had to file some off the shell to get it to fit).
    It would pull everything on the Shawnee Mission Club's layout. I made the mistake of selling it - I have made too many mistakes!
     
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  16. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Boy do I resemble that remark...
     
  17. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Ditto here my brothers! Not so much my models, but I regret selling as many books as I did in our estate sale.
    K
     
  18. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    We lost a lot of stuff during the last move. Oh the pain!!! It was the biggest mistake that I have ever done.

    Joe
     
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  19. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Ken, the AMB kits were also fun and more challenging. And more prototypical, although they look a little wide to me. I should measure them. The cupola-top handrails and those ladders were the hardest part of the AMB kits.
     
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  20. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Doug -
    Yes, the AMB kits for the three window Frisco cabs were very nice. But, they were introduced several decades later than the Silver Streak cabs. As I said, I built my two Silver Streak cabs in the mid-1960's. No laser kit AMB's then!
    K
    ps - I also built the Silver Streak Frisco box car. Not a bad looker - it lasted with me until our recent estate sale (Sept/2016), when some guy gobbled it up. Silver Streak had some nice stuff for its day. I also built a mid-cupola cab from a Silver Streak undec (I think) kit I decorated in Rock Island garb. Looked good and was sort of prototypical. Still have it as well!
     
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