Workshop Wednesday

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

  1. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Did you have to remove the fireball? What did you use? What kind of work did you have to do? I picked up a Bachmann 2-8-0 that is lettered for Baldwin loco works so I need to remove lettering on the tender.
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  2. I use Solvaset soaked paper towels Gary. It works well on factory lettering. Just soak a little piece and place it over the part you want removed. After a few minutes use a qtip to wipe off. It should not effect the base paint color.
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  3. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Here it is, in all its white-striped glory:


    I ordered some Frisco steam decals from K4 pacific, as mentioned in this thread, so I thought I could try them out. Let's see, what else this week...

    I fixed my power supply that I shorted out. I found a 14v, 3A transformer with which I replaced the burnt-out one:


    I used it for some break in running on my K11. A little lube and run time is quieting it down:


    I ran my K4 on my friend's layout at the end of a scenery session:

    The same friend has an Athearn Genesis Big Boy that took a dive to the floor. He said the front set of drivers weren't working, and asked if I could fix it. Honestly, I did nothing--I just snapped the front set of drivers up, but it seems to have worked, so I programmed it for DCC for him:

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  4. Gary, that’s more like it from your mad scientist lab. 5 random acts of modeling. HA!
    I have dropped one model and seen a couple others of mine hit the floor. That is a horrible feeling. Glad you could help him out.
    Years ago I was moving and my parents helped. My mom loaded up some boxes like it was old work shirts that didn’t fit. Turned out to be two 1/25th scale scratchbuilt trucks. Oh well right?
    I have been on the plus side though having repaired a few brass U25b models I have picked up cheap after people have sent them crashing, becoming decent additions to my collection.

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  5. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member


    Looks like you're on your way to having a smooth running Pacific! Good job of helping your modeler friend.

    All fer now.

  6. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I have two Big Boys on the layout now, the old Rivarossi pizza cutter and now this Athearn Genesis one. It's amazing how it can make around my 25" curves, even with the tender as close coupled as it is. The overhang on both of them is ridiculous, though. The sound is incredible though LOUD so the first thing I did was turn it down.

    My friend is modeling the Soo Line in North Dakota, (pronounced "NorT DakOta") so a Big Boy doesn't fit his layout, either, but he has enough space to run it.
  7. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    The shell of the tender will come off. There is a single screw that holds it on. I tossed the whole thing in some rubbing alcohol and painted back with some flat black krylon. Mine also had a red roof that I masked around and painted flat black. I couldn't get the cab letting to budge so I just painted over it.
    The K4 decals will work good enough. I use the second biggest Frisco lettering for the cab. The tender numbers are a little small but serviceable.
  8. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Well, I think that I totally missed last Wednesday for some reason. Things here in San Antonio are starting to warm up, so more time for yard work and less for trains. However less does not mean zero!

    Managed a few hours here and there to work on wiring modules. The old mine module did not have wiring up to the standards of the new modules, so working on some re-wiring. Also, the small extension for a switching layout needed wiring, in particular switch machines.

    I also made it to the New Braunfels, TX train show this past weekend, and snagged a Digitrax Zephyr Express controller to use until my malfunctioning DCS 150 can be repaired. It includes USB interface, so going to give it a try with JMRI. I hoped to have the switching layout fully functional to show today, but did not quite meet that goal.

    However, a new arrival appeared on the Crawford and Cherokee:

    A treasure no doubt! Looking to get some couplers on this guy and some weathering. I am sure it will appear frequently and prominently in future layout photos. Many thanks @gjslsffan !

    Take care all,

    -Bob T.
  9. Besides getting close to done on my GMC Cannonball I had a couple kinda quickies I wanted to do for myself. I don't approve of graffiti by any means but I am amazed at some I see. This was a picture I stumbled on to and knew I needed to add to my shelf. I had a couple undecorated cars so I have worked on it the last couple nights.Lots of super thin layers of acrylics.
  10. Here's another I am working on. I have always wanted to figure out a way to make wavy panels on boxcars or covered hoppers. I was talking to a military modeler about this and he said he had used canopy glue for a wavy effect on WW 1 plane models. I saw one of his and it looked good. So I tried, it needs some work, but I think with practice it can be done. So a mild success here this week. What do you guys think???? I need to use proto photos to make better shapes I think, and as they dry they seem to get a little dip in the center. But smaller "waves" might eliminate that. Enjoy, Steve
  11. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    @modeltruckshop , that chain saw graffiti is awesome! Makes me consider switching modeling eras......maybe.
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  12. Thanks Bob! Glad you enjoy it. HMmmmm 36' wood boxcars with fulltags perhaps? HA I have a couple terra bytes of tag pics when you are ready.:D

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  13. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Is that a salute to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

    Like you, I don't approve of graffiti but I am amazed at the artistic skill of some of the taggers:

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  14. Great catches there!!
  15. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I worked on my K-11 this week, installing a decoder:


    I took it to my friend's house last night and ran it around:



    My wife wants to paint the living room, so she was trying paint samples. She had a jar with water that she put her brush in, and it looked like it would make a good wash. I tried it on some old buildings and flats:



    One of the buildings was unpainted, but the wash killed the shine as well as filling in the mortar lines.

    One of my friends helped with an estate and came back with a bunch of freight cars. I got the Frisco ones and couple others. Metal wheels and Kadees and they're good to go:

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  16. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    I'm amazed at the cost of the paint and the effort that must go into painting (defacing?) the entire side of a rail car. You would need a ladder and who-knows-how-many rattle cans of Krylon to finish the job of painting something you may never see ever again once the car is moved.

  17. w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021)

    w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021) 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Finally inventorying and photographing my HO models.

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  18. w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021)

    w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021) 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    I also found an old Roundhouse kit I started bashing to be 1295 about 30 years ago. I'll probably not live long enough to finish it. The Spectrum I did as 1290 suffices.
    1295-L 1.jpg 1295-T 1.jpg
  19. Great stuff Doug. I have always liked that 553 of yours...... And the others.
  20. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Nice to see the regulars hard at work on their workbenches. I am really hoping to budget more time at my own, since any work has come to a complete standstill.

    Steve, I think you're onto something with the wavy panels. I'd say "good to excellent" on the first attempt; any first attempt by me for anything tends to look more like it was done by a kindergartner.

    Doug, thanks for sharing the inventory. A lot of these, I dare say, are models I saw in the old FMIG newsletters that Tim Cannon loaned to me that really cinched wanting to model the Frisco. Keep at it on 1295 if you want to. Two 1200-class Consolidations are better than one, I always say.
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