Workshop Wednesday

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

  1. Thanks Bob. Great work on your end too. You make me want a real layout bad!! I’m with you I sure hope the RPM and NMRA shows will still be held. That is something I really look forward too.

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  2. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    The entire Arkansas River Bridge project was done on a TV tray in front of my reçliner in the living room. Talk about taking it easy. Haha.

    An old supervisor would get mad at an employee if they were leaning on the workbench, he thought you should stand at least three inches from the bench. I went to days from nights to get away from the idiot. This was when I was working as an electrician on oil field control equipment about four years before going to aircraft manufacturing.

  3. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter


    I have been working on the Weir Brickyard section/scene and started some land forming after painting the track. With the damp, cool weather, the sculptamold is taking forever to dry. Maybe have some basic scenery (grass, road cover) by the next official Wednesday posting.

    Well, a week of teleworking was a bit more busy than I thought. Being locked in for a week might be making me a bit stir crazy. Can you tell me, does this brick look to be the right scale to you? Am I getting this right?


    That's correct. A prototype brick. From Weir, Kansas. (I brought some to Texas from SE Kansas for my garden).

    -Bob T.
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  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    You could use it as a brick depot stand-in, in the fashion that one of our locals used Velveeta boxes for depots.:D
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  5. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Well, I think I've done about as much damage as I can. 4030 is ready to go to the special weathering shop for some Pan Pastel work. 4030 LF.jpg 4030 LR.jpg 4030 RR.jpg 4030 R.jpg
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  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    The USRA light Mikes, as done up by the Frisco and modeled by Don Wirth, make a mighty fine looking locomotive!
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  7. Beautiful work Don!
  8. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

  9. Mine for the week. I am just getting started on a mass paint project with painting 4 old Oriental Hi-Hood U25bs. I got them taken apart and hope to get them media blasted tomorrow. One will be black and yellow and three orange and white. I have two black and yellows you guys have seen before. I'm trying to find two more so I can have all 8 the Frisco had. It took many many years to get these so I will call that a long term project. HA Hopefully a couple weeks will have these painted up and decaled.
  10. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Steve -
    You are without a doubt our U25b guru! Creating models of all eight of the u25b high hoods will be quite an achievement. Having just one is unusual. Creating one of each of those eight homely beasts is quite a precident. Well done!
  11. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Steve, looks like a great project. I vote for more B/Y! Don that Mikado makes me quite envious.

    I have been teleworking this week and it is making for very long days. A combination of inefficiency and others not knowing what work hours are anymore.

    I did manage to work a bit on the Weir Brickyard, trying to weather up the track a bit, and covered ground areas with sculptamold and a little terraforming.


    I also looked for some pre-1920 coal gondolas and found these Pennsy GS gondolas from Bowser:


    Got after them with the citri-strip:


    Still need to clean them up. I read an old article about these on train life:

    Which told me that the brake details are backwards (mirrored). Doh!

    Still trying to decide if I will somehow Frisco-ize them in a completely non-prototypical fashion. Input is welcomed.

    Stay Safe All,

    -Bob T.
  12. Thanks Ken!! I know those are a face only a mother could love, but I am the mother for those. HA I like the low hood versions also no matter what the crews may have thought of either. To me the hi hood units say FRISCO like no other diesel.

    Thanks Bob. I will have 3 in each scheme. 3 are DC and 3 converted to DCC at this point. One with sound. I can relate to what you say with people understanding "work hours" for sure. I am one of the last people in America deemed essential and still going to work every day. I am pretty sure now I understand essential and expendable are the same. But I get calls and emails at all hours because all our office staff is at home and looses track of time I guess. Most people are off or at least home, I am busier than ever. But getting all the non essentials off the roads has sure made for easy commutes so I will take it...

    Stay safe all!
  13. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    3804 went into the paint shop today.
  14. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Can't wait to see Don's SLSF 3804! I toyed with the idea of buying one of the many models of these USRA 0-6-0's for years but never did it.
    Nice Felstead pic of 3804 in Joe's Frisco Power, page 223. Take a look - Joe had some interesting comments about the 3800's appearance and power.
  15. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Great stuff Don, Steve, Bob and all!
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  16. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Me too
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  17. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    A Workshop Saturday to sneak in here. After a week of long hours, I had some time last evening and today for yard work and for a little scenery work on the Weir City Brickyard section. I have managed to get from:

    [​IMG] this:

    I think it is coming along, even if there are no "Brickyard" structures yet. Plenty good to drop off and pick up a few cars.

    I hope all are doing well. Take Care, Frisco Nation.

    -Bob T.
  18. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Well, not much progress since the weekend, as work is keeping me pretty busy. I did get a little work done on the mine sections for land forming (no pics). So here are a few more pics from the new Weir City Brickyard section of the Crawford and Cherokee. I hope you are all staying safe and are well, Frisco Friends.


    Yes, @Jim James , that is your sawtooth boxcar.

    -Bob T.
  19. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

  20. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter


    The 1216 is a Bachmann Spectrum that was modified by either Keith or Tom, I never can recall.

    The 498 is the new Bachmann 10-wheeler. It is the AT&SF version that I re-heralded with Frisco decals. I know, not very prototypical, but it runs great.

    -Bob T.
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