Workshop Wednesday

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  1. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks Guys! The trees are Super Trees from Scenic Express, and constructed using tutorials that I found online. Mostly, have some leaf color variety, paint armatures gray-ish, trim the armatures to shape them, and not too-much leaf material.

    The weathering is largely based on the work on Charlie Duckworth. He has a couple of articles in MRH (I think) related to the Bagnell Branch and weathering when he was doing transition era stuff. It is mostly (1) airbrush with washes to fade and grime, (2) dullcoat, (3) pan pastel highlights, (4) dullcoat (repeat 3, 4) until happy (that DRG&W boxcar is still too shiny), paint and weather wheels and trucks with a base coat that is rail brown in color as a base. The pan pastels really help highlight the details in the moldings (rivets, straps, etc.).

    Maybe more details later..... ;)

    -Bob T.
     
  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks for showing us Bob? They look great!
     
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  3. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I spent some time renumbering my Accurail cars.
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    Accurail makes renumbering decals that are a new number in white on a background that matches the paint perfectly. They can be placed directly over a number, and they work well, especially on wood cars, where the grain hides the decals--in theory. In reality, the decals rip and tear easily. They also need to be soaked for a good 35-45 seconds before they come loose. The first decal I tried completely disintegrated. In the car on the left, the decal tore in half, so I placed the last three digits over the original number of 162237 to make a new number, 162980. I checked, and it seems to be a good number for these cars. I cut the other decals in half and finished it off. The car on the right I replaced the number completely.

    I built a motor mount for my Bowser/Cary H16-44, though it's a bit off level. I used a ziptie to hold the motor down:

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    I tacked the leads together so I could test it on DC. The shell amplifies all the drive noise. I think I need to cushion the motor.
    On another thread we were discussing old time combines, so I took two apart to see how hard they would be to repaint and rebuild:
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    The yellow car is a Bachmann, the red an AHM/Pocher. Can't get the roof off the Pocher.

    How big should truss rods be? I have some turnbuckles that are made to fit on .015 wire, so I suppose I could use that. The Bachmann are ridiculously oversized, but the Pocher are about .020, not too bad.
     
  4. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Gary,

    Several kits that I have use a piece of black thread for the truss rod. The Athearn/roundhouse cars that come with trussrods installed have 0.015 wire. I have used 0.015 wire on the caboose models I have built vs the thread.

    -Bob T.
     
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  5. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I've built a bunch of the old MDC Roundhouse cars with the thread. I've started using fishing line on those cars, and I thread a turnbuckle on while I'm stringing it through the holes. I pull it tight, then bring it up onto the queenposts. I use a dot of CA to hold the turnbuckle down. The fishing line is a little thin, though.

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    I think I may try .015 wire and turnbuckles on these cars and see how it looks.
     
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  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Gary,
    I don’t have the whole article so it I can’t provide wire diameter, but the September 1983 “Mainline Modeler” has an article on actually putting threads in the wire ends where they connect to the turnbuckles. I think this definitely falls into the category of “super detailing.“
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  7. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Chris--

    My vision is nowhere near good enough. I am amazed.
    When I built the underframe of my muley caboose I used fishing line and turnbuckles. I couldn't even see it when it was on the tracks:
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    The thread would have worked fine.
     

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