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    • February 15, 2021 8:21 AM EST
    • Thanks for all the support!

      John, had I know you were interested in the Aristo shell I would have held onto it. Sorry!


      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 14, 2021 7:50 PM EST
    •    High craftsmanship on display here. Thanks for posting your progress.

       

         If you send me the Pennsy shell, I'll make a barracks out of it!!

       

       

    • February 14, 2021 6:02 PM EST
    • Hi guys,

      Here's an update for today.

      In a nearby museum there's an old Grande caboose whose interior has remained untouched for the 65+ years since the Grande donated it. I have some good interior pics, and one of those pics is of one of its shades:

      I dropped that pic into AutoCAD and scaled it to match my combine windows, then printed a bunch of them on a laserjet. I added glass windows made from microscope slides. Shades were then added to most of the windows:

      Next I made the end railings from 1/16" brass tubing and brass wire:

      Truss rods were also made from 1/16" brass tubing, with Ozark Miniatures turnbuckles:

      Finally, the end railings were attached. The brake wheel is from Precision Scale. The air brake hose is from Burl Rice:

      A couple more hours should see this finished. It needs some touchup paint, trimming of the letterboards, and roofing. I'd run a mixed train, but it snowed and blew madly over the last 24 hours and my railroad is closed again, and it had just melted open on Friday for the first time in three weeks! Oh well.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 7, 2021 3:51 PM EST
    • Okay, last update for the weekend.

      I don't normally make interiors for my models since they usually can't be seen. I made a partial exception for this project. I kept the Aristo seats and restroom, and I also had an LGB stove. I left the Aristo seats on their floor because they were pretty much impossible to remove. The windows are scaled from the Grande's folio sheet, and as it turn out the Aristo seats line up nicely with the windows:

      I put the end beams back on. I kept the Aristo steps because I am too lazy to make new ones. The doorknobs are sewing pins stolen from my wife's pincushion. The lettering is Microscale 24-21 decals; they are at least twenty years old and broke apart when applied, but with much muttering and swearing they were slide into position:

      I still need to make the end beam railings, add air brake hoses and brake wheels. The roofing still needs to be added, along with roof vents and smokejacks.

       

      Now, off to more important things. "Are you ready for some football?"

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 7, 2021 11:46 AM EST
    • Railings look very professional, Matt.  Thanks for the how-to.

    • February 7, 2021 11:43 AM EST
    • Yes, I generally use Burl's couplers on the mostly unused or viewing ends of my projects.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 7, 2021 11:24 AM EST
    • Do I spy a pair of Burl Rice couplers?  I love mine too.

       

    • February 14, 2021 6:34 PM EST
    • Very nice, Cliff. I have been telling myself for years to buy a 3D printer, but have yet to make the leap. You may be pushing me over the edge!

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 14, 2021 4:44 PM EST
    • You got it Jim, 1:20. 

      It's kinda medium size for this line of AHD hoist engine, but big enough for me at least. 

       

       

    • February 14, 2021 4:23 PM EST
    • I missed that size comparison post. That is a big fella! What scale is this? 1:20?

    • February 14, 2021 5:02 AM EST
    • John S. Maybe if you just subscribe to his channel you can ask him yourself. Below link provided.

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvRkwkcp5hVbTfDiHegsJg

    • February 13, 2021 11:29 PM EST
    • I'm a modeler first and a runner second when it comes to model railroading. I've been rebuilding and repainting engines and rolling stock for some 40 plus years, I will say that painting and detailing model railroad engines and rolling stock is not so much an art, but you have to have skills to do these type of project, and for me it was self taught through the years. I've made every mistake that you could make model painting and I've had some real messes to straighten out. I'm not going to try to answer your question, because I don't think I could answer anyone's question's without seeing what you are doing through the paint process and why you get the results that you get. As far as decals go there are processes for that to, including decals must go on gloss paint, then clear coated for protection from peeling, etc. All being said I would try to help anyone who needs help, but you would probably have to contact me and we would need to talk on the phone, I wouldn't be interested in doing emails, or texting on something like this.

      I would say to watch YouTube videos on model painting, some videos are very good and some are what I would call very bad. I use both the air brush and spray cans on my G Scale stuff, I get good results with both, but it's two totally different way of painting. 

       

      trainman

    • February 13, 2021 7:33 PM EST
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWveV5W6peA&t=30s

       

       

      i came across this video. very interesting models, with well executed highly complex paint schemes on modern era diesels

       

      i would like to know more about the decals, paint and techniques that were used to get these results.  if anyone knows who the artist is please let me know

       

      JKS

       

       

       

    • February 12, 2021 7:10 PM EST
    • Pete, I am using the Kadee gauge to mount 'G' couplers. That is the logic determining the bolster height of the Accucraft truck. If I know the bolster height, and I know the coupler height, i can determine if there is any requirement to alter Dave's drawings to accommodate a Kadee 'G' couple and meet the gauge height. And I am building the coupler into the car framing, no coupler box needed.

    • February 12, 2021 3:56 PM EST
    • To be able to get to proper coupler height, I need to know the bolster height

      Bob, does this presume you are truck-mounting the couplers? The MLS coach I built had them body-mounted at my personal coupler gauge height (the same as Kadee, it turned out.)

       

    • February 11, 2021 3:46 PM EST
    • I am beginning on a virtual modeling project (Solid Works) working from the old MLS Masterclass Carter Brothers coaches originally drawn up by David Fletcher. One of the modifications I am making is to add Kadee couplers. To be able to get to proper coupler height, I need to know the bolster height of the Accucraft 1:20.3 passenger trucks, from top of rail to top of the truck bolster.

       

      Hopefully someone will have a truck available to take a measurement from. Thanks in advance.

    • February 11, 2021 8:00 PM EST
    • Thanks Sean.

       

      Tail ends are painted. Rear markings will be done next week. I think it's time to order some batteries, and start working on the bases.

       

       

       

      PS- I'm pretty happy with the front vents. They cast a shadow just like the real ones. :)

    • February 10, 2021 6:30 AM EST
    • Impressive... !

    • February 9, 2021 5:08 PM EST
    • Sean, my late grandfather had some fridges that were built like locomotives.

       

      Conductor's side is complete. Now I just need to sand down the old markings, and I'll be able to paint the long hoods.

       

      Shane