HO Scale - What's On Your Workbench?

RDGbuff56 Nov 17, 2009

  1. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ahearn shells on a Kato Chassis? Is it easy to fit or shim? Thanks. It is a wonderful job! :thumbs_up:
     
  2. davec

    davec TrainBoard Member

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    That's pretty ingenious of Accurail. I have a bunch of coal cars and hoppers that could use that kind of treatment.
     
  3. verse2damax

    verse2damax TrainBoard Supporter

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    It took some amount of grinding to both the shells and the frames. I will shoot a couple photos of the areas that has to be removed and post them here on Saturday.
     
  4. Wolfgang Dudler

    Wolfgang Dudler Passed away August 25, 2012 TrainBoard Supporter In Memoriam

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    I'm still busy with my Silver Creek depot.
    Now I'm looking for ideas for interior.

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    Wolfgang
     
  5. danpik

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    I am working on a PULLMAN-STANDARD 4785 cuft. PS-2CD
    COVERED HOPPER kit. Almost ready for the paint shop. Will be done in NYC scheme

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  6. N7CZ

    N7CZ TrainBoard Member

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    D'OH! Just about finished with 2 of the SD45s, but have to make a parts run! The grab irons that came with the Spectrums are HUGE! Not to mention I can't seem to locate the package of Fire cracker antennas that I had. Anyone see where I put them? Thanks. :)
     
  7. verse2damax

    verse2damax TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here is photo of the filing and grinding that is necessary for the Athearn to shell fit onto the Kato chassis. Hope this helps.
     
  8. ak-milw

    ak-milw TrainBoard Member

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    I have been working on this scratchbuilt background house.

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  9. Nick Lorusso

    Nick Lorusso TrainBoard Member

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    I have A special run Atlas GP40 with lock sound in WP Bicentennial taking up room on my work bench. For some reason I can't seem to sell it for $150.00 any takers?
     
  10. Geep_fan

    Geep_fan TrainBoard Member

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    update

    1. find gears for P2K gp9's. as it appears the athearn ones don't fit

    2. repaint caboose and GP38-2 in MP colors

    3. paint pot ash hopper.

    4. reinstall roco trucks

    5. GP9 #252 needs an electrical check, shorts out when put on track

    6. bring athearn SW1500 up to specs.

    7. get a riverassi HO e8 shell in amtrak phase 1
     
  11. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    For the next two weeks my club will be running trains at the mall for Christmas. I have found that one of the possible faults with Athearn, Atlas and some other types, is electrical continuity when they use the mechanical connection for electrical pickup. Here I am soldering the brass axle pickups to the wires and by passing the clips. This definitely improved the performance of one of my engines so I am trying to follow through with the others. Good chance for some lubrication, too.
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  12. Sawdust Creek

    Sawdust Creek E-Mail Bounces

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    On The Workbench

    Greetings ALL ....
    Not a lot on the workbench right now. Busy packing (read crating) a recently dismantled 26'x15' HO model pike. So far 8 crates 4' long x 16" x16" of engines, both diesel & steam (too many to count - don't tell my wife), ooodles of rolling stock, dozens of strcture kits (mostly laser wood kits), a whack of DCC equipment and tons of other stuff. I'm a retired from ATC near-senior citizen awaiting final retirement (pending property sale) to our Sunny Costa Rica property where the SAWDUST CREEK Rwy will rise again. A 30' x 30' room awaits there. Currently a resident in Chilly (read COLD) north-eastern Ontario, Canada - about 350 miles due north of Toronto. Own & operated a oarding & grooming facility for dogs & cats in the meantime. HATE winter. No - REALLY hate winter !! New to FORUMS & hope to cultivate a few new friends here. Season's Greetings !

    Arnold - CEO Sawdust Creek Railway
    Email: k9care@parolink.net Subject Line: Model RR Conversation (please)
     
  13. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Arnold-

    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    This sounds like a really adventurous lifestyle change. Hope there are a few model railroaders where you are heading. If not, there are plenty of people here to chat with and share ideas.

    Boxcab E50
     
  14. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to the Trainboard Arnold, may pictures and nice folks around to keep you involved. So many different Forums around here keep you busy for a Long time to come.

    And Best of success with your life style change
     
  15. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    Working Cityscape buildings

    My most recent project has been finishing off this Townhouse; a DPM kit that will hopefully integrate into my Coney Island scene. I just placed the window dressing after weathering it.
     

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  16. danpik

    danpik TrainBoard Member

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    Here are some pics of stuff on the bench. Some of it is ready to go to the layout.
    First up.
    NYC hopper

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    Next up is a PRR G41 Coil Car

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    Same car in Conrail paint
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    Funaro PRR Caboose. Still needs the hand rails done.
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    Dan Pikulski
    www.DansResinCasting.com
     
  17. MT_Trainman

    MT_Trainman TrainBoard Member

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    No photos yet, but my wife bought me 2 wood craftsman car kits for Christmas. First one is a Ye Olde Huff-n-Puff combo caboose and second is a Anderson Model Kits slide back log crane/flat car kit. Just have to make it in to my LHS for some building supplies and I'll be ready to start:tb-biggrin:
     
  18. Trace Fork

    Trace Fork TrainBoard Member

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    The last of the carburetors have been cleared from the bench, so the model railroad projects can commence for the winter. First up will be to complete the restoration work on a Westside PRR Q-2 4-4-6-4 acquired at a train show a couple of rears ago. I don't know what was used for paint, but it was some tough stuff. It was sprayed on in very thick coats, and had several drips, sags, and fish eyes. What you see in the pics is the result of a 24 hour laquer thinner bath. The frame and cylinders cleaned up fine, but the boiler and tender shell not so much. First on the agenda is to strip with Aircraft brand stripper (which I haven't used before), then blast with 200 grit aluminum oxide media. Then a trip to the ultrasonic cleaner. Since BLI has announced it's Q-2, this one will likely be restored to the original brass finish that KTM used when loco was built.
     

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  19. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Brass Finish?

    You mean that you will just keep it in the brass finish? Wouldn't you want to paint it? Thanks.
     
  20. Trace Fork

    Trace Fork TrainBoard Member

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    That is correct. KTM used a gold/brass tinted laquer that I can reproduce. I had originally intended to paint it, but since the announcement of BLI's model, I got to thinking that a last run Westside model may be more desireable if returned to it's original finish.

    It would show off the brass driver centers, and additional castings that the first Westside run didn't have.

    Other opinions are welcome.

    Jim J.
     

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