HO Scale - What's On Your Workbench?

RDGbuff56 Nov 17, 2009

  1. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

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    I like Purplewave because there tends to be some older stuff there. That's where I found photos for my 3D printed grain body. The prototype was on a'58 Ford very similar to the CMW truck I used. I'm glad it wasn't any closer to me. It sold for $900. :oops: I might've wound up with a big toy and a very upset wife.
    Disclaimer: The body is somewhat wider than the prototype to fit on the CMW flatbed.

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  2. rch

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    Very cool!

    Same here about the older equipment. I was beginning to think I'd never find a 1970s Fruehauf frameless end dump but then I started searching purplewave. Not only did I find what I was looking for, the photos were actually high resolution and there must have been 12 different views. Here's the model:

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  3. traingeekboy

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    Railmix, I have no idea what that is.
     
  4. Mr. Trainiac

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    Before the Pacesetter goes in for a clear coat, here is a look at some of the decals. The decal sheet on this model is very well done. There are options for the Pacesetter, the Pacesetter Super-B (B-Train double trailer), Silver Star (livestock), Patriot (belt unloading trailer), and Commander (a variant of the Pacesetter). There are also decals for company trucks like ‘parts and service’ or ‘general manager’. Some decals are printed twice, once in black for use on white trailers, and white decals for black trailers. The instructions are a bit blurry, so I mostly used prototype photos for decal placement. All the warning labels are correct, which is very impressive, they aren’t just generic shapes. There are mudflaps too, but I have those separate for now. CA6C7731-BB7F-40CF-AE0F-8D66FA1B3773.jpeg E6F33907-8392-4889-B917-04EFADB4C257.jpeg
     
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  5. dalebaker

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    Back about 1992 or so I purchased 12 of these with individual road numbers. Since I have limited spaces to put covered hoppers on the layout, I have made the decision that one of my goals is to have no unweathered cars operating. I have always liked the looks of these compared to the Athearn PS cars produced in the same timeframe.

    Here is the first one going through weathering. This is the first layer going on with water-soluble oils. This is the base layer of rust on the car. It will be followed with acrylic paint and pan pastel chalk.

    I had treated these with flat acrylic sealer and a alcohol wash a while back to add some sun fade to the paint. Prior to the oil I gave the car a liberal wash of alcohol and black to darken the paint.

    Below is the next victim. All of these will also receive reflective stripes for modern service.

    Thanks for looking,
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  6. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

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    Purplewave.com is a farm equipment auction site where all kinds of equipment and trucks are listed. A lot of older trucks, tractors, etc. are listed there, which makes it a great research site for era-appropriate trucks and other stuff from the 50's up. Another plus is that it often shows these trucks in all their workworn glory with all the dents and scrapes, dust and rust so you've also got a great weathering guide. There were over a dozen good photos of my protoype Ford showing details of the grain body (those white assemblies on the sides and ends are livestock racks to be folded up when needed making this an all-around farm truck as shown on the CMW chevrolet below.) as well as the rest of the truck- all up close. OK, I digress, but what you are looking for is probably there whether it's Ryan's trailer or my old Ford one-size-fits-all farm truck.

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    Anyway, that's probably way more information than you were looking for, but now you know.
     
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  7. dti406

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    I recently got a deal on some undecorated Arrowhead Models H39 Hopper car kits, so here are all the pieces in the box that I have started working on. I will show some in progress pictures as I try to build the first of these kits.

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  8. Jeff Vass

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    I am slowly converting my locomotive fleet to sound. This weekend these Genesis F-units will be getting Soundtraxx decoders installed.

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  9. RailMix

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    CN, eh? A couple of nice looking diesels.
     
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  10. James Fitch

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    Take off!
     
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  11. Pastor John

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    I'm beginning to convert my fleet to Kaydee couplers and DCC but have not yet ventured into sound capable decoders. I'm still a bit undecided on whether I like them or not. For now, I'm content to get better at the process of converting them before I think about buying more expensive decoders.
     
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  12. Helitac

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    Adding balsa decks to flatcars. Carshop.jpg
     
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  13. Jeff Vass

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    I always said I would never convert to sound. But then a friend of mine passed away and I purchased all his equipment. All his locos were sound equipped. Since running the sound equipped locos, all my non-sound locomotives are a little boring. Using the sound adds a whole other dimension to operating. I doubt if I will change all my locos to sound because it will cost a fortune, but I will be converting my favorite locos for sure.
     
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  14. Pastor John

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    I admit that it's fun to play with the horn and bell sounds on the MTH O-scale units at one of the clubs I belong to. Still, I need to practice on the cheap ones so Im less likely to screw up an expensive one.

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  15. Grunt

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    Tried my hand a painting some trucks into a 70s style. 3 are Athearn kits I added details to and one is a strait from the box Herpa.
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  17. gjslsffan

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    Those look the part Grunt. I remember see many COE trucks in the day. Hows your MRR coming along?
     
  18. dti406

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    Got some work done on the Arrowhead Models H39 Coal Hopper, made a couple of subassemblies of the brake gear and installed it on the B end of the car. Have a lot of grabs to install in the next step of the process.

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  19. Grunt

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    Tom the layout is slow going. About 80% benchwork done and 20% track laid. Like any project there are changes that come along with building. I never realized how scenery transitions harvest space and as I build I see problems with the flow of scenes. I think I have most of the issues fixed and hope to get back to building soon. In the mean time between trips I have been building and weathering rolling stock and doing more vehicles. Thanks for the inquiry.
    Keep the rails shinny.
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    B end of the hopper car with all the grabs and other detail parts applied.

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    A end of the hopper car with all the grabs applied, now on to the underframe.

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