HO Scale - What's On Your Workbench?

RDGbuff56 Nov 17, 2009

  1. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    The only thing I dislike about Athearn truck trailers is the deployed landing gear. It makes it difficult to load the trailer on flat cars because they don’t sit all the way down on the fifth wheel.

    I just modified these 28’ wedge trailers to have a partially retracted gear by cutting off the feet, shortening the landing gear leg, and the reattaching the feet. Now they fit in this Atlas multi-purpose well car, and also back-to-back on this Athearn spine.[​IMG]
  2. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    Here is the Lonestar Trailmobile flatbed trailer I’m working on. This is the version with ATSF decals, but the sheet also has some BN lettering too, which I didn’t realize before I bought it. My experience with Lonestar so far is that they give you lots of detail and paint options, even if the packaging doesn’t mention it.


    A few days ago, I saw this photo on the QStation website: [​IMG]
    I saw the bulkhead and thought it would be the perfect model to kitbash from the Lonestar kit. I knew my hobby shop had a few still in stock, and I had been looking for an excuse to get one.

    The trailer is pretty much built stock, but I will scratch build the wheel rack. BNSF has a few of these trailers numbered in the NONZ and BNO series, but they are all painted BNSF green. While I can’t see the lettering on this photo, I’m assuming the white trailer is SFTZ which was then repainted green in the early 2000’s.

    The wheel rack is pretty interesting, I wasn’t sure how it worked, so I had to do a bit more sleuthing. I have seen some flatbeds on the expressway with train wheelsets, but they had rails on the deck. This trailer has some kind of tray, you can see the wheels sitting in slots. I wasn’t sure how the wheels were supported though, as I figured the flanges would damage the wood deck.

    This is the only photo I could find on RRPictureArchives that shows the trailer from above:

    It looks like there are triangular angles on the inside edge of the wheel rack that support the wheel tread, so the wheels don’t actually touch the wood deck.

    With the lack of numbering on the white trailer, I may have to use some modelers license for the reporting mark and serial number, but this should add some interesting variety to an intermodal train.

    As a side note, does anybody know where to get dummy axles? I know Tichy has some for their wheel rack flatcar, but those have ribbed back wheels. Should I just use Kadee code 88 wheels? I’d like something more prototypical than old code 110 plastic wheels from the scrap parts bin.
  3. GP30

    GP30 TrainBoard Member

    Finally painted and began applying decals to a 40’ boxcar I started working on 2 years ago.

    About 3 years ago, I scored a box of 33 Athearn 40’ Boxcars for a good price price. I made a list and divided the cars up by need and by modifications needed. 5 of those cars will be for dedicated paper service. The 27200-27349 series of boxcars were rebuilt in 1964 for hauling paper from the paper mill at East Liverpool, OH (off layout). The standard 6’ door was replaced with a 10’ opening for ease of loading large spools for shipping.

    27202 is the first of the 10’ rebuilds off of the workbench. It features a Superior 6 Panel door with scratch built tracks from styrene stock. I’m not thrilled with how the tracks turned out, so I’m going to find another way to do those for the other 4 cars that will have these larger doors.


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  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

    Thats some nice work there Mr.T, and Pat. Those traction motors on the BNQ trailer are prolly bad orders headed for repair.
  5. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member


    Underframe for another 57' Mechanical Reefer that is ready to be painted, all the underbody detail has been installed.

    Rick Jesionowski
  6. RGW1

    RGW1 TrainBoard Member

    Made up a MOW train with some detail parts I had on hand.

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