Mar 14, 2019
Thanks for the kind words sir.
@Joe Lovett here is the color for the facia. It is 5007-4C Boughs of Pine. I got it at Lowes during one of their paint sales so a whole gallon only cost me what a quart would have. It's a shame we are not closer my brother as I have plenty left.
After working on scenery the past few days and running out of materials, I switched gears a little bit yesterday.
First I turned my attention to this old box car with a terrible weathering job on it.
After quite a bit of time using q-tips, paper towels and some 91% rubbing alcohol, here is what I ended up with.
It actually cleaned up pretty well. The paint scheme is a bit old for my layout so it may still get a new paint job or who knows, maybe it will go looking for a new home.
Next up, I went back to work on a display shelf idea I had. You guys may remember last year, I used some metal wall studs to make some display shelves in my closet, well, I am back to the metal wall studs again. This time I decided the ends of the layout could use some dressing up. They ahd been looking like this.
And now, one end is built The trim still needs to be painted so the sided are just sitting in place in the picture but not attached.
Those things are a bear to cut but I can report that no blood was shed in the building process. I'm about half done with the one for the other end but will need to pick up two more of the metal wall studs to be able to finish it.
Thanks it for this morning. Hope you all have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you Richard for the paint information. I like Lowe's better than Home Depot.
Could you have used tin snips on those metal studs?
You could but I'm not sure how clean the cut would be. I did the with a hack saw and my arm is a tad sore today.
This reminds me of when I was in my teens having to use a hacksaw to work on my dad's projects. He is always working on something, that's where I learned a lot about building stuff. From concrete, building a house to electrical wiring. Model railroading, RC car and kart racing and aircraft building gave me the rest of my skills. Dad still has projects going and he's 88 now. I've always had something to do except the last year. Cynthia and I used to own a RC track from 1989 to 94 in Tulsa. She did scoring and I did track setup and organized the races. I won three RC and two kart championships in 1979 and 82 inTulsa Kart Club, was ranked 10th in North America in 1982 with karts.
There has to be some pics you can post from your cart racing days.
Yes Freddy I have a bunch in storage. Kart racing kept me out of trouble from 1976 to 82 and 87. Dad used to race from 1976 to 79 and it brought us closer, I was Tulsa Kart Club President in 79 and had to get bids to have the track repaved. Along with organizing races, ordered trophies and mow the track grounds. Dad and I did a lot of track improvement also. It was a very busy year, great memories.
Sorry Richard for hijacking your build thread.
Sounds like you where in Tulsa about the same time I was ! Tulsa was my 'second home'. I drove longhaul for Arrow Trucking based out of Tulsa in the late 80's.
LOL, it's not hijacking when it's good conversation. Never did any kart racing myself unless watching counts. Did do the slot car thing and still have a track. Part of it was set up below my previous layout for a long time but when we moved, it got boxed up and hasn't been out since. I feel like that needs to change if I can figure out a good spot and some free time.
With all the Thanksgiving stuff going on, I didn't get to do much yesterday on the layout. I did sit down at the workbench and go through a box of buildings and stuff from the old layout that didn't get reused (yet anyway ).
Found a few detail parts that went straight to the layout and figured I'd start rebuilding this engine house.
The ole girl needs a little of work but so I at least I got started even if it will get packed away properly once done.
I'd suggest a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade. More controllable, less arm twisting, if ya know what I mean.
Watching counts, what tracks did you go to? My favorite is 1.8 miles Hallett Motor Speedway about 35 miles west of downtown Tulsa. I won one race and four seconds, brought home trophies from every race I ran. My kart was a 30 minute sprint class that you sit up in and used run in a 60 minute lay down roadrace class for practice. I came in third in one race and the guy who finished sixth was really mad and filed protest saying you can't run a sprint kart in a road class. The officials just laughed at him making even more mad because I knocked him out of a trophy. The sprint class drew 34 to 38 karts each time I was there. It was the largest class at every race.
We could reach speeds of 100 miles per hour and my fastest lap time was 1:32 minutes, average speed is 70.43mph.
Got a little more work done on this building. Looks like some of the details that came off were not in the box so I will have to do some digging to find them. Useable for now even though I don't have a place to use it yet.
Otherwise, not much else going on. Just running a train or two.
Hi Richard, the layout is looking fantastic, don't know if I've seen the view in the bottom photo before. I like the row of buildings. You do a great job on everything!
You need to add a section to the layout for the engine house.
There was a special move of a beautifully restored wood reefer across part of the JPT sub this past weekend. I managed to catch up with train three times. Would have been more but there was a lot of holiday traffic out and about.
All kidding aside, this UMTRR special run car is really super nice and a good runner.
Posted an update in the winter layout party on a couple of projects started. Will bring more on those here later.
Decided I wanted to run some of my coil steel cars this past weekend. When I got them out, I found one of them looking like this. Here it is next to a good one. I don't remember having one that was damaged. Very odd. Guess I now have two spare hoods and a parts donor.
Since I now had a spare set of M/T trucks with couplers, this little fella got an upgrade.
Could you try getting it back to shape with a soak in hot water?
YIKES !!!! That car looks like it was sitting over a heater vent all winter!!