Kind at a break now with a ton of projects knocked out over the last month and uncertainty about how long we will be in this house. BUT, as long as I'm breathing and tools are at hand I'm going to be into something.
I have two Model Power/Roco PRR E7s that were literally in pieces in one big Ziploc bag that I'm wading into. I think at the moment there are enough viable parts to get one complete running unit and one dummy, but I'm going to see if I can eventually get them both running. The shells were in rough shape so I'm repainting them and using some fresh Microscale decals on them. Had to replace a couple of stirrups too.
Then there is the FrankenTyco double headed Shark project that I'm going to do the dual power truck thing on too.
And last but definitely not least I now have a Hobbytown E7 that I acquired from hypoponera that I am itching to apply some TLC to if I can quit staring at it. Beautiful piece of model railroading art, all metal construction, not a plastic clip to be found, all held together with screws. And a big honking open frame motor. Have not decided what roadname it will be yet.
Much, many more projects waiting in the wings packed away in boxes.
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JNXT Railroad "The Weasel Route" BRTX Railroad "The Buzzard Route" P&S Railroad "Don't blame us, this isn't our equipment" The Buzzardly Shops "See us for your Mega-Tanker needs. NEW - Now your caboose HQ. See Earl for all the details."
Post by goingincirclez on Jan 13, 2016 9:48:01 GMT -5
Getting that Tyco GN 0-8-0 off the bench felt pretty good, the first real work for myself that I'd done in months! So here's what's left on the bench and in the cabinet:
- Broadway Limited smoking AC6000 to dissect and review for MRN
- Varney Aerotrain with Kemtron drive kit: drive missing a few pieces, but I started assembling it last night. The truck castings alone are worth it. I have bigger plans in mind for the train, so I don't want to get too far before I finish some older projects like...
- Quality Craft 96Kgal LPG crater maker: haven't built the trucks yet because I'm missing the correct size channel for the bolster frames. I should probably just make them and be done with this, it's been at 85% for two years
- Bowser Challenger: from a pile of disassembled parts including Campbell super-details, etc. IIRC I got it mostly built but stalled upon appraoching the painting stage over 2 years ago. I wasn't ready to paint it properly and meanwhile it was missing one OEM drive link (which I wanted to keep original if possible), meanwhile it took up way too much bench space so I cleared it off and, darn, what a shame.
- A-Line 5-unit Gunderson well car: the biggest PITA kit I have ever assembled. And decaling it will be even worse. It's 95% built, but I've yet to devise the custom STC livery for it. Cleared off the bench at the same time as the Challenger.
- Model Power Alco C628: Powered Demonstrator that I took apart, then began adding, enhancing, and correcting some details to better reflect the actual Demo units. Trying to retain the factory paint where possible. Another one "mostly done before distraction"...
Post by retiredalex on Jan 14, 2016 10:20:20 GMT -5
Where to begin? Mantua 4-6-4 kit, working on the valve train. MDC Climax, fine tuning according to Jeff Johnson's book MDC Shay, fine tuning according to Jeff Johnson MDC Box Cab on a Bachmann 44 ton drive mechanism, adding some details, paint and weathering. Mantua 2-8-2, just finished. Kadee logging cars X3 And of course, start rebuilding the layout.
Post by burlington77 on Jan 15, 2016 0:51:02 GMT -5
Funny you should ask....on my "train shed" workbench, I've got an old metal Hubley truck that broke in half. I'm trying to epoxy it back together to at least make something that looks good. I'll try to get a pic.
On my garage workbench...ugh...a near empty jug of 90 weight and a bunch of oily rags. Differential leaking on the old truck.
rbturner: I just got up. Apparently we had a heck of a storm with 1" hail, thunder and lightning. When I sleep, I sleep.
Dec 1, 2019 9:08:37 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Our bedroom here in Arlington is an "inner room". Close the door and you don't have a clue if it's day or night, and hardly any sound gets in. When it storms, we never know it!
Dec 1, 2019 10:06:55 GMT -5
rbturner: Jim, is it snowing there?
Dec 2, 2019 8:11:16 GMT -5
wildecoupe: Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Just got back from FL last night. I need a vacation from my vacation! And need to get my Rabbit done so I can get back to the train room! Now that I have a room!!! Thank you for listening, carry on!
Dec 2, 2019 8:11:17 GMT -5
yardmaster54: I was waiting on Randy to send me pics of the red helium car. He must be watching the Hallmark channel again . 5am comes early so I'm hitting the hay.
Dec 2, 2019 21:04:52 GMT -5
rbturner: Bingo. I came upstairs like usual around 8PM. I ate and realized my wife and her sister are hunkered down for an evening of Hallmark. I am getting a cup of coffee and heading back to the "room".
Dec 2, 2019 21:21:45 GMT -5
mph: Sounds like your a Hallmark Widower.
Dec 2, 2019 23:23:04 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Pass by quietly, Randy...lest they notice you and call you in.....
Dec 2, 2019 23:25:37 GMT -5
rbturner: I worked on old reefers until 11:30. Ahhhhhh, life is good.
Dec 3, 2019 0:05:09 GMT -5
rbturner: Well, heading to the shop to fix Christmas light strings. Whoopee. Ho-ho-ho.
Dec 3, 2019 11:12:09 GMT -5
methuener: I've been involved in an exciting new sport the past 48 hours - snow removal in the dark. I wake up before dawn and push the snowblower around the driveway, then do the exact same thing after I come home from work.
Dec 3, 2019 18:23:48 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Definitely a northeastern sport, I think
Dec 3, 2019 19:12:46 GMT -5
frankenstein: I'm assuming the snowblower is running while you're pushing it around?
Dec 4, 2019 17:40:31 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Good point, Frankie. Could make a big difference.
Dec 4, 2019 19:35:52 GMT -5
TK Dave: I forgot to go to Draude's tonight ... I'm out of Kadee 141s
Dec 4, 2019 21:13:58 GMT -5
oldtimer52: That's OK TK. We all do that now and then in our older years.
Dec 5, 2019 6:21:28 GMT -5