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.
The JNXT Family of Transportation Companies:
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: Many years ago I built a Budweiser Clydesdale, 8 horse hit w/ wagon. It sat on a cobblestone base. I painted each cobblestone individually with various earth tone colors. It looked great but was a real job.
Aug 6, 2019 8:01:21 GMT -5
frankenstein: Why get stalled? Things like that have a great variation to them, and are largely interpretive.
Aug 6, 2019 11:14:28 GMT -5
ZeldaTheSwordsman: Because I needed to be sure the cobblestones weren't completely off the wall before proceeding to the weathering stage of painting the base. I know there's a lot of variation, but I was worried I had still managed to goof it up
Aug 6, 2019 13:12:21 GMT -5
methuener: My B&O Pratt Street layout will be all street running and all cobblestones. I'm going with paper sheets with cobblestones printed from photo images.
Aug 8, 2019 19:49:10 GMT -5
eilif: Is there a topic where we share our collection of rolling stock from other member's freelanced railroads? I've got a BC&E on the way that will join equipment from JNXT, NMN, and JFI, it'd be nice to have a specific place to share this stuff.
Aug 12, 2019 8:29:48 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I don't think there is one, or a specific place for that - but just create one under "Gone to Beans Coffee Shop" I'd say. Sounds like it could be fun!
Aug 12, 2019 8:42:50 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I've also acquired a small handful of mystery freelance roads from train shows, done with such care that I can't think of stripping them.
Aug 12, 2019 14:38:46 GMT -5
John: JNXT, Don't want the cars but would like to see the pictures. Please!
Aug 15, 2019 14:37:39 GMT -5
John: I guess I will never understand the romantic nostalgia that is felt about Woodstock. I grew up in that era. Woodstock seemed more like a Drunken Roman Orgy than a music festival. I guess I was a Red Neck then too.
Aug 15, 2019 20:45:33 GMT -5
rbturner: John; AMEN.
Aug 16, 2019 12:06:03 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I second that. I do like some of the music but the event itself was a disaster. It has improved over the years though, like a fine hippie wine
Aug 16, 2019 13:48:33 GMT -5
The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave: Just heard Canned Heat for the first time. Sounds like pretty good blues work. The Dead are on in a few hours!
Aug 16, 2019 19:58:56 GMT -5
pokemonprime: "seemed more like a Drunken Roman Orgy" yep I think that's why some people went.
Aug 18, 2019 23:14:32 GMT -5
mph: WARNING: Another flamingo escaped! Be alert, it could show up anywhere.
Aug 19, 2019 17:53:52 GMT -5
The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave: Are there no fences strong enough or tall enough to contain these birds of destruction?
Aug 19, 2019 20:18:07 GMT -5
mph: Nothing that I can find. I may have to try something drastic and build a mote filled with Fogite - that will stop anything, right?
Aug 19, 2019 21:15:32 GMT -5