Monday, 13 July 2020

July 2020 - Update

My newest station is named Wells. I actually cut off the River from a photo I took of the Wells River station sign back about 8 years ago.
Summer is here and the hot weather is keeping me indoors. Actually an upcoming major surgery on Thursday is also keeping me inside as I had a Covid-19 test done and now have to isolate till the surgery. I am told if all goes well I will be in the hospital for a no posts for that period...George Dutka

A new stump added to the ROW and a tree. The deer are also in this area.
Bruce Douglas pass along these views of the Milford - Bennignton Ry 901. It appears the name is only painted on one side. I guess it only is seen most of the time from that side. Milford, NH June 2020.
Another view supplied by Bruce Douglas of 901 with the name seen during June 2020 at Wilton, NH.
I just picked up this milk car book which I found interesting and worth the money if your are a milk car fan.
Wondering what color to paint your houses. Paint chips from 1940's from John Nehrich's Facebook page

Paint chips from 1920's, John Nehrich Facebook

My newest addition to the fleet is an Oxford model 1946-48 DeSoto, noel green. I gave it a coat of flat finish and rusted up the wheel wells and bottom of the doors since it would be almost 10 years old on my layout.
My brass CP slanted cupola caboose is finally finished. It has been sitting on the corner of my workbench since September 2019 waiting for a paint job. The sides got a coat of Floquil tuscan. The end platforms are brush painted black following a photo I have that Peter gave me. A Juneco conductor is added to the end platform.
At work on the WRD.
Brian Smith picked up this nicely weathered 65' gondola with a really nice load. Thanks for sharing the photo Brian.
This F&C kit CV milk car was built by Bob Bowes. It is nicely built but the decals are not applied the best. It was a toss up wither to strip or try to fix the bad spots. I went for the fix. I gave it a gloss coat followed by a flat finish seal but the seams really show badly. I decided to apply some PanPastel blender fading it a bit and brush painted acrylic white on the bad areas as streaks. It looks a lot better now. I still will give it an over-spray of Floquil reefer white as a tone down.
Another load on Brian Smith's layout...he sure likes his steel loads. This car has some great bulges in the sides and a bit of a swayback. Thanks for sharing Brian.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

More Views - Eastown Motorcycle Shop

Adding a couple of bikers brings the structure into it's own.
A couple more views of the cycle shop with a few Woodland Scenic bikers I picked up this winter at Springfield...George Dutka

More signage on the side wall. The Harley sign is copied from a NMRA magazine feature that was reduced by 50%.
A view of the roof and rear wall.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Rutland Ry Views on The WRD

Looks like the quarry spur has been pulled. The loads are on their way.
I was looking for a photo the other day and came across these Rutland Ry. model photos taken in March 2011. All these scenes have changed a bit since then. I though I would share them with you...George Dutka

My brass Rutland Ry. caboose. I painted and lettered it years ago. CDS dry transfers were used.

Looks like traffic is way down with only one coach on the Rutland Ry. passenger train at Bellows Crossing.

Tank Car Storage Facility

The finished fuel oil storage facility.
Brian Smith gave me this tank car which did not fit his era. When I got it on my workbench I felt it would be too much work to update it enough to fit into my fleet. So plan B is to repurposed it into a fuel oil storage facility....George Dutka

The tank arrives on my workbench. Although the trucks have steel wheels they are not great so they are removed.
There was some weathering on the tank. I added some AK and Vallejo stains. I then added some AK pencil markings. These are then brushed down with a damp brush.
I added an Earl's sign from a BarMills kit I have. I propped it up off the ground using Mt. Albert lumber that is stained.
The final step is a light over-spray of Floquil grimy black.

Hatter Feeds - Part 2

A look at the side loading door. The Hatter sign is given a light sanding with fine sandpaper before application.
Just some more detailed and up close views of Hatter's...George Dutka

The front door with a loading platform. I added some Juneco and Tichy details to the platform.
The side door is modeled partly open showing some details. The door track was changed out with L channel stock that is rusted up. The trim is all painted chalk board green from the dollar store. Oh since the doors are open I had to make a floor out of scraps.
I look down at the roofing. The FOS tar paper roof is cut into 3' widths and stained with a wash of Floquil  Pullman green and highlighted with Bragdon powders. Some patching is also applied. Wondering why Pullman green...I had it out spray-painting a milk car. I did have to brace the roofing as the cardstock had a bit of a bow to it....even the small piece of roofing required a brace.

Friday, 10 July 2020

FOS - Hatter Feeds

My finished model. The kit came with a concrete base which I left off as it will not work in the scene I am planning.
Another FOS kit-of-the-month in the books. This one is a really neat little structure that I have a place that it will fit in during the WRD redo.

There will be a part two tomorrow with what else I did to the structure along with maybe a second and third post later in the day of other projects...check back...George Dutka

Here is the What's in the Box post.
I saved FOS facebook photos of the structure and printed them up which helped me out with weathering and accenting the structure. The instructions are very basic...the photos work best.
Most of the bracing is applied using the chart included. FOS did not include enough bracing so I had to dig into my stash.
The laser cut doors and windows are weathered using these colours....mostly with a sponge.
Craft store warm white is sponged onto the walls as peeled paint. I began with a coat of Floquil grime and India ink and alcohol full strength.
The finished model.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Throwback Thursday - Winnie

Ex-GWWD 103 sits comfortably aboard CP flat 421466 on February 19, 1994.  Note the steam-style pilot sitting on the walkway.
By Peter Mumby.
Former Greater Winnipeg Water District GE 44-ton locomotive #103 was caught resting on the shop track at CP's Quebec St Yard in London, Ontario.  Built in May of 1947, it had worn CN numbers 7751, 7550, and 1 before going to work with GWWD.  It was en route to Port Stanley Terminal Rail where it would become that line's L3.  After its years in Winnipeg, it would quite appropriately also carry the name "Winnie" in the service of its new owner.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

GMD Recollections - White and Bright

Soo SD60 locomotives 6034 and 6036 strut their stuff on the GMD test track on March 27, 1989.
By Peter Mumby.
A white paint scheme has never struck me as being particularly practical for railway equipment.  These two new Soo units look fine for now in the afternoon sun, but we know the shine will turn to grime within a few months.

Soo Line SD60 locomotives carried road numbers 6000 - 6062 ( although the final five were equipped with wide cabs and carried the official model designation SD60M ).  The first 21 of these 3800 hp units were built by EMD in 1987, while 6021 - 6062 were assembled in London by GMD in 1989.  The final engine to be delivered in the white scheme was number 6041.  Units 6042 - 6062 were delivered in the candy apple red colour that was later adopted by CP Rail System.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Central Vermont - Richford, Vt.

CV 403 at Richford, Vt. from my CV prints found in the George Melvin collection I purchased at the 2019 NERPM. No other details on the photo.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Railroad Line Models - Pete's Garage

The finished model is ready to go into my back alley scene.
I recently completed the BarMills Pete's garage. The kit went together very fast, not like other small wooden kit builds I normally do. I altered the signage's to make it a bike shop for my new alley scene that is coming along well. It is the kind of structure that could be an out building for any industry. I like the looks of how the concrete blocks turned out. I don't have many block buildings in my collection...just something I have not come across often in kits. The captions tell the story...George Dutka

The basic colors are applied to the parts.
The structure was painted spray bomb auto primer gray. I then randomly applied these two tones of acrylic paints Graphite and rain gray or a mix of the two. They look kind of stark when applied but once I brush a very light coat of PanPastel medium gray tone over the walls they really tone down a lot.
Windows and doors are painted Floquil grime then a coat of Hunterline tie brown. I weathered them with PanPastel burnt sienna shade. The wall caps are painted Anita's rust red. A few days later I noted the walls had buckled a bit after painting so bracing was added crossing the base. I also had to add bracing to the card stock roofing.
 The weathering is kept a bit lighter than normal. I used PanPastels for this. The wall vent is a BarMills offering which is an add-on and rusted up. The tar paper roofing is what is included in the kit painted Floquil grime and weathered with Bragdon dark rust and soot.
The Eastown Motorcycle sign is a reduced 80% copy of a Roomettes offering. The other signs on the front are copies from a FOS kit. The roof stack is just a plastic q-tip center section. painted black. The kit came with two side lamps but one was broken. I painted the lamp dollar store red.
On Peter and I visit to BarMills in 2016 the packaging is on the desk while Railroad Line Models Pete's garage is on the screen to the right in the BarMills office. The companies other structures are also shown.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

What's in the Box No. 43

Pete's Garage.
Pete's Garage by Railroad Line Models is actually a BarMills produced kit. It appears that BarMills packaged and laser cut the kit for RLM. Peter and I actually saw the prototype model while touring BarMills shop in 2016 part of the Danvers Expo. It is a neat little concrete stonework structure that measures 3" by 3". I decided to turn mine into a motorcycle shop.

Happy 4th of July...George Dutka

This is what you get in the package.
The drawing are all one needs to build this kit. It is very simple to assemble.
This was the BarMills display at Springfield an HO and O scale version. Not sure if Railroad Line Models is still around or if BarMills are offering these kits as only the O scale kit is found on-line.
A little bit of sanding was required to get the corners right.
My finished model. More on what I did tomorrow.