Tuesday, 26 September 2023

September This and That

A Kadee PS hopper ready to get the treatment. I have been using Panel Line black a bit lately and will fill you in on the product shortly.
A fall look at some modeling that I started back in the summer. Most of my projects are still on the go as my modeling had stopped to take care of my wife. But as time goes by I will show you what I did. I do have a lot of finished projects from early summer and spring to show you this fall. I also included  some prototype stuff here also...George Dutka  

I took this photo back in the summer of how the hopper looked at the time. Nothing has changed yet but once I get back modeling it will be finishing off...it will not take much. This car will have a very rusty roof. The panel line has been applied to the sides but not the ends and hatches.
This is a scene that once stood on John Blatherwick's layout of a town he called Brattle Falls. It is a combination of Bellows Falls and Brattleboro. The scene looks a bit like the backs of the buildings near the Brattleboro station. John once had family living in Brattleboro although he lived in Toronto were he once worked as an architect. John has since passed and the layout has come down. Back in the 1980's and 90's I would meet up with John at CVRHS and Rutland conventions. I had visited John many times at his home in Toronto but never photographed it. He always wanted it to be further along before any photos were taken. Ed Freeman passed this view along to me some months ago.

I took this photo using my phone from the current Classic Trains issue. It is of the GT yard in Island Pond during the 1960's. I had built one of the GT boom cars which I see in this photo with the fish belly frame, but I also noted they had a boom car similar to the Tichy kit unaltered I used.

On a visit to WRJ on May 4 2000 I had a chance to photograph Guilford power doing some work around the yard and by the station.

CP 6404 leads the way at the overpass on Hyde Park Rd. here in London, Ont. on Oct 13 1993. I scanned a few of my fall views last year and hope to show you a few this fall. 

This fall this might be a meeting to attend.

Sunday, 24 September 2023

EX-CV Boxcar


Ex-CV in 2023.
Here is what a CV boxcar looks like these days...is that something that one would like to model...George Dutka     

Saturday, 23 September 2023

Otter Valley Pop-Up - Extra Photos

Once the show was over the Soundtraxx representative put on a clinic. I could not stay that late but I am sure it was interesting for the group.
Just a few more photos from the Otter Valley pop-up last Saturday...George Dutka 

At the pop-up John Sharpe showed us his motorized rail bus which originally was a TH&B 1939 Studebaker bus. He did a great job adding power to the model. 

The Sylvan kit that was used to make the railbus.

ITLA kits can be built in many different versions. I really like how this one looks...I have an extra kit that I may turn into this structures design but with a New England name.

Sylvan's O scale display.

Friday, 22 September 2023

CP International of Maine - PS 1

My newest CP boxcar is ready for service on the WRD.
I received this Kadee PS-1 boxcar from Peter Mumby as a gift maybe a year ago. Might have been Christmas or Birthday. I thought I would get it ready for service with a bit of weathering. The model is well detailed and looks great right out of the packaging. I had been using Tamiya panel liners for about a year now...but only occasional. I thought I would use it on a number of models that will pass across my workbench this year...more in the captions...George Dutka   

A similar view of the prototype from my files. I don't have any data for location or year. It looks fairly new in this view.
Black panel line is applied over an acrylic coating which in this instance is Proto Paint Flat Haze. I apply it over one of the rib lines then rub much of it off using Tamiya lacquer thinner. One can not get too far ahead with the liner as it will dry on you and not come off well. A Q tip dipped in the thinner works the best for removing the excess. Don't rub to hard or you will go through the acrylic underbody coating.

Ceramcoat gray is painted on the roof followed by PanPastel raw umber shade and iron oxide red extra dark.

In-between the seams the panels are lightened a bit using PanPastel blender to resemble faded paint.

The roof is seen as a subtle change once the PanPastels are applied over the acrylic gray.

One side door is part way open showing some Canadian merchandise assembled from Aberdeen Models sheeting.

Thursday, 21 September 2023

More Otter Valley Railroad Pop-Up News

InterMountain was giving out $20 gift coupons good for the day only for any of their products.
The morning began with coffee and donuts during setup. If you visited the show and store and spent a good part of the day there Lorne had Pizza and pop brought in for the low cost of a dollar a slice, If you were manning a display your lunch was free which was a nice treat. During lunch time celebrity polka king Walter Ostanek kept the tunes coming. He is well known through Ontario and Canada.  

Intermountain had two boxcars that caught my attention, a X-29 which I believe is the old Red Caboose model but improved. A Milwaukee boxcar with roof hopper doors used in the beer making process is another interesting upcoming model.

Nick from ITLA had almost every display model he has out for the day. It was interesting to see a couple of the models he is working on. One an interlocking tower will a full interior.

I did not realize but Otter Valley had tables set aside for modeler to bring what they were working on...a kind of RPM feature. If I had known I could bring some current projects to show...I need to follow Facebook pages better. There was a small selection of engines and rolling stock setup on display.

I like to thank Lorne and his crew (the girls worked hard to keep the storefront line moving) for including me in the days events and for hosting such an event that was really fun to attend, meeting so many of the manufacturers that I normally purchase from. I still have a bit more about the day later in the week...George Dutka

The WOD-NMRA also had a display recruiting new members.

The larger of the ITLA dioramas with many of the details being 3D printed.

Intermountain boxcar-hopper is an upcoming model that I am sure many will want.

Intermountain new release will be this X-29 boxcar.

A view of the rolling stock table.
Being a nice and sunny day having extra railroad stock and the food outdoors worked out well. A tent was set up to keep the entertainment in the shade.

There was always someone checking out the CN motor car.

Pizza went over well especially when it was only a dollar a slice.

Polka King Walter Ostanek kept the tunes coming for well over an hour.

Monday, 18 September 2023

3rd Annual Otter Valley Railroad Manufacturer Pop-Up Show

I brought along a few of the models that are featured in my book for those who wanted a close-up peek. Paul Hurly photo
On Saturday I attended the 3rd Annual Otter Valley Railroad Manufacturer Pop-up Show in Tillsonburg, Ont. signing copies of my White River Productions book. Lorne had got a box of my books for his hobby shop and by the end of the day half were gone. It was great meeting modelers that had seen my work in RMC with one doing a three hour drive one way to meet me which was very nice. 

I took photos of as much as I could before the event, but my day seemed to be full considering I walked in just as the show began. There were a lot of manufacturers there, some that had traveled a good distance. Set up next to me was Bowser with a lot of information regarding their new CN and CP RS-3. He had traveled here from Pennsylvania the day before. 

I did pick up the new Rapido RS-11's in both the CV and DW&P paint scheme once the crowd died down in the store. There was a line of at least 15 modelers all day long paying for their finds. I have yet to try my Alcos out. On the other side of me was Clare Gilbert and his display of Sylvan models. He had about a half dozen new products that have yet to be released.

More about the Pop-up tomorrow and check out Otter Valley's Facebook page for more about the day...George Dutka

The Rapido crew talk with the Bowser representive prior to the Pop-up show.

Intermountain had a nice display of new and upcoming models. More on these tomorrow.

Aurora Miniatures had their current models on display.

Otter Valley has a nice line of rolling stock of their own available now with a few more on the way. 

The Sylvan Scale Models display at this years pop-up. There seemed to be lots of interest in Clare's kits.

Rapido's new RS-11 were on display and also on the hobby shop shelves.

Otter Valley was handing out flyers for their new CN transfer caboose project.

Sunday, 17 September 2023

Ingersoll Structures

Directly across from the VIA station is this mix of building that have changed a bit since they were serviced by rail. July 5 2023.

Our local model railroad group gathered at the VIA station in Ingersoll back in July for our monthly meeting. While catching up and waiting for the next train to pass the conversation changed to a row of structures across the tracks that were once serviced by CN. One of the structure has had some changes made to the rear door and the other attached structures were a mix of sidings. Who knows maybe one of our group will come up with a model of it...George Dutka    
The loading door on this portion of the structure has changed with the brick wall being filled in with blocks. I am assuming the door size has changed also. This type of structure could make a nice looking model for any era.

A close up view from July 5, 2023.

To the east is another brick structure with a different roof line that also has a loading door. The vegetation is getting to the point of hiding the structure a bit. Another structure is attached at a different angle and is covered in siding.

Across from the Ingersoll station looking west is a group of structures once serviced by rail. These could make a neat backdrop for a layout.

Friday, 15 September 2023

Jimmy King's BBQ - A second look

I really like all the signage for this kit.
  Here are a few more views and details about what I did...George Dutka

I added a few BEST pigeons to the roof. 

I thought a figure was needed ordering his lunch to finish off the scene. I added a bit of green weeds around the concrete base also.

Thursday, 14 September 2023

Jimmy Kings BBQ - FOS Kit

The finished model has a nice full wall sign.
What's in the box No. 56 viewed this free kit bits and pieces. Being a free kit there are no instructions to follow other than the one view on the colored sheeting that has all the signage. It is a neat little food shack that is small enough to fit almost anywhere in a scene. I think mine will be added to a small drop-in diorama which will feed the crews along the WRD mainline at times...George Dutka

Trim and corner bracing is applied.

The model is a simple build.

Acrylic gray is applied to the base as concrete. The door and trim is done a light MIG green which I will change shortly as it looked too light. Hunterline stain is applied to all the walls.

Floquil grime is washed over the stain.

The roofing is painted black before tar paper is applied. I changed the coloring of doors and window trim using green chalk board paint. 

The finished model has a substantial brick chimney. I applied two different tones of tarpaper roofing to the model.