Monday, April 27, 2009


Multi-tasking tonight. Watching the Royals and modeling.

I need some help on this one. Other than the fact that it is a Gilbert model and it is cast metal, I really don't know how to finish. Anybody with some instructions or pictures of finished please let me know, as I would like to have a copy. Note that the second panel from each end looks to be a door of some sort, or at least it is different than the other panels.

I believe this a a Varney. It is stamped sheet metal, that I weathered to add a little realism.

This is one of my favorites. It is a Megow kit, paper sides laminated to styrene, added top flange and posts also in styrene. Replaced the wooded bottom with 1/8" steel and glued scibed styrene to make a floor.

This Red Ball kit was assembled per the instructions, but I added detail parts based upon pictures of similar prototypes.

This is a Red Ball paper wrapper kit. I tried to match the orange color on the ends and painted the underframe black.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I am starting by posting pictures of some of the vintage cars I have built.

This is a Cannonball Car Shops flat styrene kit. painted, lettered and weathered.

Red Ball NYC Coal Gondola. Metal kit with Roundhouse Fox trucks. Painted, lettered, and weathered.

Varney paper side gondola. I laminated the paper sides and ends to styrene, then used CA to glue the sides and ends to a solid steel bottom (the car weighs in at over 5 oz.) I used the original trucks and underbody detail, what little there was, to keep some of the vintage look.

Varney Express Refrigerator car. I laminated the paper pieces to styrene and assembled to wood floor and roof. I added tissue paper to the roof for texture.
That's all for today, gonna go ride the new bicycle

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I really am going to find time to write something regarding my model railroad, and post some pictures. I need to get some models ready for the NMRA MCOR regional in Wichita this summer.