Here are five cars that I've finished for Jack. Now if I could only find time to build some for me...
Saturday, March 24, 2018
These cars are always fun to build, like all PBL kits. They go together well with minimal flash to clean up and they have all the parts of the prototype. Since the instructions can be a bit "wordy", I keep one set that I've made all of my notes on. These were finished with Star paints and lightly weathered with Floquil washes.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Since I still have kids living at home, my plan is to wait on filling in the middle of the basement with the layout. Currently it goes around the room and there is a large table for puzzles and a ping pong table instead of Durango and Monero. In the meantime, I have plenty of things to do to keep me occupied. The eventual design of the yard at Durango will be as the prototype, sort of a boomerang with the depot in the bend. But for now, the yard will be laid out 30' feet long with the engine facilities at the end with a reverse loop behind the roundhouse.
Knowing that this may be ripped out in 5-6 years, I'm debating on whether I should just use flextrack or handlay it, or at least handlay the turnouts. If anyone has been in this situation I'd like to hear feedback.
This weekend I had time to pick up 4 sheets of homosote, this stuff is $35 now, and I finished up the benchwork where the loop will be. Since Sunday was a nice day, I cut the homosote outside then screwed down all 4 sheets. Here is a photo of the yard ready for laying out the yard tracks.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018
Thursday, December 28, 2017
I have to admit, I had fun building this flat car. The photo doesn't do the decking justice, it looks much darker in person. I used the same techniques as the 6300 series flat I did earlier. It's really hard to tell that the deck is plastic. One of the big reasons I like Sn3 is the fact that there are so many kits available, plus you can still have an operating layout.