Monday, November 23, 2020

C&O #82731

This was my first attempt at using decals from K4. They sell these on Ebay and they are very inexpensive so I thought I'd give them a try. Using another undecorated Bowser 100 ton 3 bay hopper, this car has a combination of decals from K4 and Microscale. The shop dates are from Steel Valley Models.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

WM #63802

As Bob Ross would say, everyone needs a friend. I bought two of these Bowser Western Maryland hoppers when they came out. I had thought about doing a full CSX patch job on this but decided not to. Since I'm trying to stick with a 1987-1988 time frame I want to have enough hoppers that still carry their original paint. Instead, after weathering the car, I added new capacity data and shop dates from Steel Valley Models decals. The lube plates are from Microscale.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Solveset knocker over stopper

My big woodworking project for the day. I made this not because I knocked over the bottle of Solveset, I made this because I know I will knock over the bottle of Solveset. It's just a piece of 3/4 pine with a 1 5/8 hole cut in it. I have an adjustable hole saw, so it was just a matter of getting the radius set correctly and adjusting the belts on the drill press to go reeeeeeaaaallly slow. I also drilled a 1/8th hole for the brush that I use. I've made these before for friends, I'm not sure why it took so long to make one for myself. It took all of about 5 minutes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hoppers 11/11/20

Here are four more hoppers I've been working on. The HLMX #5038 was built from an undecorated Bowser 100 ton 3 bay hopper kit. CSX in the late 1980's-early 1990's was leasing just about any hopper they could find so I'll be building a few. This car has 44 individual decals using a Microscale Gothic number and letter sheet, plus a data sheet. CSX #815662, one of 1500 built between 1975-1976, was modeled using the same Bowser undecorated kit and I used the decals from a Microscale CSX hopper sheet. Unfortunately the Microscale sheet doesn't have all the necessary decals to finish the car correctly, so at some point I'll go back and add a shop date and the car classification (I just wanted the thing off my workbench). I am also excited with the news that Steel Valley Models is apparently going to produce hopper decals for CSX in the next couple of months. That gives me a reason to get several hoppers painted and ready.

The L&N and B&O hoppers were decorated kits but I've added a few extra decals such as new consolidated lube plates, ACI plates and data. I even got photo-bombed by a cow. This phone pic. was taken on a section of the upper level of the layout and as you can see the scenery and backdrop is minimal.