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    • August 15, 2020 12:02 PM EDT
    • I finished repainting the ducketts and took another pic, which persuaded me to move the trucks. This is a composite of both sides, and the coach is now done until I think of something else to add, like vents, or longer trucks! The bottom pic is after I moved the trucks outwards.

       

       

      I've been looking at this drawing while working on the conversion, and I am fairly happy. I definitely need to paint those bright red buffer shanks.

       

    • August 14, 2020 12:27 PM EDT
    • So, question, did you paint the two sides on different days, or times of the same day when the humidity changed significantly? Probably not, but I had to ask.

      Cliff, they were both done the same day. It was probably too humid anyway - such is Maryland in the summer.

       

      This morning the test was clearly too dark and purpley (must be the french wine.) The other color in my pic is 'tuscan red' (Aha PRR) so I added some black and mixed a little darker red. Seems to be a much better match. This pic is the same side as the one above with the point bottles. The camera makes it look a bit orange- it's better in the flesh.

       

    • August 13, 2020 8:10 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      Almost done. I got my L&B decals out and found a GUARD and some numbers. I also found my gold extra-fine paint pen and gave it a pinstripe - probably need to do it again. The door handles and grabs need a touch of paint.

       

      The paint is definitely a problem. One side is decent (above) but the other is strange. It isn't as obvious from a distance, but this is certainly turning in to a 10' model. And those ducketts didn't come out very well, despite using the same paint. I am presuming that the white resin underneath with very thin paint is the reason for the mismatch.

       

       

       

       

      Pete, I had a similar issue a couple years ago. I don't know if this is what affected you, but I spray painted a model outdoors on a high humidity day, just a little coat of clear coat. The stuff hazed up though, and subsequent coats didn't help. From conversation here, it seems that it was the humidity that did it. 

       

      So, question, did you paint the two sides on different days, or times of the same day when the humidity changed significantly? Probably not, but I had to ask.

       

    • August 13, 2020 7:08 PM EDT
    • I've been working on gthe details, like the waistline stripe and the (brass) grab handles - actually they are 'antique gold' as I can't find brass paint. Hardly any paint in Michaels; must be too many folk staying home with kids!  I moved the coach onto a storage shelf and took this pic as the color looked great - from 9' away.  The trucks are too short and need to be nearer the ends, but they will have to do for now.

       

       

      I went to Michaels to find some dark red paint as those ducketts needed something. The darkest was 'french wine' on the right below. The other is plain red. I painted the top of the ducketts - one with the paint out of the bottle and the other with it mixed with black. We'll see what they look like in the morning.

       

    • August 12, 2020 10:39 AM EDT
    • Almost done. I got my L&B decals out and found a GUARD and some numbers. I also found my gold extra-fine paint pen and gave it a pinstripe - probably need to do it again. The door handles and grabs need a touch of paint.

       

       

      The paint is definitely a problem. One side is decent (above) but the other is strange. It isn't as obvious from a distance, but this is certainly turning in to a 10' model. And those ducketts didn't come out very well, despite using the same paint. I am presuming that the white resin underneath with very thin paint is the reason for the mismatch.

       

       

       

       

    • August 11, 2020 6:59 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

       You do realize that the ties are sitting on the proper Amtrak fluting for the sides

      Rooz, you totally lost me (again.) What ties?

       

      The "Track Ties" Pete!

    • August 11, 2020 6:11 PM EDT
    • Pete said - " I have 2 smaller coaches to finish, but the Single needs it's Smallbrook Conversion kit fitted. Then we'll have a good-looking train!"

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      Quite unfamiliar with what this will look like.  Do you have a prototype photo you are using as an example?

    • August 10, 2020 6:21 PM EDT
    • As usual nice work !

    • August 10, 2020 6:19 PM EDT
    • Here's the result of the Microscale Mask experiment. The first 2 windows were masked with tape, but that was taking so long I resorted to the mask fluid. I don't think I used enough - a thick layer is called for, as some window coverings peeled right off, others had to be scraped - like the third one here. I also touched up the overspray of red on the grey roof in a couple of places.

       

       

      And having run out of paint (I finished the 2nd can on the ducketts) it was time to install windows.

       

       

      Rick - we're a long way from getting it together with the engine. I have 2 smaller coaches to finish (just removing the noses on Annie and Clarabell,) but the Single needs it's Smallbrook Conversion kit fitted. Then we'll have a good-looking train!

    • August 10, 2020 5:50 PM EDT
    • Pete,

      THe real ones weren't perfect either.  That is a beautiful coach.  Looking forward to seeing it with the engine.  Please? 

    • August 11, 2020 7:14 PM EDT
    • Thanks, everyone!  Bill, I forgot you had mentioned that screw size.  Dan, that TrainLi package probably makes a sensical buy out here on the far end of the supply line!  I'll add it to my fall "strategic parts purchase."

       

      As for LEDs, once Bill got me over my fear of DIY and a few good natured pokes from others got me to take on Soldering Iron (an ally of the dreaded Jig Saw), I really got to appreciate these things.  I've had no luck with solar lights, but these LEDs and that copper tape offer some intriguing possibilities!  In the meantime, here are the results of what the boys and I put together yesterday:

      It is really cool as the train passes Lake Inferior.  The video doesn't do it justice, but you can just make out the lights reflecting off the water;

      Video:  Crummy Attempt to Capture Light from Coach Windows Reflecting off the Water

       

      Now to find those screws!

       

      Eric

       

      P.S. John, I have a hundred pack of these LEDs to get through!  I am looking for some sort of quick disconnect I can use, similar to the old LGB ones, so I could put one battery in, say, the combine, and power the whole string.  

    • August 11, 2020 10:35 AM EDT
    • Dave Meashey said:

      "LED's are the best thing since sliced bread."

       

      "What was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?", George Carlin

       

      Sorry, couldn't resist, David Meashey

       

      Was it women without strings attached.

      trainman

    • August 11, 2020 10:33 AM EDT
    • "LED's are the best thing since sliced bread."

       

      "What was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?", George Carlin

       

      Sorry, couldn't resist, David Meashey

       

    • August 11, 2020 10:16 AM EDT
    • I use LED's in all my engines and passenger cars these days, you can just run two small stiff wires #22-#30 wires side by side the length of the car and solder on the LED's to the wires, thus they can run closer to the top of the car and not hang down as the LGB old style lights do, plus LED's will not be affected by voltage from the track and don't run hot. I personally have gone to 9v battery in each car and run 12v LED's which will give a softer light and the 9v battery will probably last the life of the car under normal running conditions. LED'S may sound like a lot of work, but it's so simple and you just have to pay attention to the polarity on the wiring and the LED's, they only work in one direction of polarity. LED's are the best thing since sliced bread.

       

      trainman

    • August 11, 2020 7:55 AM EDT
    • Trainli has a screw kit with various screw sizes.  The chinese 2-4-0 uses different screws than all the other LGB products, these 2-4-0 screws are not magnetic.

       

    • August 10, 2020 9:30 PM EDT
    • Aloha All,

      Does anybody know off-hand what screws I should get to mount homemade light fixtures into our LGB coaches?  I had an LGB light kit, but the hardware store was loathe to make a recommendation that could lead to me gouging out the fixtures in the process of mounting our light strips.

       

      For the record, we are using Bill Barnwell's  had suggested copper tape, strips of styrene, and a battery clips for the strips.  The idea works great, especially after the recommendation, and discovery of the magical substance known as "flux" has made  soldering a snap!  The lights hang - or really droop - from the overhead, partially wedged in place by the celestory inserts and / or interior bulkheads.

       

      Thanks,

      Eric

    • August 11, 2020 5:48 PM EDT
    • Nice weathering!  I guess you can now do "Grams".   However, I think I've seen that done before.  Great story about how the "Gramps" cars came to be.  Thanks for sharing.

    • August 11, 2020 3:53 PM EDT
    • Sometimes you just have the Grumps. I find, however, that people give me more grumps than my trains in most occasions and incidents, which is good considering hobbies should BE therapy, not the reason you NEED therapy.

      Ages ago (years) my best friend of mine suggested relettering a GRAMPS tank car in any scale to say GRUMPS instead. Not readily knowing if this has already been done, and acquiring an old possibly-1980s Bachmann tanker recently, I decided to take up to the challenge, in G scale. The immediate task was masking of lettering and data I wanted to keep, and then hitting it with flat black spray paint. Big stenciled A's and stripes have suffered direct hits and are wiped out.

      Using that stencil I drew and cut to dimensions (who needs decals anyway), I applied big U's in their place. This one came out quite nicely to start.

      The other side however was a mixed bag, and I think somebody in the railroad's paint shop got startled and shifted the U stencil to the left. The sharpening afterward also was slightly overrun on the bottom, but the other side again had better luck and cleaned up nicely, particularly along the top.

      I was ready to weather the tanker so nature's wrath would beat up the lettering anyway, and did so days later.

      Nothing like a good messy weathering for an industrial liquid hauler.

      Sealed and nicely muted with the usual Krylon Matte finish, and now a companion to my roster's other 4 axle tanker, which is a curious off/eggshell white thanks to a late grandfather.

      The white tanker is the first large scale freight car I ever weathered, and was the host of a very watery streaking session.

      For those curious, that logo bolted onto the side is that of my late grandfather's corporate business he once owned that specialized in oil pipe and fittings. It is also newer in production than the black tanker that now joins it, with stiffer non-warping railings and slight mold changes.

      Easy and goofy, and an homage to my back and forth interests in D&RGW. Having ridden upon the Cumbres & Toltec the other month errantly, and seeing a real GRAMPS tanker all rusty and weatherbeaten likely sealed the deal in my mind.

      Please feel free to share your customized tank cars if you'd like.