Monday, 21 August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New video added to my blog

Hi all.

    Today I added the first of several videos of my Santa Fe Railway Southern Division to YouTube. This is Part 1.

     Over the next few days or weeks I will endeavor to add even more of the SFRSD along with videos of friends layouts I have had the pleasure of videoing over the past several years.

    Thanks for stopping by.
Rod.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Too long between posts

Why so long?

     Living in the unit waiting for our new house to be completed is a pain in the but. It has been just over 12 months already and I'm right in the middle of cabin fever. I have not done very much at all in planning for my next RR based on the MOPAC however have acquired a few additional cars and a new IM SD40-2 in the UP scheme with sound.
    This post is more about some further weathering I have been able to get done by using the kitchen table as a work space and waiting for the occasional warm day in which to be able to spray Dullcote onto the rolling stock.
    This is the latest 40 car I have attempted based on a pic off the web. Apologies for the poor photograph as the light was not the best when I shot them.
    This is the image taken from the web. The car to the far left with the large ICG wording is the scheme I had and tried to emulate  


    Here is the MT original in its clean state before being attacked.

   

     Here below we see that I have given it a spray with Dullcote and commenced the fading as best I could. I used an acrylic paint called Cool Grey applied with a wide flat brush and then quickly wiped almost all of it off using a small piece of paper towel.



     The roof received it's share as well.

   

      Now both sides had been given a grey coat and a spray of Dullcote to seal it for the next phase.

   

     The car has now received its first light wash of Van Dyke Brown oil paint.

  

     And here is the completed car after receiving a second wash of Van Dyke Brown. MT couplers painted flat black and a dab of Pan Pastel rust colour and new FVM 33"metal wheels one with a resistor for block detection. The wheels were painted Tamiya Red Brown, the coupler trip pin painted flat black with a dab of chrome silver on the lower tip. 

   Now she looks like she has done a heap of work at least.

That's it for now thanks for looking.
Rod.



Thursday, 25 May 2017

More weathering on the new stuff

Just trying to get it right.

     As mentioned in my last post I have been slowly weathering some new freight cars that I want to add to the roster of the yet to be named Missouri Pacific RR. I also lashed out and purchased several sets of FVM metal wheels (narrow tread 33 inch to suit M/T trucks) to add to these cars. I also purchased  several packs of the same including resistors so I can run these on Johns new SFRMD RR for detection purposes and if I ever get back to signals on the new RR.
   I want these wheels to look the part so before I add them I'm painting the wheel end a rust colour using Tamiya Red Brown with a very small brush.
   The trucks are receiving a coat of Tamiya Nato Black followed by a light dusting of Pan Pastel rust looking pastels.

   This is where my good lady is allowing me to do the work on our kitchen table. There is a wide variety of paints used in my weathering, oils, acrylic and Tamiya along with pastels that do a great job also. Oh and don't forget the Dullcote it does a great job of binding all these finishes.



And here is 24 of the 36 wheels painted thus far.

Ready to be added to the trucks today.

That's it for today keep on modeling.
Rod.

Friday, 19 May 2017

A bit of variety today.

Friday group at the SFRMD.

     A group of us get together each Friday in a round robin that has now been going for 7 years. Yesterday it was time to attend Johns house and see the progress on the SFRMD.
    John was worked very hard and to our surprise we were able to run trains on the Santa Fe main for the first time. Trains had been staged in various towns some with old locos and some with new additions to the roster. Two additions caught our eyes, one a new Intermountain SD40-2 with full ESU Loksound the other a small switcher S2 if I recall with sound also.
    Boy have Intermountain upped their game. The new SD40 looks fantastic and performed as good as it looked with even better sound than any of us had heard before from our N Scale fleet with various decoders we have used in the past. The Alco switcher, well it knocked the sound out of the park. It too sounded exceptionally good and ran even better.
    No video but a couple of pics to show the new additions.

 A couple of random shots from the day.

The new Intermountain SD40-2 loco 5080 with it's nose ahead of a Kato unit

The switcher


F units waiting to get some power on the turntable.

A view we have not seen before, signals in a row looking behind the Udall elevator.

The next part of this post.
   A New RR with no name as yet.
   I have decided to build a small shelf layout once we settle down into our new home hopefully about August with any luck. This will be based on a new to me railroad the Missouri Pacific. This is so I can also run a few trains on Johns RR on his Mopac RR as interchange traffic. As a result I have started to purchase some new rolling stock and commenced weathering some to get them to look as they should.

Here is a couple of pics of the start.

Before

And after with only a light go with Pan Pastels and Dull-Cote. More to do.
    I also scrapped away any weathering and Dull-Cote from the outside of the ribs to highlight the fading of the panels

This is an old Roundhouse car. I painted the top Chrome Silver by dabbing with a stiff old small brush.
    Then I touched up sections of the top with some Burnt Sienna followed by a dab of Burnt Umber into the middle of these spots to make the rust look a little more defined and aged.

More Pan Pastels

A mix of Pan Pastel Grey and a rust colour.



    So we are underway. I have just received just over 100 FVM 33inch metal wheels and a few sets with resistors already installed. These will be added to the cars as they get their weathering.  New trucks will be added where necessary a paint of the couplers and they should be good to go.
 Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Rod.




Friday, 5 May 2017

Fourteen months has almost passed.

The main line is completed

     It is hard to recall that in March of 2016 work began in the upstairs section of Johns home to prepare it for the old SFRSD. If you scan back to the March 2016 post you will see John Fahey, myself and the new owner John starting to pull down walls to allow the layout to fit.
     Well last week the main line for the Santa Fe was completed. Tracks were installed between the old town of Udall and the existing piece of old mainline that used to connect Perry to Guthrie and at the other end new track to the old town of Augusta. Wiring was completed between the old Augusta and Augusta East by John F yesterday whilst at the same time work was put into the planning for a few new blocks and signals by John and Brendan.
    So here are a few pics of the track-work and wiring that has brought the RR to the point it is today.

New track added between old Udall and old single track SF mainline. The cork in the foreground is for tracks that will lead into the new Mopac Yard.

One of the large wiring connectors linking old Augusta to the CTC panel, BDL & SE8C etc

New track joining old SF main to old Augusta. The grain elevator is sitting there temporarily.

More of the new main line

Track joined and wiring completed to join old Augusta and Augusta East.


    A bit more wiring around the rear of the new roundhouse and the mainline will be completed.

    For those unsure of the track plan for the Santa Fe Railway Middle Division here it is as of now.
Little has changed from this plan except Augusta East has been rotated 180 degrees with some tracks realigned.


     One of the big bonuses is just how good the old Guthrie now Belle Plaine looks. It is if it was made to be.
Well thats it for another update.
Thanks again for dropping by.
Rod.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Another building kit pt 2

The Elevator is complete

     Yesterday I was able to get the rest of this new Walthers kit assembled. As mentioned it went together quite nicely except for some windows that are miss numbered. I did receive an email back from Walthers saying that my email had been passed on to the new product development dept so I hope they get it resolved for any additional kits that they release.

    Finished elevator.




    It has turned out looking quite good and as mentioned I am very happy with the paint I used for this, so now it is just waiting to be delivered to the Mopac

That's it for now.
Rod.