Work and paint on the new GP38 has finally been finished up, so I thought we'd have a look...The new 812 about to come out of the maintenance shop. Sister 815 is to the left.
Saturday, 26 March 2022
Saturday, 19 March 2022
I regularly check Lance Mindheim's blog (a link to that is in the sidebar), as I admire his modeling talents, and also because I like that so much of his work is set in a modern urban-industrial environment, which is of course the general theme of my freelanced layout here.
On January 31, 2021, Lance posted a gondola that he had modeled and I really liked it. Here's the link directly to that post so you can see what I'm talking about. https://lancemindheim.com/2022/01/a-gondola-for-fpt/
The first thing I noticed about his gondola was that it was painted grey, which I thought was unusual, as I'm not sure I've ever seen one that colour. I had an old Roundhouse models gondola in my storage cabinet that I had already bulged the sides on, and I'd already rusted/weathered the interior too, but it seems to hardly ever make it's way out of storage and onto the layout.
I looked up the ZVBX reporting mark on rrpicturearchives.net, and found it to be registered to "Ferrous Processing and Trading" who evidently have locations in Tennessee and Florida, but more importantly to me they are also in Windsor, Ontario as well as Ohio and Michigan. I've never assigned a name to the metals recycler on the layout, and I think of the JSSX as being loosely set in the Michigan / Ohio region, so this gondola idea might have turned out to be a nice little boost to the layout in more ways than one!
The only downside to this (so far) is that the number series I've used for the model is not listed in the rrpicturearchives.net data base. Oh well, maybe I just won't tell anybody.
Here's a look at my gondola after re-paint:The gondola on the workbench after re-painting with ModelFlex Primer Gray. I also carved off the original molded-on steps and grab irons, replacing them with wire ones. The reporting marks decals are from a Microscale lettering set. That RBOX in the background just happened to be on the workbench for some touch-up work.
Saturday, 12 March 2022
I've added another blog link to the sidebar "My Blogs List". This one is for the "The Little Rock Line", which I found via the D&H Colonie Main blog. The Little Rock Line looks to be a top-notch N-scale layout set in 1980 and the blog is really nicely done. The link will be on the sidebar, or you can just use this one right here: http://thelittlerockline.blogspot.com/
Moving on now, hopefully you saw last week that I had posted a picture of my version of a not-so-neat-and-tidy workbench, and I wrote that if anyone sent me a picture of theirs, I'd post it up on here as well.
I actually received four responses, with photos attached, from other modelers. I was hoping for maybe a few more, but I'm not complaining. I appreciate them taking the time to send these for us all to look at. Here they are, in all their glory, and in the order that I received them through the week. I've also included brief descriptions from the senders...
First up we have this example:This bench belongs to Benjamin Maggi, of the DandH Colonie Main blog (see the sidebar for a link). Benjamin refers to this as his "modeling bench", but he also noted that he's got a separate bench that features a drill press, belt sander, grinder, and miniature bandsaw.
Bradford writes that he doesn't have a permanent space yet for a bench, but he was kind enough to send along this photo of some current N Scale projects that he's got underway. Left to right we've got CSX 700 an ES44-AC receiving detail work, then an SD40T-2, two SD35's being upgraded to SD38-2R's, a B40-8W, and a GP38 being detailed into a GP38-3. So, some pretty cool stuff going on here.
Saturday, 5 March 2022
Here's mine. Lots of projects on the workbench, doesn't really seem to be too much getting finished up though...Let's see...in no particular order, we have 2 GP38's receiving paint work, and an SD38 that's there just for some touchup, there's a Proto1000 CN boxcar that just arrived, a RailBox car that I intend to put some graffiti on, and 2 other boxcars that are to be weathered for Jamie. On the shelves down at the far end are I don't know how many bottles of paints which are actually (remarkably) in some semblance of order. There's the airbrush hanging at the near end of the bench, and my CMX track cleaner car sits close by.