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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.

Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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Michael Hohn Posted - 05/30/2020 : 12:06:53 PM
Frank and Greg,

Thank you for looking in and for your stimulating comments.

Thinking about it, I can say that these cars and ones I worked on earlier this month represent about a century of techniques:
- Because I wanted the unusual runnnng board on the 3D printed model, I built the roof from styrene sheet and strip.
- A couple of weeks ago I built a boxcar from a BTS laser kit. I think laser kits started appearing in the 1990ís if I recall correctly.
- And last week my lumber load was for a flat car Iíd scratchbuilt from scale lumber a few years ago. Now thatís truly old school.

Ensign Posted - 05/30/2020 : 09:52:26 AM
Looks like the 19th century is meeting up with the 21st century.
It will be interesting to see how the 3D printed boxcar compares with your cast resin car when they are all painted.

Greg Shinnie
Frank Palmer Posted - 05/30/2020 : 08:58:11 AM

Boy how times have changed, from resin castings to 3-D printing.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/29/2020 : 12:12:45 PM
Originally posted by railman28

Looking very good Mike. Did you use ACC Glue?


Thank you, Bob.

Yes, acc, usually the regular thin stuff but sometimes gel when I needed a little time to get details in position.

railman28 Posted - 05/29/2020 : 11:53:41 AM
Looking very good Mike. Did you use ACC Glue?

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/29/2020 : 10:54:20 AM
I decided to add to my fleet of 28ft Lehigh Valley boxcars. The railroad ran about 1,500 of these cars in the 1880's. I plan to:
- letter two resin 28ft boxcars I cast from my own molds, assembled, and painted in 2014
- assemble a third one from resin castings I made back then and left in a box
- build a fourth from 3d-printed parts sent me from Craig Bisgeier.

Here's the lineup. I've assembled the resin and 3d-printed cars and started on details.

And here they are ready for the paint shop, the 3d-printed car in front:

Time to set up my airbrush.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/24/2020 : 09:09:07 AM
Originally posted by deemery

2012 sounds about right :-( That was a good convention, I'm glad I made that trip.


The convention was to be in Pittsburgh again this year, this coming weekend, in fact.

deemery Posted - 05/24/2020 : 08:32:13 AM
2012 sounds about right :-( That was a good convention, I'm glad I made that trip.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/24/2020 : 12:06:17 AM
Originally posted by David J Buchholz

Thanks for the update Mike.


You're welcome. I'm glad you made the suggestion.

Regarding your previous comment, it might seem I'm moving right along, but it seems to me that everything takes so long. Probably human nature.

I never responded to your question about the LOC Sanborn map collection. I've been using Sanborn maps I found on a different site, but I don't think they are there anymore, so it will probably be the LOC from now on.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/24/2020 : 12:01:14 AM
Originally posted by OK Hogger

Extremely good craftsmanship, Mike. All of it. Your structures and equipment really are a highlight.


Thank you, Andre. I appreciate you looking in.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/23/2020 : 11:57:34 PM
Originally posted by deemery

MUCH progress since I visited, but then that was many years ago.



My recollection is that you saw my layout after the Mid Central NMRA regional in 2012. Yes, indeed, it's been a while. Most of the layout has been modified. There might be one 3' section of track in the same spot it was back then.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/23/2020 : 11:54:39 PM
Originally posted by railman28

Looking so Good Mike. I like how your urban development looks evolved rather than planed. You have planned well indeed.


Thanks, Bob. I confess there's a certain amount of serendipity involved. I can only plan up to a point.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/23/2020 : 11:52:41 PM
Originally posted by Orionvp17


You have some very nice work on display there! Congratulations!

in Michigan

Thank you, Pete.

I hope you're keeping safe there in Michigan.

Michael Hohn Posted - 05/23/2020 : 11:50:19 PM
Originally posted by BlairM

wow, just wow... Mike your commitment to building these structures to spec, building the freight to spec and having a simple realistic track arrangement has really paid off in modeling that really looks like the Lehigh Valley with all of its idiosyncrasies. Nothing here says- oh there's that old Fine Scale miniatures kit again. Great story on how you arrived here with the research like the Sanborn maps and such.
You're going to need to paint up a late 1800s loco to blend in more in some of these shots now. Looking forward to seeing how this develops.

Thank you, Blair. I like building kits, but I have a problem finding ones that fit my needs.

Your observation about an appropriately painted loco made me realize that I sort of left the trains out of most of the photos. I'll have to fix that in the future.

David J Buchholz Posted - 05/23/2020 : 10:08:49 PM
Thanks for the update Mike.

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