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"Take one down, donít pass it around Challenge"
Posted by Dutchman On 12/17/2017 At 08:43:06 AM
It is once again time to kick off a building challenge for the winter months here on the forum. This year it is pretty straight forward. Simply reach onto the shelf of un-built kits and take one down. Put it on your bench and commence the build. It doesnít matter whether the kit is for a structure, piece of rolling stock, motive power, non-rail vehicle, or detail part. The idea is to get you to actually build a kit that you have purchased and is still sitting around.

I will open a Challenge Build Thread sometime in the next few days. It will remain open until April 15th. That should be enough time for even a complex kit Ė or several simple kits.

Please jump in and enjoy the camaraderie that these challenges provide!
"GIMPing" a scene
Posted by Bill Gill On 12/15/2017 At 10:38:07 AM
This post is separate so it won't distract from the Crew Lounge Season's Greetings thread.

Some of you may have read on the forums that I use GIMP (a free, open source program similar to PhotoShop) for a number of model RR projects ranging from editing photos for magazine articles to creating background scenes and "Letterbashing" computer fonts to replicate hand painted lettering for signs http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45147&whichpage=1

This year's NEB&W holiday card is an example of how useful and versatile GIMP can be. The card began with a neat photo of an autumn scene on the NEB&W featuring the covered bridge at Bartonsville, VT taken by member James Lauser a couple years ago.

Using GIMP, James' photo and 8-9 photos I took around my neighborhood, his original image was transformed into a fantasy wintery scene for this year's card:
D&RGW HOn3 boxcar #3187
Posted by Graffen On 12/14/2017 At 05:51:29 AM
Hi all!
I've just about finished a build of a D&RGW 3000 series boxcar in HOn3.
I had the kit in my stash, an old Tomalco wood kit.
It was however very deteriorated, the wood siding was so dry that it had split....
I substituted it with Evergreen plastic siding, which was a good thing as it made gluing the parts on the body so much easier.
I found one very big error though with the kit.
It is almost 1/8" too tall!
The error lies within the roof. I sanded it down to correct height.
I use Kadee sprung trucks on this car. The bolsters fit perfectly.
I also had to bend the handrails from wire. I also added Grant line NBWs.

Side view

End view


Underframe with all the gear.


I'm currently decaling it with San Juan decals.

Is it worth it though? A kit like this?
I have scratchbuilt the same type of boxcar before, and it was almost easier ...
Or maybe work the construction hours, and take the money and buy a Blackstone RTR boxcar?
The build time was almost 20 hours, so I could buy quite a lot of Blackstone cars with the earnings if I had worked.

But! I like building, and the joy of it has to make up the difference.
Posted by ELK RIVER RR On 12/06/2017 At 10:30:50 AM
I am getting into a little oil painting for highlights and whatever. At one of the clinics at the structures expo Doug was talking about useing more oils and just wondered what colors everyone is suggesting so I donít buy too many of thewronf. Now Iím doing a slate roof with light blues a little brute green and grays. What do you think. Tom
Cedarhill Designs Kits
Posted by Dave S On 12/02/2017 At 5:17:24 PM
I am hoping someone can help me find links to archived builds of Cedarhill Designs structure kits. The kits were designed by Carl Cornish and were marked under two possible names: Timeless Structures and Cedarhill Designs. I am hoping that some can be found here in the RR-Line archives. A few of the structure builds I am hoping to find are:

Thanks, Dave S Tucson, AZ
A New Scratchbuild Concept: The Tail Of The Pup HO
Posted by a440 On 12/02/2017 At 01:54:49 AM
Anyone had the talent to scratchbuild in HO scale the Tail Of The Pup hot dog stand in Los Angeles?

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zzzzzgood luck I think :)
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 Posted By: Sandyman 
Just looking at your forum/blog.
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HI ,, I was looking for caboose interior kits ,,,,,,,,,,,,,norm
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 Posted By: tom dugan 
that photo is at nj zinc plant in palmerton pa.the building no longer standing
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I bought my first HO model train set when I was 12 years old, had it on lay-away at G&G Model Shop in the Village, Houston, Texas. I have loved trains all my life. My Grandfather worked the old Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR (with John Luther Jones), I.C., Gulf Division, L&N and retired off the MoPac. He and his half brother owned the Louisiana Southern RR, which ran through the truck farms in Barataria. He had box cars loaded under guard (holding Thompson Sub-machine guns.) My mother went once and it never occurred to her, veggies need no guard, but Hooch does.
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I have been away from this forum for a few years and cannot remember details of my original registration. Cannot find a way to gain access now. Need to know my forum name and password. Can anyone help?
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 Posted By: Stacy McMullen Sr 
Thank you for a great place to enjoy train lore. I have always wanted a wooden boxcar of my own but settled for trips from Chama Co and Durango Co. I live in Trinidad Co and would love to find a door or two off of an old car. To setup in my backyard as a backdrop for pictures. I do this strictly as a hobby as I am retired and gave time to make things happenAny help in locating a door would be greatly appreciated. Thank s
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can any body help
Im trying to locate the narrow gauge
convention LOGOs
from the earlist till about 2010
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 Posted By: Piotr Bein 
I tried to post this after registering yesterday, trying again to be sure as I believe the topic is important...

If someone is still looking for a link to some of Tom Beaton's work:

I talked to him last weekend at a show in Chilliwack, BC. He has a folio with his published articles (technical details and drawings) and lots of pics of his work (mostly in other people's hands). I asked if he would like to have it scanned and placed on the net by volunteers. Am not sure if he got the intention but refused, stressing his dislike for computers.

This would be w worthwhile project for the modelling community. If you need me, contact form is on my blog:
right-hand menu just above the internal search button.
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I am having trouble logging in. I love the forum and would love to get involved again
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I'm looking for a company that can fabricate very small furniture. Specifically, I'm looking for tiny rocking chairs and benches for a model building I'm working on. Can anyone suggest a company? Chairs need to be about 3/4 in tall and 1/4 in wide. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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