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HO Scale Conrail N-9E Caboose Windows..
Posted by MrGreenDevil On 03/27/2017 At 4:38:13 PM
I am in the process of kitbashing/scratch-building an N-9E transfer Caboose in HO and need to know who makes the best windows for N-6A-N-9s?
I know I could buy one, but why do that when I can make it with all the bells and whistles?
Any help would be grateful, especially good measurements (besides those on the CR picture sites) as I want as prototypical as possible...
Thanks a million folks!
JV Model 40 ton coal tower request
Posted by jlg759 On 03/26/2017 At 10:34:08 PM
Hello Everyone,

I am planning on starting the 40 Ton Coal tower by JV Models and was wondering if anyone has built the ki and would mind sharing a few photos I can use as reference before I start?


Thank You In Advance

Joe
The Southside Hotel from "Imagine That Laser Art"
Posted by Ensign On 03/22/2017 At 1:21:39 PM
Hi everyone, I thought I'd show you a really nice background kit that I purchased early last year. It's from a Canadian kit manufacturer called "Imagine That Laser Art" or ITLA for short.
I just loved this kit when I first saw it, and had to buy one for my own.







I just finished building my Southside Hotel, with a small modification to make it look a little different looking from the original design.
I switched out the half round tarp canopy over the hotel entrance, to a more elaborate hanging from chains covering.
This kit was very well designed, and went together quite well.
Here is how my version came out looking.





As you can see from the kit's box lid, it comes with many rooftop details, which I decided not to use on my version.
Even without those extra details missing from my version, I think it still looks like a very believable looking structure.

Thanks for having a look!

Greg Shinnie
final pics of the scratch built bed and breakfast
Posted by kebmo On 03/18/2017 At 2:35:30 PM
here is some additional backstory. sheri's late husband kyle was in advertising. he was a wiz on a mac.
i made a deal with him. i told him that if he agreed to do all of our promo stuff for the band i'm in, i would build his wife a model of their home. he died a month later. i felt that i needed to build the model to honor our deal, so that is what i did. it is now finished and i'm waiting for her to get back from florida (sometime today) so i can bring it over there and give it to her.
here are four pics of the finished product:













all in all i have to say i'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. as an aside, the guy that did the plaque was so taken by the story and pics of the model that he gave it to us for $10.00. offered $20.00 and he said no. the base is made from a plank of aspen and stained red mahogany (at the owner's request), then a couple coats of a matte verathane.
now i can focus on the backwoods water tower....
Plastic roof smoke vents?
Posted by JimF On 03/18/2017 At 09:46:30 AM
I will be building the Quality Craft Models Haydenton covered depot kit. I'm in the process of comparing the metal cast windows and doors with plastic from Grandt or Tichy.

I prefer to work with plastic, and think they will look better than the rather dated metal ones.

The roof vents (long, narrow, vented sides, peaked roof) are also metal.

Anyone know of a plastic replacements? My searching has drawn a blank, so far.

Thanks.

Jim F
Trouble with signage
Posted by jeyjey On 03/11/2017 At 08:26:49 AM
I had some trouble today with a Mail Pouch Tobacco sign. When I tried the wet-scraping method of thinning the paper, the ink bled.

Then I tried the dry sandpaper method with better results, but the ink bled again when I applied the sign with diluted white glue.

I considered varnishing the printed sign first, but water could still bleed into the back of the ink through the paper, so I was worried that wouldn't work.

So I tried Canopy Glue (un-thinned, as it's pretty thin anyway). That at least pretty much cured the bleeding problem. However, try as I might I couldn't seem to get the sign to lay down properly on the clapboard. No matter how much I pressed I wasn't getting nice shadows under each board.

Finally, having given up, I was sitting there staring at my poor wall when I realised the sign was laying nice and tight -- the missing shadows were because the clapboard was upside down!

D'oh.

Cheers,
Jeff.
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Really good site, I found you "by accident" last night through a UK forum. I have completed my registration form and await a reply. Regards Nigel.
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Nice Site!
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Can someone help me locate that RR chat room back in Oct=Nov 2000. It was free at the time but was in process of going to a paid subscription. the user name he used was
"mongoose" Guy was living in Columbus, Ohio and worked for the FRA and heard he either moved to MD or Crum Lynne, Pa
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I'm hoping someone here remembers a train/rr chat site back in Oct-2000, looking for a member using "mongoose" as a username. At that time, he was with the FRA and living in Columbus, Ohio. Heard he moved to either PA or Md but still with FRA.
The site was changing to a "paid subscription" and that's when I decided to end it.
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This is a great site. I enjoy it very much. You have a lot of great modelers here. I do Fn3 outdoors and On30 indoors. Thank you for letting me visit. I would like to be a member.
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I am a 0n30 modeler and havebeen modelrailroading for 20+ years
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Brilliant site - lots of great models - excellent tutorials.

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Very useful site with loads of quality
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because of this site I have once again decided to build a small train layout in On30, and I now come by often.
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Heard about this site from a NMRA Div member for building my own stub switches.
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