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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/02/2012 :  5:42:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My latest acquisition of brass motive power for my HOn3 branch.



From left to right: 50 ton GE from NWSL; 30 ton Davenport from Westside, and 25 ton GE from Mulvi Models.

I got these from Al Carter (user name Tabooma County Rwy) who is divesting himself of his HOn3 stock. He still has two of the 50 ton GE's (one painted) and one of the Davenports (unpainted).

You can contact him via PM if you are interested in any of those.

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/pop_profile.asp?mode=display&id=1719

I will letter the two unpainted locos for the Slate Run. The painted Davenport will be owned by a Chemical Company whose name (not yet chosen) will start with the letter "N".


Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

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acousticco
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Posted - 03/11/2012 :  5:44:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Bruce, This is an easy one; "National Chemical" and you're done! Nice batch of new power, I really like the 50t GE.

-Cody



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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/11/2012 :  5:48:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That 50 Ton GE runs nicely, too, Cody.

Bruce

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adrian_batey
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Posted - 03/11/2012 :  7:05:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit adrian_batey's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Some of you may have seen this in the challenge final photos.
As usual what i set out to do for a challenge doesnt eventuate but im happy to get something finished.
Uniited Shay rebuil i have almost finished.




Modeling the Northern Pacific Yacolt Branch
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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/11/2012 :  7:29:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks very good, Adrian.

Bruce

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petergloor
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Posted - 03/26/2012 :  4:58:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dutchman


I need to build a passenger car as part of my "Cars Certificate" in the NMRA Achievement Program, so I might use this La Belle kit for that.


Have you started or finished the kit now? I am looking for fellow modelers of HOn3 La Belle N.G. kits. Most of their passenger cars are not accurate, but I believe the one you got might be close to the prototype if you make some alterations. Problem is if you want to run them in a consist with Blackstone or MRGS that are correct size-wise the LaBelle ones will stick out.
I tried the Alamosa parlor-dinette car and had to do some big sanding
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Peter



Edited by - petergloor on 03/26/2012 5:02:19 PM

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luvchikn
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Posted - 04/02/2012 :  11:05:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
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Have you started or finished the kit now? I am looking for fellow modelers of HOn3 La Belle N.G. kits. Most of their passenger cars are not accurate, but I believe the one you got might be close to the prototype if you make some alterations. Problem is if you want to run them in a consist with Blackstone or MRGS that are correct size-wise the LaBelle ones will stick out.


Hello, I would like to know more about making the LaBelle cars closer to prototype. Peter, would you mind explaining what to watch out for? I was about to start 4 coaches and want them to blend in as much as possible. I actually have a total of 18 LaBelle kits to build at this time.

Bobby



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petergloor
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Posted - 04/03/2012 :  7:12:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bobby:
<have a total of 18 LaBelle kits to build at this time.>

Whew, that's a lot of work ahead. Actually, I would prefer not to do any of them but they make a couple of models that are not available from MRGS, which is my favorite kit maker.
Main issue: The sides/ends are too high. so I cut and sanded both the top (letter board) and the bottom to get the height of the sides down closer to the ones from MRGS (ex E&B Valley).
Some detail parts are just too crude. I had leftover parts from E&B Valley: The vestibule doors and the tool box. The roof is another issue: Way too high and fat. Sand down the top of the clerestory so it gets thinner. Sand down the vaulted roof sides, and sand up from the bottom, too.
A lesson I have learned: Sand down the roof end before you shape the clerestory end.
End railings: made from wire. Underbody: Replace the freight-style combination air tank/brake cylinder with passenger type, I used E&B valley.
For most DRG cars the roof is not usable. Another reason to prefer MRGS with their new resin roofs.
Alamosa car finished:
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Peter



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George D
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Posted - 04/03/2012 :  7:33:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A lot of work, Peter. Your fine results are worth the extra effort.

George



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adrian_batey
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Posted - 04/04/2012 :  01:45:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit adrian_batey's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey guys i haven't been posting much over the last few weeks. not completing much work to be honest.
I think its going to be a busy few months of locomotive projects for me.
I placed an order with NWSL today for some can motors, coupling drives, shafts, bearsings, and a gearbox.
Also got two ge 70tons off ebay to go with some NWSL stuff i bought a while back.

On the list is. to do

- Balboa D&RGW T-12 remotor and a 60:1 NWSL gearbox. Conversion to a logging style locomotive at the same time.
- The PFM shay above will get a new can motor, fly wheel and all wheel pick up.
- The two 70 ton conversions with NWSl kit then painting & weathering into a logging loco.

I also have a number of structures on the go

- Bar mills pinkhams pallets diorama
- Bar mills Hurst Boiler Diorama
- Sierra west scale models railroad camp bunks

So whats everyone else got going on there bench?


Modeling the Northern Pacific Yacolt Branch
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Dutchman
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Posted - 04/04/2012 :  07:19:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by petergloor


Have you started or finished the kit now?



Peter, first of all, nice work on that car!

To answer your question, I have started my passenger car, but opted for a scratch built one in HO standard gauge based on a picture in the Logging Railroads of Pennsylvania series.



The LaBelle kit is still on the shelf.


Bruce

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Dutchman
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Posted - 04/04/2012 :  07:20:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Adrian, that is an ambitions list of projects!

Right now, the only project in progress is the scratch built passenger car mentioned in my post above.


Bruce

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jschumaker
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Posted - 04/04/2012 :  08:28:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting car, Bruce.

Jeff S.



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adrian_batey
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Posted - 04/04/2012 :  7:22:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit adrian_batey's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bruce i always like the prototype pics you pull up for you builds. By the time you finish all your list of scratch builds your going to have some interesting rollingstock.

Most of my list projects are in various stages of completion. The two Bar mills kits are sitting on the shelf in the loungeroom and im being pressured to either make them look nice or move them to somewhere else.

I think im looking forward to the two 70 ton locos the most. Pretty cheam hon3 loco when you can pick them up for $40 of Ebay and do the conversion (ill see how it goes first).
I remember seeing an Alco RS-1 on Geoff Knotts Leigh Creek years ago all done up as a logging loco.


Modeling the Northern Pacific Yacolt Branch
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Dutchman
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Posted - 04/12/2012 :  9:52:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, Bobby, you didn't. It is just that spring has arrived and things slow down a bit - at least they do with me.

Bruce

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