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  • #16
    Very, very nice! I love the amount of detail on a single car! I'm really beginning to feel the urge to get a MOW train for the Coast Line too.
    Troels Kirk

    Näsum, Sweden

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    • #17
      Very realistic. I like the attention to details.

      Arthur
      Arthur

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      • #18
        Super job on those cars, wow great coloring and details,,

        Thanks for sharing Joe
        Cheers!, Joe

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        • #19
          Verne-

          The attention to finish and saintly patience necessary to deal with L&P couplers make your work stand out. I like the generator car ... back east a car like that might require a shed roof held up by posts in the pockets. Isidro and Paco may not mind a little shade, either.

          Just a thought. Always great to see posts of your creations,

          Mark

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          • #20
            Verne,

            Great little generator car a very creative bash.

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            • #21
              Thanks, gents!

              Mark, Isidro and Paco deserve a break from the hot sun. I will see what the boys in the shop can come up with...they have some scrap pipe and tin sheets laying around somewhere.

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              • #22
                I added the electrical box by the generator, with a knife switch and an elecrical meter:



                The box is a length of basswood. The knife switch was crafted from thin brass strip, and the handle is the end of one of my coupling pins. The gauge is a thin section of brass tube with a printed face, unfortunately my printer could't give a highly detailed output. It just looks like the gauge glass is dirty or fogged.



                I decided to simulate a removed gauge with some holes and tiny bits of wire. This was the result of removing the original two gauges when I photographed them up close and saw they didn't look too good. Sometimes a screwup leads to a better idea. I still need to tone down the brass, weather the box a bit, and then start on a roof for tht car.

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                • #23
                  Well, I got busy and put a roof on the power car, now my crews can enjoy a little shade:



                  The framing is basswood that I stained a light brown to contrast with the older skids and flat car deck.



                  I finally tried the chemical etchant on some Sodders corrugated roofing material. I like the effect, which I enhanced a bit with acrylic washes. This roofing material is great stuff.



                  I extended the exhaust pipe through the roof, and made a simple bracket to reinforce it where it passes through the roof material from a piece of wire.



                  I also added a bit of detail on the power box and weathered it to look a bit more aged. The car needs a final overspray of Dullcote, and then chalk weathering and it's done!

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                  • #24
                    Stuningly nice Verne![^] Can't wait to see Isidro and Paco relaxing under that new roof....quite a nice little piece of rolling stock....tom

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                    • #25
                      Nice work Vern. Lots of detail & it just looks real......

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                      • #26
                        Vern,

                        Super work on the work train, we all can take something from this...build a train that does something, has "look" to it.

                        Les

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                        • #27
                          Absolutely brilliant! Exquisite detailing and a charming, quirky appearance.
                          Troels Kirk

                          Näsum, Sweden

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                          • #28
                            Verne,

                            I think this car is a classic!

                            I find it interesting how you built the roof. I need to give that a try.

                            Larry

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                            • #29
                              A lot of great details, very nicely modelled, on this work train, Verne.

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                              • #30
                                Verne-

                                The E&SG's maintenance equipment looks to be prepared to upstage the revenue cars. Wherever you spot that generator car it is going to attract attention and become a focal point ... well done!

                                BTW, are those the new San Juan couplers on the generator car? What do you think of them? Are they fully compatible with Kadees?

                                Mark

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