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  • #16
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    Originally posted by time2play



    Looking good Louis. Geez...you can almost smell the aroma from Lothar Gauf's G scale build!

    Looking forward to your build…

    Bob


    Thanks Bob! Yes Gauf's G scale work is fantastic. And, being that size you've got to make everything look good to the eye. We get to cheat doing it in HO scale. Thanks for following along. :up:


    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #17
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      Originally posted by Ensign


      Louis, nice work on piecing that all together!

      I'm not yoking either.


      Greg Shinnie


      Thanks Greg, I knew you'd get a yoke in there somewhere.


      Louis L&R Western Railroad
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • #18
        Well done Louis.
        Carl

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        • #19
          This is going to be another fine build, Louis. I will be following along.

          Rich

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          • #20
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            Originally posted by Carl B


            Well done Louis.


            quote:


            Originally posted by Pennman


            This is going to be another fine build, Louis. I will be following along.

            Rich


            Thanks Carl and Rich for your kind comments and following along.


            Louis L&R Western Railroad
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #21
              Suggestions and advice needed, please read on: This morning I put the old paint chipped Oxen in to a cup of Pine-Sol cleaner (first picture) and let them set for a few hours, then used an old toothbrush and toothpick to clean away as much old paint a possible. Then gave them a good soap and water wash. If nothing else, they got a good disinfection, deodorizing and cleaning (second picture). Now is where any advice or suggestions on prepping white plastic like these Oxen for painting is needed. They most likely chipped because of not priming, or washing by the previous owner. So unless I can get a good suggestion, my plan is to prime them with Floquil Primer F110009, and then use Apple Barrel or Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint.

              As far as the color goes for my Oxen, I researched Oxen colors and found white, brown through black and every color in-between. I guess to keep it simple and easy I’m going with the Wisconsin Oxen Colors shown in the last picture below.










              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #22
                Louis, Your oxen look like some originally made for the SceneMaster series by Life-Like. They were some kind of slippery-rubbery plastic like some of their other figures. Now they are available from Walthers

                https://www.walthers.com/scenemaster...ject-cancelled

                The Walthers set has a different number of figures and in a single pose. They also might be molded in a different plastic?

                I have some of Life-Like set, scrubbed them with original Dawn detergent, rinsed in alcohol and sprayed with a flat white from Walmart before adding brown spots with Delta Ceramcoat acrylics.

                All the paint 'adheres' sort of, but if the figures are handled much or flexed at all, the paint tends to flake off.

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                • #23
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                  Originally posted by Bill Gill


                  Louis, Your oxen look like some originally made for the SceneMaster series by Life-Like. They were some kind of slippery-rubbery plastic like some of their other figures. Now they are available from Walthers

                  https://www.walthers.com/scenemaster...ject-cancelled

                  The Walthers set has a different number of figures and in a single pose. They also might be molded in a different plastic?

                  I have some of Life-Like set, scrubbed them with original Dawn detergent, rinsed in alcohol and sprayed with a flat white from Walmart before adding brown spots with Delta Ceramcoat acrylics.

                  All the paint 'adheres' sort of, but if the figures are handled much or flexed at all, the paint tends to flake off.



                  Thanks Bill for your information and thoughts. :up:

                  If I had thought about it Walthers plastic figures probably would have been the better choice. Where mine will be on a flatcar and untouched once painted, I think going with a good primer now that I cleaned them, and Acrylic paint, they should be ok.


                  Louis L&R Western Railroad
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                  • #24
                    I deleted my overly verbose response.. If you have a nearby autobody shop, see if you can scrounge up some 'Shutz'. A near empty spray can will be enough to prime the Oxen.

                    https://www.google.com/search?safe=o...71.9Iw0AkI107I

                    Jim
                    Take the red pill

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                    • #25
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                      Originally posted by BurleyJim


                      I deleted my overly verbose response.. If you have a nearby autobody shop, see if you can scrounge up some 'Shutz'. A near empty spray can will be enough to prime the Oxen.

                      https://www.google.com/search?safe=o...71.9Iw0AkI107I

                      Jim


                      Alright Jim! :up:

                      Never, ever would of thought of that. Where this type of rubbery type plastic is much like auto body bumpers, and modern day parts, I can see where that would work. It's not just the Oxen here we are talking about, their are many other figures I have in boxes by Life-Like unpainted figures in a yellow color plastic the same as the white ones. This product would work for them as well. Many thanks for your input. [:-idea]




                      Louis L&R Western Railroad
                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • #26
                        Todays update; The first picture of the Oxen below were the colors I tried to simulate more or less. I painted them using the Acrylic paints as shown in the second picture. Then gave them a wash of Alcohol and India ink mix I made up, called Black Wash Easy Weathering. The last two pictures show the Oxen, and the Oxen Team with the Yoke on.










                        Louis L&R Western Railroad
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • #27
                          They look pretty good from here!

                          Jim
                          Take the red pill

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                          • #28
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                            Originally posted by BurleyJim


                            They look pretty good from here!

                            Jim


                            Thank you Jim! :up:

                            Starting the Flatcar build I’ll be using an old Tyco caboose frame. After breaking down the caboose the first visible change is that the weight must be removed for the board decking, and the weight for the car must be applied to the bottom of the caboose frame anywhere possible. Most likely I’ll use lead shot and epoxy glue and fill all available crevices. The strip lumber shown in the bottom of the picture will be the type building material used. The deck will be covered with this Doctor Ben’s lumber, and stained.






                            Louis L&R Western Railroad
                            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                            • #29
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                              Originally posted by BurleyJim


                              They look pretty good from here!

                              Jim


                              Nice job on the cattle. ~Mike

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                              • #30
                                Thanks Mike for your comment.

                                I too have been following, and checking in on your logging camp builds, they have been great inspiration for my HO logging.

                                Starting with the stock weight, I weighed the Caboose metal plate and it read 1.25 Oz. So I’ve got lead shot also weighting the same, and will find enough spaces to fill in with the epoxy/lead shot mix. I happen to know a re-loader/hunter that supplies me with the shot. But if you don’t know anyone that can help you, A-line at one time sold pourable lead #13015 that is the same size lead shot I use.




                                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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