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    Some years ago I picked up an HO resin scrap load at the Amherst Show for 25¢. I repainted it and It looked good but I discovered it was a smidge narrow and a tad short for the gon I wanted to put it in. So it sat in a box of odds and ends until recently when I decided to add to it. I glued it to a thin styrene base cut to fit the gon then wrapped silicone release paper as a short wall around the edges. I filled the new empty areas with whatever scraps of styrene strip and other odds & ends on hand that looked similar to the rest of the load and soaked it in solvent cement to get a good bond to the styrene bottom sheet. The hardest part was trying to match the tiny material that added a fine overall texture in the gaps between bigger pieces. Thin cyanoacrylate dripped in place and sprinkled with baking soda came pretty close. Primed it all with a flat brown spray paint then highlighted individual bits with opaque watercolors and craft acrylics and a #2 pencil. The clear flat finish coat came out a bit shiny, will redo on a warmer day. Had to carefully shape the sides and ends a little to fit because the sides of the gon aren't perfectly straight. Marked the ends underneath because the load only fits one way. Now have a removable load that looks OK and fits well.

    The red arrowheads on the top and right end mark the edges of the original load. The black and white stuff is newly added scraps of styrene. The mottled tan is patches of baking soda and CA filler. The next photo shows the load after re-repainting it all.
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    ​​​​​​The repainted load
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    The loaded gondola
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    Last edited by Bill_Gill; 02-15-2022, 03:15 PM.

  • #2
    Nice adjustment.

    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.


    • #3
      Good 'save', Bill.


      • #4
        Looks great and ready for the blast furnace.

        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds


        • #5
          Good job, Bill.

          One hates to see something go to waste.

          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


          • #6
            George, Bruce, Bernd & Mike, It was a really small project, but it's nice to finish something that can be used right away.
            Thanks for taking a look and commenting.


            • #7
              Nice save and mods with the junk!



              • #8
                Nice work with the scrap load sizing Bill. For me it is usually the other way, having to cut them down in size.

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


                • #9
                  Thanks, Scott.
                  Yes, Louis, when I bought the piece that's what I figured I'd wind up having to do. It was a disappointing surprise and I just tucked the part away and forgot about it until finding it while looking for something else.
                  Last edited by Bill_Gill; 02-26-2022, 08:40 AM.