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I recently decided to get out of N scale after 7 years.  

I've always been crazy about detailing things, and N scale got frustrating. 

I figured a scale change would be just the thing to keep my sanity, 

so after selling most of my N scale stuff off, I picked up a Shay and Log cars, and almost immediately set to work...


Before:







After:





 

I tried the painting tips on the Boulder Valley Models website, and I was pretty happy with the results for the wood. 

I did add a step, which was drybrushing with an artist's colored pencil in a 30% cool grey. 

The rust is Artists oils and Bragdon powders.



When I first started building models as a kid, 

A guy I knew who was a stellar modeller said "Anyone can take an expensive model and ruin it with a crap paint job. 

It takes time and practice to take a crap model and make it LOOK expensive."



As a bonus, earlier in the week, a large branch snapped off a maple across the street...







Rich



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Rich

Excellent transformation!

What a difference the more prototypical color makes


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Rich
The car looks fantastic. Great job. Looks too good to cover your work with logs.
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Rich,

Outstanding job on the

weathering! Clif is right on,

too good to cover up.

Those twigs look very authentic

Nice job all the way.

Carl,

Pasco, Wa.

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Thanks all!

It's very liberating being able to add detail in where I couldn't before with N scale. I've already started my first On30 scratchbuild as well...

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Very nice, looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Cheers

Phil


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Rich wrote

" I've already started my first On30 scratchbuild as well..."

Excellent--something that many other modelers should try!


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Excellent painting job !

An idea :  change the couplers :)  (for a link & pin)

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An idea :  change the couplers :)  (for a link & pin)

 

I've actually considered that too Cail. Any suggestions for a good working link and pin arrangement?

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You can read a solution on Verne's site : http://members.cox.net/glniner/linkandpin.htm

A second option with a little more work : http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/link_n_pin/



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Thanks for the links!

I'll have to look into this... 4x8 layout, so there won't be much coupling and uncoupling...

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Here is another option
http://www.foothillmodelworks.com/index.html
Carl

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Carl,

Thanks for the link! I'm also really diggin some of their freight car kits...L:

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That is fabulous weathering, the metal rusty parts are very realistic.

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Now I find myself in the same boat, lots of N scale (which I will keep most of) but have just picked up an On30 Shay. 

Excellent loco. 

Now I need a couple of the log cars. 

Just hope I can do a weathering job even half that good.


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I find myself in the interesting predicament of commenting on my own thread. This is what happens when you walk away and forget...

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Link & pin couplers are neat to look at but are another thing to actualy use in operations. Since you won't be doing much "pin pulling" on the layout, you might appreciate the appearance. All my equipment has l & p couplers and while I am used to operations-lots of switching-I don't recommend them for everyone. Even in larger scales, tweezers and great eyesight (or glasses) are required. Would I change from l & p's...NO but them I am a glutton for severe punishment. The link to Harold's site about making KD couplers into L & P is pretty good and easy to do, and since the knuckle coupers are stock on any cars/locos you buy, they are "free", otherwise they cost a bit. Also (MY OPINION), use metal l & P couplers if you can, the plastic couplers that I have bought haven't lasted through as much operation as I have. Good luck...I feel that I have jabbered way too much about couplers already.

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excellent work!!  


Wanna weather my 3 cars and Climax?  


Weathering is something I have struggled with all of my modeling life.  

Just cant get them like I want, which you have done an excellent job.   

Only thing I have seen that would make it even better, is moss and crud on the car.  


A buddy bought some of the large scale Bachman log cars, which are of the same basic design.  

The previous owner weathered them and several have moss and other growth on the trucks,
and anywhere else dirt might build up and moss take root.  

Looks stunning if your modeling an eastern logging line deep in the forest where everything is damp all the time.   

I will have to get some pics next time I am at his place.   


I want my Climax to look like the 3 trucker on Backwoods Miniatures website (my 3rd truck kit is in the mail now).  


Great job!   

Cheers   

Mike


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Great job!


Question: 

I know you said the rust was artist's oils and Bragdon powders, 
but did you also do the wood portions of the buggies with Bragdon powders alone or in conjunction with something else or something else altogether? 

Been trying to find the technique you mention on Boulder Valley but come up short so far.
This is definitely something I want to put on my short list of things to try.


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Tim Rose wrote: Been trying to find the technique you mention on Boulder Valley but come up short so far. This is definitely something I want to put on my short list of things to try.
Tim --

There's a box on the left side of the web site with the header "Tips & Techniques" ... the log car painting is in there ... and the following link will take you directly to it:

http://bouldervalleymodels.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=13

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Thanks Dallas! With the direct link, I now see how you got there as well.

Saaaay now.....you wouldn't be the "same" Dallas M mentioned in the article now would you? :Salute:

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Thanks I was interested in getting a couple of these - now after see what you did.... wow

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Here is a log car I did some time ago for my Lost Creek RR. 

I purchased the kit and weathered from info from the same web site. 

It was lot easier than I had first thought and a great tutorial.







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Great job, Rod! Very nice to know those tutorials find some use. :):2t:

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Hi Dallas
Not doing much today it's freezing cold and blowing a gale outside so I'm just fluffing around.
Thanks for your products and all of the details on your web page, they are a great inspiration, pity I don't have any today :-)
Now my fun and finance minister wants me to go out and buy some hot pies for lunch.
Rod.

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Wow is all I can say to the weathering! It went from "cheapie plastic toy" to something that looks realistic! Nice work.

For those who don't want to modify some link and pin couplers I got a few off Ebay. Not a bad idea for "multi consist" setups where the railcars will stay together indefinitely.

#5 pocket style: http://www.ebay.com/itm/On3-On30-WISEMAN-PARTS-O260-LINK-PIN-COUPLERS-FIT-KADEE-5-STYLE-POCKET-/400288935690?hash=item5d33146f0a

Bachmann freight cars: http://www.ebay.com/itm/On3-On30-WISEMAN-PARTS-O259-LINK-PIN-COUPLERS-FIT-BACHMANN-FREIGHT-CARS-/400288935670?hash=item5d33146ef6

Dump cars (V-skips...) http://www.ebay.com/itm/On3-On30-WISEMAN-PARTS-O263-LINK-PIN-COUPLERS-FOR-BACHMANN-DUMP-CARS-/400288935742?hash=item5d33146f3e


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