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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2018 11:02 pm
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Oh man, Now I need a layout.










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Thanks for the info Kitbash.

I am moving along with buildering. 

I don't have access to more parts and my goal with this model is just to get something done and move on to the next stage, which has already begun, 
the abuse of a Tyco Special Forces gondola, so that I can have a loco and a freight car.

1 Loki + 1 Car = a train!

Bought some spray paint and strip wood last night. 
The Loki is drying after a warm wash in soapy water in preparation for a coat of rattle can paint.

The gondola has had all the extraneous details carved off with a chisel X-acto blade.

Time to do more Buildering! :D




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And now for:

THE ULTIMATE LOCO PAINTING FAILURE

I tested the paint color on the lower deck of the loco since it is not very detailed and can easily be repainted.

Everything is going great. The gloss rattle can paint looks good.

Now for FAIL!

I got the main loco body and began to do light over sprayings of the paint. If you work slow, you get no drips, right?

Looks good.  "HERE LET ME MOVE THESE MULLEIN WEEDS OUT OF THE WAY SO I CAN GET A BETTER ANGLE..."

At this point a shower of seeds and detritus fell on the wet loco body. 

I decided the best thing was to let it dry, remove the junk and sand any flaws.



 


Am I the first meat head to get weeds on a freshly painted model?


:bang: :bang: :bang: :bang: :bang:





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Am I the first meat head to get weeds on a freshly painted model?

What about a cockroach?

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It's starting to look like a train.






I am already trying to decide on a layout plan for all this.

I know the limits of my attention with scratch building. Once it starts to feel Like work I tend to stop doing it.
 
So I have to think in terms of a tiny fleet of rolling stock and maybe 2 locos.

The floor to ceiling mountains and massive empire must wait. :P




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I have been looking at a lot of Tyco Trains online. They are so cheap. And they are ideal for my models.

I noticed I could even cut off part of the old couplers and they look more like knuckles. I'm cheap, so I may do this!

Now for my other idea.

I want some operating Gilpin ore cars. And I see 3 designs. here:







I am wondering if I can use the old Tyco operating covered hopper as the basis for a Gilpin-ish working model. 

Waddya think?









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Hi T.G.B.  :wave:



I like the look of the new 'Red Devil' !  :shocked:

The larger cab is giving the loco that elusive 'industrial feel' ...

... as in many of Kitbashes photo-links.  



Very distinctive.

Pimp my Plymouth ?  L:



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Si. wrote: Hi T.G.B.  :wave:



I like the look of the new 'Red Devil' !  :shocked:

The larger cab is giving the loco that elusive 'industrial feel' ...

... as in many of Kitbashes photo-links.  



Very distinctive.

Pimp my Plymouth ?  L:



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If I am pimpin' it, I better add a really big bass speaker in that cab and a sound decoder that has spacial sounds.  ;) 

Glad you like the Red Loki.  For all I know it's now too tall for 1:55n3 :P

Maybe we need a new discussion called Pimp My Loki! :D




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I posted a shot of my loco with the newly redone gondola up above.

Then I looked at real gondolas and realized they are just flat cars with walls added onto them. 

My first attempt didn't have a deck for the flat car. I decided to rip off the lowest beam and redo it.

I added a trimmed off piece of some old siding I had around and put it on with the grain pointing out to simulate planks.

Then I replaced the bottom beam with more of my thin veneer, so that I can add side braces onto the car.

Last pic of Special forces before it gets covered over.






The gon all ready for the NEW treatment with tricky thin wood.






And a couple shots of it with the added lumber.











Eh, this scratch building takes time. 

Then again, shopping for RTR trains and track takes even longer and you aren't even model railroading!

Ok, I admit to having purchased some 15" radius curve track as the beginning of my new layout. 

And I have been eyeing the old cast metal boiler models of HO 4-4-0 locos for my next power unit.

I looked at all the Bachmann stuff, but a loco in On30 that I would want to cut up and small-ify, is 150.00 or more. 

Whereas the old Tyco locos can be got for about 12 bucks +/-.




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