Thursday, April 20, 2017

Man these things are tiny!

I'm in the midst of building 4 N scale cabooses for a client.
These are American Model Builders laser cut kits. And they're pretty impressive.

I've handled a lot of HO scale laser cut to date. The precision available is remarkable.
And "peel and stick" can greatly speed assembly.
But in N scale it's whole new world!
I can't get over how well the parts all fit. Never mind the cleverness of the designs.

The only real challenge I'm having is seeing all the tiny tiny bits and pieces. Never mind trying to keep track of which side is the sticky side.
I'm looking forward to seeing these guys painted and decaled.

And this project has served as a reminder that I need to get my eye glass prescription reviewed

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Frugal Foamer

I was visited yesterday by 2 good friends, Ryan Mendell and Doug Currie. While Ryan's Airstream was being serviced, the 2 of them came over and helped out on the layout.
With their assistance we filled over 30' of benchwork with foam to support the scenery layers that will be coming. Such a huge leap forward!
Now Doug, to his credit, likes to play with styrofoam.
Maybe even a little too much.
Points for not wasting foam and creating landfill, but really?
It would have been easier to cut a single piece methinks.
My heart felt thanks to Ryan and Doug for a good effort, and they were well rewarded with my wife's cooking and drinks afterward.
Now to buy a case of Sculptamold.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The process seems to be working

If you've been following this blog, you'll know that I've decided to include etched ladder rungs in all new kit releases.
I've been adding the etched ladder parts to custom built cars now, at clients request, and I'm here to reiterate that the etched rungs are a vast improvement over the idea of using commercial grabs.
And of course I'm applying the etched parts to cars that I'm building for my own fleet.
I'll admit that at the onset I resisted the idea of etched rungs. But having done a few cars now, I'm fully converted to the idea.
Always striving to improve my processes and products

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coming soon from TMTV

It's been a hectic few weeks for me. Mostly been working out of the house with shows at the Budweiser Gardens. Last week we had 5 shows in 7 days. Those are long days without much sleep. Getting a little long in the tooth for that.
But we're back in the shop working away again.
Currently this is taking up some space;
I've got 4 Sunshine Wabash rebuilds in various stages of decaling.
We're going to be doing an episode on Train Master's TV on decaling. And to save studio time I'm prepping the cars to various levels of decal completion.
We'll be looking at other things as well during that day of filming, but I don't want to spill all the beans.
Check in TMTV often for lots of new and useful episodes.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Coming soon from Yarmouth Model Works

Yesterday I was handed another pattern for an upcoming kit. And I'm super excited.
This ACL O-16-B has been in the works for awhile now. And I'm so pleased to finally have the body master in hand. The sides, and ends were all developed in Solidworks and then printed in high resolution 3D printer. The 2nd kit for us developed this way.
The kit will include everything that you've come to expect from Yarmouth Model Works. Laser cut running boards, photo etched ladders, rungs and other detail parts, custom decals from Black Cat Publishing and Tahoe Model Works trucks.
This kit should be available for sale in a few months.
Watch the blog and the website for release annoucements.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Over on another blog

There's been an excellent description as to how to use Yarmouth Model Works ladders etchings.

Nelson Moyer has offered up a very well written posting about he's processes for creating ladders using our parts. Give it a read;

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ask and you shall receive

A couple of souls have asked for more detail about supports, etc for the lift out section I just built.
Well it's pretty rudimentary. I'm a big fan of gravity for most applications. and this item simply rests on some cleats and one clamp will be required to insure nothing moves at the wrong time.

The right side

And the left side

The unit lifts up and over the backdrop and will store under the layout.
Nothing fancy here at all.