Sunday, September 5, 2021


 From time to time, I'm asked to paint brass rolling stock. Particularly O scale brass cars.
And man, there are some nice offerings out there!
So I don't mind taking on the task, except for one pesky detail. Getting the factory clear coat off.
Soaking in lacquer thinner is the way to go. Immerse the model for a day or day and the stuff floats away.
The trick is finding a sealable container, large enough for an O scale car and either metal or glass, so as to be impervious to the lacquer thinner. And sealable so that the fumes don't overwhelm the garage.
Yesterday I went to 4 different stores searching for an appropriate container to no avail.
When I got home I noticed that my neighbour was having a yard sale so I wandered over just for fun and voila, there was the answer.
A large glass vase, that may have been marketed originally for storing dry macaroni or some such with a cork plug. The plug was missing, but that was easy to solve.

As  you can see, lots of room for an O scale 40' boxcar.
It takes 2 gallons of lacquer thinner to fill.
Sealing was easy
Tinfoil and a rubber band

So that now sits in the garage and the lacquer thinner does it's magic, and I can still move around in the garage without inhaling the fumes.
I am pleased!
Just in time, there are 4 more brass cars to strip.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Delightfully astonished!

 Nothing like a success to make ones day.

The initial production run of our O scale PRR X31f has sold out. In a little over a week!
Not to worry
More are coming.
I am running another 20 kits.
It will take about a month for all the required items to be rounded up.
If you have yet to order and still want one, let me know

Thanks to everyone so far for their support.
Now to decide what the next O scale offering will be

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Our first O scale kit!

 Now ready for sale
The O scale PRR X31f

 The kit features;
A one piece body casting, with the iconic roof having been rendered in 3D
Laser cut running boards
Etched ladders, sill steps and other key details
San Juan Car Co injection modeled brake parts
Custom Decals from National Scale Car

The kit retails for $165.00 plus postage
Currently there are only 46 kits available.
More if demand warrants.

Correct P48 or O scale gauge trucks can be had from either Protocraft or Rich Yoder

Saturday, August 21, 2021

A bit of a Covid reprieve

 After over 18 months of  "social distancing" and other necessary precautionary methods, I finally had another ops session on the Clovis Branch.
Gerry and Robin made the trip for a session of "banging cars around".
As to be expected a few glitches arose. Pierre has a few bits of track to tweak.
Otherwise a good day was had.
Followed by a lovely repast of BBQ.
Meat, Fire, Good!
We'll be doing it again soon

Thursday, August 12, 2021

New kit from Yarmouth Model Works

 In spite of COVID 19s best efforts we've managed to get this new kit ready for sale as of today

The ACF built Armour reefer

This was the only reefer built with the unique AC&F Proprietary roof design, and using modern CAD and 3D printing resources we've manged to accurately reproduce the roof and other details of this reefer.
2000 were built in mid 1947
The kit features a one piece resin cast body, custom etchings, 3D printed parts and decals from Black Cat publishing.
The kit sells for $60.00 USD, less trucks and couplers
Now available through the website

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Done, Done and Done!

 And there we have it.
3 CPR vans ready for service.
I'm very pleased with how these turned out. They are lovely kits to work with,the multi-laminated laser cut sides and the photo etched brass underframes, ladders and end rails are a nice change of pace for me from all the resin I usually work with.|
Shortly I'll have 2 CNR vans to build from the same company and I'm currently working on completing 4 SN/WP cabooses for another client.
Many of the SN/WP details need to be reworked from what was provided in the kits. Namely the end railings, tops of the ladder stiles and cupola braces.
More on that as work progresses

Friday, July 16, 2021

I'm ready for my decals Mr DeMille!


And fortunately for our purposes, Black cat Publishing offers an excellent decal set for this car.

I still have to mask out the front and back cupola windows so they don't get fogged over with flat finish and weathering effects. But that will go quick tomorrow.
Hopefully I hear back from one of the customers shortly so I can find out what number he wants on his van

Once these are done, it's a quad of Sacramento Northern cabooses for a client. Also from kits from Mullett River with lots of additional details

Funny thing is, the colours will be rather similar