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

Friday, July 9, 2021

Almost ready for Basic Black

 The cabooses have entered the awkward adolescent phase.
Lots of time spent, not a lot of evidence of progress, but we're close.

The car bodies are almost ready for black on the roofs. I just have to add the cupola roof grabs and I can paint the roofs. Good ole tissue paper was used for the canvas roof cover. Grimy Black will round it out nicely.

  All the underbody detail is done. A few hours of fitting and soldering here.
I'm happy to report, no burnt finger tips!

The end railings are coming along. The curved bits need to formed and attached, along with the hand brakes. That should be done tomorrow, which will allow me to paint the underframe.

Once that is done, I can focus on the body mounted grabs and final assembly.
I do enjoy these models, but it's always nice to get them done