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  CPR Mineral Brown
Posted by: scribbelt - Yesterday, 07:43 AM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (1)

Hello, does anyone know what would be the closest color mix for CPR Mineral Brown using Vallejo Model Air paints.
Thank you

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  Redball/Mantua Franken-Reefer Kitbash
Posted by: nordk - 12-05-2021, 09:34 PM - Forum: Scratchbuilding and kitbashing - All Scales - Replies (3)

Hello everyone! I've been lurking on Big Blue for a while as I've gotten back into modeling, and I would like to share my current project in HO.

At a trainshow today I found a pair of Redball cardboard carsides printed for the Michigan Alkali Company, and purchased them out of curiosity thinking that I might be able to do something with them eventually. A plan began to develop when arrived home and rediscovered a bag of Mantua reefer parts in the junk box that I had previously purchased (and forgotten about). Both are 40' wood reefers, and between the two of them I have the better part of a car, so I figured I would attempt to make something out of a couple bits of almost-somethings.
Here is what I have to work with:
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The cardboard sides are going to need bracing and support that the metal car's missing sides never needed, so the first order of business is to construct a a carbody to support and hold everything together. Using the underframe as a guide, I trimmed out the length and width of the car from 1/4" Basswood sheet to form the floor of the carbody. A test-fit revealed I was about 1/8"over-zealous with the razor saw, but a stripwood shim brought everything back into alignment. I then drilled holes in the carbody floor in-line with the bolsters on the underframe.

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At first I thought couplers might present a problem. The original coupler boxes are missing from the bag o' parts, but cutting the underframe down to make room for Kadee boxes would make aligning the car ends a more finicky process. Through some trial and error I found that a Kadee No. 213 box is just about the right size and shape to fit, and with some MDC trucks from the truck bin this car will at least roll right.

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With this project now looking quite feasible, I cleaned the metal reefer parts to prep them for some painting touch ups. I elected to keep the oxide red as it's plausible and I wasn't able to find any prototype information on Michigan Alkali's cars other than some lettering specifications. With that drying I turned my attention to bracing for the carsides, which I cut to length from 1/2" square stock and glued to the floor of the carbody and clamped to ensure a square and snug fit.

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  Branchline Heavyweight coaches in CN and CP
Posted by: cnrglen - 12-05-2021, 08:51 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (1)

I posted in an 'upper bunk' thread that I had aquired 4 Branchline heavyweight coaches, all in Canadian Pacific but was a bit 'turned-off' by the color choices from the factory:

Since then I stripped three of them and have started to repaint them. One in Canadian national, two in a better Canadian Pacific color.

The CP cars are painted in CP Tuscan by Scalecoat. 


I painted the CN car with the last of my Rapido CN Green, just when I figured it out. Being in Western Canada, it's not easy to find without mail order from an eastern supplier. I used Polly-S engine black for the bottom. The built Pullman behind is another Branchline car I picked up at a swap meet a few years back.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 12/3 - 12/9/21
Posted by: bdw9535 - 12-03-2021, 04:11 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

WPMA-29  sets out a car for T&T Freezers.



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  CN Single Sheated Boxcar
Posted by: CNR5103 - 11-30-2021, 04:38 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (10)

I recently finished some projects which were on the shelf for some time.  Here is one of them.

A Sylvan Scale Models kit of CN 1929 Single Sheathed 40' Boxcar.  Here are some photos.







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  Making Switches Running Flawless
Posted by: Schraddel - 11-29-2021, 08:33 AM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (1)


several years ago i had the opportunity to purchase a bunch of second hand Shinohara Code70 switches:

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There were some #6's, a pair of #8's and 3-way #6.

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A while i was dreaming what could be done with these switches if ... But that was still a deam. May be become true in the future.

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All have all metal frogs and have to be live wired.

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This were my first Code70 track and here is a comparison between Code 70 and code 83.

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A comparison between old Shinohara Code70 (above) and one of the very last and DCC-friendly 3-way switches from Walther's made by Shinohara.


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  New member
Posted by: Phil55 - 11-28-2021, 10:26 PM - Forum: O/G and Larger Model Railroads - Replies (9)

Thanks for the add!

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  Weekly Photo Fun 11/26/2021
Posted by: UP SD40-2 - 11-26-2021, 08:06 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (12)

A pair of patched units pull a freight past Pine Bluff...
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  Beatles Fans!! Get Back -- Disney+
Posted by: ngauger - 11-24-2021, 04:35 PM - Forum: Lower Berth - No Replies

Just remembered today....

The Beatles Documentary "Get Back" the making of the album is available for streaming beginning tomorrow on Disney+.

Deadline Website

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Posted by: csiguy1970 - 11-21-2021, 12:14 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (5)

Since Amtrak has some heritage units would be nice to see some photos of them.

here is one I caught last weekend ( 11-13-21) on the Pittsburgh mainline near Huntington, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "CP HUNT".


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