Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Progress and Planning

As I make my way through the summer heat here in Vegas, I have been plinking away at different projects. I have a few more articles off to N Scale Railroading, they should be in the next few issues. I've been working on some freight cars for a friend (pics are coming soon), I've added few small details to the layout, and I'm planning for a year away.

As many of you know, the NMRA convention was this last weekend in Kansas City. I didn't make that show, but I am planning on being at next years show in Salt Lake City. The plan is to bring the entire Skally Line up to join in the MASSIVE FreemoN layout. I think the layout is already scheduled to be about 110 feet by 110 feet. To make the full scale ops work better, I am planning a few additional modules. I have already started prep work and I will pick up lumber next week.

The first module planned is Pine City. I will have the Depot, the Snake River Bridge, and a small MOW siding.
The next module is the South Siding Switch in Hinckley. This will extend the BNSF side of my interchange modules. I would like to get the BNSF siding up to 10 or 12 feet long for the show so it will be a good spot for meets.
The weather is cooling off already and I would like to take advantage of that for module construction. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

June Update

Wow, time is accelerating. I had some nice time to make progress on some projects over the last couple of weeks. I was able to finish up a few things I've been working on. I finished ILSX SW1500 #942. It is currently in testing on the Skally. It was a full detail, repaint, and weathering. I had to modify an SP unit by filling 2/3 of the lights and filling in extra windows.
The next thing to finish off was the second of my Jordan Spreaders. I decided to make this one a MILW unit. I didn't rust it as bad as the prototype I based it off of, but it gets the point across.
I'm also making progress on my Schnabel project. The car is done, the load is mostly done, I just need to get it weathered and bolted to the car.

Here are some of the projects hanging out together. I have a few cars to finish for a friend and then I will turn my attention back to the layout.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I'm still here!

Ok, that was a long gap in updating the blog. It wasn't that I wasn't making progress, it was that it was tough to stop and make a post about it.
Here are some highlights:
I've had a couple of ops sessions. Things have been working well, I've been tuning turnouts for better performance.
I've been working on misc. projects. Here is one Jordan Spreader I just built. I have one more to knock out. 
Details. I made this trailer from a Showcase Miniatures kit. You can also see one of the ILS SW1500s I've been working on (924). ILSX 942 is on the workbench now.
I made progress on several scenes on the layout. Tiller and Zinpro have progressed the most. I will get back to them later this summer.