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Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Re: PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: November 24, 2015, 11:55:20 AM »
FWIW, I received a BS reefer last week. It is very nice and ready to go right out of the box (no surprise there, huh?)

Anyway, the only criticism I can give is the scribing on the car sides isn't as pronounced as the PSC kit. The underbody detail isn't the usual BS level but that's because the car is intended to be equipped with Soundtrax's new sound decoder and in order to make that work some sacrifices had to be made. There's been enough debate on the issue so I'm not really going to get into it. I really have no opinion one way or the other and in the grand scheme of things since it can't be seen unless you take the car off the track and look no one but the owner/operator is ever going to know what's there. It is what it is.

To me, the biggest advantage the BS reefer has over the PSC reefer is cost. For less than $50 (if you're a good bargain hunter) you have an awesome RTR 30' wood reefer. You probably won't get the PSC reefer for that price (factoring in the costs for the kit, decals, trucks, couplers) and when you add in the cost for your time/labor, glue, paint, etc. there's no way you can touch the BS value for the dollar. The only, non-tangible, value that the PSC reefer gives is the fun you get from building the car yourself and the satisfaction derived going from part sprues to a running car. Of course that in of itself is purely subjective and will vary greatly from person to person.

I'll try to take some pics of the BS reefer along with side-by-side shots of my PSC one and post those in a few days.

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Re: PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: November 24, 2015, 11:37:39 AM »
Hi Jeff - thanks for sharing ! I see u also have a softspot for armour ...
Airplanes too :)

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Re: PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:14:45 PM »
From what I have seen the reefer had the longer trucks.  Either one rolls very well. The guys on the yahoo group seem to hate them. Oh well, they're all I had on hand and didn't feel like ordering any BS ones.

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Re: More work on the layout
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:40:36 AM »
I am using FT #4 & #6 turnouts and #4 wyes. My BS K27's and C19 handle them fine,  no problems. I posted some videos on youtube. Do a search for jbrundt.

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Re: PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:34:54 AM »
Paint applied, still need gloss coat and decals.

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Re: PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:33:21 AM »

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Re: PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:29:25 AM »
Ready for paint:

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / PSC D&RGW reefer
« on: January 02, 2015, 10:49:50 AM »
Started work on PSC's D&RGW reefer.

Still not happy with the trucks as provided by PSC so I used Kadee #717's I had in the parts bin. While these are tedious to assemble they work much better. I know BS trucks would be the best but I don't have any on hand and didn't want to wait to order some  ;)  The Kadee's are still nice and roll very well.

More to come......

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / PSC D&RGW fishbelly bulkhead flat
« on: December 30, 2014, 11:18:13 AM »
I picked one of these up a few days ago from Narrow Gauge Colorado......not a bad kit.

all ready for paint.....

And all painted, ready to go....

Only issue was with the trucks furnished in the kit. They are crap, lots of rolling resistance and they do not mount to the bolster bar at all, there's no clearance for the screw shoulder on the truck screws as provided by PSC so the truck cannot pivot worth a damn. I ended up using some spare Roundhouse HOn3 trucks I had in the spares box that I picked up years ago. They may be the wrong style (archbar vs bettendorf) but at least they are the correct wheel spacing. The car rolls very freely and the trucks can swivel which is what I want more than total scale accuracy. I used Kadee #713 couplers.

Some screw ups by me not paying attention to assembly as well as some decal issues with Solvaset application and being in a hurry. But from 3ft away I can live with it. I have another kit I'll put together in the future.

Hope you guys like.

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / More work on the layout
« on: December 30, 2014, 11:05:12 AM »
Since winter train season is here I started more work on the layout again.

I filled in around the turntable with PoP

Smoothing out the ground near the engine house...

Working on the rough-in for the Campbell timber tunnel portal....

Ground cover added to the yard/turntable area...

Continuing around with some new terrain base, here's what it looks like before the construction starts...

Some pink foam sheet for a base...

Some risers underneath to give support....

Terrain form added with crumpled newspapers backing up plaster cloth strips....

The small flat area near the tunnel portal will be for a future gas station.....

Not sure yet what I'll add to the 'flat surface' but I have room to grow now.

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Empire Midland drop bottom gon
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:07:58 PM »
I bought this a few years ago. It already had couplers installed. The problem was the couplers were below the scale coupler pocket position, which made the car ride much higher than the BS drop bottom gons. The trucks also had A LOT of rolling resistance and also contributed to the excess height (due to thick brass washers on the bolster). So this past weekend I decided to see what I could do to improve things.

I used a set of BS trucks but after trying to see if they would work it was clear there was way more wrong. The center beam was too wide and when the trucks would turn the wheel flanges would hit this center beam. I also wanted to try and put the couplers in the scale pocket location. Unfortunately there was no way they would fit. These old brass cars are designed for something like a Seargent coupler.

So I had to make a decision that would force me down a path of no return and quite possible ruin. I got out the dremel and started hacking. I had to cut about an inch off each end of the center beam, make a new coupler mount as wekk as a bolster mount for the trucks. A few days and lots of trials later here are the results...


I know it's not correct but at least I have another gon for the layout and didn't have to scrap the car entirely.

Something like this really, really makes you appreciate BS RTR cars.

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Re: Track plan
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:57:11 PM »
Winter brings more progress to the layout.

I started building the actual structures to replace the foam mock-ups I made. First up is Mooney's hardware from Bar Mills....




The truck in the foreground was a repaint/rework of a Life Like pre-built/made truck. I used some Vallejo colors and made a new flat bed for it from sheet styrene.


Next up are oil storage tanks by Scale Structures.

Next is the oil derrick from American Model Builders.


The walking beam oil pump is from Walthers and is powered. I wired it for two speeds using an old power supply from an HP printer. I was a bit surprised at how noisy the motor is.
And last is the Chama oil dock from Sequoia Scale Models

As you can see a good deal of work has been done and this was accomplished from the last week after Christmas until now.

Hope you like.

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Re: Track plan
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:55:21 PM »
It's been a while since I posted the track plan and quite a bit has happened on the layout in the interim.

Here are some recent videos to show you how things look today.



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