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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.

Swap Meet / For sale: HOn3 Cowichan Shay
« on: July 13, 2011, 02:12:50 PM »
I have a PFM/United Cowichan Shay for sale. It runs well, though a bit noisy. Original box and foam packing. Some tarnish.

If you're interested I can send some pictures and we can talk price.

Please contact me off board:

jbrundt at yahoo dot com



HOn3 General Discussion Forum / WSM C-16 Videos
« on: June 07, 2011, 03:30:15 PM »
As promised here are the videos of my WSM C-16:

It was re-motored with LocoDoc kit, Tsunami C-Class sound decoder. Painted by myself using Testors lacquer and decorated with  Microscale decals. I weathered the loco with Testors clear flat lacquer and some weathering powders. I added extra pick-ups on the rear tender truck to improve electrical contact (no more hesitation through the frogs!!). Tender has Kadee 714 coupler installed. Dummy coupler is on the front of the loco. I added some Bullfrog Snot to the non-pickup drivers to give some extra traction on my 4% grades.



HOn3 General Discussion Forum / My C-16 is getting closer
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:00:15 PM »
My goal of having a brass C-16 running on the layout is getting closer.

The re-motor/decoder kit I ordered for my WSM C-16 a few months ago finally arrived and I began the mod work. Unfortunately the Lenz decoder's magic smoke was released and one of the IC chips has a nice burn spot on it. $80 down the drain.  :-[  It gave me the excuse to get a Tsunami C-class sound decoder. However, it required installation in the tender vs the as received installation of the Lenz on the side of the falbhauer motor.

Fortunately SoundTrax makes a 9-pin disconnect plug. I managed to figure out how to get the plug and board mounted as well as routing a light from the head lamp through the boiler. The decoder, speaker and the existing lead weight all fit nicely in the tender. Test runs yesterday morning proved successful so everything was disassembled and painting was completed last night. Hopefully this evening I can remove the masking from the gear in the frame and remove paint from electrical contact areas and begin re-assembly.

Pics to follow....


Swap Meet / for sale: set of 4 brass HOn3 drop bottom gons
« on: April 30, 2011, 04:01:03 PM »
I have a set of 4 Empire Midland brass drop bottom gons for sale.

unpainted/no couplers installed.

$125 plus shipping

I accept paypal, check, M.O.

if you're interested drop me a line at

jbrundt at yahoo dot com



HOn3 General Discussion Forum / BS passenger trucks?
« on: April 08, 2011, 11:01:34 AM »
I posted this on the yahoo group but no responses....

Just wondering if the new BS passenger trucks would work on PSC passenger cars?

I have a complete set of the PSC cars but their trucks don't roll as freely as the BS ones do and it's a struggle for my K-27's to pull even 2 cars.


Photo Gallery Comments / Pics of my ore car in the gallery
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:23:43 AM »
I posted some pics of my recently painted Tichy Train Group 22' ore car in the gallery. It's intended as a standard gauge but I modified the kit trucks to fit Kadee HOn3 wheels/axles. I installed Kadee 714 couplers. Paint is Tamiya hull red for the exterior and light grey for the interior. Decals are cobbled together from Microscale's D&RGW rolling stock sheet. I applied an enamel wash and added some light dry brushing to 'pop' the details. Final clear coat was with MM acrylic flat.


Prototype Information / K-27 coal burn rate?
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:01:44 AM »
From a question posed on another forum what would the typical range (in miles) be for a K-27 with it's tender full of coal and water?

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / CONOCO decals
« on: March 08, 2011, 09:08:50 AM »
Does any make CONOCO decals for HOn3 tank cars?

I have a few brass tank cars I need to paint and decal.


Prototype Information / D&RGW end of track bumpers?
« on: March 07, 2011, 03:23:29 PM »
Does anyone have any pics of a typical end of track bumper the D&RGW used?

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Track plan
« on: February 24, 2011, 03:40:18 PM »
As requested by our board owner, here's a pic of my layout track plan...

Welcome aboard! / Hello!
« on: February 23, 2011, 04:01:06 PM »
I'm new to the group.

I've always loved narrow gauge. Malcolm Furlow's SJC series in MRR magazine in the early 80's was my inspiration.

here's a link to my photo-bucket album where you can see some of my other interests as well as a folder for my layout:

Just the layout

I model the D&RGW but a freelanced version of a branchline connected to it. I still haven't worked out the details on the exact local except that it's in Colorado  ::) but I'm getting there.

I run predominantly steam but I also have a few HOn3 diesels on the roster.


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