Dispite work on a 7/8 scale boxcar on Friday, On30 is back in swing full tilt. I have a couple of hoppers being constructed, one wooden one form my resin castings, another steel one building from scratch in styrene. I have elected to go with the proper Bachmann On30 trucks since I found them for roughly the same price as the HO scale ones I was using. I ordered 7pairs of them this morning actually the Vulcan cast steel trucks instead of the archbars, the ones that should be under the new Bmann Hoppers I requested from Santa. I am planning on starting a EBTesque boxcar in On30 in the near future, seems I already have most of what I will need onhand.
Friday, December 9, 2005
Spent most of this week updating the On30 files. Man I got a lot accomplished in a short time last year. I guess that part of the attraction of O scale. I resurrected the 0-6-0 project earlier this week, it has a cab now and I am diligently working on the slope back tender. Will prolly work on it some more today as well as finishing off the steel hopper that I have underway.
Decided I wasn't terribly happy with the tender shell I built last night for the 0-6-0. Did some perusing of my research material, and in "Next Stop Honalulu" found an 0-6-0 with a nifty little tender that looked more like something I wanted. Quick trip through the bandsaw and I had it trimmed down to size. Looking to put the wrapper on the tender shell after lunch.
Didn't get around to putting a wrapper on the tender, but made and mounted all the appliances for the boiler and did aall the plumbing too. Sometimes I even amaze myself. Just could be that I get the ol gal finished up this weekend.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Banged some cars around in the East Lavender Yard this evening. I think I'm going to have the farthest back track as a station track and have it extend off the end of the layout, like it is actually one end of a passing siding. I placed the station there and it actually looks good! Looking to snag a 2-8-2 mech this weekend off Ebay for the next project.