|A set of dual-service F7ABBAs lead No.57 between Ilmon and Bena at La Mesa Model Railroad Club|
Current Posts: Fall 2016For starters click on the following links to these build blogs:
SP 5199, a SC&F 69-BP-30-3 (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4), (Part 5), (Part 6)
Modeling SP HW Coach & Chair Cars (Part1, SP 1050)
Modeling SP 1050, Decals & Windows (Part 2)
Passenger Consist Modeling:
The Shasta, a Pike-Size Passenger Train Reprised
Freight Car Modeling:
SP 65ft Mill Gondolas
Ex-EPSW 40ft Gondola Kitbashed from Mantua Model
Index of SP Passenger Car Models
Future ProjectsAmong the posts I hope to repost in the future under the kitbashing category are the following:
Engine Modeling and Kitbashing1a. Kato/Atlas RSD-5s - Making a family of engines that might not be totally "right" but don't attract attention to the compromises.
1b. Reposting my old how-to on Rebuilding Intermountain AC-class models for heavy operations. Generally I feel that this project was a failure as none of the rebuilt engines survived more than 6 years of regular service at La Mesa Model Railroad Club (Tehachapi Pass).
Caboose & Rider Car Modeling and KitbashingCaboose and other rear-end cars - What makes a caboose and how where they used? Modeling of
various 'cabooses' and other rider equipment.
Freight Car Modeling and KitbashingVarious freight car kitbashing articles - both new and reposted old ones. Most of these are surprisingly simple to do and make 95% accurate models, perhaps stand-in models - until something better is made commercially. Some of these are also used where 20-40+ cars are needed for an operational plan, so the old and cheap models are a better starting point than a $200+ brass model you'll be lucky to ever find more than one of!
Passenger Car Modeling and KitbashingVarious passenger car models, again pretty easy kitbashes, some more involved than others to make accurate (or as close as is reasonable) models of certain SP, Pullman, UP, ATSF, etc cars.
Passenger Consist ModelingHopefully this will bridge over into more complete consist discussion of affordable and accurate modeling options for certain signature passenger trains using models built in the above series of articles. These consist posts will likely include SP trains such as:
San Joaquin Daylight (Nos.51/52) - The lowest of the Daylights, the San Joaquin Daylight is an interesting Cinderella story of a train that always sacrifices so her step-sisters, the Morning Daylight, Noon Daylight, (later Coast Daylight), and Shasta Daylights looked their best!
Sacramento Daylight (Nos.53/54) - Everyone seems to have a WSM 3000/3001 4-4-2, but what are you supposed to pull with it? This should give you a great little "pike-sized" train consist for your 4x8 or garage-sized layout!
Tehachapi Mail (Nos.55/56) - This should also cover the weekly fluctuations in the consists, day to day.
Owl (Nos.57/58) - I hope to cover modeling options for consists from 1946-to-1956
West Coast (Nos.59/60) - The West Coast I plan to mostly talk about the post-1949 era with some discussion of earlier thru Portland connections too.
Hopefully this will be an educational and productive new blog.