A rainy day on the Brazos means it's time to get some work done on the standard gauge Christmas layout. Here is the Kringle residence in progress. Way too advanced for a first attempt at scratchbuilding, but it is teaching me valuable lessons...
Well, here is my Cocoa Tanker for the Frosty the Snowman Express. First attempt at disassembling and reassembling a car, first repaint and reletter.
I will use a white paper straightedge for a guideline for lettering from now on. After lettering both ends and both sides, I finally figured out how to apply dry-transfer letters. I thought the satin paint would grab the letters but it was much better with a light coat of matte.
Not sure how well it shows up, but I also.tried dry-brushing on this car. I added some chocolate spillage to the domes and tracked along the walkways.
I changed out the trucks, as well. I had cut off the rivets holding the original trucks and repaced them with a pair from an old Lionel caboose. The caboose had trucks which attach with clips in a groove on the truck pin inside the frame.
John, Karen is the little girl in the Frosty the Snowman Christmas cartoon. We got the LionChief Frosty set and it has cars dedicated tothe other characters, but not to the main character (besides Frosty) so we decided Karen needed a car, too.
Si, Santa's car collection consists of a 1934 Ford Coupe, a '34 Ford Pickup, a 1971
Buick Riviera (boattail model) and Mrs. Claus' 1957 Chevy Nomad.
I will post pictures once the garage project is a bit further along - it's just a front wall at this point.
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