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A few things in progress on my workbench
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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...

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A couple other projects in progress. The trolley is a repaint/reletter of a yellow Lionel bump n go trolley. This will be No. 1 for the Polar Oscillating Light Express - Everyone rides the POLE!

The tanker is an old Lionel Sunoco tanker being repainted and relettered for service as a hot cocoa car for the Frosty's Express.


The building is a bash of two Plasticville fire stations into a 4-car garage for Santa's street rod collection.

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The Kringles use Strickland Propane (and propane accessories).

And if anyone asks for their reindeer steak well-done, Santa politely, but firmly, asks them to leave.

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I just finished the porch railing and porch roof on Casa Claus.

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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.

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The Polar Express 2-8-4 Berkshire drops a load of coal for the bad boys and girls at the North Pole coaling tower in the background. Clausco Toys is ducking behind the curtain.

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Hi Rich,
Nice job on the Cocoa tanker. :2t: What does Karen think of it?



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" 4-car garage for Santa's street rod collection."

Hi Rick :wave:

I look forward to seeing Ol' Beardys run abouts !
MAXIMUM width Good Years I hope.
Chains packed in the trunk, just in case.

I guess the FLAMES coming from the wheel arches
should melt any delivery delaying snow & ice though !

;)

Si.

Off for a cocoa & a beard trim . . .



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Thanks, guys!

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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The POLE is ready to ride!

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