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 Posted: Sat Dec 7th, 2019 12:12 am
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Alan Sewell

Joined: Sun Nov 19th, 2017
Location: Hertford, United Kingdom
Posts: 193

Sorry I have not posted for a while.

Life has been a bit fraught so progress on the layout has been glacial,
however to keep some enthusiasm going,
I have been trying to reduce my stock of un-made kits.

Many have sat under the layout waiting for the mood to strike,
and in some cases they have been there for many many years!

Over the last month or so this has included:

A log truck conversion to a Mack tractor,
using a Sylvan Scale Models conversion kit,
I brought at the NMRA Convention at Portland in 2015.

A Walthers road grader I brought in 2017,
and a heavy duty fork lift from a 2018 purchase.

A  GMC 6x6 Truck in white metal I have had since probably late 1990’s,
which needed some considerable clean up and some straightening.
However I am happy with the result.

This was also true of a Ford Fire/water truck,
I brought in Australia in 2012.

A photo of these is attached,
which also shows a crane modified from a Tichy Kit. 
I have had this for 15 years at least!!

It is based on a similar crane at Rayonier’s Railroad Camp,
and although this was always the intention,
the execution took some time.


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 Posted: Sat Dec 7th, 2019 12:13 am
172nd Post
Alan Sewell

Joined: Sun Nov 19th, 2017
Location: Hertford, United Kingdom
Posts: 193
I have also finished, but not yet weathered, a 100-ton moving car.

This was a resin kit by Funaro & Camerlengo/Schulkill Iron Works,
and although the body was well done,
it required different trucks, stirrup steps, grab irons, etc. to complete.

I will post a photo when the final work is done.

Easy to do, relatively, was the paint and assembly of two lumber straddle carriers.
These were 3D-printed and I picked up the supplier,
from reading about a Prototype Modelers meet in Railroad Model Craftsman.
I am very impressed with these.

A photo is attached of one of these and the grader,
which also requires weathering,
outside the mill truck shop.

In the background is a slightly modified SS Scale models 1920’s straddle carrier,
I built about 10 years ago.

However I have got to get into upgrading scenery this winter,
as I have intended for the past two winters!!!!


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 Posted: Sat Dec 7th, 2019 04:56 pm
173rd Post
Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 960
Talk about seasoned kits...

I have a Kemtron On3 Shay partially started (frame and cylinders are done)
that has been aging in the neighborhood of 40 years.

Then there is the O Scale standard gauge LeBelle combine,
certainly more than 37 years.  

So I applaud your progress.

I hope to finish the wiring of the mill end of the logging operation today.  


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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2019 04:56 pm
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Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 5577
Hi Alan  :wave:

Your lil' patch of Washington 'a la loft' North of The Smoke, is  L :cool: :cool: Kin'  C :cool: :cool: L  ! 

The vehicles are real nice there in the mooodern scene !  :shades:

When I think about how much I like largish vehicles ...  :thumb:

... I wish I wasn't modeling in 1:35 ...  :f:

... cos a logging yard full of 'em would take up a whole loft !  :shocked:

My ultra-modest HO vehicle collection ...  :P

... does include a rather nice fine-diecast 'Volvo' log-loader ^^ though.

(a tad  T :shades: :shades:  M :shades: :shades: :shades: D E R N  for you though ?)  L:

It even came with different & changable front-loader mechs ... NICE !  :)

One day it will be loading some of my 'Tri-ang' Transcontinental logging cars.  :bg:  :time:

Great photo ^^ Alan, that you posted in Reg's Thread a while back.  :old dude:

Can you tell me what Make & Model of tank car that is in the photo.  ???

I have looked at just about every HO tank car under the sun lookin' for 1:35n2 BASH victims ...

... but I don't think I've come across that ^^ one ?  L:

NICE car !  :2t:

It has a slightly 'old time' look to it ...

... but is too long to be the classic ultra-old 'Roundhouse' Old-Time one.

Mmm .  .   .   :us:

:java::moose:  :java::moose:  :java::moose:  :java::moose:  :java::moose:



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