I was digging through some storage boxes in my shop and found a few surprises. One of the finds was an incomplete 1/4″ scale model of the Columbia Valley HO kit. This is the same design that I talked about in an earlier blog. It has been a favorite of mine ever since I saw the HO kit.
I bought the HO kit and used it as a pattern for my model. The HO kit was a traditional wood and cardboard style of construction. My version was done in styrene and Evergreen novelty siding instead of “scribed” style material used in the kit. I revised the method of assembly to simplify paint. The window and door frames are built over a .040″ strips so to create a recess so the novelty siding will slide under the window and door trim.
The door openings were sized to fit Grandt Line parts.
I am looking forward to finish up the project that was started over 30 years ago.
The second item found was a model built for a Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette article that was published in 1976. Bob Brown asked me to see if I could do a small article for a future issue. The future issue happened to be only a couple months away. The model is of a ballast spreader based on an old Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad drawing. I was never able to find a picture of the prototype so I don’t know if it was actually built. My model was built from basswood and was stained with Floquil lacquer paints. The model used Henning 1/4″AAR steel wheels.