I am trying something different with this posting. It seems that the majority of the viewers like viewing pictures of completed models rather than construction articles showing the bits and pieces going together. Oh yes, I am not abandoning the previous emphasis on technique.
My first serious attempt at an all styrene freight car in P48. This model dates back to 1973. The Model Railroader magazine published my construction article on the building the model. The prototype was a 50-ton covered hopper buit by Greenville Car for the Erie. In 1973, finding quality detail parts were hard to come by. Fortunately Bill Clouser created the Ajax handbrake set and AAR couplers to apply to models. The air hoses and AB brake equipment were available from the Back Shop. P48 trucks could be found from only one source.
The very first issue of the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette feature my construction article on building this Quincy & Torch Lake gondola. This is narrow gauge and was built from basswood with Cerro Bend castings that I patterned, molded and cast using Bob Brown’s centrifugal casting machine. The is done over a period of six weeks while still going to work every day.
In 1971 I built this depot from wood and made working styrene windows and Cerro Bend castings for parts like the bench and the old Regulator wall clock.. I entered it in the 1972 NMRA National Convention and won first prize in the structures catagory.
The depot model was based on an old Model Railroader article. In those days, it was the go-to periodical for great modeling material. I had amassed a decent collect of old MRs dating back to the 1940s.
The vinegar tank car shown above and below was built from an old Model Railroader magazine as part of their “Dollar Car” series. Hard to imagine building any car for one dollar today.
The model is made of mostly styrene with a wood tank. Today I would use styrene for the whole project and skip the wood.
Yet another model build inspired by Model Railroader magazine. This snow plow was built following an article by Paul Larson. He wrote a number of interesting article during his tenure at Kalmbach and subsequently his brief time writing for Railroad Model Craftsman.
The model featuers a brass plow shaped and soldered together. The basic frame was made from styrene with wood used for the interior deck and sides. It was one of favorite models.
Here is a shot taken of the underframe ready for the plow and gondola body.
A while ago I acquired a Milwaukee Road diagram book which had a diagram of the prototype plow.
I built this ballast spreader based upon an old drawing from the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad. I built the model from wood and some custom Cerro Bend castings. It was written up in the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette.
The John Deere store shown below was built from styrene completely. The late Chuck Yungkurth collected information and created a drawing and took many photos of the prototype in upstate New York. The construction of this model appeared in the Gazette along with the Yungkurth drawing.
The Jack’s Cabin water tank was a fun project built in the late 1960s using wood and a plan done by Cliff Grandt. I had found one photo of the prototype tank.
I built this bucket loader coal station based on a Paul Larson article in the Model Railroader magazine. The prototype structure was located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on the Milwaukee Road. Scale basswood lumber was the principal material used in the build. The two figures were once sold by the late Gordon Canon and were cast in Cerro Bend alloy.
After seeing a Tom Yorke plaster kit for a very similiar building, I decided to make my own version using styrene and embossed brick material. It was fun to take a shot at trying a brick building.
Thank you for enduring my trip through memory lane.