Summer 2021 is the beginning to return to normalicy. One sign was the O Scale National Convention that was held in Denver this past week. An interesting note is that the San Juan standard gauge styrene boxcars are coming back to the market after a long time.
Right O’Way has developed a new joiner bars that are easier to use than the older style joiners which were cast as a pair with a spacer. I have never liked this style but used them on my layouts.
The joiners are soldered to the rail for one side of the joint. The new bars seem to fit the rail better.
The mating rail slides into the soldered joiners.
Jay Criswell is in the process of adding this new piece of jewelry to his website.
Here is an useful product for preserving CA and the container. The caps are actually made from the silicon and used for powder coating metail. The silicon material will not stick or bond to CA. It is perfect for use as a cap for the CA containers. I have been using the caps for a while and they seal the spout tightly and keep it from hardening. James Booth provided me the information on these silicon caps. James suggested buying them on Amazon. I did buy them on Amazon and were less than $8 for a lifetime supply.
Ammo has released a new range of colors in acrylic. The Dry Brush paint is a thick and smooth finish. I tried a sample application on a piece stripwood. Dry brushing works best with a short and stiff bristle brush. LIghtly dip the brush in the paint and wipe off excess on a paper towel. Brush lightly onto the surface. The effect is interesting but I must admit that more work is needed on my part. You can find the paint in dealers who cater the armor and airplane modelers.
Protocraft is expecting to receive the first shipment of their new 50′ automobile boxcars. There were some quality problems on the initial samples. Norm Buckhart returned them for correcting problems. Anyone who is familiar with the brass importing game, will understand that it is a normal process. Currently the production models are on their way to the US. Norm kept a few of the models and had them finished. The C&O car is shown on Norm’s railroad.
Hope that information is useful to followers of this blog.