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Scenery: Rock & Landforms / Stone wall roller
« on: September 22, 2019, 02:21:04 PM »
Hi all!
I made a tool for embossing stones in DAS clay.

The tools and stuff needed. DAS clay, an empty sugar dispenser, rolling pin, knife, glue and a good supply of small pebbles.

Roll out some clay with the rolling pin, it should be large enough to cover the plastic tube and be around 1/8" thick.

Emboss the clay with the pebbles.

Wrap it around the plastic tube, seal it together by pressing it. Then emboss stones at the seam.

When dry, seal the clay with varnish.
Roll out some DAS clay and then roll the stone tool over it, firmly!

Then lay it to dry.
You can drape it around objects to shape it while drying.
Next installment will be painting it.

Kit Building / Split station
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:01:03 PM »
Hi all!
I'm building on my layout again after the summer months.
The town of Holy cross on my HOn3 layout is slowly taking shape.
But, I realised that the station took up too much real estate.
I therefore decided to move it to the aisle side of the rails.

The space was a bit narrow though. So, I decided to cut the building in half lengthwise.  :o

That makes it possible to see the interior of it and make it a bit of a show point.

The starting point was an Atlas station.
I cut it in half and used the remaining pieces to make the interior walls.
The cut was painted red to highlight it.
What do you think?

Rolling Stock / 3D printed Arch bar trucks
« on: June 22, 2019, 09:45:03 AM »
Hi all!
My good friend 3D printed my own designed Arch bar trucks. He has a Anycubic Photon, and these are printed with the new waterbased resin.

Hi all!
These are my latest paintings.

Abandoned track #1
Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm.

Abandoned track #2
Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Things that derails your plans...
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:34:35 PM »
Good evening friends!
As some of you have probably seen, I have started my layout build.
Yesterday the wife "happened" to look at a house for sale in a neighboring village.
Today we were looking at it with the realtor, and it is basically everything we want...
2700 sq.f living area, 300 sq.f. glazed conservatory and a detached garage of 800 sq.f....
So now it seems like we might be selling what we have now and be moving house.
And then I have to move the layout as well.  ::)
In addition to a train room with the same dimensions as I have now, I'll get a hobby room of 200 sq.f. and my own office of 200 sq.f.
Sure, the house costs 2 times as much as the one we have but it might be worth it.

Finished Kits & Dioramas / Yorke Pool Hall and Bordello in HO
« on: December 17, 2018, 07:30:29 AM »
Thomas Yorke's kit of the "Pool Hall and Bordello" in HO scale.



Primed the castings with grey and started the stone color.

I paint the stones with a light ochre.

The floor:

I used the Vallejo wood paint set.

Looks nice when dry.

The fronts are very time consuming to build, as they need to be built to fit.

Interior wall for the stair well.

Most of the building assembled.

The rooms are lit up with SMD LEDs



Roof details:

Fuel tank;



I'm very happy with the result.

Finished Kits & Dioramas / Bret's Brewery in HO
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:58:23 AM »
Hi all, here's some photos of my build of the brewery.

Bret's Brewery in HO scale.

The band!

Loading dock

The rail side.

Boiler house

Front on.

Upper floor detail.

Water tank.

Finished Kits & Dioramas / The Dinky Creek bridge
« on: July 07, 2018, 02:39:25 PM »
Recent build.

Sorry, no construction images. My memory card did not want to find them....
Wood structure kit from Scale Structures limited.
The Dinky Creek bridge in HOn3.
All rivets and fittings are in metal .... Painting all the metal parts and drilling holes for 600+ NBWs is a bit of therapy.

Finished Kits & Dioramas / Station in two eras
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:48:18 AM »
The swedish narrow gauge station in Ankarsrum in two versions in HO, painted and weathered by me for a friend.
He intends to replace the old with the new depending on what era he runs.

Here is how it looked in the 60's:

The look of it today:

The freight depots, the newer version is the one with yellow doors.:

The shed (now demolished) :

Rolling Stock / K-27 # 461 and others finished
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:09:28 PM »
I've finished the Sunset models HOn3 K-27 as number 461.
It has a Tsunami decoder installed.
I painted it with a green boiler just because....

Here's my collection of K-27's:

#452, 455, 460, 461 and 463.
One of these are not like the others though. As one isn't a brass engine.
Which one?

Super Detailing / Homemade headlight reflector with LED
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:54:19 PM »
Latest project ....
A reflector with light for my narrow-gauge locomotives.
The diameter of the reflector is 4 mm.
The LED is 0.5 x 1 mm!
The reflector is made out of aluminum from oven trays.
I took a nut of the right diameter and slowly pushed the aluminum with the rounded top of the hat from a ballpoint pen.
Then I rough cut the edges and filed it to shape with a needle file.
I then drilled a 0.8 mm hole in the center of the reflector.
I glued the LED to the backside of the reflector with epoxy.
The LED is a bit too white, so it'll get a drop of Tamiya transparent orange.
Then I'll take Microscale Crystal Clear and fill the reflector so it gets a lens.

Rolling Stock / D&RGW K-27 #460
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:42:55 PM »
Westside models K-27 #460 in HOn3 dismantled in preparation for painting.
These engines are like Swiss watches in their build quality.
A pure joy to work with.
I have prepared it for LED lights in both the front and rear headlights.
It will get a Soundtraxx DCC sound decoder with a sugar cube speaker.
The D&RGW #460 is a very odd engine. It was never modernized to piston valves, neither did it get a shortened smokebox.
The version I'm painting will represent how it looked in the mid -30's.
It will now get a bath in some acetone before being sandblasted.
I will then paint it in Scalecote 1 engine black that will be baked in the oven for an hour or so...

Rolling Stock / My K-27 in HOn3 is finally finished
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:31:20 PM »
My brass Sunset models K-27 is finished.
This has been a long road....
First I had to sort out the power pickups, and added phosphor bronze wipers.
Then I replaced the worm with a new one from NWSL.
The next was installation of a Econami decoder with stay alive and dual speakers.
The worst problem was that the drive wheels were out of gauge (and so was the tender wheels...).
I corrected that, and finally I could paint it!
I used Scalecote 1 engine black and baked it in the oven.
Then I painted the details with water based paint and a brush.
The decals are from San Juan, and it was a quick job to apply them.
The weathering is a mix of various water based paints except for the rods and valve gear which got some MIG engine oil wash (oil based).
Now I just have to add some details, such as cab curtains, water bags and such and crushed coal in the tender.

Finished Kits & Dioramas / Photos of my favorite builds
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:56:01 PM »
Some of my favorite builds in HO/HOn3.

Coach in HOn3

Combine in HOn3

Caboose in HOn3

Boxcar HOn3

Paper model scratchbuilt.

Miller & sons diorama.

Station close up.


20 t Shay in HO

Bi-level station

Gas station

Leadville building in HO

Modified Lindbergh tug in HO

Weathered brass C-19 in HOn3

FSM engine house for HOn3

Scratchbuilt paper model in HO

Roundhouse for HOn3

Sierra Hotel in HO

Detailed and weathered Swedish Sb locomotive in HO. (Tenshodo)

Drugstore in HO

Store in HO

Auhagen building

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