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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Started on a new painting.
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:41:22 PM »

Water fill at Needleton
Mixed media on 380 gram paper.

Kit Building / BIS C&S water tank for HOn3
« on: April 04, 2020, 08:49:14 AM »
Hi all.
I just built this.

Limited edition kit #168.

I've had it for a very long time, and each time I looked at the manual, I just put it away again...
The big issue was the tapered tank and the bands.
I just bit the bullet now and built it!
The base was rather easy to build.

To solve the tapering of the scale 8"x 2" planks, I made a fixture in my 3D printer.

The planks was to be reduced by 1/64" on one end... So a good fixture was crucial.

I taped the planks before removing them from the fixture. That's so I didn't mix the small and big ends.

I stained them while taped.

The wood was then glued to the cardboard tank base.

I only had to trim some of them to get good vertical alignment.

Finished tank:

All in all a very nice kit.

Rolling Stock / D&RGW 3000 series boxcar in HOn3
« on: March 13, 2020, 05:17:44 AM »
I really like the Rail line kits!
Sure, they have a bunch of miniature parts to be fitted, but the results are so worth it!
I started on this D&RGW 3000 series boxcar the other night.

I painted it with Testor DRGW freight car red and then Microscale gloss before adding the San Juan decals.

It took a LOT of MicroSol to make the decals conform to the planking.

I used my own designed/printed trucks with Kadee wheelsets. They are very suitable for this car, as the couplers went on at perfect height with no shims.

I weather the car with oil paints that I dab on and then streak with a flat brush moistened with turpenoid.

When the oils have dried I add a brownish black oilbased filter all over before the detail weathering. I add some rust with Lifecolor acrylics and then some airbrushed dust.

Weathered and finished.

The roof did turn out quite good.

It's always nice to have doors that can be opened.
I use Sergent couplers on my fleet, and they sure look good.
Now I have 4 more to finish.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Built a new workshop
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:15:47 PM »
I built a new workshop next to my layout room.
The layout is in the back of my big garage (1700 sq.foot), and I really needed a warm clean space to build models in....
This is how it looked on the 5th of January:

I had new doors installed last year.

Some of the lumber.

New door to the workshop.

I framed the walls with 2 x 4 lumber.
The room will be 17' x 15'.

OSB sheets over moisture barrier.

Door installed and sheetrock finished.

Walls painted and electrical work done.

Floor painted with 2-part epoxy.

The room in front is also getting there...

Bench tops are installed on special wall brackets screwed to the wall studs.

Storage shelves and work table.

Special place for the Anycubic printer...

Paint booth with filter.

The 14' long workbench getting ready for work.
I use LED armatures all over. LED tubes in the roof and LED strips over the workbenches.
Thanks for watching.
The project didn't take more than 3 weeks from start to finish.

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.

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