Work has progressed, albeit slowly, on the various Railflyer bits and pieces I’ve received so far. An in-law invasion last week, and various other commitments have limited my time at the benchwork, but since this stuff is all in kit form it doesn’t require that I waste any time brainstorming solutions to problems as I generally would were I working with a model from other manufacturers. As further inspiration, Ryan Harris has posted photo’s of his progress with two SD walkway modules: http://www.pbase.com/mecrharris/railflyer. Continue reading “Railflyer Model Prototypes Construction Update”
Railflyer Model Prototypes Detail Parts
DP-6052, the $12.49 Pilot plates I ordered from Railflyer, with which I’ll be able to exactly model the pilots on BN GP38-2 2154, without any modification, measuring, cutting, speaking with the Atlas parts department or other tedious activities.
I arrived home from work last night (at midnight) to find a long awaited package from Canada sitting on the porch. With all thoughts of sleep banished from my mind, I opened the box to find most of what I need to complete my two RFMP Walkway Modules. More photo’s and descriptions are under the cut. Continue reading “Railflyer Model Prototypes Detail Parts”
Railflyer Model Prototypes Walkway Module Kit – 34″ Wheelbase Assembly
Well, I’ve finally reached a stage on the first of my two Railflyer walkway modules where there’s not much more I can do until the rest of my order arrives. It didn’t actually take that long, but I was working on my F unit as well. Plus getting time at the workbench is never terribly easy. Continue reading “Railflyer Model Prototypes Walkway Module Kit – 34″ Wheelbase Assembly”
Railflyer Model Prototypes Walkway Module Kit
Since he was going to be in Massachusetts anyway for the ARS Railroad Hobby Show (see my previous post), Christopher Howard of Railflyer Model Prototypes was kind enough to bring the walkway modules I ordered from him. What you see above is essentially what you get when you order a frame and fuel tank bundle. This one has the 43’6″ wheelbase that is correct for the SD40-2, SD38-2 and a few others. I’ll be building it up as BN 6780. I also ordered a GP frame, but I haven’t made any definite plans on what I’ll do with it yet. Continue reading “Railflyer Model Prototypes Walkway Module Kit”
2008 Amherst Railway Society – Railroad Hobby Show
Railflyer Model Prototypes 43′ 6″ Wheelbase frame by Brian Banna, This will be for a Canadian wide cab SD40-2.
I spent this past weekend at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield. I don’t usually enjoy these shows very much as there always seems to be a lot of fluff, and not a lot of good modeling, this year proved to be a little different though. Continue reading “2008 Amherst Railway Society – Railroad Hobby Show”
Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 3
Well, I’ve finally caught up to my progress. These photo’s show what I’ve done as of Jan. 17, 2008. So far everything is going well and this model is really starting to look like the 1:1 #101. Continue reading “Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 3”
Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 2
The engineers side of #101 has had the vertical ribbing installed in lieu of the standard Farr Air Grill.
After a long bout of little time and low motivation caused by the holidays, I’ve finally managed to get some work done on #101. I’ve done more than these photo’s show, but I don’t have any other photo’s on the computer yet, so this will have to do for now. Continue reading “Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 2”
Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 1
#101 on the left, and an unmodified Highliners shell, right.
I was able to sit down the other night and got a good deal of the necessary plastic components attached to the shell that will eventually be SNCT #101. This is what Highliners refers to as a Phase 1b F7A, which has a later style door and gasketed windshield. Continue reading “Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 1”
Proto:87 #10 Turnout Project
My partially assembled P:87 #10 turnout.
I recently purchased a Switch Works #10 jig from the Proto:87 Stores as well as all the trappings to create a complete turnout. In one kit you get all the necessary pre-cut ties, photo-etch tie plates, stock rail (in numerous codes), pre-machined points and a planed rail style frog. The jig correctly positions the ties and tie-plates and the tie-plates have dummy spike heads to align the rails correctly. The frets that the tie plates come on have a bolt head pattern that can be used to make joint bars. I’ve got all the tie plates down on mine, which means it’s time to start laying rail. Continue reading “Proto:87 #10 Turnout Project”
Seattle & North Coast F7A #101 in Proto:87
SNCT F7A #101, July 27, 1984, Seattle, WA
Photograph by John C. Benson, Christopher Slemp Collection
One of my myriads of soon-to-be-started projects is a P:87 model of SNCT F7A #101. It’s one of a number of units I’ve long had my eye on and with a Highliners shell in my possession and Athearn soon to be releasing a chassis for de-skirted F’s, the time is ripe for this project.
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