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Hi all, I received a small package this morning.
A plastic kit for an O scale house that I found on Wish com.
Dioramas / The mine at Holy cross jct.
December 25, 2021, 11:18:40 AM
Hi all!
I'm currently rebuilding my layout from HOn3 into On30.
And the western part of it needs a nice eyecatcher.
As a big fan of the game "Red dead redemption 2", I have found a lot of inspiration there.
What really caught me was the town of Annesburg and the mine there.

It will require some selective compression to fit, and also some alterations.
But it will sure be a big building in O scale.
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / How to videos?
December 20, 2021, 05:41:46 PM
Hi all, I sometimes do how to videos on various modeling subjects that I publish on YouTube.
It would be fun to get some viewers though...  ??? 8)
Here's the latest I did:
Feel free to share and subscribe.
Any pointers are welcome.
Kit Building / Yorke Pool hall and Bordello in O scale
November 17, 2021, 05:40:01 AM
Hi all, I happened to change scales recently, from HOn3 to On30.
I have already built the kit in HO scale:

I then got this as a gift from a friend, the original Yorke kit of the Pool hall and Bordello in O scale, he had bought it 40 years ago...

The basic foundation was quickly put up:

I then decided to design an interior for the Saloon part.
I did the CAD work in Fusion 360:

I printed it on my Anycubic Photon S with water soluble resin:

I then assembled the parts:

I painted them with a mix of Tamiya colors:

That's the last of the interior pieces printed and painted for the Saloon, except for the chandelier...

I think it'll be nice when finished.

Kit Building / BIS C&S water tank for HOn3
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
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.
Scenery: Rock & Landforms / Stone wall roller
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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?

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
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
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.

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

New Details, Tools & Accessories / HOn3 rerailer
March 02, 2018, 07:08:13 PM
Hi all, I have had a problem with putting my HOn3 locomotives and cars on the track.
On my standard gauge I used a plastic rerailer ramp.
It's a bit of an overhang on the narrow gauge equipment, so you can't easily grab the trucks to rerail them...
I heard that there was a commercially made rerailer ramp available, but I haven't seen one in many years.
I then designed this:

I designed it in Fusion 360 and printed it in PLA on my Wanhao Duplicator 4S.
It works really good:

I think I'll make it available on my Shapeways store...  :)
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