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Yes…it has been awhile, hasn’t it?

Been in a bit of a course correction, map setting mode spiritually of late.  I have no patience for anyone who cannot see what is going on around us, making me rather enthusiastic dinner company to have around.  But…the purpose of this blog has always been to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the modeling community, and it is in that vein that I shall continue to run.

I have not been without projects being done in the interim, just haven’t had the gumption to post about them or set up my diorama to get good pictures.  So, in pictures that would make Pulitzer sob like a school girl, I shall post what I have of upcoming projects that I will do as I get better pictures in the coming weeks.

First up, an HO scale 1951 Varney yard switcher repower…the locomotive came to me for repairs, only to be further devastated by the Postal Service…

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 Next up…an HO scale circa 1990s Bachmann Spectrum Dash 8-40C that sports a fuel tank I scratchbuilt from sheet styrene and bits from the scrap box…

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Then a junkbox HO scale Marx Hustler gets a makeover….

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Not to forget the many gifts that keep coming in from fellow modelers around the country…

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 In short, it’s been a tough start spiritually this year, but a blessed one.  As the demands of a closer walk with my Saviour wrest with the demands of this temporal life, my hobby and little farm grow and fit into the future in the way God wishes it, leaving us to marvel at His works in our lives and rest secure that the future is not so bleak so long as one keeps their eyes on The Great Shepherd…

Blessings, grace and peace to you and yours…

Rivarossi Indiana Harbor Belt HO scale 0-8-0 switcher with booster engine on the tender…

Issued in the classic red box era, it interestingly incorporates elements from earlier releases, like the odd “T” shaped coupler on front.  Like the B&O 0-4-0 Docksider, this switcher was reproduced in numbers far beyond the few that ever ran and in road names that never ran them….

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The booster engine adds an interesting bit of additional rod action…


…the video highlights the very nice video feature of my new Canon Powershot A4000 IS work camera.  One button change over and the picture is awesome for such a low end camera.

Model Power HO scale Bullet Train in Amtrack paint…

Got this a couple weeks back in a trade with one of the members of a forum I am a part of with the idea of modifying it with close coupling and Favely pantographs.  The idea of Amtrak trying out a Bullet Train over here is not far fetched at all as they tried several different foreign locomotives and trains in the early daze of service.  The weak point on this model is the awful gap between cars…

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…it measures out at 8 scale feet.  Three feet is more prototypical but, with 20″ radius curves, would I be able to do it?  Fortunately, it was quite easy, the truck casting literally having the cut line cast into it.  By mounting a stand Kadee #5 box to a small brass strip, I got 3′ of coupling space AND found it can easily traverse my 20″ curves AND not hit freight cars on the adjoining track…Note that I found that a Rivarossi Hudson tender wheelset is a drop in fit.  Being metal, it’s a much better setup for the train…I only need 5 more…sigh…

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Here is is, installed and setting on a 20″ curve…

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…a side-by-side comparison of the old and new gaps…

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…the finished train…

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(HO)bbyline HO scale Fairbanks Morse H-10-44 and T.Y.C.O./Mantua 4-6-2 pacific…

…the Pacific is a classic from 1953, the (HO)bbyline diesel from a bit later.  Both have just been thru thorough clean and lubes and were caught taking laps before the Pacific was sent back to its owner, yet another opportunity to run classic, hard to find models on my layout.  I’ll be looking for wheelsets to get rid of the traction tire equipped ones on the H-10-44…this will improve electrical pickup with the addition of wipers to those wheelsets…

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Mehano/RSO 2-8-2 Mikado #9353 “The George Washington”…

A growing air of normalcy is slowly settling in as I pull out a remotoring project purchased before the move.  The motor was toast, giving me the perfect opportunity to shoehorn this massive German coreless motor that’s been sitting around, waiting for a job to do.  It outweighs the original motor by at least twice the original’s weight.  The torque of the motor is high enough that it will likely blow apart the gear box before it even heats up under load…sweet.

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Room lighting for the layout…

…for far too many modelers, it is an afterthought that will always come back to haunt.  So many pictures that folks post from their layouts are marred by lack of light or overwhelming flash.  When my beloved put this room together, she added can lighting around the perimeter.  I installed a small ceiling fan with adjustable spotlights.  While my photography has a little ways to go for better pictures, the potential for those pictures is now unlimited…

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My future plans call for installing a dimmer control to take out the soap opera like glare, maybe find some more natural light type bulbs…