Canadian National boxcar weathering

Ryan Mendell shared a couple photos recently on a discussion list. I contacted him and asked if he could share his techniques on the Resin Car Works blog. Here are Ryan’s notes and photos.

I recently completed painting and weathering two 1929 built Canadian National single-sheathed boxcars. These are HO scale resin kits once produced by Sylvan Scale Models but these are also offered by Kaslo Shops.

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April RCW kit updates

ACF Industries, Hawkins/Wider/Long collection

Resin Car Work chief minion Frank Hodina recently discovered some lost treasure; a stash of decals from our first kit run! These are for the Shippers Car Line acid tank car Kit 1.01. Very few decal sets are on hand for these kits. When these are gone, the kits will truly be gone. Visit the website for details and the order form.

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Spring Break

It’s been quiet around the RCW cave lately. Frank loaded up the family and headed south to soak up some sun and avoid the last of winter in the Midwest. He’s returned and has been processing kit orders that have arrived through March. If you sent an order in March, it may be getting attention just now.

I’ve been busier than expected with lots of RPM-East tasks. As one of the event organizers, there’s always new problems to solve in the weeks leading up to the event. We seemed to have more issues than usual this year. I’ve posted personal experiences and links to the photo gallery on my DesignBuildOp blog.

We thought an update was appropriate so no one would think we ran off and joined a circus. More blog posts will be cranked out soon and there could be another surprise. You never know.

Eric Hansmann

Adding weight and sound to a steam loco

Pete Hall has been busy working on HO scale steam locomotive models. He sent photos and details on how he adds a speaker and extra weight to the boiler. Here’s Pete with more.

This began with a task to install sound in a CB&Q Mikado. The tender cavity is small because of the deep coal bunker, so the electronics fills that space and precludes installing my standard 27mm speaker. I decided to install a 691-1291 Bowser twin-sugar-cube speaker in the boiler.

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