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Burlingame stockyard

Jared Harper sent an update on the latest addition for his Santa Fe branchline layout that meanders through the Flint Hills of Kansas. Here’s Jared with the scoop.

This is a partially completed model of the Santa Fe stockyards at Burlingame, KS. I used stripwood, round toothpicks for fence posts. Pat Wilkinson laser-cut the fence pieces and made the fine etched-metal gates. The base of my model is a sheet of 0.060-inch styrene. As with my other stockyards I will eventually paint the bases with my dirt color paint mix, then sprinkle on dirt-colored tile grout.

I use Krazy Glue (CA) exclusively to glue wood models. When I built my wood trestles with Krazy Glue adhesive, I could sand the bottom of the bents even by moving them back and forth on sand paper. They would have fallen apart if I had used wood glue.

Of the seven stockyards on my layout, this is the only one being constructed full size. The others are up against the backdrop and are truncated in one way or another. Because of this stockyard location in the middle of the Burlingame wye there was no backdrop to build up against.

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Workbench Wednesday

FGEX reefer mini-kit update

George Toman sent an update on his Fruit Growers Express reefer project. It’s moving along nicely!

I am finally catching up with spring projects around the house. It’s nice to return to the workbench and work on the FGEX mini-kit from the 2018 Chicagoland RPM Meet. Resin Car Works also released this as Mini-Kit 2.01, which is not currently available. I also have some new weathering products on the bench, too.

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