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jonathan


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« on: May 17, 2019, 05:17:59 AM »

As most of  you know, I had to take down my layout some time back.  Getting ready for a move coming up in the future.  

The itch was driving me crazy so I had to build something... lest I fade into nothingness.  Smiley

So, here is a Westerfield kit.  Not my favorite, because one usually has to connect the under-frame to the main body while building.  Makes painting a bit harder in the end.

This is suppose to be a B&O M-15J boxcar. Interesting (to me only), as these were the frames used to start fashioning the M-53 Wagontop boxcars.  Many M-15's survived... 6 made it all the way to 1964.

DSC_1503 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1504 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1505 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

I'm a little out of practice (and getting older). The build is not as sharp as I'd like. Should still look OK from a foot or two away:

DSC_1506 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

With a coat of primer:

DSC_1507 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

Hoping to get it all painted and decorated over the weekend.  Depends on the weather (humidity affects drying time).

More photos as the boxcar gets completed.

Regards,

Jonathan
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Ken Huck

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 08:12:55 AM »

Sweet !  Really like all the linkage and fiddley bits.

Ken
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WoundedBear
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 09:55:15 AM »

Nice work Jon. Glad you're back at the bench!

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jonathan


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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 11:10:25 AM »

Thanks guys. Feels good to dip my toes back in.

Regards,

Jonathan
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J3a-614

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2019, 03:53:17 AM »

Glad to see you back again, too!

Good luck on the new road when the time comes.
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jonathan


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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2019, 05:53:39 PM »

Thanks J3a!  Looking forward to a new layout.  Hopefully not a long wait.

OK. I can really recommend Scalecoat II spray paint.  They go on with an incredibly fine mist... something about their special nozzle I think.  I used Boxcar Red #3.  It's a bit dark, but after weathering with light powders, should be OK:

DSC_1513 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

I can pull those mystery fibers off once the paint is cured.

I hate waiting, but this paint really needs to set for a couple days before I start to decal:
DSC_1512 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

Because the model is completed in one finished piece, I had to turn the body upside down, paint the underframe first, then finish with the roof.  The sides end up getting two coats which is fine:

DSC_1509 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

I hate waiting. Smiley

Regards,

Jonathan
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WoundedBear
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2019, 06:03:40 PM »

I'm too lazy to look it up, so is Scalecoat II a water based paint or solvent? It's a brand that I have never seen in Canada.

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jonathan


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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2019, 06:12:47 PM »

Sid

It's a solvent.  Hard to find in the U.S. too.  Used to be a standard in Hobby Shops, but then no more hobby shops... I think I ordered it from "modeltrainstuff". But I can't remember for sure.

One day I'm going to have to break down and get an airbrush system.  Pretty low on my priority list though. Wink

Regards,

Jonathan   
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the Bach-man
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2019, 10:25:03 PM »

Dear All,
Scalecoat is readily available from the new owner, Minuteman Scale Models:

https://www.minutemanscalemodels.com/

They not only have the previous colors but are expanding the line!

Have fun!
the Bach-man

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RAM

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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2019, 06:21:16 PM »

That is good news.
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jonathan


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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2019, 07:30:22 PM »

Yes it is.  I used to use Tamiya paints as a substitute. It did a great job.  But my local Hobby Shop closed, so...

Anyway, I just finished.  Here are a few final shots.  I really went heavy on the weathering powders, as they tend to mellow over time.  Enjoy.

Regards,

Jonathan

DSC_1524 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1520 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1519 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1517 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1516 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2019, 07:34:50 PM »

It looks real good. I always admire your work.
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jonathan


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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2019, 07:44:06 PM »

Thanks, Terry.

Likewise, I have been following your layout threads over the years with great interest.

Regards,

Jonathan
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