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Logging Work Train: Blacksmith car and Tool car.
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I started to work on the last couple of cars for the HO scale Logging work train from Sierra West Scale Models.  The first car is the blacksmith car, essentially a donkey doctor on rails. Here is the basic flat car with the stripwood on the deck and some of the detail castings. Another view: One side of the roof assembly with the work...

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Thoughts on model painting.
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I was in the process of priming some new details and realized this is a topic I haven’t said much about.  My preference is to use black under the majority of my models.  This allows the use of a couple of techniques that work out from the black, allowing it to become a shadow.  When painting to get the look of weathered wood I...

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JL Innovative Design: Labosky’s Motorcycle Repair
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One of my recent acquisitions was Labosky’s Motorcycle Repair from JL Innovative Design.  I think that this is the third kit from them that I have built, and like the others it seems to be a decent model so far.  It does take a bit of work to prepare the walls and such, unlike a laser cut model, but the end results are pretty...

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Rio Grande Models Kits
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Lately I have been working on a variety of kits. I built two more of the Rio Grande Models kits, the Holt Steam Wagon, and the water tank for Donkey Engines. As usual these kits were fairly easy to build and have an incredible level of detail. This first picture is of the donkey engine water tank. This was used to provide water for...

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