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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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Walther’s Lasercut kit: Macon’s
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Another Walther’s kit I bought recently was Macon’s, a laser cut wood and card kit. I painted the walls using Floquil, and used my India ink and alcohol wash.  The tool is being used to prevent warpage. This kit went together pretty easily with only minor sanding.  In contrast to the other kit I built the instructions were pretty good, and had a couple full color photographs....

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Walthers Lasercut Shack Pack
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At a recent trip to a semi-local hobby shop, Just Trains in Concord, Ca. I picked up the Walthers Shack Pack, a laser-cut card and paper kit. Overall I think that they turned out pretty well, although I intend to weather them with chalk powders before placing them on the layout. As I have found with other Walthers kits the directions were a little...

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SS Ltd. Dorothy’s House, Part 7:  Beginning the Roof
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Once I had completed installing all of the windows, I began work on the roof.  My first step was to use and x-acto knife and trim all of the roof panels so that the seams were fairly straight and smooth.  I found that a slight sawing motion provided the best results.  Do not worry about small divots and such as they will be covered...

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