Monday 13 February 2023

SP Auto Car

 The Southern Pacific had Standard Steel car company build 500 single sheathed automobile cars for them in 1921. Built with 10'5" door openings, they were widened to either 12'0" or 12'6" in 1934.  Some went to the  T&NO while the rest stayed with the SP.  The model is built from the excellent Speedwitch Media resin kit.  The car is mostly stock, apart from a few brake component etchings, although I did scratch built new end ladders.  Paint is Scalecoat Boxcar Red #2. Weathering is washes, dry brushing, acrylics and Pan Pastels. This car was delight to build.

Friday 3 February 2023

Semet Solvay Tank Car

 I started this Yarmouth Model Works Kit when I learned of my friend and fellow modeller Bill Welch's cancer diagnosis. Bill did a bunch of the Pattern work on this kit.  While he was undergoing treatment in the hospital he asked for pictures of what others were working on to help pass the time.  I sent a long a few progress shots, but Bill left us before I was finished. 

 This was a fun build and my first resin tank car. I spent a significant amount of time doing the brake plumbing on this car to match all the interesting features of the Prototype.  I brought it to the Coco Breach RPM this past January, where another modeller complemented me on my effort by saying it was a really clean build.  I was happy to hear this, as I strived to assemble this as if Bill had built it himself. Bill's work was always top notch.