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Blackstone

alsands@...
 

Is there any news about Blackstone, did they retrieve their tooling?, there have been a few problems with Australian manufactures with
everything going well for 2-4 years, then all of a sudden the factory shuts down and the tooling's are sold for scrap. A friend who manufactures
TT gauge freight cars gets his tooling done in China, get's the tooling sent back to Australia and does the rest here.
Alan
Perth
Western Australia

Re: Scratch-building article

John Stutz
 

Rob and Brian

Grandt Line did this car in Hon3.  Also the steel underframe boxcar and refrigerator, and the 4-wheel caboose.  I do not know if they are back in production yet, but the kits should still be available.

John Stutz

On 7/7/2019 1:53 PM, Brian Kopp wrote:

Rob how about  this one:
March 83 NGSL Gazette: "C&S Steel Frame Coal Cars"

Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, FL

Re: New Kadee HOn3 coupler

Mark Lewis
 

Dale:

I'm hoping that the new pre-assembled HOn3 #705's can be disassembled and that the coupler shank and knuckle assembly can be dropped into Blackstone cast on draft gear boxes, like the 714's.

Mark Lewis 

On Mon, Jul 8, 2019, 7:19 PM Dale Buxton <dbtuathaddana@...> wrote:
So I sent an email to Kadee about these new couplers. I just got their response. There were going to anounce these at NMRA Convetion in Salt Lake City this coming weekend. They ont be for sale until that time. 

On another note. This NMRA convention in Salt Lake is going to be one of the greats. So many great layouts and things to see and do there. I wish I could be there.

Dale Buxton

On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 4:52 PM Dale Buxton via Groups.Io <dbtuathaddana=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, so I just got the July/Aug edition of the Gazette. On page 12 there is an Ad from Kadee for a new all metal HOn3 coupler. It looks like the plastic draft gear box is a snap together affair like most of their new ones are. The add says that they are available now. However, I went to the Kadee website and found nothing. So I guess the wait is on until they are really released. I'm so glad they decided to make a new coupler design for HOn3. Long, long overdue!

Dale Buxton

Re: New Kadee HOn3 coupler

Mike Conder
 

Thanks for chasing that down, Dale.

Wish I could be at SLC, but if anybody on this group is going, please check these out for us!

Mike Conder

Re: New Kadee HOn3 coupler

Dale Buxton
 

So I sent an email to Kadee about these new couplers. I just got their response. There were going to anounce these at NMRA Convetion in Salt Lake City this coming weekend. They ont be for sale until that time. 

On another note. This NMRA convention in Salt Lake is going to be one of the greats. So many great layouts and things to see and do there. I wish I could be there.

Dale Buxton

On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 4:52 PM Dale Buxton via Groups.Io <dbtuathaddana=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, so I just got the July/Aug edition of the Gazette. On page 12 there is an Ad from Kadee for a new all metal HOn3 coupler. It looks like the plastic draft gear box is a snap together affair like most of their new ones are. The add says that they are available now. However, I went to the Kadee website and found nothing. So I guess the wait is on until they are really released. I'm so glad they decided to make a new coupler design for HOn3. Long, long overdue!

Dale Buxton

New Kadee HOn3 coupler

Dale Buxton
 

OK, so I just got the July/Aug edition of the Gazette. On page 12 there is an Ad from Kadee for a new all metal HOn3 coupler. It looks like the plastic draft gear box is a snap together affair like most of their new ones are. The add says that they are available now. However, I went to the Kadee website and found nothing. So I guess the wait is on until they are really released. I'm so glad they decided to make a new coupler design for HOn3. Long, long overdue!

Dale Buxton

Re: Peco HOn3 Flex Track

Mark Lewis
 

Ed:
Thanks for the tip.

Mark Lewis 

On Mon, Jul 8, 2019, 12:40 PM Ed Tibbetts via Groups.Io <tippytib=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
I find the ME switches have tight guards and frog wings. The NMRA guard check does not fit. I open them up until the check fits and from then on they are trouble free. I use a Dremmel with cutoff wheel.
Ed T

Re: Peco HOn3 Flex Track

Ed Tibbetts
 

I find the ME switches have tight guards and frog wings. The NMRA guard check does not fit. I open them up until the check fits and from then on they are trouble free. I use a Dremmel with cutoff wheel.
Ed T

Re: Backdrop Painting For Beginners - Colorado Mountains uploaded to Youtube

Darryl Huffman
 

Mike, I filmed this video 20 years ago.  At that time I was young and tough.

Yoday I am 75 and fat and broken.

Today I paint backdrops as they lay on a table.  Then I have my grandson hang it.

I own my own home so I can make as big a mess as I want.

On Monday, July 8, 2019, 10:29 AM, Mike Van Hove <vanhovem22@...> wrote:

Wow!  Darryl, that’s a great tutorial.

I learned a lot from watching.  I’m in the throes of settleing into a new home in a retirement facility, and nearly everything is still in boxes.

However, I did save the basic benchwork from the old HO Standard Gage layout

They are basicly just shelves that I will build my new HOn3 layout on.

I hadn’t thought to have a backdrop on this one, but after watching your video, I’m kinda rethinking the idea.

Since this is sort my house, but not really, I hate to be painting on the walls, but recently saw an article where a guy used Velcro to attach his backdrop to the walls.

That may be the solution, for my situation.

I suppose, if a guy didn’t like a particular rendering, he could just rip the Masonite off the Velcro and either pitch it, or Gesso the whole section and start over.

My arms get very tired, very easily, (I’m 81) so I would like to be able to use some sort of easel, so as not to have to reach over the benchwork.

Heck, this may work out, yet.  😳

Thanks Darryl, for all the time you put into this video.

Oh, yah, one last thing:  Do you use some sort of support for your arm, like sign painters use, or do you just have strong arms?

Mike Van Hove

(In the lower 48)

On Jul 7, 2019, at 9:26 PM, Darryl Huffman via Groups.Io <darrylhuffman@...> wrote:

Friends,

I have uploaded a video on Backdrop Painting For Beginners - Colorado Mountains and Valleys to Youtube.

Segments include: 

Backdrop Preparation

Blending a smooth transition from horizon to overhead colors.

Basic clouds

Craggy Colorado mountains

Painting trees

Providing distance in your backdrop

Painting a distant valley

Here is the link:


Darryl Huffman

My blog, Ghost Town Models, can be seen here:






Re: Backdrop Painting For Beginners - Colorado Mountains uploaded to Youtube

Mike Van Hove
 

Wow!  Darryl, that’s a great tutorial.

I learned a lot from watching.  I’m in the throes of settleing into a new home in a retirement facility, and nearly everything is still in boxes.

However, I did save the basic benchwork from the old HO Standard Gage layout

They are basicly just shelves that I will build my new HOn3 layout on.

I hadn’t thought to have a backdrop on this one, but after watching your video, I’m kinda rethinking the idea.

Since this is sort my house, but not really, I hate to be painting on the walls, but recently saw an article where a guy used Velcro to attach his backdrop to the walls.

That may be the solution, for my situation.

I suppose, if a guy didn’t like a particular rendering, he could just rip the Masonite off the Velcro and either pitch it, or Gesso the whole section and start over.

My arms get very tired, very easily, (I’m 81) so I would like to be able to use some sort of easel, so as not to have to reach over the benchwork.

Heck, this may work out, yet.  😳

Thanks Darryl, for all the time you put into this video.

Oh, yah, one last thing:  Do you use some sort of support for your arm, like sign painters use, or do you just have strong arms?

Mike Van Hove

(In the lower 48)

On Jul 7, 2019, at 9:26 PM, Darryl Huffman via Groups.Io <darrylhuffman@...> wrote:

Friends,

I have uploaded a video on Backdrop Painting For Beginners - Colorado Mountains and Valleys to Youtube.

Segments include: 

Backdrop Preparation

Blending a smooth transition from horizon to overhead colors.

Basic clouds

Craggy Colorado mountains

Painting trees

Providing distance in your backdrop

Painting a distant valley

Here is the link:


Darryl Huffman

My blog, Ghost Town Models, can be seen here:






Re: [Narrow Gauge Chat] Como roundhouse

Spike
 

Really cool!  I see he has some other images on his channel that are equally impressive.

 

Spike

Re: Como roundhouse

Mark Kasprowicz
 

Thats brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the pointer.

Mark K

08, 17 BTW Up for then Gathering?

Como roundhouse

Mike Conder
 

A 3D scan of the Como Roundhouse, done using a drone and 3D software by a very talented local, Thomas Elliott.

Mike Conder

Backdrop Painting For Beginners - Colorado Mountains uploaded to Youtube

Darryl Huffman
 

Friends,

I have uploaded a video on Backdrop Painting For Beginners - Colorado Mountains and Valleys to Youtube.

Segments include: 

Backdrop Preparation

Blending a smooth transition from horizon to overhead colors.

Basic clouds

Craggy Colorado mountains

Painting trees

Providing distance in your backdrop

Painting a distant valley

Here is the link:


Darryl Huffman
darrylhuffman@...

My blog, Ghost Town Models, can be seen here:





Re: Peco HOn3 Flex Track

Lee Gustafson
 

Ted,

I second Dusty's recommendation I'd get two Peco's and two ME switches and "play" with er . . . experiment with them and different equipment to see what you like and works best for your needs. It's nice to have more than a single choice. You can then decide what you like.

Lee Gustafson


-----Original Message-----
From: Dusty <dustburm@q.com>
To: HOn3 <HOn3@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Jul 7, 2019 4:00 pm
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Peco HOn3 Flex Track

Ted,
I would try both types of switches and track. I would start somewhere with a few switches and test (play?) the heck out of it. I don't know what you're layout building experiences are but building a little bit and messing around with it is great eye opener. If things go south you find out up front before you have made a major $ commitment and can adjust accordingly. Call me a wimp  but I like to establish what's doable and practical for me.

Today's unsupervised activity is Fasttracks HO code 83 #8 building for my precious little brother.

Dusty Burman 

Re: D&RGW 30’ reefer # 32-78 AC&F plans.

bob.meckley@...
 

I just saw on the NG Discussion Forum that a set of reefer plans are available through:
https://branchlineproducts.com/catalog/books.html
This should have more than enough drawings to cover the subject.

Bob Meckley

Re: D&RGW 30’ reefer # 32-78 AC&F plans.

bob.meckley@...
 

Here is one drawing from the DPL that might help. From the title it may be in Sloan's work on the D&RGW freight cars. This was for the 1926 rebuilding guessing by the date.

Bob Meckley
Refrigerator Cars, Narrow Gauge, Numbers 32-81, Erecting Card 11358 C-426 27-Feb-26  Equipment drawings - Rg39;Sec5;Sf4;Tube1

Re: Peco HOn3 Flex Track

Dusty
 

Ted,
I would try both types of switches and track. I would start somewhere with a few switches and test (play?) the heck out of it. I don't know what you're layout building experiences are but building a little bit and messing around with it is great eye opener. If things go south you find out up front before you have made a major $ commitment and can adjust accordingly. Call me a wimp  but I like to establish what's doable and practical for me.

Today's unsupervised activity is Fasttracks HO code 83 #8 building for my precious little brother.

Dusty Burman 

Re: Scratch-building article

Brian Kopp
 

Rob how about  this one:
March 83 NGSL Gazette: "C&S Steel Frame Coal Cars"

Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, FL

Re: D&RGW 30’ reefer # 32-78 AC&F plans.

Brian Kopp
 

That drawing is from Robert Sloan's wonderful Century + 10 DRGW NG book.

Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, FL