|Ready to ship the HO models to the museum|
|The diorama depicts an incident on the |
Greenville and Columbia Railroad.
boxcars this week. The cars are for a diorama for a museum in South Carolina that Brian Bollinger of Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains is building. The diorama depicts an incident that occurred right after the civil war.
The diorama required two box cars and a locomotive in HO scale. He subcontracted the task of making these to me.
The cars are laser cut kits. One from BTS and one from Alkem Scale Models.
|Die cast boiler and stack after polishing and sanding|
|New cow catcher pilot and removed motor mounts.|
The locomotive is a modified Mantua General, I did some work to improve its appearance and added detail to it.
|Using a hacksaw and vise to cut up the tender|
The boiler and firebox needed a lot of polishing and sanding to remove flash and surface roughness.
I added an extension to the boiler to fill in a gap that was visible with the motor removed.
|New tender deck still waiting for the water fill port.|
I cut off the pilot and added a brass casting from Cal-Scale.
The tender took a lot of work to remove the unrealistic wood pile. I added a new deck and water fill port.
With the metal ready, I primed and painted the model.
I added some details to the exterior, such as a simulated valve rod, new laser cut locomotive name plate, a micromesh cinder screen in the stack, a photo etched builder's plate from Al Mueller at Delafield Works, a new pilot truck from Dave Hoffman, and a wood pile made from small pieces of actual sticks.
Brian did not know the actual name of the locomotive involved in the incident, so we went with "Velocity," a Rogers built loco in service on the G&C RR.
|Primed and ready for paint|
Oh, to answer the question, no I'm not changing scales. The USMRR Aquia Line still lives in O Scale. But this was a fun foray into HO Scale.