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Some blog house keeping
Its been 4 years since I started this blog or updated the layout etc. I felt its time to do a bit of house keeping.  I added a page called First time here and a follow me by email gadget.
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Stuff I shouldn't have to do..
I try to buy higher end tools not just because I like using them, but you usually get what you pay for. I really can't afford to spend over $1500 on a fancy rotary tool such as an NSK electric or similar. So I did what most modellers do and bought a Dremel....
Stuff I shouldn't have to do..
Stuff I shouldn't have to do..
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RPO Part 5
Well here it is CN RPO #7810. I used ScaleCoat CN Olive Green Paint for the body, Tamiya Flat Black for the roof and under frame bits.  The decals are from the Microscale, the CNSIG set in particular. The rivets are a combination of MicroMark and Archer.  T...
RPO Part 5
RPO Part 5
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RP Part 4
Trucks The Branchline under frame is designed to work with the kit supplied 3 axle trucks.  These ACF built RPO cars came with short wheel, base 2 axle trucks.  The Walters 8'6" passenger car truck was selected as the closest design to the prototype.  In or...
RP Part 4
RP Part 4
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RPO Part 3
These CN RPO's feature an Arch Style roof with rounded ends.  An Athearn 70' Round Roof Coach was sacrificed to provide the roof. First the roof was separated just below the upper rivet strip using a large razor Saw. Next I scraped and sanded the roof even ...
RPO Part 3
RPO Part 3
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Crapola!!
Well I screwed up.  I did exactly what I was being so careful not to do.   I knocked the glue bottle and some MEK escaped.  I ended up melting about a third of one of the RPO sides. The glue hit the back side and I thought I could save it but......... I fin...
Crapola!!
Crapola!!
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Crapola!!
Well I screwed up.  I did exactly what I was being so careful not to do.   I knocked the glue bottle and some MEK escaped.  I ended up melting about a third of one of the RPO sides. The glue hit the back side and I thought I could save it but......... I fin...
Crapola!!
Crapola!!
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RPO Part 2
Over the weekend I made substantial progress on the RPO. I scratch built new sides from Evergreen styrene sheet and strip.  Commercial sized strip was used to keep things simple. In the first photo you will see some finger clamps I constructed to assist in ...
RPO Part 2
RPO Part 2
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Railway Post Office Serive on the Grand Trunk NEL
The Grand Trunk (NEL) rostered  three Railway Post office Cars #'s 7810-7811.  They were built by ACF in 1929, possibly for subsidiary GTW and transferred at a later date. The Canadian National Historical Society magazine CN lines Volume 9 Issue 1 has a art...
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