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Model Railroad Construction Progress: December 2008
Here is a series of pictures I took while bulding an N scale Intermountain Hopper car.
I decided to finally put scenery on the interchange section. On of the first tasks is to tear out the "dead end" siding
and add a turnout on the right hand side so a switcher can push cars completely thru. I also tore out the cork roadbed so
I could set the siding lower than the mainline.
I got an Walthers ADM Grain Elevator and started ot put that together. I was a bit worried that I might not have enough room
between the siding and the wall to put the elevator. If I didn't that would mean I'd need to slice part of the elevator off
to get it to fit in the space. It turns out that if I leave the truck dock off then the elevator fits fine. All I need to do is put a
tree in front of the elevator to hide the fact that there is no dock. I could put a truck there and have it stick out partially from behing the bushes to imply
that the dock is actually there.
When I first put together this model I had decided not to try to paint the ullions on the windows because I couldn't think of a
reatively simple way of painting without messing the "panes". When I decided to pop out the windows on the shed on top of the elvators
shen I spray painted it. Fortunately I didn';t go overboard on the plastic weld and they were easy to pop out. While I was spray
painting the elevator I remember a tip I had read long ago in Model Railroader Magazine about using a sharpee marker to
paint mullions on plastic windows. As you can see from these pictures it works and looks pretty slick.
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