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Michael Gross Weathering Article

gtws00
 

Michael Gross has a very nice Weathering Article in the January 2017 Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine.

http://mrhpub.com/2017-01-jan/online/html5/

George Toman

 


Re: Stripping resin castings

Bill Welch
 

In my experience Baking Soda is not aggressive enough to remove paint. Great for surface prep on styrene and resin, not removing paint.

Bill Welch


Re: Stripping resin castings

riverman_vt@...
 




---In STMFC@..., <repairman87@...> wrote :

John,

Have you tried baking soda instead of the aluminium oxide?

Scott McDonald


   Or even aluminum oxide with a lowered air pressure? Don't know what you are using for paint
but I've had little problem with washing resin molded models with Dawn and an old tooth brush
before painting them with Scale Coat or Accu-paint, now Tru-Color.

Cordially, Don Valentine


Modeling a ATSF BX-77

StephenK
 

I have been planning to build a ATSF BX-77 boxcar with the large "DF...With..Shock Control" markings for a while now and have gathered together what I thought were the necessary items.   As I started the project today I realized that the car I had planned to use, a Branchline Single Door boxcar, was really not correct as the side panels are not all the same width.   


Is there a kit that can be used for this prototype, without rebuilding the sides?   I know I will have to add the gussets on either side of the door, but I really don't want to sand the sides smooth and redo the panels.   


Any suggestions?


Steve Kay



Re: Stripping resin castings

Scott
 

John,

Have you tried baking soda instead of the aluminium oxide?

Scott McDonald


Re: Stripping resin castings

rob.mclear3@...
 

I have used 91% isopropyl without harmful effects to strip resin when making mistakes in painting, and given that different manufacturers may use different types of resin I always test first on a spare part or part of the flash that has been removed.   However I wash to remove mould release in detergent and distilled water.

Rob McLear
Aussie.


Re: Stripping resin castings

John Sykes III
 

Bill:

Sandblasting will not remove the mold release that I need to get off in order to paint my models.  I am not removing paint, I am removing mold release.  You need a solvent for that.  I know that the Sylvan Models will take xylenes with no problem, 'cause I already tried that.  Toluene is a bit stronger than xylenes, but I will test a mixture on some spare parts (I don't need a fifth wheel for a dump truck).  I have a sandblaster and it leaves a surface that is too rough for my purposes.  I am going for a high-gloss finish on these truck models (especially the three fire engines I have -- these trucks are from the early 1950's, so they are in the right era for this group.

-- John


Re: West Side Belt hoppers (What Is That Tool)

Charles Peck
 

Yes, definitely a clinker hook. The design remained unchanged to the end of steam although larger fireboxes required
a longer tool.  Usually seen atop a tender and on a rack next to the ashpit.  This one was likely "borrowed" for
some secondary use on coal.
Chuck Peck in FL

On Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 5:35 PM, 'Douglas Harding' doug.harding@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

Bob it looks to be a “clinker tool” used to break up chunks of coal or rake the grates of a coal burner. Note on the other side of the stairway is a shovel. It is possible these tools are “stored” in this location by the crew responsible for encouraging stubborn coal to leave the cars as they are being unloaded.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 



RE; 5/5 Square Corner Dreadnaught End

jdcellarmod@...
 

Hi all,


Looking for this end or a means to this end in HO scale. I have a pair of Detail Associates 5/5 ends that might do the job with a little work. Any other suggestions? I will be pairing these ends to a Intermountain 10'-6" undec boxcar.


Thanks, Jeff Drennan


Re: West Side Belt hoppers

Dennis Storzek
 




---In STMFC@..., <eric@...> wrote :

And we get a fine broadside image of the WSB hopper today!
http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-12-31-16/X1188.jpg


Eric Hansmann

=================


Note the Simplex couplers, smaller and about 20% smaller than ARA type D.


Dennis Storzek


Re: West Side Belt hoppers (What Is That Tool)

Douglas Harding
 

Bob it looks to be a “clinker tool” used to break up chunks of coal or rake the grates of a coal burner. Note on the other side of the stairway is a shovel. It is possible these tools are “stored” in this location by the crew responsible for encouraging stubborn coal to leave the cars as they are being unloaded.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


Re: Stripping resin castings

Bill Welch
 

PLEASE, PLEASE take Joe Binish up on his offer and DO NOT subject resin ANYTHING  to chemicals—PLEASE

Bill Welch


Re: Freight Car Content added for Prototype Rails 2017

Bill Welch
 

Well It might now in that it helps to add another dimension. I had no idea until now.

Bill Welch


Re: Stripping resin castings

frograbbit602
 

John wrote, "Sylvan Models recommends Dio-Sol, which doesn't exist any more, so I was trying to find a substitute."
If you want Dio-Sol you can make your own with a formula provided by a chemistry teacher in this group years back. The formula was: 50%. Xylene and 50% Toulene. I can purchase both of these products in the paint department in my local hardware or home improvement stores in MN. I still use this home mixed Dio-Sol for thinning solvent paints.
I have never had to strip resin so I can not say if it is the correct product to use for that purpose. I have washed resin castings with purchased or home mixed Dio-Sol in the past years ( at least 5 years ago) with no ill effects. Since then I have used Dawn dishwashing soap as others have suggested.
Lester Breuer


Re: West Side Belt hoppers (What Is That Tool)

Eric Hansmann
 

Bob,

 

I thought it was just discarded pipe. There seem to be several items strewn along the hillside between the stairs and the shed over the tracks.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

El Paso, TX

 

 

 

 


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:23 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] West Side Belt hoppers (What Is That Tool)

 




Can someone identify the tool that is in front of the stairway? It is a long round bar with a hook on one end and a loop on the other.

 

Thanks. (And thanks for the photos, Eric.)

 

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

 

 



Re: Stripping resin castings

Joseph Melhorn
 

I am attempting to strip Testor's spray can enamel from my resin parts. While searching the 'net for solutions, I saw where someone recommended using Lacquer thinner. I have a couple of small pieces that I may try it on. I'll report back on my findings.

Thanks for all of the replies,

Joe Melhorn
Sahuarita, AZ


Re: West Side Belt hoppers

Eric Hansmann
 

Jim,

 

The implication that a hopper built in 1917 is a USRA car is an author error. There was no USRA at that time. The car design may have influenced the later USRA design but these WSB cars cannot be noted as USRA.

 

Too bad that got through the proof reading.

 

Eric Hansmann

El Paso, TX

 

 

 

 


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 2:24 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] West Side Belt hoppers

 




There is a builders photo of WSB hopper 7600 on page 98 of the Worley book "West Side Belt Railroad". This photo shows a car with an MCB truck with a bottom strap, looking much like an early Andrews truck. WSB installed 1000 of these cars in the 7600-7999 series. The builder was Pressed Steel of McKees Rock PA in 1917. This was the largest fleet of hoppers on the WSB and the only freight cars owned by the railroad were hoppers and gondolas. The road owned a total of 2991 freight cars.

 

There is a note stating that the 7600 series cars were standard USRA 50-Ton hoppers, but these do not appear, to me, to be true USRA's as I see too many variations from that design.

 

Jim Kubanick

 

On Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:50 PM, "'Eric Hansmann' eric@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

 

Someone pointed out a link problem and a "-2" was added to the address for some reason. Here we go again.

 

 

 

That should work!

 

Eric Hansmann

El Paso,  TX

 

 


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] West Side Belt hoppers

 



Andy,

 

Here’s another image posted today that shows the hopper line beyond the WSB cars.

 

 

I haven’t downloaded this file to tweak the levels in Photoshop yet. My gut thinks it’s a P&WV car, but I’d like to see what a Photoshop tweak with reveal.

 

By adjusting the brightness and contrast the lettering may become easier to read. Note the car is taller than the WSB cars and they have a similar hopper door arrangement.

 

Eric Hansmann

El Paso, TX

 

 


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:20 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] West Side Belt hoppers

 

 

Eric's posting of the the 2nd image shows 3/4 of a cast steel truck to the right of the subject car. Is this an early Vulcan truck? The wheel has the number "18" visible as part of the foundry markings. Could the presence of this truck help narrow down the date of the photograph?

 

Eric noted the year as 1919, so the 5/27 must be May 27th. Extraordinarily accurate dating, thanks to some yard worker.

 

 

 

 

 



Re: West Side Belt hoppers

James E Kubanick
 

There is a builders photo of WSB hopper 7600 on page 98 of the Worley book "West Side Belt Railroad". This photo shows a car with an MCB truck with a bottom strap, looking much like an early Andrews truck. WSB installed 1000 of these cars in the 7600-7999 series. The builder was Pressed Steel of McKees Rock PA in 1917. This was the largest fleet of hoppers on the WSB and the only freight cars owned by the railroad were hoppers and gondolas. The road owned a total of 2991 freight cars.

There is a note stating that the 7600 series cars were standard USRA 50-Ton hoppers, but these do not appear, to me, to be true USRA's as I see too many variations from that design.

Jim Kubanick


On Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:50 PM, "'Eric Hansmann' eric@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
Someone pointed out a link problem and a "-2" was added to the address for some reason. Here we go again.
 
 
 
That should work!
 
Eric Hansmann
El Paso,  TX
 
 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] West Side Belt hoppers
 



Andy,
 
Here’s another image posted today that shows the hopper line beyond the WSB cars.
 
 
I haven’t downloaded this file to tweak the levels in Photoshop yet. My gut thinks it’s a P&WV car, but I’d like to see what a Photoshop tweak with reveal.
 
By adjusting the brightness and contrast the lettering may become easier to read. Note the car is taller than the WSB cars and they have a similar hopper door arrangement.
 
Eric Hansmann
El Paso, TX
 
 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:20 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] West Side Belt hoppers
 


Eric's posting of the the 2nd image shows 3/4 of a cast steel truck to the right of the subject car. Is this an early Vulcan truck? The wheel has the number "18" visible as part of the foundry markings. Could the presence of this truck help narrow down the date of the photograph?
 
Eric noted the year as 1919, so the 5/27 must be May 27th. Extraordinarily accurate dating, thanks to some yard worker.
 
 
 
 



Re: Diosol Re: Stripping resin castings

John Barry
 

Diosol is indeed a mixture of the two. I had the proportions and split a batch of home brewed thinner with a group of fellow modelers when stationed in Dayton in the mid eighties. The note on my gallon can says three parts xylol to two parts toulol. I still have about an eighth of that gallon left.

John Barry



On December 31, 2016, at 3:38 PM, "johnsykesiii@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:


 

I had heard (unsubstantiated) that Dio-Sol was a mixture of toluene and xylenes, but did not get a ratio.  Toluene is more aggressive than xylenes (it was the main ingredient in the old Testors' model cement) so the ratio is important.  Toluene and xylene are also two of the main ingredients in high-VOC lacquer thinner (you know, the stuff that works).


-- John


Re: Diosol Re: Stripping resin castings

spsalso
 

I could wonder about lye.  I used to use it on AHM passenger cars, and it never reacted with the plastic.

Ed

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