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Stumpy’s Station – “Prairie Dog” Part Five

December 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Well, our project is into the later stages now. It’s time to paint the loco and tender shells. Obviously, the basic color will be black as was traditional from the late 1880’s onward, except for special passenger train and streamlined locomotives. This trend was started by Vanderbilt on the New York Central to cut cleaning [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “Prairie Dog” Part Four

December 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Older locos had taller stacks because boiler diameters were generally smaller and there was the need to raise the smoke above the cab. Later locomotives had larger diameter boilers to increase power, so to fit the clearances of tunnels and low bridges, the stack got shorter. To raise the stack, we’ll use a piece of [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “Prairie Dog” Part Three

November 4th, 2013 · No Comments

If you have built last year’s “Project Atlantic” you will find much of the following to be old news. We’re going to move some details around to give the locomotive a different look. We’ll start by removing the cast metal bell from the plastic shell. These are pressed in, not glued, so you can pull [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “Prairie Dog” Part Two

October 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

We’ll start off by removing the boiler shell from the locomotive chassis and tender shell from the tender chassis. To build our “end of steam” version of the 2-6-2 Prairie, you’ll want to get a later American Flyer Pacific 2 wheel trailing truck with the outside bearing frame, or order one of these from LBR [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “Prairie Dog” Part One

September 1st, 2013 · No Comments

With this, we begin another multiple part locomotive kit bashing project of a comparatively common American Flyer steam engine, the plastic boiler shelled (#282 etc.) Pacific. You can find these in junk boxes almost as easily as the plastic boiler Atlantic. Even one purchased complete and running off a vendor’s table can be had for [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “The Junkyard” Part Five

August 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

We have the cars, we have spare parts to place, we know what a small yard was like from the earlier parts of this series, but how do we make our own scene? First of all, how big an area do you have, or need? The junkyard that I built about ten years ago in [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – ‘The Junkyard” Part Four

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Last time we were into wrecking cars, so we’ll “take up where we left off.” Another way to create dents is to use a Dremel with a grinding stone on it. You just grind into the body the make and shape a dent. If you grind through the body, just fill the hole from the [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “The Junkyard” Part Three

June 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Okay, let’s makes junkers! Plastic cars are harder to find in 1/64 scale, but are easier to disassemble and mangle. For the most part, we have to use die cast cars. Cheapest are the cars from Big Box stores or Dollar stores, which are often clones of those “Hot Wheels” or other toy cars. I [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “The Junkyard” Part Two

May 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Last time we learned what cars of the twenties through early sixties looked like as manufactured. This time, we’ll step through the gate of a small junkyard typical of the early sixties. Being a “Car Guy” of that era, I was a denizen of the junkyards of the day while looking for parts to restore [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “The Junkyard” Part One

April 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Way back last Fall, there was brief discussion on the S Trains Yahoo group about making junk cars out of 1/64 scale die cast cars. I gave the subject a brief overview, others added their ideas and experiences, but there is far more to the subject. While admittedly of interest to only a small group [...]

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