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  1. jbaakko

    Weekly Photo Fun 4/22-4/28

    Woho, being up so late earns me this one... Proof I'm STILL slowly working on my layout. Newly installed concrete foundation for the shop building in my scrap yard. Close up of the weathering on the exposed concrete near the doors. Not fully satisfied with the roll up door, I'll do a...
  2. jbaakko

    June/July car exhange

    Since no one has posted anything lately... News for non-members of our car exchange, we got a bit behind, but we're on track again. Word around these parts is a yellow hopper has shown up at Tri-state milling. I'm going to get out later today and get some photos.
  3. jbaakko

    Few quick weathering jobs...

    Finished up two weathered cars... Nothing super special, just a quick blast from the airbrush. Custom load from Grand Central Gems, on a McKean centerbeam. Weathered exterior, still need to work on the interior.
  4. jbaakko

    BNSF derailment, San Diego (Mar 16th)

    Man, BNSF is dropping cars everywhere (no pun intended)!
  5. jbaakko

    Replacement steam drivers?

    I'm looking for some replacement drivers for two small Playart steamers I picked up a week ago, and cannot find ANY in HO scale! Anyone?
  6. jbaakko

    ExactRail Evans 5277 Box Car and Thrall 3267 Gondola

    Two more HO scale cars due Jan 5th from ExactRail. Evans 5277 Box: Roads Sku: Road Number D&H: EE-1500-1: 25708 EE-1500-2: 25765 EE-1500-3: 25774 ATW: EE-1501-1: 4204 EE-1501-2: 4221 EE-1501-3: 4236 EEC: EE-1502-1: 3206 EE-1502-2: 3210 EE-1502-3: 3212 IC: EE-1503-1: 501617...
  7. jbaakko

    InterMountain ES44DC!

    Since the ES44AC announcement, they've now added the ES44DC. Athearn's slow retooling of the T55 models is going to kill them soon! BNSF H2 Nos. 7661, 7662, 7724, 7737 CSX YN3 Nos. 5207, 5223, 5364, 5398 CN Nos. 2226, 2239, 2240, 2253 NS Nos...
  8. jbaakko

    Free paint work! 2010 edition...

    The 2010 edition of the "free paint work give away" is auditioning now! So here goes: * One Locomotive/Railcar/Structure (Max 2 colors free) * Owner must pay shipping to me (obviously) * Would prefer an Undec model (to save my effort) * Owner must provide decals if...
  9. jbaakko

    Roundhouse 36' Meat Reefer?

    I just bought a G&D "replica" 36' Meat Reefer from Roundhouse, on eBay. These are the old Roundhouse kits with metal frame/floors. The only problem is, the floor is poorly cast, and too wide, does anyone have a quick way to narrow it down, or replace the floor, or am I stuck with a milling file?
  10. jbaakko

    SP Decal help?

    ExactRail just sent me my invoice/shipping notice for my SP 2420 Gondola. I plan to model this car: Question I have is... Who makes the data decals? I've surfed the Microscale site but the images are small so I cannot tell if I'm...
  11. jbaakko

    Intermountian HO Scale ES44AC

    Looks like IM is taking a step up... HO ES44AC's in UP, KCSM, CP, FXE, BNSF, and GE. *hint hint* Josh, can you pre-order these?
  12. jbaakko


    I'm pre-planning to start "completion work" on one of the modules for my layout. This requires laying approximately 200 scale feet of sidewalk. My current plans call for Durham's water putty for the rod material (so I can test it out), however, the roads are to be lined by sidewalks to either...
  13. jbaakko

    Metrolink F40PH #800

    Since I have little to no money to spend on parts, yesterday I started work on my model of Metrolink's F40PH #800. This unit started its life as Amtrak #396. The model is a Walthers Trainline F40PH, Undec. I spent about 2 hours yesterday drilling, chiseling, and filing out the fans. I then...
  14. jbaakko

    GN revival?

    Seems BNSF needs some room, so they resurrected the GN reporting marks!
  15. jbaakko

    HO Scale Concrete Segmental Bridge Side-by-Side Comparison

    HO Scale Concrete Segmental Bridge Side-by-Side Comparison:;article=273 Please let me know what you think, this one has been a work in progress for a month or so now, just finally got around to properly finishing up. Its not too in depth...
  16. jbaakko

    Matching Athearn BN/BNSF Executive Cream & Green

    Does anyone happen to know of a close match for Athearn Cream & Green on the BN and BNSF SD70MAC's? I'm redoing the logo on two, and the cream wore off in the process of removing the first unit's logo, so now I need to patch the paint.
  17. jbaakko

    Plano GP30 bell bracket review online

    I just reviewed the new Plano Southern Highhood GP30 bell bracket. It's also on Model Railroad Tips:;article=265
  18. jbaakko

    Harder plaster?

    Whats the best "strongest" plaster product on the market? I'm planning to cast in place a short retaining wall with plaster, but I want a plaster that will not chip easily. Josh
  19. jbaakko

    Save a copper smelter... I found out about this plan to save the Quincy Smelter in Ripley (Hancock) MI a few months back, but never really thought twice about it. My dad worked there when he was younger, so we got to talking about it today, he said they got enough...
  20. jbaakko

    Freight Rolling Stock Roster Thread

    Taking a cue from Josh's (Trucklover) Engine Roster thread, here's another thread for freight rolling stock... Post yours up as well.

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