First N scale Kitbash (A simple one)

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Tad, Jun 7, 2003.

  1. Tad

    Tad Member

    After seeing what some of you do I hesitate to post this, but I guess you have to start somewhere :cool:

    I started with a LifeLike Hopper Kit. Like this one:


    I extended the sides, painted it with my new airbrush, and loaded it with woodchips.


    Side by side:


    Homemade Chip Load:


    Since I can't print white and no one makes the ones I need, I guess I'm going to have to eventually get some custom decals made.

    The AD&N had 75 cars similar to this one, numbers ADN 100 - ADN 174. I'm going to build 12. I have some ideas to improve this car that I think I'll try on the next one.
  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A nice kitbash Tad. It sure turned out well. Will look forward to seeing it when you get the decals on.
  3. Catt

    Catt Guest

    First one huh? Looks pretty darn good to me.
  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Nice Job!

    Well done, Tad!
    :cool: :cool: :cool:
    Tyson will like this one, him being from down there in wood chip country!
    :D ;) :)
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice job on the kitbash Tad, the car looks great! :cool: One suggestion for the load is to open a tea bag and use some of the contents in the load (represents the bark), coffee grounds will also work. When the wood is run thru the chipper there is always some bark, pieces of leaves etc. mixed in.

    Attached Files:

  6. Blake

    Blake Member

    Great job! How complicated are the decals? Microscale makes frieght car data in Gothic and RR Roman. They also have number and letter sets. You can also make your own using dry transfers and plain decal paper.
  7. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Nice job Tad. Looks like it came from the factory that way.
  8. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    You're quite right, Tad. Everyone has to start somewhere. I see that you've chosen to start at...excellent. Really nice job. [​IMG]
  9. Tad

    Tad Member

    Thank you, gentlemen. I appreciate the kind comments.

    It is not that the decals are that complicated, it is that they are all white for this type of car and I can't print them in white.

    Only one company makes N scale AD&N decals and they are only for the 50' ribside box.

    I'm thinking that I am going to have to have some AD&N decals made for my locomotives and for my different cars.
  10. leghome

    leghome Member

    Here is the e-mail address of a custom decal maker who is very reasonable and fast.
    His name is Jim Wilhite. He has done decals for me and also Catt and several others that I have sent his way. You can e-mail him and find out what info he needs to give you a quote and he will respond with a reasonable price. Catt can testify to his work. He lives in Anderson Indiana and just recently sold LaBelle Woodworking the makers of fine Craftsman wood kits. He still does most if not all of the decals for the LaBelle models.
  11. Catt

    Catt Guest

    I have to agree with Larry. Jim made my new GVR logo decals in short order at a fair price for a quality product.
  12. Tad

    Tad Member

    Thanks for the suggestion.

Share This Page