Flea market fix'r upper...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shaygetz, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. Chessie1973

    Chessie1973 Member

    Thanks guys/

    I guess i am a bit of a perfectionist in many ways. Goes back to my college days when I painted wargaming miniatures as a hobby. Talk about tiny details!!!

    I love working on trains and making them look great. I have finally taken the step up from Athearn quality up to the higher end stuff like P2K and Atlas and I am honestly amazed at how detailed those Loco's and Rolling stock.

    I have an IHC SD-35 and I just bought today an Atlas Master series SD-35 and they are like night and day as far as the details go. From a distance there isnt much you can readily see but when you look closer all the tiny details just jump out at you.

    I am hoping to get to the level of Atlas on detail as a sort of standard for my equipment and modeling I guess. But I am still a pretty good ways away from that.

    I will stop hijacking your thread now Shaygetz. Thanks for the compliment on the tanker. It's amazing what a little brown and black wash and some kadees will do for a old tyco like that
  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Nice work! It's good to see someone taking the time to "maintain" rolling stock!
    I still find a few gems on the "used and abused" table in the hobby shop. A little paint, a little detail, and some weathering, and they go well with some of my old Varney stuff that I won't get rid of!
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    So, how about that transfer caboose?
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Shaygetz: Your tale of woe about walking through the snow to get to the hobby shop tugs at my heart. Its a wonder that you didn't get frostbite and ruin your fingers for modeling.
  5. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Well - if you aren't going to do anything with that transfer caboose, I can find it a home :)
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  6. 2slim

    2slim Member

    There is a guy in my hometown who picks up cast off cars like this, probably from junk stores and yard sales. He does the same thing, but probably uses detail parts instead of making them himself. He sells them at train shows for $10 a car and usually sells a bunch.

  7. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Great work. I've found that buying the old toy cars and fixing them up is really enjoyable. About all I've done so far is body-mount the couplers, replace wheels and trucks, properly weight them, and replace a few grab irons and steps with brass wire. Fun stuff.
  8. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!


    gonna have to copy you and learn!
  9. Santa Fe Jack

    Santa Fe Jack Member

    This needs to happen to much of my older rolling stock. What do you find are the most effective methods for attaching the couplers to the bodies?
  10. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks guys.

    I find the best tool is a Kadee coupler gauge. I use it the guesstimate the height of the coupler and then stack layers of styrene to build a pad. Most times one is enough. After that, it's a matter of trial and error, usually requiring an additional red or grey Kadee washer or two. I really try to use screws to mount them to deal with the push/pull stresses of coupling though I've glued one or two in the past with no noticable problems.

    Oh, yes, the transfer caboose...now works my MOW train with my 250 ton crane.:thumb:

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  11. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Most excellant.

    I devote myself to ebay and flea market junk and rebuilding it.

    I commend you, this is what it is all about.
  12. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    Here's one of my "fixer uppers"... I now have 10 of these Mehano ore cars and I have modified 5 of them. I just changed the couplers and trucks and then painted and lettered them for CPR.

    Here is a Tyco tank car that I did many years ago.
  13. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Wow! That inspires me to re-do some old toy cars for my steam era layout rather than e-Bay them. Those Mehano hoppers REALLY look great.
  14. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Great stuff...amazing what new wheels, couplers and a touch or two of paint can do to a toy.:thumb:
  15. Dan McDonald

    Dan McDonald New Member

    what kind of wheels are you putting on these?
  16. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Great job!

    I'm going to try and paint my first car this weekend! F7 sheel too!

    I have put together several kits now and really enjoy it. I thought about taking some old Life Like cars and going over them but after looking at prices for new trucks and Kadee couplers it was cheaper to buy new, better quality kits.

  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I use Kadee, Atlas, Jay-Bee and Intermountain, whichever one will fit as the trucks generally differ in spacing from one brand to another as well as one decade to another. Sometimes a set can be made to fit by knocking the axle points off with a file---c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y:thumb:
  18. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    C.H. that is way beyond me at this point.


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