It's kinda dead in here - On30 kitbash projects

Discussion in 'On30 Forum' started by Dragon, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Ok, seeing as how it has gotten a little quiet in here, I'll post a few pictures of On30 projects that myself and my step-father-in-law have been working on.

    We'll start with mine, as my time has also been taken up working on bookcases for my office/train room.

    I took a 1/43rd scale 1934 Ford oil delivery truck and converted it to an On30 railcar. This will ultimately be repainted and detailed as a quick-response firetruck/engine water delivery vehicle for my fictional railroad the Dragon Mountain Logging Co.

    After all, with all the dry weather, those geared lokies are always setting off brush fires.

    I took one of the two power trucks from an older-style Bachmann Ho Scale 44-tonner, plus a few parts I had laying around in my parts bin. i was originally going to use some MDC/Roundhouse spoked front wheels, but the flanges were so sharp they kept riding up out of the turn-outs. The smaller wheels I have now look better, and lower the front of the truck.

    Now on to my step-father-in-law's stuff.

    The first is the beginnings of an On30 railcar using parts from a Gnomy truck and Trolley. Plus a spare Precision Scale D&RG K-27 plow.

    Next up is an On30 railcar bashed from a Bachmann On30 Combine, parts from an Adirondack Car & Foundry kit (the front windows & Grill), and the "guts" from a Precision Craft Galloping Goose. This gives the wonderful engine sounds of one of those old Geese, as well as DCC.

    And, just to show I've not been totally bored...
    HEre is one of the bookcases I built for my office. It was built to tuck nicely behind the door, and between the Ho Scale layout and the wall. Above is the On30 around-the-room layout.


    P.S. - Now let's see some modeling out there! :)
  2. jcoop1

    jcoop1 Member

    Yea it has been kinda quiet in here lately,

    Love your projects.

    Maybe I should take a couple of pic of my starts and put them up too.

  3. wabana kid

    wabana kid New Member

  4. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Right now I'm not. I haven't actually started laying track.

    My intention is to use Atlas Code 83 flextrack and switches for this first layout. I can always rip it out and redo later.
    I'll attach the cork roadbed first, probably using wood glue or white glue as I've had great success with these. Then the same for the track. finally, it will all be sealed in when I ballast.
    For temporary holding, I'll use long sewing pins, or the woodland scenics foam pins to hold it in place while the glue dries. Or I'll just set some of the CD spindles on it like I've been doing so far. those things are HEAVY and hold foam and stuff VERY well while glue dries.
  5. jcoop1

    jcoop1 Member

    I have used adhiseve caulking and it works great. Tacky at first then dries solid. If you change your mind it is easy to remove.
  6. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Nice pics, thanks :)
  7. ozzie

    ozzie New Member

    Hi Thanks for all the inspiration.
    So far I have limited my "cut and shut" skills to lowering all my Bachman rolling stock and upgrading my Bachman C&S 2-6-0 by adding a spark arrestor and modifying the tender to include the typical tool boxes and bludger boards (Aussie slang, I dont know what they are called in the USA).
    But I am pleased with the result and with your photos in hand will go further. I have always fancied a gas railcar.

    Incidently, I use double sided tape to fix track to foam board.
    it also fixes the balast without the mess that glue can cause.
    My ON30 layout is in the lounge room and I am under the very watchful eye of "her who must be obeyed".

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