Kitbasher's Diary - On30 Coal Tender

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Drew1125, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi everyone!

    This has been my first attempt at an On30 model…

    My friend Ken gave me this little Bachman Porter engine, & I thought it might be fun to build an auxiliary tender to extend its range, so to speak…

    I’ve had this little cheapo HO bobber caboose laying around for 10 or 12 years now, & that looked like it might have some potential…


    I removed the body, steps, railings, & horn hook couplers, & used some styrene to fashion a new deck, measuring 12’ x 6’ in O scale…


    Next, I added some paint & weathering, & added the weight from the original model…I moved it a little off-center, so it would be hidden by the coal bunker…


    I cut some strips of balsa to build the coal bunker, & added styrene strips for outside bracing…I also chopped up an old N scale tank car, to serve as an auxiliary water tank on the rear of the tender…


    To hide the weight on the inside of the coal bunker…


    I covered it with some sculptamold, painted it black, & then sprinkled on some real cpal that I had crushed up with a hammer…


    I added a ladder & water hose…


    And finally, added some new couplers…


    Now I just need to build a layout to run it on! :D


  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Looks great Drew!!!! :thumb:

  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Sweet. Very nice work Drew
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Very cool!

    (And welcome back Charlie...! ;) )


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