Tuesday Right Out of the Box or Modify?

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by TomPM, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Good morning folks

    I added the driveway and pathway from the caboose/office.

    For those of us who build kits do build them straight from the box or do you modify them?

    When I build a kit from the box if it is a piece of rolling stock I generally build it as is. I will weather it. For structures I tend to modify them. I can’t stand the plasticy look of many of them and I usually paint them even if it is the same color as the plastic. I usually add some details like electric meters, mailboxes, lights, and signs.
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    My are progressions---first up out of the box are new wheelsets, added weight and Kadees. After 3-6 months comes detailing if necessary, another 3-6 months finds weathering being done. I've got too many pots on the stove to concentrate on doing all at once, this way puts them out and running right away and leaves room for ideas to come.
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    My thoughts exactly, Shaygetz. KD's and metal wheels, then comes revenue service! :thumb: If I've had them awhile, I weather 'em, just for variety. Some with faded, or sub par lettering (OLD athearn BB kits come to mind, the newer ones use decals, but the older ones....sheesh! I think they used rubber stamps! :rolleyes: ) I weather right away, and put in service thanks to "Dean's Weatherin' Wash(R)" :D Great stuff!
  4. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Rolling stock? it all depends some are assembled and put right to work,some will get new couplers (maybe new trucks) and a shot of flat or mat finish.

    Structures ? I haven't built a structure straight from the box unmodified in over 20 years.Anywheres from a coat of mat finish to a total paint/repaint to full on kitbashing.
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I cannot see building a kit right out of the box. Bricks don't look like bricks, wood doesn't look real, roofs can't possibly look that way in the real world. At a minimum, kits get a complete paint job and weathering, at their best, a kitbash.

    Rolling stock kits? I've never bought one, and never seen any in N scale anyway. I haven't looked around that hard to buy any either...:D
  6. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Typically I find I want to add just a little of my own personal touch to any kit, if not a total kitbashery hack-job. Some of my favorite kits are the ones that invite bashing through optional components or modular design. Rolling stock tends to go on pretty "straight" unless I have a specific bash or modification in mind: typically a quick swap to metal wheels and Kadee couplers, some weathering, and they're ready to roll.
  7. santafewillie

    santafewillie Member

    Rolling stock whether RTR or kits, gets metal wheels, Kadees, graffiti sometimes, and weathering. Buildings are a different story. All of them get Dull-cote, some get additional paint and weathering first, all get added details. A few select ones get some kitbashing or re-arranging of parts; for the most part I design the layout space to fit the buildings, or I only select buildings to fit my space. I'm big on DPM modular stuff for most of my scratchbuilt buildings.
  8. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I'm not a fan of shiny plastic. Gotta dull that stuff down. As for rolling stock, I usually go with metal wheel sets and Kadee couplers (our club standard). Weathering is nice also.
  9. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Rolling stock, RTR or kit, usually gets KD's, even if it came with Accumates, McHenry, or EZ-Mates and then they get weathering.
    Structures....Hmmmm.....Since I switched back to HO, I don't think I've built one structure straight from the directions. Usually they get bashed.
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know if they were rubber, but the old blue box stuff was pad printed.

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