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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 4

IMG 1335In my last blog on the subject, I demonstrated the process of gluing the ties to the template. In this entry, we affix the four rail assemblies to the ties. Be reminded that we left all of the rails "running long". During this process they will be tr...
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Follow The Build: The X26 and X26c, Part 3

IMG 1325Work continues with my seven car effort on the current PRR Pro project -- X26 series box cars. Above is a view of my mass production line! Grabs, grabs, and more grabs! That's the topic for this post. The Funaro & Camerlengo resin kits include br...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 3

IMG 1290With our four rail segments assembled, we set them aside and begin work on the ties, starting at the center and working outward. The ties are cut from 36" lengths of strip wood purchased at the local hobby shop, which were painted ahead of time with ...
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Follow The Build: The X26 and X26c, Part 2

IMG 1270Like any resin kit, there is a lot of flash to be cleaned off of the sprues from molding. The instructions suggest doing all of the flash cleanup at once, but I deferred, doing only what I immediately needed. With seven kits in progress concurrently,...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 2

IMG 1280Picking up where we left last time, this session we create the acute angles of the crossing. We start by taking a pair of rails and, on a grinding wheel, shaping the ends so they make a clean, solid connection while fitting the angle on our template....
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