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southernnscale - Mon 21 May - 22:50

Thanks! Back in business! all changed and works!!!! Yeee! haa!

soccrdad30 - Sun 20 May - 19:25

Stony, Walt, the profile page has been fixed. I disabled an out of date plug-in.

southernnscale - Sun 13 May - 22:25

Thanks! Kinda late but better then never! been off for a while!

stonysmith - Mon 2 Apr - 21:12

Walt.. the photo is fixed.

southernnscale - Sun 1 Apr - 21:41

sorry about the photo being upside down. but it was right side up before loading it!!! Just not my day!

southernnscale - Sun 1 Apr - 21:22

Happy Easter! to all

soccrdad30 - Sun 1 Apr - 20:38

Happy Easter All!

ejshelton - Sun 1 Apr - 12:32

Hoppy Easter back at ya Thom

rvn2001 - Sun 1 Apr - 06:13

HOPPY EASTER !!

stonysmith - Sat 17 Mar - 21:16

Happy St Patrick's day!

GNFan - Mon 29 Jan - 22:14

Hi, Johnathan (Catt) - Glad to hear you're still at it. Visit here when you can, keep us posted how you're doing.

Catt - Mon 29 Jan - 17:11

Hi guyZ,thought I would let y'all know that I am still kickin' around just not doing much Z right now.I I can barely hang on to my HO stuff.Hope y'all are doing great' :-)

jim29t - Sun 28 Jan - 13:08

Happy Valentines day

stonysmith - Mon 1 Jan - 16:45

Happy New Year!

rvn2001 - Mon 1 Jan - 00:16

Happy New Year!! Here is a video of my Z scale layout built on a G scale flatcar.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njVNOZOIRVo

soccrdad30 - Sun 24 Dec - 11:14

Merry Christmas to everyone!

soccrdad30 - Sat 9 Dec - 21:09

My ShapeWays order shipped on Friday! woohoo!

GNFan - Fri 8 Dec - 18:01

A favorite Seattle Department of Transportation guy captured 2 Boeing fuselages waiting to be taken to the Everett plant, at the Interbay Yard. https://twitter.com/dongho_chang/status/93926630257261

stonysmith - Mon 27 Nov - 17:59

Shapeways has extended their Cyber Monday sale thru Tuesday .. 10% off and free shipping on orders over $25www.shapeways.com

rvn2001 - Sun 29 Oct - 12:57

I've already got one of each on order.

stonysmith - Sat 28 Oct - 21:42

ZSM is taking preorders for the Rokuhan powered chassis - this could be a game changer! Link

GNFan - Tue 10 Oct - 21:02

Phew! Glad to see ZCS is back in business.

southernnscale - Thu 17 Aug - 23:38

Working is another thing that gets in the way and help support their hobby. I was just wondering what happened to all those who were on here.

southernnscale - Thu 17 Aug - 23:33

I have six acres and a 3/4 pond. have plenty of out side work! But can't spend every min in the sun. I know people have to work and other thing in life that are more important! but I still find time!

tealplanes - Mon 31 Jul - 21:11

Certain projects can only be done in the summer months......like beginning to dig a Koi pond. I've also built garden boxes, a chicken coop, making trees for folks, and on it goes. Someday...........

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Stony's LCL Cement Canisters

Detailing Stony's LCL Cement Canisters Here is a photo of the cement canisters in their raw form. I cut the sprue lengthwise, so the sprue will now act as a holder and a stand for painting, decaling, and sealing. A word of caution, the eyelets on top are very fragile. After breaking an eyelet, I used the barrels and sprue to 'handle' them. You will notice the size of them compared to a MTL caboose.

 

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 The next photo shows one set of canisters painted and decaled in the foreground, while the other set stil needs numbers and 'writing'.  On Ebay I watch for N-scale decal lots, either partial or whole, usually you can find a great deal.  Sometimes finding the right HO decals will work as well.  The same applies when I go to train shows, when a modeler is 'done' with their decals, I find I can find more uses for them in Z.  These LCL Cement Canisters were actually decaled using left-over Burlington Northern N-scale decal sheets.  I used the tiny writing for the canister messages while using 5-digit number sets to label the canister.  There are a few things that stand out from the proto are the numbers on the proto canisters are Railroad Roman style font, and that there should be more 'writing' on the sides of the canisters.  Other than the two items I have mentioned, I think they turned out great.  The shown BN partial decal sheets I paid a few bucks for a bag load of them so decorating them was very cheap.

Before painting them, and after I seperated the halves, I gave the model a 70% Rubbing Alcohol bath and scrubbed them down with an old 'soft' toothebrush.  When dry, I used my Valspar Primer #65056 Red-Oxide 'rattle can' to spray paint them.  When the paint dried I then gave them a sealing coat of Rustoleum Matte Clear.  And after the sealing was dried is when I decaled them.

 

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Once the decals have been applied and dried, I then gave the canisters another coat of Rustoleum Matte Clear.  There again, you still can add more 'detail' decals to authenticate the protos, if you wished too.  The next photo shows a custom decorated Soo Line 50' gondola with a load of canisters, while the other set is in the open.

 

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The canisters really did not turn out that bad, bare without any weathering agents.  I plan to add spilled cement dust to a set, and I will post more photos of that process.  Basically I have a set of artist chalks that I sand down to get to dust form to apply with a brush, but this might be different... I may try a different technique to apply the spilled cement dust.  Below you will find a few proto photos of the LCL Cement Canisters to help compare your work.

John

 

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