As things wrap up and I finish prepping for the RPM Chicagoland event next weekend, I have moved all the completed freight cars from this year into slots in my Freight Crates and cleaned up the workshop. Part of that task involved prepping for work to begin come November for the next batch of cars.
I am not going to go big again. This winter my plan is to build about 14 cars total, and keep it relatively sane in the construction department. If I finish everything I have selected to build, and by finish, I mean it’s all done, weathered, assembled, finished, then I’ll tackle more.
In addition to 14 freight cars, I want to build at least 2 YV structures this ‘modeling season’. I still would like to build the station at Snelling. That’s been on my list for years, and is a good starting spot. Getting that built would be a huge boost. The other structure I’m eyeing for this year is the ATSF tower in Merced. I have a kit for that building that looks like it would be fun to build, so I may do so.
I also have some projects for my Free-mo layout to tackle, namely, most of the layout and rolling stock. I plan to take some time in November and get the rolling stock banged out at least, with the layout portion to follow soon after.
In the midst of all that, I decided as I was building cars this year, that I am not 100% satisfied with my Kadee #158’s. They’re difficult to paint properly, and the springs go flying regularly. Cutting the glad-hand off is not great either. With that in mind, I have started a small trial of other options. I elected Sergeant couplers and would also like to test the couplers Accurail makes. A small order of Sergeant goodies arrived this week, and I’ll be tackling those in November. The Accurail product is currently out of stock, and I’m not sure if they’re coming back. If they do, I’ll buy a few and try them out. If not, and I like assembling the Sergeant product, I may make the change now, before I get building cars.
One last project: my Hicks Car Works builder plate. I helped my friend, Wes, a few years back, to get a new builders plate made. I decided that it’s time to get my copy that he graciously had made mounted and hung up in the house. So far, I’ve sealed it. I’m currently researching the proper color for it. Some sources indicate brass, while others indicate black with white paint on the raised portions. Hopefully that will get sorted out and hung up for display before the end of the year.
Time to get that presentation finished!