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Author Topic: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module  (Read 2342 times)

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #60 on: October 17, 2019, 07:24:32 PM »
Early construction of Cartermount's Main Street





Much work to do on detailing and painting, this'll be the full extent of the town's Main Street.
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2019, 08:09:44 PM »
Great modelling!
Your modified building fits perfectly with the street!
I'm looking forward to seeing more!

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #62 on: November 04, 2019, 07:14:09 PM »
I thought it was time to address a small backlog of rolling stock repaints.



I'm working on a pair of "neverwazzas" - Con-Cor offered Southern Pacific's Pullman Standard bilevel cab cars despite the company never owning any in service. After some deliberation I decided only the cab ends needed painting in blood red, without any wrapping round the sides.

However my best way to approach this was to apply by brush several THIN layers of Humbrol 60 (scarlet) matt enamel. Red isn't the easiest colour to apply successfully. Humbrol's scarlet is the nearest shade to SP's blood red nose livery without recourse to specialist imports.
Once I'm satisfied with the scarlet finish it'll be an even more fiddly job highlighting the end gangways.
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #63 on: November 08, 2019, 06:58:14 PM »
Completed repainting of cab ends - at least the scarlet brightens things up.
I don't think SP owned any push-pull fitted locos for commuter use so the cab cars will be used to house the train conductor.



I had none of SP's circular heralds such as those fitted to RDC-1 SP-10 from the early 60s on my Microscale decal sheets so left them off for now https://www.splives.org/wp/sp-10/history/
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #64 on: November 08, 2019, 07:29:28 PM »
My commuter service roster:

5 SP bilevels (Con-Cor)
3 RDC-1s (Con-Cor)





I've paired up the Baltimore & Ohio (needs reglazing) and Great Northern RDC-1s as they have Kadees fitted, no decision yet whether to repaint them into Cartermount Transit District livery.

However the solo RDC-1 with Rapido couplings needs the leads on one of the bogies re-soldered back on as well as reinstating glazing.
This might be the test bed for repainting into the fictitious transit agency or even into the livery carried by SP-10 in later years (scarlet ends and band above windows) if it hadn't been involved in an accident.
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #65 on: November 08, 2019, 08:39:37 PM »
My sole freight car awaiting repainting.

An Atlas ACF 4-bay hopper to be repainted into Cotton Belt livery to accompany my Intermountain ACF 3-bay version.



Fortunately I have Microscale decals (transfers) available to hand although I'll need to check my paint stocks to find a suitable match.
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #66 on: November 10, 2019, 06:21:09 PM »
I fixed my faulty Con-Cor RDC-1 but it was VERY fiddly work resoldering the wires on the defective bogie without melting plastic!



However it now runs OK and I then removed what was left of the printed Baltimore & Ohio logos and lettering.
It needs a complete repaint into a livery which hasn't been decided yet.
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #67 on: November 10, 2019, 09:09:38 PM »
I've only just identified the origin of this building which I bought at the Halifax show some time ago.






Although its base was stamped "Pola, Made in Western Germany" it was sold under the Model Power brand labelled as "Supermart" although its name is absent from my model https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODEL-POWER-1534-1-160-N-Scale-HARDWARE-STORE-SUPERMART-Model-Railroad-Kit-NIB/273908470648?epid=1400544833&hash=item3fc6379378:g:aCgAAOSwZH1dlD8z

This forthcoming weekend's model train show at Wakefield regularly sells North American and Continental models. I'm looking out there for reasonably priced U.S. buildings and accessories, and if lucky, any Cotton Belt rolling stock for sale.
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #68 on: November 12, 2019, 09:44:01 PM »
My commuter service roster:

5 SP bilevels (Con-Cor)
3 RDC-1s (Con-Cor)





I don't really need any more commuter rolling stock.
Indeed I can provide varying levels of capacity from a single RDC for off peak use, to all that's on display for weekday rush hour service.
The only possible gap in provision is an EMD "covered wagon".

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