New Essay by J. Parker Lamb added to Library
I reached out to noted photographer and published author J. Parker Lamb about writing an article about the KCS Meridian Speedway. Much to my delight, Parker came through with a wonderful article, a map, and photographs.
This article is a nice compliment to the article that my father contributed to the library titled The Meridian Speedway in Louisiana. Parker continues the story with the visionary actions of Michael Haverty who took this railroad from a marginal regional line to a major route on the U.S. railroad map.
Please enjoy Parker's article: An East-West Railroad Through the Mid-South.
Freight Car Delivery 7-31-15 - Tangent Hoppers
After being away from the hobby for a bit while on vacation with the family in Florida I decided to check on the new ICG Tangent Hoppers. As one of the four road numbers was already sold out from one of my primary suppliers I figured I had no choice but to grab the remaining three.
ICG 766887, ICG 766929, and ICG 799938 arrived today wearing a more simplified scheme than the previous runs. As expected from Tangent, the cars look excellent. One disappointment however is the side roof overhangs were coming loose. This defect is particularly bad on the ICG 766938. A little crazy glue will do the trick though...
THE 99-TON DIESEL ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE
Another essay by Mr. S. Russell Tedder has been added to the Meridian Speedway Library. This time Mr. Tedder focuses on the evolution of the diesel-electric road switcher from the popular GE 70-ton model to the 99-ton offerings of EMD, Alco, and Baldwin.
Custom Airbrush Paint Booth
I have been very fortunate over the last two decades with my painting. By practicing the Rules of Paint the results have generally been excellent. My latest experience spraying a primer coat on two all-door boxcars has caused me to re-evaluate my processes. This review has resulted in my decision to build a quality airbrush paint booth!
There are a number of how-to videos on-line that give some insight into how this project should be executed. Some of videos that I found to be useful are linked below. There are small paint booths available on-line, but they are a bit smaller than what I am looking for, and a bit pricey.
A wide variety of materials can be used to make these booths, some made from cardboard boxes and others from clear plastic storage containers. I will make mine out of wood as there are some features I want to build into it such as lighting, airbrush holders, and supply storage.
While my son Jacob was at Velocity fitness training today I made a few rough sketches of my thoughts on the design for the paint booth. I had previously purchased a few of the components at Home Depot based on what I had learned from the videos. These supplies include a NuTone basic ventilation fan, a 12x12x1 air filter, and a couple of white undereave vents (one 16"x8" and one 16"x4").
Focuses will be on user functionality and air flow. There will be a turntable, top and side lighting, air-flow to the bottom rear, paint and airbrush holders, and storage for painting and cleaning supplies.
A separate component that will be sized to fit under and open window will be built to allow ventilation to the outside. This piece will be connected to the fan's exhaust via flexible dryer ducting.
Introducing an airbrush paint booth to my painting process will allow me to paint indoors where I can have better control over the air temperature and humidity. Ultimately this protected environment will yield better paint job on my models!