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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.

Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/15/2018 : 11:23:18 AM

Thank you! Now my trains look complete.

Guff Posted - 10/15/2018 : 10:43:23 AM
Small but mighty...I love your cabeese models.
The detail is excellent. They look great connected to the freight cars.
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/15/2018 : 10:22:48 AM
Originally posted by Bill Gill

Wow! what a sweat and unique pair they are. railman28

Yes, They are a perspiration to us all :)

You left yourself wide o-pun for that one, Bob.

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/15/2018 : 10:17:38 AM
Thank you, Andre.
OK Hogger Posted - 10/15/2018 : 09:40:53 AM
Wow... good work! Certainly not a hack job, and like Bill said, not crummy at all. Yup, I'd say you have yerself a shur'nuf pair of cabeese, there Mike. Nicely done!

Bill Gill Posted - 10/15/2018 : 08:50:22 AM
Wow! what a sweat and unique pair they are. railman28

Yes, They are a perspiration to us all :)
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/15/2018 : 06:38:37 AM
Bill, Galen, Håkan, and Bob, Thank you!

Galen, right now they are in the caboose pool. I’d have to get as far as a regular scheduled train before they could be assigned.

railman28 Posted - 10/14/2018 : 11:41:55 PM
Wow! what a sweat and unique pair they are. They really look Good Mike.
masonamerican Posted - 10/14/2018 : 10:30:57 PM
They look fantastic Mike! Well done!

ocalicreek Posted - 10/14/2018 : 9:20:31 PM
Now they have been put into service, how do the crews like them? If your trackside observation is any indication, I suspect they'll be complaining soon enough. Despite the rough ride, I suppose the high cupolas provide a good view.

Nice work. I pulled out my caboose project and poked at it, but haven't resumed work just yet. Soon.

Will they be assigned to any regular runs or do you have a small enough pool to have to assign any caboose to any train?

Bill Gill Posted - 10/14/2018 : 12:32:03 PM
Those look good with light weathering, Mike! They're bobbers, not crummies :)
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/14/2018 : 12:06:28 PM

Thank you for taking a look. I weathered them a little, mainly to cut the brightness of the lettering.

The sensitivity to track irregularities is due not only to the long wheelbase but also to the less than perfect castings or my scratchbuilt frames. One of the cars has a slight but definite wobble on a flat surface.

deemery Posted - 10/14/2018 : 10:49:48 AM
Do you plan to weather them? They look nice and bright as-is. Thanks also for the note about bobbers as track test cars. Do you think it's the combination of long wheelbase and light weight?

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/13/2018 : 7:51:42 PM
I am going to pronouce my two LV bobbers complete . . . for now. I need to figure out a good way to do marker lights that go on the cupola. Nevertheless, I can go ahead and run them on my railroad.

For those new to this little effort, I based my models on photos and an LV car diagram. I would like to thank Blair ("BlairM") for photos he posted on this thread earlier, and for the individual who made 1891 car diagrams available on a mail list.

Here are a couple of photos:

I've run them a little on the layout and I can see why they are called "bobbers" with all the movement they exhibit as they go down the track. So far they have picked a switch and derailed where I have a very minor kink in my track. They are going to be my track testers in the future. (Fortunately the track joint is in a section that was probably destined to be redone.)

In addition to these bobbers, the Lehigh Valley also ran four axle cabooses with a very odd-looking design during the period I'm modeling: a project for the future. I'm going to do a little structure construction next.

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/09/2018 : 11:17:01 PM


Thank you. I followed an LV car diagram. The shape of the railings looked unusual enough to suggest the drawing was a reasonable representation. Not generic.


Originally posted by railman28

Wow, they had their own ideas on handrails too. Excellent application

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