Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Choochoowilly

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location:
    Ormond Beach, Fl

Recent Profile Visitors

147 profile views
  1. Choochoowilly

    Mason Bogie kit bash

    While still looking for the misplaced bell I have gotten most of the shifter mechanism done still in styrene white but as soon as it dries up around here it will get some paint. Left to do on it is designing the vertical lift bar that runs between the shift leaver at the top and the side drive bar on the chassis. Am considering using round cord elastic that would give with the turning and side rod movements, got to get it on the rollers and see how much everything moves,
  2. Choochoowilly

    Aristo Southern Pacific B unit

    Nick, just rust it up and put it in at scrap pile at the engine yard, bet it would look cool, here is what I found on pinterest with what they really did. I posted this picture on LSC and a member has copied it to very nice detail, it was by Rick Marty and titled "oil shed"
  3. Choochoowilly

    Mason Bogie kit bash

    More progress on the Mason Bogie, got the boiler handrails done and piping for the sand dome and was done with 1/16" brass wire, reused the stanchions from the original Lionel 0-6-0 and was going to purchase 2 more to put 3 on each side but after reviewing the shipping cost I decided on 2 on each side. Received my G scale graphics R?C system and am looking forward to getting it install but first will have to make some more detail parts like the bell and the firebox but at least it is starting to look like something, more to follow.
  4. Choochoowilly

    McKeen Car Build

    No just curious, like it with the 2 different bogies
  5. Choochoowilly

    Lionel stanchions

    Thanks Chuck, I have the only problem is they want to charge $12.00 for some thing that will go in a $.49 cent envelope, just fell the shipping shouldn't be 3x the price of the part, thanks for your help, Bill
  6. Choochoowilly

    McKeen Car Build

    Nick, I can see from the underside 3 dimples each set on one side and one on the other, seem to correspond to the seating inside, so are these spot welds and if so how where the accomplished? Clear plastic, very unusual, looks great
  7. Choochoowilly

    Lionel stanchions

    Looking Lionel 0-6-0 hand rail stanchions qty 2 used on gold rush special. Thanks Bill
  8. Choochoowilly

    McKeen Car Build

  9. Choochoowilly

    Rosy's caboose

    Been looking for a end car for my sugar cane train, and after talking to Eric in Hawaii about their sugar can trains and him sending me some pictures of their cabooses, I went on the look out for a small caboose looking car. Considered a Bachman "Little big hauler" caboose which was about the right size and not very expensive. Then as I get updates just about everyday from Pinterest regarding my interests, I found a picture of an actual very small caboose rotting in a field and I just thought it was about the cutest thing ever. So I decided to copy it best as possible. I started with a Bachmann full-size combine body missing parts and roof, cut out 3 windows body section + the ends of the car. Also removed a small section of the car window were it met the end section so that both ends of the car would match. Used part of the chassis and moved the truck bolster to the correct location. After gluing the chassis I found that the passenger car truck was too long and would not fit between the steps so I removed the wheel brake shoes on both ends. Made the roof out of black kydex plastic which has a pebble finish on one side and scribed lines like roll roofing from front to rear. Then cut a hole in it for the cupola to sit.. might put some seats in it for the workers to sit but still thinking about that. Even though the real caboose was lacking cat walks and ladders at the ends I decided to add those just to make sure it looked like a caboose and those parts came from a Bachmann caboose but cut down. Added the Sugar Shack Sugar Co logo and like Rosy still thinking about weathering it. Fun build and I think it hits the spot, Bill
  10. Choochoowilly

    drover kit bash

    Well this all started with Rosy's caboose, I had a cupola to use, but needed railings, catwalks, ladders and grab rails, found a complete Bachmann caboose on EBay for $10.50 and free shipping less the chassis, ladders alone were priced at $10.95 + $3.95 shipping. No brainer except I wound up with another cupola. What to do, what to do.!!! In my array of goodies I found a Kalamazoo combine, looked like the start of a drovers caboose to me. Had railings but no catwalk, ladders or upper roof railing. I liked to size of the Kalamazoo car as it was a fair amount shorter than LGB or Bachmann cars and fits better with small engine trains. I thought this is going to be easy, there was no interior in the Kalamazoo car and figured it would be easy to paint by just separating the chassis from the body and wouldn't have to tape off anything!!!! Wrong Kalamazoo glues their body to the chassis and there is no floor in the car, the floor is part of the chassis. Well after some sawing with a razor saw and a fair amount of acetone dropped into the joints + some carful prying it finally came apart. Only minor damage was done to both chassis and body and was easy to cover up. There were end car railings and grab bars on the combine, just no ladders. Measuring the existing bars I found that they were 1/16" brass rod so I started the ladders and designed them around the existing end car railings over lapping as to reuse as much as possible and reuse existing holes in chassis. Ladders were something that I had done before but not well so this time I took a little more time. Cut 1/16" brass wire and attached by soldering rungs to the up rights, trimming excess from ends when done. Also, while soldering, I made the upper walk railing using the same technique as I did with the Sinclair Dino tank using brass tubing and cotter pins soldered together and tapping the ends and screwing into roof at predrilled and tapped holes that I had made. Secured the top part of the ladders to the roof with a small piece of styrene that I drilled to the same size as the spread in the ladder uprights and secured it to the roof with my favorite 2/26 screws. This allows me to remove the roof for service on lights and things inside. The cupola was attached with CA clue after window glass was put in, cutting the hole in the roof as a little tricky but was done with a saw blade in a dremel. The roof walk way was a little challenge but easy after I had a none senior moment, Roof was slopped and the catwalk needed to be straight, so I stole some of the good ladies' (wife) plastic clothespins cutting the tapered end off and gluing to the roof at the same spots that the railing uprights were placed and on top of them I placed 100x250 evergreen styrene that I scored with a saw blade to simulate wood grain. Little acrylic paint and done. Fed 1'16" brass wire threw the cotter pin eyelets and soldered in place after securing ends into roof. As stated before where was no interior in the car and I felt it needed some thing, back to goodies box and in there I found seats, people, and a partition to separate to caboose from the passenger section, a little trimming and it was secure but remains removable. Found some end car light from USA trains and after tapping them so I could bolt on with machine screw, also drilling out the center of the screw (the bulb goes into them from the side, not the bottom like LGB) replaced the GOW bulbs with mini LED's. Powering the lights is done by a AAAx2 battery holder w/switch painted to look like a shipping crate and is accessed then one of the sliding freight doors. Interior light into caboose section is a 10mm soft white colored with a yellow marker to mask the LED look, Passenger section I thought I would do something different and made a stove out of engine cylinder and dome parts, cut and opening in it and dropped down the stack 4 1mm flickering LED's 2 red and 2 orange. So now the cupola is dimly lit and the interior of the caboose is light, as Eric of triple O stated, so the conductor could do his paper work at night while in route and the cowboys could sleep. The passenger section, while not overly bright, but enough to see that there are people in it, lit by the flickering of the stove fire. Looks awesome at night. With the current draw of the LED's should last about a month if left on all the time. Left to do, and little weathering and lettering of a road name. Not sure what name to use but open to suggestions???, Probably wind up selling it as I have no place for it on my layout or and cattle to use it with,,, wait I do have and LGB elephant car, now that is some serious meadow muffins. Fun build hope you enjoy, Bill
  11. Choochoowilly

    hyde-out mountain steam sound

    Know it's very basic and cheap but does anyone have any experience with these? Chuff-Whistle-Bell sound for Model Trains, from HYDE-OUT MOUNTAIN LIVE STEAM Condition: New ITEM PRICE: US $34.95Free Shipping
  12. Choochoowilly

    Mason Bogie kit bash

    Since last post I have got the headlight done and mounted + got the side gear in place except for the reversing bar but moving right along, ordered the Gscale graphics rail boss 4 and a charging (door way) board and still looking at mounting the batteries in the boiler, more to come, Bill
  13. Choochoowilly

    Mason Bogie kit bash

    Moving along at a snails pace the Mason Bogie is taking shape. Finally got everything fitted, what a pain, being as I'm not a master builder I adjust as I go along. Funny after fitting 1 piece and going to another when rechecking now the first piece is off a little more readjustments and so it went, on and on but finally everything is now fitting. Next is fitting the headlight and making the bell bracket and mounting, always touch up paint and the motor chassis has to be re assembled but the tunnel is getting shorter, more as it progresses
  14. Choochoowilly

    McKeen Car Build

    At first I thought that the body was too high on the trucks but after studying the still color picture I see the front and rear trucks are different, the rear truck has a much thinner frame exposing the tops of the wheels more, car looks great going down the track, congratulations on a great rendering, Bill
  15. Choochoowilly


    Think I would see how you paid, if with paypal and business not family and friend I would complain and if nothing else give the seller an ear full!!!