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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3135 on: October 26, 2023, 03:41:06 PM »
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Add one more Charger to the line in Carlisle!  😀  Honestly, I just started the decals, but the roof and door decals give instant gratification of what this will be.



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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3136 on: November 05, 2023, 01:30:16 PM »
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Add one more Charger to the line in Carlisle!  😀  Honestly, I just started the decals, but the roof and door decals give instant gratification of what this will be.



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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3137 on: November 05, 2023, 02:49:41 PM »
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Haha!  Call it GE for short. 😜

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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3138 on: November 05, 2023, 03:00:15 PM »
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I finally got the courage to mask the front of the General and apply flat black paint in the grille area.  There’s just not a lot of surface area for the tape to stick to on the leading edges of the fenders, hood, and bumper.  But, it’s done, and it’s as good as I could ever expect that to be under the circumstances.

I’ll probably just give a touch of silver to the headlights when I touch up the chrome bits and call it a day on this project.  I’m pleased with how this has turned out.  It’s certainly not perfect (it’s not even the correct model year Charger!), but it passes the three foot test.  It’s probably the best looking General Lee model I’ve ever had, and it’s in HO scale. 🙂



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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3139 on: November 05, 2023, 04:21:38 PM »
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  I wouldn't worry about the headlights . These Chargers have hide-away headlights , so during the day they don't show . My first car was a 69 Charger.  8)

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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3140 on: November 05, 2023, 06:23:04 PM »
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  I wouldn't worry about the headlights . These Chargers have hide-away headlights , so during the day they don't show . My first car was a 69 Charger.  8)

Yeah, they do, but the headlights are visible on this model as if the covers are open.  So, I decided to just give the headlights a touch of a chrome pen, just to give a pop of color.  Good enough.  Once the black paint cures, I’ll try to get in there somehow to mask off a cleaner line and do a final touch up the chrome bumper.



Hard to believe that this is how this Charger began its life.  Again, it’s an Oxford Diecast model.



We’ve come a long way, but, on the show, the Dukes and Cooter also built the General Lee from a Charger that had a past.  That one was supposed to have been a wrecked black Charger.

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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3141 on: November 06, 2023, 05:51:39 PM »
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   The silver does look good .   Mike

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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3142 on: November 10, 2023, 01:34:35 PM »
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And now, back to our regularly scheduled railroad:



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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3143 on: November 10, 2023, 04:31:01 PM »
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Poorly timed back swing with a train horn blaring

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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3144 on: November 10, 2023, 05:00:57 PM »
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Poorly timed back swing with a train horn blaring

Hahahahaha!  Might explain why she never gets out of the bunker. 😉

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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3145 on: November 11, 2023, 01:24:58 AM »
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I’ve been stumped on what to do with the grille on the General Lee.  Today it hit me.  Make a decal.  This worked on a 1980s Coke machine I made a few years ago, and I still have some blank decal paper.  So, I went to the internet and got this picture of the nose of a 1968 Dodge Charger.



Then, I printed the decal.  I’m giving plenty of time for the ink to dry, and then I’ll spray the decal with a clear coat.



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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3146 on: November 23, 2023, 12:20:23 PM »
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I redid the decals on former Lehigh Valley GP38-2 No. 317, eliminating some ugly large red patches that never looked right to me.  I decided to add full lettering, rather than merely the planned initials, so it no longer appears to be a slap-job patch and get it on the road.  Although large red patches hiding the “Lehigh Valley” on the long hood is the way that Conrail did it on the 1:1 engines, it didn’t work here for me.  I like this better.  The short story is that I got distracted and left the MicroSol on too long, so I not only removed the N scale lettering that I was replacing, but I also managed to get through the center of the red patch and some of the underlying Lehigh Valley lettering!  That’s what led to the complete redo, which involved a few hours of scrubbing the patch and the LV lettering off and dealing with all of the removed bits trying to migrate all over the side of the engine.

Admittedly, the oval A&R logo is offset from center to fit between the latches of the cab subbase, and I might remove those and push them forward to the battery cover.  On the fireman’s side, the oval is partially covering the scars of the N scale logo that it replaced.  But, I have since learned from removing the big red patches that the factory Athearn paint is pretty durable, and lots (and I mean lots) of scrubbing with MicroSol didn’t lift it.  I might just work more to get the decal film remnant off the cab subbase.  We’ll see.





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Re: The Carolina Sandhills Lines in HO Scale
« Reply #3147 on: Yesterday at 11:33:12 AM »
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Many of your photos include Rapido's Budd cars, and I even recall a modern 4-4-0. Please would you describe the passenger operations on your layout? Thanks!