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Last night I was working on a small structure for the layout, a place where the Army railroaders can have all their tools out, and I can show all the small little detail items that don't really fit Outdoors.
The roof, on one side, will be supported a frame of wood timbers, which will be done soon enough.



I think I did a lot of progress considering that just a couple of hours before this photo was taken, this was just plastic still in the containers.

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I finished the shed in the Army compound and put lighting into it tonight after placing it on the layout with all the detail stuff I'd gotten ready for it.
Now it's DONE.



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Ever since the pandemic forced us all indoors, I’ve been mostly either working from home, doing whatever house cleaning chores my wife comes up with, or working on these.



They’re laser kits made by On30IMA. They’re quite challenging to work on as a lot of it you just have to figure out on your own, so I built only one at first, to use as a guide to building the rest. I’m glad I did that. The remaining 4 I have (two more shorties and two ‘normal’ length) were done in an assembly line manner, all repetitive tasks for each type of part for each car. Now, the subassemblies are done and I need to put them all together into the shape of ET&WNC hopper cars. I’ll be happy when these are done, as I’ve always wanted some of the Tweetsie’s ubiquitous wood hoppers but before recently nobody made them in O scale. There are at least two people I know who’ll make them as 3D prints, but only in O scale. Heck, I’d have paid a premium price for these as one piece, but nobody wanted to take the money. The kits aren’t exactly cheap, but once they’re done, I think they’ll be worth it. Only one (the near on in this photo) will not be carrying a load. They need weights and there’s NO place to put them but inside without being seen. So I did the detailed interior bottoms of the one, and the rest will permanently carry coal loads.

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Lee,

The hoppers look great.  One of the downsides of O scale is that you are almost forced to add a lot of detail that smaller scales can get away without adding.  Am I correct that you live in Washington state?

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As part of the Army presence, I finished several 55-gallon drums, and dozens of Jerry cans.

This Tamaiya kit included several German cans, so I glued them in rows together, with American cans on each end, so it wasn't obvious.
The empty drums are made by Tichy Train Group.
I added some hand crank pumps to a couple of the barrels, but I don't remember who made those.
I also designed a small open sided structure, which will sit roughly where all these drums are sitting. It will provide cover for a workbench, and several loose items on the layout, including most of these drums and cans...

Depending on what time-frame you’re modeling, some of those Jerry cans should be plain galvanized metal.

Also the pump coming out of that drum doesn’t match any mil-spec pumps that I’ve seen. The ones you used are modern pumps.

You’ll want this style pump, but in OD 319:

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And since you’ve got the Jerry cans, you ought to mark the drums for lube oil.
But you’ll want to ditch the drums with the bigger bands, as those are German.

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