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After having my N-scale layout of 10-years in the making completed, published, open-housed, and train-nighted with friends adnauseam, I've reached the point of "what now?" I still do a lot of model railroady things, but running trains on my layout isn't one of them. If there was ever an equivalent in our hobby, I think this is it - I'm having a "model railroading midlife crisis." Rather than working on the "big" layout, I find myself building micro-layouts as a diversion, scratch-building freight cars for the sake of doing something different, and even (*gasp*) experimenting with different scales.


To that end, an infatuation I've had with On30 has become manifest. I haven't built a layout or anything of that nature... yet... but I have been having perhaps a bit too much fun building some On30 equipment. I've been getting my "fix" on eBay, mostly from Wiseman Model Services. They offer some former Tom Yorke resin kits that are straightforward, unique, and fun to build. I'm a sucker for unique railroad models...


So, here are a few photos of what I've been working on among many other model railroading projects...


Wiseman Models resin kits / former Tom Yorke models:
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This is a Wiseman Models Fordson Rail Tractor built on a Tenshodo Spud mechanism.
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And an eBay score I could't pass up: a Bachmann Davenport Gas Mechanical locomotive and Backwoods Miniatures dress-up kit. After a few evenings of work it's ready for primer.
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I haven't built a layout to run these on, but I may do so at some point. At this moment, this is what I have in mind. I can operate it as a 5-3-3 Inglenook or as a regular switching layout using car cards and waybills.
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Re: This Is What a Model Railroading Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like...
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 01:34:19 AM »
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ha ha  nothing wrong with playing with scales. I have a On30 Davenport sitting here now at my computer desk.

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 11:53:46 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 11:56:35 AM »
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This has tempted me more then once.  Never seen one completed by an actual modeler until now.  Nicely done.
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Re: This Is What a Model Railroading Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like...
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 08:58:33 PM »
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Chris, that dress-up kit is not from Banta it is an English kit and when I remember the name I will send the details to you.
They do a whole lot of stuff for the On30 market and their standard is very high.
I Modified two Bachmann Davenports with the same kits back when I dabbled in On30.
I like your paint work and the weathering on the rail tractor it looks stunning.
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 09:02:29 PM »
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Re: This Is What a Model Railroading Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like...
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 09:44:44 PM »
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Mine from way back:


I remember when you could buy those Davenports for like $30, now you can barely even find them.

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 09:45:39 PM »
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Thanks, Rod. I corrected the kit reference. There was a Banta Modelworks wood cab that came with the lot, which I decided not to use. I've drooled over my keyboard while perusing Backwoods' website on more than one occasion. Love their stuff!


The paint and weathering on your Davenport is stunning. I hope mine turns out so well!


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Chris, that dress-up kit is not from Banta it is an English kit and when I remember the name I will send the details to you.
They do a whole lot of stuff for the On30 market and their standard is very high.
I Modified two Bachmann Davenports with the same kits back when I dabbled in On30.
I like your paint work and the weathering on the rail tractor it looks stunning.
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Stunning! Between you and Rod, I have my work cut out for me... :-)

Mine from way back:


I remember when you could buy those Davenports for like $30, now you can barely even find them.
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2018, 08:56:28 PM »
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Mine from way back:
I remember when you could buy those Davenports for like $30, now you can barely even find them.
Great work.
To paint my Davenport I took note of how some very clever modelers ( Terrapin Society if I recall) shaded the colours and used filters to get the paint just right.
Lots of steps but I was happy with the result.
This is a Backwoods Kit to fit the Bachmann truck.
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These were on my Lost Creek ON30 layout which has long gone.
Images on my Blog if interested.
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2018, 11:35:55 PM »
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Finished-up the Davenport tonight. I think I passed the point of "worn and dilapidated" a few washes ago...


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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2018, 05:15:02 PM »
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Finished-up the Davenport tonight. I think I passed the point of "worn and dilapidated" a few washes ago...
Very nice looking loco Chris.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2018, 07:27:16 PM »
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I like it Chris! Variety is the spice of life.

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Resist the urge to put antlers on the headlight and Mexican banditos on the pilot step...!

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