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Since 1997, I've specialized in custom painting and detailing models for Major Class I railroads, Regional railroads, "Fallen Flag" railroads, Leasing Companies, and weathered freight cars. Our models of 2nd generation and contemporary railroad equipment are inspired and produced from prototype photographs for HO and N scale modelers who desire something other than a factory produced model.



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Current Projects Page Last Updated: December 6, 2014



December 6, 2014: Finished a CSX SD40-3 (#4043) this morning.  This custom build also sports a Shapeways printed cab.  Somehow, I managed to keep it in one piece this time.  Still, not the easiest material to work with, but I'm getting better.  Also completed are two Norfolk Southern engines: one Dash 8-40CW (#8352) and one SD60 (#6660).  Today will be the last update until the new year.  I'm taking a break to my travel schedule, which will keep me busy until the first week of January. 

November 27, 2014: Finished detailing six more engines today after completing the weathering portion this week.  They include BNSF #611, BNSF #5601, BNSF #8300, BNSF #9836, HSM #1, and Conrail #4112.

November 26, 2014: Finished off a pair of DRGW GP30's tonight.  Both units, #3006 and #3021, were detailed and weathered.  Also went back and added some weathering to the Wheeling and Lake Erie units I finished last week.

November 24, 2014: Finished building my first SD60E unit with a Shapeways Cab tonight.  Not 100% happy with the quality of the build, but it's passable for now since it's better than trying to scratch build one.  So, with that, I give you Norfolk Southern SD60E #6920

November 23, 2014: Finished a pair of Wheeling and Lake Erie SD40-2's this morning.  This pair is not in the standard paint scheme though as #7368 is still wearing it's former GATX colors and #6351 is still in it's Primer Grey scheme after doing duty for the movie Unstoppable (since repainted in to standard W&LE colors).  I also finished a pair of UP SD38-2's (Y806 and Y810) that I've been working on for a few weeks.  These are my personal units, so it took longer to finish them. 

November 9, 2014: Finished the second Allegheny & West Virginia AC4400CW today.  Also posted a photo of a recently completed 53' Trailer in the vehicle gallery.

November 8, 2014: Finished a BNSF fantasy scheme transfer caboose this afternoon.  Also weathered a CSX ES44AC

November 2, 2014:  Slowly showing steady progress on more projects.  A week in the states and another trip to Kuwait has kept me pretty busy outside of modeling...  The latest updates are as follows: completed another BNSF C40-8W, a GATX SD40-2, and weathered a pair of Union Pacific 5161cf Hoppers.

October 12, 2014: Finished a quick project this afternoon, another Wheeling and Lake Erie SD40-2.  Still have 2 more units to finish.

October 4, 2014: Finally, some new work to report.  I had an unexpected trip to Kuwait put a halt to the hobby stuff for about 10 days.  My travel schedule has suddenly increased, so things are getting more difficult to knock out in a timely fashion.  After I got back this week, I continued working on several projects and finished these units tonight: BNSF C40-8W #808, NYO&W F3A and F3B, Rock Island U30C #4591 and #4595, and Allegheny & West Virginia AC4400CW #777 (Unstoppable Fame...).

September 6, 2014: Finished a set of four Canadian National RDC's this afternoon.

September 4, 2014: Finished another CITX SD40M-2 this afternoon.

August 29, 2014: I finished painting the other six 42' gondolas and a pair of 52' gondolas for BNSF this week.  Also did a pair of 5161cf Trinity hoppers in a hasty "what if" scheme and I think they came out rather well.  All of the cars are posted in the BNSF freight section.

August 15, 2014: I finished weathering four Micro-Trains CSX gondolas after I changed the road numbers from the original runner pack.  New owner now has 8 unique numbers.  Also finished up another rent-a-wreck.  This time an SD50 in former Conrail colors - NREX 5456.  This is the same engine I did in HO scale back in November.

August 10, 2014: The weather broke a little, which allowed me to paint for the first time in a few months.  While I didn't finish a lot of projects, I was able to finish up a few that did not require painting.  Those included a WSOR SD40-2, a Florida East Coast SD40-2, a Wisconsin Central SD45, and a CITX SD40-2M.  I also developed a small tutorial on the steps I did to create the CITX SD40-2 unit.  

July 23, 2014:  Since I can't paint right now due to the hot weather and humidity levels, I finally updated my roster pages with my N Scale engines.  I had slowly been creeping back into N after dabbling in HO for the last two and a half years.  So much for that experiment...

July 15, 2014: Finished another BNSF C44-9W tonight.

July 13, 2014: Rolling along now, finished another BNSF SD70ACe this afternoon.

July 11, 2014: Finished up a Rock Island F7 after it had been waiting patiently for it's replacement window to arrive.  Had to weather it before I could call it done.  Also knocked out one of my own units...no really...my own stuff...it's a BNSF C44-9W and surprisingly only took me 4 hours to knock it out.  That's what happens when you are left home alone and the family is out doing a baseball movie marathon at a friends house.  Should do that more often...

July 9, 2014: Finally finished the Norfolk and Western diner that I thought would be finished last week.

June 28, 2014: Slowly getting back to work on models.  I finished renumbering a pair of UP C44-9W's while watching Brazil and Chile duke it out in the first knock out round game.  Also masked and painted a N&W passenger car tonight, look for that one to be completed later this weekend or early next week.  

May 27, 2014: Just got back from a trip to Italy last night and had another day off today, so I finished up 2 more CFMG SD40-2's units and took photos of another AC44CW that I had finished two weeks ago.  Busy as ever, but had some down time to model again.  The AC44CW unit is a custom detailed HO Athearn unit done in the CSX YN3 "Boxcar" scheme.

May 11, 2014: Sorry for the lack of updates lately, it's been a very hectic month with our kids baseball seasons starting.  We travel a lot on the weekends because of the lack of teams that are close by.  Most of my hobby time has been cut in half because of that.  We also found out that we will be staying here for another year while I wait to take command.  Unfortunately, I have to attend several schools back in the states over the next 14 months, so I still won't be able to take on any new work, except for a few small projects here and there.  I'll still post updates as I go, just won't be as frequent as the winter months.

April 11, 2014: Completed another simple detail job on a DRGW SD50 today.  Also weathered the NYNJ SW1500 and updated the photos.

April 10, 2014: Another project completed.  This time an HO New York New Jersey SW1500.  Still waiting to see where we are heading next with the Army, but at least I'm clearing out the backlog of projects.  I have a bunch of items I need to work on from my own collection, so I'll be tackling some of those next as time permits - starting with the Canadian National SD50F.

April 9, 2014: It's been a few days since my last update due to the kids spring sports kicking off last week.  I did manage to finish up a few projects, however.  This week's gallery updates include an Alaska RR SD45, 2 CSX Cabeese, 2 CSX tankers, and a CEFX tanker.  All of them are basically "protolanced" paint schemes, meaning they are not necessarily prototype for that particular engine or freight car/caboose. 

March 30, 2014: Finished up installing several Tsunami Sound Decoders this weekend and their associated engines that were custom weathered and patched/detailed for the Dumas, Dalhart, & Elk City Railway (DDE)

March 22, 2014: Finished up three more cabeese this morning.  This time for the Louisville and Nashville.  Also finished weathering a pair of Union Pacific engines.

March 15, 2014: Finished an Indiana Railroad SD90MAC in the 25th Anniversary paint scheme today.  Should have a few more projects completed this weekend.

March 9, 2014: Had a good and productive weekend while continuing to clean out the backlog of items.  The first item is a NW2 for the High Splint Mining Railway.  Next is another pair of KCS cabeese custom painted and weathered in the all white scheme.  Next is another Erie caboose and finally, I weathered another HO Intermountain BNSF ES44DC

March 1, 2014: Another batch of engines and cars finished today.  The first is a patched Canadian National C40-8W.  This engine isn't going to win any best of show awards in the near future.  The second engine is a SOO Line SD40-2 and finally a pair of C&NW Bi-Level passenger cars

February 28, 2014:  Last day of February already.  To celebrate, I finished up a pair of engines today.  First is another CEFX SD40-2 in their popular "Bluebird" scheme.  The second engine is another fantasy Norfolk Southern unit, this time an EMD E8A to go along with the other EMD F7A's I did a few years ago.

February 27, 2014: I finally settled on the layout era I'm going to tackle when I retire, so my focus is on procuring the roster for Conrail between 1998 and 1999.  So, I need to clean up my roster a bit and have posted anything that does not fit.  It includes both engines and freight cars.  The list can be found here.

February 23, 2014: Finished up another BNSF MP15DC today. I also finished a pair of SD40-2's for Helm Leasing, one in Cornell Red and one in CSX Blue.

February 17, 2014: Finished another GDRMCo SD70M, but this time in HO scale.  Also added photos of the recently completed GTW SD40-2 and updated photos of the CN SD40-2 after it was weathered.  Finally, finished up another CFMG SD40-2.

February 9, 2014:  Finished the other CSX ICHABAD graffiti hopper today.  Also had a chance to touch up two CSX SD40-2 units (2434 and 2435) that I took in trade last year for some other work.  I painted these units in 2005 while I was stationed in Los Angeles.  Had to find something to do while the paint was drying on three other projects I was working on today.

February 8, 2014: Finished up a few projects today.  First is a CP Rail SD40-2F made from a Kaslo Shops kit.  The drive train is a Kato SD40-2 and Kaslo provided the shell and most of the details.  The next project was a simple graffiti job on a CSX 4650cf 3-Bay Hopper.  The decal was custom made by a friend on The Railwire.  Finally, a couple of Will Models cast resin vehicles

February 3, 2014:  Finished up a Canadian National SD40-2.

February 2, 2014: Finished a Santa Fe Southern GP16 last night. 

January 17, 2014: Finished seven NYO&W cabeese this afternoon and also put the finishing touches on a BNSF MP15DC

January 12, 2014: Finally received the new compressor last Friday and was able to get back to work.  This weekend I finished the following units: BNSF GP60M, BNSF SD70MAC, BNSF SD60M, BNSF NW2, several NYO&W freight/passenger cars, an Erie Caboose, three Lackawanna Cabeese, and finally an HO CSX C40-9W.  I'm also making progress on a Santa Fe Southern GP16 and should have that one completed in the next couple of days.  I've updated the projects page with the most current progress as well. 

January 4, 2014: Added a pair of photos of an ATSF HO car I weathered and tagged with graffiti a few weeks ago.  Just got around to taking the photos this afternoon.

January 3, 2014: Happy New Year everyone!  We finished up 2013 with an excellent trip to Italy.  Overall it was a very good year with only a few minor set backs. I'm still waiting on the new compressor to arrive, but expect it early next week.  I'll be working on the models that need minor work only in the mean time.  I've also cleaned up the home page a little and moved all of the 2013 stuff to the Year In Review page.

December 23, 2013:  Ugh, another wonderful update today.  I was working on a batch of stuff that needed weathering when my air compressor decided it had enough and incinerated itself.     

So, I ordered another one and it should be here on the 6th of January, which is when we get back from our trip to Italy.  At least it blew up right before we left and not when I got back. 



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