For this blog, I will try to divide my posts into certain categories so that people can follow what they choose. I envision ‘Brainstorming’ as where I share my thought process and planning on specific projects.
For the era I am modeling, the FJ&G owned two combination coaches: 21 and 22. 21 was purchased secondhand from the Delaware Lackawanna & Western in 1916 (built in the late 1880s), and 22 was purchased new from Jackson and Sharpe in 1900. Visually, the two are very close in appearance, and I am using the LaBelle HO-12 to model #21 first. This kit is basswood with metal and plastic parts for certain details. Here is a photo of the kit as completed by someone else. I am using this model railroad forum thread as a guide, since he is using the HO-11 kit (coach version of the same car).
I plan on using CA+ glue to attach the pieces together. My biggest question going into this is, should I paint all of the wood pieces before or after assembling them? I am thinking of painting detail pieces separately before I attach them. The painting method I plan on using to prevent warping the wood is to use acrylic paint, dip the brush in the paint, touch the brush to a used laundry sheet to remove most of the moisture, and then apply to the wood. This was suggested by a hobby shop owner I spoke with.
I’ll be asking this on modeling forums before I move forward with the combine.
I started work on the DL&W hopper, but there is not much to show at this point. I will post my progress with it tomorrow.