The Boxcar Project

BakerJohn

BakerJohn

Baker, Modeler, Flour Ambassador
Does anyone recall the boxcars I'd purchased off evilBay a few months ago? Allow me to refresh your memory...
There's the brown Boston & Maine that came with crappy wire grabrails, a melted brake line, bad trucks & couplings, and needed some paint touch ups.
There's the orange Santa Fe Refer with flimsy rubbery grabrails, a broken brake wheel, a repainted catwalk, and the same couplings.
Finally there's a blue Virginian which all around is a good boxcar, but it doesn't fit my theme.

The plan was to replace all boxcars' couplings & trucks, replace grab rails on the B&M and SF along with the brakelines, paint where needed, and reletter the Virginian.

Today, after a few months of doing nothing, I finally started the process.

The B&M is done! Well, almost. The step that goes on one end of the car is missing still. I'd ordered it along with everything else and they sent me the wrong piece.
Before & After Pics...
105309_a566d4ccf518aa3d53b8312485bf2cef.jpg

105313_404928f4f5516aa1db46d336d0e3b795.jpg

Ultimately, with this car, I replaced all the grab rails along with the brake rod and wheel. I touched up the paint on the catwalk as well as each step at the corners of the boxcar and decided to paint the door handles on either side of the boxcar as well. The trucks are from my USAT boxcar. They work for now but I'll need to get a few sets of good trucks for the other two cars. All this car needs is the step that goes next to the brake line on the end of the car.


All I really did to the SF boxcar so far is take it apart and paint it. I also painted the catwalk black instead of the grey it came as. It looks much better!
105327_ab0cce6f72225f08600546318e3bfdf8.jpg


Ultimately this refer will become a B&M Milk transport. Technically it's the wrong style for the reference photo I am using, but I'm okay with that.


I haven't really done anything to the Virginian yet. I'm trying to scrap the lettering off, but it's not going very well. I may just paint over the whole thing with a similar blue, though I was really hoping I wouldn't have to repaint that one...
 
Riograndad

Riograndad

Model Railroading, boats and oil painting,
6 Jul 2013
1,560
102
64
Northampton UK
Looking good;);)
 
BakerJohn

BakerJohn

Baker, Modeler, Flour Ambassador
Thanks, but now the black paint is scratching off. I may need to start again...
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
14,442
197
71
St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
Thanks, but now the black paint is scratching off. I may need to start again...
Having repainted quite a few varying types of G Scale Wagons/Coaches and Locomotives a Spray with a Rattle Can using an Undercoat Spray first cannot be beaten. I would use a Grey for a Black Start or most colours, but Red Oxide for any reddish based colours. A white undercoat is also usedul for anybother really light colours such as creme.
 
F

Fred Mills

Registered
27 Mar 2017
1,195
46
76
Ottawa/Nepean, Ontario Canada
As much as my limited experience with painting B'mann rolling stock may be...
I have painted numerous Bachmann freight car kits over the years, and haven't had any problems such as the ones described here recently.
My good fortune may be due to the rather inexpensive "Rattle can" paint I have used. I simply go to Home Depot, Lowes, or even Walmart, and purchase the paint there. All of the freight cars I have painted were painted in with one of the following; Iron Oxide red/brown primer, a green primer, or a grey primer. This gave me a flat finish, which resembles paint that is slightly weathered.
My only preparation before painting, is to submerse the cars in warm soapy water, using dish-washing liquid soap; brushing lightly, then rinsing well in warm water. I let the cars dry well for a few days, before painting. I do NOT prime with any other paint, I just use the paint I want to finish with.
I know that Decals are better applied to shiny surfaces, but I gave up on them years ago, and just use a Brother Label Maker, which is fine for my needs. The label maker can produce a fine product that will fit well in the letterboards of the B'mann passenger cars. I do not model any railway other than my own, and we are a rather "Cheap" bunch of blighters, and only require a number and reporting marks on our equipment !!
BTW...when working on the Bachmann equipment; it is mostly cast from Styrene, and is easily "Welded" using lacquer thinner or MEC...no need for that clear liquid in miniature bottles at $5 a crack. I gave up on that stuff called "Uhoo" or whatever...
I just did major repairs on a POLA Station...it proved to be made of Styrene...and the lacquer thinner worked great on it too.
Fred Mills
 
BakerJohn

BakerJohn

Baker, Modeler, Flour Ambassador
After a long while I am finally able to return to my boxcars!
I have decided to make the ex-Virginian boxcar a simple process and just cover the existing lettering with new. So, I spent last night and this morning creating my decals and then test-fit them on the car. Thoughts?
Once I order the decals the lettering will be white on the blue background. This car will also be weathered eventually; so it will look old and re-purposed.
114246_6a489cd43dc2356668fede29ff7796a3.jpg


114247_67cae96ce4fb600e2c890fb2a1593297.jpg
 
BakerJohn

BakerJohn

Baker, Modeler, Flour Ambassador
I have finished my Pan Am boxcar as of this morning. I had some issue with the decals getting lost in the mail. But, after a wonderful interaction with Del at G Scale Graphics, he sent me a new sheet and I have been able to finish this car. It's not perfect; but for my first time creating and applying decals, I am happy.
This car also got a new brakeline (see the nice brass rod on the left!), a quick undercarriage paint-job, and the trucks were touched up. I may also repaint the grab rails black. They have blue paint on them in part.

EDIT: Oh! And I need new Kadees on this car. The springs are failing on these guys...

116123_2df6634f9beb8421d6ab44359fecc99d.jpg
 
Riograndad

Riograndad

Model Railroading, boats and oil painting,
6 Jul 2013
1,560
102
64
Northampton UK
Smart makeover,sweet n sassy;);):cool:
 
  • Like
Reactions: BakerJohn