What is Protocrastinator?

A Protocrastinator is a person who puts off finescale Railroad (and railway modelling) for no good reason.
Originally for me it was 1:87 (HO) scale. Problems with acquiring the bits and pieces led to extreme dissatisfaction and the project stalled. Now I've acquired an O scale boxcar and I intend investigating Proto 48 as a finescale project.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Is the rot setting in?

Well, it was only a matter of time before it happened. I added a second freight car to my O scale inventory. A Weaver Centerflow hopper body kit. I did already snap off a stirrup, something that I would replace anyway, so no loss here. But with the addition of scale trucks and couplers and a bit of weathering. It will look the part on any layout I build.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Improving the Weaver Boxcar (1)

So, here we go. Improving the Weaver Box car.
Nice and simple to start with.
This picture shows the simple first stages on the first corner (from left to right).
1. The Boxcar as it comes with moulded on hand rails.
2. Shave the darned things off.
3. Wire handrails added from .26 music wire. A huge improvement on the look.
Three more corners to go, by the finish of them my technique will have improved so much that I'll have to re do this one.
The jury is still out on the wire. I wonder if styrene rod might not be better.
Should I be paying more attention to the painting and weathering before I go any further?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Here's an idea...

Take this Weaver boxcar kit that is dimensionally accurate, just a bit lacking on the detail front.
Then shave the moulded on details off and add new details in brass and styrene and whatever and see what I've got. After that, if I like what I've got then I can add Proto 48 Barber trucks and couplers. If i'm feeling really confident as I go along I can try some weathering on the boxcar body. Here's an interesting looking MT&W Boxcar for reference and another one here. In fact, there are quite a lot of reference images to choose from. This looks to be a good starter project.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

More Protocrastinations

Whereby, The Protocrastinator succumbed and bought a Weaver O scale Box car and is considering converting to Proto 48 standards.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Forget it...

Well, its been 9 months since I placed an order with the P87 stores for some bits and pieces.
Now I appreciate that Andy has had some serious issues to take him away from the P87 business. But 9 months is a long time in anyones' books. As a result my enthusiasm for P87 is pretty well shot. I've tried to keep if going with some interesting plans schemes and concepts. But right now my interest in doing anything in P87 is totally zero.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Flurry of activity

This is no less than the fourth post in THREE days to this blog. I haven't had activity like that since the start of the blog.
I don't know why. Surely its not just the impending arrival of that ExactRail boxcar...
Things have just conspired to inspire me lately. If I was at home this weekend who knows what I would do...
Anyway, I've also updated my list ofProto87 links over there to the right. P87 links are few and far between so if any of you have got any others and would like to share them. I'll post them there. I'm always up for inspiration.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pages from the sketchbook

So, to expand on the idea outlined earlier here's a couple of sketchbook pages to illustrate what I'm talking about.
The above sketch shows the wide open backscene typical of prairie country like the Midwest.
This is exactly the same layout sketch with the backscene changed to something more afforested.
The scribble below each layout concept illustrates how the sloping backscene would look in profile. I'd bolt the backscene onto the back with a few coach bolts and wing nuts. There shouldn't be too much of an issue with the tree backscene. Perhaps the extra depth of the prairie might be an issue but this only needs to be made from the lightest thinnest ply so it wouldn't weigh too much and throw things off balance.
As another note I checked my stock of baseboards and I have a frame ready made that is 54" x 14" Almost the perfect size.