Friends, one of the questions that I’ve asked myself over the years is why I and many others build models. A few years ago it occurred to me that, as a research psychologist, I know how to go about answering that question. If you’d be willing to help me out, I have a survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNX3QKB. If you, too are a model builder and could spare about 30 minutes to complete the survey, I’d really appreciate it.
When I’m not researching or working on this page, I do build my own models. Below are some projects that I thought might be of interest to others. If you find them helpful or have some tips for me, please let me know.
Building a C&O Quad Hopper
From Athearn’s Kit.
My first attempt at a modeling project for this page. Athearn’s car is a pretty close match to the C&O cars; a few details and decals can turn it into a really nice model.
Building a More Accurate C&O
Wood Caboose From Gloor Craft’s Kit.
I did’t have space to build a layout in the house I was living in, so I thought I’d take the time to push my modeling skills with this car. Here’s how I did it.
Building a C&O GP38
I used the shell of a ConCor GP38, an Athearn mechanism, and bunches of detail parts to build an engine for only slightly less than the cost of a real GP38.
Making a Hood Mount Bell for GP7/9's
One distinctive feature of C&O GP7’s and GP9’s is the bell mounted above the headlight on the short hood. This part isn’t available commercially. Here’s how I make mine.
Making Canvas Sunshades
Several classes of C&O engines had canvas sunshades, but no commercial part is available. Here’s how I make mine.
Scratchbuilding the Louisa Freight House
Finally, a project specific to the Piedmont Sub. Here’s how I built the freight house in Louisa. It’s a nice little structure with a few unique features.
Modeling the Campbell Depot
In 2011 I obtained a photo of the Campbell depot, which showed it to be an example of the C&O standard station number 3. In 2013 I bought an HO kit of a standard station number 3. Sounds like a project waiting to happen...
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