Building Display Frames

Living in an apartment, my modelling is often constrained to the size of a bookcase shelf.  Fortunately, the furniture from the “Unhappiest Place on Earth” known to most as Ikea, is very handy for building dioramas or tiles on.  What the shelves are less good at is being presentable when they are not in a bookcase.  The solution to this, is a few feet of relatively cheap project pine from the Home Depot, and a few hours somewhere with a saw and a flat work surface.

imgp6225rawconvMy Toronto Railway Museum “Railway Village Diorama”.  Built on an extended Ikea Shelf and set into a frame to make it look presentable on display.

Many months ago I wrote about model railroading in small spaces and the joys of Ikea bookcases.  I’ve got several dioramas built or on the go that are built on just the bookshelf, unlike the Railway Village where I extended the shelf.  This means I needed to build two different sized frames for Ikea shelves, and one for the model of 587 Yonge Street that I am building on a 12×12 inch tile.  So with what I needed to build determined, I quickly drew up some plans in AutoCAD at lunch on Friday, and figured out what lumber i needed.  Based on my plans, I’d wind up with less than 10″ of off cuts left over from two 1x3x8 and one 1x2x4 pine hobby boards from Home Depot.  So off, I went on Saturday afternoon to collect the lumber and screws, then down to my not in the apartment wood shop and workshop.  Having somewhere to go with tools is very handy.  I scheduled myself so I would be arriving there before the regular crew left, which meant that I would have someone else present for any cutting in accordance with the safety rules, but when I was drilling and gluing the frames, I could work on my own while not disrupting the regular restoration crew.

How to kill two hours on a Saturday evening, 20′ of lumber and some Ikea Shelves.  But, I now have three display boxes rough finished.

With the rough work in getting everything together, and an initial sand with the belt sander to even out the sides and soften the edges, I can finish the boxes at home at my leisure.  A bit of wood filler on the screws, and some detail sanding with sanding blocks or just sheet sandpaper can all be done on our balcony when it warms up again, and then a coat or two of satin black paint to make them blend into the background.  I don’t actually have any shows or events that I am planning on going to in the near future, though I may have an outing for one of them in late April at the Ontario Narrow Gauge show.  I am debating if I will have my narrow gauge shelf for Talyllyn in a state to attend, or if just the loco will go.  It will entirely depend on how productive the next couple of months are.

Observation Railings for Nova Scotia

My model of the former Dominion Atlantic Railway/Canadian Pacific Railway/Upper Canada Railway Society/Ossawippi Express Restaurant car “Nova Scotia” (here, here & here) that is in the collection of the Toronto Railway Museum now has been semi-stalled for several months.  I’ve been trying to obtain brass etches that BGR Group has done for CPR observation cars, that are the same design as those on Nova Scotia in the 1950’s as my model is, but haven’t had any luck.  I did draw and 3D print the railings, but they are very fine.  That said, I wanted to take the car to the Barrie-Allandale Train Show last weekend, so I set about installing the 3D printed railings temporarily.

Installing the 3D printed railings on the observation platforms of Nova Scotia, using the highly technical method of tweezer supports to hold them in place while the slow setting glue cured.

To do this, I had previously painted the railings on my trip to my paint booth.  Using Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement, a removable glue meant for placing figures on layouts, I gently pried the railings into the holes in the platform.  Then, as seen in the pictures, I used tweezers for leverage to hold the railings while the glue set overnight.  The railings are flexible, as the glue forms a soft bond, rather than a hard bond as CA would, but I want to be able to remove the railings if I do eventually get etched ones.

imgp6238rawconvOne end of Nova Scotia showing the 3D printed “Frosted Extreme Detail” railings installed on Nova Scotia.

It took a couple of tries to get the railings in, but they did go in.  I am actually pleasantly surprised at how good they look, I think if I had installed them with CA, they would stand straight up, they have a bit of a lean with the soft glue, but it accomplished the goal of being able to bring the entire TRM Passenger car collection to the Barrie show.  The 3D printed etches will definitely work, though if I ever put the car for sale, I’ll need to either have the print include extras, or do them as a separate part with a supply of extras (or come up with brass etches I can sell/provide separately).  For my first run, I did them as a separate part in the higher quality “Frosted Extreme Detail” resin from Shapeways.  I haven’t seen the benefit of this material on large size prints for the price increase, but for something with fine detail like this, it seemed like a good choice.

imgp6269rawconvToronto Railway Museum Passenger cars in HO Scale.  Ex-CPR 14 section First Class Sleeper “Jackman” at the rear, Ex-CPR/Upper Canada Railway Society Solarium “Cape Race” in the middle; and, Ex-DAR/CPR/UCRS Business Car “Nova Scotia” at the front.

Tuesday Train #43

IMGP5473RawConv.jpgEvening Freight.  A DB Schenker (formerly English, Welsh & Scottish) freight Class 66 hauls a container train through Edinburgh Waverly Station at evening rush hour while we wait on a very delayed service back to Newcastle.  The Class 66 is a mainstay of UK freight service, but it’s a long way from its birthplace as all 485 were built at the now closed Electro Motive Division Canada plant in London Ontario.

3D Printed Crossing Shanty’s for Sale

I will be at the Barrie-Allandale Train Show this weekend.  At the show, as part of a cleanup of the collection of tubs, cabinets, drawers and shelves full of Model Railroad stuff, I have come up with two of my 3D printed projects that I am looking to sell.  Both are HO Scale prints of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s crossing shanty which used to guard the level crossing of John Street, just north of Wellington Street in Toronto where the CPR tracks crossed John to access the freight houses where Metro Hall and Roy Thomson Hall are now located.  This shanty was preserved, and has been restored and is now a part of what is called “The Railway Village” at the Toronto Railway Museum.

District, King Street West and Spadina Avenue. - [between 1977 and 1998]The John Street Crossing Shanty, located on the west side of John Street, just north of Wellington Street. Image Courtesy Toronto Archives

Through a combination of factors, I have two extra prints that I don’t have a use for.  Instead of them continuing to take up space and risking getting damaged in the apartment, I’ve decided to try and sell them and hopefully find them homes with modellers who will appreciate them, and more importantly, find homes for them on their layouts!

Item 1 – Kit of Crossing Shanty – $50.0012334341663_27789ca1fb_oThe first version is an unfinished 3D print in Shapeways “Frosted Ultra Detail” or FUD material.  The kit will come with a complete printed instruction booklet.  Everything to complete it except for a brass locomotive bell for the platform at the back is included.  If I’d had any spare around, it would be included.

The 3D print is slightly damaged, the angled support for the bell platform got broken, so I have included a piece of strip wood to replace it with.  I have cleaned the print, and it is ready for painting and assembly.

Item 2 – Completed, Lit Crossing Shanty – $75.00

The second version for sale is one of two I have finished.  One of the two is a “restored” version which is now installed in The Railway Village diorama.  The 2nd, is a version done as it was in its original location at John Street and as seen in the head photo.  This is the one being sold as shown in the three photos above.  I finished this version to show what the finished 3D print could look like.  It is wired with a 12v Miniatronics bulb inside the structure (the 9v battery clip in the pictures isn’t included, that was temporary to test the wiring).  The shanty is affixed to (but removable from) a small wood disk for showing.

I will have both at the Toronto Railway Museum booth at the Barrie-Allandale Show on February 18-19, 2017.  If anyone from further afield is interested, we can workout payment and shipping.  Let me know in the comments and we can go from there.

Barrie-Allandale Train Show – This Weekend!

This coming weekend, February 18 & 19, 2017 is the 47th Annual Barrie-Allandale Model Railway Show at the Bradford Greenhouses just outside the City of Barrie.  I will be attending the show with the Toronto Railway Museum, and showing many of my models of the museum and it’s equipment.

Barm2017.jpgBarrie-Allandale Railway Modellers Show Flyer

As per my recent posts on Making Trees (here, here and here), I will have the Toronto Railway Museum “Railway Village” Diorama with me, along with models of many of the pieces of rolling stock that make up the museum’s collection.  Depending on how much space I have, I may pack some non-museum 3D printed projects for show and talk with those who know to ask, but I won’t know that till later in the week. What I do know, is that i will have two 3D printed models for sale.  One completed and ready for a layout, and one in its raw kit form.  I’ll write a post on them Thursday or Friday before the weekend if anyone who isn’t going to the show is interested.

Back to the show, the Barrie-Allandale show is a great one.  It is held in a nice bright venue inside the greenhouse, and normally has a good mix of layout displays and vendors.  Attendance is normally strong, and the weather forecast for this year looks to be for great weather for anyone thinking of making the hours drive up the 400 from the Toronto area.

Hopefully see you there!

Toronto Railway Museum Display & The Railway Village Diorama, come and say hi if you are in Barrie this weekend!