First crack at model trains

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Project by KWBaughb posted 03-30-2020 11:12 PM 709 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made various small toys over the years for the grandkids but decided to try my hand at more detailed models. Started with Toys & Joys “Old 99” wood burning engine, tender, passenger car, and caboose. My shop is extremely small (approx. 6’ x 10’) so most tools are bench top or portable (e.g. 10” bandsaw, job site table saw), and no lathe. Almost all wood is rescue wood from roadside pallets, neighbourhood renos, or donated scraps. Woods used include maple, oak, black walnut, cherry, mahogany, & poplar. Thanks to LJ folks for ideas on how to “turn” the engine boiler (& a few other pieces) without a lathe, and various other tips!

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#1 posted 03-31-2020 12:34 AM

i very nice looking train as i am working on my caboose right now I love wood combo GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 03-31-2020 01:13 AM

WOW! Very well done.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 03-31-2020 01:56 AM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 03-31-2020 02:21 AM

Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!!

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#5 posted 03-31-2020 02:28 AM

Looks awesome. Fantastic detail. I like the pictures with the train image in the mirror.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 03-31-2020 02:37 AM

Detail, detail,detail very nice well done
The only thing missing is the spikes that hold the rails to the tie

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 03-31-2020 09:26 AM

very nice

-- Vítek

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#8 posted 03-31-2020 09:52 AM

Nice job

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#9 posted 03-31-2020 10:15 AM

My father was a serious model railroader. I hope to print out some pics of this and send it to him. (snail mail).

That is incredible.


-- Petey

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#10 posted 03-31-2020 11:46 AM

A complete railroad compagnie. Well done and nice color combination.


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#11 posted 03-31-2020 12:24 PM

Holy smokes that looks good.


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#12 posted 03-31-2020 12:29 PM

First try? Amazing. I’m making my first try on one now. I hope it comes out as nice as yours!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 03-31-2020 12:35 PM

fantastic job!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 03-31-2020 02:24 PM

Very Nice great Job

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#15 posted 03-31-2020 03:59 PM

Thanks Julian for pointing out the mirror as I guess I wasn’t paying attention. LOL

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