Brian’s been in touch with how he creates his HOn3 log train:
One person asked on your blog about how and where did I get the logs that are shown on my logging train.
The first two photos below shows the logs purchased from Walthers in the USA that come twice the length shown here. I cut them to be able to fit on my HOn3 log cars. (My layout is all HOn3)
Below, top left is the master, middle is the raw resin casting out of the mould and the third is two and a half castings glued together to form a log pile at my sawmill.
The photo below shows how I mount the log load onto disconnect log trucks.
This is another longer different log that I cast in resin and painted and weathered it. Also mounted on disconnect log trucks. Disconnect log trucks can be adjusted to fit any length of log.
The photo below shows a different log car called a skeleton log car with a cast resin log.
This is the silicone mould that I made to cast the resin logs. To get the height (length) that I needed, I used Lego blocks to make the box needed to pour the silicone into.
I have explained in a previous write up on how to do silicone casting.
I hope this explains how I make my logs for my log train.
Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA”
Brian also sent in the below, and I thought I may as well post it as well:
I have almost completed the build of the modified – kit bashed FSM Seafood Emporium kit.
It has taken at least 3 months of work, planning on how it would fit in the specific area on my layout and how to modify it to be plausible.
What takes a lot of time and thoughts is working it as a mirror image as well as reversing it and believe me, I’d did make the odd mistake before assembling it.
I did make some minor changes to the kit to personalise it.
Below are a few photos of it. I am busy sorting through my “bits” box looking for details to add to it.
Lights must still be added as well, both in the interior of the workshop and the exterior of the whole building.
The white temporary floor in the workshop has to be removed and all the machines will be mounted on a strengthened wood floor on the wharf.
The whole complex (8 separate components) is shown in place on my HO scale layout.
I searched the internet to find a suitable poster for the billboard as the original poster and other components was missing from the kit.
Below is the building situated in the Pelican Bay Area on my layout. (right hand side)
Some questions have been asked, where are the trains.
The answer is waiting for more HOn3 track and points as the manufacturer of Micro Engineering products has ceased operations at the time of writing. I have had to order Peco HOn3 track and points and play the waiting game for them to be delivered to RSA.
Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA.”
A huge big thanks to Hall of Famer, Brian, for sharing his HOn3 log train and wharf update.
I know I’ve said it before but I so enjoy seeing a layout evolve.
That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.