I’ve watched countless videos of Dangerous Dave’s layout. But each time, I see something different – there seems no end to his talent.
Have a look at his latest vid. I first I thought he’d built a whole new section. Have a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Well, the D&W RR has been in mouth balls for quite a while, so I have been absorbing the tips from all the other modeler so,but I think I have one or two.
The D&WRR has had box cars that were always what they call “shake the box”, they were quality cars, I believe they were Athern, just add the trucks,add the sliding doors ,etc. what they lacked was a good weight.
One day in a magazine, they said what an HO box or Hopper should weigh, I got a small light scale, to start weighing my cars, many were not heavy enough, which sometimes caused tipping on curves.
One day at a train show, I bought a couple of 40 ft. Box cars, and noticed how nice and “heavy” they were,opening the doors, I found a fairly large steel nut glued inside, to increase the weight.
I bought those cars, and started to add the nut to my box cars, covered hoppers,and Cabooses. The extra weight rides better and smoother.
Dan, Danville and Western RR”
A great tip for making chain link fences; depending on the scale your modeling, get two different sizes of solid wire use the thicker wire for top rail of fence & the smaller wire for your posts, cut to sizes you need, make jig on a piece of wood ( 1 x 4 ) works well, lay out your pattern on wood, cut grooves in wood to form your fence.
Next cut wire into lengths & lay in grooves & solder posts to top rail, set aside, then get some material that a dress shop makes wedding vales, cut vale material into strips to match fence size , hang strips & add a small weight on one end to stretch then use silver spray paint ,paint both sides of strips and let dry.
Next glue to your fence frames this makes a good looking fence.
P.S. I wouldn’t use your wife’s wedding vale unless she lets you.”
“You need to understand what you are modeling. Understand the era. The people, clothing, furniture, tools, locomotives, rolling stock, cars, trucks, buildings.
Take lots of pictures or find pictures to download.
Visit the area and look at the geography and plants. It is hard to model a railroad without Knowing the prototype. Being in love with the railroad and the era also the area it is built in.
Also how it was built and the reason it was built in the first place. Did it haul coal or logs or was it a general merchandise carrier. Was it a branch line or main line.
If you love what you are modeling you spend days or years in the research end of things before you build.
Even after you are up and running you will never tire of researching your railroad and it’s history.
There is always more to learn about your favorite area and railroad. Even if it is a fictional line. It will be based on a real era, area or railroad.
A huge thanks to everyone – some nice tips today. Hope you enjoyed Dave’s video too, he’s a constant reminder of what this hobby should be: fun.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if Dave’s inspired you, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
That’s all this time folks.