Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Fistful of Lead [32]

I'm hoping to complete the railroad station for the Warfare game over the weekend but the French relatives have arrived to stay for a few days, which means I'll have to fit things in around various outings to Stonehenge and other local attractions. I have managed to get hold of another Goldlock train set for less than a fiver, however, so I will now have an extra passenger carriage and a steam locomotive which I will re-purpose for the Back of Beyond as it's not really 'American' enough. The open wagon will be converted into something else useful, perhaps an armoured bullion carriage or a second flat car, who knows?

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Those trains are great! I converted a bunch of the cards into 28mm troop carriers and gun platforms for the 1880-1920 period. The main problem I had was the thin width of the cars. I solved this by removing the upper parts--this is easily done, as it's all held on by a couple of screws. Using thin balsa, I then built a floor which is wider than the basic width of the car itself. The main thing to worry about is not making the cars too wide to be able to accommodate curves in the track. Once the floor is secured glue to the car bottom, I added sides of various heights, to suit whatever the car would be used for. I made the engines "armored" by adding pieces of plasticard to the sides. Painted up, they are pretty convincing; even right out of the box, the cars paint up very nicely.

    Best of all, it's almost Christmas time again, so the trains will soon make their yearly appearance!

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson