See my new loft space in my garage? It's pretty nifty. I will now be able to store everything that is currently in the basement, especially under the layout up there. The garage is about 18' high, the loft is about 12-13' off the floor. See the view in this photo? This is how it looked to me 20 minutes after the builder left, when in my excitement, I scurried up the ladder and had it slide out from under me as I reached the top. I fell 12', on my back, hitting my head on the ladder when I fell on top of it, causing me to head to the ER for X-Rays, a Cat-Scan and a few staples to close the wound on the back of my head. This happened two weeks ago, and pretty much put a damper on my modeling activities. Not that I couldn't work on things, I just didn't feel up to it.
Tonight I finally made it down to the basement to start on one of the projects I've been wanting to work on and that's the kitbash of one of Bachmann's Doodlebugs into Ma & Pa's #61. I picked up one cheap at a local train show for $20 and made a deal with someone to buy two extra shells on HO Interchange on Facebook. Today I finished phase one which was to shorten the body and add 4 extra windows on each side to match #61.
|Here you can see the shortened body compared to the original size.|
|Here is a caparison of #62 a Gem Brass model and #61 my kitbash. #62 has had an interior installed and I'm currently finishing up installing the Tsunami Sound decoder, TCS KA2 capsitor and the Stanton Drive.|
|The chassis is going to need some modifications. Not only do I need to shorten it, I'm going to have to figure out what to do about the drive in it. I'm leaning towards scrapping what's there and installing another Stanton Drive.|
The workbench is getting cluttered again with 3 different projects taking up space: The two Gas-Electrics, and #27, a Bachmann Ma & Pa 4-6-0 I picked up cheap on eBay which I'm installing a TCS WOW Sound decoder.
Hmm, maybe that hit on the head did me some good..