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New Steps for an Ade Silberling

Ade passenger car models were way ahead of their time. Willy Ade offered un-compressed scale models with unprecedented interior details, built-in lighting as well as unmatched truck and underframe details in the late 1970s already. To this day, used Ade models and kits are traded at premium prices on eBay, including the Ade Silberling in this post.

Modeling has of course made advances over the past 30 years and there are small ways that one can enhance the appearance of these superb models. One thing that can easily be modernized with up-to-date parts are the steps.

Here’s the result of a recent Sunday afternoon project on my model of a German era IV Ade Silberling. The instructions of the aftermarket parts suggest that several layers of etched parts be soldered together. I found that carefully applying CA to the back of the parts works just as well. Just make sure that the layers are properly aligned so that they retain the nice see-through effect. Click on the image below to see the step detail up close.

Ade Silberling with photo etched steps.

Summer Parts Delivery

When it’s 35 degrees centigrade in the shade and humidity is high, there’s no better place in Manhattan than in an air conditioned apartment. It’s a great season to do some summer modeling. Just in time for the heatwave, I got a package from my German parts supplier that I needed to complete a number of unfinished German FREMO:87 projects.

Summer part delivery. No worries – everything got here safe and sound.

As you can see, the package took a beating on its three-week journey across the Atlantic, but all parts made it to my workbench safe and sound. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post updates on some of the cars I’m working on.

Stay cool!

Eisenbahnstudio Is Back!

It’s been quiet here at Eisenbahnstudio for a while. In fact, there haven’t been any project updates in nearly three years! My modeling hasn’t moved forward at a very fast clip, but there was steady progress and you’ll see more frequent albeit shorter updates in the future.

More than two years ago, I joined the oldest model railroad club in the country – The New York Society of Model Engineers – based in Carlstadt, New Jersey, where I enjoy fellowship with other modelers, run the occasional train, and work on my models in the shop. This shop has been a godsend because it has a spray booth where I can paint models – something that’s impossible in the confines of our Midtown Manhattan one bedroom.

I have also done a lot of research in US railroad prototypes. Starting out with Penn Central models from the late 70s turned out to be a good thing, because I decided to model the early Conrail era around 1980 in the greater Hartford area. Having lived in Connecticut for almost ten years, this area is very dear and familiar to me and the industries east of the Connecticut River in East Hartford and Manchester are particularly interesting and well documented.

Thanks to those who have faithfully checked this blog. Here’s photo of a recently completed project with more to come soon. It’s great to be back!

Rail Yard Models Penn Central G47 gondola

Rail Yard Models Penn Central G47 gondola (click image to enlarge)

The World’s Largest Train Store

I have been busy working on a few projects over the last weeks. The Rail Yard Models Penn Central X58 is painted and ready to be decaled – more on that in the final installment of the three-part X58 series. I am also preparing a couple of models of German prototype to take to the FREMO:87 meet in the Black Forest at the end of this month.

To finish these jobs, I needed a few last minute things so I checked out Caboose Hobbies in Denver because my local dealer couldn’t get a few items I had on backorder for weeks.

Caboose Hobbies claims to be the largest train store in the world – not sure if this is based on store square footage, inventory or annual sales. Their website design looks like it was last updated in 1999 and it is somewhat cumbersome to use. I managed to find my way around, though. After a little digging, it turns out that they do have a huge inventory and had everything I needed in stock. They were also able to combine three separate orders into one shipment when I kept remembering things I needed to add. A quick call to their store also revealed that they are very friendly.

Stay tuned for some pics next week and go check out that largest train store.

Scouting out Train Stores in Brooklyn

Yesterday afternoon, I ventured out to Brooklyn to check out another train store. The trip on the Culver Line was a lot longer than expected because we were re-routed due to construction. When I finally got to Ditmas Avenue, I was utterly disappointed to find Train World closed.

Train World Brooklyn

Is this store open?

I walked past the store thinking that this may just be the loading dock and the store is located around the corner, but at the last minute I decided to try the door anyway. To my surprise, it was unlocked and I found the store open after all.

Inside, a few employees were busy working the phones taking orders and I took a quick look around. The store is well stocked with material in variety of gauges and judging by their flyer they must have much more inventory than what is on display in the showroom. They did have a few PROTO 2000 Penn Central engines but I wasn’t ready to buy anything yet. Prices are decent so the chances are good that I will be back. Can’t make it to Brooklyn? Visit Train World online.