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!

Download the Fessenheim FREMO Module Plans

A faithful reader of this blog emailed me this week to ask about the module drawings for my Fessenheim project. I’m happy to report that I completed the drawings last year and that I sent them to a fellow FREMO member who is currently building them.

I’ve made a couple of adjustments to the original plans that included moving the trackwork further west so that the farm co-op building would fit on module #2 in its entirety; and modeling only the original part of the facility, cutting its size in half. Here’s an overview of the updated setup.

Updated overview of Fessenheim depot and siding

Updated overview of Fessenheim depot and siding

You can download the DXF file of the parts here.

The German manufacturer LaserSachen released a laser kit of the standard Bavarian depot building that’s in my project queue and will hopefully be completed some time this year.

Axle Lengths for Your Freight Car Trucks

One of the things I love about US model railroading is that trucks are interchangeable between cars from different manufacturers. With a multitude of trucks available on the market, it’s helpful to have a cheat sheet that indicates what axle lengths work with them. I found such lists on the Reboxx website that help me determine which PROTO:87 wheel sets I need to order from NWSL or Andy Reichert’s PROTO:87 Stores.

Checking the axle lengths for an Accurail truck.

Find Axle Lengths by Wheel Diameter

Reboxx Ho 33″ Wheel Application Chart (PDF)

Reboxx Ho 36″ Wheel Application Chart (PDF)

Maybe, you’ll find them useful as well.

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)