The finished snow plow

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While lettering trucks yesterday, I also lettered my Ambroid snow plow, using S scale boxcar decals from Al Ferguson at Black Cat Publishing.

This morning, I weathered the plow and officially put it into service on the layout. Since I want the plow to look like it was recently repainted, I concentrated the weathering along the bottom edge of the blade and the wings, which would get dusty pretty quickly given how low to the roadbed they ride.

And since I model summer, my weathering palate included some green on the front of the plow blade: Regardless of what a plow is doing in Port Rowan in August, it has obviously rolled over a lot of tall weeds and grasses growing in the RoW on my branch.

Here, a crew is preparing to turn the plow in Port Rowan:
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This was a really fun project and I enjoyed building this vintage Ambroid wood craftsman kit. While I have many other projects that take priority, I’m looking forward to doing more MoW equipment. For example, at some point I’d like to scratch-build a Jordan spreader.

In the meantime, I’ll enjoy including this plow in a work extra.

17 thoughts on “The finished snow plow

  1. I hope you can find a home for the plow at Port Rowan, but I suspect it will eventually get moved out of town to placate the prototype realist in your mind. But it sure looks good there in town.

    • That’s a great idea, Wes. I thought it would be a pretty good clearance car too – for things like bridge decks, turntables and station platforms.

    • I agree, David.
      Some of the prototype pictures I have of wooden plows show some safety warnings. I can’t read the fine print, but the large print says “Safety First”. I’m sure I can find such an admonition in a lettering set for a caboose. If I do, I’ll add one. In the meantime, I like how this one turned out.

  2. I like seeing an example of light weathering as that is rare in our hobby while over weathering seems common.

    It is something useful for vehicles and well cared for buildings. There always be some weathering even if minor and that adds greatly to the realism.

    The same might be said for figures as not all clothing is going to pristine clean and new as say Sunday best. Certainly our working people are going to see some wear, mud, grease, dirt, even grass stains. Even a workman who takes off his shirt on a hot summer days, with have only normally exposed skin tanned, while the rest of him might be pale, or as a result of exposure be even something slightly suborned.

    Even scenery gets whether including patches of grass getting yellow or burned in accidental fires say near the railroad tracks. While along the river banks it might be very green because of a ready supply of water.

    • Good point, Christopher. That’s why I’ve been weathering the cars and trucks on my layout too. When I’m weathering something like this plow, I’ll have leftover thinned paint in the airbrush and that’s a perfect time to grab a few cars and give them a spray along the bottom edge of the body, behind the wheels.

  3. Hi Trevor, WOW! That first photo is just amazing! Following this project from the start and seeing what you ended up with is truly great workmanship but also an eye for what looks right. All the little details add up to a great plow. Thanks for the sharing and the inspiration.
    Cheers, Gord

  4. Thanks again for the kind words, everyone. I enjoyed doing this project. (But now it’s back to summertime modelling. I think it’s time to make more progress on the tobacco kilns…)

  5. Nice work, Trevor! The crew must be looking for a place for the plow to be kept for the summer. Hopefully the locals will leave it alone…

    On each side of many CN plows was stenciled a warning between the wing and side door to the effect that the plow would not clear the roof in the Winnipeg train shed. Perhaps someone found this out the hard way ?? šŸ˜‰

    • Oh, and by the way, you’re not the only guy who’d like to scratch a Jordan spreader. Even in HO scale, no one has brought out a decent model of one in other than brass.

    • I expect that was the case, Steve. The train shed was probably designed by a senior member of the executive – Emeritus Somebodyorother. Kind of like that guy who’s been in the model railway club for 35+ years and still builds bridges that’ll clear 40-foot boxcars, but not double-stacks.

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