(Note: Many of these galleries are still under construction)
Standard gauge modeling in 1:20.3 scale,
also known as F scale according to the NMRA's designation, is what I do for
fun (and sometimes for profit). The galleries below are intended to further the
hobby, inspire some of you to greater feats of kitbashing and
scratchbuilding, and serve as a record of my leisure time activities. Don't
see something you are looking for or have a question? Then drop me a note
F Scale Basics
Here are all the most elementary things that you need to know about
F scale but were too afraid to ask, either at Model Railroading
School or from the editors of
MR (who wouldn't know
anyway, without coming here). Those guys in the Proto section of the
would probably know. So would Uncle Russ at
Finescale; Marc Horovitz at Garden Railways
Is F Scale?
Why add yet another scale to the confused world of
"large scale" trains? Answer: Because "G" or Goofy Gauge is a
plethora of mismatched trains all inaccurately rattling down the
same track. F and Fn3 solve the scale and gauge dilemma of the large
scale world accurately--and nobody has to get hurt. Read more about
Scale Wheel & Track Standards
Standards: Gotta have'em if anything you
or I build is going to interchange with anyone else's railroad. On
this page we present the completed work of the NMRA's Large Scale
Committee and the "Proto20.32" wheel & track standards developed by
the same--along with a few extras I've worked up to help with
clearance issues and such.
About 2001 I began to make the transition from standard gauge
modeling in 1:22.5 scale, Gauge 3 to 1:20.3 scale, F gauge. I have
described the reasons for making that move elsewhere (see my
Gauge 3 page,
past paragraph). Since that time progress has been real but slow.
I've added a large workshop and many tools which I never had before,
including CNC machining. I attended a local technical college and
got trained in both CAD and CAM. And along the way became the
founding pastor of a small Bible-believing Presbyterian church. And
my wife and I also had three kids and moved three times--not bad for
just 8 years. You can view my F gauge projects below:
What does it take to build a F gauge steam
locomotive from scratch? Well, I'm not really sure, since I've never
completed one. But come along for the ride and see my ongoing
locomotive projects: Southern Railway G-Class 2-8-0 #107, SR Ps-4
Pacific #1401 and Little River Lumber Co. baby 4-6-2 #110.
As compared to the number of Gauge 3 freight cars I built in the
space of three years or so, the number of F Gauge freight cars I
have completed has been comparatively few (three little girls may
account for this). Check out this gallery these cars as well as
valuable how-to information. Haven't tried scratch building yet?
Then read on.
A Quartering Jig (under constr.)
So what's a quartering jig and what does
it do? No, it's not a dance, but an accurate tool with which to
mount steam locomotive drivers to their axles with their crankpins
at exactly 90 degrees apart. So why would anyone want to do that?
Read on for the answer & to find out how to build yours.
I Have Known (still under constr.)
Ever since I made the switch from Gauge 3 to F
Gauge, coming up with suitable tender and freight car trucks has
been a continual problem. See how I have modified some commercial
products and begun making my own casting patterns in this, the
Gallery of the Truck! (under construction
How do they make locomotive frames out of brass
or steel? What's a 50 year old derelict lathe good for? This is
where it all happens--when I have time!. Take a look at Dave's shop,
how it came about,
and some of his machine tools.
So what sort of locomotives do I intend to
build or really would like to build in the future--assuming I could
clone myself, stop sleeping, and nurture several little helpers
around the shop? Come and see.
F Scale Products
Who supports standard gauge modeling in F scale? Well, it isn't the
big boys of large scale railroading where everything is imported
from China. A handful of garage manufacturers are the mainstay of F
gauge modeling, and rest assured, none of them are getting rich off
your modeling dollars. They're here for you and because they love
the hobby. As more products from other manufacturers become
available, they will be posted in their respective section below.
Model Engineering (that's me--duh)
Here you will find the products that I
offer for scratch building steam locomotives: Nickel plated steel
tyres, investment cast white bronze driver centers, crankpins &
axles. You will also find pics of the products I currently have in
development: freight car trucks & a flat car kit. In the future,
some components from my personal projects may also appear here.
Creek Shops (Don Niday)
Don Niday is a fellow F scale model
railroader residing in Knoxville, TN and is, like myself, a garage manufacturer.
His layout and many of his scratch-building projects may
be seen here. Don also produces a line of products for Fn3 which may be
on his own website. Don may be
In this gallery I have sought to post
photographs and information on other manufacturers in F scale who
are making and planning on making standard gauge products. Dual
Gauge products (F & Fn3) may also be found here. First up:
Locomotive Company. (under
Sasquatch Models produces all the phantom products that have been
promised by other manufacturers but who then failed to deliver.
Looking for that Pennsy S1 6-4-4-6 in large scale? It's here.
Longing for an affordable Fn3 imported brass D&RGW live steam K
series loco? Look no further.
(No, they don't really exist.)
If I drew it, you're welcome to it. If someone else did, well that's
up to them. Over the past several years I have generated a sizable
collection of 2D AutoCAD drawings of track, locomotive components
and freight car trucks which I am happy to share with other modelers
Drop me a note
or if you still do snail mail:
Dave Queener / Cumberland Model Engineering
6543 Hunters Glen Drive; Knoxville, Tennessee 37921 USA
Please no spam, chain letters, mindless solicitations, or visits
from chanting groupies. Fellow model railroaders are always welcome
to drop by for a brew.
Notification of recent website updates can
be found at the top of The News Page.
The News Page also highlights recent modeling activity on my part, when it
happens, as it happens, about 6 months after the fact. Other F scale
goings on also may get a plug here.
One of Dave's projects which entails trains,
education and church is
home school bases shop class for young men from 8th thru 12th
grades. Read more about this innovation in home education