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    • March 19, 2019 1:31 PM EDT
    • I am betting the original set was not a licensed product.

       

      No matter, your new engine is fantastic. I look forward to seeing it painted or if not then a video of your head exploding would be equally entertaining.

    • March 19, 2019 12:49 PM EDT
    • Probably the fumes power the engine....

    • March 19, 2019 12:45 PM EDT
    • Whadahellizit. A new engine I swore I would never build.  

       

       

      Those with long, and I mean looooong memories, will remember I once built several Mack variants called Whadahellizit. Well against my better judgement I bid on and won a "G scale" yeah right, Disney Mickey train set, which despite being advertised as G I was 90% sure wasn't, and it wasnt, it was O-ish. Not only that it on arrival was the crappiest piece of crap train set I have ever seen. Feast your eyes upon this cheesyness:

       

       

      Had it been G I would have relished the chance to turn stinky Limburger into a nice Camembert, but it wasn't to be, so it just sat there for months and I kept swearing I was going to toss the whole lot as it so awful. When the Miks Challenge came this was one of my considered projects, to try and turn this foul pigs ear into a nice silk purse of a gypsy engine. Post Miks, I got bored one weekend and started cutting. I cut the pigs ear up, the tender and tossed the rest, it was beyond salvage IMO. I decided to use a Mack drive brick under and started building, the gypsy critter being the result. I still need to add some bolt heads, and some piping but overall its a nice addition to the Whadahellizit lineup. It would be painted, but when I went to Burbank House of Hobbies to get some Tamiya acrylics, they were out. Guy said "prop 65" was delaying the delivery as they had to re-label all there product line to inform me that use of such paints might cause my head to explode or some other nonsense. 

       

      Just realized the picture makes it look like the glue bottle is driving the engine. 

    • March 19, 2019 1:12 PM EDT
    • More for the tender.

       

      Replacing the broken and missing grab irons.

       

      Building the super structure.

       

      Primed, lettered and ready for paint.

    • March 19, 2019 5:21 AM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      tower bent

      towerit was a yard ornament I found at a garage sale, Bill

      A  very nice bit of repurposing. Wish I could get my husband to have that sort of vision of what could be...

       

      Sophie B

      Dismal Creek Railroad

    • March 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT
    • tower bent

      Dennis Rayon said:

      Bill

      A very nice water tower, what construction method is your tower, it looks very life like, is a close up of tower possible, looks very impressive

      Dennis

      towerit was a yard ornament I found at a garage sale, Bill

    • March 18, 2019 6:35 AM EDT
    • Now you just need "Billy Bob loves Charlene" in John Deer Green, painted on the side of the thing.

    • March 18, 2019 2:38 AM EDT
    • Really nice, Bill!

    • March 17, 2019 11:52 PM EDT
    • Bill

      A very nice water tower, what construction method is your tower, it looks very life like, is a close up of tower possible, looks very impressive

      Dennis

    • March 18, 2019 8:50 PM EDT
    • I build with wood, use plastic wood for the foundation and hardi backer board for the roof that I paint black or brown.  The hardibacker board is dusty to cut so it is best scored and snapped but it holds up pretty good outdoors being water resistant so paint is needed. It is about 3/16 to a 1/4 thick and comes in a 3' by 5' piece for about $15.

    • March 18, 2019 8:48 PM EDT
    • There are lots of different manufacturers of acrylic and polycarbonite sheet. One manufacturer's product might fail as Roo has experienced, while another brand nay not. Formulas are likely not 100% the same.

    • March 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT
    • Todd Brody said:
      " Rooster " said:
       

      Actually what I found out wasn't caused by heat and you won't find that issue in the sign business Jon.....acrylic doesn't like to lie flat outside period . There is also UV and non UV treated so if you are going outside I would go with UV treated. I will never forget the acrylic floor for Radders Cigar store......damn thing bowed up like a rainbow......SO I heated it up and slapped a cinder block on top making it flat.....turned off the shop lights and returned the next morning only to find the cinder block teetering on top of a rainbow acrylic sheet.

       

      Interesting, and I've not noted this with any acrylic I've used.  But I have few horizontal pieces.

       

      I may just have to tell people that the acrylic trestle I'm making was designed by Salvadore Dali.  Will be interesting.

      This was a piece about 12" x 18" I believe ??? not sure as I don't have the model any longer.

    • March 18, 2019 8:34 PM EDT
    • Todd Brody said:

      One thing about acrylic (don't know if polycarbonate is the same), is that when I run it through the table saw to get it to fit into the laser cabinet, it always seems to chip that last corner exiting the blade.  Granted, it's a wood blade, (I don't really have a choice) but just a consideration. 

      Depending on the tooth count on the blade I prefer a fine 12" 80 tooth blade but if you turn the blade around it shouldn't do that. I personally don't but I have. I Like to use 2" blue or green painters tape on both sides of the piece on top of the (chemcast) or factory paper backing.

    • March 18, 2019 3:37 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:
       

      Actually what I found out wasn't caused by heat and you won't find that issue in the sign business Jon.....acrylic doesn't like to lie flat outside period . There is also UV and non UV treated so if you are going outside I would go with UV treated. I will never forget the acrylic floor for Radders Cigar store......damn thing bowed up like a rainbow......SO I heated it up and slapped a cinder block on top making it flat.....turned off the shop lights and returned the next morning only to find the cinder block teetering on top of a rainbow acrylic sheet.

       

      Interesting, and I've not noted this with any acrylic I've used.  But I have few horizontal pieces.

       

      I may just have to tell people that the acrylic trestle I'm making was designed by Salvadore Dali.  Will be interesting.

    • March 18, 2019 3:31 PM EDT
    • One thing about acrylic (don't know if polycarbonate is the same), is that when I run it through the table saw to get it to fit into the laser cabinet, it always seems to chip that last corner exiting the blade.  Granted, it's a wood blade, (I don't really have a choice) but just a consideration.  This is not a concern for me because I rarely cut all the way to the corner with the laser, and if I do, Industrial Plastics has already cut that corner on their equipment which leaves nice edges.

    • March 18, 2019 3:13 PM EDT
    • Dennis yes, some of it is a bit flimsy. But they sell different gauges of it at the big box stores. And with some added reinforcement, some of your readers could use it instead of sourcing out the more expensive stuff you use.

    • March 18, 2019 7:44 AM EDT
    • David

      Thanks for your comment but, the aluminum sheeting I use is two times thicker than aluminum flashing, 

      flashing would be to flimsy for my personal taste. 

      Thanks 

      Dennis

    • March 18, 2019 6:38 AM EDT
    • You can buy rolls of aluminum roof flashing at the big box stores (Home Depot and Lowe's).

    • March 17, 2019 11:59 PM EDT
    • Pete

      There are several dealers in the Phoenix area, I am sure someone there can accommodate your needs.

      Jim and Pete thanks for your compliments.

      Dennis

    • March 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dennis, I was prepared for sticker shock!!! I will look and see if anyone close sells it, might be a little less for me since I am in AZ. Hope to some day come close to your craftsmanship. Thanks for the answers