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    • May 29, 2019 7:05 PM EDT
    • Does he have a website?

    • May 29, 2019 10:59 AM EDT
    • Bob still has a few shells left to sell. Someone posted a link to a supposed 'history' of Robert's Lines . Bob said the guy that wrote the history never contacted him and it is full of errors. He is still selling stuff, if you are interested. Here is his statement about the fake history.

       

      Jerry:
      Someone, without contacting me to obtain the true story from me, decided to take it upon themselves to be the authority on Roberts' Lines. I have seen this, and truly wish I knew the person who wrote it. The guy does not have his facts straight, and has no right to take credit for his little article. At the very least he could have included his NAME so people could question him. It really pisses me off!

      This has been on the internet for a couple of years now. And who is he to say Roberts' Lines is no l No wonder people have stopped contacting me for orders!

      Bob

    • May 26, 2019 12:11 PM EDT
    • Front truck will just be the Aristo block, used  it on my old plastic one and it's been fine. Might see about adding a small wheel to the outside.

      Is there a McKeen car still in Australia then?  I know they had two. Read someplace of one in Alaska, or was that just the trailer?

    • May 25, 2019 9:59 PM EDT
    • Before you decide to take one on a spin down the rails, be sure you have mastered the application of the Octoroon Clutch

    • May 24, 2019 10:24 PM EDT
    • It really is, David.

       

       

      BTW Jerry, I found this brief Aussie operating manual for the two McKeen's they purchased, which has a few interesting diagrams at the end.

      Mckeen manual

       

    • May 24, 2019 7:19 PM EDT
    • Kinda Jules Verne-ish, isn't it?

    • May 23, 2019 9:17 PM EDT
    • Wow!  What a fantastic interior picture!  Truly of another era.  Thanks for sharing.

    • May 23, 2019 8:48 PM EDT
    • The interior is beautiful, with all the woodwork and brass. Plenty of opportunities for detailing, if that's your interest.

       

       

       

    • May 28, 2019 6:08 PM EDT
    • Looking good, Cliff.  You might want to invest in some more clamps 

    • May 27, 2019 9:25 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      The #0 x32 screws are a bit too big for proper scale so I would suggest you step them down a bit !

      I hear they had some big-a$$ screwdrivers on the V&T though, haha!

      OK, well since I couldn't find anything smaller than #0 in brass, and since the real ones were some sort of long flat head slotless bolt anyway (of about #0 scale size, as far as I can tell), I solved the problem with Jax. 

       

       

    • May 27, 2019 8:57 PM EDT
    • The #0 x32 screws are a bit too big for proper scale so I would suggest you step them down a bit !

    • May 27, 2019 8:42 PM EDT
    • I glued the main body frame together yesterday, using the acrylic jig. Today was the decking. 

       

       

       

      The black plate is the base of the derrick, secured with #0 brass screws. Some Jax blackener has just been applied to the screwheads in the above pic. Below shows the finished deck, with edging in process.

       

       

      The deck is completed here, including the boards to support truck flanges while being transported. That board in the lower left is just a spacer for those.

       

       

      An underside shot.

       

       

      That's it for this weekend,

      ===Cliffy

    • May 28, 2019 9:31 AM EDT
    • Craig Townsend said:

      Can you glue styrene or ABS to PVC sheets? Might be an interesting way to detail out a PVC building.

      Yes, and it works pretty well.

       

      The issue I have is the thermal expansion between the thin sheet and thick backing can cause bubbles.  I used it on my coaling tower, and now have a couple of issues I need to address.

       

    • May 27, 2019 11:54 PM EDT
    • Can you glue styrene or ABS to PVC sheets? Might be an interesting way to detail out a PVC building.

    • May 27, 2019 9:35 PM EDT
    • Heard there were veins of unubtainium out that way so I was only asking as the silver mine apparently has been cleaned out.

       

       

      http://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/17426/dead-rooster-gulch

    • May 27, 2019 9:31 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Looks great Bob, and I'm looking forward to watching your build!

      Is the material... what, Gatorfoam? Or a plastic-skinned version of that?

      3/4" PVC sheet, got it at Home Depot.  I dont think it was branded, but its the same as Veranda board.  Easy to cut with my Rockwell saw, and I back, glue, and screw every corner. 

    • May 27, 2019 9:29 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Roosters not dead man ....he is on vacation in Argentina with Elvis,Morrison,Hitler,Jackson,Hoffa and "Slated" to return soon.

       

      What are they mining again ?

       

      Upsidaisium.

       

       

    • May 27, 2019 8:50 PM EDT
    • Looks great Bob, and I'm looking forward to watching your build!

      Is the material... what, Gatorfoam? Or a plastic-skinned version of that?

    • May 27, 2019 8:49 PM EDT
    • Roosters not dead man ....he is on vacation in Argentina with Elvis,Morrison,Hitler,Jackson,Hoffa and "Slated" to return soon.

       

      What are they mining again ?

       

    • May 27, 2019 8:20 PM EDT
    • Those of you that were here last near may have noticed the concrete block wall at the end of Dead Rooster Gulch.  This is where yet another mine loader is going to be.  Finally got the basic frame cut out and assembled.   Gondolas will be spotted on the wooden trestle at Steppes, and equipment will come in via flats and boxcars at the top, where the loading dock is under the trackside overhang.