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    • May 20, 2019 3:05 PM EDT
    •    For all those into logging this might  help, have been looking for some time for a bulldozer for my logging train, and found several but most of the 1/2" scale ones were pretty expensive but ran across this one at a reasonable price of less than $40.00. Even though it is 1/35 scale I found it to fit my 1/2' people just fine. What I really like about it is the older style which fits into my 40ths -50ths era, cool with blade up/down with a overhead cable.

      dozerdozer 2

    • May 19, 2019 9:50 AM EDT
    • Just heard back from Portlines, they don't have any code 172. But that's ok, 215 will sure look small! And with the odd display design (with longish sections of unsupported rails), the extra sturdiness will probably be a good thing. Thanks for the tip though Craig.

    • May 19, 2019 9:31 AM EDT
    • Thanks guys, haha!!

       

      Craig, thanks for that idea. I'd looked at S, and I thought its codes were smaller, but the .172 height you mentioned would be perfect. It's not listed for sale, so I em'd them. 

       

      Rooster, kama sutra swing? I thought it was more like a hammock.   But I didn't mention rails before, because the oversized-ness of code 332 only occurred to me yesterday. I'm still amazed that the 60lb rail I need is only half that height! 

       

      The 215 rail is on order, but I'll get the 172 if they'll sell me only a little. After that, it might come down to whether the Bachmann wheel flanges clear the spikes (without turning them down on the lathe I don't have). 

       

       

    • May 18, 2019 8:53 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      I was about to cut and spike some rail to the display ties, thanks to Rooster -- he mailed me some spikes that are perfect for this. But right before cutting the ol' code 335, it occurred to me that I should use code 250 to make it look more realistic. 

       

      But first, I went back to what the V&T used. Long story short, it was 60lb/yd rail, measuring 4.03" high. At 1:24, that's "code 168," but no such thing is available. Nearest is 215, which is G gauge smaller rail. Tiny!! 

       

       

      You didn't ask about rail ?

      Perhaps Bob Cope can chime in on this as he gave me a break down on 1:1 rail weight and putting it to scale.

       

       

      Rooster: heads to the city for some crack

    • May 18, 2019 8:38 PM EDT
    • Cliff,

      Code 172 rail is available. S scale rail. I found some a while back for my snow dozer project. Nickel Silver. I'd offer to mail it to you, but what I have isn't enough. Edit: I could try and cast up some resin rail from the pieces that I have. I probably could get a 1' section.

      Here is a link to an online supplier. 

      http://www.portlines.com/track.htm

      "American "S" Gauge Track Section from Classic Trains feature solid  premium code .172 Nickel-Silver Rail Weathered with 65% Brass, 12% Nickel-Silver for optimum electrical contact, with no oxidation or rust for smooth train operation.   Rail joiners are weathered and have a detailed six bolt-head design (see close-up below) and come installed on all track and switches. Ties are molded from high quality ABS plastic, UV resistant, and have a wood grain pattern that adds to the prototypical look of the track.  A snap lock system securely holds the track sections together to ensure exact alignment and good electrical contact, and when track sections are joined together tie spacing remains uniform. This is an exclusive design found only with this track system. "

    • May 18, 2019 8:30 PM EDT
    • ONCE AGAIN ....put the crack pipe down Clifford !

       

      BTW ....about 1/4 of the special hardware can probably be found at Michaels in the jewelry section if you look hard enough. Great place to meet women if you are in the market which you are not and they don't sell kama sutra swings either as I asked .

    • May 18, 2019 7:59 PM EDT
    • Pretty neat, Cliff.   I'm surprised you're not planning to print some code 168 rail!

    • May 18, 2019 7:33 PM EDT
    • Looks like your going into kit manufacturing Better get started on the assembly instructions

      On the serious side, am looking forward to seeing your further progress on this unique car.

    • May 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT
    • I was about to cut and spike some rail to the display ties, thanks to Rooster -- he mailed me some spikes that are perfect for this. But right before cutting the ol' code 335, it occurred to me that I should use code 250 to make it look more realistic. 

       

      But first, I went back to what the V&T used. Long story short, it was 60lb/yd rail, measuring 4.03" high. At 1:24, that's "code 168," but no such thing is available. Nearest is 215, which is G gauge smaller rail. Tiny!! 

       

      Trying to find a source for just 6' of the stuff... like, 3 2' pieces. [Edit: I found that Llagas Creek sells individual 6' sticks of 215, so I'm home free!

       

      Back to the model itself, after 3 half-day whacks at it, I finally got all the brass cut & deburred (and in some cases, bent). So I think all the parts are now in hand. Here's the brass bits,

       

       

      The wood bits,

       

      Special hardware,

       

      And all the 3D printed bits,

       

      I've got some travel coming up for a week or two, so I won't be able to get at assembly just yet. But maybe I'm going too fast on this project anyway... 

       

      Cheers,

      ===Cliffy

    • May 17, 2019 12:27 PM EDT
    • Nice looking paint job, Jerry.  Any videos made yet?? 

    • May 17, 2019 11:12 AM EDT
    • I don't know they look ok to me at least they look good going around a curve, I use to have a Lionel Atlantic and before there were any American newer style passenger cars I used some red European LGB cars, believe they were 3062 or 3 and they looked right with the engine, like the color you got, Bill

    • May 17, 2019 11:03 AM EDT
    • I rounded up a few Great Trains passenger cars for my Great Trains E-7 to pull. Stripped them down and painted them to match. Still need lettering, glass, people, etc..Yes I know they are short but I decided to live with the size, since it takes forever for me to finish a project anymore.

    • May 16, 2019 9:07 PM EDT
    • Poly Scale D&RGW Yellow # 414257 is the closest I found at my LHS. The dome‘s are painted In the Poly Scale D&RGW yellow. The headlight is an Accucraft...came that color. And the rest of the yellow on the loco is Bachmann original. 

      Jason

    • May 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT
    •     John, if you have one of the cars or a picture that has the right color, you might go to your local hardware store and go through the zillions of color patch samples they have from various paint manufacturers and find the closest one in a matte finish, then get a small pint (I think they're pints).

       

       

    • May 16, 2019 10:19 AM EDT
    • Referring to Mickey Kelley's post in Rolling Stock.

      Has anyone found an exact or close match paint to the AMS "Grand Gold" plastic passenger cars?

      And the roof silver.

      I want to paint a boxcar to match the cars. And build a couple open excursion cars that are used on the Silverton.

      Also, I'm going to bash up a Nomad Parlor car, so I need the Nomad red/purple.

      Please post brand, color number or any info you can.

      Thanks!

    • May 16, 2019 8:31 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      I see Aaron post a question like this and I wonder what's going on in his head.  I bet it turns out good, whatever it is.

       

      Be afraid, be very afraid hahaha. We'll see, I got a few parts laying around that may become something hehehe

    • May 16, 2019 8:24 AM EDT
    • I see Aaron post a question like this and I wonder what's going on in his head.  I bet it turns out good, whatever it is.

    • May 14, 2019 7:14 AM EDT
    • Hey gents. I am in search of the hood and cab measurements for the Accucraft Whitcomb, the yellow chain driven version. Anyone have one they could measure up for me?

      Thanks

    • May 12, 2019 6:36 PM EDT
    • They do have them for the mines...... ..who ....