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    • May 26, 2017 10:35 PM EDT
    • Off to a really cool start!...

       

    • May 26, 2017 10:05 PM EDT
    • Neat . . . .

    • May 26, 2017 9:34 PM EDT
    • Oh the carnage!

      Oh the sacrilege!

      Oh the creativity!

       

    • May 26, 2017 5:58 PM EDT
    • You read that correctly.  Bachmann 1/29 standard gauge caboose.  

       

      I know, they never made one.  But I'm gonna. 

       

      I've had this junk B-mann narrow gauge caboose just sitting around waiting for a rainy day project (or a good fire).  Well, it's been raining a lot here in the northeast, lately.  So, what the heck.  It's too wet for me to get out and finish the railroad, anyway.

       

      I downloaded some plans from GR magazine that show a standard gauge bobber from the Ma and Pa RR in 1/29.  As it turns out, the dimensions of the B-mann caboose are not that far off.  It's just a bit too tall.  

       

      I'm not into the Ma and Pa, but some internet research on the New York Central Historical Society's website does show that the NYC did have some similar bobbers when they acquired various lines around the turn of the century.  

       

      https://nycshs.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/caboose-classics3.pdf

       

      Well there you have it.  What better reason do I need?  

       

       

      Now, where's our victim................

       

       

      Here it is.....

       

       

      Pretty, No?

       

       

      Well, if you think it's ugly now, what 'til I run it through the saw (insert Mr. Bill sounds...... "Oh, NOOOOOooooooooo).

       

       

      Hey look..... A low rider caboose.  Welcome to the 'hood.

       

      I'm not sure what I'll do with the window mullions.  One of the pictures from the NYCHS shows what appears to be a split upper/lower window.  I'm going for that (for now, anyway).

       

       

      When I cut down the caboose, I also cut the bottom of the doors.  It looked bad.  So, the quick fix was to glue a very thin gauge piece of wire to complete the missing piece.  

       

      I think that a little paint will help this blend nicely.

       

       

       

      The doors on the prototype are a bit different and they include some windows.  I'm not sure how crazy I want to get with this bucket of bolts.  But, for now, this isn't a bad start.

       

       

      Keep those umbrellas handy and I'll see you after the next deluge.

       

       

       

      -Kevin.

    • May 25, 2017 4:24 PM EDT
    • Few more pics of some small details added...

      The end arch trim cut out and shaped for the end arch at the top of the roof..

      I also installed some of the walls inside. I will need to get the windows finished before adding the final trim piece at the top. I am using these to help hold the windows in place with a 1/16 or less overhang top and bottom.

      That's it for now. I am currently working on the end of the letter boards to fix some small gaps. I may tackle the hand railing on the ends today sometime. Not sure if soldering is a good idea one handed.. lol.. Steps are on the list too.....

          Thanks for looking........ T

    • May 22, 2017 11:34 PM EDT
    • Travis Dague said:

      Great Idea Pete.. Thanks.. Would these run off of track power?

       

      I wouldn't try unless you are using 12V track power.  I'm sure you can find a simple 12V voltage regulator.  Personally, I would find a 5V regulator chip and use the 5V LED strips.  However, Mr Bodnar can probably tell you what resistor to put in the circuit to handle a 12V strip on 24V.  I'm not an electronics engineer.

    • May 22, 2017 7:54 PM EDT
    • Travis Dague said:

      Great Idea Pete.. Thanks.. Would these run off of track power?

       

      Travis

       They could or a 9v battery as well. Most of that is rated for 12v with grain of wheat/rice bulbs. Have a few myself.

    • May 22, 2017 6:44 PM EDT
    • Great Idea Pete.. Thanks.. Would these run off of track power?

       

    • May 22, 2017 6:20 PM EDT
    • Sean, Forrest,

      Sorry, I wasn't trying to be obnoxious.  I have White's book too, and I can confirm they were oil lamps!  [Dollhouse lamps can make a good substitute/alternative. I think Bob Poli used these in his coaches.]

       

      The strips I buy may be 'superbright' but if you only use 2 or 3 in the car they aren't that overpowering.  On my EBT #5, which is under construction, I cut 3 pieces from a strip of warm white LEDs and wired them together, spreading them out behind the ceiling of the coach.  I then made holes in the ceiling strip to allow light to shine through.  ON 9V they are well-lit, and probably too bright, but it was quick and painless to install them.

    • May 22, 2017 1:22 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Led strips for the lighting.

      LED-Lighting

      Wow, Sean, that's pricey.  I pay about $2 for 1 meter of 12v led stick-on and power it from a 9V battery.

      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-2-3-4-5M-High-Quality-LED-Strip-Light-5630SMD-Super-Bright-DC12V-Stripe-String/32608299201.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.umU4YG

       

      I posted that as a helpful idea ...only.  They had different hues and brightnesses .... 

    • May 22, 2017 12:10 PM EDT
    • Somewhere buried I've got John H. White Jr's 2 volumes of The American Passenger Car. And I'll bet cars of that era were just barely sufficiently lit by oil lamps.

      Which means super bright white 10mm LED are probably not what's needed.

      But the one in one of my Big Haulers lit up Mike's neighbor's wall!

    • May 22, 2017 12:04 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Led strips for the lighting.

      LED-Lighting

      Wow, Sean, that's pricey.  I pay about $2 for 1 meter of 12v led stick-on and power it from a 9V battery.

      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-2-3-4-5M-High-Quality-LED-Strip-Light-5630SMD-Super-Bright-DC12V-Stripe-String/32608299201.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.umU4YG

       

    • May 22, 2017 9:00 AM EDT
    • That is really starting to take shape Travis.  Nice work.

       

      Chris

    • May 24, 2017 9:21 AM EDT
    • Thanks for the kind words, Fred.    

       

      You are most welcome.  Glad the material worked well for you..   

    • May 24, 2017 7:01 AM EDT
    • Stan;  your decals for the cabooses (Cabeese) worked very well....."The Ironwood Road", is one of the newer efforts of the public relations department to modernize the old "Ironwood Peter's Pond & Western"....so far only a few vans (Cabeese) have been done; mostly used cars that been acquired and run through the shops, before entering service.

         Thank you for your great service.

    • May 23, 2017 2:36 PM EDT
    • Wow, Bob...   Them's look great....  

       

      Super job with the change..   

    • May 22, 2017 1:52 PM EDT
    • So C&S stands for Craft Sticks ?

    • May 24, 2017 8:53 AM EDT
    • Hey that photo looks like the LGB 4043. Imagine that, yes good stuff.

      You may have seen this, but nice reference 

       

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feldbahn

       

      Jerry