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    • October 28, 2019 8:46 PM EDT
    • Nice!

      Bring it to Andy's so I can put it on the ground?

    • October 28, 2019 8:38 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      And after lying motionless, the rooster all of a sudden wakes up and attacks.... .yep that is a real rooster.

       

       

      Totally spot on !!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Working on milling off the the bottom side stuff that know one will see but needs to be functional for proper roundy round operations.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • October 28, 2019 1:57 PM EDT
    • Craig,

      Since you are nearby and a friend I will sell you a set of Aristo rollerbearing trucks cheap, if you are interested, give me a call.

    • October 28, 2019 1:32 PM EDT
    • Eric Warhol said:

      Oooooo.... I see and ESU Loksound 5 XL decoder in that GP9. Good thing large scale engines have enough room in them to allow for all of the wiring. Is this the engine you mentioned for the rotating beacon light?

      I'm not sure yet on this one... I haven't even figured out how I'm going to weather this sucker up yet. Way down on the list of projects.

       

      But the BN GP30 and the BN GP9 for sure will get the beacon. 

    • October 28, 2019 11:55 AM EDT
    • Oooooo.... I see an ESU Loksound 5 XL decoder in that GP9. Good thing large scale engines have enough room in them to allow for all of the wiring. Is this the engine you mentioned for the rotating beacon light?

    • October 26, 2019 10:31 PM EDT
    •  Couldn't find the white DTI in the piles of decals. So went with black,and will try painting white over. If not, then I will have to find some white lettering.

    • October 25, 2019 11:45 PM EDT
    • 100 ton roller bearings...

      Converting my fleet over to roller bearing trucks vs friction trucks will take a while. So for now, they get the stock USAT trucks. 

    • October 25, 2019 9:54 PM EDT
    • What are the trucks that DT&I used on that particular model?

    • October 25, 2019 3:33 PM EDT
    • Back on the workbench and starting the decaling process after getting the GP9 Martin Sant Widget/Protothrottle thing set up.

       

       

    • October 26, 2019 7:53 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said: ... (and thanks to Forrest for some more photos!)...

      Welcome!

      In 1980s I was big in to UK railways and did a lot of reading but product availability in the US and my income were both pretty low, so not much got modeled and out of frustration I moved on to other things.
      Now there's plenty of product, available all over the planet, and far more information available, ...

      ... and my income is even lower and my health is a mess.

      Oh well, such is life.

    • October 26, 2019 11:38 AM EDT
    • Incidentally, for your entertainment while this thread goes into hibernation for the winter (I am in Florida and the coach stays in Maryland,) there's another full thread on GSC from last year with more ruminations and photos.

      https://www.gscalecentral.net/threads/coaches-for-the-stirling-single.311794/

       

      This photo of the footboards comes from that thread.

       

       

       

      Looks like I will need some roof vents!

    • October 26, 2019 11:20 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Them rods look a bit low to me. Maybe they won't look so low once the battery boxes are installed.

      David, they come in all shapes and sizes (and thanks to Forrest for some more photos!)  I do have drawings for several types so I could make them exact if I was so inclined.  However, I'm after more of a general look that seems right to me.

       

      In fact, they are getting full length foot boards, as in these 2 photos.

       

       

       

      (This last one was photoshopped to lighten the underframe so you can see the foot boards.)

    • October 26, 2019 6:10 AM EDT
    • I stand corrected. I was looking at a different prototype for reference.

    • October 25, 2019 10:15 PM EDT
    • Looks within same range as this LNER coach, https://www.nymr.co.uk/lner-coach-association-lnerca
      And this Pullman, https://www.kentrail.org.uk/Perseus_Pullman_Vehicle.htm

      And the various photos and railway shop drawings of Irish coaches here, https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/46649-coaching-stock-of-the-ncc/

    • October 25, 2019 4:11 PM EDT
    • Them rods look a bit low to me. Maybe they won't look so low once the battery boxes are installed.

    • October 25, 2019 12:15 PM EDT
    • Another spare 1/2 hour between packing, so a little progress on the underframe. The truss rods look much as I remember from my youth in the West Riding. Battery boxes aren't here yet, and I should probably be using gas cylinders for the lighting (!) but my coach made it into the 1920s so it got the new fangled lights.

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    • October 21, 2019 5:31 PM EDT
    • While waiting for some paint, I had a few minutes so I went looking for underframe photos and found a few.

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      It appears to be steel rod, but without a turnbuckle - in the US the length is adjusted in the center, where it is easy to get to it. On the other hand, this is a steel underframe, so it shouldn't need adjusting!

      I dug around the parts boxes and found some 1/16th brass rod which seemed the right size. I also found 3 white metal bits that I think are Ozark pins for a link-and-pin setup. With a little 3/64th rod filed flat at the end to make a loop, a covering of 1/16th ID tube (5/64 OD) and a 3/16th sliver of tube on the end I had a credible truss rod support. It needs soldering together.

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    • October 19, 2019 5:28 AM EDT
    • I used to clean and polish model aircraft canopies with Bon Ami.

    • October 18, 2019 6:18 PM EDT
    • Also you can get rid of scratches with tooth paste

    • October 18, 2019 1:41 PM EDT
    • Did you try the purple power ? Soak a cotton ball and let is sit on the window ,,

      Image result for purple power cleaner You could also use  to get rid of scratches...