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    • June 17, 2019 9:57 PM EDT
    • Dick Friedman said:

      I am really bummed over the "quality" of the Ozark Miniatures Tulsa Convention tank car.  One truck fell apart after I removed the excess paint on the axles.  I don't know much about trucks, but if your files are available as .stl, I have access to both a DaVinci and some Makerbot printers and could try them out.  The wheels are metal and seem OK, once I get all the gunky paint off of them.  It looks like the just dipped the truck and wheels in a paint can!

      Dick, what style trucks are you looking for and in what scale?

    • June 17, 2019 2:28 PM EDT
    • I am really bummed over the "quality" of the Ozark Miniatures Tulsa Convention tank car.  One truck fell apart after I removed the excess paint on the axles.  I don't know much about trucks, but if your files are available as .stl, I have access to both a DaVinci and some Makerbot printers and could try them out.  The wheels are metal and seem OK, once I get all the gunky paint off of them.  It looks like the just dipped the truck and wheels in a paint can!

    • April 1, 2019 6:58 PM EDT
    • I had the bottom plate laser cut in .040" Aluminum.  They came in today:

       

       

      I inquired about having them cut in .040" brass, which they said they could do.  However, the cost was 3 times higher for brass.

    • March 28, 2019 12:42 PM EDT
    • Burl Rice said:

      PEI can do a wide range of thicknesses, and professional photo-etching can be expensive.  I am looking into laser cutting as an alternative.

      I figure once I get the artwork done, I can then "shop around" to see what the best deal is. 90% of the work is the drawings! 

    • March 28, 2019 11:05 AM EDT
    • PEI can do a wide range of thicknesses, and professional photo-etching can be expensive.  I am looking into laser cutting as an alternative.

    • March 28, 2019 10:55 AM EDT
    • Thanks, I will be checking them out as I proceed with my project. I've been looking at PPD for my etching, but they have much thinner material.

      https://ppdltd.com/

       

    • March 28, 2019 8:35 AM EDT
    • http://www.photofabrication.com

    • March 28, 2019 8:23 AM EDT
    • Who did you use for .030 photo etch services?

    • March 28, 2019 8:14 AM EDT
    • I was asked a while back about making an extended shank version of my couplers for the AML 50’ Hi-cubes.  The more I looked at prototype photos, the more I began to think I could do better than just stretching the shank.  The prototype uses a Keystone End-of-Car Cushion Unit.  Having already done a large chunk of the design work on previous projects, I have decided to try to adapt those to the AML car.
       
      I had a run of draft sills done in .030” photo-etched brass.  They are longer than this car needs, but easily trimmed down:
       
       
      I was hoping I would be able to use the AML underframe, as is.  However, when I got my hands on one, I found that they lowered the floor for the coupler mounting pad:
       
       
      This will make my draft sill ride lower.  I haven’t made my mind up if I’ll cut the mounting pad off, or raise the coupler head in my drawings.  There is no interference with the trucks either way.  I will have to cut out part of the molded-on draft sill though:
       
       


       

      Exploded view:
       
       
      The prototype EOC allows for 15” of travel in the buff position (compressed).  After studying the CYC drawings, I have realized they appear to only allow minimum travel in the draft position (tension).  The prototype uses a hydraulic piston.  I think I can model this with a spring.

    • March 30, 2019 8:10 PM EDT
    • Once again ......Sorry but I won't be able to attend Kapparot this year.

    • March 30, 2019 1:42 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:
      Todd Brody said:
      Michael Kirrene said:

      Nice, Todd.  No steeple, bell, or cross?  Or is this a secular non-denominational church?

      Not a church.  It's a Jewish Temple.

      Nice repurpose

       

       

      Most don't realize that the triangle is the actual symbol of the Jewish people.  The Star (Shield) of David is two triangles.  When the Rabbi does the benediction, he holds his fingers in the shapes of triangles..., think the Vulcan greeting.

       

        

       

    • March 30, 2019 10:40 AM EDT
    • Todd Brody said:
      Michael Kirrene said:

      Nice, Todd.  No steeple, bell, or cross?  Or is this a secular non-denominational church?

      Not a church.  It's a Jewish Temple.

      Nice repurpose

       

    • March 29, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
    • Michael Kirrene said:

      Nice, Todd.  No steeple, bell, or cross?  Or is this a secular non-denominational church?

      Not a church.  It's a Jewish Temple.

    • March 29, 2019 9:31 PM EDT
    • Nice, Todd.  No steeple, bell, or cross?  Or is this a secular non-denominational church?

    • March 29, 2019 9:13 PM EDT
    • Wow, nice wok, Todd.

    • March 29, 2019 8:42 PM EDT
    • The new house of worship, reconstructed from an old “engine house” donated by a former OCGRS member, will now serve the people.  A new front façade was cut on the laser to replace the engine doors as were new windows and novel frames befitting this temple.  Additionally, a “stained glass” front window was constructed.  Front steps were added where the tracks originally came into the shed.  Finally, a bit of color was added to the faded rock.  This may just be the only synagogue in garden railroading…, outside of Israel.

       

       

    • March 17, 2019 8:44 AM EDT
    • Sorry but I won't be able to attend Kapparot this year.

    • March 17, 2019 1:19 AM EDT
    • Proper attire.

       

       

       

       

    • March 16, 2019 10:46 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Am I allowed to worship there when it's finished ?

       

         Don't let him in until he has the right hat.

       

          

       

       

      edit: and a top hat ain't the right one!