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    • November 26, 2019 6:50 PM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      The lack of humidity in a museum would pull all the moisture out of the wood, making it do all sorts of non wood like bends and twists


        That is my exact conclusion. What I didn't mention was the type of wood or the length of the runs I had issues with.

    • November 25, 2019 1:27 PM EST
    • Pete,


      I sent Harald an email last week and have not heard back.



      Rio Gracie

    • November 25, 2019 10:09 AM EST
    • Tommy, I have use a 1" one that I got from Gscalegraphics  and put in the roof of the cab and it worked great. There isn't a lot of room in there like my Mason Bogie you miss the big tender, good luck, Bill 

    • November 24, 2019 11:25 PM EST
    • Working on the boiler and here is the mock-up of the locomotive.


      I need to fit a speaker, Phoenix sound card and the little battery in the tender.

      Ideas on a mini speaker?  Inside dimensions of the tender are 2-1/4" x 3-3/8" x 1-1/4".  I have to account for the rear truck bolt and it slides.  Size constraint on the chassis floor is 1-1/4" x 3-1/4" x 1-1/4".      Phoenix makes a Sp-Mini Speaker (1.2" x 1.5").  Would that work for outdoors? If I make a little platform, I could fit the Phoenix 2" speaker.  I think.





      Rio Gracie


    • November 24, 2019 2:34 PM EST
    • Got a little done on Old Joe, first set of rivets for the boiler, cut the boiler to the to be length, finished the smoke box door, was able to find a rectangle box for the water reservoir and caped it with the hatch cover from an old Bachmann tender. The reservoir will feed the side tanks via some rubber tubing, actually the outer sheath from an electrical cord, this will allow the engine to take on water from the water tank rather than filling each tank separately via a hose. Started size fitting the front bolster and step cowcatcher, I have a LGB cow catcher I could use but being as this suppose to be a small industrial engine I opted for the former. Was able to stumble across so old plastruct vinyl cover wire and a grooved bracket to mount it with so I made some air piping for under one of the running boards. No the smoke stack isn't going to be square just trying to get an idea on height and that tubing was handy. Found the top to the steam dome just have to cut it to size. Sort of on off building this week trying to get the house ready for guest for thanksgiving of which there will be some little ones, so thought is out of site out of mind, just hope I can remember where I have hidden stuff after wards, more to come, Bill
      tall stack air pipinghatch cover

    • November 21, 2019 11:11 AM EST
    • Thanks everyone, and Joe it was the other Joe not Joe you, LOL

    • November 20, 2019 8:11 PM EST
    • Nice work, Bill! I'll predict she'll be one of your faves.

    • November 20, 2019 7:39 PM EST
    • Cool project!  Small is beautiful!

    • November 20, 2019 5:52 PM EST
    • I resemble that "Old Joe" remark!


      BTW, it looks Great Bill.

    • November 20, 2019 3:05 PM EST
    • cab

      While waiting on some Mason Bogie parts I have decided on using the left over parts to build a small side tank industrial tank engine. Took the two cab sections and mated them together and glued the two pieces of leftover roofs together. Found the side tanks from a LGB 2017 engine that came off of Rosy, cut off the tab and started filling in some of the holes. Found that the width of the two coupled with a 3/4" PVC coupling was the same width as the cab. Added the wood bunker from the original Lionel 0-6-0 to the back and shortened a left over frame from a previous butcher job after modifying it to match the motor housing of a newer 2017 block. Still working on a water filler saddle for the side tanks and but did come across a smoke box front of a 2010 which I added to a plastic hole plug and fits nicely into the 1" coupling, Added the fire box left over from the sacrificed Spreewald (Mason Bogie drive) and it starting to com together. Today I added rivet detail to the 2 side tanks and gave a light coat of primer. Rivets are actually 1/2 round 2 mm plastic beads glued to the side of the tanks, time consuming but not near as bad as individual holes for each rivet. Still have to find a motor for the motor block as I bought it without but it was new and unused and in great shape and has all the looks of American valving. Think I'll call this engine "old Joe" will post more as the build moves along.rivetspieces parts

    • November 22, 2019 8:55 PM EST
    • Nice video, Joe.  Thanks for sharing.

    • November 22, 2019 8:34 PM EST
    • I got my new Climax from Trainworld and made a shakedown run this morning. All went well.


    • November 22, 2019 7:48 PM EST
    • Gents,


      @all.  Thanks to all around.  I have passed along your compliments to Oldest Daughter.  She really caught the "bug," and we are discussing letting her loose after the "Mik" on a project of her own (we have decided the "Mik" will remain a family effort).  We'll let you know!


      @Eric:  As for letting the German heritage shine through, yes, that is the plan. I always wanted the original to peer through whatever the end product became given the family heritage of the model. Crazier ideas I had for this project fell before parts availability and realistic skill assessments, all things worked out via this string  before saw met plastic. We're only talking a few detail parts, I promise! 


      Oh, and SWMBO ("CINCHOUSE" in local parlance) is involved in two ways:

      1.  Funds authorization.
      2.  Plant trimmings to food conversion.  


      Weather permitting, we are off to the Ewa Railroad this weekend to get some measurements on a sugar cane car.  It'll give us something to do as we await the motor.


      Have a great weekend!



      Still waiting for that motorr,

    • November 21, 2019 9:22 AM EST
    • Oldest Daughter should be as proud as her poppa. Nice job!

    • November 21, 2019 7:32 AM EST
    • Cool project!

      I would have a hardd time americanizing that...embrace the German heritage!

    • November 21, 2019 6:57 AM EST
    • Great Job....

    • November 21, 2019 6:36 AM EST
    • might have to send her some of my engines to do, great job, Bill

    • November 21, 2019 5:31 AM EST
    • Tell O.D. great job on the weathering. Your family has taken 'Little Thomas' from scrap heap to family heirloom. Really nice seeing that your wife's mandate has given your family so much quality time.  Cheers to you and the kids for each ones contribution on this build.

       By the way when will SWMBO join in on this family hobby?  

    • November 21, 2019 2:24 AM EST
    • OK, 

      I culled the best of the photos.  As always, it looks better in person:

      Oldest Daughter did a great job, I think, and the effort really did kick Little Thomas one notch further from broken toy to functioning model.  While we wait for the motor and odds and ends to arrive, I have been working with Rooster on the odd bits and pieces to help fit Little Thomas out and maybe Americanize "him" (Little Thomas, not Rooster!) a bit more.


      Updates as dictated by parts arrival and installation!  In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to all!