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    • November 17, 2019 12:03 PM EST
    • That is great footage, Pete! What a beautiful (if unique == odd) locomotive. Can't wait to see this completed model...

    • November 17, 2019 11:53 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:


      What sort of coaches did they haul around?

      Very small ones.  I've never seen a photo of the original loco hauling anything - Wikipedia says it was their 3rd buy in 1863 and it was used for "light duties".


      I did poke around, and in this video (shot by Ward Kimball in 1939) it is at a ceremony hauling a regular Carter Bros duckbill coach - also the subject of one of David's Masterclasses.  You can still buy a wooden kit from the german laser guys.

      Lots of details for you Tommy.  (In steam at 2:50.)

    • November 16, 2019 7:17 PM EST
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      Those wooden cabs had style.

      Yes they did and I don't even like steam locos!

    • November 16, 2019 3:20 PM EST
    • Beautiful!

      What sort of coaches did they haul around?

    • November 16, 2019 3:07 PM EST
    • Those wooden cabs had style.

    • November 16, 2019 12:39 PM EST
    • Continuing on with the cab, styrene pieces were glued together to form the four walls.



      Walls were glued together and square tubing glued in corners for strength.



      Roof was slightly heated and rolled prior to gluing on.



      Rivet detail was added to front



      and here she is sitting on the frame






      Rio Gracie


    • November 7, 2019 8:40 PM EST
    • David Maynard said:
      Rooster ' said:
      David Maynard said:

      To actually see it run is a really good feeling. Now the hard part begins.....

      I tend to differ on that comment Maynard however I'm self centered and only think about my building experiences.

      You said it, I didn't. I find that getting all the detail work done, and done right, is quite time consuming, and rather exacting work. 

      Ok...fair enough Maynard ....Carry on with the good work and pics as I'm enjoying them Tommy !

    • November 15, 2019 12:58 AM EST
    • Update:


      I showed Oldest Daughter how to do the washes...

      ...and the next day, I did something I've never done before.  I gave her the paints and brushes, explained the goal, and walked away.  The color she mixed looked wrong in the mixing cup, but it looked just like dry red dirt on the model.  She had based the color on the soil in her grandparents' yard (which is actually in pineapple country, but OK) and intuited how to mix the acrylics so that they would look good on the model.  No part of me could've done that.


      The pictures didn't come out right, but the washes toned down the shiny metal and plastic, helped to blend in the dry transfers, and put the details in much better relief.  We may apply some light dry brushing, but I think her "dirt" was good enough.   I'll try to get some photos up later.  Thanks for encouraging me to take this next step on the project.


      Still waiting for that motor.   I am regretting mixing it with a bunch of other less common repair parts, as we are all anxious to see Little Thomas back in service!






      P.S. With no means to keep the wheels spinning, we ended up just applying washes, spinning the wheels, and applying more washes.  Not great, but it does look better!


    • November 9, 2019 10:29 AM EST
    • I use Krylon matt modern white which is like a ivory color but flat and I also run the engine while painting, I start by painting the wheels with red oxide color primer and then spray the matt modern white, I bounce the paint off a area in front of the car at about a 90 degree angle, seems to work well for me

    • November 7, 2019 10:13 PM EST
    • Gents,

      OK, since I am using this as a rediscover / explore skills project, I might as well add weathering to the list.  The red dirt clod is intriguing... Naturally, I live on coral sand fill, but, hey, it'll give me an excuse for a road trip to the leeward coast...and the last of the OR& collect a sample!



    • November 11, 2019 7:29 PM EST
    • Ohh, that Milwaukee beast is pretty.
      Before your NYC Explorer project was initially posted here it had never in all these years stuck in my memory that it was blue and yellow.

    • November 11, 2019 11:50 AM EST
    • Man Norman, you are one hard working guy and do a good job at the same time!  Love seeing your builds. Some in-progress ones would be nice to see, or do an article for GR.

    • November 9, 2019 9:05 AM EST
    • Thanks to all for your nice & encouraging comments!

      Three other locomotive / motor-car projects have been finished recently

      NYC RP-210


      MILW #5900


      DRG&W M-1 'The Prospector'




    • November 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST
    • Not very often but I do remember snow down here several times, and once there was enough to have a short snowball fight. 

    • November 9, 2019 5:36 AM EST
    • Well, in a few weeks, we can mail him some.

    • November 9, 2019 4:23 AM EST
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      This build just keeps on adding up nicely.
      This being November heading in to the winter season, at least in this hemisphere, its bright hues would look grand against a snow background.

      They don't get a whole lot of snow down in Ormond Beach , FL. 

    • November 8, 2019 8:50 PM EST
    • This build just keeps on adding up nicely.
      This being November heading in to the winter season, at least in this hemisphere, its bright hues would look grand against a snow background.

    • November 8, 2019 8:03 PM EST
    • Amtrak MOW colors are the best !

    • November 8, 2019 7:49 PM EST
    • #19 needs to come to Hawaii for operational testing.

    • November 8, 2019 10:22 AM EST
    • Still working on numbering, got the smoke box plate numbered along with the sand dome, added some Jax pewter black to the bell rope and have made a plate for the center of the cab where I can run my wiring, sort of like a tunnel and is removable using magnetic tape so removal is easy. Have gotten the R/C board along with battery and charging board fitted in the tender section and might have room to place a sound board in there also, pretty small space. If I can do it I will place the speaker in the roof of the cab as I have used this location before with good results, more to come, Bill

      numbering done