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    • 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

       

    • 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&L...to collect a sample!

       

      Eric

    • November 7, 2019 7:29 PM EST
    • Eric,

      My suggestion is to get a nice sized dirt clod of that red dirt. Use a round smooth rock to crush it into powder. Dust the oil wash with the dust until the color stops the oil bleed. Gently blow off the excess. Let dry (coagulate)  then seal with a mist of clear coat. 

       

      Don't worry about lack of dirt on the pike, there's a branch line off the layout that does! 

      That's my story ....

    • November 5, 2019 3:50 PM EST
    • For my rolling stock I use that kind of paint, although I prefer Ceramcote if I can find it. I mix a a few drops of Ceramcote brush cleaner with the paint, thin with water and airbrush my stock. For steam locomotives, I place them up on a block of wood, put power to them so the wheels rotate, and then airbrush them. That way I don't get that mask line on the drivers from the side rods.

       

    • November 5, 2019 7:07 AM EST
    • Just take some acrylic paint Image result for acrilic paint( in the color you choose)

       add some to a little water...to make a wash ( you could do two a blackish and brownish)..

      keep reapplying it until you get the right look. when all dry just clean the wheels as you normally would do..

      Cleaning the wheels this way is how nature shows wear ..

    • November 5, 2019 2:19 AM EST
    • Thanks everyone for your kind words.

       

      Sean, I had been pondering weathering.  The real dirt out in the cane fields is red-brown, and I am sure real locos would've been well dusted with the stuff.  The Triple O lives on rocks, so the red dirt would, while "prototypical," would look out of place on the trains that operate in my 1:24-ish PLAYMOBIL scale world.   I think your suggestion of a "machine oil wash" on the wheels and rods is spot on, as it will take off the shine without looking somehow out of place.  Quick question, though...I assume the wash would NOT go on the metal surfaces of the drivers.  Would that not impede electrical pick-up?  Or am I OK if I leave the contact surfaces that engage the rail clean?

       

      Waiting on my annual "strategic parts order" to bring him to life!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

    • November 4, 2019 11:06 AM EST
    • Eric, it looks great

    • November 4, 2019 8:29 AM EST
    •  

      WOW …  the only thing left to do is get rid of some of the shine on the drive gear/wheels ..weathering ( a grimy black /brown wash ).. Aloha

    • November 3, 2019 8:43 PM EST
    • It looks pretty good amigo! Well done.

    • November 3, 2019 8:36 PM EST
    • @Bill & David:  Thanks.  This will go into my "best practices for next time"  file.   If Little Thomas goes from project to functioning, I will "need"  a string of can cars in appropriate company lettering !

       

      As for the project itself, I am not displeased with my first crack at dry transfer lettering.  I free handed a plumeria blossom to fill the name plate on one side, and used a larger font on the other.  All is well.  There was another plate on the smoke box door that proved the devil to mark, so I put the company initials on it, touched it up with a bit of green and yellow paint, and declared pau (finished).  Photos of Little Thomas (Komaka Iki in 'ololelo Hawai'i) posed are below:

       

      Bow shot (straight lines are relative...):

       

      Port aspect (This was my ego booster.  I think the old boy looks pretty good!):

       

      Starboard aspect (You can just make out my plumeria (pua malia) forward of his name):

       

      I had started down the road of "If I just do this..." and "Maybe if I rip it apart one more time..." then I paused, rose up, and looked at the old fellow from 6'1".  No.  "He" looks fine among the flowers and succulents and free lanced buildings of the world in which he will soon operate.  "He" served to bring me into the hobby in 1976.  "He" served to open up higher expressions of the hobby in 2018/2019.  It is time to install that Buehler when it gets here, shake down Rooster for those remaining detail parts, possibly add some light weathering, and let Little Thomas serve the next generation as a prime mover of their imaginations and common carrier of new memories.  

       

      As this project drifts to a close, I thought it would be interesting to show the spread of left-overs, not including paints, glues, brushes, X-acto blades, etc.:

      All but the chassis and TAMIYA Motors are already installed in or slated for a new project.  The battery pack, DPDT switch, and charger went to repower / repair our Christmas tree train, the girls have their eyes on the dry transfers, and the chassis and Bachmann 4-6-0 motor have already sparked a few Dad-can-we discussions.  Unencumbered by the original LGB 2075 cab/boiler shell, who knows?  Long story short, it would've been cheaper to get a used m2075 off e-Bay and give it the treatment, but there would've been less learning, and very little of what I purchased or cut out will go to waste in the long run.  I thought that was an interesting observation from a hard data set like "dollars spent."

       

      With luck, the next update will include a photo of Little Thomas / Komaka Iki in revenue service.  Thanks again for all the help to get to this point!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric 

       

       

       

       

    • 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 7, 2019 5:25 AM EST
    • 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. 

    • November 6, 2019 8:12 PM EST
    • 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.

    • November 6, 2019 7:07 PM EST
    • To actually see it run is a really good feeling. Now the hard part begins.....

    • November 6, 2019 12:55 AM EST
    • It's alive!    Will try to run it on the track next.

      (Tried to load a short video, but it didn't work)

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • November 5, 2019 8:46 PM EST
    • Great roof detail on the RI #10000.

    • November 4, 2019 12:17 AM EST
    • That center cab is wickedly quirky! I love it. (They're all great, but that one really struck my fancy.) 

       

      Later,

       

      K

    • November 3, 2019 3:01 PM EST
    •    I can't even begin to make up my mind which are my favorites. What a great line-up.