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    • 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 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!




    • 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!








    • October 31, 2019 6:41 AM EDT
    • I cut out my letters from the letter side of the sheet with a sharp Xacto knife. Cutting from the other side can cause them to inadvertently transfer onto your work surface. Then I stuck them to a strip of clear tape (Scotch tape) to get the spacing right. Of course with the tape laying on the work surface, sticky side up, and placing the letters onto it, everything is backward.

    • 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.) 





    • 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.


    • November 2, 2019 1:20 PM EDT
    • Amazing work again!

    • November 1, 2019 8:17 PM EDT
    • More show stoppers and i can't get to the show. Great work Norman 

    • November 1, 2019 2:34 PM EDT
    • Some extremely beautiful looking locomotives....     

    • November 1, 2019 11:41 AM EDT
    • Those grilles on the P&PU and GM&O units turned out well and look grand with the paint on.

    • November 1, 2019 10:52 AM EDT
    • After a rather long time w/o update I'd like to show some pix of the projects finished recently

      BLW 'Blue Goose' - took about a dozen years to set up the drive line and making tthe decals


      Rock Island RI #9006


      Rock Island #10000


      Alco DL202 'Black Maria'


      Peoria and Pekin RY #200


      GM&O Ingalls S4




    • October 31, 2019 8:17 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
      Cliff Jennings said:

      You're a real MMR Tommy, thanks for posting on all the steps.

      Suck up !


      Answer #1:

      Haha! Roos, you've just proved what I said by agreeing, and inadvertently sucked up yourself!!


      Answer #2:

      Tommy's showing us how it's done downtown, so yeah, I am, I guess. And proud of it!


    • October 31, 2019 7:41 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      You're a real MMR Tommy, thanks for posting on all the steps.

      Suck up !

    • October 31, 2019 7:28 PM EDT
    • You're a real MMR Tommy, thanks for posting on all the steps.

    • October 31, 2019 10:54 AM EDT
    • Tommy it is looking good, keep us posted, Bill

    • October 30, 2019 11:34 PM EDT
    • Boy that holiday must of done something for the Rio Gracie Shop crew.  By noon today, colors were mixed, and test spoons sprayed for review.  Color was chosen, chassis sprayed, and chassis reassembled.


      We wanted a brown tone chassis and cab. Test colors are Createx Candy2O Dirt Track Brown with different Createx Auto Air Metallics added to it.  I ended up choosing the second spoon from the right which is  Createx Metallic Bronze added to the Dirt Track Brown.



      Here is the preliminary color scheme we first came up with.




      Rio Gracie