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    • October 20, 2019 1:48 PM EDT
    • Tommy Mejia said:

      Added reinforcement to the rear deck and added rear and front frame extensions.  Glued, bolted, clamped and left to dry overnight.

       

      This morning I bolted (4 bolts) the rear deck to the deck supports.

       

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

       

      I have clamp envy 

    • October 18, 2019 6:38 AM EDT
    • It's all adding up. :)

    • October 18, 2019 1:05 AM EDT
    • Today I worked on the front of the locomotive.  The Hartland forward deck was modified, a pilot beam was fabricated from wood and the front deck was assembled and glued.  The assembled front deck was then bolted to the chassis. 

       

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • October 17, 2019 1:27 PM EDT
    • Added reinforcement to the rear deck and added rear and front frame extensions.  Glued, bolted, clamped and left to dry overnight.

       

      This morning I bolted (4 bolts) the rear deck to the deck supports.

       

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

       

    • October 16, 2019 11:18 PM EDT
    • Glad you like the mat.  I've been using mine for about 3 years now.  It is a soft mat, not meant for cutting on.  I have a piece of black acrylic I lay inside to provide a cutting surface.  I also place a white sheet of paper over the plastic to help see the parts better and cut down on glare from the overhead light.  Besides using it to take apart my airbrushes, I've done a lot of very small 1/350 photo etch (PE) parts on it.

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • October 16, 2019 5:35 PM EDT
    • $19.27 at Amazon

    • October 16, 2019 2:05 PM EDT
    • I love that mat! $25 is not cheap, but nice!

       

      Found a store in Anaheim, $20 each, bought a couple, make nice Christmas gifts for those of us with more than 2 thumbs...

    • October 16, 2019 1:11 AM EDT
    • I took apart the frame and glued rivet detail to the firebox.  So here I’m thinking some of these screws I don’t have to take apart again, so I’ll add some red threadlocker to them. Put the frame together and proceeded with the build.

       

       

      Clamp pieces to the tender cab deck and let dry.  

       

       

      Added the lower vertical frame members. 

       

       

      Things are looking good, so I proceed to fit the deck onto the frame.  Seems there are 2 screws in the way. 

       

      Remember that great idea of threadlocker?  Luckily it had only been an hour or so and I was able to remove the screw without too much trouble.  Redrilled 2 holes put in the screws and fit the deck.  You can see the oops holes in the frame picture above.  This is where she stands now.

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

       

    • October 14, 2019 8:50 PM EDT
    • Details is what made resin casting so helpful. Make one perfect part and make a mold of it for near perfect copies, shrinkage y'know. ...

    • October 19, 2019 8:37 PM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      @Sean:  Fo' real, brah!

      Lets all gather round the campfire while roasting weenies and marshmallows while Sean tells the stories.

    • October 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT
    • @Sean:  Fo' real, brah!

    • October 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT
    • I think "Roosta" has some relatives on Kauai …   

    • October 18, 2019 6:18 AM EDT
    • Its all relative.

    • October 18, 2019 1:37 AM EDT
    • @Rooster & Greg:  PPbbbbtttthttt!!!!  We actually have almost 10 miles where you can legally drive 60 mph!  So there!

    • October 17, 2019 8:40 PM EDT
    • They do have roads in Hawaii, just not real long ones!

    • October 17, 2019 8:32 PM EDT
    • I'm personally not buying the crap about being on the road Eric considering you are in Hawaii?  

      It's all good and I'm patient !

    • October 17, 2019 3:17 AM EDT
    • Update:  

      I have been on the road and otherwise distracted, but I did manage to  shave, cut, sand and fit all my wood "fills."  I have to look to the funds before getting the motor, but, in the meantime I plan to disassemble the chassis to give it a nice coat of flat black like the boiler / cab and devise an alternative method to fasten the boiler / cab to the deck.

       

      I cannot believe this project has been underway for a year.  Thanks for the patience!

       

      Eric

    • October 16, 2019 5:55 PM EDT
    • I never had mine apart and have since sold it. As Greg suggests, hood and cab probably screwed on from beneath.  I would turn the trucks and look for screws hidden by them. Screws will probably be in recessed posts.

    • October 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT
    • I have not, but normal method is screws in and around the motor block from the underside.

       

      I would guess the hood is connected to the cab, but look underneath for smaller screws nearer the edge of the frame for the cab

       

      the owners manual gives no clues: http://www.usatrains.com/pdf/20tonmanual.pdf

       

      Greg

    • October 16, 2019 2:57 PM EDT
    • Has anyone taken apart a USA mighty moe switcher?

      What does it look like under the hood?

      How easy is it to take off the hood?