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    • January 14, 2021 12:50 PM EST
    • This one's going to be hard to beat 

    • January 14, 2021 12:16 AM EST
    • @Pete,,    The tin cans are going to turn into a refinery pressure vessel.  Gota have something to haul around.....

       

      Yah.. I just might be up to building another one..... but I'm not sure that this one will make it around my pike with the tight turns...   If it won't  The whole thing could just go up for sale...  Stay tuned..

       

    • January 13, 2021 10:14 PM EST
    • will you do work for outside railroads, I would like to buy one for my modern RR. I would just swap the arch bar trucks for 100 ton Barber KaDee’s. I already think it’s going to be a close race between this and Todd’s massive factory complex for #1. 
      BUT, what are you building using the can? Maybe I need to go back and read the first page again!

    • January 13, 2021 9:21 PM EST
    • It does look stout, Dave.  All the bracing and blocking give it a lot of character too, IMHO.

    • January 14, 2021 12:40 PM EST
    • John Bouck said:

      How many laps around the layout before it runs out of "air", Devon? 

      Your tender cold be a little flat car with a gas powered compressor.

      Since its my railroad my rules I could build the first perpetual motion locomotive. The tender has a compressor that is driven by the wheels on the track that produces air at the same rate as the locomotive consumes it. Then it would run forever.

    • January 14, 2021 10:55 AM EST
    • How many laps around the layout before it runs out of "air", Devon? 

      Your tender cold be a little flat car with a gas powered compressor.

    • January 14, 2021 9:02 AM EST
    • Eric Mueller said:

      Thanks, Devon, now Kid-zilla wants me to add this to our project list!

      Well maybe a battery pack to run the rotating light in the lighthouse?

    • January 14, 2021 1:52 AM EST
    • Thanks, Devon, now Kid-zilla wants me to add this to our project list!

    • January 13, 2021 9:41 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Nice battery holder, Devon.  I hope the hammer wasn't necessary to get them in the pvc pipe 

      Dan that’s why the batteries were dying he beat them to death

    • January 13, 2021 9:23 PM EST
    • You plan better than I do.  I would have to go looking for the hammer or more than likely just start beating it on the table, floor, wall or whatever or whomever was close by 

    • January 13, 2021 9:20 PM EST
    • That was in reserve in case it didn't work 

    • January 14, 2021 10:12 AM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:
      ...Just what technique have you found that works best...   Torch or iron, or gun.....

       

        Dave, I'm using these; I picked them up at the hardware store a year or so ago when I was trying to wire and light some passenger cars.

       

        

       

       

    • January 14, 2021 9:33 AM EST
    • John Passaro said:

        Obviously I won't have time to do this, but it could be a great idea for somebody:

      Hmmm, I am probably more than half way to that, wonder of I should pivot...

         It looks like rainwater collection? Judging from the gutter heading into the one on the left.

       

    • January 13, 2021 11:16 PM EST
    •   Obviously I won't have time to do this, but it could be a great idea for somebody:

       

       

       

         It looks like rainwater collection? Judging from the gutter heading into the one on the left.

       

    • January 14, 2021 9:40 AM EST
    • Thanks guys.  It is getting BIG but I wanted a sprawling factory.  I'm thinking about cutting off a piece of the old factory and attaching it on the back corner which would increase its footprint again!  The more I think about it a factory like this would have a flat roof but since we get rain and snow it needs to be pitched.  The first had a 45 degree but I have been putting 30 degree on recent builds. I cut pieces to test a 20 degree pitch and that looks good.  

      The build is coming together quickly but I have more time to work on it due to covid putting us nearly out of business and in years past we were either coming or going on a trip around this time. Last year I was renovating a house 60 miles from home and I stayed there only coming home on the weekends. My tools were there so I had to rip wood and bring it and my nail gun home.   This year it is full speed ahead!

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • January 13, 2021 11:29 PM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      ...You do know you don’t have to work 24/7 until the 9th of February.... 

       

        Considering, I'd say he does!!

       

        Shaping up to be a more than adequate replacement for the worn-down factory. Nice.

       

       

       

    • January 13, 2021 9:59 PM EST
    • Ok Todd, you can take a break once in a while, you are making us look bad!!! You do know you don’t have to work 24/7 until the 9th of February. You are making the rest of us look really bad!!!

      Nice work , that is one great looking structure. 

    • January 13, 2021 9:50 PM EST
    • Dave i think Taylor Tin used to hold that title. But this dwarfs Taylor Tin

    • January 13, 2021 9:32 PM EST
    • WOW...   That just might be the physically biggest Mik build ever... I can't remember anything larger.....   

       

      Dave T.

    • January 13, 2021 10:59 PM EST
    • great job Mueller family , it’s looking good