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    • October 20, 2018 9:19 PM EDT
    • It was time to put the Stearns Heisler to work in the woods. So light weathering with very dilute acrylic washes and India Ink in alcohol took it from:



      To this:





      I did not want it to look decrepit but rather the hard worker in need of a bath.





      Thanks for checking in.

      Doc Tom

    • October 15, 2018 6:47 AM EDT
    • Here are a couple of "quick grab" shots of Bull O'Woods deep in the Kentucky forest working a cut of felled timber. Hopefully this helps create a "backwoods atmosphere" in early Winter.







      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom



       

    • October 13, 2018 9:04 PM EDT
    • Meanwhile "Smoky Joe" has snuck off behind the loader to enjoy another of Kentucky's favorite
      past times ..................

      I was so expecting the next part to have to do with liquid refreshments.

      Smokey Joe is the nephew of the big boss man. He gets away with everything.

      Yup, there is one of those in every company. I call them the "Golden Child", and they aren't always related to the big boss, they just get away with whatever they want to.

    • October 13, 2018 11:52 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      With this evidence I question whether you have you looked over the employee roster so you know who's pay to increase or decrease.

       

      Good stuff !

       

       

       

      Hey Rooster. Smokey Joe is the nephew of the big boss man. He gets away with everything. Doc Tom

    • October 12, 2018 8:33 PM EDT
    • With this evidence I question whether you have you looked over the employee roster so you know who's pay to increase or decrease.

       

      Good stuff !

    • October 12, 2018 8:12 PM EDT
    • Henry and Joe were assigned today to operate Mr Kilgore's Log Loading Machine......and move some sticks.

      At least Henry is working.





      Meanwhile "Smoky Joe" has snuck off behind the loader to enjoy another of Kentucky's favorite
      past times lighting up one from his pack of fine hand rolled Tobacco Cigarettes.



      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • October 9, 2018 9:26 PM EDT
    • Thank you Sean, Rooster,Ken, and Ric. I appreciate the (+) feedback.  Doc Tom

    • October 9, 2018 8:35 AM EDT
    • As Sean "said", I like it.  Your photo and modeling skills seem to constantly improve.  You've even got the ends of the logs looking right.  Congrats!

    • October 9, 2018 4:47 AM EDT
    • Ditto.

    • October 8, 2018 8:44 PM EDT
    • Nice work and enjoying the time you take to post it !

    • October 7, 2018 8:53 PM EDT
    • In keeping with the theme of primitive logging equipment I felt it was time to weather the old Class A Climax to have it look like it too had been around a bit.









      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • October 6, 2018 3:15 PM EDT
    • Sean said:

      WOW.... any plans for some windows..it might get a little warm in there...

       

      Well, the prototype did not have windows. The operator stands on the open deck out front operating ONE control lever for movement of the boom/hoist. The area with the boiler is entirely open at the front. This might have kept the engine compartment from burning down. It would be interesting to see why this dinosaur log loader went extinct and lack of ventilation for a steam engine may be part of the story. Although steam shovels and some hoists appear to have enclosed steam engines.  

      Thanks for the feedback and interesting question.

       

      Doc Tom

    • October 6, 2018 11:12 AM EDT
    • WOW.... any plans for some windows..it might get a little warm in there...

       

    • October 5, 2018 8:03 PM EDT
    • I have been doing a little more modeling recently.

      The “Original Kittom Lumber Company” is an attempt to recreate the early steam technology used in logging circa 1910. So when I read about the Kilgore Log loader in the 2017 On30 Annual I new I had to build one. Here is the patent from 1890.



      Steam powered pistons moved the hoist up and down and a rack moved by steam pressure rotated the hoist on a geared wheel. Pretty primitive but it worked.

      Here is an advertisement for the Kilgore loader.



      I purchased a kit of the model from Silver City Models and built it up.



      Here is "the inner workings" that are hidden by the wooden walls.





      20 years after its patented design it is at work loading logs in the backwoods of Kentucky.








      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


    • August 19, 2018 3:52 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Hey Doc Tom,

      The new headquarters looks great!  Kind of gives a new meaning to "Tiny House Nations".  How much electricity did you provide to the new digs?

       

       

      Hi Ric,

      We actually got the idea from "Tiny house nation" on the tube. The building is 12'X24', one third is for my wife's garden shed. And 2/3 is for the choo choos. All LED track lighting (110volt) and an energy efficient heating/cooling unit from Lowe's (220 volt) are going to be the power users. I hope it is cheaper than the space heaters I used last winter. A lot of insulation in the walls and roof should also help. I will be monitoring electric bills closely particularly this upcoming winter when I do a lot of model making.

       

      Doc Tom

       

       

    • August 19, 2018 3:46 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      when i replaced an old shed, i transferred the - good looking - shelves to the new ones.

      about five years later, when i replaced the new shed, i bought metalic shelves... (and saturated the place with DDT)

       

      Sounds like same issues in Paraguay we have in Tennessee. Our termite guy will be working on this new building shortly. Nothing wooden from the old place was used in this new structure. Tom

       

    • August 19, 2018 8:22 AM EDT
    • Hey Doc Tom,

      The new headquarters looks great!  Kind of gives a new meaning to "Tiny House Nations".  How much electricity did you provide to the new digs?

       

    • August 18, 2018 11:39 AM EDT
    • when i replaced an old shed, i transferred the - good looking - shelves to the new ones.

      about five years later, when i replaced the new shed, i bought metalic shelves... (and saturated the place with DDT)

    • August 17, 2018 8:40 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      the house looks cool!

      are you sure, that neither layouts, nor material you transferred are infected by termits?

      what did you do, to eliminate them in the earth?

      Hi Korm. Nothing wooden is being moved into  the new train shed. The layouts are all plastic, aluminum, and extruded Styrofoam bases. Our house termite guy will be treating this structure as well as our home. My understanding that earth in the Merry Southland is always a setup for termites.....that's why so many termite  treatment companies around these parts???

       

      Doc Tom