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    • October 15, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

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      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 20, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

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      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

    • November 17, 2018 5:43 PM EST

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      The "Gin Pole" is probably the simplest way to pick up logs and put them on or off log cars. The early days of steam logging used these exstensively.











      A review of the literature on the net revealed this nice diagram of the top end of the gin pole.



      So, I thought I would give it a go and make two gin poles one for the logging landing and the other for the log dump on the mini layout.

      First is the top end with a length of blackened brass chain securing one of Mr Wiseman's nice castings of O scale block and tackle.



      I roughed up and stained a dowel to stand in for the pole itself.

      Next up was using wire and swivels to secure guylines to stumps on the layout.



      Guy lines were secured to the top of the pole much like in the diagram.



      So far the gin pole has not fallen down.



      Next to come is rigging the steam donkey and some weathering.

      Let me know what you think?

      Doc Tom

    • November 18, 2018 6:47 AM EST
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      I like ! 

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    • November 18, 2018 9:24 AM EST

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      Sean said:

      I like ! 

      Thanks Sean. Trying to be faithful to these early contrivances (gin poles) has been a wonderful learning exercise.  And they are not finished. More to come with hopefully some shots of them in use along with some sounds using the ITT modules of steam donkeys at work.
       

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    • January 4, 2019 7:40 PM EST

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      One of the ideas i had was to make this little layout pop with many details and sounds.

      So I went online to the ITT (Innovative Train Technologies) website and browsed their extensive catalogue of sound modules. I have two steam powered donkey engines loading and unloading logs on the mini layout. ITT just happened to have a very nice "steam donkey" sound module for a decent price. So I bought two and a couple of 2" speakers and toggle switches.

      I used scrap styrene to build up a module that I could bury in the blue foam of the layout.







      After the surgical implant was complete the module was disguised as so much dirt and debris and the steam donkey was placed over the module and the speaker.

      Because it is showcasing sound I made a little video where you can hear the donkey at work as a log train backs in to the landing.

      https://youtu.be/PoYntVrkJcI

      Let me know what you all think

      Doc Tom

    • January 5, 2019 4:55 AM EST
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      Nice work on the gin pole, Doc. Adds a lot of realism to the scene and the sound just brings the whole thing to life. 

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    • January 5, 2019 6:44 AM EST

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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Nice work on the gin pole, Doc. Adds a lot of realism to the scene and the sound just brings the whole thing to life. 

      Thank you Dan. Next to come is rigging the donkey and putting a roof over the beast to keep out rain and snow. Doc Tom

       

       

    • January 5, 2019 7:53 AM EST
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      Nice addition to a fine scene

    • January 5, 2019 7:49 PM EST

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      David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Nice addition to a fine scene

      Thanks David. I hope to rig the loader to pick up logs. Might take a while to get the good ol' boys working again.

      Doc Tom

    • January 7, 2019 3:17 PM EST
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      Tom Grabenstein said:  Let me know what you all think

      Doc Tom

      That sounds great ...now if you had a smoke unit in the donkey going ...

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    • January 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

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      Sean McGillicuddy said:
      Tom Grabenstein said:  Let me know what you all think

      Doc Tom

      That sounds great ...now if you had a smoke unit in the donkey going ...

      Thanks Sean. While there will be no smoking going on, I am trying to work out a way for the Donkey's to actually lift logs.  Doc Tom

    • January 19, 2019 4:09 PM EST

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      I wanted to show you some more of the work on animating the steam donkeys. The first one I worked on is the donkey engine at the log dump.

      Rather than powering the winches electrically I chose to use a manual Cable to lift the logs or lift the unloading mechanism at the log dump.

      Here you can see the shrink tubing I used to conduct a fine wire cable from the first spool of the loader back to a hole extending up into the water tank of the loader.




      The Cable is threaded up through the water tank and out the water fill spout. It's end is affixed to the water tank hatch (cap) which can be pulled to move the cable.




      The cable goes from the first spool of the loader to the pulley in the block on the gin pole.




      It is connected with a hook and swivel to the piece of railroad steel (lifting bar) that will be attached to chains (awaiting some parts before they are attached) that will nudge the logs off the log cars and on to the dump.

      When the bar and the chains are on the ground the cable pulls the water hatch (cap) closed on the tank.





      When the bar and chains are hoisted up the cap and wire cable are pulled through the tank like this.






      Hope this makes some sense and the pictures helped. I hope to make some pictures and maybe a video showing how the logs are unloaded using this mechanism in the future.



      As always, thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • January 19, 2019 5:06 PM EST
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      I've watched video's of how that works. Interesting to see it modeled.

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    • January 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST
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      Very cool, Doc 

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    • January 19, 2019 7:25 PM EST

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      Thanks Ken and Dan........appreciate the feedback.

      Doc Tom

    • January 21, 2019 6:19 AM EST
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      Your a crafty devil there Tom.. Great work ..

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