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    • July 15, 2017 3:41 PM EDT
      • Saint Johns, Florida
         
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      Superb!

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    • July 15, 2017 5:42 PM EDT
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      Like the magnet idea.

      I had a similar one to hold the water tank top onto my 3 truck shay so I could get to the battery in there, I tried 2 magnets opposite each other and they were to strong so I gave up, might just revisit it.

    • July 15, 2017 7:49 PM EDT

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      Graeme Price said:

      Like the magnet idea.

      I had a similar one to hold the water tank top onto my 3 truck shay so I could get to the battery in there, I tried 2 magnets opposite each other and they were to strong so I gave up, might just revisit it.

      Me too Graeme !

      It's one of those "I'll be damned" moments for me.

    • July 15, 2017 7:59 PM EDT
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      One of the little things I did, just fyi, was to use Goop as the glue, put the piece in the tank with the metal on it lightly in place but too close to the end, and then I closed the end cap, pushing the tank piece back to the right distance. Then I (from the other end) held the tank piece in place with a stick to help it bond to the PVC pipe.

       

      That way the metal and the magnet ended up at exactly the right position so that when the end cap is closed, the magnet is in contact with the metal.

       

      Not sure if that will work on your shay water tank.  You may need to measure it :-).

       

      The wires representing the cables holding the end caps are in place and painted. I don't have the turnbuckles yet. Will cut the wires and AC the turnbuckles in place when they finally get here.

       

       

      Next bits:  the queen posts and undercarriage cabling.

       

      Cheers!

       

    • July 15, 2017 8:02 PM EDT

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      Jim Rowson said:

      Oooh, the magnets are working well!  I put the rare earth magnet on the end cap, and a very small strip of steel shim stock (.03" thick) on a piece of wood at the top, inside the tank. This gives me enough strength to hold it securely (including shaking it around) but I have single finger control to open it. Check the video for the demo. And no squishiness!

       

       

      Bringing this to page 3 for Ralph! (Wait what happened to Ralph and who's turn was it to watch him?)

       

      Jim,

       With YOUR first scratchbuild you are making me go into full molt early this year  "publicly admitted".  I have played with the rare earth magnets numerous times and use them for mocking up builds but "completely overlooked" the simplicity of using a thinner piece of steel to achieve the results you have gained.

      Very nice work!

    • July 15, 2017 8:04 PM EDT
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      Thanks Rooster!

    • July 16, 2017 6:25 PM EDT
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      That's amazing Jim, great job!!

    • July 18, 2017 9:46 AM EDT
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      Jim,

      Haven't been on LSC for awhile, your tank car looks great, your attention to detail is superb. The rare earth magnet is a good solution, I used some on my Woody Track Inspection Car for the tailgate. Are you going to be open for this summers Tri Valley BAGRS open house?  Keep up the good work.

      This post was edited by Dan DeVoto at July 18, 2017 11:22 AM EDT
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    • July 18, 2017 11:22 AM EDT
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      Hey Dan! I've offered to be an open house (a while ago) but haven't seen the official call for that yet. I'm intending to.

       

      Of course, you are welcome to drop by any time. Bring your woody and inspect my track!

       

      And thanks for the comments on the tank car. Now if I can just get a few bits and pieces delivered maybe I can finish it!

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