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    • September 5, 2019 3:06 AM EDT
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      First, let me offer my prayers for those in Dorian's path.

       

      Now on to the update:

      I was lashed to the house for various reasons last weekend, so I set up the work area for a variety of projects, following the guiding principles of CINCHOUSE:  This cannot just be your hobby.

      Over the course of the day, the boys and I built a pair of Estes rockets, Younger Daughter repaired her Strawberry farm and learned to use a Dremel motor tool, Oldest Daughter helped me address some roadbed issues, and, after some work with a handheld disc sander, Little Thomas got his coupler mount!

       

      Oldest Son decided the train crew should be chased by a dragon for dramatic effect to mark the moment.   

       

      After doing a height test on the coupler, I wanted to subject it to a stress testby dragging this train around the track with another loco, but, as I was running the wires,  Kid-zilla beat me to the punch:

      He set up a test train, ran it backwards and forwards at scale test speeds of 756 mph, and announced that "The coupler gets stuck!"  Sure enough, it does...

      ...so I removed the hook and Kid-zilla completed the test.  We did hook up Diesel Dan for a more dignified test.  Little Thomas will clear our switches, cross-over, and handle less than perfect roadbed while under load.  In short, he'll pull.

       

      The next step will be to put some sanding sealer on that wood so it'll take paint and look less like wood. I can worry over how to close the gaps up forward between coats.  I am open to suggestions here:

      I'd order the motor, but, naturally, being flush with overtime, we are in the midst of the 2019 run of "Dance of the Dying Appliance."  As the work situation remains unchanged, I can expect "Lament for Broken Car in E Minor" as an unwelcomed encore, so I am holding off for the moment.  I have plenty of plastic work to  do on Little Thomas to keep  me busy in the meantime.

       

      As an aside (and in a shameless "proud Dad moment"), I thought it'd be fun to share if you combine projects, a digital camera, some PLAYMOBIL, and a three year old:

      I had no idea Kid-zilla had gotten hold of my camera, and this was the best of about 30 pictures in his "locomotive repair series."  I'm pretty proud of the little terror!

       

      I think I am over the hump with this in terms of engineering!  Thanks for the continued patience.

       

      Eric

       

       

    • September 7, 2019 8:21 PM EDT
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      Eric Mueller said:

      I was lashed to the house for various reasons last weekend, so I set up the work area for a variety of projects, following the guiding principles of CINCHOUSE:  This cannot just be your hobby.

       

       

       

       

       

      A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste!

    • September 9, 2019 1:54 AM EDT
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      There's nothing quite like the lash...But I digress...Took a pause this weekend to have a "good think."  The way forward will involve wood (shudder), cut, shaved, and sanded to fit under the smokebox.   Given my incredible ripping skills, I just bout stock 1/4"x1/4".  The other issue I have to deal with is the reserving gear.  On the STAINZ, the come up the outside of the chassis then pass up and over and "into" the cab.  On this hybrid, it passes up "behind" the side tanks. I'll have to secure them in a way that lets the thing roll.

       

      Have a great week everyone!

       

      Eric

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