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    • April 1, 2021 8:30 PM EDT
      • Missouri, It's like Floodsburg, man
         
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      finally got handrails, now it needs stanchions

      Okay, after waiting since something like 2015 it finally got handrails, now it needs stanchions.

      I was waiting to have a good design for the handrail stanchions before adding the handrails.

      Yesterday I said, oh well, and made and added the railings anyway.

      They are bent from 3/64 inch diameter brass wire.

      It was a process of bend one, go rest, repeat, with my messy health and hurting hands doing what they do, that usually being getting in the way of progress.

      The look satisfies me.

      Ideas for the project coming slow enough that the 1st photo of it I uploaded to Flickr, https://flic.kr/p/N5JfvP, is dated October 15, 2016.
      And, no, the cars behind it aren't finished yet either; still have to shape the roofs and design the doors.

       

      Anyway, back to handrail stanchions ...

       

      Stanchion design is disrupted by a part I was wanting to use not existing after all, K&S metals has 1/8 brass L but not 3/32.

      1/8 inch is 3 inches in the 1/24 scale I'm calling this, and that seems too wide for a handrail stanchion & 1/16 would be too small for me to work with, so, 3/32.

      Except there isn't either 3/32 or 1/16 brass L by K&S.

      So, now it is wait for other ideas to develop.

      (but maybe 1/8 isn't too big after all ...? I dunno)

       

       

    • April 1, 2021 9:31 PM EDT
      • Phippsburg, Maine
         
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      Ive made stantions by flattening the end of some wire then bending aroumd the hand rail.  With brass, you should heat it cherry red, then cool it to anneal it before flattening and before bending.

    • April 1, 2021 10:22 PM EDT
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      Eric Schade said:

      Ive made stantions by flattening the end of some wire then bending aroumd the hand rail.  With brass, you should heat it cherry red, then cool it to anneal it before flattening and before bending.

      Ah, basically 1970s-1980s Athearn blue box HO scale stanchions on steroids!

      That works.

    • April 2, 2021 6:53 AM EDT
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      Also still need to make progress on these from 2017, extra wheels for electrical pickup, to be modeled to look like battery trailers,

      https://largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/27588/battery-trailers-for-hlw-sparky-loco

      And look who the last/most recent post on the thread is by, John Caughey ...

       

      Oh, and also need to make raised base for pantograph, about an inch or so will do.

      This post was edited by Forrest Scott Wood at April 2, 2021 6:54 AM EDT
    • April 2, 2021 1:20 PM EDT
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      Stantions are quick and easy and in stainless steel, brass, etc. no less.  You want 1/16" or 3/32"??? No problemo and a whole lot more sizes, and even styles, available too.

      I use cotter pins on my bridges for handrail stantions, and no reason you couldn't use them on an engine.  And very cheap on the bay.

       

       

       

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at April 3, 2021 10:12 AM EDT
    • April 2, 2021 9:49 PM EDT
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      Todd Brody said:

      I use cotter pins on my bridges for handrail stantions, and no reason you couldn't use them on an engine.

       

       

      This too is an idea which had not happened.

    • April 3, 2021 2:26 AM EDT
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      Forrest

       

      Try this web he makes stantion for the old RS 3 from aristo https://glxscalemodels.com/ they may work for you

    • April 3, 2021 10:11 AM EDT
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      I use cotter pins as well. A tiny flat washer at the base. Looks good to me.

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