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    • February 16, 2020 9:37 PM EST
    • Well just the fact that he got a cumapart  Cummins shows he is not a diesel  mechanic , should have got a Caterpillar!!! Yellow motors rule!! Says the guy that currently owns a truck with a a Cummins that is currently in the shop again!

    • February 16, 2020 8:13 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:
      Ray Dunakin said:

      Where did you get the motor?

      Cummins direct...Phil in the sales department was very easy to work with.

      And how does a rice rocket mechanic get that kind of relationship with a diesel manufacturer?

    • February 16, 2020 7:43 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:
      Rooster ' said:
      Ric Golding said:

      So Rooster says, he always gives clues of how he does his modeling by showing what he uses in the background and on the workbench.  So, of the stuff I can see, he might use paper shop towels, pink foam rubber and something very toxic, because of the fan.  I see the coffee cup and are those garden tools and then a battery drill motor?  Going to be interesting.










      Nothing fancy Ric, only working with materials on hand and basic simplicity.  "HINT"....large rivets are a dulled tip on an 8d finish nail and small rivets are a 4d finish nail with the heads cut off so they will fit true into the chuck. Once again this is a "KITBASH" and like the American Indians I will try and waste nothing!





      This post has been edited by Rooster: still looking for my spare set of balls that I thought were last placed in the upstairs bathroom medicine cabinet but I'm getting to the age where it's difficult to go upstairs.






      Ric wanted the roof easily removable so I installed pulls on each end that are slightly offset that way the roof will be un-reversible  no matter how hard you try to push them in Ric. Still gotta figure out how I want to chain the pulls on end so they do not get misplaced during removal as Ric is getting older and things tend to get easily misplaced at his age. On second thought, perhaps I should chain down the roof period (with extra chain) that way it does not, doesn't, won't ...."get lost during a heavy operation/carnage session when dinner is called/served" 
















      Progress continues to make junk from junk. AGAIN this is a KITBASH not a SCRATCHBUILD with NO 3D printed parts or mass produced castings.

      There is store bought styrene strips and brass which come from THE LOCAL HOBBY SHOP but a lot comes from a sign shop dumpster.



    • February 16, 2020 6:59 PM EST
    • Way to go Rooater!!

    • February 16, 2020 6:49 PM EST
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    • February 16, 2020 2:30 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:






      Motor arrived today and the CVRR crews did a test fit!


      Decided to go with the twin turbocharged Cummins QST30-R for it's low RPM torque and nice upper end horsepower.






      Ohhhhhh, that's nice!

    • February 16, 2020 10:11 AM EST
    • Ray Dunakin said:

      Where did you get the motor?

      Cummins direct...Phil in the sales department was very easy to work with.

    • February 16, 2020 12:22 AM EST
    • Where did you get the motor?

    • February 15, 2020 7:22 PM EST





      Motor arrived today and the CVRR crews did a test fit!


      Decided to go with the twin turbocharged Cummins QST30-R for it's low RPM torque and nice upper end horsepower.






    • February 16, 2020 8:04 PM EST
    • Nifty Cliff! Good luck with your shmaxes!


    • February 16, 2020 7:00 PM EST
    • Cliff,

       What contact cement did you use  ?

    • February 16, 2020 5:48 PM EST
    • In no time at all, the little interest you have stirred up will lead to Google searches and soon your work will be the standard, unless some bum like me finds a pic....

    • February 16, 2020 5:31 PM EST
    • That's a fancy looking pump, Cliff   Can't wait to see it on the mill and operating.

    • February 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST
    • My excuse this weekend and last for going so slow on this project is that I've been working on that thing we can't mention... but it rhymes with shmaxes. After all that yippeeness, I had some actual fun this afternoon cutting and gluing on the cedar boards for the pump.



      This is the first time I've used contact cement on a model project. Gluing anything to 3DP nylon is tough; some parts have actually laughed at me when I applied CA or epooxy to them. But this stuff really seemed to work.  Here's the finished cladding. 



      Next weekend will hopefully be assembly of the pump and installing it on the mill. 



    • February 16, 2020 3:06 PM EST
    • Hi guys,

      Thanks for the thanks! I have reached a good stopping point for today.


      All of the "A" end railings have been completed. The curved side railings are done. The four supports for the cupola are done. All are attached with HO scale track nails.

      The stack has been added - it's a 3D print. The Precision Scale cupola roof grabirons have been primed, but not painted or attached.

      The "A" end has a USA Trains coupler as I need one that's functional on that end. The remaining brass railings need to be primed and painted silver, except for the cupola supports wcich will be the same red as the carbody. And yes, the prototype had different tops on its ladders at each end.

      Next I'll give it a dose of weathering, then add window glass. Window glass will be microscope slide cover glass. I still need to add the roofing/sandpaper and the roofwalks and rain gutters and then I'll be DONE. Yay!


      Now I'm gonna go do my taxes, to be immediately followed by a visit to a certain local brewery for solace.



    • February 16, 2020 6:18 AM EST
    • Thank Ray

    • February 16, 2020 12:25 AM EST
    • Looking good!

    • February 15, 2020 8:05 PM EST
    • Siri,

      Lift the ice scraper.

    • February 15, 2020 7:52 PM EST
    • Finally back spending a little time on this project, maybe I will get it done before Summer so I can park it until next year


      The metal leading edge of the plow is built up from an aluminum piano hinge, Styrene, and lead sheet.  It is shown here with the ice scrapper blade in the down and clamped position.


      The air brake cylinder driven lifting mechenism for raising and lowering the ice scrapper blade.


      Showing how the scrapper blade is held up off the track when not plowing.

      Of course all parts need to be treated/painted and weathered yet.


    • February 16, 2020 12:08 AM EST
    • Very nice!