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    • April 7, 2020 9:16 AM EDT
    • I have always thought it very dangerous to push wood through a table saw blade sideways to make cove molding. But having done it it isn't as bad as one might think. The key is trying not to take to much at a time.

    • April 6, 2020 9:53 PM EDT
    • My "virus fence" is done, so tomorrow I break out the table saw for two cedar projects. First up: mill enough 12x12 timbers and 2x7 planks to build a model of the Rockhill Furnace coal delivery trestle that will be built under the track at Brunt Coal in West Willow Hill.  Next I'll set up the saw to run some cove experiments to re-make the corbels from Cedar.

       

      I was thinking this would be a great time to revisit the prototype corbels since the shape I used was a compromise to utilize available cove moulding which I modified a bit with an exacto. So I drug out the prototype photos today to study the corbels. Frankly I'm not impressed.  The prototype is is a replica of platform roofs that were lost years ago to neglect, and this shape does not look to be up to New Haven standards...

       

      My compromise end shape actually gives more shadow and depth. I may stick with that unless I find some New Haven prototye ones I like better.

       

      Oh, if you haven't figured it out by now, my modeling is a mash-up of the New Haven and the East Broad Top.

    • April 7, 2020 9:13 AM EDT
    • Nice work some nice things going on here. Like the lights for sure.

    • April 6, 2020 7:37 PM EDT
    • Modifying Ozark Miniatures lamps for LED lighting with 5mm LED.

      A bit of bracket trimming is necessary to being the light emitter pert of LED in line with the lens openings.

      Hole in bracket requires reshaping to allow LED leads to not short on it.

      Both the above hold true for both the little round LED stripped from solar yard lights & the cylindrical LED stripped form Christmas lights.

      The LED from Christmas lights have an end with inverted cone so as to throw more light out sides than ends.

      That will need to be filed down a bit to allow LED to fit inside marker lamp casting.

      Using warm white LED on class lamps & red on caboose marker lamps.

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    • April 6, 2020 4:49 PM EDT
    • Hey there. Current time seems like a decent time to make progress on projects which have stalled or gone dormant or been set aside to do other projects in other genres.

      As part of the overall scheme some more detail parts ordered via Ozark Miniatures arrived in today's mail.

      The other day it became necessary to repair a breakage on the V&T 4-6-0; somehow, the retaining pin for the main rod broke

      Fortunately, the is the hulk of an ancient battery-powered Big Hauler from which to strip parts, the purpose for which it was acquired.

      Also in progress, again, are some boxcar scratchbuilds for my freelance Willow Creek Traction line.

      Construction was started when I was a poor man and couldn't buy new materials specifically for such a large project, so they are a mix of basswood, balsa, and matt board.

      They will have the typically lighter weight look of interurban boxcars; a look which includes a shallow arched roof with rounded ends.

      After several years of pondering exactly how to construct the roofs I decided to raid the balsa planks stashed for making a couple more rubberband powered submarine models since they will likely never get made at this point in my life. Wood will be glued to roof base then carved to shape.

      Am pondering covering the fairly soft balsa with something & I still have the light fiberglass from an un-done RC boat project of a decade ago. Would probably need to get new epoxy/resin though.

      Also for WCT are some cars which will look like battery trailers sometimes used on mine electrics or industrial electrics - they will provide additional pickup points for the HLW Sparky with its 4 wheels.

      EDIT: Oh, guess it might be relevant that the contact wipers are from Bachmann Big Hauler coach kits bought in 2009. They are flattened and tipped on their sides to contact wheel backs: on B'mann cars they went vertically between wheels on truck in an inverted V to contact rims of wheel flanges - in practice they made more efficient brake shoes than electrical contacts.

      V&T Big Hauler is getting its firedoor cut out so as to make a thing and install flickering fire effect lights. They would look grand reflecting off the fireman figure at night as he tosses another log in to the firebox.

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    • April 7, 2020 7:23 AM EDT
    • Eric, I love how you include your children into the hobby. It is fun to see their pictures being involved. It is easy to see you are making it pleasurable for them,

      you are making memories for them that will last a lifetime for them. They will talk about and involve their kids in something because you involved your hobby with them. 

      You are planting seeds in these kids' lives that will produce a harvest you may or may not see, but rest assured you are improving their lives and their children's lives.

      And thank you for helping the spread of the hobby, these kids are the future of us and the hobby.

      Dennis

    • April 7, 2020 1:12 AM EDT
    • GAP,

      First, congratulations on getting trains up and running!   

      Second, thanks for the information on cane hauling "down under."   The Kingdom / Republic / Territory / State of Hawaii did things differently.  Each plantation had its own mill.  The Oahu Rail & Land Co.  picked up the processed sugar for transport to Honolulu for either rmcal use or export.  The other islands worked the same way, with or without a common carrier.  Locally distilled rum is a 21st centuryy discovery.  Back in the day it was 'okoloehao, or moonshine.  No train required! There were some Shay types out here, with the OR&L using them for the pineapple run for a while, others in construction service, and a handful on the plantations.  Most of  O'ahu seems to have been Baldwin 0-4-2T or derivatives, with a handful of 0-6-0 and x-6-y variants.  The other islands were close.  Diesel came towards the end, with a lot of it being war surplus.  Kauai seems to have gone diesel early.    

       

      Back to the project...another afternoon of op-testing yesterday showed a pair of cars rocked a bit much, so a bit of prying to separate the timbers and some small shims corrected the issue.  One of this will become my field tender.  The rest will be cane haulers. The next flight will include a tanker, though I intend that to be for drinking water for the workers.  No prototypes of which I am aware, but it would seem useful to me!  It would also serve as a test project for an engine service area I envision (Check back in a couple years on that one!).

       

      Rooster, this was fun.  I was amazed how starting with a trip to the real thing resulted in believable, proportional vehicles.  I had been concerned that my compromises would be "too much."  As I mentioned, though, once on the tracks, the compromises largely disappear.   Oh, and I hope you noticed that there was virtually no scrap timber!  What there was went into the scrap bucket, and it will become shims for the various projects that seem to be going on around this place.

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

    • April 6, 2020 6:37 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
      Eric Mueller said:
      OK, with Mik 2020 behind me, it is time to get on to the next challenge...cane cars to go with the recently refurbished Little Thomas, a long defiunct battery powered LGB m2075, now in service as M&K Sugar Co #7.  "Rooster" had sent along some beautiful redwood timbers, spare wheel sets, and hook-and-loop couplers to make a series of cane cars with some detail parts to finish off Little Thomas. This will be a slow build, as I have a number of professional obligations before me, and I am going to prioritize Oldest Daughter's "shorty rehab" over this project.  

       

       Eric,

       Those (old growth) redwood framing timbers are 5/8" x 1/2" I believe so depending on how "detail oriented" you want to get they may/WILL need shaved down.

      Or "YOU COULD" just work with what you have as you and the kids have done many times over?

       

       

       

       

      LOVE the updates Eric !

      Recycle / Reuse.......

    • April 6, 2020 5:15 PM EDT
    • Eric

       

      Finally got some track laid and ran a few trains.

      Couple of pictures 

      A cane diesel with a string of molasses tanks.

       

      A side rod diesel (candidate for Australianising in a kitbash) with a string of bulk sugar bins. 

      The bulk sugar bins are used to get the raw sugar from the mill to a bulk sugar terminal for transport to refineries or export, each bin held 20 ton of sugar and some trains had up to 50 bins (Australia does sugar big time)

    • April 7, 2020 6:56 AM EDT
    • Eric, my club's president's soldering skills are awful too. His mistakes are that he doesn't clean the oxidation off of items that are no longer nice and shiny. He doesn't tin the ends of his wires before soldering (put a thin layer of solder on the wire). And he doesn't use any flux. If the wire is tinned before soldering to the led lead, and a very small smear of flux is put on the LED lead, then when you touch the soldering iron to the wire/lead connection, it should nearly instantly bond the two.

    • April 7, 2020 1:18 AM EDT
    • As it turns out, some LEDs came in the mail.  Maybe I will "solder on," as I would like to light some coaches!  My soldering skills are atrocious, so this would be a good project.  Still have to  ruminate on the landscape....As for local stores, it is a hard shut down.  Target is up and running, as is the hardware store, but that is it.   I would have to combine a supply run with a household maintenance run.  Then I'd have to do household maintenance.    We'll think of something!

       

      Eric

    • April 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Sister Mary Bruno didn't understand, she just called me lazy, and broke a few yardsticks across my hands.

    • April 6, 2020 9:57 AM EDT
    • Joe Zullo said:
      David Maynard said:

      Erick, yea the craft stores being closed is a problem, but I was able to source out the silver Sharpie, that I needed for my current project, at Dollar General. Dollar General also has craft sticks, some glues, and a very limited selection of craft paint.

       

      Since i already had a rather extensive collection of supplies (my mom calls it "junk"), I have been able to solder on.

       

      There is also Amazon, and Walmart.com for those "have to haves". Michael's even has an online order/curbside pick up option for stuff now. Since I don't know what stores are in your corner of the planet, you might have to look and see what other options are available to you.

      I think you meant to say SOLDIER on, since you did not mention an electrical project you are working on. Eh?

      Yea, thanks. Between my dyslexia, my inability to spell some words, and Microsoft's spell chequer, it can be a struggle to get my point across in a written format. So sometimes I make a mistake.

      Sister Mary Bruno didn't understand, she just called me lazy, and broke a few yardsticks across my hands.

    • April 6, 2020 9:49 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Erick, yea the craft stores being closed is a problem, but I was able to source out the silver Sharpie, that I needed for my current project, at Dollar General. Dollar General also has craft sticks, some glues, and a very limited selection of craft paint.

       

      Since i already had a rather extensive collection of supplies (my mom calls it "junk"), I have been able to solder on.

       

      There is also Amazon, and Walmart.com for those "have to haves". Michael's even has an online order/curbside pick up option for stuff now. Since I don't know what stores are in your corner of the planet, you might have to look and see what other options are available to you.

      I think you meant to say SOLDIER on, since you did not mention an electrical project you are working on. Eh?

    • April 6, 2020 6:41 PM EDT
    • Even though this is a Bachmann Car, 1/32 figures seem to look the best. So I am waiting for my order to get here. Meanwhile I'm busy breaking things.

      The only Food Truck Chef Victor was 1/24.

    • April 6, 2020 11:47 AM EDT
    • I'm still looking for a chef/cook for Monella's and think that with a bit of "dirtying up" Food Truck Chef Victor might be just the guy to hire as his resume says he's schooled in the fine culinary arts.

    • April 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT
    • Ill spend some time and re-do the picks from my Albums.

      That will get them away from FB.

       

    • April 6, 2020 4:45 PM EDT
    • Maybe Pete,

       

      I use Firefox on both work and home computer and I can see them no problem.

    • April 6, 2020 2:26 PM EDT
    • John - yes, that one worked.

      I think the problem is that I have Firefox on my laptop and it is set to "containerize" facebook. I suspect that is stopping me see an external facebook reference.

       

      Aha! Got a solution. If I open the thread in a "Private Window" [usually used for naughty stuff] I see all your photos. Firefox must assume that in private mode Facebook can't do anything to me.  So problem solved, for me at least.

    • April 6, 2020 10:48 AM EDT
    • Pete,

      Can you see this one?

      It came from my Albums instead of Freight Shed.