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    • May 31, 2020 5:36 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      The driver looks good.....................

      I wish she fit better. I already cut off her feet.

      And she looks like a refugee from Area 51. (Wait until you see the thigh-high white leather boots.)

      Why does she need boots if you cut off her feet?

    • May 31, 2020 4:23 PM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

      The driver looks good.....................

      I wish she fit better. I already cut off her feet.

      And she looks like a refugee from Area 51. (Wait until you see the thigh-high white leather boots.)

    • May 31, 2020 12:08 PM EDT
    • The driver looks good.....................

    • May 31, 2020 10:41 AM EDT
    • I thought I posted this yesterday but I guess not. Not much progress as I was needed elsewhere but the paint looked good when I removed the masking. I added the front and rear beams, and tried the driver for size.

       

    • May 29, 2020 10:46 PM EDT
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      I thought you meant something like this, which I still carry in my tool box.

       

       

    • May 29, 2020 6:09 PM EDT
    • Yes powered, but variable speed on low.

      For a model I'd use my foot controlled Foredom handpiece, for furniture the black and decker ...

       

       

      Edit; Use proper eyewear and don't whack a finger or knuckle!

    • May 29, 2020 5:58 PM EDT
    • If you reread the part about going slow, it will dent the wood

      John, I think I am confused about what you call a "hand drill". Powered?

       

    • May 29, 2020 5:57 PM EDT
    • I used the plastic nbws from the draft gear to attach the poling pockets to the end beams. These smell nicely of cedar and they are staying unpainted, nut will probably be dirtied.

       

       

      I stole a scouring pad from the kitchen sink and used it to clean off the strange paint surface. In many places it went right to the wood.

       

       

      The body then got a touch-up coat with my regular primer (see post above.)

       

       

      And with some masking, I got out the "wildflower blue". Wow.

       

       

      P.S. Jerry found me a radiator in among Bruce's stuff. Thanks guys!

       

    • May 29, 2020 5:50 PM EDT
    • First thing this morning I had a look and took this pic of the cans. The one on the right (filler+sandable) is what did the strange coat - it may have been the humidity as the paint definitely wasn't sandable (see posts below.) The middle can made a very smooth surface - I have used it before.

       

       

      Interesting that the one on the left (Krylon) didn't have a problem with the heat or humidity. I used it today on a vent cover (nothing to do with this RR project!) It went on nice and smooth.

       

       

       

    • May 30, 2020 9:33 PM EDT
    • This sure is/was a fun project to follow.

    • May 30, 2020 9:25 PM EDT
    • Thanks again, everyone!

    • May 29, 2020 10:15 PM EDT
    • Very nice work! They look great!

    • May 29, 2020 7:25 PM EDT
    • Congrats to everybody on a cool set of cars!

       

    • May 29, 2020 7:15 PM EDT
    • Beautiful work !

       

      Edited to let Eric know you can build junk from junk.  Involving the kids is over the top!!!

       

      Kudos to the entire Mueller family for the involved efforts and thank you for the pics as they say 1,000 words!

       

       

      Now spray them all black then weather them by scraping off the paint and ...never mind ...as I don't like steam or cane cars ....

    • May 29, 2020 6:57 PM EDT
    • Final push the last couple days!

       

      Before proceeding, though, GAP, have no worries about the next flight being overly uniform!  My main concern is making sure the frames are flat with only right angles, something I did not achieve this go around.  Also, if I cut the craft sticks in half first and assemble the bulkheads before installing them, it'll ensure I don't end up with a lot of craft sticks that are almost long enough!  

       

           The first order of business was the chains.  I drilled holes in the vertical post, made rings of steel wire, and soldered the latter shut.  I later found out that the craft store had rings that were cheap and actually round...  Oh, well.  Youngest Daughter helped me to drill holes in the chassis to accept the cotter pins that hold down the vertical  chains.   She also graciously joined me in cutting the chains to length and fitting them to the cars:

       

      I was glad for her help.   She did easily what was giving me blisters!  You might also note we worked the wood over by drawing either a hobby saw over it or giving it a whack with a brass brush affixed to my Dremel.

       

           Today, Youngest Daughter surrendered the fabled hole punch, so the journals got covers.  A bit of black paint made everything OK.  When that dried, Kid-zilla wandered out, and he helped me apply a wash of dilute India ink over all the cars.  That went a long way towards making these look done, but, after it dried, I felt it looked to dark.   I found burnt umber, and, per GAP's suggestion, used that.  I started with drybrushing, but, Oldest Daughter, who had replaced Kid-zilla at some point, noticed it wasn't really doing anything and suggested a wash.  Wash we did, and the results are below:

      I am sure there is some way to blacken the chains, but CINCHOUSE has informed me they will rust in time.  I am going to wait on loads until I have the mill in place, which, by bringing this project to a conclusion, is the next project in line.

       

         I am pleased with how these came out.  The project followed the mandate that "this is not just my hobby," involved everyone over the course of the project, and resulted in credible, functioning, representations of Hawaii's can cars.  After the mill is done (done-ish), I'll apply lessons learned to the second flight, which will include a small box car and field tender (I have photos of both) as well as a tank car (more to try and make a tank car than for adherence to any known Hawaii prototype) and possibly even a small crane.  The other point of that project will be to rip my own wood for the frames and again attempt to master the Art of the Straight Cut!  Ultimately, the mill area and "plantation loop" should have a nice string or two of can cars and a few unique industrial cars to help establish M&K Sugar Co. as a self-sufficient plantation along the route of the Triple O similar to the plantation of Oahu in the early 1900-s.

       

          Many thanks to "Rooster" for the wheels and couplers to get me out of the books and into my tools, to GAP for his personal experiences with cane railroads, and to all others who made suggestions and offered encouragement along the way!

       

      Aloha.

      Eric

       

    • May 30, 2020 8:27 AM EDT
    • Coach looks good, chalk up one successful project!

    • May 29, 2020 7:04 PM EDT
    • Excellent work young lady and I love the colors chosen  !

       

      Thank you for the great build log!

       

       

       Rooz

    • May 29, 2020 2:54 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys!

       

      "Well played Ray, though it most likely won't be noticed, will you be adding some ledgers and paper piles to the office shelves?"

      No, I had already spent a lot time on the other interior stuff, most of which doesn't really show. So when I got to the office area I was getting to the point where I felt like it would be too much trouble for too little pay off.

       

    • May 29, 2020 2:32 PM EDT
    • Slow to board the praise train here, Ray, but better late than never!  Thanks for stepping through things in such detail!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

    • May 29, 2020 1:05 PM EDT
    • Just  frickin unreal