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    • February 18, 2021 3:46 PM EST
    • I’m looking for any drawings or plans for an old time Mills workings. im looking for things like the carriage details, end cut saws, etc. I’m starting work on mine right now.

    • February 18, 2021 1:58 PM EST
    • Quick update.

      Batteries are ordered and should be here by the end of the month. I've started working on lighting and wiring. So far, ditch lights are installed front and rear. Need to get the frame detail finished off and then paint them so I can add the step and ground lights.




    • February 18, 2021 10:16 AM EST
    • Wow!   That IS rather impressive.   Well done!

    • February 17, 2021 5:37 PM EST

    • February 17, 2021 4:06 PM EST
    • Thank you for the tips and comments. I used aluminum duct tape on a past project, but one afternoon in the sun and it expanded a lot and had to be replaced. For this project I was trying to find a roofing material that could be outside for half a day or so, and maybe even endure a little rain.


      I was able to fix the roof this morning using super glue gel. During my lunch break I took it for its first laps:

      It's not going to spend much time playing in the snow, that's for sure! I'm calling it finished.





    • February 17, 2021 12:08 PM EST
    • Loved your attempt to use sandpaper. When I made my boxcab they supplied some for the roof but recommended softening the roughness with paint, etc.

      Matt,  Some of us have had very good luck with masking tape.  It is forgiving to put on and, once painted, is very durable.

      This is JackThompson's "Tarpaper Tutorial" using masking tape.



      Kevin and I usually use aluminum duct tape, which is also self-adhesive. It doesn't have the same texture but it works.

    • February 17, 2021 10:33 AM EST
    • Matt,  Some of us have had very good luck with masking tape.  It is forgiving to put on and, once painted, is very durable.




    • February 16, 2021 8:53 PM EST
    • Thanks Mark. The adhesive was already on the sandpaper. I may have to re-do the whole thing; I will just see what happens.




    • February 16, 2021 7:53 PM EST
    • Matt:  Really nice.  


      One comment regarding the choice of roofing material.  In my experience with using self-adhesive sandpapers for finishing work I would be concerned about their long term adhesion properties on your roof, especially the curved ends.  I'm assuming that you are using a product such as 3M's Stikit pressure sensitive adhesive paper and those are designed to be both easy to apply and remove from a smooth surface such as a sanding block.  I hope I'm wrong but I'd worry just how durable this will be over the long haul.



    • February 16, 2021 7:15 PM EST
    • Hi guys,

      Thank you so much for the compliments. They make it all worthwhile. And thanks Pete - I should have mentioned it is 1:29 scale. Can't wait to run a mixed train!


      I worked last night and a little this evening wrapping things up. The truss rods have been painted green per Grande standards. The ends of the letterboards have been trimmed using a circle template (anyone else remember circle templates?) The roof end beams were cut from 1/16" basswood and attached to the roof.


      For the roofing on this project I tried something different. I am using 220 grit sandpaper from Auto Body Now. It comes in a 2 3/4" wide roll, 20 yards long and is self-adhesive. I posted a link to a pic of the prototype from the Denver Public Library at the beginning of this thread, but even zoomed in all the way I am unable to see how the roofing was laid down. I began cutting strips and attaching them:


      Bad idea. I sent a pic to my son. As he is wont to do when dad goes astray, he offered a gentle correction. He sent along the pic below of a narrow gauge coach that clearly shows how roofing was applied on the ends:


      I cut approximately three million more strips of sandpaper and coated the rest of the roof. I can tell you that cutting sandpaper eats #11 X-Acto blades up in a hurry! Here's how the roof looked when completely covered:


      I then spray painted the whole roof black. Next I added the roof vents and smokejacks, all from Ozark Miniatures. The sandpaper adhesive is not as fierce as I had hoped, and this evening I will be adding tiny drops of glue to the undersides of the roofing in spots:


      I am still waiting for some marker lights from Shapeways, but once I add those this project will be complete. On to the next!



    • February 16, 2021 4:08 PM EST
    • Matt,

      This was wonderful!  The end product, of course, is magnificent!  I am especially appreciative of your tips for railings and truss rods, as both items will factor prominently in returning a recent Craigslist find to service!



    • February 16, 2021 1:50 PM EST
    • Very nice job. I had to go back to the first post to figure out what scale it was - clearly too long for a narrow gauge car. Beautiful work! And reusing the roof makes a lot of sense - I've shortened and lengthened Accucraft Fn2 coaches to make models of different coaches.

    • February 15, 2021 8:44 AM EST
    • Very fine work Matt. A first at that scale. 


    • February 15, 2021 8:21 AM EST
    • Thanks for all the support!

      John, had I know you were interested in the Aristo shell I would have held onto it. Sorry!



    • February 16, 2021 8:37 AM EST
    • Bob; just a suggestion...

       Please try to make the mounting of the "Kadee Couplers", as easy to maintain, as that any coupler replacement will be easy, so you won't need to disassemble the car.  So often, when a coupler needs to be replaced due to knuckle failure, etc. the way they were mounted is a PITA...



    • February 15, 2021 8:28 PM EST
    • Wayne has done some really nice custom paint jobs of his locomotives, I have seen His work on Facebook and another guy that has done several Norfolk Southern special paint job  schemes. 

    • February 15, 2021 7:30 PM EST
    • the large scale FB community seems at least as large and as vibrant as the non FB side.  looks i will have to create an account


      thanks gents