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    • January 23, 2021 5:40 PM EST

    • January 23, 2021 5:39 PM EST
    • Details, details, details it done yet 

    • January 23, 2021 4:52 PM EST
    • Wow as usual!

    • January 23, 2021 3:26 PM EST
    • Glad to see you're starting with something simple!

    • January 23, 2021 3:20 PM EST
    • After about 120 hours of design on the 'puter, I think this thang is about done... well, on the computer. So here's an update on where that stands. 


      Maybe 1/3 of that time has been keeping 5 configurations of scale up to date for the model. That sort of sounds easy, but almost every part, for each scale, has needed modification to with with the real-life stuff that won't scale, mainly  brass rod/tube and fasteners. And gear teeth number, if you need to stay with a particular standard pitch (which I wanted to for this). Stock sizes and tooth numbers with differing scales, but not in a nice linear fashion. 


      Moving forward with a build, I'm going to focus on 1:20.3, which is what's shown.  The overall dimensions in that scale are (not including skid) are: 8.7"H x 6.2L x 4.4W. This isn't based on a huge prototype, btw. 


      Color "code" of model making intentions: wood=wood; dark gray = resin 3d print; white = metal 3d print (haven't decided on material yet); brass = brass 3d print, fasteners and tube/shaft. 


      The plan is to print a test model all in resin parts, and fix all the issues that arise from that. Then a first run of the metal printed parts. And finally, once the metal piece bugs are worked out, hopefully a "bulk" run of metal parts for a few sets, we'll see. 




      Oh, there's a gearmotor inside. We'll see how well that turns out....  And I might put in a smoke unit, crap, forgot all about that... 


      Rrrr... I still need to add the cleats on the skids.... I might punt and go Ozark on that.  And dang, those upper petcocks got flipped again... 


      [edit] I decided to not put in cleats, and just wing it on the skid itself. Might want to make it long and loggish, with cross-beams and tie rods, maybe forged ring irons, not sure. Haven't remotely thought about it.


      So for this, I'll just focus on the engine itself.


      I did fix those upper valves, here's what they should look like. You can tell I got lazy on the sight glass, should have special valves. 



      Here's a video of it "in operation." 




      Onward and sideways! 

      888:> Cliffy



    • January 21, 2021 5:36 PM EST
    • Thanks Guys.


      I got the tail end roughed in today. I removed about 9/16" between the tail and the vents. The last big mod will be removing the raised walkway on the conductor side. After that it will just be detailing work. Hope to be done by April.




    • January 20, 2021 6:09 AM EST

    • January 19, 2021 6:46 PM EST
    • Nice work!

    • January 19, 2021 6:06 PM EST
    • Cabs are complete. I've started cutting up the long hoods.



    • January 21, 2021 11:46 AM EST
    • The "Honey-Do" list was a bit long so progress has been slow.  However,

      The footboards kept falling off whatever I used to glue them. Partly because the chassis is very heavy and the body is not actually attached - so to lift it requires getting your hands underneath and clobbering the footboard.  I tried gorilla and acc glues, and finally put a very small screw in to the bracket underneath, then carved off the sharp bit of screw with the Dremel.



      I had decided to add another switch/relay to my rig to control the horn from my remote, and my care package arrived from Tony in Oz, so I took the electronics out and figured out where it could be squeezed in under the roof. (It's the loop of wire top right plugged in to the micro-receiver.)



      After putting it all back together, I added a temporary roof and took it to the Calusa Creek RR for a test.



      Looked good, so the roof was finished. The kit included 2 pieces of 'cloth' which resulted in a seam, so I cut some small strips of tape and made my own 'seams'.  The stack/exhaust was relocated from over the drivers head to about mid-way.


      Then I got out my Woodland Scenic dry transfer decals and added the number. I noticed some white lines on the sheet, so I figured they would make a good stripe. I also painted the shiny wheels black.



      Not much left to do, except a quick wash to take off the shine and put it back together.

    • January 14, 2021 3:50 PM EST
    • I like that color. And a real sparing wash of black would make the details pop.

    • January 17, 2021 7:06 PM EST
    • I feel like if i walked though a xerox machine set to reduce, i would be happy living in your mining towns!

    • January 17, 2021 12:01 PM EST
    • Ray, its such a pleasure to see your work.  The craftsmanship and ingenuity are simply amazing.  Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    • January 17, 2021 7:31 AM EST
    • Wow Ray. Very nicely done. You do amazing work.



    • January 17, 2021 1:11 AM EST
    • When I finished the exterior of the building back in 2014, I also made the removable box that will contain the interior details. The walls, floor, and ceiling were also finished, so all that remains is to add the interior details and lights:







      I'm taking a couple shortcuts on this project that will make things easier for me. First of all, I found some inexpensive 1/24th scale tool and hardware sets online. These should work well to represent brand new hardware, with minimal work needed to make them presentable:




      Secondly, I decided to make enclosed displays for the two windows. This means the only view into the interior will be through the glass on the doors, so I won't need to put as much effort into detailing the interior.


      I built the display enclosures out of 3mm Sintra PVC board:




      Test-fitting the enclosures in the room interior:







      That's all for now, more later.



    • January 14, 2021 3:48 PM EST
    • You are so incredibly talented. Just beautiful as always.

    • January 14, 2021 3:41 PM EST
    • My next project involves this brick hardware store:




      This structure has held up remarkably well despite nearly 7 years of continuous exposure to the elements. The one area that needs refurbishing is the roof, which is becoming faded and worn:




      The main work to be done is adding interior details and lighting.



    • January 14, 2021 11:34 AM EST
    •    When can I move in?


    • January 14, 2021 8:20 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Man how does he do all the tiny things ... Incredible ... 

      He certainly has a lot more patience then I do....................

    • January 14, 2021 6:43 AM EST
    • Man how does he do all the tiny things ... Incredible ...