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    • February 7, 2021 10:08 AM EST
    • Hi guys,

      Here's an update from yesterday.

      I whacked almost 5" out of the Aristo roof:

      I then began working on the various railings:

      The curved railings at each corner are kind of a pain. I use 1/16" round brass tube from K&S and hammer one end flat:

      The flattened end is rounded off with a Dremel cutoff wheel:

      I use a punch to mark the location of the holes for the end, then drill two #60 holes:

      The end is then bent with needle nose pliers:

      The rod is then bent around an appropriately sized bottle:

      The bending and and flattening and drilling and rounding process is then repeated. The railing is then attached to the car body with HO scale track nails:

      That's all for now.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

       

       

    • January 31, 2021 9:39 PM EST
    • Progressing nicely, Matt.  Thanks for the update.

    • January 31, 2021 9:26 PM EST
    • Hi guys,

      Here's an update for this weekend. I made the end doors from 1/16" basswood sheet and glued them to the end walls:

      I then primed and painted the remaining walls and glued them all to the floor. I replaced the grabirons at the baggage doors with castings that are more to scale. Here's the whole thing while clamped:

      I re-attached the trucks and the end beams. I smoke a cigar or two a month, and sometimes boxes of cigars have nice square cedar spacers in them. The end beams were cut from one of those spacers:

      I am hoping to finish this up next weekend.

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • January 31, 2021 2:48 AM EST
    • Matt,

       

      Thanks for taking the time to post this!  We took possession of a battered LGB combine, and there are elements in your project I am sure we can "steal" to bring it back to service!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

    • January 29, 2021 7:33 PM EST
    • Watching

    • January 29, 2021 6:56 PM EST
    • Looking good, Matt.

    • January 29, 2021 6:31 PM EST
    • Great project and I like your work so far. Following with interest...

    • January 29, 2021 6:28 PM EST
    • Nice work Matt!

    • January 29, 2021 5:50 PM EST
    • Thank you for the kind words. I've been working on the walls this week and got a bit more done. Here's one of the walls completely trimmed out. Trim around the windows is all 1/16" square or 1/16" sheet. The metal protection plating beneath the baggage door is metal duct tape. The letterboard will get trimmed once I know where the ends of the Aristo roof end up. I put grabirons on the baggage door, but I'm not thrilled with their size and may redo them with something smaller:

       

      I wanted to see how one of the walls would look when painted, so I primed and painted it. This let me see if anything needed to be revised before I glue all of the walls together and to the floor. The wall paint is Rust-oleum Hunt Club Green. I sure miss the days of Floquil Pullman Green:

      That's all for now, hope to get more done over the weekend.


      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 2, 2021 8:53 AM EST
    • Funny it looks like a lot of fridge doors leaning against the sides .. Nice work ..

    • February 1, 2021 9:37 PM EST
    • Engineer's side detail added. Now on to the conductor's side.

       

      Shane

       

       

    • January 30, 2021 5:07 PM EST
    • Hoo, hoo, hoo! More power!

    • January 30, 2021 5:04 PM EST
    • That looks more like a draft horse than a donkey 

    • January 30, 2021 4:50 PM EST
    • I did the initial part breakup / separation this afternoon, found some failures, and reprinting those.

       

      Here's a size comparison with the B'man version.

       

       

      [edit] After my efforts on this, I really gotta hand it to B'mann. Their donkey has a lot of great detail, especially in the piping. And it seems just fine for a smaller donkey (should look up what horsepower it would represent).  

       

      Cheers,

      888:>Cliffy

    • January 28, 2021 8:24 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:
      Cliff Jennings said:
      Dan Hilyer said:

      Wow, that's some impressive printing there, Cliff.  I'm sure being able to print your own parts has your wheels turning on a whole new list of projects   Hurry up and finish this one before we all pass out with anticipation wondering what the next one will be.  What resin are you using?

       

      Thanks Dan,  Yeah, more projects than I care to think of, haha! 

      This will be awhile though, so hang in there with me, buddy! 

      I'm using Siraya Tech "Fast", seems pretty good for regular stuff. 

      Thanks, Cliff.  I've been using Siraya Tech Sculpt and Blu.  The Blu seems to cure better than the Sculpt and the Sculpt is quite brittle.  Looking forward to seeing your ass ...... I mean donkey come together.  Sorry, Dave M put me up to that 

       

      Well, as long as you guys don't mess with KJV "knew," you're good. 

       

    • January 28, 2021 7:46 PM EST
    • Cliff Jennings said:
      Dan Hilyer said:

      Wow, that's some impressive printing there, Cliff.  I'm sure being able to print your own parts has your wheels turning on a whole new list of projects   Hurry up and finish this one before we all pass out with anticipation wondering what the next one will be.  What resin are you using?

       

      Thanks Dan,  Yeah, more projects than I care to think of, haha! 

      This will be awhile though, so hang in there with me, buddy! 

      I'm using Siraya Tech "Fast", seems pretty good for regular stuff. 

      Thanks, Cliff.  I've been using Siraya Tech Sculpt and Blu.  The Blu seems to cure better than the Sculpt and the Sculpt is quite brittle.  Looking forward to seeing your ass ...... I mean donkey come together.  Sorry, Dave M put me up to that 

    • January 28, 2021 7:36 PM EST
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Wonderful! How much post print fiddling will you have to do (not sure how you can characterize it: minutes per part?)????

       

      Thanks Jim, and as usual, you put your finger right on the problem... Let's just say "gobs" of fiddling per part (eventually). Theoretically, this is a test run, with a final version to follow. So I hope I'm not gonna sweat it too much for now. I hope to get things roughly in place this weekend, at least enough to identify glitches.  

       

    • January 28, 2021 7:33 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Wow, that's some impressive printing there, Cliff.  I'm sure being able to print your own parts has your wheels turning on a whole new list of projects   Hurry up and finish this one before we all pass out with anticipation wondering what the next one will be.  What resin are you using?

       

      Thanks Dan,  Yeah, more projects than I care to think of, haha! 

      This will be awhile though, so hang in there with me, buddy! 

      I'm using Siraya Tech "Fast", seems pretty good for regular stuff. 

    • January 28, 2021 7:14 PM EST
    • Wonderful! How much post print fiddling will you have to do (not sure how you can characterize it: minutes per part?)????

       

    • January 28, 2021 7:08 PM EST
    • Wow, that's some impressive printing there, Cliff.  I'm sure being able to print your own parts has your wheels turning on a whole new list of projects   Hurry up and finish this one before we all pass out with anticipation wondering what the next one will be.  What resin are you using?