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    • April 24, 2020 7:50 PM EDT
    • coun·​ter·​fort | \ "+ˌ- \
      plural -s
      Definition of counterfort

      : a buttress built against or integral with a wall (as a retaining wall or dam) but on the back or thrust-receiving side

    • April 24, 2020 6:48 PM EDT
    • Not only does Marilyn allow me to build on her washer, she volunteered the ironing board when I needed a place to lay out the entire wall taped together   I needed to connect them because when I did the first pass on color as separate pieces, they didn't blend well at the seams. So here you see the entire wall, including the counterforts I made today, laid out to dry after additional coloring...

       

      I chose to build Counterforts, rather than Buttresses as suggested because I like the word better!

       

      This next image shows how one of the the counterforts is positioned to hide a seam in the middle of the scene...

       

      Tomorrow will be the first nice weather day in a while, and the only one for several days, so I need to get back to some outdoor projects.  Sunday weather will push me back inside.

    • April 24, 2020 11:38 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Sure was ugly back then. YUCK!!!!!!   And yes, that's the pipe the culvert goes around, just for fun.

      Just for fun ..carry it all the way thru ..

    • April 24, 2020 10:40 AM EDT
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      Sure was ugly back then. YUCK!!!!!!   And yes, that's the pipe the culvert goes around, just for fun.

    • April 24, 2020 6:55 AM EDT
    • Hmmmmm 

      I know where I've seen that before...

       

    • April 23, 2020 7:55 PM EDT
    • Al Pomeroy said:

      Jon,

       

      have you found one of these yet? I have not finished my version yet but it will consume a lot of resin.

       

      AL P.

      No, not yet.  I searched for 1:18 trucks but the only thing I found that was even close to being old enough was a re-make of a Tonka dump that was typically lacking in detail.  It may serve as a base for building something, but I'd rather find something RTR.  I'm leaning towards late 40's early 50's vintage - or if I could find a late 50's Mack Bulldog that would be awesome as I spent many summers as a kid watching them drive back and forth to a stone quarry down the street from my house.

       

      Not saying your design would also work. You say Resin; are you planning on casting all the parts, or is that set up for 3D print?  Just read the thread on resin printing and answered my own question.

    • April 23, 2020 7:49 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Tricky keystone adaption!

      One of the reasons it was done where it will be hard to see

    • April 23, 2020 6:41 PM EDT
    • Tricky keystone adaption!

    • April 23, 2020 6:01 PM EDT
    • Jon,

       

      have you found one of these yet? I have not finished my version yet but it will consume a lot of resin.

       

      AL P.

    • April 23, 2020 5:32 PM EDT
    • Finished carving and started coloring. Here are some shots of a dry fit test...

       

      And some close ups of the culvert arch that no one will ever see...

       

      I'm not happy with the coloring yet, but I still have some tricks yet to use.  Just a little fabrication and carving to do before I'm ready to glue this on and move forward.  In the last shot it's easy to see the styrene cover I made for the PVC roadbed and coated with flat black vinyl. It will be a base for ballast stone once the track is back in place.

       

      I don't know if I've mentioned in this thread that the wire brush on foam technique came from Yogi Wallace.

    • April 23, 2020 11:53 AM EDT
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      It's all down hill from here ..

    • April 23, 2020 11:38 AM EDT
    • Progress looks great, Jon...          

    • April 23, 2020 9:43 AM EDT
    • Made some progress yesterday.  After struggling for a bit on a method to safely cut the taper on my table saw, I opted to clamp a wood fence to the work piece and use my battery operated circular saw to cut the angles. The final result was a little different than the paper plan, but it works...

       

      I spent the rest of the day and evening drawing out the lines to be carved.  I decided for this one, I would use pencil thinking the lead will help darken the grout lines when I carve...

       

      And, just so Hollywood is not disappointed, I did include one culvert arch. It's in a spot that one will need to lean in to see, but it's there...

       

      And here is an overall view with some scraps standing in for the counterforts that will be designed and cut today...

       

      And finally, so Sean can put together his before and after images, here is a pull back shot of the area...

       

      Progress today might be slow as it is supposed to be dry today and I have some outdoor honey-do's to attend to!

    • April 22, 2020 5:38 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      You might as well go the route and add the recessed arches. I didn't mark all the block lines

       Right. You must have missed this...

      Jon Radder said:

      I also don't want to get so hung up in the background details that I get frustrated and quit.  I went from an operating indoor railroad three weeks ago to one that is torn apart and littered with construction tools and debris.  I'd like to get back to running trains soon.



    • April 22, 2020 3:28 PM EDT
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      You might as well go the route and add the recessed arches. I didn't mark all the block lines

       

       

    • April 23, 2020 10:03 AM EDT
    • There's been a bunch of little stuff done that wasn't worth reporting on, but I needed a storage shed for Coal Creek Lumber. 

      The back end facing the track. 

       

      And the front facing the street.

      The sign is a decal I'll put on the front and back once I decide what color to paint the building. 

    • April 23, 2020 1:40 AM EDT
    • Pete,

       

      Thanks for the links and the tip.  It is indeed a Kader 881.  This gives me options if B'mann doesn't  carry this specifically for the Railtruck.  I wonder if there is a Buehler equivalent?  That bears some investigating, too...

       

      Eric

    • April 22, 2020 2:05 PM EDT
    • Eric,

      I'm sorry I didn't think of this earlier. Instructions for tearing down the rail truck to get at the motor were circulated a few years ago, as the early ones needed a different screw, I think the factory put one in that was too long?  George Schreyer's Tips page has Dave G [TOC]'s instructions:
      http://www.girr.org/girr/tips/tips8/bachmann_railtruck_tips.html

       

      That motor of yours is the standard Kader unit used in everything from HO to Large scale.  I fixed a trolley a couple of years ago and it had the same motor. The gold disks on the black end are the brush mounts - I found my brushes were useless which stopped the motor from working.

       

       

      Does it say "KADER 881" on the front, like this:

       

       

      The motor on the right is for the HO GP50, part #H61206, as below:

       

       

      I had to swap worm gears, etc., when I fixed my trolley. This thread might be helpful.

      https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/28736/re-motoring-a-bachmann-4-wheel-trolley/view/post_id/373286

    • April 22, 2020 5:34 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      Thanks Dan, looked at Shapeways site and was wondering what type of filament would you recommend, they have everything from soft plastic to steel and gold. I had seen someone mention ABS but didn’t find that in the list of the 50 materials available. I really have no clue on this but would love to have several of these.

      Gold?  Yes Gold would be nice!  And like the Outhouse, It could be a travelling award!   I used PETg as it's very durable yet easily sanded.  You may want to hold off until I finish v2 which will use a length of pipe as printing the tank will be quite costly.  I quickly checked a couple of services and they want about $30 just for the tank part!   Just to give a idea, I pay about $25 kilo for PETg so it costs $8.10 to print the entire thing.

      -Dan

    • April 22, 2020 4:06 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dan, looked at Shapeways site and was wondering what type of filament would you recommend, they have everything from soft plastic to steel and gold. I had seen someone mention ABS but didn’t find that in the list of the 50 materials available. I really have no clue on this but would love to have several of these.