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    • January 28, 2021 6:32 PM EST
    • Thanks David, haha! Something tells me you rewrote those sentences at least once.  


      Doc... have you check your pm's recently? 


    • January 28, 2021 6:27 PM EST
    • Okay, what’s next Cliff as far as us potential customers go?



    • January 28, 2021 6:11 PM EST
    • Cliff;


      I'm going to wax King James version Biblical and say that you are turning out a great looking ass (donkey)!  I've never seen an ass in so many pieces before, but I am sure the end product (pun intended) will be spectacular.


      Best wishes, David Meashey


    • January 23, 2021 11:38 PM EST
    • Looking good

    • January 23, 2021 6:01 PM EST
    • Great Design Cliffy. When will the files be for sale?



    • 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 27, 2021 8:36 PM EST
    • Matt, you made quick work of that.  Nice looking combine.  Will Definitely follow along to see the end product. Thanks for sharing.

    • January 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST
    • Nice. That is looking awesome! I’ll be watching this build



    • January 27, 2021 5:41 PM EST
    • Hi guys,

      For reason I can't now remember, last summer I decided to build a combine. I don't model in the spring/summer/fall, so here we are in the depths of January gettin' 'er done.

      I was only able to find one good pic of the prototype:

      This pic lives at the Denver Public Library. They have lots of good historic photos and you can zoom in on details. The link is here:

      A retired Grande guy was able to send me the folio sheet for said car. I imported it into AutoCAD and printed it at 1:29 scale:

      Back in June I bought an Aristo donor car dirt cheap off of eBay:

      The Aristo car provided its trucks, its roof, its steps, and some of its seats to the project.

      I finally began work on this project on Sunday. The floor is 1/4" craft plywood from Midwest Products. Here the trucks have been attached and a couple of weights. After this pic I took it out for a couple of laps on my mainline to make sure it tracked well:

      The walls were created from a mix of 1/16" thick basswood and balsa. The siding was scribed with a pen just like the caboose I built last winter. Here are the walls temporarily sitting on the floor - obviously I still need to cut about 4" of length out of the Aristo roof:

      This afternoon I began to finish up the windows and baggage doors. The long wall in the middle has its windows trimmed out with 1/16" thick basswood sheet and the top windows have been trimmed with 1/16" square basswood strips. The baggage door on the lower right has been cut out from 1/16" basswood sheet:


      That's it for now.







    • January 27, 2021 5:13 PM EST
    • Finally got to Calusa Creek RR with the completed model. Here it is.



      The sound is good, but keeps cutting the volume to a whisper - investigations are in process.

    • 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 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.