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    • May 28, 2020 10:20 AM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      The way that draft gear assembles looks odd. Can't totally define how/why beyond that it seems to render the spring irrelevant, but something else strikes me as odd too.

      Yes, me too.

      The spring goes over the brass tube which slides in the hole of the 2 squarish pieces, which are thus held apart by the spring, which does not go through the holes. The squarish pieces slide in the rectangle of the side plates. With one quick google I found this, which is how mine goes together, in theory. (My side plates are not open - they are against the wood draft beams.)



      Ah - this photo shows it sorta together. The other side plate goes on top.



      (What is really weird is that the instructions tell you to use the plastic NBWs on the other side of the draft beams opposite the bolts in the side plates. Would you really use a long threaded rod with a nut on each end instead of a long bolt with a washer?)


      Onward and upward. I gave the body a quick spray of primer this morning and the wood is much worse than I suspected. It will take a lot of sanding - though I guess a Backwoods loco would be made from rough-sawn wood.  (As a digression, this wood effect is my only complaint about laser-cut wooden parts. they destroy the illusion that each plank is a separate piece of wood!)

      Maybe it's that new can of spray paint. . .


    • May 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT
    • The way that draft gear assembles looks odd. Can't totally define how/why beyond that it seems to render the spring irrelevant, but something else strikes me as odd too.

    • May 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT
    • Not much progress, but as the body is ready to paint I figured I should be prepping the metal bits. This is all there is - I like this kit. Definitely not much work involved. The round box is pins - note the poling pockets have no bolt-heads. In the plastic bag are 2 big end beams, and I am going to leave them unpainted. I filed off a few bits of flash, drilled a hole in the base of the headlight for my LED, and gave them all a good wash.



      I then remembered I had acquired some link-and-pin couplers with working draft gear.  So I emptied a bag:



      The side plates have lots of details, but whether anyone would ever see them after they are installed behind the beams (in any piece of rolling stock,) doesn't seem too likely. I haven't figured out why there are some plastic NBWs in the bag, or why there is only 1 nut. So this nut is wondering if he really is daft enough to put working draft gear on this beast.



      If the side plates were trimmed it would fit. As I only have 1 nut, I can only install one coupler, which is a relief. So those plates have joined the other parts being dried ready for paint.

      Finally had to check the wood before the painting - there was one little area needing sanding.


    • May 26, 2020 12:44 PM EDT
    • Forrest, I don't think it would have had a car/truck radio in the 1920s/30s.  (Mine won't anyway - though I have a small bluetooth speaker that could go inside and play from internet radio . . )


      David - good catch. However, at that price it occurs to me I could buy a plastic kit and just use the radiator! In fact, I have a Hubley Model A ford kit somewhere.


      Jerry, the roof 'cooler' is a bit too complicated? A simple truck/car radiator would seem the simple solution.  Or even a tractor, depending on where you think the diesel engine came from!

    • May 27, 2020 5:01 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Bob!

    • May 27, 2020 4:26 PM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      Nice, Bob!  Is the siding a commercial product or repurposed beverage can?




      Neither!  Its steel shim stock (5/1000s) run through the crimper.  Rusts up nicely.

    • May 26, 2020 10:25 PM EDT
    • Nice, Bob!  Is the siding a commercial product or repurposed beverage can?




    • May 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT
    • It's all looking wonderful Bob! And I sure love that night shot.

    • May 26, 2020 2:15 PM EDT
    • Hey, I thought that Upsidaisium was nonexistent, but it's properties and location are pretty well documented


      Perhaps it's time to rewatch my full collection of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, unfortunately they are on VHS and I'll have to watch on old technology.  Something else to do while at home.



      Thanks Bob for prodding my memories!  

    • May 27, 2020 11:15 AM EDT
    • Boy, bird buddy and Nutella. You've got all hands on deck.


      The night video looks great.

    • May 27, 2020 10:30 AM EDT
    • Came out great

    • May 27, 2020 10:01 AM EDT
    • Nice work! Loved the video.

    • May 26, 2020 9:40 PM EDT
    • well done!

    • May 26, 2020 8:41 PM EDT
    • Nice work!!! And look at you teaching all of us old guys a thing in the process. I foresee a problem this coming January when you beat a lot of us at the Mik Challenge! 

    • May 26, 2020 8:08 PM EDT
    • Nice update OD

    • May 26, 2020 7:54 PM EDT
    •       Just one step away from the finished train car.  Recently I've finished the roof, made some touch-ups, put the coach together, and my dad helped me put a light strip on.  Here's what it looks like now, hauled by my favorite locomotive Fiery Elias (which has been my favorite since the first time my dad ran the trains):


      As you can see in the pic, there is a new addition to the family; my sister's guinea pig, Nutella.



            I finally finished the roof by painting it with a flat clear lacquer because the black acrylic was too glossy.  After that I had some areas to touch up when black paint got on the green, but of course, I don't have the same color green in my dad's acrylic set.  So I masked everything off and gave the roof a new coat of spray paint.  And now I realized although it was worth the time and effort to make it look perfect (I admit I was being a little OCD about it) I'm pretty sure I had the right color paint in my acrylics, or at least the colors to mix.


           Anyway, once I was done with the roof, I put the coach together and glued on the windows with contact cement.  Then my dad helped me put the light strip on the ceiling.  And I know some people like my dad have that problem with the LED lights being too bright white.  He had a coach with a light strip he put on and highlighter didn't work for him, so when I put on my lights, and he told me this, I thought that highlighter would be too neon and light for the light bulb to produce a nice color.  Well, on my first try, I found the perfect match of color and media that I had on hand and it worked perfectly so far.  My favorite marker of all time:  Copic alcoholic markers!




      This is what the marker looks like and I'm sorry if the pic is blurry.  As you can see this isn't Copic, but I think both Copic and Caliart will work fine.  They have a broad and fine tip, and the color that I used is:  Y314  if anyone wants to look for it at their local craft store.



      And above is the light strip, and I know in the pics and videos of the lights at night make it look greenish, but don't be hoaxed!  Trust me they're a good yellowish color.  Below is my video:

      Video:  Night Run of the Ka'a piki


      So all that's left to do is the decals, logo, design, and a bit of weathering.

      Spread aloha, not germs.




    • May 27, 2020 5:36 AM EDT
    • Looking like a real cane train there Eric.

      Bear in mind when making the next batch to allow some variation as no 2 wagons were ever the same, well they were the same until the went from the manufacturer to the first farm where they were "modified" by various types of handling.

      For cane look for a millet/straw broom and cut it up to make the cane sticks, dye them in strong tea or coffee to give some colour.

    • May 26, 2020 11:06 PM EDT
    • Looking good, Eric!

    • May 26, 2020 9:40 PM EDT
    • Update:


      I opted to add bulkheads, as that seems to have been the norm here:

      The whole train is starting to  come together:

      CINCHOUSE said they were cute and "looked like little dolly beds" and expressed regret they will get the tie down chains!  I guess one may stay "as is."  


           The chains come next.  I will drill a small hole in each post, make a loop of wire, hang the chains, then - JOY!!!! - solder the rings shut. After that, each side will get two vertical chains similar to the local example.  I a still looking for the alleged hole punch to make the journal bearing covers!  I


           Oldest Son, who helped me mark on some "nails" with Sharpies, also helped me realign one of the journals.  Unplanned radomized design variances (mistakes) had lead to one car being wider at one end than the other, causing one of the axels to come lose.  Tack hammer. knife, glue, C-clamps, and time fixed it.  This is  validating my decision to craft some sort of jig for the second flight!


           Updates to follow required!




    • May 26, 2020 10:36 AM EDT
    • Now that Spring is really happening around here, I have spent very little time in the basement. As the hot weather looks to be returning soon it may become an escape from the heat for a month or so until the concrete warms up.


      On the vehicle front; I did find a website that offers quite a few late 40's early 50's pick up trucks at a reasonable price. I think by the time I get the dump hoppers fabricated there won't be very much clearance below, so a small truck is probably all that will fit.


      And speaking of the dump hoppers. A fellow FEBT member Douglas Landon posted a never before seen picture of the Pukey Coal & Wood delivery trestle in Rockhill Furnace in the EBT yards.  Douglas was around the railroad in the 60's when it first opened for tourist service and documented a lot of structures that have since disappeared. Here are two shots of the trestle he took...


      In the above shot, one of the two dump hoppers is clearly visible. It's shape and position is different from what I imagined, but close!  Knowing that all the timbers are 12" x 12", it won't be too hard to scale this picture. That will be my next rainy day project.  What is really cool, is this shot shows the lever mechanism used to open the chute. As would be expected for this era, it is not complicated at all and will add a nice touch to the foreground on my trestle.


      Another shot he sent me by text shows the trestle in the distance with a few hoppers spotted on it...


      Now, if I can just convince Douglas to find the prints and scan them again in higher resolution so they can be zoomed in on, I might really have a good source of data. Not sure he can do that but it's worth a shot.


      EDIT to add:  I spoke with Douglas this morning. These ARE NOT his photos, he found them on the web years ago. Photographer unknown and no opportunity to re-scan in high resolution.