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    • March 29, 2020 9:19 AM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:

       

      That really looks great.  If I didn't have so many unfinished loco projects....

       

      The NAV Lights (red/green) are perfect for direction indicators when there isn't a full-time head lamp. You probably remember I used bi-color LEDs on Shorty, the HEP car, because when stopped, the loco it's powering has no lamps lit and I'm old and forget which direction it was traveling after a stop.  I used 5MM and they are awfully bright, showing up in pics when I'd rather not see them.  Absolutely required for ops though.  However, in Ric's case, he probably will have head lamp indication of DOT and can use the NAV lights both on full time as a reminder of his storied career.

    • March 29, 2020 8:55 AM EDT
    • WOW!  That looks great!  I see you've been working, instead of spreading a virus.  This is good for me, good for you and good for society in general.  Like your techniques.  So, I guess it a Pennsylvania thing to use Hershey Syrup as Alcohol?  Actually, necessity is the mother of invention.  You can distill anything if you have a need.   

    • March 28, 2020 8:57 PM EDT
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    • March 28, 2020 8:51 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

       I like the utilitarian black. 

       

      No balls !

    • March 28, 2020 8:40 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      So Rooster says, he always gives clues of how he does his modeling by showing what he uses in the background and on the workbench. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      PICTURE  TESTING ^^^^^

    • March 28, 2020 8:35 PM EDT
    • Note the "Port" and "Starboard" classification lights or perhaps they could be wired up as forward and backwards as all the LED's have 470 ohm resistors on the positive side as there is enough resistors on the negative side.

    • March 28, 2020 8:30 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
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      Ric's overall outlook ^^^^

       

       

       

       

       

       

       Ric is pretty close to owing me $100 and his brother from another mother still owes me $20. So if you compound that over the years with interest we can go back to this.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED BY rOOSTER:

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The hook and loop coupler springs made a great air line cooler and manifold. 1/8" styrene tubing and some 1/16" brass....done!

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Still making junk outta junk "Once again this is a kitbash not a scratch build " There is a prototype for everything but I haven't found it YET! Besides as I was told "There are NO rules with boxcabs" !!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Nothing is glued only pinned and can easily be removed if you wish. I take that back as some of the pins are tacked with paint and occasionally a roosters ass hair of CA. Yes, Roosters have asshairs however I have never seen a review on one.

       

      You only need 3 tools with these boxcabs Ric....one is floating between you're, your , ewer "eyeballs" the other two, to , too , 2 are  one of each              

      + and - screwdriver

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • March 28, 2020 7:55 PM EDT
    • Now what?

       

    • March 27, 2020 7:14 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      I hope that was a typo, they are to be lettered for the Kaskaskia Valley Railway.  Looking at the PRR A6 3906 and 3907, I like that smokey Black that shows in the black and white photos on the PRR / Box Cab Google Site.  Yes, there are those that have stripes, but I like the utilitarian black.  Plan is to use Kaskaskia Valley Rwy like Pennsylvania is spelled out on the A6 pictures.

       

       

      Ok ...rethinking ...ignore last comment as you already have . I can do 'Utility Tairian ' I like working with the blacks !

       

       

       

       

       

      Intermission ...........................

       

       

       

       

    • March 26, 2020 8:05 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      I hope that was a typo, they are to be lettered for the Kaskaskia Valley Railway.  Looking at the PRR A6 3906 and 3907, I like that smokey Black that shows in the black and white photos on the PRR / Box Cab Google Site.  Yes, there are those that have stripes, but I like the utilitarian black.  Plan is to use Kaskaskia Valley Rwy like Pennsylvania is spelled out on the A6 pictures.

       

       

      OK...but you are getting the aluminum pipes unpainted and I'm , I am , Ain't  adding anymore details if that is the attitude.

      Paint them if you wish but I thought this was a "Freelance Kitbash" as you asked?  Now you are , your , you're hung up on a Pennsy prototype??   Hell you didn't , did not,  don't even know the A6 existed till we started talking!


      Shame on you as you call yourself a a boxcab addict!

       

      WTF ?


      There is a prototype for everything as I was TAUGHT by my ELDERS along with NO RULES for BOXCABS ?

       

      This is the truth and I AIN'T looking it up as I was ^^^^^^^^^^^

    • March 26, 2020 11:48 AM EDT
    • I hope that was a typo, they are to be lettered for the Kaskaskia Valley Railway.  Looking at the PRR A6 3906 and 3907, I like that smokey Black that shows in the black and white photos on the PRR / Box Cab Google Site.  Yes, there are those that have stripes, but I like the utilitarian black.  Plan is to use Kaskaskia Valley Rwy like Pennsylvania is spelled out on the A6 pictures.

    • March 29, 2020 5:07 AM EDT
    • Mate,

      The thing to remember is that the cane cars were only in pristine condition once and that was from workshop to the first farm. 

      Once the reached the farms they were given a very hard time by people who mostly did not care whether they bashed them or not.

      So the end result is that no 2 were ever alike, so any variations can be explained away as farm damage or repaired after damage.

      They were warped and out of alignment most of the time because of being hit by equipment out in the fields where they spent most of their time, they were also not treated kindly while in the mill yards.

      You have the biggest scope to do what ever you like and can just get away with it, that is the beauty of modelling cane railways there is no prototype.

       

    • March 29, 2020 3:35 AM EDT
    • GAP,

            The second flight will definitely use the technique outlined above.  I think that styrene will, in the end, give me more uniform parts.  Even using my very simple journals, getting them to the same size and then boring out a whole for the axel has been a bit of a challenge.  On the other hand, I got all the timbers cut today:

      On the left is the sum total of my waster material.  Given the timbers were a gift, I am proud of who little waste material I generated!  The leftmost pile of parts required a bit of imagination.  I had originally cut all my beams too short.  I trimmed one back, sanded the ends, glued it, braced it, and here we go.  Waste not, want not.  For the record, I cut most of the parts with my saber saw.  I found the little hand saw was more accurate and only a trifle slower, but I really am trying to master the powered saw I bought a year or so ago.  This project, which has a lot of tolerance for error, has been a good one in that regard.

       

          I'll close where I began, the journals.  For reasons that defy explanation, I had a devil of a time managing the art of getting a vertical hole smack dab in the center.  I am going to have to see if YouTube has a means to jury rig a "bench dress" with my power drill.  To add insult to injury, the wood decided to splinter as the drill broke through.  Not enough to be structurally significant, and I can mount everything so that the most egregious splintering faces inward, but, geez!  I also made things a bit easier on myself, using grommets on both the inboard and outboard sides.  The exception were for the splintered blocks, where, for want of surface area near the surface, I cut a small bit of tubing a I did for the first on the series.

       

         Couplers, wheels, track tests, then we'll plank the lot!

       

      Aloha!

       

      Eric

       

           

    • March 26, 2020 8:14 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Jim and all,

       I'm not certain but with what I'm seeing the carts seem to ride on wheels which are concave on their tread area surface, possibly indicating use on log type rails also. Maybe they are loaded on a log rail system and transferred to a road system and pulled by tractor over the road to get to distant mills

       

       

       

      Yes its now called "Triple Crown "

    • March 25, 2020 8:40 PM EDT
    • Norm Andersen sent me some photos of a steam tractor model he made and kindly gave me permission to post them online:

       

       

      Thanks, Norm!

       

    • March 25, 2020 8:33 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Jim and all,

       I'm not certain but with what I'm seeing the carts seem to ride on wheels which are concave on their tread area surface, possibly indicating use on log type rails also. Maybe they are loaded on a log rail system and transferred to a road system and pulled by tractor over the road to get to distant mills

       

       

      No Dave, there is only one log wagon and the wheels on it were never made to ride on a "pole road" just through the Shasta County dust and mud.

       

    • March 26, 2020 1:41 PM EDT
    • Wow, awesome in every detail

    • March 26, 2020 1:35 PM EDT
    • In my minds eye, I see building things like Ray does . Unfortunately in the real world my level of work looks more like a group of kids, with the help of several Red Bulls  and Donuts, were told you have 20 minutes to build, GO!

    • March 26, 2020 12:27 PM EDT
    • Ray,

       

      I have a man crush on you. lol. You are a master of detail. I would not much even consider a cake in the window much less a decorated one much less one that has tiny writing that is actually readable. You are a gifted talented man and I hope to some day come close to your skill level.