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    • March 18, 2020 7:39 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Hey Rooster, we missed you at the ECLSTS show


      Practicing "Social Distancing" as recommended and as many here have done for years. When I do socialize I carry the same balls I always have not the ones I have behind the keyboard.

    • March 18, 2020 7:18 PM EDT


      Totally hate the ladders as it's not what I'm looking for ...good idea and decent way to make them if you want too!!






      Went with simple grabs ...had it been mine I would have probably put downbends on the grabs but it's not and time is money ?





      Totally sucks detail wise on the roof so far but Ric has his 2 wires that he needs off the motor block . Still playing and using materials most overlook.





      Currently been busy inseminating chickens as the eggs are blowing off the shelves recently. Why I don't know?

    • March 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Hey Rooster, we missed you at the ECLSTS show, certainly missed you at the D&B, but there's next year. 

      Hope your son is doing fine, and you as well.

      But... How's the Twins build going?? 


      [edit] Sorry, I didn't mean to put any pressure on you... 


      Still trying to figure out how to recycle reuse along with placement of stuff. Did manage how to solve the rear coupler mounting issue . Ric seemed to struggle with this as well with his now gutted M9 but a glue gun and obtrusive screws were not the answer I was looking for.

    • March 17, 2020 5:51 PM EDT
    • Hey Rooster, we missed you at the ECLSTS show, certainly missed you at the D&B, but there's next year. 

      Hope your son is doing fine, and you as well.

      But... How's the Twins build going?? 


      [edit] Sorry, I didn't mean to put any pressure on you... 


    • March 17, 2020 12:26 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      "I don't care"

      Yeah, I figured that.  And now your quarantined with a college student.  Yep, there is a God.

      I feel for the kid...


    • March 17, 2020 7:06 PM EDT
    • Fellow working on roof is a nice touch.

    • March 17, 2020 6:03 PM EDT
    • A lovely looking and expertly built model, Bill.  Gives those of us who find that modelling time is going to be plentiful in the next month or so some good ideas.  I like the guy working on the roof.   A nice touch!


    • March 16, 2020 9:51 PM EDT
    • Bill nicely done.


    • March 16, 2020 9:24 PM EDT
    • Nicely done, Bill.  Please get that worker a bigger brush, he's gonna be there a while 

    • March 16, 2020 7:28 PM EDT
    • Saweeet! Lookin' good!

    • March 16, 2020 6:31 PM EDT
    • looks nice. I like the colors.

    • March 16, 2020 6:07 PM EDT
    • painting

      waiting end

      station front


        Sometime ago I decided I needed to build a small rural station along with a freight house combo, Started with a Korber station and added a waiting platform with roof provided from part of a aristo-craft waiting platform. I wanted the roof between the station and platform to continuous, (it rains a lot in Florida), and I ripped 1 side of the roof long ways and then cut into 2 equal lengths trying to match the shake roof shingles as best as possible. I found the original rafters from the waiting platform matched the same angle as the roof on the Korber station. I then added the rafters, and posts to hold up the roof from evergreen styrene and  finished the bottom of the roof support post using Playmobil railing and corner pieces. I attached the building and support posts to a piece of PVC lumber that comes textured on 1 side and smooth on the other. Was originally going to cut planks into it but after a short planning section, nixed that idea for the trouble and work not worth the reward. The roof of the station is removable to access the LED light batteries and there is a small slide switch under the eve that works the lights of which there is 1 in the station and 2 in the platform area. The original station was a pretty bright hot yellow so I painted it and ivory color with red trim reminiscent of the old station in National Gardens, Fl.

         Next on to the freight house. I had a Playmobil safari add on kit which included supports, railings, posts with floors and ramps + steps. I finally came up with a design that looked reasonable, added part of a broken Bachmann boxcar for the building. Covered up the Playmobil flooring as it was large tile with evergreen grooved sheet to simulate wood planking and gave it a wood look with acrylics. Found 1 of my monogram car mechanics and made him painting the roof where rotting wood was replaced. Added bolt castings to large timbers going around the structure. Also besides raining a lot down here it is hot, so I found some cyclone turbine roof vents, they were marked as "O" scale but they looked big enough to me. Back in the 40ths and 50ths you saw them on everything and during the winter they would be covered up with plastic sheeting or hoods. Nothing like the sound of 1 in much need of lubrication in the middle of the night. Still have some more detail to do but pretty much done. I lite the freight house with a out side goose neck lamp that I replaced the bulb with an LED and is powered by 2 AAA batteries that are housed in a battery box with switch that is painted like a steamer trunk.
      station and depot

    • March 17, 2020 2:46 PM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

      And like an experienced modeler, keep the band aids handy...............

      I tried explaining to my wife that no project is truly complete until there is blood on it. This was while she was giving me the evil eye a few days ago as she was helping me bandage the end of my finger.

    • March 17, 2020 11:41 AM EDT
    • And like an experienced modeler, keep the band aids handy...............

    • March 17, 2020 10:40 AM EDT
    • Hey OD, we learn through our mistakes. If you are going to scratch build stuff you are going to make mistakes, do dumb stuff, and make breakthroughs. That all part of the fun as long as oyu learn from them and gain skill as you go. My first attempt to scratch build a locomotive was pretty much an epic failure. But as Thomas Edison famously is quoted as saying "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." and that is truly a great saying. One thing about mistakes is you learn how to make repairs.


      Keep up the great work.


      PS what kind of fish do you breed? I used to be an freshwater angelfish breeder.

    • March 16, 2020 7:15 AM EDT
    • OD, for that hole patch in the floor. Lay a piece of paper over it and tape so it can't move. Now press down with finger or thumb around the edge of the hole. At this point you can enhance the pressed in line with a pencil or just cut the hole out of the paper with scissors or knife. Test fit this pattern just to make sure of fit then transfer it to plastic.

    • March 16, 2020 2:19 AM EDT
    • All,


           As ever, thanks from both of us for your kind comments!  OD made a bit of progress this weekend.  Today it rained too hard to even consider spray painting; in fact, our lanai flooded, making it unsafe for us to use electrical tools.  Nonetheless, OD asked I share a few highpoints from yesterday's push of what can best be described as "fun with styrene."  Basically, the coach needed an interior bulkhead to block the view towards the "cargo" area and a few patches in the floor.  Some tracing, scribing, snipping, and fitting followed:


      We both (re)learned what a joy styrene is to work with.  She learned that order of operations do, in fact matter, as a few of her patches made it harder to trace the parts for the next step.  My role is to advise, not to do!  She cut a couple windows into the interior bulkhead and also discovered the truth of "measure twice, cut once" and its corollary "erase all mistakes so you don't confuse those lines with the lines you actually wish to cut!"  No show stoppers.  Styrene is very forgiving, she discovered!  Along the way, she picked up a few tricks on choosing the right glue for the right job.


           Her new pal, "Kiwi-bird," watched from his cage and posed with the results (bulkhead pre-interior windows):


      Not bad!  Her goal is to provide enough of an interior to give the impression of  detail from the normal viewing angle, and I think she is on the right path.


          The crew got a bonus week for spring break.  OD identified the following steps she plans to take:

      1. Scribe the new wood flooring.
      2. Cut panes for the interior bulkhead windows (I am trying to convince her to take the extra step of adding strips of styrene to simulate the frames).
      3. Remove the old wiring from the wheelsets intended to bring power to interior lights.   I told her we will  learn to make our own light strips, possibly installing a switch in the clerestory a la Bill Barnwell.
      4. Paint.


      It is spring break in Hawaii.  We'll see!


            On another note, yes, I do hope this may inspire her or her siblings to get involved with the historical railroad, both so they can learn to use their hands in a way I never did and so, to be honest, I have an excuse to go out there and learn to do the same!    In the meantime, I am just glad her siblings are learning through her how to leverage local resources beyond going to a search engine in pursuit of a goal.  There are stories behind facts the internet simply does not have.


      Updates as required!


      Eric & OD

       OD's note-

      Yes Kiwi has taken over, but even though he's settled in I still have too many projects!  Between railroad, fish breeding, babysitting, music, karate, friends, and basic fun DIY to improve things,-yes I'm pretty busy- my dad may not be the king of too many projects anymore.  Anyway, I still want to keep the exterior design kind of secret for now, but I'm really excited about that.  I do have a lot of options, but I want to start small first and then you know, we'll learn and get better so I can do bigger things.  I did make a really stupid mistake when adding that styrene sheet on the bottom of the car though.  (' - ')  As you can see in the pic of the floor above, there is that little circle.  The smarter thing I should have done was put a chunk of styrene under it and trace the circle -they're hard to get exact when free-handing- to cut it out and put it in after the supporting sheet of styrene under it.  NOPE!    I glued the supporting styrene sheet on the bottom and forgot about the circle until after!  Like my dad said, "Cut once measure twice."

      Although -sorry this is so long, but I think there's an exception because it's not like I've made a post before- my dad has made a lot of improvement, but that's because he made mistakes first.  LOL This is a funny story he told me!  When he was a kid, he was doing some kind of model project with a really sticky super glue that could stick your skin together.  He still had some glue on his hands and started to rub his face.  He realized what he did when he couldn't open his mouth, eye, or breathe through his nostril.  He didn't want his mom to see , so he had to cut his eyelashes and slowly open his mouth and nostril over time!  Then -eventually and surprisingly- success!


      Enjoying this project,


    • March 15, 2020 11:38 PM EDT
    • looks like eldest daughter is hard at work on the coach 

    • March 15, 2020 10:29 PM EDT
    • Eric,

      Those wagons look OK to me to cover the open end of the tubing consider a circle of styrene to simulate bearing covers.

      I have used the ends of plastic spring clothes pegs to do bearing covers.

      As for the "rolling hay stacks from what I have seen in Hawaii they stacked the sticks length wise along the direction of travel while in Aust they stacked it across the direction of travel.

      As promised I went to the museum this morning and took some pictures of our maintenance cars which are basically cane wagons bashed to suit the purpose.  You can see that the journals used were all different depending on who made them eg BFC = Bundaberg Foundry Co.

      More examples of how Australian cane railway workshops just made stuff to do a job using whatever was at hand.

      Ballast hopper journal

      Rail wagon journal


      Rail Wagon made by workshop fitters/boilermakers

      Sleeper Wagon journal

      Sleeper wagon again workshop made

      Concrete skip journal

      Concrete skip





    • March 15, 2020 9:12 PM EDT
    • GAP,


           Thanks.  That machine vs. hand cutting probably explains while all of the photos I have from here show what amount to rolling haystacks instead of comparatively neat loads like the one you shared.  I had wondered why that was the case.


          My own project proceeds apace.   In fact, the basic frame is now drying outside!  I ended up using 1" scraps for my journals, drilling them at 4mm as Korm suggested, inserting a bit of brass tubing in one side, and capping the outboard side wiht a 3mm grommet, again per Korm's suggestion.  The boys helped on an off, with Oldest Son cutting some of the tubing:


      Yes, they are a bit crude, but the wheel sets roll nicely.  I had originally thought to drill the whole 1/8" up from the bottom, but that would've left no room for drilling error and have let a weaker journal.  Instead, I drill them dead center and figured we'd see how she lay from there.


           The next step, which was more fun, was to get the appropriate measurement for the two side frames and, of course, see how she lays sitting on our high tech journals!  Both my helpers took a crack...


      ...and the end result were side-beams set 1/8" in from the edge of the 4" end beams.  Kid-zilla inspects the mock-up:

      There is very little clearance between the flange and where the deck will be.  I may have to lay a plank along the fore-and-aft beams to ensure I don't have any issues.  The final mock-up, with the centerline of the journal grommets set 1" back from the end ofthe side-beams are below:


      You'll note by shear dumb luck the coupler aligns perfectly with the HLW mini to the left.  That is why I'd rather build up from the frame rather than shim down.


          I have since glued some washers to the back fo the wheel sets per your suggestion, GAP.  I'll glue the journals on tomorrow after the glue on the frame is good and dry.  I have to locate some wood screws for the coupler, too.   With luck, I'll have this prototype sans deck on the rails by next weekend.  If it tracks OK, then we'll convert the remaining timbers into frames for the rest of the fleet.


          Thanks for the tips along the way!




      P.S. Tim, thanks for your generosity, but I think we are over the hump with a workable plan.