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    • March 7, 2021 8:03 PM EST
    • No need to apologize,it’s always good to see a model and how it compares to the 1:1 inspiration. I hope she takes more role in building things and branches out on her own! Great Job OD!

    • March 7, 2021 7:13 PM EST
    • Eric,


      OD has a lot to be proud of. The build was well done and well thought out. Her eye for details is quite good and her memory of color and tone is fantastic. 



    • March 7, 2021 8:11 AM EST
    • Well done!  My compliments to the chef!

    • March 7, 2021 6:41 AM EST
    • Great choices. You've got a sharp eye.

    • March 7, 2021 2:52 AM EST
    • Brief Thread Resurrection:


      This is Eric on behalf of O.D.  We took her shorty to the historical railroad today to compare her efforts to the real thing, especially in terms of paint selection:

      That's pretty darn close!  Not visible is the roof.  We chose a t-shirt for the material.  That was a bearcat to work with, but, boy, was it spot on for texture!


      Sorry to drag this thread up from the dead, but we both thought this was a cool side-by-side.


      On behalf of O.D.,


    • March 8, 2021 9:23 PM EST
    • Actually..., I decided to change it back.  Mine has stake pockets to hold the battery for the cleaning motor and I would have had to cut the Plastruct to go around these.  There would be several small pieces to deal with.

    • March 8, 2021 4:08 PM EST

      Nice pic and you've just changed my build before I was about to cut it on the laser.  For the track cleaner (a stake-bed car), the lower section is acrylic and I was just going to leave the sides flat.  (Top is wood.)  But I have Plastruct that is the same width raised on just one side and will look like your "I-beam" frame when glued to the perimeter of the acrylic.


      I was all ready to cut this but after seeing your pic, I redid the sides/front/back 2MM wider in CAD to account for the Plastruct.  Plus, I can just paint the Plastruct to look like metal, more so than tha acrylic.


      Thanks again!

    • March 8, 2021 1:38 PM EST
    • Nice clean resistance soldering on that build. I'm slowly getting better with my resistance soldering unit as well. I feel like I've had to relearn soldering all over again using resistance soldering. But boy I love how fast the parts cool. I've only got a small tweezer set, so I need to invest in some of the other attachments like the probe.

    • March 8, 2021 1:22 PM EST
    • Matt, your idler flat project was a difficult challenge with amazing results!!!

      I have posted photos from this article over my workbench as a someday project (like someday when I get a WHOLE lot more skillful).

      Thanks for the inspiration.


    • March 7, 2021 7:44 PM EST
    • Very nice!

      I’ll take two of them

    • March 7, 2021 4:25 PM EST
    • Very, Very NICE indeed. . . . 

    • March 7, 2021 3:54 PM EST
    • Beautiful work here!  Wow.  Thanks for great photos.

    • March 7, 2021 2:21 PM EST
    • Thank you all, and Jon you are too kind about my soldering work. Thank God for paint!


      Today I finished making the other three ladders, then set about making the deck. For the deck I used 1/8" basswood from Midwest Products. Here's one piece set in place:


      I scribed the deck with a black uni-ball micro pen just like I used on my caboose walls last year. I used a spacing of 10" scale inches for the boards, and then notched the ends as well:


      Below the rest of the ladders are in place. I have also added the coupler lift bars and brackets:


      The deck was stained with 70% isopropyl alcohol which has a few squirts of black india ink added. Here's a shot with the deck in place and one of the three-way coupler pockets installed:


      Due to poor planning on my part I ran out of parts. Lacking a few coupler lift bar brackets and a retainer valve from Precision Scale, I had to stop for today. Once those arrive and are installed I will prime and paint. Lettering is also on hand.


      This project has given me lots of practice with the resistance soldering iron. I used up a lot of desoldering braid too!



    • March 6, 2021 10:25 PM EST
    • I hear you on the resistance soldering.  I bought a well loved one from Bruce maybe 5 years ago. Played with it a bit when I first got it with moderate success. I think I was trying to use too much power since the one thing I had good success with was capping off a heavy brass garden hose fitting!  I still have it, but it doesn't get much use.  I think it could use a new wand.


      Your soldering work looks great.  Are you going to put down some dual gauge track too?


    • March 6, 2021 5:35 PM EST
    • Nice craftsmanship, Devon.  I like the car.

    • March 6, 2021 5:35 PM EST
    • Nice craftsmanship, Devon.  I like the car.

    • March 6, 2021 10:47 AM EST
    • Hi guys,

      Yesterday I finally had time to run a mixed train just after sunrise, and the snow is mostly gone.




    • March 3, 2021 6:24 AM EST
    • Funny Roosta .....

      I can just hear it idling...