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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. 

       

      WELL DONE OD!

    • 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.,

      Eric

    • 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
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      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.

      John

    • 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!

       

      Cheers,
      Matt

    • 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.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

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

      I can just hear it idling...