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    • April 2, 2020 1:55 PM EDT
    • I'll talk to Bob and see what I can do for ya................

    • April 2, 2020 11:37 AM EDT
    • Thanks Ken.

      Do I get bonus points for recognizing Hollywood's voice?

    • April 2, 2020 4:59 AM EDT
    • That's Andy's layout, Cliff. 

    • April 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT
    • It's all in the pictures ...maybe Korm has it figured out by now ?


    • April 1, 2020 8:56 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      I don't know whose layout that is






      The Evil Twins know !

    • April 1, 2020 8:30 PM EDT
    • I don't know whose layout that is, I even tried to get clues from YT. But that's GOTTA be Hollywood talking!!



    • April 1, 2020 8:26 PM EDT
    • Were in Kansas Toto/Ric



      You can come and get them ?


    • April 1, 2020 8:24 PM EDT






      Wonder when you can pick up the TWINS ?

    • April 1, 2020 4:11 PM EDT
    • The do look like something right out of the "Miscellaneous" pages of the Diesel Spotters Guide.

    • April 1, 2020 12:36 PM EDT
    • Very nice build, Son.....         

    • April 1, 2020 10:21 AM EDT
    • SO COOL!  What a great looking set of engines!  Wow! So Cool!


      Jan and I are boat people.  We name things.  It reminds us of our experiences, when we look back on events in our lives. 

    • April 2, 2020 2:34 AM EDT
    •      Five chassis are complete!  We had a bit of a setback yesterday, when Oldest Son decided to glue all the journals to the frames without supervision.  To be fair, it was on the list of scheduled quarantine activities...We broke them off, used a disc sander, and started again.  After discovering that his interpretation of "one inch" was quite fungible, we cut two pieces of scrap dowel to an inch each, abutted them to the end beams, and he then made consistent marks for the centerline of my equally fungible journals.  


           Today, we drilled tap holes, which gave him an opportunity to learn to use the Dremel, screwed in the couplers (no splitting timbers! yay!), and glued on the journals.  We had one frame that was just enough wider at one end to require us to cut a piece of that tubing to extend the journal inboard a bit.  All is well, and the entire set is sitting on some track on our picnic table awaiting a test run tomorrow.  Pictures or film to follow.





    • April 1, 2020 11:44 PM EDT
    • Got all the tent cabin framing done, still waiting for the tents.



      Now thinking about how to arrange them. I'm thinking there should be a fire pit near them and an outback shop where they can repair stuff nearby somewhere. I'm leaning toward this first arrangement with the shop off to the left but I'm open to suggestions....



       [edited to fix a typo]

    • April 1, 2020 11:52 AM EDT
    • Now we need an updated drone video of your pike ..

    • April 1, 2020 10:18 AM EDT
    • Ray;


      Very well done, as usual.  Just to satisfy my curiosity, are the rods at the top of the hoist frame a form of lightening rod?


      Best, David Meashey

    • April 1, 2020 8:06 AM EDT
    • Yea, what he said!


    • April 1, 2020 7:14 AM EDT
    • Just beautiful, Ray. Must be very satisfying modeling things that echo your adventures.

      Is a hoist house in the plans? Or maybe I missed it...?

      Thanks for the tip on the finishes, I need some of that iron and rust.


    • April 1, 2020 1:58 AM EDT
    • The Princess Shilo Mine needs an ore cart, so I built one. It was loosely modeled after this old ore cart in Goldfield, NV:





      I started by cutting out the bottom, sides, and ends of the cart's "tub". Then I glued styrene angles to the inside bottom edges of the side panels:




      I began to assembly it, first gluing the sides to the bottom panel:



      Styrene strips were added to represent the iron straps. I simulated rivet heads by dipping the tip of a sharpened brass rod into some thick CA adhesive and dabbing it onto the model:



      The prototype ore cart has a mechanism connecting the "tub" to the frame. This mechanism allows the tube to rotate and to tilt for dumping, and has a fairly complex shape. I didn't try to make an exact replica, just something that would look "close enough". I started by cutting a 3/8" wide section from the side of a 1" diameter styrene tube. Then I carved it into an approximate shape, added a bit of putty here and there as needed, and built up some details with styrene strips, etc:




      At the rear end of the cart is a release lever that allows the tub to be titled for dumping. I cut this out of a sheet of .020" styrene:


      The lever hooks onto a bracket at the end of the frame. I made the bracket by gluing a short piece of styrene angle to another section of angle, then sliced off a piece to the correct width:




      I built the frame out of various styrene strips. I also built two axle bearings. These aren't prototypically accurate but they aren't really going to show, and I needed to keep them simple. The axle bearings won't be glued in place until after everything has been painted. I used HO scale train wheels for the cart's wheels:




      The ore cart's tub, frame, and axle bearings were all painted separately, using Rustoleum paint/primer satin black. The tub was glued to the frame. Then the axles were lubed with a plastic-safe grease and inserted into the bearings. The bearings were then glued to the bottom of the frame. At this stage the ore cart is complete, but it looks brand new:




      Of course I don't want it to look new. I want it to look like it's had several years of hard use. So I weathered it. Most of the weathering was done using Sophisticated Finishes brand "Iron" and "Rust Solution". I had a little trouble with the cast metal wheels -- whatever metal they were made of wasn't quite compatible with the rust solution chemicals. I ended up painting them with rust-colored acrylics.


      To finish off the cart, I made a load of ore by carving a piece of pink insulating foam to fit into the tub, and glued crushed rocks to it. I also installed a small lead weight in the bottom of the cart, centered over the wheels, to give it a little heft and keep the center of gravity low. Here's how it turned out:









      That's all for now. Eventually I will sculpt a miner figure to go with the cart.


    • March 31, 2020 9:50 PM EDT
    • Alan Lott said:

      I notice this EBM was in the wee hours of the morning.  Usually a time associated with older folk who have to get out of bed to check the plumbing!

      3 am  to 4 am is my anxiety hour, I wake up and worry about things I can't do anything about at that hour. The big Dribbler has no set hours ... said Pooh modestly.

    • March 31, 2020 8:41 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Understand about the stove but how are you going to heat the coffee or tea. The roof stack on my observation car where I took out the stove to make the open area I just shortened the stack and keep it as a vent pipe for when the guys were out there with there cigars



      This is true and thought about that but it's "Her" build