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 Posted: Mon Feb 26th, 2018 08:57 pm
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" Now why anyone would buy these, I guess I don't get it.  But they sure are cheap on fleabay "



Hi Steven :mex:



I WISH !

Why indeed would anyone buy those ?

I would, if I could get the darn things. :f:



In England, where On30 is as rare as hens-teeth ...

... we're talkin TRAIN ROBBERY ! for a couple of el-crapo del-scrapo coaches like that ! ;)



Mighty fine work by your carshop on that 'boose Boss ! :thumb:

I'm sure those new coach sides of yours are gonna look the biz !! :)



Keep on BASHin' ! :cb:



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Thanks Si!   Well I keep peckin' at it.  Work and the house sure take up quite a bit of modeling time.  But I figure posting here makes me do as much as I can when I can.  The CFO's kitchen is looking good, most of the mud is up on her bathroom walls, now I need to sand it and seal it.  But there is always an hour here and a half hour there.

The San Juwan roofs that I want to use are too wide and too long (they're On3, not B'mann On30 - But that's OK the cab got built to On3 standards, so the choice was made).  To make them fit to the B'mann floors, I was going to have to draw and quarter them, that's a lot of cutting to try and keep square!  Without the real shop in play yet, that could be a challenge.  So I pulled out the calipers to see what the difference was and it came out to about .090 per side (inches that is - yes I know the Yankee arcane system of measurement - had a big discussion with a S.African friend about it - in defense of my fellows, I told him the French invented it and there was no way a true Red, White and Blue Yank would follow the French - no offense to our French friends here, I didn't make that decision! :) )





So... with the thickness of the walls considered, I added a strip of styrene .080 to each side.  I may have to sand it down some when I go to assemble, but right now, it looks about right for roof overhang.  Now this only leaves me with two cuts for the roof to shorten it, but I will have to add width to the car ends, easy peasy (says I now).  I've also been talking to some folks about lighting.  :cool:  More on that later when I get a little closer to the need.

 





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 Posted: Fri Mar 9th, 2018 11:38 pm
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I began working on the ends today.  Had an hour or so before I needed to leave for the weekend.  I began by removing them from the panel and then squared up the door to better match the Carter Bros. car that I am using as a guide.   I widened it too, so that it wouldn't be too narrow when I added quarter round to the inside of the door frame like the original car.  I also had to "widen" the end, again due to only wanting to shorten the SJ roof, not narrowing it too.  So I added .080 styrene to the sides and filled in the tab slot that will not be used.  I filled in the gaps with CA and filed and sanded smooth.  I also took steel wool to the whole end to knock down some of the wood grain.  Here is the progression in a photo. The side extensions hang down because they will have to accommodate the widened B'mann frame.  Not thinking, I cut them flush and found that I had to add "pigtails" to them.  Styrene, love it.





Next, I have to think about the roof.  I am using a duckbill style to back date the car.  This means that the laser cut form will not work.  I took a pencil and held the car up to the roof and traced the outline.





So I was way skeered to cut it. :w: I thought for sure I would choke and split the end, especially at the door way.  I made sure the #11 blade was sharp, sharp, sharp and took a number of freehand passes along the pencil line.  No breaks!  :shocked:  But I did have a some of the veneer separate.  I used CA to fill and sanded it down to smooth.  :cool:




 
Well it is looking pretty good.  I knew that I would have to trim it out and that I wasn't going to get it perfect, but it is darn close to where it needs to be.  Dang, I love it when a plan comes together!  :glad:  Now I only have three more to do!  If you hadn't noticed, I am kind of working on one car at a time, just in case my road map takes me off a cliff! :cool:







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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2018 12:45 am
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Hi Steven :wave:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



Is that a really nice photo of a really nice caboose ? ...

... or is that a really nice caboose in a really nice photo ??





Either way things are lookin'  C :cool: :cool: L  on the Humboldt & Toiyabe Railway ! :thumb:



Those laser-parts look very sharp & good to work with.

Shame they don't come with the Yankee Doodle Dandy decals. :f:



;)



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Hi Steven :wave:



How's it going with the coach project ?





I do like the 'tribute' model figure, of your friend Grady.



:cb:



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Hi Si, thanks for asking.  :wave:

 I've been doing quite a bit of lurking lately, so I haven't been a stranger.  Like your cranes and lowboys.   I had a project for a client that I had to get done, so it took away from my personal modeling time.  Also the weather broke and the Chief Financial Officer wants a garden, so I've been outside mostly the past couple of weeks mulching my fruit trees and cutting back the grass... my how it likes to grow.  :cb:  Next comes the rototiller and trying to remove all those vile blackberry roots.  Yeeehaw.  or is that Heehaw?  Green Acres that's the place for me.  

But summer is coming, and the beautiful thing about working in a college support industry... things slow waaaaaayyyyy doooooowwwwnnn.  :slow:  I am hoping to jump on the car again in a couple of weeks when school lets out.

I am excited about getting it done.  I just got paint for it, so it should be hitting the paint shop very soon.  Stay tuned.:pop:



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Alrighty y'all....  It seems that I haven't had much to share on the combine lately.
I had to put it aside for projects for clients....  stupid work, but I am grateful.:bg:


But that doesn't mean that when I have 5-10 minutes that I haven't been doing something.  Here is some of the stuff that I have accomplished.  The great thing about figures is that you can put a little color on and walk away when you have to.  Come back and there is no real thought process other than color.  Quick, dirty spurts of work, just to move it all along.


Here is the crew for the future steamboat "Phaul Lee".  They were modified from the Eduard kit (a couple went to a friend who has vessels in a coastal Maine town).  The guy on the ladder may get a fireman's helmet because of his shirt.  His uniform had two rows of buttons that I made to look like a "placket" or "fireman's overshirt" so common in the mid 1800s.  The chief engineer (pipe smoker - too relaxed for a track gang), is an AC Stadden figure.  I changed a few heads and filled/filed some breeches into trousers - Boom!  A crew for the Lee.








Next is the beginnings of the shop crew.  Maybe with a shop crew the combine will get completed a little faster.
One is an Aspen figure the other is an S&D 1:43, huge difference in size, but the Aspen guy is a little small compared to the Eduard guys... I use 1:48/1:43 interchangeably, I just watch who is standing next to each other and it helps to force perspective.  The other thing to keep in mind is that figures bounce all over in size even within manufacturers.  So do humans... so in the words of Bill Murphy, "I got that going for me."





Here is my lone engine crewman of the series.  I think he might actually fire a boiler for the stamp mill.  Not sure who he came from now, picked up so long ago.





The we have some passengers and a station agent, patiently, maybe not so much, for the combine to get out of the shop.  Joke is on them, then they will have to wait for a locomotive!:P  AC Stadden, S&D, Builders in Scale and Knuckleduster.





Oh, and I didn't mention that the passengers will also have to wait for some tracks to be laid down.  Hahahaha!  Maybe, but isn't there a bond out there if we get it done by a certain time in a certain year?!  :shocked:  Uhoh, better get the track gang out there.  Here they are AC Stadden figures, Navies 1 & 2, Americanized with some, new hats (too many bowlers for 1880 USA), a supervisor, Freedmen and some Irish laddies.  I have some Chinese but none of them are quite ready for prime-time.  But a crew has now been hired.  So fellas, get busy... quit looking like your posing for a photo.







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Hey Y'all,

My projects for others are pretty completed.  So I have been dusting off the ol' Humboldt & Toiyabe projects.  While on TDY to the 1972 Rio Grande for my client, I happened to run into a Shapeways offering (not mine and not pitching for anyone - so don't start) for a "bolt on" duckbill roof upgrade for the, wait for it...

Bachmann Coach!  :glad:  





I'm just a little stoked.  So I ditched the old frame that I was using and had widened, am cutting off the styrene shims that I had glued on the ends of the combine, putting away the razor saw for the San Juan Car Shops roof, and going with a straight build.  :dt:

Note to self, "This is not a prototype!  No need to take it to the hyper level, cause it ain't real!
This is On30 and fun." :clown:

New frame compared to the SJC roof and the new Shapeways roof.  I think were in good Shapeways now to move this project along faster than I originally thought.  I bought three roofs.  Two Combines and I have a baggage car laying around that I want to upgrade (er backdate).





More to follow.  I work early the next couple of days, but maybe there will be some time on Sunday.
I'm pretty fired up.




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" I'm pretty fired up "


Hi Steven  :wave:



Check your safety-valve ... We don't want a boiler  E X P L O S I O N !  :shocked:

Nice find from Shapeways.  :)



Them's a mean lookin' bunch of hombres yer got workin' for yer dude !  :mex: :cb:  :old dude:  [toast]






:cool:



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Thanks Si.  It's gonna take a passel o' mean dudes to get the rail laid the rate that we are moving!  :time:  

Started working on some old V&T Shops (currently Wiseman) Carter Bros. passenger trucks for the combine today.  These are really cool and very different from the myriad of D&RGW trucks available and the Bachmann style.  They are cast white metal and need a ton of filing and fitting.  I primered the first truck parts today.  I hope to get some assembly done and picts soon.  My goal is to give it that "Western Swing" so that we have no question about where the railroad is located.

I've mostly been working on the under frame now that I've made the roof switch.  The roof was the hardest part, and a bit of a stumbling block.  Also, if you all remember, I made the decision to go with On3 coupler heights with the caboose (I may hate this when it comes to getting engines running - but I'll burn that bridge when I get to it), so I have been cutting and filing to raise the coupler boxes on the frame.  I also have to remove all of the "airbrakes" as I model pre-airbrakes.  I'm liking where the project is going.  Pictures to follow.
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