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 Posted: Sun Aug 18th, 2019 02:42 am
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Steven,


Ingenious way of mounting the brakes.

They really add a lot to the looks. 


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Neat and simple trick Steven.

Well worth the effort.

:2t:





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 Posted: Sun Aug 18th, 2019 11:12 am
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Thanks guys. 

It didn't take very long to do.
 
I think it took longer to figure out how to do it and let the glue dry,
than actually to do the work. 

Made for a nice project to show progress.




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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 01:46 am
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One Good Turn...



That's all I really want. 
I envision the Yankee Blade Branch being very twisty, over the steep Toiyabes. 
A car has to be able to turn freely, without snags. 
Right? 

:us: 

Well I hit a snag in trying to mount the trucks. 
You see, I added about six scale inches, to the width and length, of each end of the truck with the brakes.
 
Now wouldn't you know, they would now catch on the steps! 

:doh:





:!: Solution, cut off the outside of the metal support for the brake beams. 

These can be seen at the end of the tweezers in the upper photo. 
That takes about six scale inches off the width... still binds.

:java: :java: 

Ok the step supports are really very thick plastic. 
What if I file them to a bevel on the inside?





Now we're cookin' with gas. 

I filed both sides and have only one possible hiccup. 
The bolts on the top of the metal bracket... maybe... just maybe catch the coupler box.
So I decide to screw the truck on and see if it does. 

NOPE!  :s:





Good to go.  :Salute: 

Here is a better image of the bevels. 
A coat of black paint and bamo! 

They're invisible.  :dt:





I screwed the trucks back on and .... uhoh...  :bang:   DRATS!!!





A quick project... never.  :sad:

That's ok. 
I know how I work. 
I almost always buy extra parts. 
These handrails were no exception. 

So fixed 'er quick with oil and a rag. 
But you have to stand on your head to see the photo,
I obviously didn't rotate it. 
Now it is time to move on to the brake levers and rods... until next time...  :pop:


There's a lot of neat stuff being posted right now...
Keeps my motivation high, and I am always thinking of the next project,
which means I gotta finish this one. 

Keep posting your work so I keep working on this stuff. 
Thanks!







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Steven,

At least you are getting some good results, all part of the hobby.

Impressed with your work and it has given me some ideas....

So keep up the good work and pics.

:2t: :2t:

................Peter.




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Thanks Peter, I'm having fun. 
I love this hobby for the challenges each project gives me.
I post the good bad and the ugly. 

I have read countless articles,
that make it seem like guys just move on through their projects,
without minor, or sometimes major mishaps.
 
I just want others to know it happens.
 
Ok, maybe to just me...  :clown: 
But I am that way.




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Steven, rest assured, it's not just you!  :bang:  :doh: 






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The main thing is to have fun, enjoy what you are doing,
and learn as you go along................


As Slateworks wrote......

Rest assured, it's not just you!....


That is so true,
I think most of us have had a simple straight forward job to do,
that turns sour very quickly for no reason.
 
Or just a simple mistake,
like me spilling the liquid glue over a project,
and watching it curl and distort.

:sad:

Yes it's not just you....

:bg:

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Steven B wrote: Thanks Peter, I'm having fun. 
I love this hobby for the challenges each project gives me.
I post the good bad and the ugly. 

I have read countless articles,
that make it seem like guys just move on through their projects,
without minor, or sometimes major mishaps.
 
I just want others to know it happens.
 
Ok, maybe to just me...  :clown: 
But I am that way.


Of course it is just you Steven... :)


I think the big difference is that you have the presence of mind,
to document your "challenges".

When I had Driftwood stain dripping off the furniture and wall, onto the carpet,
I didn't think "PHOTO OP",
I thought something more akin to "Oh fiddly sticks, now I'm in trouble.

I'll probably have to do all of my modeling in the garage now
(it's 110+ out there this time of year).


" Wonder how much it's going to cost to replace the carpet, the desk,
the side table, the lamp shade and repaint the wall? "


I think a large part of the fun are the challenges we create for ourselves.
 
For some it's operational challenges, for some it's design or building challenges,
for others, like me, it's just not destroying the house while playing with my trains.

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Well, well, well,  :wave:

Hope you're all well.  What have we here?  The H&T?  Life has been NUTS! (Negotiating Under Tremendous Stress)  I got caught up in working 70hr weeks and trying to keep the COO happy around the house.  Tough gig.  Didn't leave much time for any fun stuff, that's for sure.  

:sad:

All work and no play makes Johnny a dull, dull boy.  No, I haven't finished the second combine... or the flat car that I was going to do really quick, or the loco that is in pieces waiting for mods.  But when the late silliness hit, I went from 70hrs to 28hrs per week.  Great! Right?!  Well sorta, I was working on a project for a friend, but then I got called away.  Ever been in an airport with nobody else?  I have.  O'Hare even.  Wow what an experience.

:shocked:

SO, I find myself 2500 miles from home and supplies, for who knows how long.  It's going to be a while for certain.  But this fellow on another forum starts this thread he calls Friday Night, and encourages people to share their projects.  I want one.  I had the COO send out a couple of tools, she didn't get all the ones I requested.  Tall order and hard to find in the man attic, but she did get the kit right!  This is my home group so I thought I'd bring y'all up to speed.

:shades: 

This is a little kit by Bill Banta called the Backwoods Warehouse.  When it came out, I thought that is perfect for the Yankee Blade Depot!  Gotta have one, bought it.  The only thing is that Yankee Blade is remote and small, I need an agent's residence to go along with it, so I am going to make some mods.  Essentially only adding windows and doors and essence of interior.





I went to the local Wally World... ok three, so much stiff is sold out due to all the chillin's being home (I was in Orange County when this project started and there was one on every corner) and a Target to get the stuff that I thought I could use to paint and weather it.  Here's the assortment of stuff.  Paints and things.  And if you notice in the back is a bottle of not quite bottom shelf, ok basement, vodka. Have you even tried to get isopropyl alcohol lately?  It's only 10% alcohol, but 2500 miles away I could get 180 proof (90%) quality likker, but alas, I'm here, did I say that I didn't know for how long?  I needed a thinner.  This is very thin, but thinner none-the-less.  Back in the old days my friends and I, when affixing scenery, hit upon the idea of a shot for the scenery, a shot for us.  Some interesting modular scenery came about, but we sure had fun getting there.

 :brill:





This is supposed to be a fairly new building, so I am going to try and replicate "newer" wood and paint.  Now wood in the desert weathers differently than grays and more grays.  So I am using the pencils and pens to give that orangey, brownie, redish, yellow kind of thing.  Can't see it because by the time I thought to take a pitcher, I had it all wrapped up in rubber bands.  I'll show y'all soon.  But that is where I stand as of this post.  We'll see what happens as the time goes by... or is that buy.

:slow:





Oh!  And the instructions say to use spray adhesive...  :dt: 
First time out, and am always open to something different.  Just gonna say... not a fan.:td: 

I'll stick with the carpenters glue for affixing the rest...
slow, but hey were working on the Duck and Cover again and there's nothing but time. :java:



 



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