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 Posted: Sun Jan 14th, 2018 08:54 pm
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Hi Steven :wave:



Lookin' good. :thumb:



I'm guessing you've seen the 'San Juan Car Co.' Evolution-couplers for On3 ? ???





Pretty darn nice 1:48 scale full-sized knuckle-couplers. :cool:

( I've found they are bang on for a 3/4 sized coupler in 1:35n2 )

They work really well, look good & are compatible with 'Kadee' 803 & 807 On3 couplers.





This drawing ^^ is for 'Kadee' On3 coupler height, which I'm sure you've seen.

The Evolution couplers DO actually couple to Kadee/Bachmann HO/On30 sized knuckles as well. :shocked:


Ideally they are mounted somewhat higher, as you point out ...

... but the much greater knuckle-height of the Evolutions ( higher than 'Kadee' On3s as well ) ...

... means they SHOULD couple to the lower HO sized On30 ones, each at their 'normal' height. :P



No RIVETS required for mounting either ! ;)



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Si, I don't think that I had seen them.  I know that I have heard of Evolutions, but never really looked at or explored them.


Thanks for posting the image.  I put Kadee #5 boxes in, will they fit an HO Kadee box?  I was just thinking that I have a ton of Kadees from my HO days and that I would just swap out those.  AND I think that the HO couplers look about the size of the little Janey Couplers of the early 1900s.  But... they would have to be long shanks, because I didn't think about where I mounted the boxes.   And, honestly Si, I don't think there is a rivet on this entire caboose project!  :us:  However... there are a bunch of NBWs to add!  :Crazy:


I started the assembly of the walls today, but didn't take any pictures yet.  I am letting them set up.  I have them held together square with a bunch of magnets.  I work at noon tomorrow so if I get my act together in the morning I will try and take a picture or two.

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Moving right along.  I pulled the magnets apart and WOW! the dang thing fits on the frame/platform.  I love it when a plan falls together, rather than apart!;)  It is not glued down to the frame yet so that I can continue to add details.






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" will they fit an HO Kadee box? "



Hi Steven :wave:



They are available easily & cheaply from your favorite hobby supplier. :cool:

They have the tensile-strength to pull 100 car consists*. :)

They will operate properly up in outer-space. :bg:

But ...

... NO they won't fit in an HO Kadee box. :f:



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Si, thanks for the idea about outer space, I'm still trying to reclaim my inner space as the CFOs house project drags on...  
I haven't posted much as I've been waiting... I seem to do a lot of waiting... for parts.  They finally came in by the local mail mule.  Life is tough here in Appalachia, not only are have we found that we are needing to chink the cabin for when the wind blows (it currently blows right through), but finding that "favorite hobby supplier" is pretty tough.  Things are looking up, we got us a new telegraphical moshine and I can get on that thar inter tube and order me up some stuff from the Seeers Catalog. :thumb:

I was having a really tough time with the roof of the caboose.  I know that I said that I was going to detail the interior, but I am thinking that is going to wait.  I just want to get the thing in service (never mind I only have 3' of track tacked down), because I am getting rather frustrated with this project.  I won't be lighting it after all, so detailing it too much is going to be a waste.  I did add some closets for the crew to store tools and such.  I am going to add a conductor's desk, a stove to keep 'em warm in the cool nights and maybe two bunks for the boys when they're tired.  Probably won't see any of it.:us:

Which brings me to the roof.  Hang me.  I was in fits trying to glue this monster down.  I decided that I would just form thin styrene over the arches on the ends.  I chose .020 because I thought it was flexible enough... nope.  So I ended up cutting two more arches and glued them into the interior, then had to add some "freeze blocks" to create a bigger gluing edge.  This is one of the reasons I kind of ran out of gas on the interior detailing.  I did use HO car siding because I felt that it would be representative of 1" T&G for the ceiling.  I like the effect, even though you can't see it in this picture.



I finally got the darned thing glued down and it was looking somewhat wavy, so I decide to laminate a .030 plain styrene sheet over it. This looks much better and gives me plenty of space to trim it out.  On a 1:1 caboose that I once repainted I was fascinated to find 1/4 round trim on the outside, inverted.  It was a wooden drip edge! :!:  Silly boy is going to try and do that... if I don't have to order more parts, I think that I have some 1/4 round... if not, I am just going to trim it out and forget about it.  Maybe just file it a little to "simulate".  This is taking too long now.




Finally It seems to be coming together, I am glad that the decaling adventure failed, as I probably would have wrecked them trying to glue this silly roof down.  Now to add that stove and trying to figure out a roof treatment, I think it will be a tarred felt roof, finish the underbody details and then move on to the next project... L:  which maybe an HO project for a friend.  I also have some parts coming by wagon from PSC for a locomotive project.  Then there are those passenger car kits sitting there.  And one day soon, a three-way stub switch will arrive which means things are really going to change, unless y'all'd rather hear 'bout the kitchen project?  :P



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Steven:

It is good to hear about the trials and tribulations.  Too often folks walk through their descriptions like there was no effort or challenges at all.

Hearing about the challenges lets folks know that these projects are more the result of perseverance than magical skills.  Though your skills sure are top notch.

I think most of us are having to deal with a paucity of "favorite hobby dealers".  Here in Puget Sound country, really not all that far from some major urban centers, local hobby shops just are not to be found. 

I live just 20 minutes from the I-5 urban corridor that runs from the south side of Olympia to the north end of Everett and there just are very few hobby shops within a reasonable distance of home, and none at all that have extensive model railroad supplies.

BTW, last summer my wife and I drove from the Petersburg, VA area (Fort Lee) to Bolivar, TN via the Blue Ridge and Nashville.  Very pretty country.

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Hi Reg, well you might have driven right by (figuratively) my place, it's kinda on the way and not too far off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Regarding the other coast, I spent time at Ft.Lewis in the mid-1980s and knew that area pretty well for a time.  Last time I was that way on I-5 was in the early 1990s.  I visited quite a few hobby shops that were all about trains.  I am so sorry for your loss. :sad:


Thank you for your comments, I am honored that you think my skills are good.  I like to let others know that sometimes things just don't go the way that "I" want them to.  Too many articles and "how to"s make it seem so easy and really for all the good completed projects I have many of those that just sapped my enthusiasm and lay in various states of uncompletedness.  My wife judges the skill level of some of my projects by the quality and number of the expletives used in construction.  :w: Regardless of those, I find most of my projects relaxing and fun.  I just promised myself that I wouldn't let an On30 project go the way of many of my HO ones.  I would get all to a level of completeness so that if I never got back to them, they wouldn't be a waste and could be used in my new endeavors.  Gotta keep a tight grip on the monster!  :)



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Steven:

I think you and I might be a lot alike.  I have quite a store of semi-finished projects.

We did just about the entire Blue Ridge Parkway in one very long day.  Ended the day in Johnsonville, TN, the hometown of my wife's grandmother.  We were on our way to visit an online friend of mine in Bolivar, TN.  So we got to see a lot of the state.  

The I-5 corridor has changed quite bit since the 1990's.  That whole area has grown a great deal.  I have been in volume traffic jams on I-5 (especially in the Ft. Lewis, now the Joint Base Lewis McChord, area) on Sunday afternoons.  

The Washington State Department of Transportation isn't much help.  They are attracted to the vision of getting people out of their cars.  Which won't happen.  And the recent train wreck is a pretty good commentary on the level of competency. 

There used to be a great hobby shop, Pacific Hobbies, in Lakewood, another good one in Bremerton, and the ne plus ultra railroad hobby shop, Northend Hobby, in the Roosevelt area of Seattle.   All gone now. 

We had a good hobby shop in Shelton.  It didn't carry much in the R-t-R category, but had a great selection of scratch building supplies.  It has been gone for at least five years. 

Having whined about all that, living in small-town Washington State is very fine stuff, indeed.

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So I had about 45 minutes before I had to leave for work today...

I want to get this roof up.  The only information that is available apparently are these two photos which I have posted earlier.  In examining, the drawing excluded a chimney, but there looks to be one in one photo, the fella on the roof in the second hides it.  So I am going with the thing on the right side of the caboose.  I want my right side to be the "open window" side.  When I built the lockers inside I planned for this.  




To begin with, I chose a drill bit about the same size as the shroud.  It's not rocket science, it's train science.  So close enough is good enough.




I then wanted to do a tarred roof.  I felt this to be about the most accurate for this little crummy.  I was going to cut swaths of tissue and glue it down, but I couldn't find any readily (my people have been sick).  Then I thought "WAIT!" I have this left over stuff from an HO project roof.  It is only 1/4 wide, 1 foot in O, but hey whats a roll between friends.  I used it.  It is able paper and has a sticky side.  I thought it was rather thick in HO but in O it is pretty nice.




Here it is done all the way.  I measured occasionally to keep it straight enough.  It wouldn't do to have the thing "walk" and end up with a crooked layout.  That's all for now as the money waits to be made.;)




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Howdy Steven & Reg, the H&TRy is coming along nicely. The caboose is very, very nice. Thanks for showing it and letting us watch the build. On hobby shops, here in Dallas, there used to be 5 or 6 trains only stores and several others that carried supplies like wood, plastic, etc. Now, in a large city like Dallas, Tx...there is just one Hobby Town which has all kinds of stuff but specializes in radio control (nice for me since I use it in my locos) and some bits & pieces that I can use. That's IT! The only train store is in a neighboring town and they specialize in RTR and high dollar stuff. Maybe some Grandt Line parts that were ordered long ago and forgotten about and things that may be interesting to me...and THAT IS ALL THERE IS! I am thankful that I don't throw anything away and have enough junk to last several lifetimes, just some paint & glue gets me by. Frankly, the local Hobby Lobby has gotten most of my money since they have this n' that which seem to work for my trains. A most interesting situation for sure. The nice old "mom & pop" hobby shops are long gone...but NOT forgotten.

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