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 Posted: Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 06:18 am
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I have been told there were a few questions on the banner loco.

That's a scratch build of mine I did a few months back.

I have been meaning to repost it here but....well....it's been one thing after another.

Well I have a few moments this morning and it looks like I can get started.

I am going to post it much in the manner I did as I was building it.

A little here...a little there. I have lots of pics and I could be here for hours and hours on this one thing.

I also want to add that this was the first thing of this nature I had done was just out for some fun....as always.  I'm not a rivit counter and don't know that I ever intend to be.


So....

The thing that inspired me was an artical on one of these in Gn15 in a recent MRC.

I started with a mech. from a Bachmann On30 trolly.

It is perfect as it is a top notch runner and the motor is set down low between the wheels allowing for a full flat deck on which to build.

I don't have a picture of it but I did a drawing to show how I built the frame.


On top of this I built a deck out of Basswood strips that I had distressed and colored with an alcohol and black leather dye mix.






After that was done I wanted to try my hand at the boiler.
I thought about it a while and I came up with this.

I took a hardwood dowel, and drilled a hole through the axis.
then  I ran a bolt through and secured it with a washer and nut.

Using my drillpress as a woodlathe, shaped the dome of the boiler and then I turned down the sides so that it would all slide into a piece of brass tube.





I used my woodburning pen to create an edge so it looks like the metal is folded over on itself and then I cut a bunch of heads off of common pins.

These were to simulate the rivits on the boiler.

I slipped them into holes I drilled and secured them with a dab of CA.
I then slid another pice of smaller brass tube into the hole left from the bolt
foe the stack. I also added a piece of styreen to give it a little more shape.




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I can't find the pics showing where I built the engine...grrrrrrr.

It is not all that accurate anyway so lets jump past to where I was testing the look.

I built it using styreen sheet and tube, copper wire that I had stripped the insulation off of and brass tube.




More missing pics.......:bang:


I drew up the sideframe using an el cheapo free CAD program.

I gave the wood the same treatment as the decking.

I also decided to play with a couple of gauges.....awfully oversized...but fun lol!:P




I was also toying with the idea of using an aspirin bottle cap as a water tank......the critics were outraged!!! :bg:


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After licking my wounds.....I went back to the old drawing board and came back with this one.

I like it much better as did the critics. :p2:









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Thanks :cb:


From here I figured it needed a place to fill the tank through so i built a fill spout and cap out of brass tube and sheet stock.









Now it was on to the wheel covers.
I used rectangular tubing and angle brass stock for these.
I also used the journal boxes from a set of archbar trucks that did not roll so well.






I thought they were missing something so I added some nut and washer details.









Thats better.:cb:



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While I was painting the covers I painted and rusted the water tank spout.




I also started work on the boiler firebox door and some L brackets.








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Thanks for the kind words guys! :cb:

 

At this point...I decided to add the beat up rusty sides.

I used some aluminum sheet I picked up from Michael's.

It is the Medium Aluminum from ArtEmboss.

The best I can describe it is..... that it is about the thickness of those aluminum pie plates you get pre-baked pies in.

Not as thin as Reynolds foil yet not so think as you cannot shape it easily.

I cut the pieces to size and wrinkled them up a bit then smoothed them out a little ...not too much...I wanted them to look beat up after all.

I ripped one.....ahhh ......one of the sheets that is......:bg: ...in the corner.

I also used a ponce wheel along the edges of it to get the look of where the sheets had rusted and pulled free from nail heads.

Then following the instructions on the bottle....you youngsters....get your mom or dad to help if you ever try this....if not..don't do it....this is nasty stuff.

I dipped the pieces in PC etching solution.

After the etching was halted with fresh water....I let them dry.

Once dry I used bragdon powders to rust them and sealed it all with an over spray of Dull Cote.

Here is the result.




 

 

 



 

A close up



 

This shot is as accurate as I have of the color...its right on.



 




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Ok lets get this a little further along and maybe even out it to bed.

For the roof,
I cut the pieces slightly over sized.

Then I took a sheet of curragated styreen I have for this, and laid the piece I was working on on top of it.

Then I ran a 1/4" dowel through the pencil sharpener and dulled the tip so it would not tear the foil and using that as a stylus, I transfered the corrugated pattern from the styreen to the foil.

I then used the same process as with the sides to treat the aluminum.

A few things I did to the roof that I did not do to the sides was to use a little real rust on it and seal with dullcote so it would not fall off and get onto the track and into the mech.

I also did a wash of sorts in a few areas on the roof using veeeery watery white paint to give some weathered tones other than the rust.

Here is the roof just sitting on the top being test fit.




Now was as good a time as any to paint and weather the boiler.

I painted it with floquil railroad tie brown and sealed it with dullcote when that dried.




The i used the bragdon powders to rust it up.




I printed up some gauge faces and sealed them in with epoxy.
You can also see the overlap I was going for with the wood burning pen in this shot.




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Here you can see the reversing lever I built and installed








Here is an overhead shot.





If your still with me I'm almost done....

Here it is to the point that you see it on the home page for the forum.




About the only other thing I did was to scratch up these coupler pockets.




Thats about it.

I did a set of moose antlers for it out of basswood which I didn't like. :moose:

I also tried a set in brass but....they just didn't work on here.
I'll save them for something else.

One thing I am keeping on the back burner is a gas lantern that I want to sit in the water tank and have light up.

I fool with the idea now and then....when I am happy with it I'll add it and post pics.

Thanks for lookin in. :cool:



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OK guys-you see this every time you log on here, so here is the inside story. ENJOY what Dave hath wrought.

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Dave,
Thanks for reposting this.!!I've been trying to find it for months.
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