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 Posted: Tue Jun 1st, 2010 12:06 pm
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My latest acquisition came in the other day: an Accucraft Ruby live steamer in kit form. As I'm admiring the parts I got to thinking that it seemed a bit 'big' as a 1:20.3 model and 'too big' for 1:13.7 scale I've been messing with.

It suddenly dawned on me that it would make a neat little 30 inch unit. Some calculating revealed that 45mm track used to represent 30" rail comes out to 1:16.9... or 1:17 for ease of simplicity.

So... I've decides to shiftgears slightly and begin to model in 'Dn30' (had to designate itwith something... why not use the initial of my first name, lol). :)



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 Posted: Wed Jun 2nd, 2010 12:53 am
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DW-YOU IS THE KING OF THE "BIG STUFF"...1:16 scale...you know, there are auto kits and military figures in that scale so it might not be as hard as you think! Are you gonna r/c-ize Ruby?

Perspiring minds think they want to know..............Woodrow

D stands for DOH! When Homer whacks his skull! Wow...Dn30



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 Posted: Wed Jun 2nd, 2010 03:43 pm
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10-4 on installing RC on the Ruby.



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 Posted: Wed Jun 2nd, 2010 04:24 pm
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In 1:18 scale you will find a lot of cars, motorbikes, figures and military models also.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 3rd, 2010 06:19 pm
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DW wrote:
So... I've decides to shiftgears slightly and begin to model in 'Dn30' (had to designate itwith something... why not use the initial of my first name, lol). :)


Sounds good,  1/17!  Very interesting.  It will be unique yet there ia a abundance of stuff on which to kitbash and scratchbuilding in that large a scale should be a lot of fun.  I say go for it---GOOD LUCK

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 Posted: Mon Jun 14th, 2010 01:17 pm
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Latest news aside from putting together the Accucraft Ruby is the acquisition of s new Bachmann 0-4-0T Porter and a Lionel 0-6-0T ($30 on eBay).

The new Porter was completely dismanted down to the motor/chassis last night as I spent the night at the truckstop in Troy, Illinois. My plan is to replace the boiler/side tank structure with a PVC 'boiler'. An 8 AA stick type holder will be fit into the new boiler for power. A Losi ESC will handle control aspects. A larger cab will be fabricated to reflect the 17% larger dimensions of 1:17 scale compared to the original 1:20.3 scale. A small four wheel tender will be built since it no longer will be a tank engine (the Ruby fills that niche).

The 0-6-0T Lionel is destined for a complete makeover as well since it currently wears a funky Christmas paint scheme. A two wheel pilot truck will be added to turn it into a diminutive Mogul. Likely it too will lose the tanks and be given a smaller diameter boiler to replace the existing chunky boiler. Battery power and RC of course will be added.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 14th, 2010 02:06 pm
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Way to go Duane!

I was wondering if you were still roaming the highways, or had settled down on your acreage.

Keylock still with you?

Keep us posted, and send pictures --if possible



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 Posted: Mon Jun 14th, 2010 02:20 pm
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10-4 on the roaming and Keylock riding along. Sadly he now has skin cancer and we're dealing with that battle. He'll be 12 in August so health issues are a fact of his senior years now.

And of course Brenda and I are still working on her immigration to the US. We're getting closer to that time. I'm thinking she'll have a green card by October. Stupid part of this process is that while the paperwork moves slowly through governmental red tape she can't be in the US. Stupid policy. Oh well.

I'm hoping to start construction on my cabin by this time next year. And then begin laying rail soon after :)



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 Posted: Wed Jun 16th, 2010 01:22 pm
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Previously I had mentioned that I was planning on changing out the Bachmann Porter from a tank engine to one with a tender. That may or may not happen.

Last night I scanned the drawing that came with the new engine so I could play around with it on my pc.



Aside from the larger cab, the changes are subtle and give it a less cluttered appearance.

I know you guys would like actual photos but for now the drawing will have to suffice... for now.:)

Last edited on Mon Jun 21st, 2010 11:51 pm by Dwayne



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 Posted: Wed Jun 16th, 2010 01:41 pm
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Dwayne-

I think that you have increased the "funky" quality of the loco immensely with your proposed changes. The only other thing that I would consider would be a trailing truck (with spoked wheels, of course) under the cab. Just getting rid of those ugly couplers is an improvement. Build, buddy, build!!

And please stop posting the pix of your land--every time that I see that photo, I sit and stare at it, and I start to see little tracks going off into the distance ;)

Herb  :old dude:



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