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 Posted: Tue Aug 3rd, 2010 09:36 pm
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Wellz, for those of you who are following my kitbash of the large scale Bachmann Porter, some progress is being made. 

I built a second pair of new cylinders. The main body is 1/2" pvc. The end caps are 2mm thick styrene glued to the pvc ends. To enhance the endcaps shape I glued strips of .030x.080 styrene strips around the ends butting up against the 2mm caps. Once the glue dried the ends were sanded to give them definition. Later some Bondo filler will be used to dress them to a smoother contour. Spare screws from a cannabilized Radio Shack ZipZap r/c car were used to attach the cylinders to the frame. The pilot frame is also bolted to the Bachmann frame as can be seen in the photo.



The steam chests still need to be fabricated from styrene.

Unhappy with the boiler I had been making up out of three seperate parts (a piece of pvc pipe, the smokebox from the Bachmann as well as the firebox)... I opted to start over with a new boiler. 

This photo shows the new boiler sans a smokebox cover which I need to build.



It's a longer piece of pvc pipe with a piece of .030 styrene sheet wrapped around it's midsection. This gives me a new smokebox and firebox. I'm working on the new back bulkhead of the firebox at the moment. Unlike the Bachmann firebox this new firebox will flare out a bit at the base. A front bulkhead still needs fabrication. And a sheet of .030 sheet will complete the exterior of the firebox when it is formed over the two bulkheads. 

Just for fun... this is my workspace in the bunk of my Kenworth.



Oh... my buddy called me yesterday to let me know my new Taig lathe came in yesterday. I'm wondering if my 1500 watt inverter in the Kenworth will power it? Just kidding... no room for it.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 4th, 2010 05:00 pm
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well DW, thats a very interesting build you have going on. I shall have to continue to watch your progress.

I like the idea of running this D scale outdoors and should be a a lot of fun.  I have looked at a few outdoor layouts and they are most interesting.  Also riding size scale garden railroads  #1 gauge ? interest me also.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 4th, 2010 07:03 pm
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Thanks Mike. D scale is just my way of being silly and giving 1:17n30 a designation. I've seen some impressive small outdoor layouts. A friend of mine in Oregon has a simple dog bone shaped layout with less than a hundred feet of track. You wouldn't know it unless you see it in person. The photos he posts on the forum he hangs out on seem to give the impression of a much larger layout. His scale is 1:13n2.

I like large scale because I've got a five acre table top and I luke being outdoors. The two work in unison for me. Plus the local hatdware store makes a good hobby shop. :)



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 02:03 pm
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Yesterday while sitting at the truck stop in Kenly, NC I decided to determine what kind of run time I would get from my planned used of AA NiMH batteries in my Bachmann conversion.

Info here.

After ten hours of continuous running, my watching 3:10 to Yuma, playing on the net and basically doing nothing while waiting for a load assignment that never came... they outlasted me at 10+ hours.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 29th, 2010 01:56 pm
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The Keylock Lumber & Mining Co. took delivery of a brand new Accucraft 1:20n3 'Ida' live steam engine yesterday evening.



This now gives the KLM two live steamers. The first, an Accucraft 'Ruby' kit is still awaiting assembly in the shops when time allows.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 29th, 2010 02:38 pm
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DW-

I know that you haven't run IDA yet, or obviously RUBY-- but what kind of run times does the manufacturer say they are capable of?

If things are proportioned correctly, they will run out of butane before the water gets low, so as not to run the boiler dry- but I am sure that the manufacturer has that worked out. My guess is that all the water is in the boiler, and the butane fuel is in the side/saddle tanks.


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 Posted: Sun Aug 29th, 2010 03:38 pm
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Herb, from what I've read on other forums a new engine averages about 15 minutes run time. As it breaks in this increases to 25-30 minutes. Typically these engines run a bit fast unless outfitted with rc control. Also new engines starting this year come with 1/2 inch pistons vs. 3/8 inch pistons in older models. This gives them better slow running characteristics. As for water levels they do tend to run out of fuel before water. I plan on installing Goodall valves on both engines to fascillitate topping off the water while under steam.

It'll be awhile before I ever actually fire up the Ida. Like everything else in my life that is in a holding pattern waiting for my wife to get into the states. So I buy things and put it all into storage. I'm an armchair model railroader to the extreme.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 29th, 2010 04:13 pm
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DW-I wouldn't call you an armchair modeler, you actually build stuff! Many of the folks that I consider "armchair" are content to watch and inform others of what they are doing wrong...in other words-PITNICKERS (my dyslexic term).

As Dizzy Dean once said-"it ain't braggin' if you can do it!"

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 Posted: Mon Aug 30th, 2010 12:02 am
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Woodie, thanks. I'm trying considering my mobile lifestyle. Not easy being in this hobby without some track to actually run trains on. Some day...

Herbie, actually the saddle tank is nothing more than a dummy tank (same for the side tanks on the Ruby). It's nothing more than a piece of sheetmetal sitting atop the boiler. If you look at the photo below you'll notice the water fill valve at the top rear of the 'saddle tank'. The water actually goes into the boiler tube surrounding the burner.



The butane tank is the vertical black cylinder with the knurled knob protruding rearward. In front of the butane tank is the brass lubricator.



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 Posted: Mon Aug 30th, 2010 12:27 am
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Here's a photo showing my Bachmann 'sparky' steam engine conversion beside Ida. The old Bachman cab is sitting on top of the new cab floor. It'll be replaced with a new cab that is approximately 3/4 inch taller to bring the dimensions into line with 1:17 scale.



It's obvious that the Ida's cab is too small. Another project (actually two as the Ruby's cab will be replaced as well) to keep me busy. And of course there is the other new Bachmann sparky that I'm wanting to conveet into a 2-6-0 Mogul. :)



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