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 Posted: Sat Sep 25th, 2010 02:43 pm
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DW, I have to say your reconstruction of the loco is a MAJOR improvement from the original.  Nice piece. Thanx for the pic's!

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 Posted: Sat Sep 25th, 2010 03:00 pm
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Thanks. I knew you were interested in side by side photos. My lokie is getting closer to being finished. A few small details, installation of the Losi ESC & battery pack and then paint.

The second new Porter may become a 2-6-0 if I can find a set of drive wheels on the cheap.



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 Posted: Sat Sep 25th, 2010 06:05 pm
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Here's a clearer photo I just took wth my camera instead of my iPhone.



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 Posted: Sun Sep 26th, 2010 04:06 pm
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A small amount of progress made on the lokie yesterday while stuck in Laredo until Monday morning.

Contrived a way for the smokebox cover to attach to the front end so that it is removed easily in order to install and remove the battery holder for the 4AA NiMH batteries I'm using which is visible in the photo below...



I glued a block of styrene to the backside of the smokebox cover. Attached to that is a strip of brass bent into the shape of a C. The two tabs presss snuggly against the inside of the boiler to hold it in place.

Completed boxing in the front end of the frame and built a wood bumper using 1/4" x 1/4" wood, brass bolts, nuts and washers...



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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2010 12:25 am
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I haven't been working on the lokie for over a week. I was waiting around in Laredo, TX and had just added the smokestack when my wife called to let me know one of my best friends passed away. I was able to get from Laredo to Sudbury, Ontario in two and a half days to attend his funeral and had the honor of being asked by his family to be a pallbearer.

Anywayz, to bring this post up to date the addition of this one little item really makes this critter look the part of a steam engine.



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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2010 01:04 am
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The loco is looking great DW.  So Sorry to hear of your friends passing.  I lost my Father in law a week ago and another friend this last week. totaling  3 in the last 30 days. Modeling hasn't been on my mind no doubt

Your work is inspiring to say the least.   :Salute: 2.5 days Wow!  



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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2010 01:24 am
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Thanks Bob. It's taking shape and I definitely enjoy doing this type of modeling. No way I'd ever go back to "table top" stuff... even though I have 20/20 vision. :)

Yeah, I boogied. That last day out I drove the truck 631 miles, then did another 489 to Sudbury doing 70-80mph. 1120 total in 20 hours.

Losing my dog Keylock and my friend in a five week span has been hard on me. :(



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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2010 03:25 am
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Alrighty, I spent a bit of time working on the next addition of the lokie as I sat at the truckstop in Hesperia, Kalifornia this evening.

Followers of this project here on FR and on my blog may have noticed that I mentioned the cab having an open, airy design. One thing missing has been a fuel source. Most side tank and saddle tank steamers have a fuel source of some kind, usually in the form of wood or coal bins within the cab.

Those bins have been absent from my lokie... for a reason.

Oklahoma is known as a source of oil production. And with the KLM being located in the Sooner state the use of oil as fuel appealled to me, especially considering that in the last days of steam across the nation oil was being used as a source of fuel to replace wood and coal.

When I saw the first photo below that a modeler on the SE (Seven-Eighths) forum posted as inspiration for one of his kitbashes I knew I wanted to do something similar.



The above photo is supposedly of a loco south of the border. I dunno. Regardless, it gives credence to the fact that for every "idea" we have as modelers... there likely was an actual prototype in the real world.

So tonight I added the fuel source for my lokie... an oil drum mounted on I-beam channels that the KLM shops fabricated and welded to the top of the side tanks.





Oil lines as a detail item aling with a fill cap still need to be added but for now my lokie has a fuel source... good ol' Okie crude. :)



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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2010 01:45 pm
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Dwayne

If you hadn't posted the prototype pix, I'da never believed it!

Now you need some place to carry sand (in front of the side tanks?  On the pilot beam?) and you are good to go.


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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2010 06:42 pm
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Herbicide, the KLM shop guy will figure something out. He's a resourceful cuss. ;)



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