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My first kitbash/scratchbuild
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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2012 02:11 am
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Well, the title says it all. Yep, my first scratchbuild/kitbash and it's going great. I had a life like trains HO 0-4-0. I found that the wheel base and wheel diameter matched almost perfectly to the WW&F #10.

I decided to go for a more freelanced 0-4-2 saddle tanker instead of a 0-4-4t because of the giant motor inside this thing. The saddle tank would allow the motor to be hidden. So I first had to narrow the wheels to the desired 20in gauge. The axles however had a bigger diameter in the inside then the wheel holes, so I found a nail that fit the diameter, cut it to the right length, and took the other half of the nail and did the same. Now that I had the distance between the wheels I was looking for, I was able to cut the chassis up and glue it back together. I also had to cut of some excess metal on the metal piece that holds the motor in place and wheels.


So with that done I started working on the cab. Before I began cutting up the frame I actually started making the cab but now I was going to finish it. Using freshly bought styrene and a modified scale drawing of the cab, I cut and glued, cut and glued, yatayata, and here it is


I have actually added on some more to the cab, but have no photos of it yet. My next steps are the saddle tank, boiler, smokebox, steam chest, and cylinders. I tryed to make the saddle tank out of styrene but it didn't work, and I have no idea how to make a steam dome, sand dome, smokebox, etc. But, the most important thing is that I'm having the most fun in modeling ever. Many people think I'm crazy for doing this, but I'd rather be crazy and have fun, then buy massed produced models and have a model that you can find on every other layout.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2012 03:26 pm
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David-

A very credible, and I might add ambitious, first build.

If you have a powered hand drill--or even an old hand crank one--Mel Thornbaugh (sp?) used one of those back in the '40's and 50's-chuck up a piece of whatever you can find that is an appropriate diameter. and hold a file against it while it is turning.

Thornbaugh built models that were of a quality that they would be admired even today, this way--with a hand powered drill-- to make stacks, domes, headlights, air tanks----anything round. If you can come up with any of the polyester body putty that they use to smooth out dents in auto bodies--commonly known as Bondo--which is a trade name for only one of many brands--it is great for filling gaps and making the fillet at the bottom of domes. Look in places like Pep Boys, Big A Auto parts , or Autozone. They carry it in quart cans--sometimes even smaller. Before it is completely hard, it is easily carved with a sharp model knife, once hard, it sands nicely.

Just be careful to not get any of the colored hardener in your eyes --you only have SECONDS to wash your eyes out with lots of water--hold your eye open under a running faucet--to prevent permanent eye damage. Don't want to scare you--thousands of people using it every day--just be careful. Hard to build good models if you can't see.


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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2012 04:38 pm
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Yes, that is looking nice! Don't be afraid to re make something if it ain't right the first time. Herb is the master of fabrication, listen to him.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2012 06:09 pm
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Thanks guys. Herb, I do have a powdered hand drill, and I also have a drill press. I like your idea on how to make the domes and such. Next time I get a chance I will buy the body putty, I know I could use it.
Back to building, today I cut up the old body to make the saddle tank.

With that done, the next thing to do is get that putty chop off the domes, and do some patch work. This is where I'm at now.

The saddle tank was cut in my miter box but the cut came out crooked :Crazy:. I cut more off to make it even but it's now shorter then I wanted, oh well, I'm learning. I will be going on vacation for the next couple weeks so I won't be able to work on the project :sad:however, it is vacation :bg:. I'll be back on the project soon, but until then you'll have to hold your horses.




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 Posted: Sat Jul 28th, 2012 10:31 pm
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Hey all :wave:
I'm back from vacation and back on my project. I was able to get some bondo and fill in the holes left from cutting off the domes. Now I need to figure what to do to make new domes L:. Here are some pictures, I'm sorry they're so large, I tried to make them smaller but they're still big ???.






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Picture size is fine, David.

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Well, it looks like I'm stuck. I've looked all around and can't find something I could make a smoke box, domes, or stack out of. Any suggestions :us:



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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2012 08:18 pm
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Howdy David, how about these "suggestions"...
Smoke box-a piece of hardwood dowel (diameter you want) with a styrene or brass wrapper with rivets embossed & glued on.
Domes-more of the hardwood dowel finished with a moto tool, etc. to become domes. Finish with sanding sealer/filler and painted it would look like metal.
Stack-well, do you want a diamond/cabbage stack? That part could be made from more of the dowel, the straight part could be some tubing.
These are old timey ways of making these parts, if you want to spend some cash, buy PSC detail parts but then you wouldn't need to make anything.
Since I have been at this a while, I have junk boxes of domes, smokeboxes, stacks, and most everything else. It pays to never throw anything away but makes for boxes full of "stuff" that may or may not ever get used!
Good luck...

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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2012 08:41 pm
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Ok, I do have wooden dowels. I will have to look and see where I can get some brass or tubing, Thanks Woodie.



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Well now, I never thought about using an HO sclae/gauge mechanism for any of my locomotives! L:
So what does the wheel base and driver diameters measure out to in scale?

I plan on building a few "Kornut" Porters using the new Big City Hobbies HOn30 steam loco chassis.
http://media.photobucket.com/image/big%20city%20hobbies%20minitrains/MilesWestern/IMG_9419.jpg

The wheel base measures out to 3' in O scale, not sure about the driver diameter. I think these locos would make great bases for an On18 Porter also. As for me I want to widen the gauge and use larger drivers for my bash. This is just one of the On20 loco bashes I'm planing. Right now, or soon... (October sometime) I will start my bash of my outside frame 0-4-0T.



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