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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2013 11:15 pm
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That's a great idea Woodie.:brill:

I was looking at just that the other day in one of my logging books.

It looked like it was a pressured steam hose with a long skinny nozzle attached with the hose wrapped around the steam dome and the nozzle hanging down loose.

I was thinking I need to add that to a model but was thinking of the climax because that's what it was on in the photo.

No better time than now right?



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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2013 11:17 pm
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Mike I'm glad you found something of use.

I'm always happy to help out even when I don't realize I'm doing it at the time! ;) :bg:



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Well Dave I'm aware that you've been away from Freerails for some time. You may not know that I'm a rank amateur when it comes to model railroading but I've jumped in with both feet when it comes to my modeling. My first project was a kitbash of a Bachmann On30 Davenport into a 1:35n2 critter. My second project is a conversion of a Bachmann 4-4-0 to 1:35n2. As you can probably tell Woodie's modeling has had an affect on me. He and Dallas and Herb among some other guys have helped me along and guided my way.

Anyway, this project of yours here in this thread is very similar to my 4-4-0 conversion. It involves a lot of the same elements of construction. You had to strip the boiler of it's domes and other details and replace them with larger ones. You had to build a larger cab. (The step I'm on.) and you'll have to paint it when you're all done. (The step I'm worried about.) I've learned from watching what you've done. At this point if my first crack...maybe second crack of building a brass cab doesn't work out a heavily weathered wood one would look good too.

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Hi Mike,
Your not alone being influenced by Woodie, many are, he is a master of his craft as much as he will poo poo the idea and if he reads that I might get a pm or a post out here telling me to eat s@&t! LMAO

His stuff got me to give it a try as well.

In my time away I got my s$&t together as I was dabbeling in many scales to make sure I was on the right track as to where I wanted to apply my time and money. More important now as I don't have as much as I used too!

On30 is what got me fired up in the first place, it's what I came back to and what I will stay with.

If I were in your shoes I would be going that route as well I bet.

I can't think of anyone more interesting or fun to be inspired by so go for it and enjoy the ride!

Don't fear the paint.....many make it more difficult than I needs to be.

I did that primer out of a $1.75 rattle can of Wal-mart primer and I don't think most would know or care. Hell I can't even guess which box my 2 airbrushes are in right now.

I used Krylon flat black primer on the climax and am using it on this.

No sweat.

Gotta go break is about over and typing on this I phone is a pain in the ass!

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Progress!

Painted the boiler Flat Black, added weathered strip wood to the running boards, buzzed the paint and primer off the whistle, (nothing looks more like brass than brass) and used some Floquil brass paint on the bell.( see what I mean?)




I was a little heavy handed pressing the hand rails in place, so will need to go back and touch that up.

No biggie, lots to do yet but it coming along!

Plus, I broke the pins for the short upper handrail that attaches to the smoke box on the fireman's side, so I need to find another set of those. :bang:



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Mui excelente y primo fino...(?)

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Moosies Grassy ass Woodie!:moose::moose:



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That's really a great looking conversion! Good proportions and proper feel to the cab & details. :2t:



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I agree Dallas. You make most of the parts needed for this. You might want to think about putting together a set to sell, to build it. Maybe a select-a-kit type ,where the buyer could choose which parts they wanted to have such as round or fluted domes, or a combination. Headlight style etc..... Something to think about.

This is quickly becoming a personal favorite.



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I've been working out which way to go with a headlight.

I have a few extra brass castings, but they too too large for this loco, even though I have old photos in which they are comically large I wanted to keep the proportions in line.

I settled on this one off of an old Model Power 0-4-0 shell I had in the junk box. ( With a little work of course. )
I like the little pointed bits on the top.




I took out that web in the center to open it up.




Much better.

From there I was struggling with a mounting bracket.

I started 2 different brackets out of brass, but was not happy with them and tossed them.

I tried styrene with the same results.:f:

Then, I was web surfing and was looking at some of the amazing work that was done by modelers using only paper.

I thought I would give that a try.

I drew it, cut it out with an Exacto knife, and then coated it with 2 coats of CA glue to stiffen and strengthen it.

Not the best photo but my SLR's batteries are dead.



After painting it I thought it looked good so I used it.

Here it is installed with the boiler weathered, minus some details that I thought would not be able to take the brush beating, that I will install last.






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