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 Posted: Sun Dec 14th, 2014 11:06 pm
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I'm surprised with all of the work that you didn't check it with a clearance gauge, but it is impressive regardless of the joking. I admire craftsmanship and you obviously have acquired some skills in this hobby.



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Thanks for the kind words Kent.
 
I actually did use the track gauge as there were no tabs or location marks for attaching the roof framing in question.

I also modified the trestle adding the boards to either sides of the track and needed to be sure the shays crank shafts would clear those.

My other locos pass through without a hitch so it's just this one.

I'm not concerned, it's an easy fix.

Under normal conditions, a loco would not even go through there.

It's just a good spot for a photo op! :bg:

I'm up early today, another cup o Joe :java: and I'm going to do a little more Terra forming underneath the log dump. Gotta have a place for all the bark chips to pile up between the timbers! lol

I'm still deciding on what I want to use to get the logs off the cars.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 15th, 2014 10:43 am
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Dave,
If memory serves me correctly didn't Tyco or somebody make an antimated log unloader in HO?
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 Posted: Mon Dec 15th, 2014 12:26 pm
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Hi Dave

Like the look of this project. Cant wait for the up dates.

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I have to say Mr. D, that is one impressive structure you've got, and some good locomotives too! You must have spent a couple years getting all these things gathered together for a layout. I'm lucky to find 160 hours in a year for modeling, let alone enough at once to build a structure like that.

I remember building a small HO scale depot for a local museum completely from scratch, it took me 2 months to lay every shingle, so I truly can appreciate how much time you've got in that mill.

Keep us posted, I can't wait to see some scenery... maybe a video? pretty please?

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Kent,

Yeah Tyco made one and so did Lifelike.

They are very PC.......Plastic and Cheesy! lol

Dan, I'll be posting one this evening.

James, I'll see what I can do for a video.
It would be pretty short, not much track yet if you don't count loose flex and the trestle track. lol

My HOn3 turnout jig should be here soon, then I'll get some down.

I have been hording a few of these HO kits and locos for longer than I care to mention, others are resent purchases.



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Yeah I know. That was the point. Guess I should have put LOL at the end of the post. Your work looks very good in the photos. I hope you figure out something for the unloader as the Maine woods will be in need of something like what you are doing. I am closely following your progress and each time I've come away impressed by your set of skills in making the thing come to life.



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God I hate Windows 8

I decided to use my favorite camera to take progress photos and my new laptop won't acquire it so those progress photos are trapped until I can find drivers that will work.

Anyway.....

The decision I needed to make was how to unload the logs at the mill.

I snagged this Barnhart log loader at a show a while back for like 3 bucks.

Kinda cool.

After placing it and ruminating over it I decided I didn't want to use for this.

I like the setup Brett Galant used for his twin mills kit. A Steam Donkey engine on a deck operating an A frame setup.

I'm gonna fiddle around with some drawings and see what I can come up with.

Having decided on that, I started building the engine using parts from a KMP kit.

Like I said, no in progress shots as the basic parts were filed, sanded and cleaned up
or as it went together but, here they are blackened and assembled. Lots of detailing to go such as the pipes and levers and all.

Lots of the finescale guys don't care for these kits because the castings can be rough, but I think with a little work they look great.

Especially if they are a part of the scene and not THE scene.



Here is the Barnhart and the donkey engine side by side.

I'm gonna save the Barnhart to mount on a flat later.



OK I gotta run...Amy is sitting here staring at me like a kid waiting to open presents X-mas morning. Her shipment of Betas is in and wants me to take her to the post office to get them....she hates driving in the snow. lol!

Later,

Dave

 



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 Posted: Tue Dec 16th, 2014 12:20 pm
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Dave,
Look at the bottom line of my posts. If you dislike Microsoft products I would encourage you to look into alternatives such as Linux. It is FREE and unlike MS you can get the program code. If you wish to discuss this issue I will be glad to provide you with resources. My home computer runs on Linux. If I absolutely have to have something from the Windows world I have a secondary which can run Win7. I wouldn't even consider trying to run Win8. My suggestion is downgrade to Win7. Every review I have seen of Win8 is that it is less than satisfactory.

With the above being said, I would encourage you move away from any microsoft product entirely. You will have a learning curve, but you will also have things for whatever the price of downloading costs you.

Just my $0.02



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Kent thanks for the suggestion and offer.

I'll look into this and get back to you  on that.

Much appreciated!


I have just the most basic skills with a cheap  ( cheap = free )  CAD program.

Not the greatest but I can wrestle with it enough to get something to guide me through a build.

This is what I came up with for the donkey engine.

It's very much like Brett's, but I drew it from memory and what felt right as far as dimensions. Basically my interpretation of his design.


What I hope it will look like from the side.



And the front.



I may change the roof but for now I m thinking a peaked roof using shingles instead of tin. Maybe even a cobbled together roof like on the blacksmiths shed.



Duty calls so I'm off to work for a loooooong day.

Cheers all!

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