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 Posted: Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 02:29 pm
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Thanks Dennis!

I was able to get quite a bit more done this morning.

The foot controls are now attached.





Got the deck boards on.






I also got a start on the boom poles.



To attach them to the base I have a plan to insert them into 2 brass tube pieces on the bottom.



Now I need for figure out a way where they will swivel to allow the boom to move to and fro.

I have a plan in my head for that.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 04:06 pm
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That's some great modeling Dave. And the shay is a beauty.

Alwin

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 Posted: Tue Dec 23rd, 2014 02:49 pm
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Hi Alwin and Thanks!

Today was spent on some fiddly bits to mount the booms.

I capped the ends of the tubes and made these mount bases.



Then I made corresponding tabs and soldered them onto the tube caps, and then soldered all the bits together.



They may not be perfect, but I think they look the part, especially from 3 feet away. lol




I hate getting into a groove and then have to stop to go to work.

Ah well.....

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 Posted: Wed Dec 24th, 2014 08:49 am
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Not much model time this morning.

To at least get something furthered along, I weathered the decking.



Merry Christmas to one and all!:wave:



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 Posted: Wed Dec 24th, 2014 01:08 pm
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Damm, that looks familiar. ;)

Nice work Dave. On of these days I'm going to start on my HOn3 Otter Creek Falls & Coal Rwy.

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Dave,
Been following what you're doing, but per your implicit advice I've been out browsing around at the military modeler sites. They DO have a much better handle on finishing and detailing than most of the rail road sites. I have been playing with an airbrush that I bought and I need a LOT more practice with it, but I have already seen that control of the paint-air ratio will go a long way to being able to get those thin layers that seem to be so important in duplicating mother nature's touch on everything. Your ability to capture that effect in miniature is very inspiring. Thanks for pointing the way.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2014 09:13 am
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Kent there is some really cool stuff out there as you have seen. :thumb:



Yesterday I had planned to use a block for the cable on the booms.

Turns out I did not have one on hand.

As I often find myself doing while I am in the process of building something logger....I put myself in the shoes of the blacksmith.

The boss comes by and says " We need such and such for this and that. See what you can come up with using whats laying around."

So I go to my parts bin and rummage around.

I had some metal castings for the wheel but they were either too big or too small.

Then I found a pack of Grandt line spoke wheels.

I popped a toothpick in my Dremmel and wedged the wheel on that. Using a fingernail file I ran the Dremmel and sanded the flange of and then with the tip of an Exacto blade I made a groove where the cable would ride.



Now that I had a wheel, I needed something to mount it on. I cut a piece of brass tube stock to start with.



While I was cutting that, I noticed a piece of channel cut off from bits I had cut earlier for cross braces on the booms, and saw it fit inside the tube I was using. I slid it inside the piece and liked how it beefed up the look of the whole bit.



Back at my workbench I cut one edge off to make a long walled bit of channel and cut an angled bit off both walls to make the wheel bracket.



Then I drilled holes for the axle, soldered the small bit into the larger bit, and those to one of the cross braces I had cut earlier to finish it off.



I really like how it turned out.

The paint is drying now.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2014 09:15 am
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Catching up with my adventures from this morning.....

After the paint dried I added the bits to the boom and rusted them up good.



Here I have the boom assembly propped up with the other stuff.



Speaking of discomfort.....

I always imagined this to be a large engine as it works every log load coming in to the pond.

But this is really big.

It IS an HO kit and they do make an O scale kit.... it boggles my mind wondering how large IT would be.

I know Donkey engines come in all shapes
and sizes. This would be the Big Boy of them.

I think I can rework some things to make it plausible.

The first being to redo that control lever setup so it is not way over his head!



The foot controls.... I don't know I may just ignore them like the elephant in the room. lol

I was searching through my donkey engine photos and found one that I think I can use to get the framing more..... scale friendly....plus it has a cool roof.

I'll have to start by lowering the frame posts and make the angled supports smaller.

Doing that and lowering the controls should get it to my liking...we'll see.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2014 12:16 pm
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Dave

Thanks for posting how a little thought and work can convert castoff material and parts into what you need.

If more modelers would try your approach, they might get a little braver the next time that they are waiting for something that they need.

The essence of scratch building!

Well done, my friend!

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