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Si has suggested - and as he is not only a Moderator but a Super one at that, who am I to disobey! - that I post information on my first and only On30 layout, Updah Creek. So first a little background. It's been three and a half years in the making to date so by no means a new build so I'll try to show "before and after" images rather than replicate the 309 pages of posts on Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling Online forum and risk boring everybody to death!

Secondly, it's simple imagineering as I'm a Brit and I've never had the privilege of visiting the USA or Australia from which continents any inspirations have been drawn and my knowledge of said territories is limited to what I saw in the Saturday morning movies as a kid back in the 1940s and '50s. Thirdly, I'm not a club person so tend to rely on inspiration and guidance from forum members who are in the main far more knowledgeable than me.

So, on to Updah. I had in my mind a backwoods small town setting with employment from a sawmill, a creek fed by a waterfall and a trestle on a grade crossing the creek. The trains would run on a "roundy-roundy" circuit with a spur leading off to a service, maintenance and refuelling area and to liven up the atmosphere in town it would be staging a Country Music Festival to attract visitors and their purses for the benefit of the local tradespeople.

Resources came from recycling a previous 009 scale layout's baseboards (I had to go up a scale having discovered that eyesight and dexterity do not improve with age!) and the sale of the locos, rolling stock, buildings, little people and some of the electrickery from that. I also discovered the benefits of foam board as a basis of a lightweight baseboard and lucked in on an eBay seller in Cornwall who, as a surfboard maker had a substantial stock of inferior grade 3" thick board he could not use and wanted rid of. This coupled with the seemingly endless supply of relatively inexpensive Bachmann motive power, much of it second hand, ME track, thousands of wooden coffee stirrers for almost no money again from eBay and an existing supply of scenic material got me started.

So without much further planning, building began and started more or less as this.


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which moved on to this

Stitched3 by slateworks, on Flickr

which became this

Stitched_001 by slateworks, on Flickr

which is now this.

Panorama 1 by slateworks, on Flickr

As boredom thresholds must have been reached by now, I'll finish this post and see how things go!

Last edited on Fri Nov 25th, 2016 11:51 pm by slateworks

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That's a lovely layout!  If I could make a request though, please show some detail scenes.  I can't see all the details that well, but it looks like you've got a lot of interesting little scenes spread throughout the layout.

But hey, looking at the view from a few feet away shows a very fine layout.

--James

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Hi all,
after having been doing some aiding and abetting (aka "long-range" encouragement) of "Updah" and its progress on another forum, all I can say is that we are in for a visual feast here that will extend for a while into the future as Doug unveils what is a "modelling masterpiece" purpose-built into a rather difficult area to use.

For Doug - watch out for the Moosies :moose: on this forum. I predict that there is going to be a whole herd of them heading your way once the details of the motive power depot, the town's history and all the other stuff that you have running on rails start to emerge from behind the morning mist shrouding Updah.

I'm really looking forward to MORE UPDAH :glad::glad::glad:

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Hi Doug :wave:

'Updah' looks totaly AWESOME !

Fertile soil updah creek, by the looks of things...
...I only blinked for a second...
...and a huge forest on the mountain grew in an instant !

WOW !

I can see a ton of interesting looking structures there Doug.
Looks like you extended the left side, for a yard area.
On the right side, a kinda loading area.
All will be revealed I'm sure !

Looks like an interesting track plan !
Kinda 'roundy point to point' by the looks of.
Clever stuff in that space, with bone-loop.
Looks like you could have a train on the loop, whilst switching both yard & loading area.

Sorry Doug, my mind always jumps tooooo far ahead !

Can't wait for more ... More ! ... MORE !! ;)

:moose:

Si.

Damn creek was a signwriters nightmare.

Really UPDAH on that one ! ;)

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Thanks chaps, you're most kind. I hope you think it's justified later on!

I thought that, even though it's possibly too much text and not enough pictures, an introduction to the history of Updah and its characters might be helpful to put various scenes into context. Rummaging around when contemplating the possibilities of the layout I was fortunate to come across some old papers which had a tale to tell and which I share with you below.

 
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And this is the statue of the town's founder, Anywun Updah, erected as a tribute by his son Phineas (Fings) and supplied and crafted through the generosity of Ken, NevadaBlue of this parish.


c (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

Coming to Updah all the way from Nevada by rail, it arrived beautifully crated complete with its own three legged hoist for loading and unloading and was the scene of an unpacking ceremony overseen by Phineas in front of the town station.


b (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

So the saga begins and more anon!

Last edited on Sat Nov 26th, 2016 11:24 pm by slateworks

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Wow, I'm very impressed. Please, show us more!

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Thanks Lee and I'll try to follow the sequence in the "research material" as far as I can. I've also been following the developments on The Stoney Creek Branch with great interest as it's fascinating to see how an American local builds a layout compared to a distant Brit.

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slateworks wrote:
....Big Snip....

So the saga begins and more anon!


Thanks Doug,
:glad::glad::glad:

I'm looking forward to this - Don't be surprised if this thread takes different twists and turns than your NGRM thread. Some of the "regulars" and "irregulars" around here are bit "bent and twisted" ;)

I'm looking forward to future instalments of the 'Chronicles of Updah":2t:

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Thanks John and I'm a bit bent and twisted myself. Mind you, being a grumpy old pensioner I tend to put that down to attitude rather than age!

The Updah family's wealth and the township's employment is largely due to the small sawmill. It's workings are based on a modified and upgraded Ozsteam kit http://www.ozsteam.com/html/on30_sawmill.html with the surrounding structure built with balsa and wooden coffee stirrers stained with an Indian Ink/IPA brew, Grandt Line NBWs and 0402 SMLED lighting.


b (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


Stacked (21) by slateworks, on Flickr

Work tends to go on into the evenings to ensure that there is plenty of lumber to ship out on the next day's train and room for the steady stream of new logs arriving by the same means with "Woody" Pine, the shop foreman, keeping the lads at it


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

with the boiler kept topped up.


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c (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Having done their stint for the day, Hatchet and Crashit are allowed to remove the scrag ends and chop and saw them up to make a few extra bucks selling them to the local residents as firewood


e (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

while the rest of the crew adjourn to the mill's canteen and overnight rest shacks (courtesy of Ronnie D of this parish) to be fed and listen to The Blue Grass Boys rehearsing for the Country Music Festival.


j by slateworks, on Flick

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Before talking about individual buildings, I thought a few views of the township's main street might put things into context.


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u (7) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Stacked (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

The buildings on one side comprise the barber's shop, gunsmith's, general store, The Painted Lady saloon, livery stable, blacksmith's and residential shacks. On the other is the station halt, the small church and the stage for the country music festival acts.


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Doug,

Outstanding work. I love the bluegrass band and the whole music festival idea.

One note: In 1934, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum both lived in Beeville, TX when not on-site at Rushmore, not Nevada.

Keep up the great work!
Rick

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Very nice, Doug

Glad that you decided to share some detail shots with us--but being greedy sods, we would like MORE!

Herb

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Great layout!!!

I particularly like the written "history". I have a history for my layout in my head.

I guess I better get it written down.

Reg

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:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

:bg:

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Rick S wrote:
Doug,

Outstanding work. I love the bluegrass band and the whole music festival idea.

One note: In 1934, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum both lived in Beeville, TX when not on-site at Rushmore, not Nevada.

Keep up the great work!
Rick


Rick,
But, they WERE on site in South Dakota when the commission for the statue was received and they did create it in their studio there. :mex:
(A little known fact from obscure history, not told anywhere but here.)

The shipment by rail from SD to Updah was arduous. The statue had to be off loaded from the Standard Gauge line and reloaded onto the NG line for the trip into Updah. ;)

Doug,
It is great to see the 'Reader's Digest' version of Updah. Very enjoyable for sure.

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Rick, Herb and Reg, you're most generous with your comments, thank you.

So continuing the saga, at the East end of Updah's main street are the barber's shop and gunsmith's. These were based on the Clever Models Sam's Leather shop offering which conveniently was a freebie at the time.


a (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

However, I'm not a card model fan so although I did build the structure to start off with (the picture above is from the Clever Models 'site), I soon decided wood was better and reprinted the sheets, reversed some of them so my final effort would be different and used them as templates.


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Construction was with Indian Ink/IPA stained balsa and wooden coffee stirrers, Grandt Line doors and windows and for the barber's shop owned and run by Carlo I ended up with this. The sign above the porch is an image downloaded from Google Images and printed on my very ordinary inkjet printer onto CraftyComputer paper to make a decal which was applied with Microsol and Microset to help it adhere and mould to the rough boarding, a few strokes of fine grade sand paper helping the weathered look. The roofing felt over the porch is just grainy masking tape treated with the Indian Ink/IPA brew.


g by slateworks, on Flickr

It's fitted out inside with lighting and furniture, the lights being 0604 SMLEDs in Grandt Line shades and hanging by their own magnet wire leads. The furniture comes from the cheapo plastic Mini Dollhouse Furniture sets available everywhere on the 'net for peanuts and modified and repainted to suit with a bit of reflective stick-on foil for the mirror.


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Carlo caters for both men and women in Updah so a modestly pleasant waiting area was provided, the chaise being a 3D print which I painted and upholstered with something found in "she who must be obeyed's" sewing materials, the flower display being made up from Silflor Mini-Natur flower products.


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The barber's chairs are built from Grandt Line passenger car seats.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

These were modified with additional bits of brass and plastic from the "bits box" and the leather button-back covering is a downloaded surface texture printed onto self adhesive label paper and stuck to the plastic shell. I was pleasantly surprised at the almost 3D effect


c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

And of course, Carlo is never short of custom!



I suspect that's enough for one day and I'll move onto the gunsmith's next time.

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" Rick, Herb and Reg, you're most generous with your comments, thank you."

Hi Doug :wave:

I couldn't comment...
...I'm speechless (for once !).

So...
...I can only be generous with my MOOSES !

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

Si.

;)

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I'll add a few more :moose::moose:s nicely done. I like the cleaver model site also was working on a 5 door restroom using sides from Skippy's hot dogs

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Holy smokes! You rocked the barber chair Doug! I might have to go back and redo mine. I looked forever for something that would work and finally just covered the fella with a smock. Can't see it. But yours is great!:2t:

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Si, Ken, Chas, Steven thanks for the kind comments. And Ken, I am honoured to have the statue of Anywun from your foundry studio and for the efforts made to ensure safe arrival via the sometimes tortuous rail links!

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Steven, I did try the FKA Keil Line chair from Scale City to start with


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but I found it just a bit too modern and solid for my taste. Good starting point though.

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I will say it again...very nicely done.

A really great little structure.

Reg

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Hi Doug,
I did warn you about that stampede of Moosies - I hope the Gun Shop has plenty of ammo, so that you can convert some of 'em to venison to feed the music festival participants :bg:

Doug has the happy knack of looking at stuff from elsewhere other than railway stuff and then turning it into something that complements his railroad and adds to the narrative of Updah. For that he gets another :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose: from me.

Stand by for more incoming Moosies when the Gun Shop breaks cover. :2t: Stay tuned - you ain't seen nuttin' yet

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Reg and John, thanks for the continuing support.

As for the gunsmith's, it's based on the same Clever Models templates as the barber's shop and the same balsa and wooden coffee stirrers method of construction. The sign is again something downloaded from Google Images, modified in Paint to show the name and in this case printed onto a self adhesive sticky label.


o by slateworks, on Flickr


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The interior is fitted out with a counter, gun racks for display and an illuminated workbench for gunsmith Samuel to fettle his weapons.

The counter is just balsa lined with green baize and clear packaging material.


h (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The weapons are from a sprue from Tinminis http://tinminis.com/TinManBases.html


DSCN0017 by slateworks, on Flickr


i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The gun racks are made from wooden coffee stirrers (I do love that material!) with track spikes as holders for the rifles and shotguns, also from the Tinminis sprue.


j (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


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20160622_171918 by slateworks, on Flickr

The workbench is again just balsa with an LED as a lamp with a washer as a shade and various white metal and plastic castings and bits of odd shaped material from the bits box as tools.


i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

So Samuel has a cosy and reasonably well lit place to transact both his gun sales and fettling.


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Meanwhile the last train has left a delivery of more new stock in boxes salvaged from a Tamiya German Field Maintenance set and painted to look like worn wood - hopefully!


m (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The consignment is about to be shifted into the shop by assistant Bucking Horse  - that is after he has finished his conversation with rancher Jed about the restored Civil War cannon (a slightly upgraded Bachmann offering) on display outside the shop to attract the tourists and their wallets during the festival.


o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


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That's about it for the gunsmith's and I'll move on to the general store next.

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Very nice!. Congratulations.
Jose.

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Doug, I looked at "coach" seats for a chair, but I was not happy either, never gave the GL a glance.

Now the gun store... LOVE IT! I'll take the "pepper box." There is a cannon, a six pound Mountain Howitzer, at a local antique store that I covet, but it cannot quite compare with those old 6 pound field pieces that Samuel has in stock... any idea what he is asking? You can never have too many cannons in this day and age.:)

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Thanks Jose and Steven, it was the GL seat end, the arm rest and frame that turned me onto them as a barber's seat possibility. It was sufficiently ornate to be interesting and pass as a "metal" piece. As for the cannon, whilst they're only just over $5 from Bachmann, Samuel thinks they're priceless as a tourist attraction!

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You, sir, are very creative.

Reg

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Really cool! I love the gun shop, most impressive.

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Reg, you're very kind and thanks Woodie. As I've said elsewhere, much of what I do has been inspired by your past and present layouts and most definitely the scratch building.

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Next along the street is the general store. I must admit to not making quite such a scratch building effort with this which started life as an Evergreen Hill pool hall kit.


g by slateworks, on Flickr

Originally, I made and attached several decals as advertising but of course as the building ended up in the row these are not that visible now.


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DSCN0256 by slateworks, on Flickr

The decals were made up from my usual Google Images source printed on CraftyComputer decal paper and attached with Microsol and Microset to help adherence and moulding to the rough surfaces. As elsewhere, a few strokes of light grade sandpaper added to the ageing effect.

As with all my buildings, the interior is fitted out although again not as thoroughly as others - I think I ran out of steam whilst considering another project! - and some day I may add to the cabinets, shelving and stock to make it more like a cramped and full store would have been.


DSCN0259 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0261 by slateworks, on Flickr

It does offer "facilities" for those shoppers caught short though


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and storekeeper Bert does stay open quite late in the evening.


d by slateworks, on Flickr

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Sears catalog missing...
Jose.

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Jose, I'll attend to that in due course! Meantime, the next and largest building on Updah's main street is the saloon come bordello - which I hope doesn't cause offence! Established and run by an Irish girl Molly, it's called The Painted Lady and Molly, wanting to give more of a French impression, has added Madamme to her name with an extra M for emphasis!

The model is based on one of the great range of drawings of Australian small town buildings left by Jim Fainges, now sadly no longer with us and to whom I am ever grateful.


img002 by slateworks, on Flickr


img003 by slateworks, on Flickr

Made with my favourite stained coffee stirrer and balsa material, the building is in three sections, ground floor, top floor and roof so that it can be separated should access to the interior ever be required. Doors, windows and outside staircase are laser cut wood items and the pillars, balustrades and other decorative work mostly Grandt Line architectural parts.


u (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


u (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The sign is an image from Google Images, modified in Paint to suit, printed onto self adhesive label paper and stuck onto a laser cut card frame.


x (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The interior and exterior are detailed with figures from various sources and furnished from the cheap plastic furniture sets as mentioned previously and Grandt Line passenger car seats, the only extras being the "plush suite" in the saloon which is a laser cut card kit upholstered with some velveteen found in SWMBO's sewing materials, bed covers and pillows from the same source and the piano and bar which are also laser cut card kits.


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Molly has always been a go-getter and in her guise as Madamme Molly is not shy in seeing off the complaints from some of the more straight laced ladies of Updah such as Mrs. Grudgeit wondering why her old man spends so much time at the emporium!


a (1) 1 by slateworks, on Flickr

Such is Molly's thirst for profit and reputation that she has now brought out an own brand scent to sell to the hoped for invasion of tourists to the Country Music Festival, having commissioned Cyril the squirrel trapper to provide the necessary ingredients from his catches' scent glands and loco workshop foreman Gus, who also doubles as the town's sign-writer, to draw up a suitable advertising poster to stick on various walls around town.


Scent advert 3 by slateworks, on Flickr

Not only that, but she has also invested in two "comfort cars" to be attached for a small rental to the local tourist steam tram and its passenger car where drinking, gambling and "other things" can be found - but more of that another time!

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Doug:

What are you using for wood shingles?

I gotta say, for someone living across the pond you are doing a great job of capturing the essence of small town, 19th Century, western US.

Reg

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Thanks for the compliment Reg, much appreciated. Much as I'd like to say I made the shingles, I can't as they're the Rusty Stumps real cedar random items
http://www.rustystumps.com/proddetail.asp?prod=W5502
and very nice too. I've used them on most of my buildings and a couple of sheets seem to go a long way.
One thing I have found though is that the self adhesive bit isn't too clever especially after the sheets have been sitting around for a few months so all my buildings get a thin layer of white wood glue on the balsa roof panel before the shingles are laid on to help them stick better.

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OOHHH!!!. NUDES!!! (passing out).
Jose.

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Well I did say I hoped it wouldn't cause offence Jose - but then I guess it doesn't!(_!_);)

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The remaining two commercial buildings in Updah's main street are the livery stable and blacksmith's shop, both constructed with wooden coffee stirrers and balsa to my customary "work it out as you go" design.

 
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The livery stable is fitted out inside with two stalls build from basswood and balsa with the fancy bits salvaged from old Grandt Line architectural parts and oddments found in the bits box. old cart wheels, horse collars, tack and spare horseshoes hanging on the doors and walls.


008 by slateworks, on Flickr


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Outside sits the horse-drawn feed and bedding delivery wagon, the horses and their collars, harnesses and the triple trees being McKenzie Iron and Steel items painted to suit.

 
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The reins are cut with a scalpel from old leather boot laces and could be finer and I'd look for leather clothing material if I was doing them again.


g (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

The initiated might well say that the set-up won't work but it's the nearest I can find from photos!

The wagon is yet again a fictitious "design it as you go" effort using old photos as guides and basswood, balsa, some rather nice leaf spring etches, Keith Wiseman bearing castings and wheels from somewhere I can no longer remember in the build.


b (7) by slateworks, on Flickr


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e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


k by slateworks, on Flickr

Next I'll show the blacksmith's shop and then perhaps as a respite from building construction move on to some of the more esoteric bits of motive power I've built.

P.S. Just remembered, the wheels are Grandt Line Popcorn Wagon wheels.

Last edited on Sun Dec 4th, 2016 10:43 pm by slateworks

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The blacksmith's shop frontage was seen at the beginning of the previous post so I won't bore with more of that. The interior is fitted out with a forge with bellows, tools, anvil, blacksmith, apprentice and freshly tyred (tired) wagon wheels on the doors and lying around.

The forge is a Wiseman hearth and chimney with a scratch built hood and fire provided by red and orange random flickering LEDs.

 
001 by slateworks, on Flickr

The bellows are scratch built with basswood, balsa, odd left-over plastic bits and tube and wire.


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Tools and other paraphernalia are Wiseman castings


001 by slateworks, on Flickr

for which I made up racks from scrap metal


l (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


l (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

or hung on the walls to "look busy".


j (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The work bench is just balsa with various castings, mostly Wiseman, added to with old watch and cigarette lighter parts. I have a bits box with all sorts of odd things in it saved over the years which "might come in handy one day" and it's surprising how often that day arrives!

The blacksmith is an Aspen Modelling figure and his apprentice is from Dixons Miniatures. The Wiseman anvil was drilled and countersunk to take an SMLED to simulate the hot worked metal and the log support is, well, just a real wood log albeit a small offcut!

 
n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


Stacked (40) by slateworks, on Flickr

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Doug,
You continue to impress me.  Your blacksmith shop is excellent.  Most don't have enough tools, you seemed to have filled that need nicely.  
I have only one question, what scale are your Dixons miniatures?  I can only see 28mm and they in my mind are too small.
Keep the great posts coming, I am enjoying your work!
:pop:

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Steven, thanks for the kind words and you're quite correct in that the Dixons Miniatures are mostly 28mm and in the Western series "large 25mm" which is close to 28mmm. As such they are as you suggest too small for normal use but I have them as loco crew for my Bachmann Porters as they fit in the cab more easily than 1/48 figures, for passengers in my Bachmann passenger cars where the available seating room is also very tight and for small people such as the blacksmith's young apprentice who's still only a lad!

As for the tools, Keith Wiseman was very cooperative in agreeing to sell me a good extra supply of the tong type tools that come with his blacksmith's tools and hearth set so I was able to spread them around. I wish more dealers were as accommodating.

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As a break from buildings, I thought I'd show some vehicles currently dotted about Updah's acreage. I won't bore with the familiar Bachmann On30 bashes but perhaps some of the oddities.

First up, I came across a real monster on page 834 of David Myrick's marvellous book, Railroads of Nevada (Vol 2), a tome from whose photos I take great inspiration.


rand203 by slateworks, on Flickr

What little information there is available suggests that this behemoth was the Ludlow and Southern Railroad's old No.2 4-6-0, now decommissioned and fitted with a Holt tractor engine to be used as a shunter. Seemingly it never ran nor was completed but it was just too quirky to ignore for modelling purposes.

I started with an HO Mantua 10 wheeler as the donor loco as it had roughly the same driver layout and was bought on ebay for a very modest amount.  


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Stripped of its tender and body gave me a starting point for the chassis.


b (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Whilst it sort of ran, I didn't have much faith in the whacking great old fashioned motor so this, the cylinders and other unnecessary bits were removed.


c (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

I searched several aircraft modelling sites for a suitable engine and whilst there is a surprising choice, the nearest I could find to the Holt was an Allison which needed a fair bit of surgery to remove the rather more modern bits such as superchargers. I had radiators and other paraphernalia in my several bits boxes so ended up with a sort of kit of parts.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The engine was mounted, the superstructure started using styrene sheet and mouldings and the pony truck wheels changed for spoked ones I just happened to have in stock.


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

A tank - it's never been clear if this was a fuel tank or a water filled ballast tank - was made from card and styrene, pipework was added using plastic tubing and brass wire and everything was given a shot of Halford's grey primer to bring things together.


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A modern Mashima 9/16 motor was installed using the original drive worm sleeved to fit the Mashima's thinner drive shaft.


k by slateworks, on Flickr

Much to my surprise, this ran - until I managed to blow up the motor due to sheer carelessness! Please excuse the camera's autofocus noise and effect which I forgot to switch off!

http://youtu.be/wzI0zqjvQcY 

More bits from the bits boxes were added to the superstructure to replicate the prototype and the whole model was painted and heavily rusted with acrylics.


r (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

And just like the unsuccessful prototype it now sits forlornly outside the Updah service area Parts and Spares store awaiting a new motor and attended to by a crew and tools adapted from the Tamiya German field maintenance set.


t (1-1) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (4) by slateworks, on Flick

I could add a lot more detail but as a hopefully one day mobile but currently static model, it does for now.

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HOLY SMOKES!!!. Good thing you posted a pic of the prototype. And being non-functional just adds to the accuracy...
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Yes, the original photo was a must as nobody would have believed it otherwise! :hyp::boogie:

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Doug

A great conversion, good luck with the new motor.


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Thanks Ken. That's a New Year task.

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Hi Doug.

Classy redneck lash-up !

They sure knew how to make the most of scrap-iron in Nevada ;)

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

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Ah Si, Updah specialises in backwoods lash-ups, a couple of which are the original critter known as The Beast and a mobile home forerunner of the self propelled Airstream!

The Beast started life as the chassis from a Bachmann street car, a motor from an HO rail load, an exhaust pipe and silencer from brass and plastic tubing and the beginnings of a balsa and basswood superstructure.


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A dummy transmission was made up from parts provided by Bachmann and were left over bits from my rail truck gear repairs.


b by slateworks, on Flickr


e (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The motor was tarted up a bit with paint, HT leads and a few other ancillaries.


f (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The balsa superstructure was then built up and card and styrene chain guards made for the dummy drive together with a wiggly tin roof.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A decrepit fuel tank waqs fashioned from a boxy electronic item salvaged from an old circuit board of some sort, some brass tubing, an old watch winder and some styrene bits.


k (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


k (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


k (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

A G scale resin tank moulding was used to to make the radiator water supply and actually houses a Loksound Galloping Goose sound file decoder and speaker.


n (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Head and back-up lights were added along with a driver's seat made up from Grandt Line passenger car seat parts, a driver and some controls from steam loco cab levers.


j (4) by slateworks, on Flickr



o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr



o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

And of course the obligatory tool box, patches and ornamental deer horns!


p (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Finally, the driver was given some weather curtains


o (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

and The Beast now spends most of its life shuttling trucks around the loco service area. I was just learning to drive at this stage so you'll have to forgive the multiple gear changes at the beginning!

https://youtu.be/pgfx0VleBFY

And this is the pre-Airstream mobile home, but more of that anon.


e (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

By the way, my appologies to anyone on here who is also on Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling Online and may have seen all this before.

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I have got to build me a version of the L&S "shunter".  That is just to "funky" to be ignored.
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Just as I'd decided it was safe to go on that weekend fishing trip, up the creek.

That ! ...

... THING !!

Came at me, lurching & clanking through the woods !

The screaching sound of poorly aligned & un-oiled metal ...

... was TERRIFYING !

The guy driving it, looked like he'd just eaten Burt Reynolds burgers for breakfast !!

That's it ! ...

... I'm outta here ...

... Back to the City, where there are NO BANJOS !

That's if they haven't switched all the signs round & I can find my station-wagon ??

:shocked:

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The L&S 4-6-0 has been one of my favorites for many years, I have thought about building a version but never got a "round tuit". BUT that ain't the only piece o' work, Myrick's books have photos of many more "things" and you just have to use your imagination. Remember that there are prototypes for anything...if you think it up & build it then THAT is the prototype.

Excellent stuff, thanks for sharing.

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Reg, Si, Woodie, thanks for the interest. I'm only too glad if my wittering incentifies.

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Hi Doug :wave:

Your West-Wittering is interesting & incentifieying (?). :bg:

But THE BEAST ! ... is just plain TERRIFYING !!

:moose:

Si.

I had no idea that sleepy suburban Twickenham......was full of bordellos, gunsmiths, rednecks & rusty BEASTS !!
;)

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Twickenham Si?! - You should see it on a rugby international day! Don't know about red-necks but beasts aplenty - and some of the fellahs are pretty big too!

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Going back to the mobile home, its owner Wilbur was a failing dust bowl farmer until the bank dispossessed him and he had to pick up what he could carry, load it on his truck and move out. He found his way to Updah and got work as an odd job man being the backwoods type who could turn his hand to pretty well anything including building his own mobile home.

The vehicle started life as a rather shiny Tin's Toys 1934 Ford stake truck.


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

but in Wilbur's hands it had become a somewhat more dilapidated flat bed.


c (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The flathead V8 was indestructible though and the underside of the truck was well preserved if a bit rusty.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

So Wilbur fashioned a simple wooden (coffee stirrers) floor extension to the flatbed


b by slateworks, on Flickr

and hauled up onto it his tool shack (wooden coffee stirrers and balsa), the only substantial thing he could remove from the farm site before the bailiffs arrived!


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Slightly rotten at the edges, it was nonetheless waterproof and he fitted it out inside for a modest degree of comfort with a bed


g (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

and table, stove, an old barber's chair he found dumped on his travels and pots and pans with which he could keep himself catered for with a water supply from a cab top tank.


g (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

As can be seen, he had fire in the stove (a random flickering LED) and lights for night time.


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Power is  supplied from two button cell batteries in holders complete with on/off switches and built in under the flatbed - although in reality we know it's really just oil and logs!


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

https://youtu.be/wjL3q3pfQNA

Wilbur managed to salvage most of his tools before flitting and these hang around the mobile home in various places.


h (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

And now with as much work as he can handle and in the comfort of knowing he also has a bit of personal protection on the wall from the rufty-tufty gold miners at the creek, in the evening Wilbur can listen to his radio and enjoy the occasional jug of Moonshine Marty's hooch.


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

And, with Dougy's generosity, he's also got a secure and convenient spot to park alongside the diner, more of which when buildings come up again.


i (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

And he even has his own garden!


f (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

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Doug:
What you do with stir sticks and balsa is incredible.
One question:  are you using stir sticks for your shakes?
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Shaken not stirred, Mr Bond ?

:moose:

Si.

" He found his way to Updah and got work as an odd job man being the backwoods type who could turn his hand to pretty well anything "

Pretty clever of Wilbur, inventing LED lighting in the '30s !
I get a 'flickering' problem with mine here sometimes.
Tell him not to buy his bulbs at Poundland !!

;)

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Thanks Reg, you're most kind. No, the shakes (shingles?) aren't home made. I'm not that clever and don't have the patience so they're all Rusty Stumps items
http://www.rustystumps.com/proddetail.asp?prod=W5502
which I find nice to use so long as the surface they're attached to gets a layer of wood glue first as their self adhesive element isn't that clever.

And Si, Wilbur kept it a state secret until just before he passed on in 1962 when he sold the technology to GE. That's why I had to say we really knew the lighting was just oil and the stove fire just logs! :brill:

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Hi Doug.

That is some great modeling. I love all the details you have build in.

Keep it coming.

Alwin

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slateworks wrote: Thanks Reg, you're most kind. No, the shakes (shingles?) aren't home made. I'm not that clever and don't have the patience so they're all Rusty Stumps items
http://www.rustystumps.com/proddetail.asp?prod=W5502
which I find nice to use so long as the surface they're attached to gets a layer of wood glue first as their self adhesive element isn't that clever.

And Si, Wilbur kept it a state secret until just before he passed on in 1962 when he sold the technology to GE. That's why I had to say we really knew the lighting was just oil and the stove fire just logs! :brill:

Try Evergreen Hill Designs shingles.  I have them on two structures and they seem to stick just fine.
I was hoping you made them from stir sticks, but I guess that would be too thick.

Reg

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Thanks Alwin. So long as I'm not boring I'll keep going.

Reg, next time I make a building I'll look at the EHD shingles so thanks for the suggestion. When I bought my supply a few years ago now there weren't quite the number of options available as today, especially the real wood ones which I particularly like for their appearance. But they do say that a change is as good as a rest!

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this is what I use to make shingles or close to scale thickness boards:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-250-ft-Red-Oak-Real-Wood-Veneer-Edgebanding-with-Hot-Melt-Adhesive-02pgredoak/204217180

or:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-25-ft-Birch-Edge-Tape-657608/202843396

or:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-25-ft-Oak-Edge-Tape-657659/202843397

Jose.

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I hadn't thought of that and I'm sure we'll have the equivalent in the UK. I'll look out for it next time I visit the DIY store. I imagine the hot glue element makes it stick well too.

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Along with my other vehicle oddities I wanted a bit of dereliction around the loco workshop and decided that a long defunct bulldozer would do the job. I started with the Tamiya offering as it's the correct scale and fairly generic looking.


1280243732 by slateworks, on Flickr

The first thing to do was to give it a reason to be a derelict so a thrown track seemed to be in order.


a (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Next up, I thought that the engine could have seized but the Tamiya model doesn't have such an accessory. Fortunately I had another of the "wagon load" motors in the spares box


a (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

and this turned out to be just the right size, fitting the available space perfectly with a minimum of modification.


a (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

Some heavy rusting acrylic paint later and a passable derelict began to emerge.


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

The derelict now sits quietly awaiting its fate out back of the loco workshop where two of the loco cleaners, Berndt and Smokey, examine it to determine if it's moveable at all.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

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Cool...I love them old dozers. Great modeling sir.

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Thanks Woodie. I consider that a true accolade from the Master!

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pipopak wrote: this is what I use to make shingles or close to scale thickness boards:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-250-ft-Red-Oak-Real-Wood-Veneer-Edgebanding-with-Hot-Melt-Adhesive-02pgredoak/204217180

or:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-25-ft-Birch-Edge-Tape-657608/202843396

or:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-25-ft-Oak-Edge-Tape-657659/202843397

Jose.

OK.  Off to Home Depot this afternoon...if the snow holds off.
Reg

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Wanting to try something different, another oddity I've built is a Harley Forecar.


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

It seemed to fit in with the somewhat elastic time-frame surrounding Updah and would provide a novelty as a delivery vehicle. I started with a 1/43 model of a Sunbeam sidecar outfit purchased for pennies on good old eBay and by filing off a couple of rivets, broke it down into its constituent parts.


b (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

I found a drawing on Google and used this to better understand the construction which isn't totally clear from photos.


1 (4 - 1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Beginning with the steering set up, a simple axle beam was made from styrene and small brass tubing


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

and king pins and stub axles from bent wire and scrap steel rod


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

which, with two of the donor model's wheels, gave me a kit of parts.


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Next came the frame made up from brass and styrene tubing and rod.


j (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The axle beam was attached to the frame underside and a tie bar made from styrene rod was used to connect the two king pins in their bearings.


k (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

This was then painted and set aside.


l (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The freight box was then made up from styrene, basswood and balsa, doors with latches added then painted and set aside..


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Leaf springs were made up from a bronze etch


n (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

and fitted to the frame to support the box and a knuckle arm was fashioned from thin scrap metal, attached to one wheel pivot point and connected with wire to a similar item on the bottom of a brass rod steering column on which sat the handlebars.

o by slateworks, on Flickr

The third wheel was attached at the rear axle and having checked that there was the semblance of movement in the simple steering mechanism,

https://youtu.be/Zmm8xMI4qLk

 the freight box was fixed to the frame and a shot of paint added.


m (9) by slateworks, on Flickr


m (10) by slateworks, on Flickr

Front mudguards were made up from scrap brass etch,


o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

painted and attached to the frame and freight box.


p (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


p (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


p (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Oil headlamps were salvaged from one of the old wagons used in the parade (more of that another time),


k (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


k (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

modified to suit with additional styrene and with decals made from images found on Google


s (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

the British Sunbeam became a US Harley Forecar - sort of!


u by slateworks, on Flickr

Now in service as Updah Carriers, Ivan and Boris it's two man crew are presently offloading another consignment of Coke to the diner having taken the opportunity with Beeza and Norman, their motorcycle escort, to fill up at the gas station.

 
i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Great work,would make a good pizza delivery bike.:bg:......Peter:2t::2t: 

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Reg H wrote: pipopak wrote: this is what I use to make shingles or close to scale thickness boards:



http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-250-ft-Red-Oak-Real-Wood-Veneer-Edgebanding-with-Hot-Melt-Adhesive-02pgredoak/204217180

or:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-25-ft-Birch-Edge-Tape-657608/202843396



or:


http://www.homedepot.com/p/13-16-in-x-25-ft-Oak-Edge-Tape-657659/202843397




Jose.












OK.  Off to Home Depot this afternoon...if the snow holds off.



Reg


Yeah, I need to go looking for this as well. I'd never even heard of this before now!




I think we're good for snow, Reg, as the forecast looks like nothing but rain (and some unusual sun) for the next week!




Oh well, at least on my layout, it's always summertime.... 1943!
But due to that timeframe, I couldn't use any bulldozer as I've confirmed the area I model and in that timeframe, NOBODY had a bulldozer at all until years afterward.
Great job on that bulldozer, Doug!



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Peter and Lee, thanks for the kind comments.

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As Updah is hosting a Country Music Festival, the town's elders thought that a tourist train could yield a considerable amount of additional income for the township and commissioned the loco workshop crew to build a suitable but inexpensive loco and stock.

Having in stock a couple of Bachmann street car bodies (their chassis having been used elsewhere) and an intermittently working Bachmann Porter (a cheap eBay purchase), the basis of the scheme took shape, the inspiration coming from photos of the Australian Cronulla trams.


6468794037_0358e1a26e_o by slateworks, on Flickr

One of the street car bodies was subjected to surgery and a window section removed, leaving it as a five window unit.


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

In hindsight I should have removed two window sections but it's done now and I'll live with the result. The Porter was stripped down to its constituent parts, the fault rectified (quantities of a previous owner's fluff and cotton thread in the gear train which was easily removed), the pickup strips isolated from the motor and the motor and pickups wired for DCC operation.


c (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Having cut a suitable opening in the street car body floor, the now cabless Porter was test fitted.


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

A section was then removed from the roof, the glazing, the interior light bar and the light diffuser to fit the shortened street car body.


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A through smokestack was fashioned from styrene tube and the top cut from a surplus Bachmann smokestack, various bits of brass paraphernalia were made up and added to the roof to suggest items similar to those on the Cronulla tram and an additional LED powered "Cyclops" headlamp was grafted onto the roof front.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

Now a tram, it then went off to paint and when dry, a Tsunami TSU750 decoder was shoehorned into one side and connected to the motor and lighting units and to a rectangular speaker on the other side.


t (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Wiring, decoder and speaker were then concealed in styrene sheet built "cabinets".


u (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The trailer car retained its original length and structure and just received a matching repaint.


l (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

It was then fitted with a surplus pair of Bachmann Forney trailing trucks, a nice size for this size of car,


p (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

and a spare TCS function only decoder to run the lighting from the DCC power.


r (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The resulting tourist train now caters for both visitor and resident of Updah alike, taking them on round trips on the scenic route through the mountains.


u (10) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

https://youtu.be/3zo21stsoS8

Please excuse the creaking of the camera mount, not to mention the amateurish video. I'm still very much a learner in this art!

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Absolutely... LUV IT......,,great work:2t::2t::rah:.......Peter

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Thank you Peter.

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great ideas and nice work

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Thanks Charles. I'm afraid I'm not in the finescale or realists' brigade but try to create a sense of what something might have been like with a bit of whimsy thrown in. All good fun - and fun is what this hobby's all about!

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As an addendum to the saga of the steam tram, Madamme Molly, having an eye for the main chance, decided that her earnings from The Painted Lady could be enhanced using the same "staff" in a mobile fashion. Striking a deal with the railroad and the loco workshop crew, two "Comfort Cars" were built to be attached to the tourist train, one offering games of chance and a musical extravaganza whilst the other offered copious amounts of alcohol at a bar and "other activities"!

It all started with a couple of Hawk cable car kits as the basic vehicles


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

from which the car bodies were built


b by slateworks, on Flickr

and in deference to the railroad, these were painted to match the steam tram livery.


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

A honky tonk piano was built up from a laser cut card kit


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

and installed in the open end of the first car.


f (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Ornate "wrought iron" barriers were made from Grandt Line mouldings and installed together with a brass handrail to prevent any inebriated customers falling from the moving train.


g (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

A craps table was fashioned from a surplus pool table casting, some balsa surrounds, a baize base printed from a Google Image, some painted styrene rod sliver chips and dice and a bent wire croupier's stick.


o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


o (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

This was then installed in the closed end of the car.


o (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Pianist Glenn and singer Peggy-Sue then boarded the car to offer entertainment


r (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


s (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

while car manager Tyronne kept a watchful eye on the players and croupier/dealer Wheeler as the betting progressed.


r (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

The car roof was fitted with a DCC Concepts LED light bar,


w (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

a pair of Walthers 8' Pullman HO trucks were fitted and a surplus Bachmann two function decoder from an upgraded Porter was installed to run the lighting from the DCC circuit.


w (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (15) by slateworks, on Flickr

Along with specially adapted Kadee knuckle couplers to satisfy coupler height requirements and roof name boards made up in Paint and printed onto self adhesive label paper, this completed the first car.


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v (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Needless to say, the second car is built up as the first but with a different interior fit out.

This is the bar and "other activities" car and a bar was fashioned again from a laser cut card kit and fitted into the open end of car 1 along with a mirror and some balsa shelving behind


f (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

wrought iron barriers with brass handrail then being installed to match car 2.


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The bar was then stocked with Stewart Dollhouse Creations bottles and glasses purchased from a UK supplier, painted with glass paint to suggest the various intoxicating liquids and with miniature labels printed onto self adhesive label paper and stuck on the bottles.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Some of the workshop crew are first on board for refreshment and bar tender Mitch makes sure the tankards are kept topped up.


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The closed end of the car is kept more private for obvious reasons and is furnished with a 3D printed chaise long and bow fronted table.


m (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

These have been painted to resemble wood and upholstered for comfort with scraps from SWMBO's sewing drawer.

 
m (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

With curtains from the same scraps, cabinets from styrene sheet, an upholstered and cushioned armchair from Grandt Line passenger car seats, a tray of drinks from oddments found in the bits box and a bouquet of Silflor flowers, Jolene can now offer comfort and relaxation to her customers.


n (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

She had been accompanied on the venture by Peggy-Sue


n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

but as she has now taken on the singing duties, Madamme Molly has brought in a new girl, Carla (the corset queen) to fill the void.


n (9) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (10) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (11) by slateworks, on Flickr

With its trucks, lighting, couplers and all other paraphernalia attached, the second car is now ready for service and can operate during the day and, with its appropriate red lighting,  at night,


w (12) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (14) by slateworks, on Flickr

adding a little more colour to Updah as evening descends.


x (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

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An EXCELLENT kitbash job. As you said, the ''power car'' could have been one window shorter-- but still

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Many thanks Herb and hindsight is a wonderful thing! I almost got to the stage of redoing the power car body but rationality prevailed as, knowing me, I'd surely make a complete pig's ear of it and regret the moment.

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Congratulations!. You got the corset girl all right... down to the bored face.... like... is THIS all you got?
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Thanks Jose. I paint most of my figures but I can't claim any credit for this lady as she came ready painted from an eBay seller in Belarus. Relatively inexpensive as postage is free and he sometimes has figures "from a private collection" at half price which I assume are second hand but look new.

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Ahhh, so she is a "painted lady"?

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Exactly Woodie. She's one of the several painted ladies who habituate The Painted Lady Saloon with Madamme Molly and who have been seconded to mobile duties!

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marvelous, all the details you put on those cars:glad:
noticed the piano is scale 28mm? this will fit for 1/48?
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Cor, thanks for the kind words and the piano is sold as 1/48.

http://www.atriflesmall.co.uk/148th-scale-furniture/148th-scale-study-and-music-room-furniture/148th-scale-upright-piano-kit-3734

Also Glenn the pianist is a 1/43 figure. Hope this helps.

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thanks, i was looking ad the name on the frame from the piano and found this site:http://www.4ground.co.uk/28mm-furniture/28mm-furniture-upright-piano
must be the same, but its under the 28mm scale (whatever that means)
this site is even better, soon i will order some off that stuff , for adding to my cafe
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some pics where i want to put it






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That's a new supplier to me Cor so thanks for the link. 28mm scale is a bit smaller than 1/48 which I'm guessing is nearer 30mm scale. Having said that, I've always worked on the rubber scale ethos that people and many artefacts come in all shapes and sizes so being close to the underlying scale is near enough.
28mm scale is more a wargaming thing whereas 1/48 is more compatible with railroad modelling so I guess the sellers of these kits will mark them according to their main class of customer. I do wonder whether "28S" stamped on the kit frets has any significance though.
As for your bar/saloon/diner(?), that's a super looking build as are all the structures on your Red Hook layout. I feel quite the learner by comparison and will be interested to see how you finish this build.

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red hook is now coming to an end.

this cafe is finished, i can make a new topic for it, will do that later:dope:


i like your buildings, specialy the amount off small stuf and details you are bringin in

:glad:


Cor

 

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As mentioned in the background history of Updah, the town is hosting a Country Music Festival and with this in mind, a couple of performance stages were needed. One is still under construction back of the sawmill with locally sourced timber (balsa, basswood and wooden coffee stirrers),


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

whilst the other has received much more attention.


c (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Electrician Daisy-May has been pondering on what might be done for lighting


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

and has decided that four lanterns (Grandt Line marker lamp mouldings, shades and pre-wired 0402 LEDs) should do the trick.


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Coupled with a string of LED fairy lights http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com light-string.html
she decided this would provide the ambience required by the performing artistes.


f (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

It rarely rains in Updah but to complete the stage build and to be on the safe side, a canvas (painted light cotton material) was provided to protect the acts.


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The stage now being ready, The Workshop Crew (adapted RailRoadAvenue figures) were able to begin rehearsals


k (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

along with banjo player Earl (from the UPC medicine wagon kit, more of which anon).


k (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Later in the evening, Daisy-May was seen wiring up a set of loudspeakers (micro switches from the bits box) and it became clear that another performer was due to rehearse.


m (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

and with high drama and her microphone (bits of plastic moulding and brass tubing), Polly Carton took centre stage.


o by slateworks, on Flickr

Polly has had a varied life, originating as Lucinda Loveless in the Wild West Exodus wargame portfolio


b (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

but with some judicious scalpel work to remove her weaponry  and some of her somewhat sci-fi garb, she decided singing was much more in her line.


c (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

She hopes to be joined on stage soon for a duet by Ronnie Kedgers, another originating from that source,


c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

but who is presently with his manager being scalpelled, suited and booted for the occasion!

And finally, to ensure there is a proper country backing, another honky-tonk piano has been obtained and installed on stage with pianist Croyd Flamer.


p (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

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slateworks wrote:















Great work, but those coke bottle cases in the background are about twice the size they should be. A case of Coca-Cola would be about 2 scale feet long at the most.
Many of them get sold online as O scale when they are more like 1/24 scale. I bought a set from a eBay vendor and immediately returned them for that reason.

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Probably got the Euro Std. 2 litre bottle early. ;)

Updah is a pretty advanced 'hood, for a loada banjo twangin' hay-seeds !

Pioneers in '30s energy-saving LED lighting
&
Digital microchip controlled steam engines !!

Whatever next ?
Don't tell me that the Country & Western music is coming from an MP3 player.
Can't be true. :shocked:

:moose:

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Lee, I am concious of the size but as mentioned before, I'm very much a rubber scaler so impression rather than accuracy rules with me! The same can be said of the Harley Forecar which itself is way over scale being at best 1/43 on a 1/48 layout and the crates that it's carrying.

Si, as with rubber scaling, Updah benefits from rubber time! I'm afraid it's all electrickery of the most modern variety with DCC decoders, LEDs, MP3 players, even laser cut materials so mea culpa - I haven't counted a rivet in decades!

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slateworks wrote: Lee, I am concious of the size but as mentioned before, I'm very much a rubber scaler so impression rather than accuracy rules with me! The same can be said of the Harley Forecar which itself is way over scale being at best 1/43 on a 1/48 layout and the crates that it's carrying.



Fair enough. The only reason I posted that was that I wasn't sure if you realized it was out of scale. I doubt that early wood Coke pallet 'crates' are all that common in the UK. If I was modeling some UK thing and had something out of scale, I'd want to know so I could make the decision as opposed to not having a clue.
Your modeling work is very impressive and I didn't want you to think I wasn't impressed by your work.

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" I'm afraid it's all electrickery of the most modern variety "

" I haven't counted a rivet in decades! "

Hi Doug.

I'm sure if you start,..
...it will be using the latest digital-counters.

With the millennium-bug still to come at Updah...
...just be prepared for 1 or 2 errors.

Digital can have it's drawbacks.
Probably why the Victorians did so well without it ! ;)

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Noticed that they built the stage with old weathered wood, but the new stuff is neatly piled aside. Maybe is a case of ... corruption???
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Lee, no problem and certainly no offence taken. I appreciate the heads-up on scale and size as it's all a learning curve.

Si, the very successful Victorians DID have digital though, the five on each hand that helped produce all that wonderful engineering.

Jose, you'll see that the new timber was used for the foundation beams which would be protected to some extent from the weather and older weathered timber for the more exposed elements as it would already be seasoned. The stacked new timber is the left-overs and ready to be carted back to the sawmill for other uses by Fred whilst extra old timber is being brought in by Bert to finish the job! Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! :w:;)

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What fun!
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Thanks Reg and you've hit the nail on the head. FUN is what I think model making is all about and in my case it does tend towards whimsy!

And in that vein, Ronnie Kedgers has now left the gents outfitters and is ready (subject to a bit of touching up!) to duet with Polly Carton.


c (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

Hearing her melodious tones coming through the speakers, he's taken the opportunity to join her centre stage for a rendition of "their song", much to the delight of the assembled throng.


p (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

He'd also noticed the available libations on top of Croyd Flamer's piano and decided those would be an added bonus


p (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

 if he and Polly could get there before Croyd got fully into his stride and sent the pots and glasses flying with his shaking piano style! :glad:;)

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I guess every loco service area needs some sort of machine shop for repairs and maintenance and Updah is no different.


w (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Located close to the turntable and roundhouse, it was built from scratch with wooden coffee stirrers, balsa, basswood and Grandt Line (I think!) windows and designed by guesswork!


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

Pre-wired 0402 LEDs in Grandt Line shades were installed for the lighting and wiggly tin for the lean-to roof.


g (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A heavy hoist was fashioned from balsa and Grandt Line NBWs, fine chain and bits from the bits box and sits across the track ending at the lean-to.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Surrounding clutter was provided from Rusty Rail castings suitably painted


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


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e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The same source supplied the internal cabinets, shelves and benches.


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c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


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s (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

For a birthday present I was given the Sierra West Machine Shop set and have built up the various units over the past few months.


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


a (5.1) by slateworks, on Flickr


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along with a couple of other tools.


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and bit by bit these have been installed.


x (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


s (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

The interior is somewhat cluttered with no hint of health and safety considerations and a small extension may be needed to house some of the machinery at some time. Also, it's no good without power and the overhead belt and pulley supply (part of the kit) has yet to be thought through and installed. However, when it is available it will be driven by a stationary winding engine behind the shop


001 by slateworks, on Flickr

which is also used to haul "dead" locos and other vehicles into the shop by cable, another bit of imagineering!


n (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

The engine started life as an OzSteam static kit with the addition of a boiler, pipework and other ancillaries and I managed to build it in such a way as to become motorised using a cheap 30RPM gear motor and drive belt.


DSCN0287 by slateworks, on Flickr

I also added a surplus Bachmann two function decoder for motion and a surplus MRC sound decoder and speaker, all taken from upgraded loco projects.


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

As a result, it now runs (subject to a little more programming for speed and chuff) as if a loco under DCC.

https://youtu.be/OeS93Hpar30

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... seems that Polly is quite the fighter. Wonder how her dates end up....
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Funny you should say that Jose, elsewhere it's been said that she looks like she's delivering a straight left!

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Women... always so cute!
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Ain't they just! I've put this one down to artistic expression - well, she is an artiste!

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well, she is an artiste!

... at punching Reg!

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As shown in the Updah history, a parade is being organised for the opening of the Country Music Festival which will comprise a number of restored wagons and townsfolk wearing traditional settlers' dress.


e (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

It will be lead off by mail-man Bronco Billy riding his Brumm horse bareback accompanied by Updah's physician Doc who has single handedly unearthed and restored a number of ancient wagons, treating them with the same tender care as he lavishes on his more usual patients and who has organised the parade.The Brumm horse is from a collection which were fortuitously obtained in an inexpensive eBay sale some time ago and whilst being somewhat over scale, are nice models.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Following closely behind will be Dick and his riding mechanic Enzo in their beautifully renovated 1899 Opel, a 1/43 scale model straight out of the box and with the horses, a further admission of my rubber scaling tendencies!


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Their prime task - apart from keeping going - will be to avoid backfiring so as not to upset the Brumm horses hauling the stage, the next in line. This started life as a Brumm London to York mail coach


b (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

which with some not inconsiderable surgery and a repaint morphed into Updah's original 19th century stage.


f (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The interior was painted to better represent leather,


l (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

luggage and freight (white metal castings) were added,


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j (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


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passengers were boarded


q (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


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and a staunch crew rode atop suitably armed for their protection.


n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


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q (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Behind them came the mayor's carriage, a calliope wagon and a snake oil salesman's wagon but more of those anon.

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Following on from yesterday, the Mayor's carriage started life as a Brumm Milord carriage


1 (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

but the soft-top is a rigid unit so nothing can be seen inside. This was removed and a new folded soft-top made from old guitar strings, cotton sheeting and a couple of washers.


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

which when attached gave the re-painted carriage a more open style.


e (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

The carriage lamps were drilled out to take 0603 LEDs


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

and fitted with a lens cut with a leather punch from transparent plastic packaging material .


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Re-fitted to the carriage, it now sported lighting run from the main layout lighting loom under the baseboard.


h by slateworks, on Flickr

On the day of the opening of the festival, the mayor Phineas (Fings) Updah and his lady Dolly will ride in the carriage but for the rehearsal the seats are taken by his brother Watts and wife Wanda while Fings and Dolly have a mild set-to as to who sits on which side on the day!


j (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Providing music for the parade is the following calliope wagon which started life as a Gem City calliope wagon kit from Model Rollercoaster


009 by slateworks, on Flickr

The organ box was built up using lengths of brass tubing


b (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

then everything de-flashed and painted to make a fresh kit of parts.


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

A laser cut card organ was purchased from Petite Properties, fitted with a keyboard printed onto self adhesive label paper from a Google Images photo and painted up to house the organ pipes.


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Lamps were fashioned from Grandt Line marker lamp lenses, shades and brass tubing fitted with 0603 LEds running off the main layout lighting loom


i (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

and these were added to the kit of parts together with a crew and more Brumm horses to build up into the final wagon.


i (9) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (10) by slateworks, on Flickr

The last wagon in the parade is the snake oil salesman's but that is for another day.

Last edited on Tue Dec 20th, 2016 10:20 pm by slateworks

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Amazing!

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You're too kind Lee, so thanks.

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Really cool, exceptional modelling.

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Very nice!. I see a circus set in the future....
Jose.

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Woodie and Jose, thank you. You're both also very kind with your comments. I seem to be taking up quite a bit of site space so do tell me if it gets too much.

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I seem to be taking up quite a bit of site space so do tell me if it gets too much.

You never have too much of a good thing...

Jose.

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Last in the line for the parade is the snake oil salesman's wagon which started life as a UPC medicine wagon kit.


$_57 by slateworks, on Flickr 

An old kit but one that demonstrated the relatively high quality of plastic mouldings in the last century, something some modern kit makers could learn from. 



b (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The kit was built up pretty much as per the instructions and painted then, as I thought that the graphics with the kit were a bit lame, suitable alternatives were found on Google Images, scaled to size, printed onto self adhesive label paper and stuck on the wagon sides.


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr




f (2) by slateworks, on Flickr



f (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The rather bare interior was then looked at and a slide in module of shelves and drawers fashioned from balsa, basswood and surplus pinpoint bearings.


i (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

This is a medicine wagon so bottles were required for sale and these were made up from laser cut clear acrylic with labels stuck on the outside.


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Having provided goods for the lads, the ladies were also catered for with gaudy beads, cloth and bric-a-brac for the home, all found in jewellery making counters or the bits box. 


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Next step was the lighting. The kit provided mouldings for candles or oil lamps on the outside and these were drilled and scribed to take 0603 LEDs and their associated magnet wires.


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


l (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

An oil lamp was made up from a Grandt Line marker light lens and an 0402 LED and the wagon now had light running off the main layout lighting loom.


m (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The horses in the kit are rather modestly sized ponies so Brumm steeds were substituted and the ponies handed over to Mustang Micky, The Indian figure who came with the kit. He would follow the parade as a memento of the long gone past before Updah even existed.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The wagon's team would be chaperoned by Jake and Ethel
 

u (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

to ensure that driver Fanny didn't suffer a runaway while drawing on her cheroot 


u (9) by slateworks, on Flickr


p (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

and the remaining very nicely sculpted figures from the kit formed the crowd also following the wagon with snake oil salesman Silus and his wife Flora coaxing the assembled throng into parting with their hard earned cash  - just for the purposes of the parade of course - while banjo Pete kept them entertained with his lively riffs!


p (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


p (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

So the parade is now assembled and just awaiting Doc's command to move off.


Panorama 1 by slateworks, on Flickr

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Hello Doug,

That is an excellent railway machine shop model, excellent corrugated iron roof effect and the machine tools are amazing.

For the dead loco hauler you mention using "cheap 30rpm gearbox motors" - where do you find these please ?

Regards,              Michael

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Thanks for the comments Michael but a lot of the credit must go to the excellence of the Sierra West machine kits. Fiddly to build but well worth the effort.
Gearmotors are primarily here 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Micro-Speed-Reduction-Gear-Motor-with-Metal-Gearbox-Wheel-DC-6V-30RPM-N20-UK-/201715872962?hash=item2ef733f4c2:g:JrYAAOSwXyVYJjaz 
and more generally here 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sop=15&_nkw=micro%20gearbox%20motor&rt=nc&LH_PrefLoc=2&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

Lots of variety and different speeds available.

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Thanks for the gear motor details Doug; just ordered one.   Regards,    Michael

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That medicine show wagon is just too cool for school! Here in Texas, I know of a fellow On30 modeler who runs the REPTOLIUM SNAKE OIL COMPANY. He's a kind of shady dude but as good as gold.

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Thanks Woodie. I'm guessing your pal has probably got the real thing then - mine's just another bit of On30 imagineering!

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I love the bottle effect, it never would have occurred to me to model bottles like that!

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Can't claim any credit there either Lee. They came as a kit from The Quarter Source as I recall.
http://thequartersource.com/miniatures/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_89&products_id=936

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When Anywun Updah started his timber business he chose it to be close to a fast flowing creek which would supply power to the sawmill until such time as more easily controlled steam power could be installed. Today, the lower reaches of the creek are panned for gold by a few hardy prospectors whilst the now retired Anywun and his friends from the recently formed UPS (the Updah Palaeontology Society) survey a possible dinosaur find - but more likely a long deceased mule! - unearthed by the prospectors digging the creek banks.


f (7) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


a (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Following the creek back, it flows under the scratch built truss bridge that once held an old rail line and the scratch built trestle for the newer track until it reaches the falls which supply it.


u (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


u (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


u (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


u (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


stacked (28) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (3 by slateworks, on Flickr


Stacked (32) by slateworks, on Flickr

Fingers Freddie, the proprietor of the bath house on the bluff alongside the falls, surveys his water supply from the solid (balsa) footbridge


Stacked (26) by slateworks, on Flickr

whilst Cyrus the fur trapper tries to coax his horse Prudence and the  attendant mules across so that he too can clean up before visiting The Painted Lady in town.


q (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The creek "water" is made from poured casting resin and a lot was learned about its ability to eat the foam groundwork before the job was finished! The fast flowing surface was made with the addition of Woodland Scenics Water Effects stippled on with an old paint brush and dry brushed with white acrylic.

The waterfall "water" is ordinary crystal clear bathroom sealant laid in strips on a sheet of greaseproof paper, randomly shaped with a coffee stirrer stick while still malleable then when dry, peeled off and shaped to fit the carved foam rock face and stuck on with more WS Water Effects to blend the bits together.


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The "foam" where the water hits the bottom of the fall is teased out DeLuxe Materials Scenic Fibres and the whole lot was given a light dusting of silver sparkles, the sort of thing ladies add to their nail varnish.


n (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

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The bath house by the falls is a simple affair of three compartments, each offering a shower, a tin bath and a bench to sit on whilst dressing, all constructed from coffee stirrers and balsa, a laser cut staircase and styrene and brass pipe with Grandt Line shades, windows, doors and NBWs.


h (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


x (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Water is fed from the river that creates the fall and is stored in a large cistern, the top from an aerosol can of some sort covered with coffee stirrer lagging, which then feeds a small log fired stove behind the building to provide a hot supply.


i by slateworks, on Flickr


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


002 by slateworks, on Flickr

Drainage is simply gravity driven with a pipe from the bath house floor emptying back into the fall.


f (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The convenient supply of free water and no drainage costs means that Freddie can keep his prices for cleanliness, a condition expected by the staff at The Painted Lady, to a modest level.


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

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Updah's turntable was mentioned briefly in Si's Mogul thread so I thought I'd give a bit more detail here. It was built using as a guide the excellent article and photos by Russ Watson in the 2010 edition of the On30 Annual without which I'd no doubt have gone for a more "ready to run" version.

The structure is virtually all balsa although basswood would have been stronger but for me balsa was easier to work and the turntable, once built and installed, wouldn't be too susceptible to damage. The plans in the article were copied, scaled to suit, printed and used as a template to build on, being secured under semi-transparent greaseproof paper on a sheet of glass I us for keeping builds flat.


g (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e by slateworks, on Flickr


f (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Once built , the structure was given an Indian Ink/IPA wash, Grandt Line NBWs added and brass wire and cored plastic turnbuckles added for support rods. Code 83 Peco track rails were spiked to the bridge deck cross members and power wire soldered to the undersides.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

i wasn't confident enough to build a working spider so a spider was made from a very free moving roller bearing salvaged from, I think from memory, a defunct tape player.

 
d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The central spindle was not long enough and was also solid so this was knocked out with the modeller's favourite tool, a hammer and drift and a longer hollow spindle made up from steel rod and substituted.


k (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

This provided an exit route for the track wiring and the contraption was secured to the underside of the TT deck with superglue.


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The TT pit was made from a modified plastic garden flower pot saucer.


l (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

This had a polystyrene centre made to fill the saucer depth with a mock spider structure of balsa legs glued to it and a hole cut in the centre to accept the actual spider bearing.


m (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

A further length of Peco rail was curved using my home made rail bender


DSCN0168 by slateworks, on Flickr

and this was glued in place around the inside of the saucer rim, follower wheels fitted to the TT bridge underside and the TT test fitted.


m (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


l (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

The pit floor was then sprayed with diluted wood glue and scenic material added.


n (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A suitably shaped hole was cut in the foam baseboard to accept the saucer and the emergent structural cross member moved out of the way.


o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A hand operated drive mechanism was built up from steel rod, cheap plastic gear, worm and securing collet.


q (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

The TT was placed on the pit and simple drilled wood blocks used to secure the drive rod and gear mechanism, the gear being secured to the TT spindle with the brass collet.


q (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

So, no electrickery to turn the TT but the track is powered by one of the the very efficient Tam Valley Depot Frog Juicers which also acts as a polarity switcher and which additionally power all my turnouts.


wiring (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

Finally, track was laid to the TT and to the roundhouse and pretty well any size loco can now be turned as shown here with my Mogul.


p (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

 
s (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Last edited on Sun Jan 29th, 2017 07:59 pm by slateworks

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Wow, I'm very impressed with that turntable. I love the hand-crack gearing, wish I'd thought of that when I was installing my turntables as I built my layout...

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Wow is right,excellent work and great ideas.Thanks for the progressive construction photos :rah::glad::rah:.......Peter

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Thanks Lee and Peter. I didn't want to spend ages cogitating over which motor drive to use - as there are so many to choose from - and then find the chosen one wasn't reliable or didn't have the poke so manual operation seemed to be the easy way out. I slightly refined the turning handle to make it a closer fit and it does all work fine and is easy to line up by eye.

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Hi Doug :wave:

More PURE AWESOMENESS from the Updah-files !

T.T looks like a precision redneck engineering job, if ever I've seen one. ;)

The main-bearing looks so good, you could probably spin some vinyl on it, if you added an arm !

Never in my skip-diving & trash-trawling days, living in the London Borough Of Hackney, did I ever pass on an old clapped out VHS player !

Remembering a vintage BBC Blue-Peter project from the '70s, with the addition of an empty corn-flakes box & some sticky-back-plastic, I made a DIY camera-stabilizer out of my stash !

Cogitating over pokeless motor-drives, is a sure way to run around in circles. ;)

The Updah engineers hand-cranked mech. sounds like good ol' reliable HMV gramaphone technology...
...this dawg's listening !

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

Si.

Check out 'DIYstabilizers.com' for some awesome home made camera mounts.

Everything from a 'stick on a pivot' to NASA engineering, it doesn't have to be complicated to work !

Updahs low-budget re-make of Stanley Kubricks 'The Shinning' could be possible ! ;)

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Thanks for the kind words Si. Simplicity is my middle name - or KISS for short!
I've learned not to bin old electronic goods as they often sacrifice goodies to The Hobby! I've just replaced an old Epson printer that went pfutt on me with a new one as a Christmas present from the family and the old one is sitting wincing in the corner of my railroad room waiting to be assaulted with screwdriver and soldering iron! I'm sure to get some moving parts out of it for future use, even if it's only the motors.

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In the hope it's not getting too repetitive - and please forgive me for the length of this post -  this is another Updah update but on something a little more recent. I've long liked Mallets and particularly the small O&K type favoured by the Cripple Creek and Minera Mexicana lines.



I had acquired a Roco Ho mallet at a good price on eBay, taking a chance on its road-worthiness, and this became the donor vehicle around which everything else was based.


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The result is a Mallet somewhat smaller than anticipated but just about acceptable for my rubber scaling tendencies on Updah. Using the drawings from NG&SLG the chassis wheelbase was pretty well spot on as my exploratory test showed.


2 (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Measurements were taken from what was now the template and set aside while attention was paid to the chassis.


b (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

If it didn't run, the project was kaput but I needn't have worried and with a bit of fettling to get the fragile valve gear back in place and the wheels and motor thoroughly cleaned I found I had one of the smoothest running chassis I possess. Result!

Updah is DCC powered so I needed to convert the chassis from its DC state which means the motor must be isolated from the chassis and the power pickups from the motor. The motor is held in place by a single screw so was easy to remove and an insulating layer of Sellotape which is perfectly adequate for the job was stuck onto the chassis area where the motor sits.


f (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The motor could no longer be held in place by its metal screw which passes through the chassis block as this would have defeated the isolation needed so a length of styrene rod was given a screw thread by passing it through successively smaller holes of a jeweller's screw plate.


008 by slateworks, on Flickr


f (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

This was then cut to length, screwed into the motor's threaded hole and secured with a small nut  on the outside of the keeper plate.


i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Surplus pickup strips were removed from under the keeper plate


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

and red and black wires soldered on to the remaining strips and fed upwards through the chassis.


g (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Together with the orange and grey wires now also soldered to the motor terminals, power for the motor drive should now be available.


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Tested and found to be working OK, I could now turn my attention to the loco body. Made from two plastic test tubes (another eBay purchase for pennies) which with a bit of fettling fitted together nicely this gave the boiler and slightly smaller dimensioned smokebox.


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

With the help of a mitre box, I was able to cut/saw reliefs to accommodate the chassis block


l (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


l (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

which also gave clearance for the motor's flywheel.


l (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

An old steam dome of doubtful origin, a Grandt Line Porter backhead and number plate and the end of an old plastic syringe for the smokebox door were pressed into service


m (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

and together with a smokestack made from styrene tubing and a washer and a paper mock-up cab, the upperworks started to be established.


o (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

 
o (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

At this point it was looking just a tad too small so after machinations over size, it was decided to fit a cab slightly larger than the true scale size of the original drawing. For this, Giles Favell kindly used his laser cutter to produce a plastic "kit" for which I made up a suitable if crude floor pan.


p by slateworks, on Flickr


p (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

With steam pipe made up from thread wound bent styrene rod, sand pipes and boxes from old guitar strings and styrene, "brass" boiler bands from the self adhesive edge of a Tunnocks Caramel biscuit wrapper, some brass wire, washers, a few Keith Wiseman castings, a surplus Bachmann headlamp and a coat of Polly Scale Grimy Black and Citadl Leadbelcher paint


r (16) by slateworks, on Flickr


o (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


u (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

I now had a passable loco and could address the need for a tender.


u (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


u (10) by slateworks, on Flickr

For this I used a spare Bachmann Forney trailing truck as a chassis


t (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

and a "kit of parts" crudely hacked from styrene sheet.


t (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

With some Archers rivets, brass wire and a coat of paint covering up a multitude of (if not all!) sins, a basic tender appeared.


t (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

Fitted with another Bachmann headlamp as a backup light, this now houses the very nice TCS WOW decoder, keep alive and cube speaker,


t (13) by slateworks, on Flickr

the wiring for these these being connected to the loco by micro connectors (headers).


t (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

And with a bit of bling made up from brass wire and more Keith Wiseman bits in the cab, I now have a functioning small Mallet.


s (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


https://youtu.be/2quv_cyoYR0


Again, sorry for the length of post but I thought it best to try to cover the whole build in one go.
 

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That's really nice! I used the same loco for an On30 job many years back. Loved it but sold her to buy an On30 Shay. I dig the O&K lokie and if I had the dinero, I would buy one of the Backwoods Miniatures On30 kits and "upscale" it for my 35n2 line.
You should be proud of this little lokie for sure.
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Woodie, you're very kind thank you. I too like the Backwoods kit and it may be more accurately to scale but as you say, its the moolah!  Also I have rather shaky hands and however much I try am no good with soldering so brass kits are out for me. I have though been following the resistance soldering unit thread on NGRM Online forum and I may just be tempted to the dark side one day!

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No need to apologize for the length of the post.  Great stuff and a wonderful little loco.  
I have to complement you on your ability to find what most of us would consider "junk" to use in your models.  
Reg

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Many thanks Reg. Being a tightwad by nature is a great spur to looking to use the seemingly rubbish item for the hobby. I have a plethora of "bits boxes" in which I store those things that "will surely come in useful one day" and it's amazing how often they do!

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Excellent TT build Doug, I like the flower pot tray !   Regards,   Michael

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Thanks Michael. It was a good article to follow which made it easier than fresh out of the mind. Much of the thinking was done for me!

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A very Happy New Year to all and as this is a time of reflection for some, I thought I'd look back at one of Updah's earlier buildings as an Updah update.

It may be only a small community but Updah has a disproportionately large inventory of motive power and rolling stock to maintain and to keep some out of the worst of the weather and give a dry place to work, a roundhouse was constructed. A simple two stall structure, it was based on a couple of side elevation drawings found on Google Images and which I can't attribute but was copied, scaled and printed as a guide template.


b (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

A simple track plan was drawn to suit the layout depth available and the angles of the walls based on that.


i (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

Using Grandt Line industrial windows as a further guide, construction began of an IPA/Indian Ink stained balsa timber framework supporting wooden coffee stirrer wall panels.


i (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Balsa cross beam structures were fabricated and the two side walls joined.


j (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

The floor was made up with more coffee stirrers, Peco inspection pits and track were installed, through flow ventilation slats were added and doors made and hung on Keith Wiseman hinges.


j (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

Smoke extractors were made up from styrene sheet and tube and brass wire


l (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

and fitted into the framework of what would become the tarpaper covered flat roof.


l (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


l (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

With the addition of LED lighting (Updah was very advanced for its day!), the roundhouse was now ready for use and connection to the turntable.


u (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The powers that be decided at this point that a third stall should be added and a complementary framework was constructed.

 
o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The roundhouse had been connected to the turntable and this is where near disaster struck as the first loco to move towards the new partly creosoted timber with a fresh supply, promptly threw a spark and set the new build ablaze. A small mini gas torch on a paint stripping (no ouside flame) setting helped in this by charring the timbers.


m (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


m (12) by slateworks, on Flickr

This resulted in almost total destruction of the third stall

q (10) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

q (1) by slateworks, on Flickr




whilst the main building was saved only by the swift intervention of Updah's resident firemen Bernd and Smokey with their antique appliance.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

So the lads are now having to clear up the resulting mess preparatory to rebuilding the third stall sometime this year - if ever!


w (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


w (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


v stacked  (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


v stacked  (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Needless to say, the constant demands of steam motive power meant that work carried on in the surviving building, even if things did look a little mystifying!


x (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

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WOW...that burned down stall is great! I don't think I have ever seen that modeled before. Superb work.

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You have more fun...
Reg

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Woodie, many thanks for the compliment. It was a wacky idea to start off with but I sort of got more and more into it as I went along. I hadn't seen the concept before but funnily enough I've seen several layouts since with a similar twist.
With balsa, the secret was to just use the paint stripping setting on the mini gas torch and waft it over the wood from a distance. Any naked flame and the wood just went straight up in smoke so when I found the sweet spot, I wanted to see how far I could take it.

Reg, you hit the nail on the head. Model making for me is fun whether the result is good or bad - and both apply in my case - and I use a rubber scale rule and don't count rivets!  :glad:

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You remind me of John Allen: great modelling and a plausible story. Keep the good work!.
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Thanks Jose, you're most kind but I can't hold a candle to the greats of railroad modelling. I do my best to entertain though so the story line is as important for me as the model and the two hopefully go hand in hand.

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Hi Doug :wave:


Great work on the mallet !

Really good Step-By-Step, as usual, from Updah engineering dept. :cool:


& the engine house build is just MEGA !

The burned down stall & rebuilding scenes are brilliant. :brill:


:moose:


Si.


Happy New Year to all dem banjo playin' CRAZY LOGGERS round dem parts !!


:bg:

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Thanks Si, you're most kind. We've got at least three belting banjo players in Updah who'll be competing with each other and everybody else during the Country Music Festival when it opens so there'll be some finger picking free-styling one of these days! Polly Carton and Ronnie Kedgers who are currently rehearsing on stage will have to take their turn but they're shortly to be joined by Rhonda Lindstadt so as a trio at least there'll be even numbers and a fair fight!

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Any stray Eagles strumming along with Rhonda ?


:bg:


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A few Si, particularly the daddy on the hangin' tree - but he ain't strummin', just watchin'!


c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

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I love that eagle.
Si, speaking of Eagles, I met Don Henley, er..Hon Denley, when he was looking at (of all things) model trains! A nice fellow.

Doug, I really enjoy this thread and am inspired by your great modeling. Keep it up...
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I agree with Woodie.  Remarkably creative modelling.  In an age when so much is available "ready to run", and there are so few actually building things, this is great stuff.
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Woodie and Reg, you're both very kind and it's much appreciated.

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Doug...kind ain't got nothin' to do with it...I'm jealous!

Again, outstanding work and imagination.
Woodie

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Hon Denley is probably in town somewhere.


Maybe down at The Setsun Grill ?


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I'm pretty sure I saw Flenn Grey a while ago as well . . . ?

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That's all great for the music fest... I'm still looking for some flying burritos.  But what I really want to know is if Tony Deph and the Cain Hartley Playboys are coming?  Now that would be a show.

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The last train (that never runs on time) for the day has brought Rhonda Lindstadt into Updah and she's hoping to join Polly Carton and Ronnie Kedgers as a trio to perform at the Country Music festival and compete for "group of the day" against the Three Banjolieros, Earl, Pete and Roscoe.


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

Starting life as Sierra Icarus, one of the superbly sculpted Wild West Exodus sci-fi war-gaming resin figures, she comes as half a dozen mouldings on a sprue to be assembled and painted and is just right for 1/48 scale having had her armaments and sci-fi regalia surgically removed with scalpel and file.
 
And being the true professional, having checked into her room at The Painted Lady, she has immediately gone to the stage to rehearse with her compatriots for the forthcoming performances where Daisy-May, the electrician is making sure all the connections are plugged into the sound system, especially Rhonda's new hand mic, an old watch winder spindle and some magnet wire. 


rectangle_out 2 by slateworks, on Flickr

Let battle commence!

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looks like a bunch of moosies for originality to me and interesting too

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Glad you like it Charles. It's all just a bit of fun!

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Doug ,it might be a bit of fun,there is some great modelling  skills in your scenes.One can only say well done and the fact it's a bit of fun makes it even better,and  I think those speakers (tactile buttons,am  I right?)look very impressive,they will keep the town awake all night.I have  been following Updah Creek with great passion waiting for the next episode.Keep it up Doug ,you are putting some of us into unchartered waters.I can see it now,on my layout ,a bush band and dancers having fun at a sawmill,in the middle of the bush:shocked:  Well done Doug:rah::rah::bow::rah:.........Peter

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Peter, you are very generous with your praise, thank you. For me as an oldish git, having fun is one of the main driving forces of my model making and to be appreciated for it is very satisfying. Having fun also gives me the excuse for the elastic scaling that I employ and the somewhat unlikely scenarios that I concoct but if it entertains, that satisfies me.

You're correct about the "speakers". I'm also a tightwad and tend to salvage all sorts of "rubbish" for future use and it never ceases to surprise me how much of it gets used.

Thanks again.

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I love that old lady on a red dress (left side) that seems to be a real anti-fan of the whole shebang...
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Yes Hose, she's a dear! And she has an equally cantankerous old man too. They're Jenny and Josh and they're forever going on about the shocking things the youngsters get up to like using electrickery to amplify their instruments and voices, something that wouldn't have been given house room in their day!


p (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

They really only approve of the pianist Croyd Flamer as according to Jenny, he's not amplificated and anyway, he played "Blue Moon" just for her! They're there thanks to the RailRoad Avenue Models range.

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hahahahahahaha

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Firstly, my apologies for the inordinate length of this post but having just completed it, it's only now occurred to me that I could have split it into several episodes but if I try to do so now, knowing me I'm likely to lose most of it!

Also, it's not specifically railroad I know, but Updah's latest acquisition is a Pitcairn Autogyro purchased by Watts Updah so that he and wife Wanda could take to the air to photograph the locality for the Updah Chronicle. The idea was to publicise the township as a tourist attraction particularly in view of the forthcoming Country Music Festival as well as give the two of them a bit of a thrill.


1 by slateworks, on Flickr

The autogyro came as a kit of parts that Watts had the workshop crew assemble


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

and whilst this was a street away from loco engineering, with some decent plans the job began.


a (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The fuselage and mainplane were assembled and the instrument panels and rudimentary controls installed,


b (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

the engine and prop were prepared together with a length of aluminium tubing shaped, cut and faired into the exhaust collector as an exhaust pipe


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

and with the undercarriage frame and legs also assembled, a smaller kit of parts resulted.


b (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Tailplane and fin were then attached and the entire unit aerosol acrylic painted in the now house colours (there was always some spare paint in the back of the workshop!) of Mars Bar chocolate and caramel.


c (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

Now the rigging could be undertaken and for this , EZ Line was used for its forgiving elasticity and size. For this, 0.4mm holes had to be drilled in various places on the main wing, fuselage and undercarriage frame, resulting in the use of at least a dozen drill bits - they break just by looking at them! The EZ lIne was butt joined to the end of a piece of 0.4mm wire with superglue and this was used as a needle to thread the line through the various holes.


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The rigging was now given a brushing of Games Workshop Leadbelcher acrylic to "metalise" it and the engine cemented in place.


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The rotor support struts and starter drive could now be added,


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

as could elevator and aileron control cables and horns made up from wire and scrap styrene. This involved drilling several more 0.4mmm holes in various bits of stiff plastic with the inevitable usage of a number of drill bits which broke particularly where drilling in at an obtuse angle, all part of the fun of model making!


f (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

Attention could now turn to the rotor whose blades were drilled (more 0.4mm efforts!) for the rigging lines and rigging shock absorbers which were made up from wire and glued in place.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The blades were checked and adjusted for fit to the central hub,


h (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

then painted and, when dry, assembled with superglue. The supplied plastic rigging pylon that sits atop the main hub looked to be too small (it is most likely correct but just looked wrong) so a fresh one was made from a wooden skewer, styrene strip and a surplus waisted brass axle bearing, the opportunity being taken to attach
four lengths of rigging line.


k (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Once painted, this was attached to the top of the central hub, the rotor blade droop rigging wires taken with tweezers and cemented into the holes drilled in the blades and the inter-blade rigging wire secured with superglue to one shock absorber, threaded through the others in sequence and then glued to the original starting point which it had now returned to.


k (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


k (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Additional EZ Line tensioning wires were attached to the "feet" of the pylon and to the droop rigging wires


k (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

and the complete rotor unit attached to the support legs and starter drive.


l (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


l (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Of course, the craft needed a crew so 1/48 WWI pilot models were obtained and built up for Watts as the pilot


i (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

and Wanda as the photographer.


i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

As can be seen, Watts needed some surgery to enable him to get both legs into the cockpit and be able to grip his joystick, while Wanda needed to be kneeling on her seat with a camera held over the side of the fuselage. Health and safety had little or no role in Updah's day!

Poor Wanda first had her legs removed at the hem of her flying coat and her arms set in a slightly distorted position with the help of a hot hairdryer - she's a resin casting.
.

i (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Then her feet and ankles were removed from her legs and, after some excavation of the nether regions of her coat, grafted onto her body in a supplicant kneeling pose!


i (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


i (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

A Speed Graphic type press camera was made for her from scrap styrene, a model motor vehicle headlamp reflector and a jewelled bearing from an old watch (I've got a tray full of old watch parts - very useful!)


j (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

and she was more or less ready to shoot.


j (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

So with some tidying up and properly dressed in leather flying suits, helmets and goggles and with Wanda slightly less butch looking with the help of some blue eyeshadow and red lippy, their pals from the flying club helped them get up, up and away to bring shots of the locality to the local rag.


m (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


m (13) by slateworks, on Flickr


m (9) by slateworks, on Flickr


m (11) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Needless to say, apart from the "NEWS" emblazoned on the belly of the craft, I made a complete hash of the rest of the decaling but the nice people at Williams Brothers who make the kit have offered to send me a new decal sheet which I shall hopefully be more successful with second time around.

And perhaps a future episode of Updah might actually look at something railroad orientated - or not as the case may be!

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I haven't seen an autogyro since watching The Road Warrior.

Nice find.

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Wow  nicely done

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Thanks chaps.

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Contrary to popular belief and some of the more lurid stories circulating, Updah does muster a modicum of piety as witnessed by the small church sitting next to the old hanging tree.


e (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Rumour has it that it was located there to help ease the passage of the souls of victims of the lynch justice that prevailed in the territory several decades earlier whereas  today it's become the place where regular patrons of The Painted Lady and other sinners can obtain absolution for their misdemeanours or make peace with their wife by making a small donation to the upkeep of the fabric and of course to the Padre's pocket!


b (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The church was built of stout timber (IPA/Indian Ink stained wooden coffee stirrers) to a simple design and sported a wiggly tin roof which gleamed in the daylight when new


a (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

and to call the faithful to prayer and atonement, boasted a brass bell donated by one of Updah's more luridly garbed benefactors (Bachmann Hawthorne Village Mogul) who received a lifetime's worth of absolution.


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Over the years the building acquired a porch, became weathered and blended with the landscape and the original plain windows received a generous offering of stained glass to beautify the church and its interior, quite Art Deco and forward looking for the time,


d (3) by slateworks, on Flick


d (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

whilst a donation by the blacksmith of wrought iron railings (amalgamated Grandt Line items)


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

helped to define the small burial plot.


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Over time, further gifts (Grandt Line) adorned the church's welcoming doorway


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

whilst through the gate, the burial plots were in some cases well tended with sweet smelling flowers (Silflor - Mini Natur)

g (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

offering a tranquil and peaceful place for contemplation by the deceaseds' family, friends or in some cases perhaps, more sinister acquaintances


h by slateworks, on Flickr

whilst the Padre worked on bringing another malefactor into the fold.


i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The donations may be small but they are many and inside the church, the simple timber altar (balsa wood) supported a silver crucifix and candle holders (odds and ends from the bits box),


c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

whilst on the wall above, an altar hanging was displayed (an image printed from Google and a bit of brass rod)


c (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

So, in the candlelight and the colours from the stained glass windows (yellow LEDs), the small congregation - the church only offers six seated places - sit in contemplation of the Padre's sermon wondering if it will be reassuring praise for lives well led or hell-fire and damnation for the patronage of The Painted Lady!


j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

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a bunch of moosies for before and after showing how small changes can really make a scene. Those old wooden benches weren't to bad when young but get a mite hard as you age

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Thanks Charles and for the fellahs, the hard wooden benches were part of the penance to be suffered for indulging in the pleasures at The Painted Lady. For the long suffering wives, a small cushion secreted beneath the bustle solved that problem!

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Eric T wrote: I haven't seen an autogyro since watching The Road Warrior.

Nice find.


There is one based at my home airport, Sanderson Field in Shelton, WA.  The early ones are interesting in that they had both the rotary wing and the fixed wing.  
Modern autogyros, now referred to as gyroplanes, do not have wings.  They do have a mechanism that gives the rotary wing an initial spin during take off.  
The one stationed at Sanderson was trying to take off with his spin up mechanism faulty as I was on final a couple of weeks ago.  It was taking him a long time to get things up to speed.  I thought I was going to have to go around.
Nice modeling job.
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Thanks Reg. It's a nice kit and I've seen some marvellous builds by modellers who've built it as a display model, far in excess of what I've been able to do.

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Hahaha have resorted to those small cushions occasionally now I am old

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Seeing Mike's (madmike) thread http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2562&forum_id=8 on his beautifully built and lettered diner and Lee's references to Stoney Creek in his thread title http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7313&forum_id=4&page=11 has prompted me to show my attempt at a diner as the latest Updah instalment.

The inspiration came from the Stoney Creek Models diner kit photos, here taken from the Scale Model News site.


SCreek 01a by slateworks, on Flickr

I had, conveniently, a spare Bachmann passenger combine car whose trucks were destined for other use so this was a simple way of using the body rather than storing it away.


rectangle_out by slateworks, on Flickr

The scratch built kitchen extension in my version is to the rear right hand side, giving a produce store and a small outdoor eating area for "special" customers, the kitchen being built with wooden coffee stirrers, real wood random shake shingles and foil "wiggly tin".


DSCN0118 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0150 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0148 by slateworks, on Flickr

I guess the source of the proprietor's name is obvious and the name board is just balsa sheet with a balsa surround and a name made in MS Print, printed onto self adhesive label paper and stuck to the panel and lightly weathered with an acrylic wash. It's illuminated with 0603 SMLEDs built into Grandt Line shades and bent brass tubing and this and the interior illumination from more LEDs is fed from the LED bus and a regulated 12v DC supply. That supply feeds over 150 LEDs around the layout with no issues.


h (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The clearly copied idea of the coffee cup is half a deodorant aerosol lid with a styrene sheet handle and saucer and this and the sign board sit on a balsa frame and feet.


f by slateworks, on Flickr

The car is fitted out inside with diners and their food and drink, the seating having been removed and adapted and tables and counters put in their place. The kitchen is fitted out with cheap plastic furniture


DSCN0142 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0138 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0140 by slateworks, on Flickr

where Dougy is slaving over a white metal casting double stove coloured with gun blue, cooking eggs and sausages for the hungry workers.


DSCN0147 by slateworks, on Flickr


i (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The food here is fresh (eggs from canopy glue and a blob of yellow paint, sausages from layout wire) and certainly not the road kill suggested by the acrylic painted Keith Wiseman skull casting over the front door to welcome patrons!


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The signs are all images taken from Google Images, printed onto label paper and stuck onto various panels and balsa made easels.

 
j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


j (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

All in all, a fun build and one on which I was able to try out a number of new, to me, ideas and was my first venture into the world of LED lighting

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I LOVE the diner, amazing work!
When I got rid of all my Bachmann coaches in favor of AMS ones, I kept one and though it wouldn't fit for something like this, I'm really tempted to make a lineside shack out of the thing. What kind of framework is yours sitting on?

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Some people have way too much fun!!
Great work.  
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Thanks for the kind words Lee. The car is still on its original chassis minus the trucks and then that resting simply on baulks of timber - balsa blocks - to keep it off the ground and help keep the critters out! Difficult to show as it's not moveable now but the best shots i can get at the moment.


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Thanks Reg - but you can't have TOO much fun! That's what this great hobby is all about and forums like this help it prosper.

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Neat modeling Doug !

Standing room only at that burial plot!

Reg - Didn't know that there were any Pitcairns still flying. At the old Bridgeport NJ airport saw a guy in a Piper spray plane, who did have to abort final because he was coming in behind a Benson--which was barely moving forward while descending. What a lashup those things were. Flying lawn chairs. I want a good strong wing or two, thank you.

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Yes, that is a great piece of art! Wonderful detailing and it fulfills the old Milt Moore (ancient NMRA guru) writings about "mini scenes". Each little scene is unto itself and taken together becomes a fine story. This just keeps getting better n' better.

And, the guy trying to get up the diner's front stairs...does the management let pixillated (tipsy) patrons in, and does he need help climbing the short stairway?
Ahhh, another "mini scene" I get it!
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Herb and Woodie, thanks for the support.

Herb, they're burying 'em side by side and vertical but since the old hanging tree became obsolete but preserved for Updah's heritage image, the demand for space has dropped somewhat!


001 by slateworks, on Flickr

And Woodie, the guy's rushing to get to his eggs and sausages and his right foot has just slipped off the step on the banana skin you can see beside it but he's managed to grab the railings to stop a total collapse! Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! 

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many moosies and lots o0f good ideas

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The noose thing only works if you model the old west.
My layout takes place in the Southeast US during the 1940s. Take a wild guess who'd be on the business end of a noose in that time and place?
Yeah, not a good idea for my layout AT ALL.

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Thanks Charles and I'm most flattered that moosies could come my way!

Lee, being a rather ignorant Brit, I'm afraid I've no chance of guessing who the 1940s South East US miscreant might be but I'm open to advice!

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Ahhh...the 'nanna peel...I see it! I still think he's been tasting some brew...or maybe too much bananas (a 60's craze)

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Well I didn't want to admit it Woodie but we did have a jar or three at The Painted Lady before lunch so he might be somewhat discombobulated. Me, I'm fine, in fact sober enough to put some decals on the Pitcairn Autogyro - just!

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Talking of which,


o (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


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o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

which is about as straight as my notoriously shaky hands can get them - especially the ones that had to be split to fit! In fact they're not as squint as the photos make out, something to do with paralax I'm guessing.

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slateworks wrote:

Lee, being a rather ignorant Brit, I'm afraid I've no chance of guessing who the 1940s South East US miscreant might be but I'm open to advice!





I thought about that you might not understand my reference.

To be blunt, in the US South up to the time of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, it wasn't uncommon for black people to be hung from trees for perceived "infractions" against white people: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_in_the_United_States




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Ah, gotcha!

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Back at the Country Music stage Polly Carton, Rhonda Lindstadt and Ronnie Kedgers have been singing their lungs out with both girls now having their own hand mics as Ronnie seems to be hogging the stand mic!


q (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

They'll be supported soon though with Coy and Sassy, the Blonde Ambition backing singers who've just arrived in town on the evening train (that never runs on time) and who have been kitted out by the stage dresser and make-up artist.

They started life as a couple more Wild West Exodus Sci-Fi characters, the same stable that produced Polly and Rhonda and were kitted out with a considerable amount of armament and other paraphernalia.


f (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (7) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The stage dresser got rid of all their unnecessary weaponry and other accessories by means of scalpel and file and Sassy was then rearmed with the ones with hands on the end. A touch of paint and Coy was showing off the Texas rose in her hair whilst Sassy sported a blingy gold necklace which drew the eye to anything but her hair!


f (6) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

All they've got to do now is find their spot on stage - after a little adjustment to their eye make-up!

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And after a little costume and make-up adjustment Coy and Sassy have now taken up a temporary position front stage (for as long as Polly, Rhonda and Ronnie will allow it!) so that Blonde Ambition can add to the vocal rehearsals, albeit with a shared mic.


r (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Electrician Daisy-May was hoping to be asked to join them but they've told her that whilst her voice is great, the headscaf and dungs don't cut the dress code mustard!

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Seems that all the female artists are.... (ahem) well rounded...
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Yea, it seems to be a trend with the Wild West Exodus models. Mind you, Daisy-May's not lacking!;)

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Looks like an ol' RCA velocity microphone !


N I C E !


:brill:


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Buzz Barnstormer is pretty cool Doug ! :shocked:

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It's rumoured that it's a Presto Recording Corporation crystal mic that Ronnie "liberated" from Music City studios on a visit there and which he reckons is particularly receptive to his gruff tones.


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He, of course, extended the stand tube to cope with his 6' 2" frame!

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On Si's Mysterious Moose Mountain thread http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7318&forum_id=17&page=34 he's describing his use of a GAZ truck kit in 1/35 scale and it brings out how useful kits of this vehicle are. I can't climb to the lofty heights of 1/35 nor Giles's skill with R/C but in a more modest 1/48 scale, these GAZ trucks come in various guises through Unimodels (UM) kits and are great for modelling the 1930s/40s era.

I wanted a wrecker for Updah's gas station and started with the GAZ wartime anti-aircraft gun carrier as it had a double rear axle.


unimodel-unim511-soviet-truck-gaz-aaa-with-anti-aircraft-plant-maksim by slateworks, on Flickr

For the scale there is a surprising amount of fine detail and it's a fun bash to undertake. I dispensed with the war time armament and pretty well everything else above the rear chassis frames which is fine as the transmission and suspension detail builds up very nicely as does the cab and front chassis.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

I then scratch built a crane and winch from styrene, wire, brass rod and old watch parts to fit the chassis frames along with a petrol tank and tool box.


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c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The engine is a nicely detailed moulding so to keep it visible, I removed the hood sides from the front unit.


DSCN0112 by slateworks, on Flickr

The seat was covered in Kleenex tissue to get a torn and worn effect and the whole model weathered and rusted with a bit of scalpel action and weathering powder applied as a paint mix and then as a dry addition.


DSCN0113 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0110 by slateworks, on Flickr

And she now stands beside the gas station with driver Lou waiting for the call to arms!


d by slateworks, on Flickr


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Really cool! She sure is a fine old wrecker, great job on the hoist and weathering. Nice to see 1:48 coming back as a military scale, it was pretty much forgotten years past in favor of 1:35. Now, wait till you can get a 1:48 "field tool kit"...

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Just when I figured I did not need yet another project, you spring the wrecker conversion on me. . A great piece of work, I need to finish a couple of Allis Chalmers TD-20 crawlers first though.

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Thanks for the support chaps.

Woodie, I suppose you're referring to a 1/48 version of the 1/35 kit http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Italeri-1-35-WWII-Field-Tool-Shop-Plastic-model-kit-Diorama-Accessory-419-/322450383134?hash=item4b138a611e:g:DkcAAOSwWxNYxbtj.

As yet unavailable it would seem but the Tamiya 1/48 field maintenance set is http://www.scalemodelshop.co.uk/tamiya-1-48-wwii-german-tank-crew-field-maintenance-set-32547.htm
and the imigrant German workshop crew are using much of it in the dismantling of Updah's Limpin' Lulu.


t (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Ken, I'm delighted if I'm responsible for giving you yet another project to undertake! Consider it a gift from the heart - and do please show the build and results of your crawler projects on the Tractors and crawlers thread http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7563&forum_id=6&highlight=crawlers

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Looks like a rugged ride.  Love it! 

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Thanks Steven and rugged is the order of the day in Updah!

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Courtesy of the Wild West Exodus agency, Updah now has employed a town marshal to keep things safe for the law abiding citizens and visitors during the Country Music Festival and to keep a beady eye out for the nefarious doings of the less trustworthy.

He started life, like others from this source, as a somewhat Sci-Fi imaged character needing plenty of scalpel surgery to remove the worst of the war-game excess apparel.


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

However, after a trip to Updah's tailor, he has emerged in more suitable form


h (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

and now as marshal Warren Peace walks the Main Street meeting and greeting the law abiding whilst keeping a sharp eye out for the less so such as Alf Resco, Ida Claire and Willy the Enforcer.


h (7) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Hi Doug :wave:


The Ford wrecker looks AWESOME !

I was considering one myself, for my Ford.

I like the design of the jib you made etc.

It looks like 'proper stuff' !


Dunno what to do with the back of mine yet.

And of course I'm so :slow: it may take a while to decide.

Updahs 'blueprints' have been stored in the imagineering-file for reference !


:brill:


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Thanks Si, you're most kind. If something I do (which is quite likely purloined from someone else!) is used by or encourages another, I consider that a real compliment.

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Most of this thread has shown the buildings and non-railroad vehicles so I thought I'd offer some of the "trains" for a change. The small Mallet and the two critters have been shown so continuing with the I/C theme, this is about the Stunted Goose.

It's an idea I had for a shortened version of the Goose freight vehicle but still with a double back axle and chain drive (cosmetic in model form).


2008530123125_Goose2simple by slateworks, on Flickr


1 (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

I started with the ubiquitous Bachmann rail truck and removed the rear body panels which now reside in the bits box for other projects. The rear platform was extended with a simple balsa sheet and a spare axle unit obtained from Bachmann and fitted with a "something BA" bolt in a drilled and tapped hole in the metal flatbed together with modified spring units.


n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


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o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

A chain was made up from a Hiroboy 1/12 motorcycle chain kit and with two plastic gears was fitted to extended axles and allowed to free-wheel - hence its cosmetic presence.


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


b (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


f by slateworks, on Flickr

A BVM Rambling Road Runner body kit was given a couple of side extensions and a styrene roof.


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


f by slateworks, on Flickr

This was followed by a scratch built styrene tool box, air tank and LED powered headlamp.


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

An ESU Loksound Goose decoder (IMHO the best Goose sound) and bass enhanced speaker were installed in place of the original Bachmann decoder with the speaker facing out through the roof-top vent.


i (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The whole "kit" was then bolted together and given a two-tone spray of acrylic paint,


k (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

followed by a trial run to show that the cosmetic chain set-up worked

http://youtu.be/aYnIXA53y8g

and one to test the sound and the headlamp set to dip in reverse.

http://youtu.be/_ZfQLKHm3iY

A fun build which now trundles around Updah delivering light freight.

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Wow slateworks, that's amazing! :2t:

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Nice work Doug. Very inspirational projects.

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Gary, Alwin, thanks for the kind words. Glad you find it interesting as it gives me a boost to go on to other things.

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Hi Doug :wave:


:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:


I wonder if it could be possible to bash a version...

...using a vintage Tri-ang Railways operating mail coach ? :shocked:


Do I have enough projects already ?

YEP !


;)


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That'd be interesting Si to see it pick up the mail from a hanger and dump it in the freight box. But as you say, how many projects can one cope with!

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Completing the I/C theme, Updah has a couple of Bachmann rail trucks which are pretty well standard other rhan replacement of the duff gears - well, I suppose that's standard really! - and the replacement of the original decoders with ESU Loksound Goose versions.


DSCN0121 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0124 by slateworks, on Flickr

The decoders and speakers are conveniently hidden under tarpaulins fashioned on a balsa frame from creased up Kleenex tissue painted with a leather coloured acrylic and a wash of IPA/Indian Ink which, when dry, helps them keep their shape and rigidity.


DSCN0449 by slateworks, on Flickr

So the freight depot has two trucks to haul light freight to town and to outlying settlements.


n (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

Occasional passenger services are provided by another Bachmann rail truck based vehicle where the original cab and other body parts have been sent to the parts store for future use elsewhere and a Coyote Flats Depot bus body kit installed in their place. This has just been stained with an IPA/Indian Ink wash for weathered colour.


DSCN0415 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0412 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0414 by slateworks, on Flickr

It is powered by a Tsunami TSU1000 Goose sound decoder - the engine sound is not as good as the Loksound but it has a better Ahooga horn! - and the decoder and speaker are hidden beneath a false internal floor on which the bus seats and passengers are placed.

It does need occasional servicing when some of its quirks are a little difficult for Eric and Ernie the roundhouse engineers to fathom - but they always win in the end!


o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

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Great looking rail bus and critters,very nice work.:thumb:What are you using to replace the diff on the Bachmann rail trucks?.........Peter

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Thank you Peter. The rail trucks have only had the actual bevel gears in the difs replaced with the fresh ones Bachmann supplied as a freebie a year or so ago.  The ones for the gearbox end where the drive shaft leaves the motor were also included as were the universal joints but those have not needed replacement on my four rail trucks and reside in the spares box against future disasters!

All the rail trucks have run fine since that job was done and it was pretty simple to complete.

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Eric & Ernie ! ... Tee Hee Hee :bg:


" I just saw that move ! " ;)


:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:


The wooden railbus def. has that unique 'Updah' vibe ! :pimp:


:cool:


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Thanks Si. I guessed you'd recognise the engineers' names. They bring sunshine to Updah!

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Hi Doug :wave:



Haven't said hello over here in a while.

So I thought I'd pester you with a dims. question.

I know you're good at those ! :bg:



I don't suppose you have a Bachmann On30 tankcar by any chance Doug ?

If you do, what dia. is the tank ? & how long is the tank ?



Just in case Doug doesn't have one of those ...

... if anyone else has those sizes, I'd be most grateful to know them.



Cheers.



:moose:



Si.



P.S. Found a great T-shirt for the Updah music festival the other day.

Perfect for scaring the tourists ! :shocked:



;)

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Quick check on a oil tank
1.25 In x 4&5/8 In roughly a 3Ft 6In by 14 Ft 8In tank in
1/35th scale

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Hi Si. Not strictly a Bachmann tank car as sold by them but a shorter car made up of Bachmann parts.

001 by slateworks, on Flickr

The tank is an original Bachmann part and is 127mm long and 32.5mm diameter ignoring dome, grab handles and the other "trimmings".

Hope this helps.

Do show the T-shirt!

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And here's one in 35n2 with a wood flat underneath.


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I like the look of that funky car.

Doc Tom:old dude:

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Hi Doug & Ken :wave:



Thanks for the dimensions. :)

I kinda figured it was about the same length & a bit fatter than my HO Tyco BASHED one.

Guess what ? ... It is !

Good to know something a bit more certain about it. ???



They are pretty darn rare & not at all cheap in Blightey. :f:

( this is where Doug annoyingly tells me he bought 1/2 a dozen for £0.50p ! ) ;)

But I have had my beady lil' eyes on getting one for a while now.

Perhaps the last 'victim' for the diverse M.M.M tankcar BASH fleet.



My take would be a Woodie type woody underframe for 1:35 ...

... Tri-ang modded trucks ...

... plus I get the Bachmann archbars, which are good for my railtrucks.

Can't argue with that guvnor ! :thumb:



Doug & W.C.G, your tankcars are both great inspiration as well.

Interestingly both much shortened from the originals.

I think shortening makes sense for M.M.M as well.

My Tyco one looks good like that.



Anyway cheers guys !

Not the bargain of the year, but it's gonna be a nice addition to my oil business. :cb:



:moose:



Si.



Tourist scaring 'T' ...





:shocked:

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Like the T-shirt Si!


:glad:

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Doug & Si, I didn't shorten the tank on my car, just built a new flat car for it.

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Howdy Woodie :cb:



Yeah ... That's what I meant.


You both built 'shorter' flatcars ...


... sans the platforms at each end of the Bachmann stock car.



:moose:



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Si:
Is there a photo of your bashed tank car floating on the forum somewhere?
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Hi Reg :wave:



I have quite a few, in various stages of construction/destruction. ;)


If you mean the Bachmann On30 car ?


I only bought that one yesterday !


It's in the mail still !! :shocked:



:moose:



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Yup - as with Woodie's, the tank on mine is standard but the flatcar bit is shortened.

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Yep, and Bachmann is very, very proud of their cars...the prices show it!

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However, sometimes a friend will "goof" something up and dispose of the mistake by giving away the evidence. As shown below, a Bm On30 tank makes a fine water tank in O or larger scales.


Just a frame and some water tank fittings and there she is! In the foreground is the tank car shown before with a mysterious slag car in front.

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Hi Doug :wave:



Well ... My 'excellent-condition' tankcar arrived today.

The eBay seller photographed it behind polythene & still in the box.

So I did not see the styrene 'wooden' platform that had been glued around the dome.



Is this platform one of the Bachmann 'add ons' that sometimes comes with their stuff ?

I don't see this in any of the 'official' Bachmann photos of this car.

It looks a bit DIY to me.



Also there is a kinda twin-pipe, with 2 valves glued on one end as well.

Is this 'extra' supplied with the Bachmann car as well ?

I don't see this illustrated in any Bachmann pix. either.



Comments welcome & thanks again for the info on this one.

I may have to complain about these things to the seller, who listed it as 'excellent'.

Cheers.



:moose:



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Si, the "extras" are not part of the stock model. Sounds like some "superdetailer" had a go at it before you got it.
If the "details"look OK and you like it then great, otherwise...you know.

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Agreed with Woodie. Mine didn't have any "extras" and if the bits are rather DIY in appearance, I doubt they've got anything to do with Bachmann.

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Double post!

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It's getting on for six months since I reported on what's happening in Updah so I thought I'd start the New Year with a tale - purists look away now!

The workshop crew are known for producing oddities, some of which work and some of which are reconsigned to the scrap heap but they've just produced one which may well enter revenue earning service. A trip even further down South had unearthed a Mallet chassis (Rivarossi) and an inspirational drawing by one Adam Chilcote.

s-l1600 by slateworks, on Flickr

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The rear truck though is articulated, more Meyer style than Mallet so the boys decided to build a hybrid, a Malleyer.
Firstly, the cylinders and motion on the front truck were removed, reversed and reinstalled pointing forward.

g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Then a boiler unit was built from two plastic test tubes of differing diameter and some thin card to produce a tapered boiler effect as in the drawing.

h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A cab was laser cut very kindly by Giles and the simpler job of side tanks made up from styrene sheet here, all being given Archer's rivets.

j (8) by slateworks, on Flickr

l (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Various bits of boiler "furniture" were made from styrene and some castings and the lot together formed a "kit" for assembly.

l (10) by slateworks, on Flickr

Oversized cylinders were made from more plastic tube as wrappers for the stock units and given styrene valve chests.

m (10) by slateworks, on Flickr

n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Bachmann Mogul after sale working cow catchers were added front and rear with other bits such as air compressor, whistle, bell and so on salvaged from earlier Mogul modifications.

o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

o (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

Head and backup LED lamps were scrounged from the Bachmann loco spare bits box, various bits of piping and a rear bunker ladder were attached and the WOW decoder connected so that the boys now had, by their standards, a working loco.

v (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

v (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

And needless to say, just like the reputation of these chassis, it ran like a dog!

Not to be deterred and with Christmas just round the corner, it was decided to really row the boat out and buy an SB-Modellbau Faulhaber gear motor designed as a substitute for the aged and DCC hating original, seemingly the last one too as they're no longer available on their site. It cost an arm and a leg but what a difference!

u (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

u (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

u (12) by slateworks, on Flickr

After some light tuning to the mechanism, ensuring that crosshead securing bolt heads stopped fouling the adjacent coupling rod securing bolt, they now had a free running loco - on the rolling road at least!

https://youtu.be/nIoab_XTNlI

And with the WOW decoder it's easy to stop the beast if needed before the long running gear motor does.

https://youtu.be/YCcsjUukY3Y

Now some tweaking of the decoder  CVs, an hour or so's test run on the rolling road and hopefully the Malleyer will earn its corn on the track. Fingers crossed!

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Sweeeeet.  [toast] Just in time to haul a bunch o' folks to this year's CW Fest in Updah.  Who's on the line up this year?  Hurl Maggard?  Connie Jache?  I hear that train a comin', rollin' 'round the bend."  Keep up the excellent motivating work Doug.

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Many thanks for the kind words Steven and feelers are out to see if Nellie Wilson will perform. Also Hurl and Connie have both suggested that they could be on the train - that never runs on time - if the Old 97 doesn't come off the track and block the line!

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Yes, Doug, the Old 97 is a train wreck waiting to happen for sure. ;)

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Hi Doug :wave:



Well THAT 'beast' has gotta be worth 5 :brill::brill::brill::brill::brill: Einsteins !!!!!  ( at least ! )



Pleased to see it's not suffering any serious RUST problems ... YET ! :shocked:

Plus ...

... no 'prototype' Railroads Of Nevada styleee seize-ups either ! :f:



Those Updah loco-mechanics musta been to engineering summer-school on that one ...

... all that clanking & HAMMERING noise from the shop, was disturbing the music festival anyway ! ;)



TOO MUCH to like Doug. :P

Love the double-ended cow-catchers ...

... could be useful for collecting a few staggering, drunken tourists wandering onto the line ! :Crazy:



I would love my Mogul, in time, to become a somewhat similar looking 2-6-2ST :!:

Very inspiring.

NICE !



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Many thanks Si. You're most generous with your honour badges!

The superb operation of the SB-Modellbau gear motor has got me thinking again abut Limpin' Lulu and her aero-engine and I may just explore the range to see if there's a suitable motorising option - but I suspect that may still be a step too far.

It would be fun though to see and hear her plod around Updah's track even if only as a shunter.

Doug

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Hi Doug :wave:



Yeah well ...

... operation of the ol' Nevada rust-bucket lash-up could be good. :shocked:

But the 'true to prototype' SEIZED-UP story is quite funny !! ;)



I suppose you can still tell that 'legend' also ... :slow:

... if she ends up clanking, erm I mean, running sweet as a Swiss watch through the woods.



So how much wedge was the new 'Rolls Royce' power-plant for the latest locy ?

Just curious, I'm sure if it fits & works like a dream. it was well worth whatever it was !



:)



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That is a beautiful build. The sound system is a joy to listen to. Good job!!

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As I said earlier Si, it cost nearly as much as a new loco! 98 Euros including VAT but it was my Christmas present!

I was originally going for a less expensive version with The Motorman but I found dealing with him a real pain - wanting extra money after the order was placed and all that - so gave up. I guess you get what you pay for!

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Doc Tom, you're most kind thank you. I've become a real fan of WOW decoders recently and will use them for any future build. The sound options are first rate and they make programming much easier for a numpty like me with their "assist" functions.

You'll probably have noticed that I've set the chuff for an articulated loco so you get a double chuff at slow speeds. As this is a simple rather than compound expansion set-up, I'm not sure if that is what would be heard but I'm investigating further.

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That is a terrific little locomotive.
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Very nice! I have the same loco so this give me some ideas. But this is a future project. Oh well, you never know.

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Reg, thanks for the encouragement and Alwin, mine was a "future project" for ages before I plucked up the courage to get it going. it's a nice chassis to work on as it comes apart quite easily and the "bits" are pretty robust. Its just the motor that's such a dog, especially if you want to run DCC like me. If it's any help, there are a lot more photos as I progressed through the build on here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33431492@N04/albums/72157685860533775/page1

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Well, the Malleyer has now got to the track and apart from some hesitation over the ME turnouts caused, I suspect, by the coarse scale wheel tyres not liking the fine gap between running and check rails, it seems to run reasonably well albeit with the articulation turned off just for the moment to get a better impression of adjustments needed to the chuff rate.

Sorry for the shaky video and odd colouring but it was shot in artificial room light this evening and at a time when my hands are at their most volatile!

https://youtu.be/nFwq0ZO6JSI

Anyway, a few more runs up and down the grade and it will hopefully be ready for a trip round the main line

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The video is very nice and the locomotive is very sharp.:thumb:
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You're very kind thanks Doc Tom. At this rate, I might soon be grasping for what to do next!

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Doug, what to do next? How about sit back and run some trains? You deserve a bit of rest and relaxation after that cool locomotive project. Great work.

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Great video.

A long time ago I fixed the flange problem on an O scale locomotive that had the deep European flanges.

I flopped the loco on its back, powered up the motor, and used a file to bring the flanges into an RP25 profile. 

It worked just fine, with one caveat.  If the drivers have plastic centers you have to be careful not to get the tires too hot. 

The loco was an 0-8-0, so I didn't have lead and trailing wheels to deal with.  

I have turned down flanges on un-powered wheels, but I have used my Unimat.  That works great, if you have one.  I would press one wheel off the axle, chuck up the axle and turn the wheel still mounted on the axle, and then reverse the process for the other wheel.

Without a lathe I suppose you could run the above procedure, but chuck the axle in a drill.  Mel Thornburgh, in the 1950's, turned a lot of parts that way.  His drill wasn't even electric.  It was the old "egg beater" type.  

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Thanks Woodie and that's very tempting. Once the final fettling is done I might just do that but knowing me, I get all fidgety and want to get onto something new.

The project list does include converting a RIO bus to rail use as has been done before by others and a Goose type articulated based on a Tins Toys 1934 Ford truck and some Bachmann bits and inspired by the work on here of Kurt Ubl.

And of course there's that Mantua Mallet waiting for its chassis to be ripped out and put under something exotic and a Bachmann street car ready to provide another building somewhere in Updah and a chassis for another critter of some sort

You know how it goes!

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Thanks Reg and the thought had occurred to me. However it was soon dispelled as I don't think my "engineering" skills are up to it and there are eight drive wheels to play with!

As it happens, I got a box of spare bits from a forum friend on NGRM Online which includes sets of wheels that have already been tampered with and some taken off their axles. They're not the easiest to deal with it seems and have anything but truly concentric plastic centres to start with but I might just have a play with them to see if I can manage anything of worth.

Failing that, I might attempt to deepen and widen the slots between stock and catch rails on the turnouts which I've already managed on a couple of "hand built" ones that were too tight even for RP25 wheel-sets but which now seem OK.

It's all down to moments of bravery - or is that madness!:bang::doh:

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Doug:
Its bravery if it works, madness if it doesn't.

Any time I am doing something for the first time I always allow for the possibility that I will have to scrap my first attempt and start over.

That is my usual determining question..."do I have the willingness, time, money, materials, etc., to start this over if the first attempt fails?"

The second question..."if I succeed will it really make an appreciable difference?"

I also like to sit on things for awhile and think about them.  There just might be a better way.

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Agreed Reg, it's all down to "what if"!

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" Of course there's that Mantua Mallet waiting for its chassis to be ripped out and put under something exotic.
And a Bachmann street car ready to provide another building somewhere in Updah,
and a chassis for another critter of some sort.
You know how it goes ! "



Hi Doug :wave:



Yeah ... I DO know just " how it goes ! "  :pimp:



How are those barmy backwoods boiler BASHing good ol' boys doin' down Updah way ? ???



I guess all the towns folk are getting ready for this years invasion of banjo twangin' lovein' tourists. :shocked:

I hope it doesn't rain. L:

Tents floating away & the 12" of thick mud in these music festival car parks can be a nightmare. :f:

I guess you dudes down Updah just pull 'em out with the Holt though. :)



:cool:



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How true Si. The Holt is regularly used to extract stricken road and rail vehicles when the sudden and unexpected downpours occur in Updah. There, it's rather like when snow appears in the UK and nobody really knows how to cope!
 :doh:

As for the workshop folk, they're busying themselves with a crew car which will tow - hopefully! - the otherwise unused long caboose as a PW vehicle to keep the track clean and clear for the next influx of trippers visiting the now annual music festival.

e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The workshop started with this.

DSCN0452 by slateworks, on Flickr

With the tank removed and stashed away for future projects, it left a bare chassis and mechanism.

DSCN0457 by slateworks, on Flickr

The mechanism and wheels were also stashed away for future project use leaving a bare chassis.

DSCN0463 by slateworks, on Flickr

DSCN0464 by slateworks, on Flickr

The rear of this was removed leaving a short platform and the unit broke down into this.

DSCN0466 by slateworks, on Flickr

One of a spare pair of Bachmann rail truck front trucks was commandeered for use as a front truck and a Tenshodo/Hanazono SPUD converted to DCC use as a drive mechanism.

DSCN0501 by slateworks, on Flickr

d by slateworks, on Flickr

The use of the latter remains to be proved or not as a suitable drive.

The rear platform was given a styrene undertray and built up with lead weights and a mounting spar for the Tenshodo, a spare Bachmann plough was fitted to the front chassis rails and transom and the lot given a waft of Halford's grey primer.

e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A styrene tube mount for the front truck was cut and glued in place and the front truck was wired for power pickup, the wires passing up through the mounting tube to permit rotation of the truck.

i (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

i (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The power and motor leads were routed from the front truck and Tenshodo to a point suitable for connection to a Loksound Goose decoder in due course.

i (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

A sugarcube speaker was obtained for the Loksound and parts from the original Ford V8 flathead motor were attached to create a new dummy motor, the speaker surprisingly still working!.

h (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

h (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

h (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

Working spotlamps were fashioned from Wiseman units and SMLEDs with magnet wire leads and lenses cut from clear packaging material with a hole punch.
Headlamps from Wiseman were also fabricated with magnet wire fed LEDs.

j (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


g (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A rear lamp was made from an additional Wiseman headlamp but with a red LED and the lamps were fitted where required and their leads fed, together with wires attached to the speaker, alongside the front truck leads to the chassis behind the cab. A wooden flatbed was fabricated from coffee stirrers and sits on the plastic and lead weighted chassis to form the final flatbed area through which the various leads emerge.
The unit was sprayed with a combination of brown and black acrylics to give the basis, after further weathering, of a used and worn look and looked like this.

l (18) by slateworks, on Flickr

l (15) by slateworks, on Flickr

Various accessories made for the cab roof and flatbed in the form of air tanks, tool chest, tool box and tools, various boxes and drums, heavy towing/lifting chain and a kit built compressor. An IC motorised winch was provided for the front of the vehicle being a 3D printed 1/100 scale anchor winch https://www.shapeways.com/product/BCR3ZWCJD/anchor-winch-1-100-single-anchor?optionId=62729140&li=marketplace which, with minor modification, was a convenient fit in front of the radiator grill and over the front transom, so the present possible effect is this.

m (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

m (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

The decoder will sit in the tool chest immediately behind the cab and with the various wires emerging from the flatbed, the next step is to connect the decoder - and pray that all is well!

n  (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

My apologies for the somewhat long post but there was a lot to catch up on.

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Very nice work, Doug. That "pull back" device which makes the truck work...with a bit of rust paint, it becomes a quite "passable" wench for use in a hoist or as "junk" with weeds growing around it. Save them funky parts, they make great "details".
Again, nice work on the truck.

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Thanks Woodie and that's a cracking idea for the pull-back mech. Logged and awaiting attention!
P.s. I presume you meant the mechanical type rather than the female version! :)

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Great looking critter.

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Thanks Reg. It's with more than a little inspiration from Kurt Ubl's build.

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Wondering if you can share what Wiseman headlamps you used.

I'm working on a Branchways Model T MOW truck, and the supplied headlights are pretty much flat.  I would like to figure out plan B before I destroy the supplied ones.

Thanks for sharing.

You have done a wonderful job on your truck.

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Thanks Doug, every time I see your layout I get inspiration too. There must be another truck in the boxes where I am hiding the other staff for moving back to Germany L: Realy wonderful job and more details and lights - gives me new ideas for the next bash!

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Jerry, many thanks and you're most kind. These are the Wiseman headlamps I used,
 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/O-On3-On30-WISEMAN-MODEL-SERVICES-DETAIL-PARTS-O303-TRUCK-RAIL-TRUCK-HEADLIGHTS-/131752843044?hash=item1ead14d724
having drilled through from the inside to the back of the mounting stalks for the magnet wire of the LED to exit.
These are the spotlamps I used,
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/O-On3-On30-WISEMAN-MODEL-SERVICES-DETAIL-PARTS-O299-SMALL-OLD-TIME-HEADLIGHTS-/381570005715?hash=item58d7583ad3
having cut and filed off what I suspect are vents on the top to give a smooth outside edge. They were already drilled for wiring.

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Thank you Kurt. It was you're model that got me started in the first place so I really pinched much of your original thought! I look forward to seeing what other beauties you produce in due course and good luck with your move back to Germany.

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Off topic...

The internet is pretty amazing.  Here, in this one thread, we have folks from all over the World sharing their work and helping each other out.  

Pretty incredible when you think about it.

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Yes, forums are great for that Reg. Pity I can't say the same for other branches of social media which seem to me to be more destructive than constructive and in which I resolutely refuse to join in.

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The crew car has moved on somewhat with the Loksound Goose decoder being connected to the rest of the wiring and the lot, amazingly, secured in the tool chest on the flatbed, quite a feat considering how much wire and how little space there was!

o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

The chest's lid was affixed at an angle to allow any excess decoder heat to escape hopefully.

o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

This left a few loose tools on top but they'll stay put (glued down)!

o (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Various bits of paraphernalia are now secured on the flatbed although the compressor/tank is loose so that I can get at it and the tool chest to add a bit of weathering.

o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

And surprisingly after all the poking, prodding and manoeuvring, the thing actually goes and I'm hoping the added weight of the stuff on the flatbed will assist the SPUD's movement.

https://youtu.be/6MxP6iVcaQ8

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WOW, I love the back of this rail truck!
Where'd you get the scale tools? I have to get something like that!

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Hi Lee. Thanks for the kind words and the tools come from Alliance Model Works
A tool box and tools fret can be found here

 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alliance-Model-Works-1-48-Mechanics-Toolbox-Tools-Connectionless-PE-LW48006-/141597121320

and I also bought a set of garage tools number LW48005 but that seems to be out of stock at present.

http://www.am-works.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=LW48005

The frets are very thin so need careful handling but they are contactless i.e. you don't need to cut them as the bits you want are held in place on a backing sheet and you just ping them off with a scalpel blade tip. Watch out for the carpet monster of course!

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" ... and you just ping them off with a scalpel blade tip.
Watch out for the carpet monster of course! "



Hi Doug :cb:



YEEE HAWWW  !  :apl:

( can't resist a bit of 'yeee hawww'ing ... must be the Updah Music Festival ! )  :P



I've tried to "ping them off" ... & all I can say is ... Laminate-flooring is your friend !  :shocked:



Doug, sorry to be a bit late to the party, or Festival ...  ;)

... your new Railtruck is total AWESOMENESS ! beyond all known aweesomeness !!  :bow:



It's just   T :cool: :cool:   C :cool: :cool: L   for words !!  :pimp:





Being a bit of a BASHer & always on the look out for smooth new tips ...

... I'm gonna say, I think your 'hollow' truck-mount is one I'll def. remember !



It's pretty essential to have minimal 'wire-resistance' ... No not OHMS silly.  :brill:  ;)

The 'Updah Truck'(TM) anti-resistance & Pat.Pend. pipe-pivot looks like ... a WINNER !



YEEE  HAWWW  !   !    !   :cool:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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Thanks for the encouragement Si - and by the way, everything's late in Updah including the regular passenger train that never runs on time! So you fit in very well and you're most welcome!

As for the hollow truck mount, I first got the idea when I was building Updah's turntable and was fretting about how to get the track wires below the unit and still allow it to turn without twisting them all to hell.


l (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Same principle and I've used it on several builds of varying nature since using either a plastic or metal tube.

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Well, after serious disappointment with the Tenshodo Spuds as power bogies for the crew car, I finally bit the bullet and bought an NWSL Stanton Drive. And what a difference a drive makes!

I've rebuilt the car with the Stanton drive now attached but not without its problems! Having reversed its direction when mounted on the chassis to accommodate the factory fitted wiring loom, my solitary brain cell eventually realised I had to connect the wires to their opposite rather than corresponding decoder wires to prevent a DCC short, i.e. red Stanton power wire to black decoder wire, orange Stanton motor wire to grey decoder wire etc. 

Anyway, the net effect was a car that now runs smoothly on the layout track, not just on the rolling road and which, with a bit of reprogramming for such functions as momentum, power curve and so on should provide another good workhorse for Updah.

https://youtu.be/CipsAJlegj8

P.S. The creaking sound as I pan on the video is my cheap plastic pivot on my cheap tripod, not a nasty problem on the model!

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That is a really nice model. Love the sounds the critter made on the video. Thanks for posting.:rah:
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Thanks Tom. When it enters service, it will be towing a Bachmann side door caboose as here and slightly modified to crew requirements.

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And just to prove it can---------! :glad:

https://youtu.be/YFg1c0N0HI8

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What a delightful video Doug. Love your layout and the new rig.

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Si, Peter, Ken, thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I've re-edited the video which is essentially the same but hopefully flows a tad better - and I've since used a silicone spray on the cheap tripod to try to eradicate the creaking although one wag on NGRM suggested it was probably Updah's ageing trestle!

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" I've since used a silicone spray on the cheap tripod to try to eradicate the creaking "



Hi Doug  :cb:



Sounds like you'd really be updah creek without your eradicating spray ! ...  :f:


... And I thought that freakin' creaking noise, was the sound of the railroads management opening their wallet !!  ;)



Don't forget ... " OIL IS CHEAPER THAN METAL ! " ... As a senior chap I used to work with said ... all too often ...  :old dude:


... And when HE heard any creakin' ...



" PUT SOME BLOODY OIL ON IT !! " 



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Tried oil Si, no go. Tried grease, same result. Now it's silicone spray and fingers crossed, failing which, a new tripod if my creaking wallet can take the strain!:doh:

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slateworks wrote: Si, Peter, Ken, thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I've re-edited the video which is essentially the same but hopefully flows a tad better - and I've since used a silicone spray on the cheap tripod to try to eradicate the creaking although one wag on NGRM suggested it was probably Updah's ageing trestle!
I thought it was the photographer’s neck. :old dude:

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Funny you should say that Ken------!

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What squeaking? A simply delightful video. Any comments from the peanut gallery are just jealous words from those who can't do work of your caliber.
How about some more?

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Woodie, as ever you're too kind and suffice it to say that a certain Mr. Greene's layouts have been a main inspiration for me since I ventured into On30.

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Hi Doug  :wave:



How's the workbench doing ?  ???

Total mess everywhere as usual, right ?  L:


;)


I see your  C :cool: :cool: L  locie making a cameo appearance here as well !  :thumb:




Those logs gotta git wheres they goin' pardner !  :old dude:



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Well Si, she now makes the same run as the crew car but being much bigger, heavier and louder, makes the video shake even more which is why I haven't put it up before. But so as not to diminish the Malleyer's presence on the layout------ :cool:

https://youtu.be/kVsc4s4QbMA

The one letdown of the otherwise superb TCS WOW decoder is the somewhat scrambled articulated chuff sound. I now run the loco - incorrectly as far as the purists ar concerned - on non-articulated which for me gives a better sound than on the video.

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This weather hasn't been conducive, for me anyway, to attempting anything requiring too much activity of the lonely family brain cell or too much dexterity so I thought I'd just start trying to make the caboose more of a crew car trailer. A few appendages have been attached and an actual crew (adapted Woodland Scenics hobos) installed so that the crew car can be seen to be hauling a team with some equipment.  


r (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

"Stuff" that won't go on the crew car's flatbed is now stored on the trailer's roof including the blacksmith's anvil by the rear steps and the crew's personal belongings in their leather carry bags in a box near the front ladder, easy enough to get at when needed but not stinking out the cabin during the day! One of the lads is stacking the bags as I write and whether he comes down before the rig starts moving, is in the lap of the Gods!


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The remaining kit consists of a surplus brass tender ladder by the main side door, left over bits of building siding for additional roof flooring, jerry cans care of Tamiya, lengths of old chain, some ex-equine leather securing/towing straps salvaged from the horse tack used on the parade wagons,  leather pouches and bags again care of Tamiya, some hosepipe and wire coil and the always necessary bucket, most but not all attached on the side showing as this is the only side visible when the rig is in motion round the layout.

 
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Fortunately, apart from the metal ladder that's been added alongside the side door for further roof access and a metal hose reel assembly coming from Keith Wiseman which will possibly be sited on the additional roof platform by the front ladder and available for fire fighting along the line, there's virtually no additional weight added as the bits are thin wood, light wire and plastic or resin castings so the car should still be easily able to haul the trailer.

And the Updah Country Music Festival hasn't been forgotten either so young Fraser Morton is getting in some practice on his harmonica as he hopes to perform with The Workshop Crew when the time comes.

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" easy enough to get at when needed but not stinking out the cabin during the day! "


Hi Doug  :cb:

Camembert sandwiches huh ?  :pop:

Good tip ! ... Might have to re-locate my fridge outside, to reduce the W.M.D. effect when I open the door !!  :Crazy:



Many superlatives, including a herd of grining large toothed icons ...


:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:

... for the latest Updah lash-up !  :dt:



It makes the 08:03 to London Bridge look comfortable.  ;)

Cushions throughout I trust ?  L:


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" Fraser Morton is getting in some practice on his harmonica as he hopes to perform with The Workshop Crew "



Thought of booking my tickets for the Updah Music Festival ...

... listening to Steve Earles 'Train A Comin' in the wee hours last nite ...

... as the latest  M.M.M.M.M.& M.Co.  lash-up took shape, on my new TOTALY CLEARED ! workbench.  :thumb:



Keep the tooonz & trains a comin' pardner !  :old dude:



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You've got a totally cleared bench????!!!! :hyp::doh:

What's that????????????

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I love that caboose/crew car.

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Thanks Reg, you're most kind. It's full of impracticalities but that's just Updah!

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I must have taken a very large mountain man to put that anvil up there.  Or maybe they fired it up there?  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anvil_firing

A very popular event for special occasions like the 4th of July or the Updah music festival.

Maybe Dale Watson will book a show and sing 38-21-34

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You're absolutely right Steven and it had taken the entire crew and some stout rope to get it up there in the first place. So when they found that they needed to refurbish one of the trailer's knuckle couplers which had somehow lost its spring and required some fairly aggressive hammer work on the pivot point, they took the anvil down from the trailer's roof, with equal difficulty I might add, to work on. 

Having successfully beaten the coupler back into shape it seemed less than prudent to put the anvil back on high so they stashed it where it was originally intended to sit on the car's flatbed, a small toolbox being the only thing that needed to move to the other side to accommodate it.


r (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

Fraser Morton was especially happy as his harmonica notes now seemed to resonate back from the iron of the anvil, giving him that haunting echo he had been searching for for so long! 

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" required some fairly aggressive hammer work on the pivot point "



Hi Doug  :cb:



Nothing like a bit of precision-engineered HAMMERING ! ...  :P

... to keep the railroad rolling !!  :shocked:


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" Fraser Morton was especially happy as his harmonica notes now seemed to resonate back from the iron of the anvil,
giving him that haunting echo he had been searching for for so long! "



O.M.G. ! ... A redneck AUDIOPHILE !!  ;)



Whatever next ? ...  L:

... It sounds like a major-label contract, plus fame & fortune in Nashville is on the cards.  :cool:



:doh:



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Si. Hammer, the most essential modeller's tool!;)

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That anvil comes in a close second, nothing like a hammer and anvil combo to really be precise!  

Maybe you should invite Giuseppe Verdi to the Festival this year?
:boogie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEMMVHAINFM

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:glad::glad::glad:
But not quite Country! :cb:!

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Hi Doug  :cb:



YEEEEE  HAAAAA  !!  :apl:



Now THAT'S what I call a country muzic festival !  :bg:



I wanna know if Steve Earle ever drops by for a twaaang or two ?  ???





If I had to choose just 1 Steve Earle L.P. for my 'Desert Island Discs' ...

... it would be a hard choice to make.



It wouldn't actualy be 'Train a Comin' ...

... but it is a very fine Album indeed & the mandolin vibe not doubt would be a SMASH on the Updah stage !

Maybe he could play some 'early' stuff  :doh:  as well ...

... from his debut L.P. 'Guitar Town' & the follow up 'Exit 0'.  :cool:

Both SUPERB recordings in the best Nashville studio tradition.



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Nothing's ever quite as simple as it seems in model making, or so I find, and the crew car is no exception. After all the paraphernalia had been added, I couldn't work out why there was a slight wobble at a couple of places as the rig passed until I realised they were both at turnouts. 

As it turned out (pun intended!), it wasn't the usual gap between the stock and guard rails or misaligned moving parts, in fact nothing to do with the turnout itself but the ground throws, fairly robust plastic items by Caboose Industries that "the hand of God" uses to work the turnouts.



groundwork (36) by slateworks, on Flickr

Well, Fraser Morton the harmonica player was seated low on the trailer's steps and It transpired that as the trailer passed the ground throw, first his dangling feet were clipping the top of the lever mechanism, visible as a bit of a blur in the photos, followed by the bucket and although the latter could swing and thus not cause too much friction, the harmonica player was risking either derailing the trailer or losing part of his anatomy! The simple answer was to ask him to retreat slightly back onto the trailer's balcony floor and to raise the hook (cut down track pin) holding the bucket. This was fine except that Fraser was now sitting in mid-air so a convenient log was found and he now uses that as a seat.



r (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


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So, problem solved, no limbs lost, the essential bucket is secured and the harmonica, being even closer to the iron anvil, has an even more haunting echo than before!

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Those Caboose throws look decent in On30. I know a guy with a HO layout and he uses the N scale ones, as they're way too massive in HO scale.
I like the weathering you put on them, something I very rarely see anyone do with them.

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Thanks Lee. I'm not a weathering freak but I try to add it where it's omission might look rather obvious. And in this case it's a fairly quick job using Artitec powders made into a "soup" with 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and applied with a paintbrush and fingers!

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In amongst other projects, I've been experimenting with building tall trees for Updah and have now built half a dozen ranging from 26cm, 10" to 72cm, a little over 28". The components are a balsa trunk shaped to a point and roughened up for a bark finish with a Surform, JTT foliage branches, an IPA/Indian Ink wash and an IPA diluted antique pine wood stain wash.

c (13) by slateworks, on Flickr

The JTT foliage branches, being wire based, are clipped to length and just pushed into the soft balsa and need no glue and each tree has a wooden skewer cemented into its base to act as a planting pin so they are "plug and play" and can be moved around. 

c (15) by slateworks, on Flickr

They're not prototypical, being indigenous to Updah but are sort of Spruce-ish and add to the artificial asparagus fern based trees around the freight depot.

c (27) by slateworks, on Flickr

Meanwhile, I keep on discovering how much clearance the crew car trailer needs, the Bachmann side door caboose being quite a large vehicle. The other side, unseen and less adorned, just has a set of hanging securing straps and a reel of wire hawser and I was mystified as to where the hawser kept disappearing to as the rig made a circuit.


r (10) by slateworks, on Flickr

Having made and hung two more with the same result, it was clear that examination of the route in detail was required and eventually I found the culprit, one of the pines on the run down from the trestle to the station which had a very guilty looking branch that was whipping off the reel as it passed, rather like the old railroad postal sorting office car collection posts. One of the reels can be seen hanging at the bottom right of the left hand tree.


r (11) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Retrieval of the reels with tweezers and a quick trimming of the errant branch with scissors has hopefully cured the problem as the rig seem so run through this area cleanly now. It may also have been responsible for another slight wobble as the rig ran down the grade which doesn't occur now - but I'm now curious to see what else will I find! 

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The last - maybe - bit of bling has now gone onto the crew car trailer with the installation of a small hose reel to help fight those lineside fires occasioned by the less than well maintained Porters when they're let loose on the main line.


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r (14) by slateworks, on Flickr

Comprising a Wiseman Models wheel and stand kit, a bit of styrene tubing drilled out to fit the wheel centres, some insulation from a length of fine wire and a bit of brass "something-or-other" from the brass bits box. The metalwork was sprayed with Citadel Lead Belcher acrylic and the "hose" with Marabu Do-it Colorspray Terracotta acrylic, the first from Games Workshop and the second from a range stocked by my excellent local art materials/stationery suppliers, the nearest I've got to a model shop.

So that project looks pretty well finished and I wonder what to address next! 

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UPDAH UPDATED !!!

Doug. dear Doug...!

:us::doh:

I have just discovered you have Updah updated here in a dedicated thread!!!

Why didn't you tell?

You have no idea how much I missed that...!!!

I have been trying to follow through your Flickr but there I see only the images and miss the story.
Great that now I know. :2t:

Probably I knew it before but you know my lonely brain cell is not exactly a master at using the memory function... :old dude:

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Daniel, welcome back to the anti-prototypical, rubber scaling, rivet hiding Updah Creek! I see you regularly "faving" my photos on Flickr which you really shouldn't as they're not sufficiently good but thanks anyway.

Most new stuff I post on here although it might be some time after it has gone on NGRM Online and not always with as much narrative but the sense - or lack of! - is there!

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I'm glad that the both of you are here on this site. I may be changing things up myself, more details as they become available.

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You too Woodie as that's where much of the inspiration has come from. :2t::apl:

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Woodie

I have no idea what has made you become such a lazy Texan, but I have been quoting you, your work, the inspiration you have been spread for so many years and, most of all, your unforgetable Mogollon Ry. just everywhere where I've been. Including forums, Facebook, Argentinean groups and it all.

I am warning you for the last time: I have now my heavy mountain shoes at hand reach so if you don't get back VERY SOON to your workbench I will give you back the kicks in the ass you gave me to move me from kit designing fever to real modeling.

Dear friend: we are all getting older and the descent of the road seems steeper at every step so many of uss are unwittingly accelerating.
Delays are the most dangerous booby traps: they send all the plans and models in our heads directly to 'next life' where it is not probable we'll get a workbench at all.
So the very only space-time left is the NOW.

You better know: my shoes have not much patience.

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Well, from Flickr to this thread is more distance covered than from here to Tokio and the difference between silent photos and your delightful non-sense is really a huge improvement.It is great to see the whole Updah story that with so much interest I followed through the years.
Daniel 

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Thanks Daniel, you're most generous with your praise as ever. And I support your push on Woodie. Too long with nothing new - where is our inspiration to come from?!!! :us:

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Exactly:

"...where is our inspiration to come from?!!! :us:..."

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Hey.  Go easy on Woodie.  Genius has to work at its own pace.

:)

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But time and tide waiteth for no man Reg!:old dude:

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Daniel, Nope, I ain't lazy...just too involved with many projects to sit and take photos these days. A hint: have you ever heard of a wax factory? There were and are such things down in the Big Bend of Tejas. More on that later.

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:thumb:

But     :old dude:

and    :time:

so    [toast]


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This sounds interesting.

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As here in Twickenham the sun's belting down on another breathless afternoon totally unconducive to actual model making, the only sensible thing to do is to sit by the track in the shade of the trees and watch the Malleyer cross the trestle with its short freight train as it passes the bathhouse on its downgrade run into Updah.

f (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

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And just as I type this, the sun vanishes behind cloud, it immediately begins to feel cooler and looks like a storm is on the way!

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Great photos.

Yeah...its too hot here, too.

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Beautiful images, Doug.
As always in Updah.


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Great photo and excellent model work!

Reg H wrote:

Yeah...its too hot here, too.




Yep, it's supposed to be in the mid-90s here today (around 35 Celsius for our trans-Atlantic friends) in an area almost exactly halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
It's a day that I'm glad we have AC in our house. I grew up in Florida, so AC is as vital as having oxygen to survive in my book. It rarely gets above 80 even in the summertime but when it gets that hot, it's nice to have a decent temperature at home.

As for you Europeans, my wife and I utterly broiled in France and England this past May, as hardly any building we went to had AC and only one hotel did the entire time we were there (thankfully, we were on a cruise ship for a portion of our trip there, and it had great AC).





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Lee:

I work in Grays Harbor County.  It was 77 when I left work and 91 when I got home to Shelton.  

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Thanks for the kind comments chaps. And AC in the house - in the UK - you must be joking - almost unheard of! Mind you, we have been sitting in the car for a while with the AC full blast there, very refreshing for body and soul!

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Doug, I need a/c in the garage with my layout...otherwise it might be 98 degrees or more and you can imagine what heat does to code 83 rail, much less what it does to a 70 year old dealing with track problems all the time!

Woodie-loves that cool indoor air (we have had some 100-110 degree days lately)

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Well Woodie, I guess it's been proportionately as hot here as where you are compared to normal expectations and Updah has the same track expansion issues. Nothing dramatic but a very slight movement in, of course, the most inaccessible spot which causes driver slip on the grade and means only lightly loaded trains operate at the moment.

No doubt things will contract to their original setting when the ambient temperature has had a chance to return to normal and I guess one of this winter's exercises will be to think about making expansion cuts in the rail in preparation for our probable hotter summers in future.

Who said a layout was ever finished?!!! :us:

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I am lucky to have a basement in which to build my layout.  The temperature stays pretty constant year around. 

My shop is a different story.  The shop is in a single car garage with a metal garage door on the south wall. 

If the temperature gets much above 75 degrees I get chased out of there around 10:00 AM.

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As has been seen earlier, Fraser Morton is practicing his harmonica riffs in expectation of being invited to play at the Country Music festival as he rides the crew car.


r (9-1) by slateworks, on Flickr 

So, me being a gizmo freak, the latest bit of nonsense in Updah is to try to let him be heard. In the first instance a greetings card recordable sound module was purchased at the exorbitant cost of £1.85 ($2.35) on which a 30 second track can be imposed.


s-l1600 by slateworks, on Flickr 

I found a convenient 30 second track on the 'net and successfully uploaded it to the module then removed the speaker and reconnected it, having given it a proper enclosure and the quality and volume of the sound has improved dramatically. 



DSCN0433 by slateworks, on Flickr 

This unit is a light sensitive one and although it works OK, a manually operated version would be more reliable so, in view of the minimal cost, I've treated myself to a double button version which is somewhere on a slow boat from China.


s-l1600 (1) by slateworks, on Flickr 

The idea is that, as the crew car approaches Updah's small station, Fraser will be heard playing and getting louder, continuing for the full 30 seconds or such shorter time as befits my mood and in any event, ceases as the crew car leaves. I'm playing with  the idea of using latching reed switches and magnets to activate and deactivate the module with the magnet attached somewhere on the crew car trailer and the reed switches on the approach to the station and then either in the station roof or further down the track.
The reed switches would be connected to the "play" button and possibly to the power cells as an on/off switch but the detail I've yet to work out. As I said, another bit of Updah nonsense but it's all good fun!

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As my experience with reed switches is zip, I've been carrying out some experiments using a track based switch and acquired the latching version from layouts4u and normally open standard ones for pennies from eBay. I acquired some neodynium magnets from an eBay seller but not being sure how powerful they are, bought a selection where for a fiver I got ten each of 4mm x 3mm, 3mm x 2mm and 2mm x 2mm round discs. They're N35s so not the strongest and I wasn't sure how reactive they'd be at distance.
I tried a hand held test first to see how near the magnets needed to be to the reed switches, decided that the 4mm x 3mm was the one to use and installed one in the nose of the crew car and one with opposite pole down on the rear coupler draft gear box of the trailer.



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I then connected wires to one of the latching reed switches and temporarily secured it on a convenient length of Updah's track.


DSCN0456 by slateworks, on Flickr

This was then connected to my LED tester and a spare LED to form a basic test bed.


DSCN0457 by slateworks, on Flickr

The combined crew car and trailer were then pushed over the track and - bingo - we had light!

https://youtu.be/uV_-cAs5Mqk

This means that if the "play" switch on the awaited sound module is connected instead of the LED, I should have a setup where Fraser's harmonica playing can be switched on automatically as he approaches the station and off as the crew car leaves - assuming that's within 30 seconds, the duration of the recording! Only attachment to the sound module itself will tell of course but my hopes are reasonably high. I now also need to work on a method of switching the power on and off too to conserve battery life and for the occasions when I don't want Fraser to be heard.

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Cool.

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Thanks Reg. Well, it could be if it actually works when the time comes!I've yet to prove it in practice!

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It is a creative solution.  Years ago some folks were using the magnet/reed switch combination to turn battery powered lights off and on in passenger cars.

I haven't seen it used since then.  

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Funnily enough it was a current thread on Narrow Gauge Modelling Online forum dealing with 006.5 scale RC where the chap used reed switches and magnets to set off his coach lighting that got me started on this route.

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Howdy Doug, many years back I used "latching" miniature reed switches to control my On20 locos. My old layout was one block, no other switches, etc. I could locate the loco I wanted, pass a magnet over the cab roof (where the reed was), and either turn it on or off. I only ran one loco at a time and this allowed me to operate the way I wanted. These days, I use the reed switches on my 35n2 locos to turn the receivers on/off. I may be high tech (well, my r/c stuff is antique) but I still love the old ways!

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Nah Woodie, not high tech or low tech, just now tech!

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" the harmonica, being even closer to the iron anvil, has an even more haunting echo than before! "



I guess Fraser Morton will have to take the Updah anvil into the studio for his debut album !

Nashville has never seen the like !!  ;)



I just LOVE that car build of yours Doug.  :thumb:

Great photos !  :)



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Thanks Si. It's surprising what lurks in the bits boxes and can be added to a Bachmann caboose and a Tins Toys 1934 Ford truck cab!

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Some small progress with the sound module, the double button version having arrived. So far I've successfully recorded the 30 second track and, having checked that it actually played back, disconnected the momentary "play" button from the board. I soldered the reed switch in its place and, joy of joys, wafting the magnet over the switch caused the track to be played and stopped when the reverse pole of the magnet was wafted over. The speaker was disconnected and the other unit's speaker in its enclosure was soldered in place and all still ran as required.


c by slateworks, on Flickr

I now needed to fix some sort of switch to shut off the power to preserve battery life when not needed and it seems that the simple way is just to interrupt the battery circuit with a switch in series. At one point near the edge of the circuit board is an accessible section of the power connecting track, between the two right hand battery holders in the photo, and I've been able to remove a short section of insulation as shown. 

Another baby step was achieved in sawing through the power track on the circuit board and soldering on a small switch has given me a power cut off in addition to the reed switch operation. Hopefully this will enable me to prolong the life of the batteries, three 1.5V  button cells in series which give an already less than 4.5V but enough to operate the module.


DSCN0511 by slateworks, on Flickr

Now I needed to work out the best location on the track for the reed switch, pierce holes through 3" of baseboard foam for wiring, stick the reed switch to the track and decide how best to locate and secure the rest of the module. You'll appreciate that for an electrickery numpty like me, just getting a switch to connect and work is a major achievement! 

A little more progress was achieved with the reed switch now in position on the track.


DSCN0514 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0515 by slateworks, on Flickr

At normal viewing distance it kooks like a bit of track paraphernalia but I'm in two minds as to whether it will be better painted a rusty brown. What I don't want is for any paint to short out the end wires although I'm sure I can avoid that risk.

The speaker is also now let into a hole cut in the ground layer - it's surprising what you find when you dig into an area not touched for a few years!


DSCN0516 by slateworks, on Flickr

Now I need to decide how best to disguise it, perhaps with a low circular stone wall rather like a well or even just a net with some foliage over it spread over the diaphragm as a low shrub. Nothing is connected up yet but a possible convenient site for the module is the face of one of the structural cross members under the baseboard where it can be conveniently stuck with its self adhesive backing.Tomorrow should see more of that.

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Progress on the sound experiment surprisingly! All the wires are now connected and after a couple of false starts for bad soldering, improperly joined wires, wires of too short a length needing replacing and a myriad of other little "issues", it sort of began to come together with, for the time being, a bush made quickly from a scrag end of sea foam with some very second hand scatter hair-sprayed onto it disguising the speaker.

The magnet on the trailer though has been re-seated with the same polarity as the one on the crew car. Very odd, this one, as it needed reverse polarity in the original tests but now for some reason requires the same polarity to switch off the reed switch which was switched on by the crew car's magnet. I've also noticed that if the sound track is allowed to finish, the trailer's magnet will switch it back on again as it passes over but will switch the sound track off if it has not completed it's cycle. I've no doubt there's a simple answer to this but it's beyond my comprehension and I can live with how it operates at the moment.

The module and "power switch" are now mounted under the layout but within easy reach.


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

I'm not going to show any more of the wiring spaghetti - it's too shameful - but "above ground" things are now reasonably tidy.


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

And just to show it's not all been in vain, firstly an aerial view of proceedings taken by Wanda Updah as hubby Watts hovered low over the site in the autogyro

https://youtu.be/wLyOuik6NS4

and then, at the risk of boring everyone, a ground level view taken on his new cine camera by Fings Updah at the end of which the crew car makes a bolt for the next job!

https://youtu.be/zkx87nELDDA

And with an acknowledgement to the Railroad Tycoon II Harmonica Bluegrass CD for the soundtrack I think I'm pretty well done with this now.

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Thanks God...!!! I was getting dizzy of all those wiringtronics...!!!:us:


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 Hi Doug  :wave:


I'm not sure I've 100% followed your ON/OFF switching situation ...

... But ... is the reed-switch a 'normal' one & not one of those 'special' latching-types ?  ???


Also is the circuit the reed-switch is connected to on the P.C.B. ...

... a 'dual switching' circuit, ie. push for on AND push for off ?  ???


I think this would explain what you describe, about the sound-track stopping mid-play sometimes.  L:



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Yes Si, it's a latching reed switch with a magnet at the front of the crew car and another at the rear of the trailer. Drive the crew car over the reed and it switches on, continue driving and it switches off when the trailer's magnet passes across.

The secondary manual switch is just to cut the power supply when the unit is not required to be in action and to otherwise help preserve battery life which I found drained away otherwise even when the sound element wasn't active.

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Probably you could carve into the ties until the REED is flush with the top of them without impairing the performance. Them it will be easier to disguise.
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Yes, I did consider that Jose but decided against as the reed switch is set in the middle of a turnout and I didn't want to risk the turnout's integrity. The ties are actually filed down in their centres to about half depth to accommodate the switch and that's probably as far as I'd want to go.

The turnout might well survive more surgery but I'm happy with it as it now is, especially as absolutely nothing in Updah is prototypical and the odd bit of gubbins placed here and there isn't too noticeable!

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Hi Doug  :wave:



Word on the grapevine was a sayin' that a legendary 'Updah' layout-tour was a happenin'.  :cb:


How'd it go ?  ???

Just the very day for all the microchips to crash ...  :brill:

... wiring to burn-out ...  :shocked:

... & derailments at every overstressed logging rail-joint !  :f:


;)


Or I guess it could have gone real smoothly !!  :bg:



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Yes Si, it happened and we were originally expecting you too. Shame you couldn't be there.

As usual on these occasions, perfection was far from evident as one turnout approach just before the station chose to derail the new crew car's trailer - but no other vehicle! No logic to it other than perhaps balance of the trailer but a 1mm sliver of styrene under the rail cured the problem completely - after the visitors had departed of course! I put it down to track movement due to the recent hot spell and it does get hot in my railway room - well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Thoroughly enjoyed meeting the two from Downunder and conversation was pretty well non-stop with the occasional reference to railways and model making and even Twickenham's station redevelopment didn't seem to cause any issues. I'm now steadily working through a huge number of railway and show related photos given to me on one of those dongly things you plug into the computer and very impressive they are too. 

At the moment I'm enjoying the day on the Coffee Pot outing which has some great shots of old Aussie steam. The rest, when I get round to them, should keep me going until Christmas with a bit of luck!

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My latest bit of Updah imagineering involves doing horrible things to a very nice Precision Craft On30 Galloping Goose. If you're faint hearted or easily offended, look away now!
In the first instance, I had secured two Geese.

DSCN0499 by slateworks, on Flickr


DSCN0500 by slateworks, on Flickr

But what started as a perfectly respectable model soon went to this

d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

with the intention of making it not a copy but more like this.

392e1ffe648e95b5af03f17b354584a6 by slateworks, on Flickr

The starting point was a spare Bachmann On30 rail truck cab and the original goose hood, a conveniently tidy fit.

e (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

The new body made in styrene sheet included a rear end built from layered styrene sheet into a sort of buck which was then shaped with file and sandpaper.

h (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The chassis plate was subjected to substantial surgery to make it narrower 

g by slateworks, on Flickr

and to cut down the chunky steps by the cab door.

m (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

Paraphernalia included a seat from a defunct Model T Ford for the passenger compartment, a passenger who started life as a Japanese bulldozer driver but with a thin card "halo" and his bare legs painted into tight jeans and boots became "one of the lads", some roof top air tanks from styrene tube and wire, a compressor made up from a 1/160 ship's anchor winch and a styrene sheet sun visor for the cab windscreen.   

n (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

With the original crew installed on lower seats the cab was given a spray of Halford's aluminium acrylic and Halford's satin black acrylic after the style of the No.7 Goose.

n (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

n (7) by slateworks, on Flickr

And with the paraphernalia temporarily sitting in place looked like this.

n (13) by slateworks, on Flickr

The original passenger trailer was converted to freight carrying by cutting out the centre side panels and installing a sheet of styrene  scribed with panel joins and decalled with Archers rivets.

m (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

m (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

With styrene door hinges and lock bars, this was also given a spray of Halford's aluminium acrylic.

n (9) by slateworks, on Flickr

n (11) by slateworks, on Flickr

More terrible surgery was inflicted on the coupling arrangement which would not operate in its original format but it looks as though it should now work OK although it's still got to be tested on track. 

o (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

o (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

So Updah's two girls can now appear like this, a sort of before and after state.

o (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

Lots still to do including adding LED lighting but the models are sound fitted with the excellent Loksound Goose file decoder so they will hopefully be in revenue earning service around Updah before too long.

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I've just spent 2 wonderful days reading this thread. WONDERFUL Stuff thanks

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Paul, you're most kind and I appreciate your comments thanks.

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" Yes Si, it happened and we were originally expecting you too. Shame you couldn't be there "



Hi Doug  :wave:



Yes indeed.

As you guys were tucking in to your 1PM beer & pub grub ...  :cool: [whack] :s: :P

... sods law would have it, that I had an IMPORTANT appointment in bloomin' Croydon !  :f:



I had actually done my back in ...  :f:

... & was on loads of pills & not in exactly a good mood either !  :f:



I'm pleased to hear the precision Updah timetable, I guess based on British Rail Twickenham timekeeping,  ;)  went like a Swiss watch !



[toast]  Gallopin' goodness ol' bean ... what a pair o' gooseys!  :shocked:




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Hope the back's recovering Si. I know what it can be like if not in tip-top condition as a session of lawn mowing and leaf collecting has just shown me!

Yeah, we had a good meal and chin-wag and sent them on their way smiling - even with Twickenham station's development chaos!

And as for geese, well, Updah's got to have a couple of them flying around to tempt the bald eagles!

c (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

b (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

b (1) by slateworks, on Flickr
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The Goose cab roof now has head and spot lamps, Wiseman castings with SMLEDs inserted although not yet connected to the decoder supply.


p (11) by slateworks, on Flickr

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p (9) by slateworks, on Flickr

I now need to pluck up the courage to fire up the soldering iron - again! - and make the necessary connections to the light bar. I say pluck up the courage as my shaky hands do me no favours working in small areas and this will be the third attempt to get it right.

P.S. Excuse the somewhat cruel close-ups - things don't look so rough at normal viewing distances! :w:

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Well, with a streaming cold I was going nowhere today so I took a brave pill, fired up the soldering iron and sorted out the additional LED lighting on the Goose cab. Because the "special" V3.5 Loksound decoder doesn't offer any more AUX functions, the spot light had to be connected to one of the existing circuits and I chose to link it with the interior lighting. The cab now has two interior lights, one for each compartment and the new headlights are connected to the original headlight terminals, all conveniently located on the separate original light bar.

Amazingly, I managed to do it this time, the third attempt, without blowing anything up and it works! As a result of this small success, the light bar was cemented to the underside of the cab roof and the the cab roof cemented to the cab. It all still worked so the model was re-assembled together with its additional bits on the cab roof, the wiring loom from the trailer where the decoder is located was routed and connected, the cab body secured with its single bolt to the chassis and the trailer's connecting pivot arm, modifications to which were described earlier, attached to the cab socket. Much to my surprise and relief, the lighting and motor drive still all worked so the re-built Goose was sent for an initial trip around Updah's circuit.

Bear in mind it originally looked like this.


DSCN0500 by slateworks, on Flickr

In my down and dirty video it now shows its difference.

https://youtu.be/2sqpbVLvC5M

And joy of joys, not only did the contraption run on the track without hesitation, it negotiated Updah's curves and clearances without a hitch. It also looks as if it will be the one loco that will run in either direction around the circuit, taking the grades in its stride due probably to its weight. Lots of re-programming to do now to build in momentum, adjust the lights' intensity, try to bring in the gear changes at lower speeds and more.
 
Then on to the next project - whatever that may be!

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" ... without blowing anything up and it works! "



Hi Doug  :wave:



Pleased to hear the new Updah contraption is  MELT-DOWN  tested !  :shocked:


V x A = W  :old dude:   It looks FAST !  ;)



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CHAPEAU!!!

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Thanks for the kind words chaps, always appreciated.

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Very cool! Now if you can just resist painting her in the "original" Santy Fay "warbonnet"...yeah, right!
I really love the lights, they will certainly frighten chupacabras from sitting on the track. Excellent.
Oh yes, one thing to remember...those old rail-autos didn't like to run in reverse, they would overheat easily. The passengers wouldn't like that.

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Thanks Woodie. 

Couldn't wait to get rid of the "warbonnet" livery, 
now dead and buried and certainly not a favourite of mine but each to their own! 

I'll remember the reversing issue - wouldn't want Updah's finest to become overheated,
they get enough of that in The Painted Lady or Madamme Molly's Comfort cars!


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Always a pleasure to revisit Updah's story.:2t:

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(Well, Daniel, it seems the virus of vagrancy has bitten the people of Updah ... :us:)

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Oh Daniel! How can you say that! 

The Updah residents are law abiding, pious, thrifty, hard working and well housed. 

The nearest to vagrancy is Wilbur and he has the excuse of being turned off his farm by that money-pinching bank,
and even he has made the effort to at least appear to be well housed and living in some degree of self respect, 
even if he does take the occasional swig from the jug!










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Don't tell me such things, Doug...You'll make me :sad:


But...come on...! 

Wilbur has been the only one showing at Flickr for many days,
and I have the impression that everyone else is a bum who moves only when there is party in Updah or the giant film maker visits the town... ???

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Now clearly Wilbur has got a warm home for the coming winter. 

He did a great job.

Hmm... L: ... 

(I wonder what will happen if the local barber comes to know where his missing hairdresser's chair ended...)

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Daniel, just another example of the thrift of Updah residents and their commitment to recycling! 

Carlo, who runs the barber's shop - and likes to be known as a tonsorial artist with a salon in deference to the increasing number of lady customers arriving in town for the Country Music Festival - has recently refitted the premises including upgrading his chairs to leather covered recliners and offered the outgoing ones to the community of whom Wilbur was one to take advantage of the opportunity.






















In much the same vein, Wilbur also obtained his bed as a cast-off when Madamme Molly did some refurbishment of The Painted Lady's "upstairs rooms" 







and his eating facilities when Dougy refurbished parts of the Diner.







All in all, Wilbur did very well out of the Updah residents' social conscience - and the impact of the Country Music Festival!



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Nicely done. 

Inspiration cus my town will need a barbers/tooth extraction shop.





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Oh...  L: ... I see now... 

It was just the lack of news what made me think Updah was fallen in a long 'siesta' period... ;)

Now seriously: very nice work Doug. 

Specially this photo has 'it'






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Many thanks Paul and here's Carlo ("The Crimper") attending to Jethro  - his hair that is, not his teeth!






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Daniel, 

Updah is in a bit of a lull at the moment as all its recent energies have gone into building the crew car and trailer and converting/bashing the Goose. 

The next project is probably the additional Mallet based on the Mantua chassis, 
which together with the various"bits" to do the job is the subject of currently "untouchable" Christmas presents!

As for people/characters, there may be a further influx of visitors to the Country Music Festival at some time, 
even more performers, but they're still on the train - that never runs on time!

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Well, Doug, you seem to have got some convincing effects on Santa's plans for the tree...:2t:

Let's hope he understood correctly the scale/gauge. :time:

Regarding the Country Music festival, 
a group of young fellows from the island is preparing a trip to Updah and trying to learn the steps. :)

Daniel

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Daniel, they'll be most welcome and Bert at the general Store will be able to supply them with hats to keep the sun off their heads whilst they're dancing in the street!






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You are amazing, Doug!

:2t:

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slateworks wrote: Daniel, they'll be most welcome and Bert at the general Store will be able to supply them with hats to keep the sun off their heads whilst they're dancing in the street!






Awesome photo and modelling.



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Daniel, Paul, you're both very kind. 

Much appreciated.



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O.K., but then keep posting more photos!!!:old dude:

:)

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No new models in Updah Creek at the moment but with the help of Larry's(Biglars) write up of the process I've re-geared my recalcitrant Shay on which two of the four gears on the two trucks' drive shafts were defective. Once I'd mastered the removal of the plastic cover plates securing the drive shafts to the truck frame, definitely a "heave and hope" job, the new shafts with their more robust gears slotted nicely into place and were held firm by reinsertion of those devilish little cover plates.

The Shay hasn't run for the best part of a year but, after a short test run, is now ready for revenue earning service again.

https://youtu.be/2ZqbmKcwc4s

I was also pleased to see the lack of stuttering (hunting?) as it trundled downhill on the run back from the trestle, a problem only too obvious before the gear change.

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Thank you, Dough.
It is always good for me to have a ride at Updah. :2t:


Did I tell you why I love static modeling?

No :bang::bang::bang::bang: :us:

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Whilst resetting the posts in the NGRM Online thread I was reminded of photos that Ken (Nevadablue) had posted of a Holt tractor hauling supplies into the little township in which he was recently living and for fun wondered what it might have looked like if it had been Updah.



p (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Doug

I remember very good those of Ken's photos!

But the Updah colour one is killing me right now again and again!!! :shocked:

CHAPEAU!!!

Daniel

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Thanks Daniel. Always happy to please!

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Color photo beautiful.

Being an old telephone cable splicer I noticed your power lines in the picture and they were well done not many put power or telephone lines on layouts.




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Thanks Charles and, although Updah is a very 1930s backwoods place, I wanted the inhabitants to have the benefit of electrickery and phone. The poles are all scratch built using wood, wire, rail spikes and beads and the cabling is EZ Line which helps by stretching and returning nicely when I forget its there and lean into the model to adjust something!

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No doubt there are glaring errors in the construction but that's typically Updah!

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looks like 4 moosies to me excellent detail even the eletrickirie

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Coming from an old telephone cable splicer I take that as a huge compliment thanks Charles.

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Christmas being over, I'm now allowed to play with the toys I received which included a Backwoods Miniatures slope back tender - attached to a cut back Forney which will at some time receive a Bachmann 4-4-0 tender and become an entirely different loco - and various O scale "bits" together with the Mantua Mallet from earlier in the year.
The Mallet runs quite sweetly on my rolling road although I've yet to try it on the tracks but at this stage, having started like this


DSCN0420 by slateworks, on Flickr
 
it's been savaged to release all the non-usable parts for its conversion to On30 scale.


d (5) by slateworks, on Flickr 

A new pile has been made of what might be salvaged for use from the original plus a few 1/48 scale bits including some of Keith Wiseman's best and a Bachmann Forney cab.


d(6) by slateworks, on Flickr 

The boiler unit was then removed to expose the very nice chassis.


d (11) by slateworks, on Flickr 


d (12) by slateworks, on Flickr 


d (10) by slateworks, on Flickr 


d (9) by slateworks, on Flickr  

The intention is to make something like this, not a copy but "in the mood of".


d-caspar5 by slateworks, on Flickr 

And with various bits perched precariously, it's started to look like this with its, I think, Precision Scale C-16 stack.


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr 

I know this type of conversion has been done before and that the boiler is a tad skinny - as is the Bachmann 2-6-6-2 so I've read - but I'm hoping that with enough furniture and piping under the foot boards, some of that skinniness will be disguised. There's heaps to do yet though so I'll report again when there's something to add.

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You're back!

I was ready to send you a p.m. asking where are you!!!

Great.
I had seen the photos in your Flickr but missed the story.

There was an article on onverting the Mantua Mallet to 0n30 in Model Railrroader during the late 70's or early 80's. By then 0n30 was not born yet but some people was already encouraging it's mother to push. (A certain Woodie G. was one of them)


Now two questions:

1)
What is the diameter of the Mantua drivers?

2)
Do you have in the UK a place where to buy Bachmann 0n30 parts?

And the most important: great to see you back, Doug!

[toast]

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I forgot: the Forney cab looks great on the Mallet to me. :2t:

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Daniel, I hadn't gone away really, just that Christmas and New Year intervened!

The Mantua drivers are 15.20mm diameter across the tyre tread i.e. ignoring the flanges.

Bachmann Europe have a set-up here in the UK and I can get On30 parts from them if they have them in stock. They don't publish a list of what they have and I just phone the parts department, tell them what I want and they go and look for the bits in their On30 store which I believe is a container in the yard!

I've been fairly lucky of late and it's much cheaper than dealing with Bachmann in the States as the postage is local rate and there's no import duty.

The Bachmann Forney cab suits my needs although its size contributes to the skinny effect of the boiler but as i said in the previous post, I'm hooping to disguise that.

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I think it looks really neat! My little 2-4-4-2 has a large cab like that and while the boiler "looks" to be rather small in 1:35 scale, she's a little cutie if I do say so myself.
Continue on, and that slope back tender is great...I would change the trucks to archbars...my opinion.
Great work. I may need to get out my old Mantua 2-6-6-2 and do some "fixin'"...Look what you got started!

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Thank you, Doug.
That gives me a little hope.The US Bachman store is not too expensive but the posting costs and taxes more than double their prices.I used to order from the US many things from Grandt Line, Walthers, Atlas, and many others but the last was an 1/32 Ford T ...ten years ago! Then it became a health risk for Mr. Wallet and I discarded it.I'll give Bachmann UK a try soon.
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Daniel, here's the Bachmann Europe (UK) site which should get you a contact. I deal with David in the parts department when possible.
https://www.bachmann.co.uk/

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Thank you a lot, Doug. :2t:


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Woodie, thanks for the kind words and encouragement,
and I am intending to change the trucks for either Forney trailing trucks of which I have a pair or Slimrails TK3 freight trucks -
if I can still get them!


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Hi Doug  :wave:



A New Year ...

... & a NEW loco for those 'wheel count' obsessed Updah loggers !



I LIKE IT !!  :bg: :bg: :bg: :bg: :bg:


It looks complex.  :java::brill:



:cool:



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Thanks Si and I'm now getting more of the boilertop bling in place with the addition of the rear cylinders' steam pipes made from laminated styrene sheet and the cable with a plaited cotton shroud that powers ceiling downlighters, a boiler top bell, a headlamp in front of the smokestack, ironmongery added to the domes, the original Mantua whistle and valve moulding, a Westinghouse air pump not yet plumbed in and the number removed from the cab sides.


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e (11) by slateworks, on Flickr


Everything is just perched on board at the moment as I don't want to fix anything until I'm sure it's right and it will be easier to mess around with the boiler adding speakers and DCC wiring without risking knocking off some other bits. 

Removal of the cabside numbers was managed with a very light sanding to loosen the top surface and then patient rubbing with an IPA soaked cloth and the use of fingernails. Quite effective in the end! A quick spray of Halford's satin black acrylic covered up any minor score marks.

I'm getting closer to needing to fit a decoder somewhere, most likely in the tender, so I'd better get on to buying one and I can then think about any other wiring that will be necessary. I had thought of fitting the original Mantua's small head and tail lamps as marker lights onto the pilot deck but this might be a little over the top. I'll see how the mood takes me in due course.

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I want a film of it running at Updah!!!

It looks great already, Doug.

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I love it!
And the slope back tender will really be something special.
Great job so far, please post a video when you have the "first run" or just any run.

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Thanks chaps.

It will have a first run video - but I suspect that's quite a way off at the moment.

As I said, I've yet to acquire a suitable decoder!



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Hi Doug  :wave:



Lookin' good ...

... she stopped being No.12 though.  :f:



I quite liked that big ol' fashioned styleee '12' on the cab.  :P



:old dude:   I THOUGHT THAT WAS FOR 12 WHEELER SONNY !



;)



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Nah!
The Updah stable doesn't number its locos Si, there's too many of 'em!
Some get pet names though like The Beast and Limpin' Lulu.
And of course the steam tram that hauls Madamme Molly's Comfort Cars is known by the crew as Easy Rider!



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Rather a lot to say although not so much done but having decided that the sugarcube speaker would be located in the smokebox for more realistic sound positioning and spent ages drilling out the smokestack and its fitting ring to suit and to let sound escape, I just knew a problem would rear its head - and it did! The smokebox front wouldn't quite fit into its original position as the speaker turned out to be just a tad too deep.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Don't know how I missed this in the first place but I did and a solution had to be found. The first choice was to file a few thou off the outside of the speaker enclosure walls which would have been possible but I doubted that the speaker itself would sit securely on the reduced enclosure in an airtight position so altering the sound characteristics.

The second option was to remove the metal weight in the boiler and file an amount off its front edge sitting inside the smokebox so allowing  the speaker to sit further back in theboiler unit. Looking at the work done to date and the "appendages" attached to the boiler, I decided I was more likely to cause irreparable damage in the process - me and my clumsy hands! - so that option was shelved. 

The third and as I saw it final option was to enlarge the smokebox depth by adding a small ring of plastic to the rear of the smokebox front, so moving it outwards slightly and allowing the necessary room for the speaker to sit where it could. Needless to say, I didn't have a suitably sized and thin enough walled styrene tube to hand so started looking around elsewhere. And blow me down if I didn't spot the cap on a spray mister bottle that looked about right. It wasn't needed on the mister so could be sacrificed and being very slightly conical would yield an almost exactly fitting ring of plastic - if I could overcome my latent ability to not cut things in true lines!

However after downing sufficient tranquillisers and brave pills, I managed to cut the required ring from what turned out to be a very floppy plastic cap and managed to get it to fit over the original securing tangs of the smokebox front plate.


h (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


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Gently sanded back to the edges of the tangs left just enough room for the speaker without elongating the smokebox too much so I guess a result.


h (5) by slateworks, on Flickr

So with that problem solved - and all the bits are still just perched in place - I was able to get on with other things.The headlamp has had its LED installed and the wiring taken back through the boiler to the cab area as has the speaker and a cooling coil has been attached over the air tank with a similar but finer version on the other side made up from original donor parts.

  
h (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

The tender has had its trucks changed to the nicer and chunkier Slimrails TK3 freight trucks and has acquired a backup lamp which has also had its LED installed, the wiring sitting in the tender body awaiting a decoder to link it to - and of course a resistor which I must not forget!

i (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

i (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

This all reminds me that I must buy a decoder or all this becomes somewhat pointless but in the meantime I may try to blacken the motion although I suspect this won't be easy being shiny metal, but what ever is! I've also noticed that somehow I've messed up the painting of the smokestack - I suspect it went on too thick and ran - so I also need to strip that back and repaint it. 


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