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 Posted: Wed Feb 14th, 2018 05:08 am
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I'm watching your progress with earnest as I have a few horses and donkeys that need painting.

Death Valley has donkeys roaming free...left overs from prospector days.



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:hyp:Thank you fellers.  Woodie, I personally have about 70-80ish horses, mules and oxen to paint up for my own layout.  It is a daunting task at best.  This is one of the problems with modeling an earlier era.  Finding wagons is another issue!  Only recently has there been a decent offering and I have been laying aside dough to get a few. I have to show freighting teams at a terminus as the railroad would serve many outlying camps and towns where mining takes place.  And while I am trying desperately not to count rivets, some things just "have" to be historically correct for me... ugh its a disease, I hope it ain't catching.  :hyp: Michael, there are also wild horses out there in Ash Meadows.  They are true castilian blooded beasts (they were typed once), directly descended from the conquistadores.

I have purchased a number of "20 Mule Teams" as these were not just limited to Death Valley.  I purchased a picture many years ago of a team on the old Mono Road between Sonora and Bridgeport/Bodie.  I don't have it handy but there were about 16 mules pulling on the leads.  The saying, "I'll be there with bells on," apparently came from the freighting business.  These mules have bells on in a (***) looking thing above the leads.  These were to give a heads up to teamsters (yes another old term, not union) around the bend that they were facing another freighter.  :cb:
Now for yet another story!  :old dude:  When the Golden Gate Bridge was opened, a mule team was taken across in the procession.  It was worried that the team couldn't make the turns in The City.  Well boys never you worry.  Teams were trained to step over and out of the traces as they cornered tight turns, so that the mules were actually pulling on the "outside" of the traces and each pair in turn would do that until the entire team was around the corner and they would then in sequence step back into them.  Must be an amazing thing to see.  i would give my right arm to go in the Way Back Machine to see that!  Mules are a very smart... and funny animal.  I rode one once in Cedar Breaks who would kick rocks over the edge of the trail and watch them fall down into the ravine for entertainment! :P  She did it over and over again.

Anyway... I did a "blackwash" over the leather this morning to highlight the shadows of the hardware.  I noticed that one of the ball top hames was missing on a critter.  So I got a piece of scrap styrene rod and CAed it then formed a "ball" of CA on the top.  "Boom!"  Fixed hame. 



I then "dry brushed" (or tried) all the hardware, including the bits a brass color.  Los caballos son listos por trabajar.  :2t:  I am pretty happy.  About 3 hours total into the project.  




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Those horses look great. Good paintjob and thanks for the tutorial on how you did that.

Which color did you use for the brass?

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Hi Steven :wave:


Nice work ! :thumb:

Any tips for painting a 4 :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: moose wagon team ?


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Thank you fellas.  I appreciate the comments.  Alwin, the brass is an old bottle of Floquil Gold.  I had to go look at it... I don't know it was a gold color and it was in the box so I grabbed it.  It's getting a little thick.  

Hmmmm painting Moose...:w: I would get a very big brush and about four tranquilizer darts... and a very fast pair of Keds.

But wait, I've also been working on the caboose again.  I needed to put some kind of brake rigging on the thing, and have been thinking and thinking and thinking  L:  It's sometimes very painful.  But I looked at what photos that I could find of the C&S bobbers.  I decided that there were brakes on one side of the wheels, the inside.  Huh, how to rig it up, as they were all airbrake versions.  So I played with some levers and came up with this plan.  Not saying it is perfect or that it might work in real life, but it might stop on the model railroad  ????




I think it looks good enough from the side.  Not bad for working off of a drawing from two grainy ancient photos of 100 years back.  Now I gotta get some steps on the end platforms.  Oh and I have an idea for a brakeman/conductor.  I'm also thinking it is going to need some weight to track nicely.  Haven't got any place at this point to really put it through the paces.  More to follow.  :cb:




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 Posted: Sun Feb 18th, 2018 04:47 pm
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Late last night I was thinking, I need a brakeman/conductor to ride on this 'boose.  I was going through my figures and I have a few by Echo Mountain.  These are well done figures and came pre-painted.  They are perfect late 1800s engine crews.  This guy came with pin stripe pants even.  Detailed painting for a very affordable dude.  But wait, I don't have affiliation or any other monetary investment in Echo Mountain, I am just pleased with my purchase.
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Now just a minute, this guy looks a little like a friend of mine! :!: Grady and I became very good friends when I was doing historical work.  He was a wonderful man who had a second chance at life after a severe health scare.  Grady and I (and a couple of other friends) worked on a "Learning Channel" film about the Transcontinental Railroad.  In this film a Shay was the first locomotive across the USA and a big nosed Kraut (me) drove every spike, not the Irish (my friend Patrick "Need not Apply" ;) ).  Grady passed on the John Muir Trail of a massive heart attack some years back but I think of him often.




Since I was involved in painting figures (horses), I decided to tackle this project.  First thing to do was to give him his goatee.  I used a small bit of Squadron Putty and shaped it with my knife.




 I filed down the dudes "porkpie" hat and cut a wide brim from paper and stiffened it with CA.  Repainted it to a straw hat and then it was just a matter of repainting the figure.  Sorry Echo Mt., loved your work, hated to redo it.  Bango!  Done.  This was a really fun project.  My wife commented, that she was concerned because there hadn't been any expletives in the time that it took to do this project.  :cool:  Grady, I still miss you man, but now you get to ride the platform forever, like you did at the end of the film.




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Great way to remember a friend. Good job on the hat too, it is tougher than you made it look



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Thanks Duane!  He was a good guy.  [toast]
Well, this should be the last post on the Caboose.  As of last night I felt it was completed.  I added some Foothill WSL Co Caboose Steps.  I really like the idea of metal supports.  The drawing had them differently, but the photos in the book just didn't show them very well.  So liking the look of the FMW steps I used them and am very happy with the end result.   

I used the Grandt NBWs to help bond the steps to the cab platform.  CA is great for fast work, but it is very brittle and have had bad experiences with operators knocking details off.  :f:  To hold it all in place to begin with I CAed it into position.  With Grandt castings being made of styrene and the frame being made of styrene, I left the "bolt" on the casting and drilled a #77 hole into the frame through the FMW etching. placed the "bolt" through the hole and into the frame.  Then flooded around the area with some MEK to get the plastic to bond.  So now the steps are "bolted" to the frame and maybe a little less prone to damage?  :dt:







Now it is time to figure out what might be the next project?  L:   The CFOs house still isn't complete enough to start the layout, so it will have to be a component again.  The parts for the loco still are not here...  :us:  I might have to dive into a passenger car.  I attempted one way back at the beginning, but was not quite happy with that I had accomplished so I sold it.  I think that maybe I will do it "right" this time.  

But being honest, if I complete a project a year, I ain't never gonna get this thing up and running!!!  :slow:    Gotta pick up the pace.  :time:  Thanks for following along, this forum makes me work on stuff, otherwise I might not even have this stuff done.







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Next project.....  took a bit of thinking  L:  to decide.  I really wanted to start a layout component, but I'm having a three-way stub built... (I'm not ready to do that yet, don't have my shop up, just a spare room) it's not here yet, must be with the locomotive parts in Purgatory.

The Nevada Central (the railroad that I am kind of basing the H&T on) bought two used Carter Bros. combines from the defunct Monterey & Salinas.  One of the cars is preserved in the CSRM (my crappy picture)



I don't really want to scratch build the cars.  So I was looking for a couple of components to suggest these cars.  Combine of course, nine side windows, duckbill roof, and frilly woodwork.  I was very pleased when I found Deerfield River Laser.  Their Maine 2' B&B "Fawn" car fit the bill, it is even really close to the actual length of the original.



It isn't quite the car that I want. Buuuut, it fits most of my criteria.  The only thing is the location of the express/baggage door is not right, but hey, this is the H&T not the NC and remember that rivet counting thing that I have mentioned, yeah, well it applies here too.  I want a railroad that I can operate in my lifetime.  :old dude:

I did one of these previously and posted a picture way back in the early days in post #2.  I modified it and then decided that I could do it differently and be happier, so I bought two more kits and two more of these....  




Now why anyone would buy these, I guess I don't get it.  But they sure are cheap on fleabay.  I also picked up two duckbill roofs for Jackson & Sharp Coaches from San Juwan and will modify them to fit.  :)  Let's see how quick a quick kit can be.



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 Posted: Mon Feb 26th, 2018 06:13 am
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So this weekend began the passenger series.  I disassembled one of the combines and it doesn't have the interior L:   Oh bother.  Maybe I'll build the interior, this will wait to be seen.  Again I am building from the hip, instructions in one hand and blade in the other.  I am not sure that this will be a "Quick Kit" as advertised as I already began cutting on the thing.

One of the important components is the rounded corners.  The doors have rounded corners too.  So out came the quarter round and in order to make it fit the frame, I had to cut down some of the side of the car.  No worries!  :)  Zip, zip with a razor and done.  Then I had to widen the combine doors, zip, zip, done.  I then used 400 emery cloth to smooth out some of the grain on the plywood.  If you notice on the car in the museum, it is pretty smooth, no wood grain, I want this as much as possible on the car.  Unmarred side is below the hacked up side.




"Now," says the casual observer, "what about those frilly etchings that are now halved on the ends?"  "No problem," says I.  "I fill them with CA and sand them smooth."  This was an old trick I learned from guys who worked on guitars.  Fill the gaps with "Gap Filling" CA, sand it smooth and paint... good as gold.:thumb:

I then added the letter board.  I kind of wanted to paint it separately, but needed to know how much to offset the end quarter round.  So I CAed it on cut it flush then CAed the end quarter round and cut it flush too.  So far so good.  :pop:


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