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 Posted: Thu Feb 1st, 2018 10:59 pm
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Hi Michael :mex:



Pretty darn funky junk sonny ! :old dude:

( & that ol' dude knows a classy critter when he sees one !! )



You're gonna have to let us in on the N.I.& E.R.R. shops 'secret' R.C. install details.

That water-tank looks to be all wiring & not much H2O !! :shocked:



I see you have a new water-tower in the background, which we haven't seen before as well. ???

Nice lookin' structure. :thumb:

( see ... I am paying attention & learning ! ) ;)



Really like your vintage B&W glass-plate from a while back, very authentic.





And talkin' of funky tankcars, that one on the back of the train, we aint seen much of either. L:



You been busy ! :cool:



:mex: :mex: :mex::mex: :mex:



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 Posted: Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 09:14 am
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Si,

How nice of you to notice.

Yes, San Miguel yard got a new water tank.  Made it from a 3" PVC coupling.  Glued stripwood all around, flat roof, legs are 1/4" wood.  All stuff I had laying around.

The short water car with the up-right tank was made from a bottle cap, and mounted on a single-truck shorty flat car.

I had to raise the tank on the car that goes with the Plymouth by a 1/4".  No biggie.  Got all the electronics inside (FlySky receiver, 7.4v LiPo battery, and ESC).

Had to invent a new rule to justify why some locos are hauling water cars around wherever they go.  Rule 22:  All trains operating outside of yard limits must have a water car in the consist.  If a loco broke down out in the desert it could be a dire situation for crew and passengers, if any, if the trains didn't have any water.

I'll try to remember to take some more photos in the next day or two.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 11:03 am
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I made a form for the water car that carries the electronics for the Plymouth.  The form was made from 3/4" quarter-round moulding with a 1/4" piece of wood sandwiched in between.  This gave a width of 1 3/4", or about 5'3" in 1/35 scale.  For height I just glued some 1/4" pieces to the bottom.  A little sanding to smooth everything out.

I used some thin styrene for the top and ends.  Then took some very thin styrene, made rivet impressions, and glued that on top of the first styrene layer.



I think the quarter-round moulding cost about .65 cents a foot.  A few feet will give you plenty to fool around with.



I've been wandering around the area where they keep all the wood mouldings at Home Depot looking for anything that might be useful.  I did find one moulding that should give me a wagon-top type roof like the B&O had on some of their boxcars.



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Michael, using wood moldings to build forms is a good idea, I'll keep this in mind for future projects, thanks.
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Yes, I agree, a very good idea indeed!  Thanks Michael.:!:



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There's one thing you might want to do if using a block of wood as a form...drill a hole or two into the wood block.  If your styrene shell sticks you can push it out from underneath.



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Okay, here's my next conversion project: Tyco 0-4-0 Shifter.



The engine runs good so I'll leave the motor alone.  While I'm waiting on the RC parts to arrive I'm starting construction on a new tender to carry all the electronics.  I've been looking at SPNG whaleback tenders and plan on making something similar.  I'll get a new open air cab.  Not sure what I'll do about the boiler.



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Shell for new whaleback tender.  Plenty of room inside for electronics.




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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 12:10 pm
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Construction continues...pushing West.

This is the beginning of the Salt Flats section.





There is more framework to add.  There will be a passing track with a few spurs to ore tipples and a salt works. 



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