Well, last week Smitty was assigned to dig some dirt so the engine house doors could be hung. Unfortunately, Mr. Smitty went wild with his new “DREMELLO”tool and cut into the electrical wiring in the foam he had forgotten about from last years work. Big Boss Man had to put four guys on the job to dig up the wiring, repair the wiring, replace the dirt and finally hang the engine house doors.
Well, today they saw their work was paid off as the engine house doors swung open revealing a real steam spittin’, fire breathing, Little Porter Lokie ready for a days work………….
………. of moving big timber.
Thanks for looking and hearing my....Errr Smitty's confession about the cut wiring. Forgetful Doc Tom
It took a week but Big Boss Man got the boys to hang some windows on the backwoods engine house.
I think these are Grandt line castings. They were distressed and weathered. There ws no material for the glazing. So Evergreen products to the rescue.
I obtained their clear styrene sheet and carefully cut two windows to fit each frame. I toyed with leaving them "glassless" but since this is a mini layout set in winter missing window glass would be noticed.
This weeks adventure on the mini logging layout was to build a simple wood burning stove for the engine house. Using an old metalcasting of a 55 gallon drum in “O” scale and bits and pieces of styrene from the scrap box I built up a backwoods stove. The stove pipe is from a piece of shrink tubing.
The wood burning stove was positioned to avoid fouling the locomotives and kept a good distance from the wooden walls to avoid burning down the engine house.
I purchased a package of micro LEDs wired to look like flickering fire and installed it into the stove. The LEDs provide a nice fire effect that will look good on future videos.
One little trick I tried was to make the open firebox doors visible through one of the windows on the outside.
To complete the scene there will be good ole boys sittin’ back in chairs keeping warm and feeding the fire.