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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2020 03:48 pm
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It is coming along.





I got the roof walks on after this photo was taken. 
That was a two-hour project and used up  the evening.


The instructions call for building and installing the ladders next. 

I think, for the first time on this project,
I am going to deviate from the sequencing in the instructions.
 
The ladders are very fine details and plenty fragile. 
So I think I will do the couplers and trucks next. 


Getting the coupler height correct will probably involve a lot of handling,
and I would prefer to get that out of the way before installing the final details. 

I have quite a bit of paint touch up to do before the ladders go on, too. 
Getting to some places that need touch up with the ladders in place would be tricky.


I am not completely thrilled with the stick-on paper roofing. 
I am not sure how I would have done it differently. 
Maybe augment the sticky with white glue. 


Another adventure is the plastic parts. 
The steps and underbody details are plastic.  They appear to be resin castings. 
I was delighted that they mounted these tiny parts on some kind of backing,
(it seemed like paper) to make handling and painting easier.

Not exactly.
The backing is part of the casting. 

Getting the brake gear off the backing was a challenge. 
I didn't bother with the steps. 
I trimmed it back as close as I could get and sanded it as thin as I dared. 
It seems to have turned out OK.


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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2020 05:26 pm
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Reg,

Did you add any weight to the car?

I've been playing with car weights on and off.
 
Since my equipment (1/35 scale) is similar in size to HO stuff,
I started out using NMRA guidelines,
but found that the cars were just too light for my trackwork. 

I usually add several ounces to each car and they seem to work better that way. 
Since my trains are typically 6 or 7 cars maximum I'm not worried about train length.




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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2020 08:36 pm
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Michael:

Yes I did. 

I did not go the extent of actually weighing the car,
since the weight had to be added early in the construction process,
but glued in two lengths of large diameter (about 3/16") solder.  

The car, as it approaches completion,
feels like it weighs about the same as the Athearn caboose currently in use.
 
Not very scientific, but, hey!, it is the caboose.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 8th, 2020 03:29 pm
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Hi Reg  :wave:


That's not the Pin-Vice on the bench ...

... behind the caboose end-windows, is it ?  ???


:java: ;)


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 Posted: Tue Sep 8th, 2020 03:34 pm
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Si. wrote: 
That's not the Pin-Vice on the bench ...

... behind the caboose end-windows, is it ?  ???


Si:

I don't see it. 

If it is, it is the new one. 

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I started on the ladders over the weekend.  

Here are the components:





Well...there are actually 10 rungs. 
Parts this small are a real challenge for these old eyes and hands. 

Yes. 
In cleaning out the holes in the rails I missed with the drill on one set. 
I didn't even notice it until I looked at the photo.





Got one ladder done. 
It is not quite up to my quality standards. 
Fortunately, I have materials to do three and only need two.  

This first go around was to come up with a procedure that worked. 
It turned out the procedure in the instructions did not even come close to working for me.

A jig is provided and the idea is to hold the side rails together with the rung holes lined up. 
Run the rungs into the holes, transfer the whole thing to the jig,
separate the rungs to proper dimension (as provided by the jig)
and glue it all up.  

Nope.

The process I developed, after quite a bit of experimentation,
was to slip in the top and bottom rungs, put that assembly in the jig and glue those rungs. 
Then install each of the rest of the rungs individually.  

It occurred to me that assembly might be easier,
if I drilled out the holes with a #75 bit instead of the specified #76. 
I think on the next go around I will use the #75. 

The sloppiness did not improve the ease of assembly... I think.  

The process of figuring out how to get this done was kind of hard on the rails,
and I need to clean off the excess ACC, but it came out OK. 
I hope the next two come out better. 

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Some of my collection that won't necessarily see regular service on the layout.





I now have a display cabinet in my den so some of this stuff can come out of boxes.  

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Hi Reg  :wave:


Gonna ^^ look GREAT with that nice G.N. motive-power of yours ...

... awesome colour schemes to see against a 'woodsy' background.  :thumb:


:java: :cool:


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Thanks, Si.

I think it is coming along quite nicely.  
Though this may be the last craftsman kit I do in HO.

Working with details this small is simply not that much fun anymore. 
The eyesight and manual dexterity just are not what they used to be. 
It is my intention that the rest of the layout will be completed with RTR and plastic kits.
Sad, but true.

On a more positive note, the purpose of the machine shop,
has always been to acquire the skills to scratch build model locomotives. 
I never intended to do that in HO.

My original goal was to build something in 1/4" scale. 
I have some parts for a Kemtron Shay, but not many.
 
While looking for resources for the gears I stumbled on the "Kozo Shay".  
It is a scratch built 3/4" scale live steamer. 
I am attracted to the scale, and the author of the plans has written a book
(actually several for different locomotives)  specifically aimed at the novice machinest. 

I have ordered the book. 
If I pull the trigger on the project,
I will be sure and keep this forum informed as to progress.

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Si:

To expand on earlier comments...

One of the objectives of my vacation was to evaluate to some degree the direction my modeling is taking and to do some research on some projects that have been aging,  as all projects must.

It is always wise to find some time to contemplate one's navel from time to time.

A primary objective of establishing my machine shop was to develop the skills necessary to scratch build model locomotives without going through all the processes typical of the Mel Thornburgh approach.  I have done that in the past.  Nothing ever got finished. 

I never intended to build anything in HO, though that is the scale of my layout.  O Scale is just about as small as I wanted to go.  My recent experiences with the GN caboose reinforced that intention.  

I have some of the parts to the Kemtron On3 Shay of many decades ago.  I have the main frame assembled and some work on the "engine".   I launched a search for the gears.  The only part that is truly daunting to machine from scratch.  

No joy on the shaft gears.  I found new old stock wheel gears, but no shaft gears, which are the most difficult to machine. 

In the process of the search I came across information about Kozo Hiraoka.   He has built a series of locomotives and written extensive books on the projects.  One of his books details the building of a 3/4" scale Shay.  Live steam, which is not where I originally intended to go.  The word on the street is that the books take one step-by-step through the building process, including tips on mandrels and set ups.  The idea being to take one from a rank beginning machinest (I think I am a bit above "rank" level) to accomplished amateur with a live steam locomotive as a side benefit. 

3/4" scale sounds about right for these old eyes and hands.  I may make it a non-operating model, or go the whole route and build the live steamer.  Yeah.  It will take awhile.

Work on the Henderson Bay Branch and the Henderson Bay Timber Company rail operation will not cease.  I love having an operating layout. I am simply done attempting to build craftsman style kits (or scratch build) for that layout.  All will be easier kits or RTR (he says).  

The GN caboose will be completed.  I need it for branch line operations.  I need to find a suitable caboose for the logging operation.   My original intention to scratch build one will not happen.   Thanks to some "horse trading"  I have plenty of log cars.  

After reading quite a bit of material about the books and the locomotives of Mr. Hiraoka, I sprang for the book.  If it lives up to it's reputation within the live steam world, I will pull the trigger on the project.

If I decide to tackle the project I will start a thread.  Nothing like a little publicity to keep one motivated.  

From the smokey woods of the Chumstick Canyon...

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