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 Posted: Sat Feb 15th, 2020 09:25 pm
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Rod Hutchinson
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Reg H wrote:
SUCCESS!!!    

The brake fluid did the job. 

The determining factor is soak time. 

It took about 30 hours on this soak to completely remove all paint and lettering.


Reg

I use brake fluid for removing paint and for labels off bottles. 

Works most times.




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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 05:34 pm
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Almost ready for paint. 

Almost.





I didn't like the look of the horn. 
So I cut off that square bottom bracket.  

And, "almost"
Because I am extremely disappointed in the results from the acrylic paint.
It did not cover well and it sagged, even with multiple very light coats.

So... back in the brake fluid.  

I have some Testors flat enamel in a yellow that I like. 
So I will try that next.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 05:43 pm
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Here is a glimpse of the better horn installation.





I was hoping to get the main color on today.
 
That isn't going to happen.

I am hoping the acrylic comes off faster than over night.

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Hi Reg

Glad you are making progress with the SW7 paint job.

Can't say I have ever tried brake fluid,
I know it is often suggested but I am not sure.

Yes, you are right the horn looks all wrong,
but I think the box was to be mounted on the cab wall,
with the horn airline going through the cab roof.

The attached photo,
of the non dynamic SW1200 at Shelton,
seems to show this.

Best regards

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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 10:58 pm
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Yep. 

And that is Pete Replinger's horn. 
When Pete retired he took it with him. 

We used to celebrate John's birthday at Truman Glick Park. 
Folks showed up from all around,
including Dave Rigmier (sp?) of Oso publishing.
All the way from Montana, every year for quite a few years. 

On one occasion Pete mounted the horn on an air tank,
put it all in the bed of his pickup truck,
and drove up and down the old Simpson r-o-w,
which runs close to the park, blowing the whistle.

John loved it. 
As did the rest of us.


The acrylic paint came off very easily.
 
I managed to sneak in a bit more time this afternoon,
and squirted the Testers flat yellow on the locomotive. 
That went much better. 
Though there was just enough paint, even thinned,
in that little bottle to cover the loco. 

I will let the paint dry for a couple of days,
before I start masking off for the black. 

I have an old bottle of Floquil engine black, that if still usable,
will cover the black portion of the paint job. 
I am essentially following Weyerhauser practice.


I may be looking for an alternative to the acrylics. 
They seem to work fine on porous materials. 
Not so much on plastic.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 18th, 2020 10:48 am
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Hi Reg

Yes I remember John H telling me about PeteR’s airhorn,
and the story of him using it at Truman Glick Park.

Although I think Pete’s may have been the biggest airhorn,
it always seemed to me all Simpson lokeys had impressive sounding horns.

On the same 1999 trip as the last photo,
I took the attached of #900 heading back to Shelton from Mill 5.

The lokey has a multi-chime horn on the cab roof,
and a Hancock airhorn on the cab wall.

I seem to remember H John said, it was rigged to sound like a steam lokey.
You might know more.

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Also in 1999 I watched #1200 coming out of Franks transfer.

This also has a multi-chime horn.

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Alan:

I am pretty sure the five-chime was Pete's. 
The 900's horn was very distinctive. 

Our house is only about 200' from Knights yard,
and close to the Railroad Avenue grade crossing. 

I could always tell when it was the 900 in the lead.

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It looks like that box structure is mounted to the "stock" horn location.  

I may do that on the second SW7.

A problem I am facing is that almost all of my railroad photos,
and quite literally all of my Simpson photos,
are in slide or negative form. 

I need a photo scanner. 

I think a bit more effort on the second one might be in order,
once I get at least one locomotive operational.  

Dynamic brakes, maybe?

Reg




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 Posted: Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 09:49 pm
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I am very excited over how the SW7 is turning out.
I hope to have photos very soon.  

The paint is done. 
I masked for the black this morning and painted it this afternoon. 
I also got the decals on it. 

I am not going to post photos, until it is completely finished.

The paint work is not perfect,
but it looks pretty good, given I haven't painted an HO locomotive in over 30 years. 

Making up simple decals was very easy. 
I have a laser printer. 
I got some decal paper off of Amazon and it worked very well. 

I scrounged up a bottle of Floquil engine black for the black part of the paint. 

Oh my. 
I had completely forgotten what a joy it is to work with Floquil paint. 

I am going to order up some Tru-Color paint for the next project. 
I tried Scale Coat a long time ago and had some problems with it. 
So I hope the Tru-Color lives up to it's reviews. 

More as it happens.

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