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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 03:51 am
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Hi Reg  :wave:


I have a copy of 'Building The Shay' by Kozo Hiraoka ...

... right here on the bookshelf next to me !  :)


An absolutely EXCELLENT book by any estimates.  :thumb:

The engineering drawings & presentation are 2nd to none.

Certainly not much (if anything) left to chance there.  :brill:

A wonderfully designed & good looking Shay for sure.


:java::moose:


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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 04:19 pm
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Si:

Cool! 

I am looking forward to the arrival of my copy. 
I was afraid (not really) that it would live up to the hype. 

My copy, which is coming via the USPS, is due the last week of the month. 
That is as close as "Priority Mail" comes to a delivery date. 

Meanwhile, I will get the caboose finished.


I have enjoyed working on the little mill engine and have learned a lot. 
But I keep losing motivation because it has nothing to do with railroading.
 
Steam is great. 
But I come to my love of steam through the flanged wheel on steel rail.  


We are still on vacation in our (rented) cabin in the woods.

It is close to the famous Great Northern (now BNSF) Chumstick Cutoff. 
But I haven't done any railfanning. 

I don't get all that excited about the new generation of locomotives,
or the current operations through Stevens Pass.  

Give me SD-40-2's with GP-9 and F-9 mid-train helpers.  

Besides, it is too smokey. 
My wife has just informed me that Shelton's smoke rating is in the 30's.  
It has been in the hundreds.

We head home tomorrow morning.

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Hi Reg  :wave:


When I first got the ^^ Shay book ...  :cool:

... I gave it to the 'veteran' Chief Engineer, where I worked at the time, to look at ...

... about an hour later Colin came over & handed me the book back ...

... gave a barely discernible nod of the head & walked off ! 


That was Colin  :f:  VERY IMPRESSED INDEED !!


I'll spare you the details of what he was like, when NOT impressed !  :P


:java: ;)


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Reg

Another book you might find of interest,
is a project book for building a live steam 1 & 1/2" scale 2 drum donkey engine.

I am also certain you will enjoy the SHAY project book by Kozo Hiraoka,
there is a wealth of information in the book.



"The Steam Donkey Engine"

Village Press Publishing

http://www.villagepress.com




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 Posted: Fri Sep 18th, 2020 11:24 pm
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Talk about 90% done with 90% to go...





This afternoon's work included fabricating the two ladders
(and picking the best two out of three), 
fabricating and installing the curved end handrails (all four corners),
and fabricating and installing one of the cupola roof handrails. 

By far, the bulk of the afternoon was spent on the roof handrail. 
The clever jig they supply for handrail fabrication does not work in all instances.  
After several tries (including annealing the wire)
I abandoned the jig and used the mounting holes as a guide to fab the handrail. 
That worked pretty well. 

Getting all the eyebolts into their respective holes, all at the same time,
was a major challenge.  

This is a great kit. 
I would advise, however, that anyone else set on building one of these,
to order up a goodly supply of .015" phosphor bronze wire at the same time. 
Brass does not seem to be available in that diameter.
 
Unless you are a super master at fabricating handrails,
you will need way more than is supplied in the kit. 

The curved corner handrails were very easy. 
The jig turns out perfect handrails. 
I tried annealing one of them.  Not necessary.  

Still to go...
The remaining cupola roof handrail,
the end platform railings, and the ladders. 

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Turning out to be a beautiful model.

Was it worth the trouble?




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Michael:

For the most part this has been a very enjoyable project. 
It is just the very smallest details that have been frustrating.  Not the kit's fault. 
I just have to accept that I am getting old and I don't have the capabilities that I once had.

Was it worth?  Quite definitely. 
Otherwise I would have packed it up and put it on a shelf. 
I work with my hands for fun.  If something is not worth the effort, I quit doing it. 

This caboose is going to make a great contribution to my layout. 
It will replace a badly assembled (not by me) plastic caboose,
that has only a passing resemblance to any GN caboose. 

Now!  To shut down the computer and get to work.

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Finished:










I am quite pleased with the results.  

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Fun days.

I have made progress on the Walthers business district.  I will have photos presently. 
The painting is all done.  Assembly shouldn't take long.

The big news is that construction has started on the 3/4" Shay. 
I started a topic in the 'Large Scale' Forum.

There will be posts here from time to time,
because work will not cease on the HO layout.

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