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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 03:47 pm
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David Laughery
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Thanks for the idea, Helmut.

Tiny engines always present problems.

I'll have about US $100 in this little engine,
that may only pull one or two cars.

:shocked:

I wish there were more choices for HOn30 steam.

The Minitrains engines are nice,
but impossible to find here in the US.

It is frustrating that I am having the same dilemmas now,
that I had back in the 1970s !

:sad:

Regards, Dave L.


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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 08:28 pm
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I tested the little engine on straight track,
and it pulled seven cars easily.

I was surprised, but pleased.
It probably won't do as well on curved track.

I'll continue the project,
and will remove the foot boards at each end,
and make new steps per John's suggestion.

I'm deciding between red or silver for the final color.

Yeah, I know,
I need to tidy up my work space just a little.

:shocked:

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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 09:11 pm
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With the steps removed,
and a little more cut out of the end sills,
the trucks are now free to swing.

I think this would have been an easy thing to do,
at Shapeways, during the design phase.

Such an easy drop-in project this could be,
if they had.

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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 10:35 pm
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Good to see you are making progress....

:wave:

As for the bench clean up.... WHY ?

It will only get cluttered again,
and it looks OK to me.

Looks like my bench,
and most other modellers benches.

...........Peter.




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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 11:06 pm
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Hi David

Some red diesel inspiration for you on 2' gauge.


Albany at Victoria Mill - an 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic.


 

Some bogie diesel hydraulic locos at Tully Mill #8





and #4





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 Posted: Wed May 25th, 2022 12:09 am
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Thanks, John.

I see steps on the side, too.

:thumb:

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 Posted: Sun Jun 12th, 2022 06:25 pm
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Finally able to do a little work on the tiny locomotive after a long illness,
I was able to secure a Cal-Scale headlight casting and a crooked stack.

I need to finish with steps and then decide on the final color. 

I'm happy to be back at a limited work schedule for this project.
Thanks for following along.

Regards, Dave L.  





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 Posted: Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 05:03 pm
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Hi David  :wave:


Lookin' good.  :thumb:


That lil' ol' vintage  Cal-Scale  headlamp ...

... is what parts diggin' on eBay is all about !  :bg:

NICE FIND !  :!:


I felt the pain BTW ! ...  :f:

... of no truck-mount pilot-holes !!  :f: :f:


It's good not to have full-holes, for screw choice ...

... but the lack of a centering indent, is a real PAIN.  L:


:java::moose: :dt:


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 Posted: Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 09:28 pm
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Thanks, Si.

Still deciding on color for this loco.
I have red and silver on hand.


The manufacturer of the hopper cars,
without indents for truck screws,
now includes a tiny hole for the screws.

One of the very few times my complaining,
actually made a difference !

Regards, Dave L.

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