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 Posted: Mon Mar 21st, 2022 09:17 pm
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So I found this kit for a good price (cause it is old, most likely)
and having always wanted to build it, decided to get right into it.

So I am going to try and do a decent building Thread,
and show how I am putting it together.


Opening with kit contents:


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Pretty simple.

Basic piece of siding, very nice and thin (oh boy),
various strip wood, called out in scale inches/feet,
some in separate bags (decking and roof 2x6 for instance).

Plans, paper blade form/embossed paper for blade,
nice detail castings (tiny),
plastic windows, metal wheels for truck castings,
three different sizes of wire,
and decals sealed in plastic bag (hopefull sign for an old kit).




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So the first order of business, was to stain the wood.

So I went back and forth,
with what to use, and the look I was after.

And after finding some photos of the prototype,
and looking at various interpretations of models in different gauges,
I decided I wanted a pretty worn look,
and so I went back to an old solution (pun intended).

I had a jar of stain made for Sierra West's engine house 15-20 years ago
(ink and water, with several shades of Polly-S paint all combined)
and after checking it out (funky but not terrible)
soaked my wood in it over night (with agitation now and then).

I figured the flat piece of siding would be a problem, but all seemed good,
and I dried that under weighted glass.

You can see the effect I got, which was kinda cool I thought,
moldy and aged looking.


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So I don't expect to run this much, I did want to make it functional,
so I tried to be pretty accurate with frame assembly.

So I assembled it over the template,
spot gluing with Elmers carpenter wood glue (always like that stuff).

Seems like pretty good idea, but almost better to measure off plan,
and assemble that way, but this worked ok.


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Once basic lengths are added,
then side pieces need to be cut and added,
to make the frame.

This is how it looked after gluing.


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This shows how the frame looks,
after getting the weight compartment done,
and beginning decking floor.

You can see how grunged up,
the funky stain made all the wood.

Angle cut on the main outside frame,
for plow frame.


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So next I drilled, and added truss rods, from provided wire.

Kinda tricky to get angle and nut/bolt/washer castings in
(tiny town, and these aren't even the small ones).

Added small pieces of paper,
to represent washers between bolster supports,
and then added smaller NBW castings to areas required.


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So this shows the little bastards in place...

Lost a few of those, as I was drilling and gluing them in,
then rusted up a few, and the spacer "washers".

Added bolsters for trucks
(trying hard to get them centered... geez).

Will blacken all this up as I get finished,
probably be rather mucked up.


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More to follow as I get a chance.

Next step,
on to the flanger house, and interior framing.






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Howdy

The next step, is on to the flanger house,
so I cut out the sides, back and front, from the stained siding piece.

I traced the template onto tracing paper, and taped it on the siding,
cut out each section and windows, cautious not to move the paper.

Sometimes I use transfer paper, but I wanted to
cut these out from the face, to get cleaner cuts,
since window areas are exposed in several of the openings
(the way this kit has front windows set)
and the transfer paper is blue (like carbon paper only lighter).

Then door blanks are cut at this time,
though for some reason front skinny doors are tall (?)


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