Workshop Wednesday

Discussion in 'General' started by yardmaster, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Steve, just a "Warning" that thing looks like it's good enough to put out "Toxic Smoke" Get good ventilation !
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  2. Haha. Thanks Bill. I’ll crack a window open!
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  3. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I've been traveling some lately, and I forgot to post when I was home. I have kept busy, though. I installed details on my caboose:
    This is a MDC/Roundhouse caboose with trussrods. I looked at the caboose diagram book, but I'm still not certain what number is close to the model.

    I also installed some details on Bowser kits I've been working on:


    I started on the next kit by filing flash and filling some gaps with putty:

    I also put supermagnets in the motors.
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  4. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    STEVE -- You will not believe this, but my auto mechanic does restoration work on cars/trucks. He has 3-4 in his shop today, and one of them is a truck that looks exactly like yours! It's even in "rusted" yellow faded paint. I think it is a Dodge, but I will get a photo in the next couple days. Yessar! It's a bulldog face - just like that. Shawn is rebuilding everything on the truck, but the owner does not want it painted?
  5. Gary, Great projects going as usual. I love that you have one after another going across the bench. But I have missed you having to repair some Chinese electronics with pieces you buy at Lowe’s. Hahahaha
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  6. Sherrel, I would love to see it if you get a chance. Sounds right up my alley for sure. The patina look is still big in the hot rod world right now. Even though a lot of it looks corny when it is faked I think. But real weathered vehicles are hard to beat. ( unless you are working on them) ha.
    Thanks, Steve
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  7. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    My wife and daughter haven't broken anything for awhile.

    The real time suck lately has been one turnout on my layout--certain cars and locos derail when they run through it "backwards." Been driving me crazy. Nothing seems out of alignment and I couldn't figure out why it happened. I ran cars through it slowly, and now I think when some wheelsets hit the frog, they start to turn, then they lose it further down the turnout. I may just replace it and see what happens.
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  8. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member


    Superb. Simply love it.

    Factoid: I think I've seen some Detroit's that oily in my years!

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  9. Thanks Andre. I know you are a truck guy too and know that those things are always a mess. Glad you like her.

  10. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Steve Really looking great on the Wheels.
    Some of the effects I have seen, looks exactly like the wheel on the left, representing a second hand wheel to be used on another car. Maybe a car that has been scraped, but had good wheels.
    Some carriers paint their wheels black, to prevent damage to the surface. Very Nice on that one.
    A load of damaged wheels, might be neat. In the center of the wheel, a skid mark like a wheel that had the hand brake on. It would look like a welder had laid a bead down the center of the tread bout two or three inches. It represents a Flat Spot. A wheel that has been run hot, would have a burnt umber center plate. The tread of the wheel would be gunmetal blue, down into the rim.
    Just some thoughts, maybe the truck is bringing in wheels from a derailment. Might be bringing second hand wheels to the Rip Track. They change out wheels on cars, the tread and flange must match, so the trucks don't "Hunt" which is moving from side to side too much.
  11. Thanks Bill. The wheels are not done yet for sure so I will keep this info in mind to paint them up. I like the blue idea to add another color to the look. Not sure if you have seen these pics. Brad Slone shared the one with the wheelsets. They are locomotive wheels and I could add a gear on these I suppose but I think these are OK. These were machined to be a prototypical profile. My dad took the other. I have not ruled that out as a load yet either.
  12. Here is a wheel set I saw this week here.
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  13. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Great photos guys!
    Steve - Here is one of the truck I mentioned that my mechanic is restoring. I have six in all - PM me your e-mail and I will send them to you? Kind of close in his shop, so as he gets more done I will get more pic .. YUP, it's a Dodge.
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  14. Thanks Sherrel. That's a great looking truck!
  15. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Wow, those have some skid marking, gives you a good idea of the color I was referring to, the blueing. I would venture to say that someone left a handbrake partially on. Could also be that the car had a partial release of the air. Sometimes that happens in the cold areas of railroads.
    While working in Wyoming one 20 degree below zero day, a train came through banging the rail. We figured that the train came from Edgemont, SD climbing in elevation to Newcastle, WY and had a partial set on the brakes. We ended up having to set out about 12 cars with "Tread Built up" and adjoining flat spots. The official name for this is "Tread Built up" for the experts.
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  16. The day that car got spotted out of service it was about 4' with sub zero wind chill.
  17. w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021)

    w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021) 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Just doing an inventory of my models. I started late by about 64 years. IMG_5306.JPG
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  18. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Great stuff everyone! Steve that old truck is sure gonna be cool. Boy, those old trucks were built to be tuff huh? That is some pretty bad build-up on those wheels.
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  19. Yeah the wheels were a mess. Glad you like the truck so far Tom. Thanks
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  20. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    Hey guys - Been wanting a "real" Frisco caboose in N Scale for a looonng time. I'm thankful for the occasional caboose offerings from the manufacturers but Frisco had a lot of home-builts on the road and, realistically, we'll ever get one of those off-the-shelf. So, I'm doing my own! Test fitting the parts here for my first submission to Workshop Wednesday:
    Feel free to tell me if I have something all wrong here. I had no drawings to base this on, just general info about the 1400/1700s construction , TONS of reference photos, and a few notes of comparison with 1200 series cabooses (where we have plenty of drawings)

    The structures in the cupola window are printing supports - there will be proper window frames up there. This one has two windows on the "front" end and one window at the rear. I think it will photograph better when I put some paint on it - I don't have any decent photography equipment so the white washes it out a bit.

    Cheers -Mike

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