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    Default Re: Next project: S.A. & A.P. Pile Driver No. 1 - MOW

    Piece of cake, Manny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim James View Post
    Piece of cake, Manny!
    Not really Jim. The flat car deck rollers are CA'd on. I'm not so sure I want to try and pull them up. I can possibly build the two roller areas up a little to help even it out. Just frustrating when a kit manufacturer doesn't get their instructions correct. There is nothing that shows the flat car rollers elevated unless you look at a prototype picture of the operators deck off, which I just found. After looking at it, I'm afraid I'm going to have to level her out and glue her in that position. I'll see if I can find some wood the right size to build up the OP deck.
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    Fixed. She sits level now. Pics up when the paint dries...
    Manny
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    I had faith in ya

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    Big Kudos and thanks to "Old Guy" and to Jim for moral support. OG, if you didn't have the courage to point that out to me, I wouldn't of corrected it. I had just accepted the rake to be "normal". Just goes to show you, being open to listening to others can pay big dividends, and Old Guy just cashed in $1,000,000.00 for me! Thank you OG. You da Man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SABRR View Post
    Big Kudos and thanks to "Old Guy" and to Jim for moral support. OG, if you didn't have the courage to point that out to me, I wouldn't of corrected it. I had just accepted the rake to be "normal". Just goes to show you, being open to listening to others can pay big dividends, and Old Guy just cashed in $1,000,000.00 for me! Thank you OG. You da Man!
    No problem at all. So many give here, and I don't have a lot to share - yet.

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    To fix it, I built up the underside operator's decking rolling plates. Now she sits level. A slight tilt right which will be fixed when glued. Thanks again OG!

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    Taking a break. Gotta go get some groceries and the rayon thread for the cable. Be back in a few...
    Manny
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    San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad (1884-1925)
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    Looks good. That would be my suggestion for a fix. Kinda like a "wearing surface" that can be replaced..

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    I weathered the underside, so it blends in now. You can't even tell that the pieces were added. The operators deck is now level and looks much better. No gaps underneath.

    I added the two safety stakes up front. I decided to paint them red, and mark them "DANGER". Can't have too much safety. This is my little personal touch.

    I realized that I messed up on the hoist and in trying to remove a key part, I broke it, so I have a replacement coming. Once the steam lines are in place, I will position the forward throttle. That will be the end of the Pile Driver. I am considering making an overhead cover, but the jury is still out on that.

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    I will begin work on the idler flat while waiting for the detail parts to come in to complete the rig.

    Thanks for looking. Constructive criticism is more than welcomed. It's appreciated.
    Manny
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    San Antonio, Fredericksburg & Northern Railway (1913-1917)
    "Reflecting the Frisco influence in the railroads of the Texas Hill Country"

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    Default Re: Next project: S.A. & A.P. Pile Driver No. 1 - MOW

    Nice! Now send it over to my Zalma Branch thread and put her to work.

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    Yep ! Jim's right for sure. Looks like you might run into bed rock. No need on that division!
    Bill it out, rear end, local service only, 25 MPH.
    Bill Jackson

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    Another short midnight marathon. Started construction on S.A. & A.P. PD1A, idler flat. I cut the LaBelle body down to the 30 Ft. length, added the decking, which has seen its share of better days, and has had temporary 2x8's replaced at various locations, including over the bolsters area. The flat will have sides, three (3) 2x6's high, held together by stakes in the stake pockets. The front section where the PD ¤¤¤¤¤¤ Head, (proper railroad term) hangs over the car, there will only be a 6x6 across the flat to prevent anything from rolling out and allow easy access to the crew.

    I've ordered a bunch of parts from Rio Grande Models and Scale Structures Ltd, for the flat load including: Spare ¤¤¤¤¤¤ Heads, replacement gears, oil cans of various sizes, welding equipment, track tools, steel cable to replace a broken cable on the hoist, spike barrels, hoist rigging gear, and tools.

    Progress will slow a bit because I am awaiting key detail parts from Bitter Creek and I also need to get more Kadee 148's. However, I will continue to work on the upper body, positioning the stake pockets and working on the containment walls.

    Here are pics of tonight's progress. More in the morning.



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    Manny
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    You just gotta love them ol' railroad terms. I learn something new everyday.

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    Worked on the flat car as far as I can go. The decking is complete, and all the stake pockets have been added. The cut levers are attached and the brake wheel assembly is installed. I have to wait for the bolsters, needle-beams with queen-posts, and Kadee couplers and gear boxes to arrive. I may make a run to Hobbytown USA or Dibble's to pick up some 242 draft gear boxes, and some couplers.

    As for the decking, I've chosen a different path. I'm going to bolt down 8x8's in a "U" pattern to act as a containment area for everything. I'm undecided as to whether to use single 8x8's or double stack them, staggered at the end.

    Here are the pics of the flat, top side.

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    Manny
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    Thanks to Jim James, and his wonderful trestle bent tutorial, I'm going to build a flat car loaded up with trestle bents to go along with the pile driver and its idler car. It's all your fault Jim. LOL...
    Manny
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    I'm glad to be at fault! You will have fun whippin' out a load of pilings( that doesn't sound right). It'll be the perfect practice for trestle building.

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    LOL. I have the Dremel 408 w/collar. I just need to get an Atlas Snap Saw. I wonder if 34 foot bents are too small? I'm a glutton for railroad punishment. Whippin' out a load of pilings sounds great. If you said cuttin' or pinchin', then there would be a problem. LOL.
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    Another late night...I decided to pull out all the pewter/soft metal castings for the idler flat and have a field day filing and cutting off flash. Some parts are not yet here, like the gears and the ¤¤¤¤¤¤ heads. They will complete the flat car. Only need to model some rope as well.

    Here is the pics of the initial layout of items in the car. Gears will go by the anvil and the ¤¤¤¤¤¤ heads will be up front since they are the heaviest of pieces.

    Manny

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    Detail Parts! Gotta love 'em...except when and while you paint them. But the results that come make you forget all the time consuming aspects of painting, dry brushing, weathering, etc.

    Here is what I've been working on this morning. I have a few more tools to complete and all the parts I have included in the previous pictures of the raw parts are completed.

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    Finished them up. Just one more to do. Parts will be coming in later this week that I can finish up the flat.

    More work on the pile driver is coming up as well. Stay tuned.

    Manny

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    I sure coulda used that pile driver last week!

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    LOL...I'm afraid that the pile driver wouldn't of done you service due to builder error.

    I made a mistake when building the tower. The kit is designed for an HOn3 flat car which sits much lower than the LaBelle HO flat car. 3'6" to be exact. The tower is short by that much and does not properly reach the ground. I have contacted Eric at Rio Grande Models and have purchased all the necessary metal parts to rebuild the tower at the proper length, that should the tower be raised, it will be at the proper track level height.

    Now some may say I should just leave it, no one will know the difference. The problem is that I know and it's bugging me to no end. So, I will fix it accordingly. Heck, I might even keep the wrong tower as a trackside item at the shop as a ground clutter piece. This repair will happen after the flat is completed.

    Sorry Jim. You'll just have to stick to swinging the hammer to drive them piles for right now...
    Manny
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    My parts from Bitter Creek arrived. I'm working on the underframe right now! Awesome stuff. If you haven't checked out Jeff Stone's materials, you should, especially if you are modeling 1860-1920. Go to: Bitter Creek Models.

    Pics in a few...
    Manny
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    Somebody call the fire department. I've got so many lil construction fires going right now. Argh!

    Where to start?

    Pile Driver: It turns out I made a mistake in the tower height because I did not compensate for the height difference between the RGM HOn3 flat car and LaBelle's HO flat cars. So I had to order a whole bunch of new parts to rebuild the tower. I got some of them in, but still need some more to be able to complete it.

    I did get these:



    That is the water tank and Dolbeer Donkey Boiler from Rio Grande Models logging skid. I am going to make my pile driver self-supportive.

    So, the pile driver is on hold while I await the instructions as to where everything goes on this boiler.


    2. Idler flat: I got the necessary items from Bitter Creek Hobbies in, but then realized that I was out of .010 gauge Phosphorus Bronze wire. So I have to order more from Tichy Train Group. That won't happen until next week.


    3. The M.O.W. train arrived. I'm stoked. These kits are fun to build. I started with the Latrine Car. All the kits are very similar to how a LaBelle, Ambroid, Silver Streak, or Main Line Models kit goes together. I'm having a blast with it.

    Here are pics of the first car build. I've stopped because I am needing parts from Bitter Creek, so I have to wait to order them next week. He has them all in stock, so I just need to pay him.

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    Things will slow down while I await parts. Oh well, just another day on the railroad.
    Manny
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