Narrow Gauge- "What's on your workbench?"

SteamDonkey74 Jan 14, 2013

  1. traingeekboy

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    some window shades and a temporary stack.

    I think I may be done on it. Just needs some filler and sanding.

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    C0E02D3B-CAC2-45D9-A9F5-704558DE3DE6.jpeg 8F247AFF-D1FB-4520-8613-D7A8D25F1A12.jpeg I had fun adding a Tsunami 2 decoder, Current Keeper and a speaker to my Bachmann On30 Shay. It was DC only so I had to hardwire everything. Lots of room in O scale! Works flawlessly. Now it’s time for some detailing and weathering 89D65ECA-2BE7-4ABF-B0A9-1911DDC47E11.jpeg
     
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    Looks like I have the beginning of a train now.

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    Still fiddling with the think and build project.

    Since the train is essentially Tyco being covered with a thin veneer of sorta narrow gauge looking stuff, the ends are posing a problem.

    For now I just want to see what people think of my off brand couplers. They're just cut down old style HO couplers.

    Since I am going to do all hand uncoupling, I am thinking this is a really cheap way to do couplers.

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    Still just messing around with some strip wood.

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    Just keeping at it with the Ol'GondOla...

    A couple shots, before and after I added some braces.

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    Lookin’ good. Kadee couplers are relatively cheap and will compliment your efforts well.
     
  9. traingeekboy

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    I have some somewhere. Ye olde #5's. For now I am amused by using modified horn hooks. ;)
     
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    More fiddling around with the low cost practice models.

    In the Old Days, I lived about a mile and a half from Caboose Hobbies. If I needed anything while working on a project, I could be there in minutes and get that, obscure, but highly needed, whatever.

    Those days are gone.

    While putting on the braces on the unfinished side of the car, I decided that the ends of the car looked wrong. You could see how thin the veneer is. I had to hide that with some more braces!

    And then, I lost my mind. My practice car now has " Super Detailing" In the form of one break wheel. [​IMG]

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    As you can see the break wheel has teeth. You shouldn't stand so close to my models!

    I had an old broken watch in a can full of screws and nails. Once spotted, it had stuck in my head that I could use the gears fro something.

    I'll let you figure out the rest of the story for your self. [​IMG]
     
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    Just pokin' along with the model. [​IMG]

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    Level: Genius!!;)

    Take a $5.00 car and turn it into that-awesome!!(y)
     
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    Thanks. It's actually a lot easier than doing N scale I am finding. And since I now have an attitude of whatever may come, It's a lot of fun.
     
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    Since no one else seems to be Doing much, I'll just share my current rash of car building projects.

    I now have loco, gondola, and tank car. Up next is a caboose. I am very fond of the gilpin tramway. So I will build a gilpin car at 3' gauge instead of 2' gauge.

    Using photo shop I imported a scale rule.
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    Then I added some blue guides at 6' apart and pasted a gilpin plan in. I needed to scale the gilpin plan to scale it up.
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    Now I have another image that is a rendering of the car and shows the size of the side planks. I scaled it and then used a 50% opacity to measure the side plank widths.


    Need to think more about how to approach this build.
     

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