May 29, 2022
Thanks Mr. Ray!
Isn't there a way to darken the actual metal wheels as well? Back in the 80's, I think I used some product for getting rid of the "Shiny" metal.
Or use a stiff bristle toothbrush. Small paint brushes normally have softer bristles than toothbrushes.
Wow, June 28th was the last post. Time slips by.
Well Covid recovery has allowed me some time to work on this again.
I worked on the smokebox extension.
I cut a ring from brass tube, tapered a second smaller tube to fit into the smokebox and inside the ring.
Soldered the two together (rusty soldering skills), and cleaned up the result.
This will be epoxied into the smokebox.
To solder the ring onto the tube at the right depth, I modified my trusty piece of wood, by cutting a slot,
added some Sure tape, and used a paper clip to hold the tube.
Your creative solutions really are impressive! Now to see this pieced together!
Your homebrew jig is ingenious!
That caught my eye, too. Whatever works. Very clever. Jim
Joe,Hemi, and Jim,
Thanks for the positive comments!
Put in some productive bits of time in these last two evenings.
I didn't like how the patches turned out on the cab, so I redid them.
I shaped the cab roof edges using round nose pliers to fit the cab better.
I wanted to securely attach the domes and bases, so I drilled holes to pin them with.
You can see the .043 brass rod sticking up thru the boiler.
Massaged the fit of the smokebox cover to fit the smokebox extension.
The boiler needed some more details removed, so I filed them off and sanded it smooth.
Next step is to fill holes and drill stanchion holes.
Without even seeing it attached cab does look better!
Squeezed in some more time.
I did a bunch of drilling with an .040 bit.
Drilled the centers of the domes, drilled holes in the Belpaire boiler and running board patches, for a better bond with epoxy.
Drilled the .078 hole for the whistle and valve on the Belpaire boiler,
Cut out a rectangle from .040 thick aluminum, and CA'd it to the roof, to create a hatch.
Filled in holes on the boiler, running boards, and smokebox, with JB Weld.