JMC Scale Models

John Bartolotto Apr 24, 2012

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    You gave me a nice idea, Kurt. It would be interesting to add a pair of rail axles on its underside. Do you know if it is there any of these in Z scale?
     
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    Thanks, Pawel. You're so right! I also thought the same, too. Next time I'm going to take into account that detail.
     
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    I'll take two in Milwaukee Road MoW black if you give them hi-rail equipment!(y)
     
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    I have never seen one in z scale. It would look pretty cool, I bet. Make mine NHRR. Jim
     
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    I'll see what I can do about the hi-rail equipment. ;)
    Kurt and Jim, do you have any pictures of these MoW vehicles so I can guide myself about their color scheme and decals? I'd appreciate that.

    Cheers
     
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    Hmmm, I'll see what I can find....:rolleyes:
     
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    This is the typical color that Milw MoW used for many years up to the early 70's. Basic black, some silver trim, and usually the unit number below the door logo. Nothing fancy!
     
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    Then, in the early to mid-70's is when the red scheme came along. Again, nothing fancy, just the logo on the door and maybe a unit number.
     
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    Hi everyone.
    As many of you know I also make other stuff than cars, buses and trucks.
    This project of an army helicopter, I've started last Summer and now I got back to it. The fuselage is done and ready for the casting.

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    Hello! I have tried some trucks I have done in 3D printing but putting on the small rail wheels seem to be a problem in Z scale they easily break off with printing them! I think with Joao's truck being cast models this would be the best way. I have this 1973 MOW Bantam Crane T350 right now it not for sale till I fix the problem! But it has printed 3 times and I have those on my layout. The small rail wheels have broken off but the supports are still there! It would be cool to find some fine small metal wheels in Z scale the regular train wheels look funny on this one. I fix it so the wheel set fit on the supports but they look to big!
    The CH-34 look great that will look good on my helo platform!
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    If only I had a lathe... :unsure:
     
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    What size wheels do you need? And what type?
     
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    WE were thinking of the RR MOW equipment that run on and off track with the smaller wheels that are attached to the bottom of a truck so it can run the rails. There to small to print so they would have to be made of metal. But then they would have to be sitting on a non-powered track for static scene! Small wheel up front!
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    And do you have a specific dimension in mind? I can print or machine as required. Example, here's an 18" N six spoke wheel next to a 33" and I'm sure something smaller could be printed with resin. Maybe not small enough but then they could be machined. Either way a music wire or SS wire axle, maybe .015", would probably be best. Nn3 18 D 6 spoke wheel 2.jpg
     
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    This would have to be the size! In the photo is one of Showcaseminiatures in Z scale pretty small I use calipers and got this inter flange 1.59mm outer flange 1.98mm. the drive shaft would have to be pretty small!
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    And how many do you need? That may print especially if they aren't functional. With those small flanges they wouldn't be likely to work well anyway. It's less than NMRA standard, for sure. :) The axle could be .015" or .010". Glued in. If that doesn't work they could definitely be machined. The resin has the benefit of not being a short circuit potential.

    Am I seeing that right? It's a one piece metal casting with only the visible part of the wheel detailed, not a complete wheel? What do you do with live track? Would it possibly be better to just make the whole wheel and carrier? That might be easier but would take a sample to work with.
     
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    Hey, everyone!
    In 2013 I did this 85-foot harbor tugboat in Z scale. These boats were originally built for US Army during WW2 and after the war they were sold to civil port authorities. They saw service during many decades, not only in the US but several of them in Europe, too.
    I recently decided to make a new batch. The minor air bubbles produced during the casting were repaired and I gave them a primer coat.

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    Ooooooo, love me some tug boats!(y)

    One of these days, I gotta' build a 3-track rail barge to go with my tug.:rolleyes:
     
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    I love tug boats. It's my favorite type of boat.
    This one is from the first batch I made six years ago. It was fiinished last Summer. I'm still working on its display base.

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    I just added few details/fittings. Two masts, railing, bumper tires on port and starboard and a sailor winding a rope. I could have added more detailing but I'm a lazy guy...
    Our Z scale friend Fred Ladd, unfortunately left us last year. He did an amazing job on these tugs some years ago.

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    These are really nice tugs I bought three of his first ones and still working on the layout they were going to go on. I like the new details these look outstanding! Here they are Primed and first coat haze gray on it and deck gray for the deck. I use some parts from one of My high power towers to make the mast. Design a small deck winch and mooring bollards for the dock! Outstanding work done by Joao on these tugs. his painted one like the colors. did mine in US Navy color since I'm a retired Boatswains Mate. Worked with tugs a lot!

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