Dec 23, 2019
Nice to have the tie loader finished.
The tie loader was quite the little project.
Well worth it, so cool looking!!
Good job! Mine is sitting somewhere in the queue behind the military flats.
They did an incredible job weathering these cars. Truly a work of art.
Boy, these have come a long way. Your kit turned out great. Many years ago someone offered a cast metal kit that I built. The knuckle boom loader slides on the rails and the cab turns, but the boom is fixed.
Looks great Jeff. Was the loader difficult assemble or just time consuming?
very nice work .im hoping they do a cp unit
Wish they would do one for their "MOW" sets.
I agree, nice work WFOJeff. I think I still like the Railway Express version a little more than MT. Being able to see into the cab makes a big difference.
Just cleaning up the sprue excess and such, painting was a little tricky. I was going to do something different with the windows but went with the decal application (very tiny sticker). The most trouble I had was glueing the claws - because of the flex metal it kept springing on me (you have to be exact to point glue that area-2pcs). I think my 4th attempt I succeeded with the claw.
I had not yet glued the crane to the pedestal thinking I might want a non travel position.
I used a caution yellow opposed to a UP yellow. I still plan to detail the weathering a bit more. (on the tie loader rails)
Yes, I had thought about a hollowing but it is far too tiny of a cab hence sticking with the sticker windows.
I completed the Micro-Trains kit and think it looks pretty good. I did, however, make the mistake of gluing the boom to the base at the factory supplied angle. The result is that the boom is really high. It didn't seem so bad when I was building it, but once completed and placed on the gondola it's taller than an autorack. When I ran it on an N-track layout earlier this month I had to put it on a "modified" gondola due to tight height clearances. I'll probably fix it later but the parts are pretty fragile and I don't want to risk breaking so soon after building it.
This is a screen shot from a crappy cell phone video showing the modified gondola. It's completely impractical and unprototypical, but I wanted to run it and didn't want to risk any clearance issues
I think the position Micro-Trains decided on was in an operational mode, these would typically be lowered/tucked during travel.
As I noted in a reply post I just about did that same finish work but was also concerned about the height.
Looking back I think the base of the boom at the frame of the operator booth could have been sanded a bit with a slight angle that could have had a translated slope to the end of the boom arm.
I still need to decide if mine will travel in an MOW consist or stage at a piece of track that will be a diorama as a working loader.
I may try to sand the front edge of the cab down some for a slight boom pitch before I glue...will update this thread later on.
Does your assembly have no chance of coming apart after glue? I tried to use minimal amount of glue spots.
Yes, it definitely needs to be sanded to change the boom angle. I used CA to glue mine so it could get tricky trying to un-attach it.
Plastic or metal? If metal, soak it in acetone. You will have to repaint it though.