Modeling in Two Scales 3.5 and 4 MM
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time Marches On in March
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
UN-Blogging of the lazy mind
- A 100-C-1 Sunset Brass Vanderbilt tender which I finally managed to open and check that it can be modified to have a small decoder or the LocoFi receiver. I have some more body repairs to do and repaint and decal the tender
- A 100-C-? Bachmann Vanderbilt tender which needs re-assembly and decision whether it will house a DCC decoder or another LocoFi receiver I will need to buy. The tender is actually a UP not SP prototype but is close enough with the oil bunker top for the "stand-in" C-? SP Consolidation.
- A 90-R-7 Heavily modified rectangular tender with high narrow oil bunker. I am still working on the modifications using styrene shapes. When I finally get the shape right, I will use Archer rivet decals to model the surface correctly. I have been working with Arnold Menke and obtained his drawings for the 90-R-7 preserved in Bakersfield
- A 73-SC-1 3D printed shell that I have working with Ken Harstine to develop to fit over the Bachmann rectangular tender underframe. I am also working on a version that is lower to match the height of the Sunset whaleback tender that came with my Sunset C-9 Consolidation.
The light from the blinds created a reflection on the Fire tablet which I am using for the LocoFi Android app. I visibly checked the belt and mechanism under the block to see the power was turning the motor. The LocoFi equipped Stewart/Kato F unit can also be seen on my workbench. LocoFi is still working on changes to the Android app for steam engine functions as opposed to diesel.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
September and the HO SP C-30-1 Caboose ladders are consuming most of my time.
This is a reminder to keep them taped to the 3x5 card being used to protect them when you drill the rung holes. I am using a Starrett drill and #79 drill bit.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Bloggers Block Unleashed a bit for July and August and related Modelers Block Too
On the freight car building front, I have finally completed the painting and decaling of the UP A-50-16 automobile car from an early 2000's Trix RTR version. National Scale Car formerly Speedwitch decals were used to correct the incorrect Trix all yellow scheme and other lettering issues. The paint used is a base Taimiya Red Oxide primer with a hand brushed mix of 3 parts Vallejo 70.982 Cavalry Brown and 1 part 70.953 flat Yellow. Pledge Floor Gloss was brushed on the decal areas and then Tamiya Clear Flat spray used to seal and return a flat finish.
This is the etch which shows the two part ladders that were bolted through a flattened section of the end handrails. These are intended as replacements for the ladders on the Walther's C-30-1 model which tend to break over time. After soldering buyer supplied .020 brass rod ladder rungs in place they can be attached with canopy glue to the existing Walthers hand rails if they are intact. I am also working on how to build new hand rails if they are broken as are the hand rails on one of my Walther's C-30-1 cabooses.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
This post should be little noted nor long remembered.
I have not touched the layout or any motive power projects in at least 40 days. I have had health issues that have taken much of my attention and strength from April through into July. No Covid but other debilitating maladies that are partly driven by aging.
I have looked at the scenery and trackage every day but have had no impetus to work on any of the 30 or so projects that I have started or contemplated.
The addition of LocoFi to the two active plastic steam engines has been stalled over how to add a Keep Alive to the wiring flow between the rail pickups on the engine and tender and the LocoFi receiver.
The best I efforts I seem to have any drive for are freight car projects such as were detailed in my last post https://srandsp.blogspot.com/2022/06/here-it-is-middle-of-june-and-i-finally.html . I have another project for repainting and adding a new floor and underframe to a Trix RTR UP class A-50-16 double door automobile/box car. This too has stalled as I have been unable to find the definitive brake gear arrangement and locations of the 12 chain cylinders from the Evans loader system that are visible below the car on most photos of the A-50-16 prior to or in the modeling period 1950-54.
I do have one other project which I have been pursuing for the last several months and is now into the actual production stage. Early this year I became interested in the efforts of a group of UP modelers to obtain prototypically accurate replacement ladders for the UP CA-1 cabooses made by Walthers. I actually ordered one and have worked on soldering it together although I have not completed it.
This lead me to Bill Lugg. the UP modeler who created the UP ladder project. Bill helped me find a US based etcher and designer, Bill Meridith of Leadville Designs, who was able to take the photos of the SP Common Standard design drawings for the C-30-1 caboose and create a brass etching design for the HO version. I have just paid for that design work and the initial sheet is going to the etcher today or tomorrow. The full etch sheet has 72 pairs of ladder styles (side rails). This is what the artwork for an individual etch looks like:
I have had the etch design work reviewed by Tony Thompson (the SP freight car guru) to get a second opinion and he agreed this etch would be useful for accurately replacing the Walthers caboose ladders. In the past I have built brass wire caboose end railings.
These ladder etches are in two parts as the bottom rung and the upper part of the ladder with 3 rungs were separate. These were bolted together through a flattened portion of the end rail. Tabs to be bent for the mountings on the deck, bottom and top of the rail and the roof are included in the etch.
I will have to look at a soldering jig and instructions to build brass rod handrails for the replacement of the old Walthers SP C-30-1 caboose ladders.
This is the Common Standard design drawing for the C-30-1 on which the etch is based, It was used for production of the C-30-1 possibly earlier wood cabooses. The attachment plate for attaching the ladder to the edge of the roof shown in the drawing was not included. a piece of brass or even pieces of plastic angle could be used to replicate that feature.
This has taken a bit of mental energy. I was originally hoping an 3D print would be good for a replacement but the ladder thickness would have to be significantly overscale to provide sufficient robustness.
I hope to have the first sheet and a built up sample by the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society convention in mid-September. I think I can find someone with an e-store to handle any subsequent distribution as I really do not want to be in the mail order business. I am looking to just recover my costs if possible and have maybe 5-6 etches for my own needs.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Here it is the middle of June and I finally blog Again
The car is not quite correct as there was a significant error in placement of the reporting marks on the side shown. The previous blog post covered some of the problems of construction. But now It is ready to be shown publicly. If my mojo is right I will take it to our local RPM meet, the Bay Area Prototype Modelers meet this Saturday in Richmond, California. I just have to type up a description.
As Porky Pig would say at the end of a Walter Lanz Cartoon film....Thaaats Aaalll Folks