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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2012 :  10:59:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Andy,

Chivers makes On30 GE kits? I wasn't aware of that.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 02/29/2012 :  7:50:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally, I've made some progress on this build. I notice that the opening in the cab front was wider that the N scale hood, so I shimmed the edges with .010 styrene.

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Next, I worked on the walkways. I glued a strip of .060 and .250 styrene, .020" thick, edge to edge, to match the cab width. Lengths were cut and a piece glued between them to for a U.

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Here's how it looks on the loco.

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I fit a piece of .188 styrene in the back.

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Here's the cab set in place.

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Now to work on building the hood.

Jeff S.
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andykins
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United Kingdom
4087 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  03:21:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit andykins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
cab looks great. suits the engine well

and yep. well now its slimrails now its run mostly by chivers owner's son.
http://www.slimrails.co.uk/indexlocospage.html
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25357 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  07:28:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is starting to shape up nicely, Jeff.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  09:17:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys.

Andy - I've purchased some HOn30 rolling stock kits from Slimrails.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  4:20:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've made some more progress. First I've glued some .020 styrene into the bottom of the cab, so it can be eventually glued to the deck.

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I've started on the hood by gluing Cannon & Co. doors to styrene strips. The wide end strip is .060 wide and the other strips are .040 wide. I'm not worried about the uneveness at this point, as I will be trimming the height of the doors.

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Here's a side of the hood matched up with the cab. Too tall, in my opinion.

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I need to fit a wider strip of styrene at the front of the sides (if that makes any sense), but haven't decided on the actual width.

Jeff S.
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DEFugere
Engine Wiper

200 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  5:41:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like your progress. I'm watching you. Great job.

David
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George D
Moderator

USA
11302 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  5:51:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fascinating thread, Jeff. I'm enjoying it.

George
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25357 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  5:53:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jschumaker

Too tall, in my opinion.



Jeff, I agree. I'd shorten it a bit.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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Sully
Fireman

USA
2610 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  6:32:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sully's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice start Jeff....I'm somehow reminded on the old Alco HH600's....they had those "high sides"....tom
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2012 :  8:42:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did some more work on the hood sides. I added another .060 strip to the cab end and a .188 strip to the nose end.

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I had a side I made early that I trimmed down, but decided there were too many doors. Here's what it looks like.

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I'm trying to decide if I want to trim the doors that much. I need to put a strip on top to get a better idea.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2012 :  2:19:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I took my scrap side and added a .030 strip to the top of the doors, then added a .040 strip on top of that. The .040 strip simulates the .040 quarter round I will be using for the build.

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Here's the side sitting on the body with the cab.

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I like the height of the side and will be trimming the actual sides accordingly.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/03/2012 :  8:24:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the latest progress of the build. I created a cutting guide by laminating a piec of .010 thick strip and .060 thick strip together and tacking it to the guide rail of my NWSL True Sander with Duck brand Easy Stick.

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There is a gap that allows the sides to slip under the guide .070".

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I used the guide to trim off the bottom of the doors.

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Once both side pieces were trimmed, I glued a .030 strip to the bottom of each one.

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I repeated the process of trimming and gluing a .030 strip to the top of each side piece.

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I then glued .020 thick strips to the back of each piece to strengthen them.

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Next, I trimmed the taper on the nose end of each side.

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Then I checked the appearance of the locomotive.

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Satisfied with how things looked, I glued .040 quarter round to the top and nose end of each side, trimmed them to the proper lengths, and carefully sanded them where they met.

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I also filled the gap on the back with styrene strip.

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I then checked the appearance again.

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Next, I will be adding door handles to the hood doors.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2012 :  2:38:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got a bit more accomplished with the build. I drill holes for the door handles in the hood doors.

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The handles were made from .010 brass wire and were CA'd into place.

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Here's what it looks like with the cab and frame.

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Things have been quiet, as far as comments for this topic go. I wonder if everyone has lost interest, or are rushing to get their builds finished for the Challenge.

Jeff S.

Edited by - jschumaker on 03/05/2012 2:45:46 PM
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andykins
Fireman

United Kingdom
4087 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2012 :  3:41:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit andykins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
ive not lost interest, just lurking for the most part its looking nice and chunky. and i saw your GE centre cab bash, they looked great
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