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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2012 :  3:45:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Andy,

There seem to be a lot of lurkers, judging from the reads/replies count.

Jeff S.
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andykins
Fireman

United Kingdom
4084 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2012 :  4:05:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit andykins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
well i wouldnt take to much notice of that, i guess alot of views are from non members or people like myself who allots a certain amount of time to veiw the forum before doing something useful.

the 1/4 round section is a neat idea, not something everyone would think of, and just end up with a square box.
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25352 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2012 :  5:35:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeff,

I've been busy with a laundry room remodel in the 1-1 world and haven't had as much time to check in the various threads.

Anyway, I really like the looks now that you've cut the hood down a bit. I'm glad that you showed how you added the space above and below the doors and obtained the nice beveled corners with the quarter round. Things to tuck away for future use.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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DEFugere
Engine Wiper

200 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2012 :  7:34:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeff
No fear I'm here. Watching and following along. This past weekend was a camping and boating time with friends so putta and train time on hold. I'm back in the hobby room so progress will begin. You are doing a great job and I think I'll need to start an engine soon using your work as a guide. Keep up the progress photos.

David
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2012 :  9:48:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More progress photos, David? Here you go.

I started putting pieces together to assemble the hood. I made a sandwich of .040 thick styrene. A .060 piece was sandwiched between two .188 pieces, edgewise. I made the strip long enough to cut out a top piece and nose piece.

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I also glued some guide pieces for the top and the nose on the back of the sides.

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I used a Cannon & Co. screen for the nose grill.

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I shortened the screen by four louvers on each end. Next, I glued .020 x .040 strips around it to make a frame.

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I laminated .010 x .040 strip to .040 x .040 strip. Two pieces were cut to fit the longer sides of the grill.

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These were glued in place...

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... and trimmed to the proper length.

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It turned out that this assembly was narrower than the top piece I made.[:-banghead]

I decided to glue the top to the sides. I cut a top piece to the proper length and glued a piece of .040 quarter round to one end. Then I glued the sides on.

It turned out that top was not wide enough, as the sides splayed out when the hood was set over the Bachmann hood.[:-banghead][:-banghead]

So... I was able to separate the top from the side with no damage to either. I glued .015 x .040 strip to each of the longer edges of the top to widen it. This worked.[:-jump2]

I then glued .020 x .040 strip to the longer sides of the grill and hope this makes up the difference in width with the top.

I then glued the top and sides back together and fit them on the frame.

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Here's how things look at this point.

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The grill is not yet glued to the sides.

At this point I need to sand the top to remove some glue smudges, as well as add some details. I need to decide what type of headlight housing to use, single or dual beam. Last, but not least, I need to apply the louver decals to the doors. Then I can turn my attention back to the frame.

Jeff S.

Edited by - jschumaker on 03/06/2012 10:22:40 PM
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DEFugere
Engine Wiper

200 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2012 :  07:38:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very cool Jeff, this will be my next project. Can't wait until the next installment.

David
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25352 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2012 :  07:50:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is coming together 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 - 03/07/2012 :  08:49:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys. It is coming together better than I thought.

Jeff S.
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andykins
Fireman

United Kingdom
4084 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2012 :  10:30:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit andykins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
looking good jeff. nice and bulky. nice to be able to use ready made parts too
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boomer44
Engine Wiper

USA
113 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2012 :  10:35:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jschumaker

Thanks guys. It is coming together better than I thought.

Jeff S.



I would say looking darn good. Nice handling of the side doors.

I had started a build using a Kato Alco RS but kinda lost my way. You've inspired me to look again. Thanks.

Gordon

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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2012 :  10:55:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gordon,

I'm glad I could provide motivation.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2012 :  10:55:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Andy,

Using ready made parts is what makes kitbashing enjoyable for me.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1386 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  2:23:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not much progress made yesterday. I did some work on the nose and added a piece for the headlight.

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Searching through my spare parts, I found one headlight bezel from an old 25 tonner kit. I fit that into the opening.

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I test fit everything into the hood.

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I'll need to make my own headlight bezel for the cab, as well as come up with a way to light things via the LEDs. I'll probably make something like I did for my Porter centercab.

Jeff S.
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LandNnut
Fireman

USA
1518 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  3:44:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit LandNnut's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25352 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  3:59:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's nothing like a good assortment of spare parts, Jeff.[:-thumbu]

Bruce

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