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anubis51
Fireman

Australia
1085 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  8:52:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi there Jeff,

I have just re-caught up with this build.

Things are coming along nicely. Keep up the good work!

14th March is getting closer!!![:-boggled]



John




Time is the Gauge of Existence
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  9:10:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Indeed it is, John. Indeed it is.

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2012 :  1:37:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some more progress: Going through the 25 tonner parts I have, I found a couple "washers" that come with the kit. Not sure what their intended use is, but I decided that one could be the light bezel for the cab. I also scribed a door in the back wall of the cab, which is a little hard to see.

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I liked the cab light so much, that I used the other washer for the headlight bezel.

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I also trimmed down a Cannon & Co. door, reduced its thickness, and glued to the top of the hood.

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Here's a 3/4 shot of the loco on my messy worktable.

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Now to work getting the LEDs to shine through the headlights.

Jeff S.

Edited by - jschumaker on 03/09/2012 1:39:08 PM
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DEFugere
Engine Wiper

200 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2012 :  5:36:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeff, looking good! Where do you think the best deal can be had on the n-scale mechs?

David
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2012 :  7:08:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check TrainWorld. Also do a search for N scale 70 tonners.

I also know an On30 Bachmann dealer who might be able to get one for you. Peterboro Railroad.

Jeff S.
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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
3645 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2012 :  7:33:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lookin' good, Jeff!

Pete
in Michigan
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2012 :  8:38:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where you been, Pete? Grand Forks?

Jeff S.
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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
3645 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2012 :  9:22:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No. Winter showed up here (finally) last weekend and tried to destroy the area. Power is now back, some of the damage is repaired and I'm here to torment you! [:-devil]

I understand they have pretty good food up there, though!

Pete
in Michigan
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acousticco
Fireman

Canada
1493 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2012 :  5:56:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Jeff,
I've been following this build since you started and and enjoying it immensely. Excellent work! I nave one of these 70 tonners but think I like it as an N scale model at the moment. I might have to shop around for another one someday for an HOn30 bash...

-Cody
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2012 :  8:00:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So Cody, have you been building anything of late?

Jeff S.
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2012 :  9:55:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More work accomplished. I figured out how to get the light from the LEDs to the headlights. Here's the front.

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The headlight in the nose is low enough that all I have to do is insert optical fiber through it and into the opening you see.

Here's the rear.

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A piece of .060 optical fiber is sandwiched between two pieces of .060 x.040 strip styrene inside the rectangular tube. The top of the fiber is cut at a 45 degree angle, facing the opening.

Here's a top view.

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Here's a piece of optical fiber in the nose. I don't know if you can tell that it's cut at a 45 degree angle also.

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Here' some optical fiber in the cab headlight, also cut at 45 degrees.

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The optical fiber will not be glued into the headlights until after the loco has been painted.

I tested the lighting quality in the dark with a 9v battery. It looks good.

I think I'll turn my attention to the frame.

Jeff S.

Edited by - jschumaker on 03/10/2012 9:58:31 PM
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andykins
Fireman

United Kingdom
4065 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  06:16:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit andykins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
good work on the lights. neat idea.

the bonnet is looking nice too. keep it up :d
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  08:51:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm glad I could bring you out of hiding again, Andy. Thanks for the compliments.

Jeff S.
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centercab
Engine Wiper

USA
245 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  11:40:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeff - This is really interesting. If you have any plans to add any louvers to the doors, Plano makes some neat ones...

http://www.planomodelproducts.com/461.htm

The little loco looks great!

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Chuck
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jschumaker
Fireman

USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  12:44:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting parts, Chuck. I will be using Archer Transfers louver decals. I think there is a photo of them at the beginning of this topic.

Jeff S.
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