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CNE1899
New Hire

23 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2020 :  1:51:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

I haven't posted much in a while, been busy with life.

I decided to build a CNJ 0-6-0 camelback for my dad's birthday present.

I started with a Marklin 0-6-0 # 8800. I cut the first third of the
smoke box/boiler off. Cut the back coal bin off. And put the front 1/3
end on the back end. I formed a cover for the boiler, roof sides, and
window openings and modified the top hatch.

I heavily modified the chassis to accommodate the modified shell and new motor.
I will provide images of the chassis later.

I still have to add the fireman's overhang, pump, railings, tanks, etc..











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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
32551 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2020 :  1:54:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Off to a good start, Scott.

Bruce
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Tyson Rayles
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USA
13187 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2020 :  08:45:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! Great to see a Z scale project! [:-thumbu]
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George D
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USA
16065 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2020 :  08:53:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't imagine building in Z scale. I'm going to be watching this.

George
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slimrails
Moderator

USA
8475 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2020 :  11:16:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll be following along too, Scott. Good progress so far.
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CNE1899
New Hire

23 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2020 :  1:17:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all for the positive comments and interest. This is my first foray into model trains.

I thought I needed to share with you how I started the project.
I create a layout in Illustrator using plans and or image that are scaled down to Z.
I took an image from the Brass Trains site. I had to tweak it in Photoshop to get it to be more of a side shot.
The plan from the Model Railroader book ended up being useless, but it is a great resource.



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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
12491 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2020 :  3:11:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmm! Z scale I have a hard time with O-Scale.

A beautiful job so far.

Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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CNE1899
New Hire

23 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2020 :  12:43:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finally made enough headway that I thought I needed to post the progress.

I bent up some straps and soldered them to some rod for the tanks above the boiler. Created the folding steps above the cylinders (they need to be better scaled). Cut, bent, and glued the fireman's overhang, drilled holes for the bell, and dome on the boiler, and turned the the dome over the cab. I built the tank and toolbox below the cab. Cut and bent a piece to fill in and reinforce the front of the cab. I drilled and tapped the smokebox/boiler to have a mechanical, as well as adhesive attachment to the cab. I will plug the hole in the front with a rectangular piece soldered to rod. I also need to modify the chassis to fit the cylinders. The wheels are a little small, but since they are the closest in size, I'll use them.







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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
3046 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2020 :  5:43:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! Great start.

Edited by - Bill Gill on 03/09/2020 5:43:21 PM
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6347 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2020 :  6:32:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Iím very impressed.
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Tyson Rayles
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USA
13187 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2020 :  7:18:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amazing!
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CNE1899
New Hire

23 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2020 :  08:50:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Guys!

Michael, I was reading through your "Southern thread". Regarding building boxcars, do you start with the inside dimensions (usually given in the ORER) and base the outside dimensions on an inferred wall thickness? I ask because the inside dimensions are usually all that is provided by some lines in the ORER.
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Dutchman
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USA
32551 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2020 :  09:07:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a fondness for center cabs, Scott, and you are bringing this little guy along nicely!

Bruce
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CNE1899
New Hire

23 Posts

Posted - 04/29/2020 :  09:17:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

I have made some more progress. I have had to make some features over several times to get the scale correct. Added a tool box, air brake tank, feed lines, reverse mechanism, window ledges, headlight and wheel counter weights. I forgot to take pictures of the motor housing. Chassis and motor housing next post.









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slimrails
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USA
8475 Posts

Posted - 04/29/2020 :  09:26:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What a great project, Scott![:-thumbu]
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Bernd
Fireman

USA
3605 Posts

Posted - 04/29/2020 :  10:56:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very impressive build for such a small scale.

Enjoying watching the progress and it's very inspiring.

Bernd

WWG1WGA
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