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Old 11-02-2019, 07:53 AM   #51
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I'm looking forward to seeing your final product Ed, bet it will be a charmer.

I haven't ventured into brass.....yet, but I have been looking. I have a friend that bends and solders brass into HO locomotives but I have neither the patience or skill.

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Old 11-06-2019, 05:19 PM   #52
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The stanchions and railings are installed on both pilots. The pilots are attached to the frame and have been media blasted along with the frame and primed. The shell has been mounted to the frame to make the forward hand railing. I found it difficult to make crisp bends in the railing while on the engine. So I made a railing on the engine, then removed it and glued it to a piece of cardboard and made one to match the template but with nice crisp bends.

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Old 11-06-2019, 11:59 PM   #53
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should look pretty good, especially one you get the rest of them on ...
music wire or brass wire for the rest ??
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:32 PM   #54
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should look pretty good, especially one you get the rest of them on ...
music wire or brass wire for the rest ??
The grab irons will be brass.

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Old 11-09-2019, 12:31 PM   #55
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All the stanchions and hand rails are on. I sprayed on a second coat of primer. When the primer is dry it will be ready for paint. I have a new Paasche single action air brush that I need to test and get familiar with first. It has a #1 #3 and #5 needle and I will be using Tru-Color paint.

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Old 11-09-2019, 12:42 PM   #56
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Ed, you are very talented! Your metal work and milling is really impressive.

I have a tough time working in O scale with plastic but you make it look easy in HO and with metal to boot.

I can’t wait to see the finished project.

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Old 11-14-2019, 11:57 AM   #57
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Ed, you are very talented! Your metal work and milling is really impressive.

I have a tough time working in O scale with plastic but you make it look easy in HO and with metal to boot.

I can’t wait to see the finished project.

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Tom, thanks for the nice comment.

This morning I painted the the shell and frame with Tru-Color TCP-077 Silver. I used a Paasche type H single action with a #5 needle. The paint was used straight out of the bottle and sprayed exceptionally nice. I will let it sit for a couple of days then mask off the shell to paint the orange stripe.

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now that looks nice
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:13 PM   #59
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now that looks nice
wvgca, Thanks for the reply.

I intended to make the drop down grab irons out of brass. I did not have the correct size and the local supplier did not have what I needed. So I used music wire that was annealed to make it bendable.

Here are some pictures of the processes I used. I measured the width of the holes on the shell then using that measurement I drilled a hole in a piece of steel I had. I inserted the wire in one hole and bent it over the side then placed it in the 2 holes and lightly hammed it down flush. To get the drop down shape I used a piece of thin plastic glued to the vice as a gauge. I rested the grab iron on the plastic and closed the vice then bent the legs flat. The all came out exactly the same.

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I'm enjoying this thread. Keep up the good work.
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