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I am building a boom car for my Erie crane. It started as an Atlas Industrial Rail flat car. I beefed it up and added some rigging bins. The square bin is a blocking bin. The truck will be chained down. I need to add a spreader bar and a multitude of other wreck related details...

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Cool stuff, Tom’s crane will be unique and looks as if Scratch has been busy detailing a masterpiece.

I soldered lubricator, again, this time I made sure it was a good joint. Very careful heating with torch prevented further paint damage.

Been a challenge with this one, second set back in a day but at least both can be fixed.

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Cool stuff, Tom’s crane will be unique and looks as if Scratch has been busy detailing a masterpiece.

I soldered lubricator, again, this time I made sure it was a good joint. Very careful heating with torch prevented further paint damage.

Been a challenge with this one, second set back in a day but at least both can be fixed.

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I am surprised you don’t have a resistance soldering unit. That would have made short work of that with no paint damage.
I need to find a brass lubricator. I discovered what I thought was a diecast one from Lionel is made of lead or a similar material that is soft but can be soldered.

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After fixing/painting the lubricator, I put the chassis back together & installed the motor. The rods are only blasted, then satin clear, await weathering, will try a few new techniques.

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I’ve spent a lot of time researching prototype pictures (very few exist, no color). The prototype was only in service a few years, pictures indicate generally clean locomotives, which this one will represent. Below is the first weathering pass, light blending of the decals.

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Tomorrow is reassemble forward engine/tender trucks, hopefully some weathering to chassis.
 

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The rod assembly is by far the most complicated I’ve had apart/assembled. Add to that fastners are unique, & with no extra parts, I took great care. Each side took about 45 minutes to finish. Most of morning to complete.

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Yesterday I experimented with a few different oil colors for the look I wanted on the tender sides. It‘s done, start water tank tomorrow.

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The rod assembly is by far the most complicated I’ve had apart/assembled. Add to that fastners are unique, & with no extra parts, I took great care. Each side took about 45 minutes to finish. Most of morning to complete.

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Yesterday I experimented with a few different oil colors for the look I wanted on the tender sides. It‘s done, start water tank tomorrow.

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Is this a 2-8-8-0 Bull Moose? If so those are really cool!!!
 

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Everything looking great! Nice to see the progress on the locomotives.

I have been tinkering with my Erie crane and boom car. The boom car is not finished yet. A couple defects to correct as well as some extra details for the car and crane itself.
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