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John, nice locomotive. The innards look pretty big. Must be a tight fit in that boiler.

That road map you posted must be in a city as it doesn’t have any curves…😉😉😉

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There's room, but not much extra for the Cruise Commander. The reason I mounted that and the smoke first was to make sure I could get everything to fit. If the Cruise Commander didn't fit, it would have gone in the tender. Since it fits, I'll make this one with an IR tether like the commercial Lionel.

I'll get all the stuff in... :D
 

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Very nice TOM!!! I really like the look of the Central Michigan car.
Thanks Laz. It seems anytime I find what I think are unique decals to finish a car with, a commercially painted version shows up! I am waitingfor this to happen with this car.

I have a set of decals for a 34’ “Big 4” CCC&StL boxcar. I was eager to use them until I saw a MTH painted version on EBay...

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There's room, but not much extra for the Cruise Commander. The reason I mounted that and the smoke first was to make sure I could get everything to fit. If the Cruise Commander didn't fit, it would have gone in the tender. Since it fits, I'll make this one with an IR tether like the commercial Lionel.

I'll get all the stuff in... :D
Heh….if it doesn’t fit, make it fit…lol.

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The electronic wizards always impress. GRJ will have that beast up in no time.

Another set of beautiful cars, Tom. You’re building quite a collection.

Below is my new project, a 4-8-2. Of course, a bunch of parts await solder, a big stack is being cast, and a conversion to oil in the future prior to paint & weathering.

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A diamond in the rough!

What is the pedigree of this engine? The smoke box front looks interesting. Another great project by Aaron…

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Still working on the Stevenson 0-6-0. Been running into many road blocks along the way. First it was drivers out of quarter with crankpins installed in random locations, then after looking into possible remedies including replacing the driver centers and redrilling, a friend came across a Weaver 0-6-0 two rail chassis. While I can’t use the chassis I can use the wheels so they will be getting swapped.

Then after starting to put the shell together and getting to the point if placing it on the chassis I found the steamchest was way too high, almost 2/10 ths of an inch. Milled that down today along with the crosshead supports. Not something the average modeler would have the tools to do.

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Then after starting to put the shell together and getting to the point if placing it on the chassis I found the steamchest was way too high, almost 2/10 ths of an inch. Milled that down today along with the crosshead supports. Not something the average modeler would have the tools to do.
You're right about that Pete, that would have been a roadblock for me for sure! :D
 

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Yeah, I could tell from the stuff you've dealt with its not a shake the box kit. Really adds to the project when you have to deal with casting issues and other unplanned corrections at no fault to your own.

I’m certain this is Lobaugh, though I’m far from an expert. I recognize a lot of the parts and boiler. While great models in the day, they’re long in the tooth now and as such major projects to update.

A friend built a nice Lobaugh switcher with a modern ball bearing drive and can motor. I sent a PM with picture.
 

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Still working on the Stevenson 0-6-0. Been running into many road blocks along the way. First it was drivers out of quarter with crankpins installed in random locations, then after looking into possible remedies including replacing the driver centers and redrilling, a friend came across a Weaver 0-6-0 two rail chassis. While I can’t use the chassis I can use the wheels so they will be getting swapped.

Then after starting to put the shell together and getting to the point if placing it on the chassis I found the steamchest was way too high, almost 2/10 ths of an inch. Milled that down today along with the crosshead supports. Not something the average modeler would have the tools to do.

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Way out of my league, compared to my current project. Pete, It is going to make a great looking engine. The lowering is really dramatic…

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The electronic wizards always impress. GRJ will have that beast up in no time.

Another set of beautiful cars, Tom. You’re building quite a collection.

Below is my new project, a 4-8-2. Of course, a bunch of parts await solder, a big stack is being cast, and a conversion to oil in the future prior to paint & weathering.

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Nice. Don't see many models of UP Mountains.
 

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I’ve almost wrapped up the tank car restoration. Decals came in this week and I was able to apply them today. Next up im thinking of 3D printing some ladders and adding a matte coat to blend it all together.
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I also had to rebuild the dome, as one of the lips had cracked off. The repair isn’t perfect, but hard to notice unless you’re looking for it. I need to learn how to do rivets better…
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Lastly I got a 4 wheel pilot fabricated for the K4. I’m just 3D printing wheels to match the Marx ones there,then paint and mounting.
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Wrapped up the C&O Yellowbelly upgrade, he's it's maiden passenger car run. 🙂 The only thing left is when I get the correct matching PIC I'm going to use the original sound chip that came with this locomotive, it had really good sound. The sound I'm using is just a stand-in.


A fly-by to show all the lighting features added, nineteen LED's light this puppy up. Headlight, number boards, ground lights, cab lights, flickering firebox, and lighted gauges. I suppose you could make the LED count twenty, there is the IR drawbar LED for the wireless link to the tender.

 

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I’ve almost wrapped up the tank car restoration. Decals came in this week and I was able to apply them today. Next up im thinking of 3D printing some ladders and adding a matte coat to blend it all together.
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I also had to rebuild the dome, as one of the lips had cracked off. The repair isn’t perfect, but hard to notice unless you’re looking for it. I need to learn how to do rivets better…
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Lastly I got a 4 wheel pilot fabricated for the K4. I’m just 3D printing wheels to match the Marx ones there,then paint and mounting.
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Nice work. It rewarding to restore an older piece of rolling stock. The K4 project is coming along nicely too.


Wrapped up the C&O Yellowbelly upgrade, he's it's maiden passenger car run. 🙂 The only thing left is when I get the correct matching PIC I'm going to use the original sound chip that came with this locomotive, it had really good sound. The sound I'm using is just a stand-in.


A fly-by to show all the lighting features added, nineteen LED's light this puppy up. Headlight, number boards, ground lights, cab lights, flickering firebox, and lighted gauges. I suppose you could make the LED count twenty, there is the IR drawbar LED for the wireless link to the tender.

The engine looks great. The lighter grey really makes the running gear show up as it chugs away…

Tom
 
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