Hey Tyson...

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Drew1125, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    ...see what happens when you park your tank car in a bad neighborhood? :D
    Seriously,
    Here's a little project the K&I shops are working on (they're notoriously slow :rolleyes: )
    Hope to have her up on wheels, painted, & rolling south soon!

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  2. Tyson Rayles

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    This is why I moved here, nobody steals the wheels off of anything. Course nobody has anything worth stealing the wheels off of around here!:D
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    Tyson,
    All I have around here are the old Bettendorf trucks, but I thought roller-bearings would be better for this car.
    So I need to see if I can hunt up some of those, & some data decals. (Oh Yeah, & come up with a paint scheme! :p )
  4. Tyson Rayles

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    Charlie there's no rush, please don't put this in front of getting your daughter's Hogwart Express up and running. As you saw on my boxcar I didn't have any data decals so I made some on my computer. Unfortunely #4 pica is as small as a home computer goes so they were a little large but not to bad to the naked eye.
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    Rush?
    I've got 4 kids, man, my whole life is a rush!:rolleyes:
    No, really it's no problem...my local hobby guy has some data sheets...& I have some other stuff I need to pick up from him anyway.
    I'm not able to make my own decals...I have the "Yugo" version of ink-jet printers...:mad: I think my wife finally bolted it to the table, because everytime I use it, I instinctively want to throw the %$#@ thing out the window!
    I've got some alphabet sets around here, & I think I can come up with an EVM logo...besides, I kinda like the challenge! :)
    As far as Hogwarts...we have to work on that before my little one's bedtime...after hours means time for N scale! This is precisely why I'm a big believer in small layouts!
    I can't put a deadline on anything, but I'll keep ya posted!
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    No problem, no deadline required its a hobby!:D I agree with you on small layouts, thats why mine only occupies about 32 sq. feet. Sometimes I think its to big.
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    Tyson,
    My 10 year old is having a slumber party tonight! :eek:
    So in anticipation, I made a trip to the hobby shop today, & picked up a data sheet, & some new x-acto blades...I think it looks like a great night to hide out in the train room! :)
    Looks like the K&I shop crew might be pulling some overtime!:D
    I'll post some pics when I've made a little more progress!
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    My young un' is 37 years old, I miss the days he had friends over for a sleep over.:( Enjoy em' while you got em'.:D
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    Charlie - If you really wanted to make that tanker prototypical, you'd need to get some scale-size cinder blocks and the grafitti decals :p . Maybe you could make a "chop-shop" for your stolen locomotives too!
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    Well I guess the grafitti is allright but forget the cinder blocks, I doubt the L&N is gonna want to DRAG that car all the way to North Carolina!:D
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    Tyson,
    Well, I've run into a bit of a snag with the tank car...
    Last night I was working on it, & one of the bolsters just kinda disintegrated!:mad: (maybe I should post this under that "frustration" thread)
    Anyway, I'm not sure how I managed to do this...I didn't drop it or anything. While inspecting the damage, I noticed that the bolsters on this car (Atlas 20,000 gal. tank) are a rather delicate casting that incorporate the end running boards, & stirrup steps all in one piece. I think this was a case of fine scale size coming at the expense of structural weakness.
    This also may be a case of Charlie & his ham-fisted technique needing to work in O or G scale! :confused:
    But fear not...I'm already working on a fall-back plan.
    BDC,
    You may have been right...this one might end up on blocks, & part of a scrap yard scene!:p
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    I knew you would have a plan B, so no fear on my end!:p Just remember it's a only a hobby and keep reminding yourself of how much fun you are having!:D
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    I know Tyson...
    I've been at it long enough now to realize that all those frustrating screw-ups just serve to make getting it right that much sweeter!

    BTW - Happy Easter to you & yours, & to ALL my buddies at The Gauge!
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    Same to you and yours Charlie, and everybody else here at the Gauge!!:D
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    Charlie, Looks like it's time for deft work with the cyanoacrelate adhesive. Woaaa there, mind your fingers!:)
    Sweet talk your wife and the easter bunny might do an excellent job of it for you :D

    Errol

    Happy Easter to all on the Gauge.
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    2nd Attempt

    Tyson,
    This is what I've come up with so far...
    Still have to letter the other side, & do some more weathering.
    I'm having a little trouble with the coupler allignment...I might just send it to you & see what you can do with it:p
    I'll keep ya posted!

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    Charlie the car is looking great!:cool: Are the couplers body mount or truck mounted? I use the truck mounted on everything (except locos & cabeese) and it keeps everything the same height and aligned.
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    Yeah, they're truck-mounted Tyson.
    I've never had any problems with them, but on this car, the height seems to be OK, but it's just not coupling as easy as I would like. Maybe some graphite in the draft gear box...?
    I still got some work to do.
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    Graphite never hurts, sometimes they just need to be used some to break them in.
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    Hi Tyson,
    This tanker is just about ready to roll...
    Still not real happy with the wheels & couplers...:mad:
    Maybe you can try your hand at it...my mechanical skills leave a lot to be desired.:rolleyes:
    I hope it's not too shabby for you.

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