Model Of The Week: Porter Bash !!

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  1. Quarryman

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    Sludge Pit Minerals needs another Steamer. :thumb::thumb:

    This one will have a motorized Tender bashed from a Piko Loco
    I bought on e-bay for $25.00. for parts only.
    The loco was brand new but was dropped destroying the loco body. wall1
    Looks very good behind the re-worked Porter.

    First piccies: :cool:

    :wave::wave: Joe.

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  2. Doctor G

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    Joe,

    Great piccies!!! Nice locomotive too.

    Is that an upgrade kit on the Porter??? Will the Porter also be powered?? That would be one strong pulling beast.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Doc Tom:thumb:
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    Hi Tom. :wave::wave:

    All you see is home brew from 0.020 thou styrene sheet.
    The Porter will also have it's original running gear with motor.

    The set up is needed because of my steep grades.
    Should turn out good same as the first Loco Bash. :thumb::thumb:

    :wave::wave: Joe.
  4. Doctor G

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    WOW!!!! You are one talented guy with that styrene. I knew I had not seen anything like that in the after market kits for On30.

    Would you like to share tips on how you cut the curves for the boilers and the beautiful rivet work???

    Thought of your micro layout yesterday while watching a video on "The Railway Channel" http://therailchannel.com/ This week they have as their last video a film called the "Desert Empire". It is an old promotional film done by the DRG&W about Utah. Anyway about .5 to .75 way through they have a lot of footage devoted to a huge open copper pit mine. It looks like yours only about 10,000 X larger in 1:1 scale. you might want to take a peek. They change films every week on Monday. Also on their collection of vids is the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina RR called "tweetsie" from my neck of the global woods. I hope to one day build a On30 layout of this RR, particularly now that B.mann has released models of locomotives #11 and #12.

    Looking forward to your next post of your spectacular models:thumb::thumb::thumb:.
    Doc Tom
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    Quarryman,

    Great job on both of your engines. The family look you have is really good. Also your work in styrene is excellent. I too would like to read about your techniques and such.

    Fan of OZ in Reno NV,

    Greg
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    Hi Guys :wave:

    Thanks for your comments.
    I'll take some pics of my Rivet tool tomorrow and post them.

    :wave::wave: Joe.
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    Thanks for the link to the Railchannel Tom.
    Love the Tweetsie.

    Joe.
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    A few piccies of the Loco build:twisted::twisted:

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    And a few more.

    :wave::wave: Joe.

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    Loving the detail in this work! Very clean, very nice!

    Front page for you! Finally, I can promote some work on the RR side of the forums!

    *happydance*

    :thumb::thumb:
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    Pleasant surprise this morning........announce1announce1

    The Porter has been announced 'MODEL OF THE WEEK' :thumb::thumb:

    Thanks Ekuth.

    :wave::wave: Joe.
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    Well deserved, Joe. Very nice work!
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    Congratulations Joe!!! Hope to see some more On30 modelers jump on now that your fine pictures are getting primo air time.

    A question.......how do you make those beautiful curve cuts in the styrene? I can do straight line score and snap pretty good but my curved cuts always come out lousy and a bit jagged.

    Are you using a compass with a scribe or a knife blade?? Are you doing them free hand???

    Thanks for any and all help.

    Doc Tom:thumb:
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    Hi Tom, thanks for the congrats :thumb:

    If you mean the shape of the boiler saddle tanks, what I do is I cut
    a set of round disks in the Lathe the size I want less 0.040 thou
    for the wrapper which is 0.020 thou thick. I don't like to score and snap,
    I cut through whenever I can with a SHARP! scalpel and clean the cut with fine
    emery paper. Much better this way.
    I bend the tank wrapper by taping the styrene piece around something round
    and dipping it into boiling water for a short time, after riveting of course.
    This way I get perfect shapes every time.

    The Loco and Tender are ready for the Paint Shop :twisted::twisted:

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    To answer some questions on my methods here's a few hints and tips :mrgreen:

    First my Rivet Tool, please don't laugh but this is something I knocked
    together some 30 years ago when I was building Locos in Brass.
    It's built from an old hand drill stand. It works like a sub miniature Pile Driver.
    The pointed tool presses into a small dye the shape of the rivet every time
    the little drop hammer is dropped.
    Works well on brass sheet too.

    These days I like to work in styrene, lot quicker and cleaner. There's nothing
    worse than scraping soldered joints on brass models.

    For glue I use Acrylic Laquer Thinner as used in the Automotive Industry
    for painting Cars. $10.00 for a Liter can instead of the overpriced Hobby Shop
    stuff.

    The two standard gauge Hoppers are scratch built the same way. They are waiting for final weathering and couplers.

    Enjoy the Piccies.

    :wave::wave: Joe.
    to be finnished

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    And a couple more :cool::cool:

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    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for all this info. It is appreciated. the fact that you have a lathe to cut the styrene is incredible and explains all the clean curves.

    I did notice in the background of your "piccies"that you have a very good selection of tools:thumb:. It will very interesting and educational to follow along on your builds.

    I hope to take the plunge soon and start scratch building rolling stock in styrene in large scale 1:20.3. I am thinking about a crew car for the Little River Railroad on an LGB block (motor) in the near future.

    Looking forward to how you do all this great modeling and maybe I will pick up a few ideas.

    Doc Tom
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    Very nice Joe!!! What a great set of tools and the riveter makes a whole lot of sense to me.

    The scratchbuilt Hoppers are incredible!!!! How about the DeeZul is that a scratch built model too? I have not seen that one commercially either.

    You guys do some great modeling "downunder".

    Doc Tom
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    Hi Tom :wave:

    If you are going to build in styrene you'll have a ball.... it's very enjoyable.

    Just a tip..... don't buy Evergreen Styrene, way too expensive.
    I buy styrene about 12" to 18" square sheets in various thicknesses
    from 0.010 thou to about 0.125 thou at my local hobby shop at
    reasonable prices.The most useful thickness is 0.020 thou.for making
    car bodies and loco cabs.
    The only Evergreen I buy are the structural shapes and they are too
    expensive as well.

    The diesel in the piccie is an old Atlas O scale Plymouth I bought
    second hand on ebay and rebuilt, detailed and painted it.
    It's now a VERY nice Loco, I love it.

    Cheers, Joe.:thumb:
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    Loco is done....:thumb::thumb:

    Time to move onto the next project....:twisted:

    :wave::wave: Joe.

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