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Old 01-27-2011, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I finally found all the stuff I need for the project. (My train/materials storage room is an EPA Superfund site!) Got the photo below. I don't have to buy anything, just need time to work on the blooming thing! Anyway, I will post the results whenever they are done - even if the deadline has passed. (I belong to the National Association for Procrastinators. Our national convention keeps getting postponed until "next year.")

The trucks may look a little odd. They are reinforced New Blight trucks with Gary Raymond Lionel wheels. I have decided not to repaint the PlayMobil cannon. This vehicle will need a splash of color on it Somewhere. It may as well be the gun.

Doubt that you will have to worry too much, Mik, but I will try to have something on track (literally) by the deadline.



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Old 01-27-2011, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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now that looks interesting
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@import url(http://www.mylargescale.com/Provider...ighlighter.css);@import url(/providers/htmleditorproviders/cehtmleditorprovider/dnngeneral.css); Posted By Dave Meashey on 27 Jan 2011 06:48 PM
...(My train/materials storage room is an EPA Superfund site!)...


I can't say my workshop is THAT bad, but at least with Superfund status you can get the Corps of Engineers to help you on on projects... I have to do all my OWN engineering & nviro. impact studies!

Three more main purchases to get my shop the way I want it: two light fixtures and some reflective insulating blankets. (think of bubble wrap coated with that emergency reflective blanket stuff). Oh, and the right staples for my craftsman staple gun to put up the insulation.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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"but at least with Superfund status you can get the Corps of Engineers to help you on on projects"

NAH! They also are members of the National Association for Procrastinators! But we can always hope. ;>)

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You can't go wrong with cannons and dragons
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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BUMP!


I know I won't be available for the competition, but thought I should show where I am. Some photos may be a bit blurry, as I am having trouble with the
flash on my camera.


I finally got some work done on the car. The chassis and basic carbody are done. The model is based on a cannon car built for the US Military Railroads
during the Civil War, but as it would look if it were in Middle Earth.


The Brandywine & Gondor Railroad does not have turntables for each branchline terminis. Running the locomotives backwards is not much of a
problem. Some of them run better backwards, but the "Balrog Catchers" are another problem. These cars are run in front of the locomotive as a means
of dealing with the little nasties that are still part of everyday life in Middle Earth.


So the cars are built to allow the chassis to also serve as a turntable. Two stout vertical rods lock the carbody to the chassis for normal movement. At the
end of any line that does not have a turntable, the vertical rods are pulled up and used as levers to turn the carbody over the chassis so it now faces the
opposite direction. Once the carbody is turned, the rods are re-inserted to lock the carbody in place.


The photos show the sequence. The front face of the car is framed, but not sheathed as yet. I still have to detail, stain, and letter it.








This shows the car as though it has arrived at the terminis. Note the vertical rods towards the coupler end of the car.





The rods are removed, and the car is being turned. Still have to finish the face of the car and add "armor plate."


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Old 02-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, for some reason I can't edit my own posts anymore. I tried three times only to have everything disappear once I hit Submit. Here is what should have come after the third photo:

The rods are now locked back into the chassis, and the car is now ready for the return trip.

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Old 02-13-2011, 08:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oh boy! Feast or famine. Will one of the moderators please delete the extras. This must be the Walt Disney of systems, cause these forums are TOTALLY GOOFY!
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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P. S. Tried repeatedly to correct the typos and the bad formatting. For some reason I could not use the Edit function last night. I finally gave up and went to bed. Sorry for the mess. OBTW, I do know that it should be spelled "Civil War" and "Submit." Don't know how THOSE gremlins crept in (or maybe it was just the ghost of Gollum).

Many thanks to whomever deleted the extra posts. Sometimes I think it is a shame that there is no way to make software feel pain. Maybe then it would learn not to pull stunts like I experienced last night.

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If you use photobucket, like me, when u edit the post you have to re-enter the tag for the picture or it goes away for some reason.
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