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Old 06-18-2020, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I built this little guy when I was 14 or 15 years old (I'm 33 now). I've touched up the paint now and again but it's gotten pretty bad. No time like the present. Time for a tear down!
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Part way through the disassembly. If you can believe it, I developed this independent of the BAGRS project locomotive. That is to say I had no knowledge that there was another 0-4-0 project locomotive using the Midwest steam engine/boiler kit and a chain drive.
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Old 06-18-2020, 11:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The engineer was made of white clay and fired in the kilns of my high school. To remove him from the deck plate I heated the plate from the underside. I think he was held on with 5 min epoxy but it's impossible to know considering how old it is.
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Despite the size of the pile, I promise there's not much to this thing. I took this photo before parting the engineer from the deck plate.
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Thanks for sharing, will be interested to see the rebuild process
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Old 06-20-2020, 08:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It warms my heart, seeing your teenage build!

I was so happy when last year, I found a brass flatcar that I built when I was 13-14 years old. I'm 57 now. At the time, no large scale trains were sold in Sweden, except for the Aster Schools class and Reno. Just finding a wheelset was a true mission! I finally found two LGB axles, and the wheel flanges had to be turned down, to run on the little Märklin track I had. Starting in large scale trains, was very much an upp-hill experience at the time! Learned a lot about casting, lathes and all sorts of other things, since there was nothing to buy.

The wagon had been missing for 35 years, and I had given up hope ever finding it again. But now it's running. However, I'm uncertain if I should replace the couplings, and fixing another detail that has always annoyed me. And I never painted the brass. I think I should do that now.

Will you be doing any modifications, or just clean and repaint?
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Only a few very small changes but I'll explain as I get to it. I want it to be essentially the same as I left it.
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All the parts I want to repaint in an acetone bath. I got this pot specifically for this job.
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The parts after a couple of hours in the bath and some time with the wire brush. There aren't a lot of critical surfaces so I don't need to be too careful. They're mostly clean but I'll let them soak a bit more. Acetone is toxic and can be absorbed through skin contact. Wear gloves and have more nearby as they won't last long.
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Acetone isn't quite so bad on the skin. It used to be I had problems buying acetone without oil having been added, since it was sold as nailpolish-remover. Since pure acetone will dry out yor skin, oil was added. This of course made the stuff unusable for my purposes. So I couldn't source my mothers supply. I had to buy my own bottles. 😄 Then again, avoiding contact and breathing the stuff, is of course preferrable.
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