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Author Topic: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated  (Read 24864 times)

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Offline NinOz

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #225 on: January 11, 2019, 10:32:13 AM »
It's too bad that we can't have CA that allows for a setting time of a minute say.
The thicker CAs are slower.  Also the polystyrene foam compatible ones are slower.
Zap makes a slow CA (thick stuff) which gives about 30seconds working time.
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #226 on: January 11, 2019, 11:13:56 AM »
Was about to say similar to NinOz, Zap make slow-zap that sets slower giving a bit of time to position.

On something like that I usually make a little puddle on some scrap, dip the end in and then poke it into the holes and hope I get it aligned right quickly.

One of the chaps at railway club had some glue that doesn't set until you waft a UV light at it where it then sets very quickly so it only sets when you're ready for it to do so.

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #227 on: January 12, 2019, 02:31:41 AM »
Thank you for your replies.

The stuff I'm using is Zap medium viscosity. It has some nice properties such as it runs into cracks, but the setting speed is problematic for some applications. The suggestion of using the thicker Zap is a good one and one that I had forgotten about as is the special polystyrene version. Maybe I need to buy a couple more bottles of this stuff and use the different types for parts of the model.

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #228 on: January 21, 2019, 05:22:09 AM »
Hey, Ian, thought I'd give you a heads up on your thread, hope that's OK.

Having booked in for my upcoming surgery this morning, I've hobbled down the club for a last supper (liquid, that is).

Anyway I hobbled past the newsagents on the way, and see that the January issue of Model Railroader marks it's 85th year, and contains the first instalment of one of their famous project layouts.

Canadian canyons in N! All in a relatively small space, apparently.

I'd have had a flip through it, except it was in a plastic bag.

Anyway just thought you might be interested.

George
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« Reply #229 on: January 21, 2019, 08:58:16 AM »
Thanks George

I've not heard of the article, but I do know of a well known N layout that is set in the Thompson Canyon in British Columbia. Terrific layout which is featured in YouTube. You mention canyons as in plural so there may be others that MR features as well. I'll have to have a look.

I've been thinking that your surgery comes up on the 25th if I remember rightly. All the best for that and good luck though I'd expect that luck should not be necessary.

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #230 on: January 21, 2019, 11:48:24 AM »
Thanks, mate. Surgery a wee bit sooner,  23rd.

This Canadian thing is a brand new project in the magazine.

Looks good and I'm tempted to buy it.

Give me reading material while I'm laid up!  ;D
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« Reply #231 on: January 27, 2019, 07:01:38 AM »
Hello folks

I've now completed all 4 skeleton log cars and here they are being pulled by my Intermountain SD40-2 followed up by a Pacific Great Eastern caboose which is a kit I completed a few years ago.



The video was shot with an iphone 5 and I'm pretty happy with its performance though the middle section of the video could have done with a shorter focus distance.

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #232 on: January 27, 2019, 07:18:18 AM »
See, if it hadn't been 40 degrees in Canberra yesterday, We wouldn't have been treated to that!  :thumbsup:

Nice bit of super-duper elevated track in background near the end!  ;D
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« Reply #233 on: January 27, 2019, 07:55:25 AM »
Excellent Webbo, looking really good  :thankyousign:

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #234 on: January 27, 2019, 08:00:19 AM »
Great video, lovely slow operation - the caboose is great

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #235 on: January 27, 2019, 09:17:16 AM »
What a splendid film!  Thank you very much.

Off to watch it again...
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #236 on: January 27, 2019, 03:59:18 PM »
Great video. :thumbsup: A couple of axles on the skeleton cars look a little suspect.  :worried: They're not running true.
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #237 on: January 27, 2019, 04:33:45 PM »
Hi Webbo,

Really good. Have only given thank yous. Keep missing bits so will go back and then look forward to future posts.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #238 on: January 27, 2019, 10:59:50 PM »
Thank you all for your replies

Further to what Mito has pointed out: I admit to my being a bit slap happy with application of paint on the wheels not anticipating that this would be noticeable, but it is when viewed close-up. I've managed to get some on the treads and it can be uneven round the edges. so some of the wheels make look wobbly when rolling along. However, I do have a problem with at least one axle which consistently derails during reversing manoeuvres so I'll be looking into fixing this situation. I've noticed that some of my other Fox Valley metal wheels do not have quite the right gauge or are not straight on their axles.

And after Ninoz's and Black Sheep's previous comment, I got myself some thick Zap CA and it turns out to be a lot easier to apply.

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« Reply #239 on: April 27, 2019, 07:58:07 AM »
It's about time I put a post up showing progress on Deadwood (or should I say lack of it). Last time (3 months ago!) I described the completion of my skeleton log car kits. Being on a bit of a kit building roll, I next decided to tackle the Briggs Models kit of the ALCO M630. The ALCO Century C630 was a six axle locomotive of 3,000 HP made between 1965 and 1967. Modified versions of this locomotive designated C630-M were build by the Montreal Locomotive Works between 1967-1969. Production continued until 1973 at the MLW with an even more modified version designated the M630. Atlas makes a model of the C630 and one version appears in British Columbia Railway paint supposedly representing a C630-M, but some details are significantly incorrect including its trucks, fuel tank, and lights arrangement.

My Briggs model of the M630 is based on the Atlas chassis and includes a revised body shell, modified fuel tank, modified trucks, and millions of detail parts down to tiny bits such as door handles and lift rings. The following shows a photo of an M630 completed by someone who knows what they are doing and provides me with an aspirational goal even if it is unrealistic for me with my skills.



Progress so far has included building the kit for the modified trucks, moving the headlights from above the cab to the nose with LED lighting, drilling holes for detail parts, fitting lift rings, modifying the body shell to get things to fit. Challenges have been to work out which detail parts go where, minimising the loss of detail parts to the carpet, and getting the paint to look approximately right. I have just started the stage that I fear most and that is the painting of the body shell and cab   

The picture below shows the shell of the kit that I'm building alongside an Atlas C630 in British Columbia Railway colours. You can see that the details of the shell are quite different between the C630 and the M630. But like the C630, my M630 will have a two-tone green scheme with a white stripe separating the two colours. The trick is getting the zig-zag in the middle (a decal) to lie exactly on top of where the two colours come together.



My strategy is to first spray paint the upper light green colour all over, then mask the top half and spray paint the bottom dark green. Getting the masking tape in exactly the right position to match the Microscale decal dimensions has taken me the better part of two afternoons.



This job is now done and I've applied the first spray coat of dark green paint and will put another coat on tomorrow. Time will tell if this works out and whether my attempting this kit was a mistake.

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