Eleven years in the making...

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by shaygetz, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I know that's a long time but pantographs are expensive and a bear to scratchbuild. Finally found a lady on Ebay selling them new at $15 a pair, a price I couldn't pass on. So, here's the B&MC's most recent addition to the trainshed and it's first shopbuilt lokey, a 600 h.p. juicejack affectionately refered to as "Sweetums". Some folks may recognize this from one of my first posts a long time back, asking if she should be "Diesel or 'lectric"? Well, 'lectric won :thumb:

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  2. shaygetz

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    It was built from my old standby, styrene signage from a retail store I used to work at. In fact, it was the project that showed me how workable the material was, being built in the three thicknesses that it is available in. The body is layered to add window depth and the rivets were made by poking the plastic with the point of a very sharp #11 Xacto blade. It's all held together with Testor's Liquid Plastic Cement. The radiator vents were made with MDC's old-timer freight car roof walk material with other details from Cal-scale and bent wire and ladder stock.

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  3. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    "SWEET"um's is right. Bob, that is one awesome little locomotive you've got there.

  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    A side view shows the rivet detail...

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  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, Bob. The pilot details... I love how the hanging chain makes it look "lived in". The body is a friction fit, hence the gap, normally not seen. The lokey is built on an old Walther's doodlebug frame and drive train that's been shortened almost by half. It uses the original spring belt transmission with a Sagami can motor upgrade. An SPDT switch provides the ability to pickup from the overhead (was there any doubt, Chris ;) ?) or two rail into a Lenz decoder. The poling pockets are done with thinly sliced plastic tubing. By carefully applying epoxy to the inside, it forms a concaved surface and filet that looks like cast iron when painted. The only thing is...I can't paint it :rolleyes: Seems the beloved Miss M has grown to like the "work in progress" look of unfinished styrene and brass. Truth be told, I've grown to like it that way too :oops: .

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  6. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Nice critter Bob. :thumb: Fred
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    From the roof...

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  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, Fred. This view of the roof shows the curve and upper detail. The doors are scrap MDC Overton coach doors. As with most boxcab juicejacks, both ends are identical.

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  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Very nice Bob. I am sure that Chris(interurban) will really like it when he gets to see it.
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Very nice Bob. One of the nicest pieces of equipment i have seen so far. Once again Very Nice :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :wave: :wave: :wave:
  11. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Looking good. :thumb:
  12. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Kind of reminds me of SN 1010/410:

    Nice work--I particularly like the idea for poling pockets and plan on borrowing the idea for a couple of my "works in progress"!
  13. Absolutely gorgeous! For any doubters or nay-sayers, let this loco be our herald...TRACTION ACTION SATISFACTION IS BACK!!! BTW, what trucks are those? I'm looking for heavy traction trucks for an MU pair that I want to build.

    Russ :wave: :thumb:
  14. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    That is just too cool Shaygetz. Great work!
  15. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Excellent work! A beautiful little loco Bob!
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Fantastic piece of work Shaygetz! Really nice detail work and you are so right about the chain. Long live traction!!!!!!

  17. philip

    philip Guest

    very nice Shaygetz! :thumb: :thumb:
  18. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    That is one handsome piece of work Shaygetz. Well done. **standing ovation and applause** :thumb:
  19. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, Val.

    Thanks, Guys, I do appreciate the comments.

    Thanks for that pic, Jet. One thing I've almost always known in my modeling was that there is a prototype for most anything you can dream up in the shop. The windows with the sides being lower than the ends bothered me 'til I found that many prototypes had that arrangement. Ditto for the ladders in front of the engineer's window.

    Russ, the drive train is the complete running gear from the Walther's Doodlebug. It sports the classic spring belt drive that was state of the art in the 60s. I just love old school drives. The only modification was the Sagami can motor, I had it in the scrap box and it was a drop-in fit.

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  20. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I don`t know how I missed this beut!!!!

    But I did :oops:
    That is a very fine piece of workmanship Shaygetz one of the best scratch built traction models I have seen in a long while.

    The pan sure reaches for the wires I love that, Detail is GREAT.
    Well done :thumb: :thumb:

    Got the lights working yet???? :)

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