Hey Tyson...

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Drew1125, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    ...see what happens when you park your tank car in a bad neighborhood? :D
    Seriously,
    Here's a little project the K&I shops are working on (they're notoriously slow :rolleyes: )
    Hope to have her up on wheels, painted, & rolling south soon!

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  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    This is why I moved here, nobody steals the wheels off of anything. Course nobody has anything worth stealing the wheels off of around here!:D
  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Tyson,
    All I have around here are the old Bettendorf trucks, but I thought roller-bearings would be better for this car.
    So I need to see if I can hunt up some of those, & some data decals. (Oh Yeah, & come up with a paint scheme! :p )
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Charlie there's no rush, please don't put this in front of getting your daughter's Hogwart Express up and running. As you saw on my boxcar I didn't have any data decals so I made some on my computer. Unfortunely #4 pica is as small as a home computer goes so they were a little large but not to bad to the naked eye.
  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Rush?
    I've got 4 kids, man, my whole life is a rush!:rolleyes:
    No, really it's no problem...my local hobby guy has some data sheets...& I have some other stuff I need to pick up from him anyway.
    I'm not able to make my own decals...I have the "Yugo" version of ink-jet printers...:mad: I think my wife finally bolted it to the table, because everytime I use it, I instinctively want to throw the %$#@ thing out the window!
    I've got some alphabet sets around here, & I think I can come up with an EVM logo...besides, I kinda like the challenge! :)
    As far as Hogwarts...we have to work on that before my little one's bedtime...after hours means time for N scale! This is precisely why I'm a big believer in small layouts!
    I can't put a deadline on anything, but I'll keep ya posted!
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    No problem, no deadline required its a hobby!:D I agree with you on small layouts, thats why mine only occupies about 32 sq. feet. Sometimes I think its to big.
  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Tyson,
    My 10 year old is having a slumber party tonight! :eek:
    So in anticipation, I made a trip to the hobby shop today, & picked up a data sheet, & some new x-acto blades...I think it looks like a great night to hide out in the train room! :)
    Looks like the K&I shop crew might be pulling some overtime!:D
    I'll post some pics when I've made a little more progress!
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    My young un' is 37 years old, I miss the days he had friends over for a sleep over.:( Enjoy em' while you got em'.:D
  9. BDC

    BDC Member

    Charlie - If you really wanted to make that tanker prototypical, you'd need to get some scale-size cinder blocks and the grafitti decals :p . Maybe you could make a "chop-shop" for your stolen locomotives too!
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Well I guess the grafitti is allright but forget the cinder blocks, I doubt the L&N is gonna want to DRAG that car all the way to North Carolina!:D
  11. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Tyson,
    Well, I've run into a bit of a snag with the tank car...
    Last night I was working on it, & one of the bolsters just kinda disintegrated!:mad: (maybe I should post this under that "frustration" thread)
    Anyway, I'm not sure how I managed to do this...I didn't drop it or anything. While inspecting the damage, I noticed that the bolsters on this car (Atlas 20,000 gal. tank) are a rather delicate casting that incorporate the end running boards, & stirrup steps all in one piece. I think this was a case of fine scale size coming at the expense of structural weakness.
    This also may be a case of Charlie & his ham-fisted technique needing to work in O or G scale! :confused:
    But fear not...I'm already working on a fall-back plan.
    BDC,
    You may have been right...this one might end up on blocks, & part of a scrap yard scene!:p
  12. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    I knew you would have a plan B, so no fear on my end!:p Just remember it's a only a hobby and keep reminding yourself of how much fun you are having!:D
  13. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I know Tyson...
    I've been at it long enough now to realize that all those frustrating screw-ups just serve to make getting it right that much sweeter!

    BTW - Happy Easter to you & yours, & to ALL my buddies at The Gauge!
  14. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Same to you and yours Charlie, and everybody else here at the Gauge!!:D
  15. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Charlie, Looks like it's time for deft work with the cyanoacrelate adhesive. Woaaa there, mind your fingers!:)
    Sweet talk your wife and the easter bunny might do an excellent job of it for you :D

    Errol

    Happy Easter to all on the Gauge.
  16. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    2nd Attempt

    Tyson,
    This is what I've come up with so far...
    Still have to letter the other side, & do some more weathering.
    I'm having a little trouble with the coupler allignment...I might just send it to you & see what you can do with it:p
    I'll keep ya posted!

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  17. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Charlie the car is looking great!:cool: Are the couplers body mount or truck mounted? I use the truck mounted on everything (except locos & cabeese) and it keeps everything the same height and aligned.
  18. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Yeah, they're truck-mounted Tyson.
    I've never had any problems with them, but on this car, the height seems to be OK, but it's just not coupling as easy as I would like. Maybe some graphite in the draft gear box...?
    I still got some work to do.
  19. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Graphite never hurts, sometimes they just need to be used some to break them in.
  20. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi Tyson,
    This tanker is just about ready to roll...
    Still not real happy with the wheels & couplers...:mad:
    Maybe you can try your hand at it...my mechanical skills leave a lot to be desired.:rolleyes:
    I hope it's not too shabby for you.

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