Picture thread of your Logging, Mining, or unique industrial equipment.

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by NIevo, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Wait, if I remember correctly, Hustlers originaly were rubber band powered, right? The weirdest thing still about my Hustler is that it wasn't rubber band powered at all, but there are worms on the axles and drive shaft that came with the engine. This is the only known pic of the guts of my Hustler not covered by the shell, and it's probably the clearest thing in the pic (I was aiming for the body shell, and my pic skills sucked back then:p):

  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    That frame/motor assembly looks compact enough that you should be able to add "peel and stick" weights under the top of the hood.
    Was that "stock" or purchased, aftermarket, from an individual ?
  3. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    I have no idea whatsoever, although I doubt "stock" as the engine shell itself had been stripped then repainted, the only evidence being a patch of black located near the loco's nose where the gold paint had not gone, and I think Athearn never made an unpainted Hustler. There was also a brass washer MIA, another washer bent beyond hope, and a misaligned worm gear on the drive axle, in the parts, and they were all replaced with new identical parts, when a fellow NMRA member helped/taught me how to breathe life back into this abused engine.
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    It is always a good thing, when there is someone who can.....and will....help.
  5. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

    Galen, that is HOn30.
  6. Summit

    Summit Member

    Okay...here are a few of my projects. Two fire cars, a derelict Brownhoist crane, and three combination bucker/flanger plows. All are scratchbuilt or heavily kitbashed and are based on McCloud River prototypes.

    Jeff Moore
    Elko, NV

    Attached Files:

  7. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    some of bill nelson's stuff

    I model eastern Tn. logging in 1928. I rebuilt a passing siding halfway up Iron mountain because it was too small . Extending the passing siding down grade required hacking up the scenery, so while I was there I added a logging camp . This camp was on the side of a mountain. I had a small logging scene on the top of the mountain, so I needed a big machine to bring logs up from the cove below via ha high line.

    no commerciallycommercialy available donkeys were big enough, so Inspired by the book in search of steam donkeys, and armed with a bunch of bits and pieces from Rick @ Rio Grand Models, I peiced together his behemoth to get the job done!

    The sled, water tank, frame, roof, fairlead , whistle, smoke arsetor and piping are scratchbuilt. The Boiler is A RGM piece, The big hoist is a modified bdp  under construction small.jpg small  terrapin  landing.jpg RGM mine hoist, and the small hoist is a modified RGM three drum hoist. the scene isn't done I need to piece together a Surry parker skidder loader to get logs up to the platform and load them on the cars
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  8. Hot Cinder

    Hot Cinder New Member

    big donkey

    Nice build Bill!

  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    WoW....You guys kill me..!!! It takes some unique talent to come up with this collection of stuff, ALL of which is just mind-blowing...:eek:
    One of these days I'll have to try something like this, just for the satisfaction of saying "this is the only one in existence..."
    The one that's got me "stumped" are the bucker/flanger plows....What are (were..??) they used for..??
  10. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    sml doney repair.jpg Donkey shop

    Last year they had an earthquake in Indiana or thereabouts. I slept through it here, but it shook up the RR room pretty good. Every car was off the track @ Terrapin. a Rio Grande Models Dholbeer donkey , and a couple skid shacks made the full four and a half foot trip down to floorlevel; which pretty much completely re -kitted the Dohlbeer. A kitbashed donkey went about a foot down hill and sustained medium damage, and a kitbashed lifelike flatcar load donkey went into the log pond @ the big B-S Lumbercompany sawmill.

    This thread helped inspire me to get of my donkey, and get the donkies repaired.

    To the far right is a bone stock Rio Grande Models Dolbeer donkey (2nd design). to the right is a kitbashed donkey, with a scratchbuilt skid. The boiler and the big drumed hoist are from an SS ltd donkey, and the two drum hoist in front of it is a Rio Grande models 3 drum hoist, which has been modified to make the drums wider. Bringing up the rear is a three drum donkey bashed up out of lifelike flat car loads. the flat car loads are two drum hoists. I cut one off, and added it to this one with a frame modification to make a three drum donkey. The boiler is of an unremembered origin, having been on my layout or in my parts bin for the last thirty years. The lifelike unit comes without cylinders or rods. The rods and cylinders on this one came from a N scale locomotive

    The two kitbashed units still need to have exhaust pipping, and some other detail added to them. The Dolbeer is usually a flat car load, the smallet kitbashed unit works the unloading crane @ the big mill. and the other will work a sideshow off of Terrapin knob, if I ever figure out how I'm going to rig it.

    Bill Nelson
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  11. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Very nice Bil!!! Looks like you got quite an expanding crew of little people workers too. Though they appear to be "lying down on the job."
    Doc Tom:thumb:
  12. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    That's the deal when painting figures you have to do one tiny spot of color at a time. if you're painting 2 or three figures; you spend all of your time cleaning the brush, so paint lots and lots; thems as looks right get hired, thems as don't get a little more or different paint later.

    as I said I'm trying to populate the place, and that pile will dissapear right quick unless they are in a cluster somewhere, which is probaply the way I ought to approach it, several clusters of figures in area that would support lots of human activity
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Just don't let 'em stand around with one arm up in the air all the time! :mrgreen:
  14. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    Bachman donkey's

    Bachman has recently come out with little donkeys sold rtr 2 on a blister back. These are undoubtibly the cheapest fastest way to a decently modeled small donkey, more expensive, and exquisitie kits are available from Evergreen Hill and Rio Grande Models the KMP (?) stuff is not acurate and is thus too expensive for what you get.

    I'm playing with the Bachman skiders @ the request of Dr Tom (aka the notorious DR G) and am posting some stuff related to that on his thread (pg 16 & 17 of Logging East Tennessee on the C&S RR

    Bill Nelson
  15. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    smldnky shop wtks.jpg meanwhile back @ the donkey shop

    I got that bachman donkey rebuilt with a scratchbuilt skid, water tank and fairlead built and delivered to Dr Tom's C & S.

    Durring that build I had some of my unfinished donkeys on the workbench to use them as construction guides.

    Well finishing one for the good doctor (I got a bachman skidder in the deal to alter for my own self) I started to look at my unfinnished projects .

    Scratchbuiding the water tank for Dr Tom's donkey was timeconsuming, so I looked around for materials. I found a couple pieces of plategirder birdge material, and used it to kitbash two water tanks quickly and easily.

    The bachman donkey removed from its shipping skid and painted sits in front

    Bill Nelson
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  16. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hi Bill,
    Great modeling!!! I love the new donkey from your shops working its heart out on my RR. It got me thinking of rigging out Camp #4.
    doc Tom
  17. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    donkey tricks


    If you rig that donkey there is a trick you can employ. The skid is not decked under the winches, so there are holes under the drums.

    What I did on my big donkey @ Terrapin, is I wrapped each drum with grey button thread to simulate the cable (Button thread is strong, and doesn't fuzz, so it looks ok in those close up pictures.

    When the rigging is done, the lines to the drums are not actually attached to the drums. they pass over the drum, through the hole in the skid under the drum, and then through a hole drilled through the scenery under the skid. I run a couple feet of line hanging under the layout, and then hook a fishing sinker weight to it. the weight keeps the line taught as everything else expands and contracts with temperature and humidity changes, and best of all, when you snag the high line with your elbow while cleaning track, or trying to re rail that car under the maze of cables, the line has lots of play, and isn't attached to your donkey doesn't go flying.

    The guy wires are just tied off to stumps so they are still expsed to snaggage. It might be possible to drill out a dowel, to treat guy wires the same way, and just fake the tie off.

    Bill Nelson
  18. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hi Bill,
    That is a good idea.

    I just put in a 70 foot Spar tree at camp #4 to replace the oversized dowels that have been there for years. I was just starting to think how I was going to rig the line out to the pick up point for the logs high on Grandfather Mountain. I will follow your sage advice. I like how your Terrapin scene turned out.

    Forgot to ask you when you were here where you got blocks and pulleys and such from for the rigging you did. I know you got some swivel hooks from Basss Pro Shops, but what was the ship model co. you got the rest from????
    Doc Tom:wave:
  19. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

  20. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    Now for more detailed , but not operational blocks here is the rio grande models page, you have to scroll way down to get to the blocks, much very cool stuff here . If you havn't played with this stuff you owe it to yourself to get some of this stuff. Warning, Craftsman kits! These will stretch your skills, if they arn't stretched allready. His Dohlbeer kit taught me how to make a skid.

    My big donkey project has one of his extended firebox boilers, the mine hoist engine (altered), and the three drum hoist (also altered)

    the two and three drum hoists are from ditchers, and are sized for loaders; The drums are too small for a road skidder, or a high lead skidder.

    The quality of these white metal casting are the best I have encounterd in 30 + of modeling


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