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adrian_batey Posted - 11/09/2011 : 5:28:25 PM
Its great we have our own location for us HO narrow minded folks now so i thought it might be worth starting a lounge for our general discussion.

So lets get the ball rolling and see what everyone has in the works on their bench?
Or tell us where and why you model in the scale.
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railman28 Posted - 12/09/2018 : 2:33:30 PM
Dave, nice caboose, especially the smooth roof. Nicely done.

Jeff, the store is coming along nicely. Interesting the handling of the interior.
Bernd Posted - 12/08/2018 : 6:27:57 PM
Other than what Dave mentioned I haven't come across any RTR rolling stock or engines. The best bet is to purchase N scale chassis and build on that. I've done that with some of my HOn30 equipment.

The boxcab used an "N" scale chassis from Kato.

The diesel powered boxcabs used a set of trucks from an "N" scale DD40 locomotive.

The green boxcabs are written up in a forum challenge here: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=44328&whichpage=1

The electric boxcabs are written up here in the Challenge Build. Third post down. http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=44328&whichpage=1

deemery Posted - 12/08/2018 : 1:13:10 PM
You could point spouse here: http://www.marshcreekmini.com I'm not sure what items he has in stock (vs those you order from his Shapeways store.)

JMancuso Posted - 12/08/2018 : 09:21:24 AM
I'm apparently tough to Christmas shop for...I've only purchased HOn30 equipment at the NNGC from Fred at the Whistle Stop's booth...Why is it so hard to find online? Does anyone know a web location with a decent selection of Minitrains or other HOn30 equipment. I just want to give my spouse a lead and an idea or two without sending her to Germany, etc

Any help appreciated.
Bernd Posted - 03/17/2017 : 11:31:12 AM
Originally posted by deemery

I think in brass you have to "anneal" the metal to make it easier to bend. And you just need to bend over a die with a smaller radius. But metalworking is jot my expertise.


I've done it both ways on the four electric quarry engines I built. If you anneal the brass you need to be careful because it now bends very easy. You can get a kink it real fast. With the un-annealed brass or half-hard it's sometimes difficult to get the exact curve you want. It's a technique that takes a few tries before you get one the usable and fits the roof correctly without any gaps between the roof and side walls. Practice, practice and then more practice.

jeyjey Posted - 03/17/2017 : 06:17:54 AM
Thanks, Bernd!
deemery Posted - 03/16/2017 : 6:12:32 PM
I think in brass you have to "anneal" the metal to make it easier to bend. And you just need to bend over a die with a smaller radius. But metalworking is jot my expertise.

Bernd Posted - 03/16/2017 : 5:04:10 PM

Nice looking building as always.


Thanks, great tip on the cardboard if one uses wood. Kind of tough if one uses brass.

deemery Posted - 03/16/2017 : 12:05:23 PM
The roof is laser-cut thin plywood, that I soaked and then formed around a can. One trick was to put a piece of cardboard over top of the wood, to help get a more even bend:

jeyjey Posted - 03/16/2017 : 10:15:42 AM
I've been making some progress on my "Jefferson Mercantile". Exterior walls:

Interior walls:

And a partial assembly to get an idea for the feel of the place:

Bernd Posted - 03/16/2017 : 08:51:54 AM
Yes, very nice looking. I like the curvature of the roof. It's very even. Is that a solid piece milled out to fit or a thin piece of wood curved? Inquiring minds.

George D Posted - 03/16/2017 : 07:25:26 AM
Nice progress, Dave. Aren't the handrails fragile?

deemery Posted - 03/15/2017 : 9:09:06 PM
A bit more progress on the caboose. The end handrails are laser-cut from thin laserboard. I wasn't sure about that idea, but they worked out fine.

HOn30 is alive and well :-)

deemery Posted - 03/15/2017 : 1:57:45 PM
It's just those 1-handed clamps, and the tails are held in place with my shop vise.

Those are the cheapo clamps, I do NOT recommend buying them. They don't work anywhere near as well as the brand name (Irwin) blue and yellow 1-hand clamps.

David J Buchholz Posted - 03/15/2017 : 12:35:21 PM
Dave (Deemery) tell me more about your clamping system.

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