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Mudhenbill
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/01/2016 :  11:55:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mudhenbill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I realize that this is probably not the place to post this however, it is a model train build just not your typical large scale build. I haven't posted in a while due to the fact that I now have three grand daughters all born in the past year. The oldest now 1 loves to ride the Thomas the tank engine ride on train. If any of you are not familiar with this it is all plastic and runs around a circle of track powered by a motor the size of one in some of my F scale engines. Anyway I was working in my office when I looked over at the shelf and saw my Disney model of the Natures Wonderland engine display. Then it hit me, I could make that, it's a very simple design and I could build it like the original that was powered by the tender. My son has a huge and I mean HUGE back yard so he and his brothers and I decided we would build a ride on train for the kids. Something a little more realistic. Not being able to build a live steam (as of yet)this will be made with odds and ends readily available. Might need a little machining but very little. Will need to be fairly light unlike a real one to be able to be pushed and pull one car. Most construction will be of wood, cardboard tubes misc things that I can find to give the impression of a real little engine.
I started searching the internet and found a guy that had built something similar but kind of stopped when he got to the wheels. He had some great ideas so I will probably use some in the building of mine.
Here is a picture of the loco I am going to build. This will take awhile but I promise I'll post as fast as I come up with parts and pieces as I go.





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Mudhenbill
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/02/2016 :  12:09:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mudhenbill's Homepage  Reply with Quote



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MarkF
Engineer

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Posted - 10/02/2016 :  10:45:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This will be interesting to follow! Please take lots of pictures of your build as I'm interested in seeing what you do.

Mark

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Dave Silvernail
Section Hand

Posted - 10/02/2016 :  11:18:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill, what gauge track are you planning for this endeavor?


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Mudhenbill
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/08/2016 :  1:20:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mudhenbill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Dave,
I am going to use 15 in gauge for the track.
Now a question, what does a cup holder, cardboard tube, three brass screws, a copper and brass fitting, clear plastic, a ice cream jar and a printed piece of photo paper have in common? any one?



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Mudhenbill
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/08/2016 :  1:45:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mudhenbill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No steam engine is complete without a pressure gauge.








Next question, what does several No parking signs, mat board, an 8 oz mixing bowl, misc plastic junk, a key, and clear plexiglas have in common? Just wait and see.



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Dave Silvernail
Section Hand

Posted - 10/09/2016 :  12:28:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill, I can see you are having way too much fun with this build. Dave.


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Ray Dunakin
Fireman



Posted - 10/10/2016 :  01:46:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When I got to the photo of the gauge, I thought it was the real thing! I had to scroll back and look at the first photo again. Amazing work!



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Mudhenbill
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/11/2016 :  6:36:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mudhenbill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Ray, Ok now to the answer of the last question.The answer is a head light. being the obsessive compulsive person I am, I didn't take pics while I was building it. However it was pretty simple. It's just a box with a hole in it and a fancy top. I started with some 1/8 inch thick mat board. The ideas was to make a mock up then build with wood. Once I had the mock up I decided it would be just as good if I veneered plastic to it. Turned out to be lite but extremely strong. With some UV paint I think it will be just fine.









I found a miniature hurricane lamp that I will modify for use as the light. It's coming later this week.




Edited by - Mudhenbill on 10/12/2016 12:30:12 AM

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 10/11/2016 :  7:36:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Does your wife know you invaded her kitchen and made off with one of her mixing bowls?


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Mudhenbill
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/12/2016 :  12:32:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mudhenbill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shhhhhhhh, it's a secret. Besides she has plenty more. I give it at least a month before she figures it out


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Guff
Crew Chief

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Posted - 10/12/2016 :  09:10:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work...I am impressed with your ingenuity!
Dave



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MarkF
Engineer

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Posted - 10/12/2016 :  3:42:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very cool stuff! I do love the mixing bowl headlight! It looks awesome!

Mark

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Dave Silvernail
Section Hand

Posted - 10/12/2016 :  6:40:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill, how are you planning to power this engine?


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Ray Dunakin
Fireman



Posted - 10/12/2016 :  11:09:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, that headlight looks great!

This is for a ride-on train for kids, correct? I'm wondering how well these materials (mat board, etc) will hold up to that kind of use? Kids can be pretty rough.




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sgtbob
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Posted - 10/13/2016 :  06:50:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fantastic modeling and use of "found" objects. They look great but are they kid-proof?

I'm following along with great interest.

Bob


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