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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  4:20:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I’m a few weeks early posting this build, but this is going to be my start of the New Year project construction build. This Roundhouse 3 in 1 MoW Fire Fighting Train has been on my hobby shelf for many years waiting to be put together. After opening the kit, I found 2 crude metal 36’ Box car underframes and a 30’ covered hopper frame that needs a lot of filing, and cleaning to remove all the flash left on the metal frames. These will make up the start of a Water Car, Chemical Car and a Tower Car framework. Please check back, and following along with this build once I get started.










Louis
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potsy
Engine Wiper

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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  4:40:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll be following your build Louis

Mark



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ocalicreek
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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  4:43:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Those MDC project-starter kits sure had great potential! Looking forward to see what you do with this.

Galen


My Train Blog: http://ocalicreek.blogspot.com/

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  10:02:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like an interesting and fun ride lies ahead. I don’t think I’ve seen many of these built.

Mike



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Bernd
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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  10:04:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll definitely be peeking over your shoulder.

I think I've got one buried some where in my collection.

Bernd


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Philip
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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  11:01:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Philip



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David J Buchholz
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Posted - 12/20/2018 :  11:47:55 PM  Show Profile  Send David J Buchholz an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I have those parts as well somewhere, just scattered now in several boxes on the shelves.

Home of the North Coast Railroad.

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George D
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  07:55:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This will be interesting to follow.

George



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k9wrangler
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  08:52:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I built that 3in1 set way back in the 70s. Parts of it still reside in the ‘somewhere’ section of storage boxes ‘down there’.

I look forward to Lou’s rendition of this old classic.


Karl Scribner
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BurleyJim
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  09:23:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lou comes out with another buried treasure, this is better than 'Oak Island'. Of course we'll all be watching, but in Lou's case we can always count on seeing a great result.

Jim



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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  11:47:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the support guys, posting your thoughts, and following along with this build. If you were to sacrifice a couple of box car kits and a couple of water car kits, you could follow this 3 in 1 kit to build the same fire fighting equipment. The hopper kit frame wouldn't really be needed.

I’m off starting with the water car that uses the kit supplied 30’ covered hopper frame. You could always use just the original tank car frame if you were to scratch build one for yourself, or use a flatcar frame, or even take the frame from another covered hopper kit to keep in line with the 3 in 1 build. The first thing to be done is to remove the center sill arms from both sides of the center channel, and the two bottom lugs (that the kit instructions forgot to mention) that attach the original hopper plates to the center sill as seen in the drawing from an original covered hopper instruction sheet I had, and used for your viewing. The kit instructions are very vague, and leave a lot to be desired. To start with, they left out the fact that you need to also remove the bottom lugs from the frame that were for attaching the hopper plates. Otherwise, if you were to leave them on, they would be sticking down doing nothing but being an eyesore.
This particular water car model is very close in appearance to the Southern Pacific Cars used in their fire patrol high in the Sierra Nevada’s.



Someone asked a few days ago in a Forum thread, what uses are good for owning a Dremel tool. Well cutting this cast metal is the best example answer. I started out trying to use a Zona saw with metal blade, well I’d still be trying to cut with that. The Dremel with a cut off wheel on the other hand, went through like cutting butter. Center sill arms and hopper plate lugs gone!






Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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Ensign
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  11:59:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louis, it looks like you have a burning desire to build this train, once and for all.
So I'll join in with your bucket brigade of followers, and watch you work on it.

Greg Shinnie



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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  12:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ensign

Louis, it looks like you have a burning desire to build this train, once and for all.
So I'll join in with your bucket brigade of followers, and watch you work on it.

Greg Shinnie



Thanks a lot Greg for posting, I'd miss those built-in jokes I look forward to all the time from you.
Were you ever a standup comedian anywhere?



Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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Ensign
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  1:20:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by desertdrover

quote:



Thanks a lot Greg for posting, I'd miss those built-in jokes I look forward to all the time from you.
Were you ever a standup comedian anywhere?



Only when I'm standing up in front of a mirror, that always makes me laugh!
I'm glad you enjoy my sense of humor, because it's not going to stop anytime soon.
I hope!


Greg



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 12/21/2018 :  1:24:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll follow along!!

Jerry

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/22/2018 :  08:48:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by TRAINS1941

I'll follow along!!



Thanks Jerry for your support and valued comments along the way.



Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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