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Frank Palmer

Posted - 01/25/2019 :  7:31:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

More to come.

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Frank Palmer

Posted - 01/25/2019 :  7:38:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Dave donated a Bachmann On30 gas mechanical to be the designated Junk Yard Locomotive. To go along with the loco he added a Backwoods Miniatures detail kit. Iím making a boom and winch assembly for the loco so it can be used to do moderate lifting around the junk yard.

After making the boom and pulley frame from brass I started to add the Backwoods detail parts. I decided to test the Bachmann loco before going any further knowing Bímannís reputation for poor performance. It didnít let me down; sure enough it had broken spur gears on the drive axels. When is Bímann going to learn for a few cents more they could make a better product. ANSWER: NEVER.

Exit the original Bachmann motor and Kato to the rescue. I had this Kato mechanism for some time, I was planning on making a box loco with it but I made other ones instead. So now I have to get this motor into the chassis.

Hereís the plan mill out the areas as needed.

Dave steps up again. He has a Sherline lathe/mill combination. Tim our registered machinist took over and milled out the required areas.

Ok all milled out the motor drops right in.

Now to cover the exposed part with an old model car engine.

The engine is a little wide so I had to open up the engine hood by removing the doors. This all needs to be fine tuned but you get the idea.

I also decided to make a taller cab while I was at it.

The pulleys are made from 2 snaps drilled and glued together. The Backwoods sand boxes are glued to the cab sides.

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Mario Rapinett

Posted - 01/25/2019 :  8:09:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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Posted - 01/25/2019 :  8:22:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That critter is starting to look good even to me.


It's only make-believe

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 01/25/2019 :  10:24:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well, thatís pretty cool, Frank. Will the junkyard dog get to ride the critter?

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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  08:01:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What an interesting project, Frank. I'll be following the progress closely.

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Carl B

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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  08:07:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good to me. Frank, which iron are you using to solder the brass?

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Frank Palmer

Posted - 01/26/2019 :  08:55:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Mario, howís down under? Good to see youíre still around.

Thanks Bob.

Mike, you gottaí believe heíll be riding along.

Thanks Russ, enjoy the ride.

Thanks Carl, I try not to keep all my irons in the fire at one time. I used the Weller 30w for the brass and the Amtex 12w for the wiring. The motor leads were really short and I didnít want to put too much heat on the extension wires. Otherwise if Iím doing straight up wiring I go with the 30w.

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 01/26/2019 08:55:28 AM

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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  09:26:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great looking idea there Frank. It is already showing some character. Looking forward to its completion. And, you are right about Bachmann. Just some simple changes in items used.

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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  09:31:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Frank, WOW. I'm impressed. Brass soldering, machining, building a critter all in one post.

I see I've got some competition in critter building.

Can't wait to see this critter completed.


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George D

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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  09:34:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting little critter, Frank.


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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  10:22:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amazing what ingenuity and skill can create! The old car engine cover is very cool. Machining out the frame, excellent. I love it!


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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  10:46:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Forgot to mention. You might want to add some tubing/angle iron to the inside of the cab to make it look like the winch assembly is more than just bolted to the roof. I don't think the sheet metal roof would hold out the strain of lifting an object.


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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  1:00:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The man who does it all is at it again.

What a great project and start Frank!


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

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Bill Gill

Posted - 01/26/2019 :  3:38:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Will the junkyard dog get to ride the critter? Mike Hohn
Heck, he ought to be driving it :)

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Posted - 01/26/2019 :  4:32:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, nice improvise. I would have just replaced the gears.

My current build:

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