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  • #16
    If you'll look again at the photo below, you'll notice there is no smoke or wind deflector on the top rear of the cab.

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    This was a challenging repair. I cut and filed a piece of brass to fit the length of the missing part and also shaped it to fit the cab roof angle. It was then soldered in place using the micro mini torch. You'll also note the cab roof has been polished/buffed. This makes it much easier to solder the two parts together.

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    Done for today.

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    • #17
      Having done much soldering myself I have to commend you on your technique for that smoke deflector. Nice job.

      Bernd
      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

      Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

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      • #18
        Excellent work
        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

        Cedar Swamp
        SW of Manistique, MI

        Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Bernd View Post
          Having done much soldering myself I have to commend you on your technique for that smoke deflector. Nice job.

          Bernd
          Bernd,

          Thank you for the kind compliment on the smoke deflector. It was challenging for sure.

          Tom

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          • #20
            Originally posted by k9wrangler View Post
            Excellent work

            Karl,

            I appreciate the compliment and comment on the soldering.

            Tom

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            • #21
              The Elesco Feedwater Heater was loose and the pipes on each side were unsoldered. The Elesco FWH had to be reseated on top of the smoke box and then resoldered. The pipes were then also solder to the FWH.

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              • #22
                The front board between the two smoke box supports had to be resoldered as well.

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                Continued -

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                • #23
                  The drain condensation and water suction pipes on both side were unsoldered and off the loco. These were straightened and resoldeered in place. Both sides shown below.

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                  Done for now. More photos tomorrow afternoon.

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                  • #24
                    Thanks for posting all the photos. I can't get enough of this type of work. So neat !

                    GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by john_holt View Post
                      Thanks for posting all the photos. I can't get enough of this type of work. So neat !
                      John,

                      Happy to see you are enjoying the photos. I'll have more this afternoon,

                      Tom

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                      • #26
                        When PFM imported this model of the Southern MS-4 Mikado, an instruction sheet came with a suggestion for backhead detailing. Of course, the buyer had to purchase the parts. The parts were all available from Cal-Scale, HO scale super detailing parts.

                        The extra parts were stuff like Air Brake Stand, Front End Throttle, Horizontal Throttle, Reverse Quadrant, Gage Assortment. In addition to the cost of the loco the buyer, If he/she wanted backhead detail, would spend another $30.00 in brass detail castings.

                        The next photo shows what I had on hand and added to the backhead.


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                        Everything was the disassembled and ready for paint.


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                        More in a few.

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                        • #27
                          The loco was again dipped in warm water to wash off any finger grease or oils and then baked dry in the over at 145 degrees for about an hour.

                          The loco parts were removed from the oven and when dry the spray painting of the loco began.

                          So, I'll fast forward here and show you the painted loco starting with the cab interior. You can see that I also added the rest of the detail parts prior to painting. The cab was painted with a mix I made using Scalecoat Southern Green and White. Gauge faces were painted white and the valves were painted using Floquil Signal Red.

                          I used a napkin wrapped around a toothpick for the cab curtain. I tied the ends with thread and then painted it using Floqui Mud color. The toothpick was then removed. Acetate was cut to shape and added to the inside of the window frame. Throttle bars and handles were painted with Floquil Brass.

                          I'll also add here the loco was painted in stages and each stage was baked in the oven at 145 degrees for the hour.



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                          I'll show the rest of the loco later this weekend.


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                          • #28
                            Nice paint job. Love all those little cab details on a steamer.

                            Bernd
                            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                            Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Bernd View Post
                              Nice paint job. Love all those little cab details on a steamer.

                              Bernd
                              Bernd,

                              Thank you, much appreciate the comment. The cab details on a steamer are nice especially if you can see them.

                              Tom

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                              • #30
                                Hey Tom just getting around to this thread. A most excellent job!!
                                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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