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    What is a good product to use for coal in a steam locomotive tender?

    Thanks

    Jeff

  • #2
    Jeff - there are plenty of places to get "coal" -

    I got my last bunch from the aussies at a good deal,

    but you can get it here .

    After I wash mine, I set it in the tender with diluted white

    glue and let it dry real good. Then I spray with dull coat or

    anything that will give it that dusty dirty look....

    I am sure that you will get a lot of hints for this one.

    TIP: Larry (BigLars) is building a coal mine....maybe he will ship you some!!!

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    • #3
      I used HO scale woodland scenics black coal for the tender of my 2-6-0.

      Arthur
      Arthur

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by Geezer


        Jeff - there are plenty of places to get "coal" -

        TIP: Larry (BigLars) is building a coal mine....maybe he will ship you some!!!


        Excellent! New revenue for the JY coal mines

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        • #5
          Coal - Use the real stuff

          Get a few large lumps from local merchant, put in strong bag and wack with hammer.

          Sort our all useable pieces into a separate tray then add to tender/bunker one piece at a time using a clear adhesive and a pair of tweezers, I use UHU. Keep adhesive from any plastic parts. Does not take long and the end model looks for superior than using white PVA (Wood glue)

          Happy modelling

          Howard

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          • #6
            Use real coal, pile it in the tender bunker and around the top areas that you want coal spills. Then with an eye dropper use Floquil Flat Finish #F110015. That's it. If you don't believe it works, try a sample on any plastic. When it dries you won't see any Floquil residue, just a coal pile.


            Louis L&R Western Railroad
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #7
              Jeff, I don't have access to the real thing...but I have found Highball O scale lump coal works great, and is very realistic...




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              • #8
                Nice lookin cars there Verne!!!

                Coal looks reall too, I might add....

                Louis - thanks for the tip - I will give it a try...

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Geezer


                  Louis - thanks for the tip - I will give it a try...


                  :up:


                  Louis L&R Western Railroad
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the information, I just ordered some of that lump coal because I don't have access to any real coal were I live.

                    After 30 years of HO modeling I am having a really hard time getting my sense of scale, and my local hobby shops don't carry any O scale stuff for me to look through.

                    Jeff

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                    • #11
                      Jeff, it took me more than a year to get 'On30-ized' and see things in perspective after 30 years in N and HO...it's tricky figuring out the different spatial relationships in O when you are so familiar with smaller scales. After getting over the grief of how much space everything takes, I have come to enjoy my 'little big trains' even more for their size, detail and presence. I've also observed visitors seem to appreciate the bigger trains more, as they (and their details) are so much easier to see.

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by desertdrover


                        Use real coal, pile it in the tender bunker and around the top areas that you want coal spills. Then with an eye dropper use Floquil Flat Finish #F110015. That's it. If you don't believe it works, try a sample on any plastic. When it dries you won't see any Floquil residue, just a coal pile.


                        Louis, you just use the clear finish straight out of the bottle and it bonds OK? Does the coal still have the semi-glossy sheen that it often has, almost as if it is wet? I would like to try that when I get to gluing things down...right now everything (including my mind) is still unglued...

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                        • #13
                          Jeff.

                          Just try and stay away from the Klunkers!!!!! Kevin

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                          • #14
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by MinerFortyNiner

                            Louis, you just use the clear finish straight out of the bottle and it bonds OK? Does the coal still have the semi-glossy sheen that it often has, almost as if it is wet? I would like to try that when I get to gluing things down...right now everything (including my mind) is still unglued...



                            Yes Verne, The clear finish straight out of the bottle works like an adhesive, that's all that is needed. And, the coal still keeps its sheen. Now This is a sure thing for HO scale, how it works for the larger scales you would have to trial and error there.


                            Louis L&R Western Railroad
                            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                            • #15
                              Nice coal gondola, Verne. It looks very convincing to me.

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