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  • #31
    WOW! [:-bouncy][:-jump][:-jump2][:-jumprefect] That's coming together nicely.This build will be a real conversation starter.What do you think you'll be using for the pillow blocks on the Paddle wheel shaft? It seems like Sierra West or Western scale have the right castings.Also, I wonder if there might be smaller chain available from a dealer in RC Boat parts, just a thought. By the way, I worked for that same foreman, and his brother,back in 1993 painting and sandblasting Barges for the Army Corps of Engineers.(I'm not making this up). Man those guys were real jerks. They weren't above throwing a punch if you ticked them off.And they laughed in OSHA's face.But they convinced me to start making better choices for myself.Steve

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    • #32
      Philip,

      Excellent progress! I hope that big ape dosn't drink all the hootch!

      Looking forward to your next update.

      Larry

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      • #33
        Thanks for the words of encouragement. Looks like I'll need a list for, grandt line, servolink and either sierra west or wiseman for the boiler etc. I think the pillows are only available from sierra west. There are a bunch of bits and pieces on deck that I haven;t identified. Anyone care to take a guess?

        don't know list:

        Looks like a block chimney on the right edge of the building behind the engineer? Any ideas?

        What did they use to separate the boiler from the wood deck? Fire brick?

        More later.

        Tom, Your question about scale chain also has me stumped. I guess I'll spend 30 bucks to find out if it will work. If it looks like crap which I suspect it will I'll use a chain shroud to hide the oversize links. The chain has 98 links per foot, small but maybe not smallish enough. The pitch is .162 That's the kick in the seat of the pants I think. To wide....

        thanks, Philip
        Philip

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        • #34
          Philip, I got to thinking about a source for the chain, and remembered seeing some diecast Bmx bikes at the store when I was Christmas shopping. These can be bought for under ten dollars at Walmart, Target etc. They're also available on ebay. I think that the chain probably works, I'll go have a look tommorrow.Tsp.


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          • #35
            Phillip....I found I had the GL chain and sprocket set. I measure the links and they appear to be 3" tall and 7" wide. If you want me to measure anything else, let me know...tom


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            • #36
              Beautiful work, Philip. Your craftsmanship is spectacular and this is going to be a work of art when done.

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              • #37
                Gentlemen, The details that I see when magnifying the hpbig20 photo are from left to right: crate on paddle wheel cover; a line going through a block on the deck, then around a double bit bollard;2 buckets in front of paddle wheel;2 man saw; what may be 2 small hand operated winches on wall of deckhouse next to engineer; engineer next to a pike pole; log in water in front of engineer(and a deadhead next to it); coil of rope, box and planks on deckhouse roof; 2 more wooden boxes or blocks; pile of kindling next to box; behind box near donkey is a box stove with a "dutch oven and possibly a coffee pot(note smoke from stove"; smaller blocks or boxes to right of fireman(lunch fixin's?); stack of fire wood; more crates behind wood; and canvas sheet on the uprights of jib crane with block and tackle, could be used as a sail or possible awning; possibly another sheet of canvas covering the firewood near bow; and finally a half round object on the bow, like a pipe cut in 2 lengthwise; also what appear to be metal brackets supporting the deck where it extends over the hull. I believe that the chimney like object in front of the deckhouse may be a beam that could be lowered to hold barge in place, this is done on dredging barges today, and I've never seen smoke coming from this object. It also appears to have 1' markings on it. But how was it raised and lowered? Well, thats's what I see, and others might see something entirely different.Note beams in this photo.Tsp. History Detective




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                • #38
                  Philip your build is looking great! :up:

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                  • #39
                    Philip,

                    That is some outstanding modeling.

                    I am so impressed that I might be tempted to scratch build an additional paddle wheel to put on display based on your plans.

                    While my sternwheeler is also chain driven there isn't much available in HO to replicate this and what is supplied in the kit just gives you the hint of the chain drive.

                    Since all of my chain is hidden by the walls you only see a small part of it that emerges from the transom board back to the paddlewheel.

                    I will post a picture once I get to that portion of the build but it will not be anywhere near as realistic as yours.
                    <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                    • #40
                      John, if there's really a very small length of chain visible, why not try to print some on transparent paper and cut is as flush as possible? I haven't ever done it, and would not consider it a good method for a foreground piece, but in a relatively hidden place of an otherwise beautifully detailed ship, it might suggest the right thing.

                      I love the color picture of the dredge, Steve. Thanks for sharing.

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                      • #41
                        Thanks for all the additional information and help trying to set this beast in motion. Just finished the decking. What a long drawn out affair. All the planks went in with no small rips finishing up. I have been sanding the chahebies (crap) out of the deck trying to smooth it out. I'm still looking around for chain etc. Haven't order anything as of yet. I'm learning some lesson in boat building. The next one I'll step the edges more to simulate a steeper curve. I still have to apply the planks to the hull.. (oh the joy!)

                        Philip

                        sanding like crazy


                        Philip

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                        • #42
                          Philip, Its looking great.

                          I did a little research on the logging alligator I plan to build but the one I was planning to build is 55ft long by 10ft wide plus 3 feet on each side for the paddle wheels. In 1/4" scale this works out to 13.75" x 4". Checking the size of the portion of the lake the will be on the layout can take the width, but not the length. I'm going to have to draw some drawings and see if I can compress the width and still make it believable. One good thing for me is that they came in many sizes.
                          Ron Newby

                          General Manager

                          Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                          http://cvry.ca

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                          • #43
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by elwoodblues


                            Philip, Its looking great.

                            I did a little research on the logging alligator I plan to build but the one I was planning to build is 55ft long by 10ft wide plus 3 feet on each side for the paddle wheels. In 1/4" scale this works out to 13.75" x 4". Checking the size of the portion of the lake the will be on the layout can take the width, but not the length. I'm going to have to draw some drawings and see if I can compress the width and still make it believable. One good thing for me is that they came in many sizes.


                            Shouldn't be a problem compressing and making it real. Can't wait to see it!

                            Philip
                            Philip

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                            • #44
                              Looks very good Philip.

                              I meant to ask this before but it slipped my mind.

                              Are you building this to be a free standing model or one that will actually sit in some water?
                              <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                              • #45
                                Thanks John,

                                It will be floating on a plywood base one day within simulated water on my pike one day. One day, I would like to do another full hulled working model of a stern wheeler via radio controlled. Not on this forum tho, they'll have me hung from the turntable gallows! I think this project is referred to as a water line hull? This has been a fun build, in such as to break up the monotony of doing the same old same old.

                                Hobbies are very rewarding and I would like to replicate anything I can as I am fascinated with architecture and transportation history.

                                Philip
                                Philip

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