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  • Very Cool tank car builds. Great job working these wood cars!
    Thanx Thom...

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    • Tanks for the vinegar/pickle car project. It’s left a tangy taste in my mouth.
      Last edited by k9wrangler; 04-28-2022, 05:16 PM. Reason: Add some emphasis to a syllable more suitable for the situation.
      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

      Cedar Swamp
      SW of Manistique, MI

      AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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      • Started in on the next one - maybe not that big a salvage operation, but.....

        3 dome Lobaugh tank car that was in need a bit of help. Someone had dropped it (I guess...) and popped the frame apart on the one end corned and popped the end tank band off. Just happened to have some extra Lobaugh bits for the band. Just an exercise in getting everything into locked and clamped into place and soldering it all back together. Thought I'd have to use my iron to avoid popping bits off, but not enough heat - called in the torch and all was good. Ruby flux and good solder and it's back together!

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        In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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        • Was that originally a kit?

          George
          The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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          • Yup! Kit older than I am. Every so often you see one for sale NIB and ready to be put together....picked this one up cheap thinking it was not mortally wounded and one that I could put back into service. Might do some other upgrades; missing a brake wheel and staff ; no hole for it so just skipped? Grabs leave a lot to be desired, but I might replace most if not all of them. Also needs a good scrubbing with lacquer thinner,
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            In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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            • Added a brake wheel with a ratchet & pawl casting; grabs next, another cleaning then off to get a coat of primer.

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              In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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              • Nice soldering. Having recently spent an hour climbing around a 1:1 tank car getting its brakes released, I find the relationship of the handrail around the end and the end-sill dangerous, even if prototypic. My butt would be out beyond the coupler while I did hand-over-hand on the rail.
                James

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                • Thanks on the soldering! I started out with my iron but it just did not have enough zip so I flashed in with my little torch and got the end together.

                  Pretty sure that the handrail stanchions of 70+ years ago on these cars were a smidge long, Upgrading here and there, but given what this model is I'll reach the point of diminishing returns and cost balancing fast.
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                  In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                  • Martin,

                    Definitely a model worth saving. I think once it's painted the minor faults will simply disappear. It looks darn good right now.

                    Mike
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                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • mwbpequod
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                      With a bit of luck, I should be able to get it done very quickly working around the weather, etc. Got a pair of old metal Athearn Andrews trucks for under it set aside, too.

                  • Good weather and this car is now done and ready to move on.....decals had to be salvaged with some overspraying, too.


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                    In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                    • mwbpequod
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                      And now I'm back on a tank car kick.........maybe a separate thread for the scratch ones.....or sort of scratch ones......

                  • Beautiful, Martin. Very fine paint job.

                    It's a real attention grabber.

                    Mike
                    _________________________________________________

                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • mwbpequod
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                      Thanks, Mike! I think it came out a lot better than I expected given my tribulations with the decals.
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