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  • Hakan,

    Thank you.

    I made a little progress this week and will try posting photos.

    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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    • Mike, very nice work on those Bobbers!

      You just keep bobbing along!

      Greg Shinnie

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      • Thank you, Greg!
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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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        • It's great that you are doing these, and they are looking great.

          I have one on my build list too, I started with a Bachmann caboose with the intention of doing the Early P&NY Bobber, but once I measured the chassis I realized it was too long of a wheelbase at 10' rather than 9', and the gear would need to be completely rebuilt. I then considered using Grandt line pedestal castings and building the rest of the underframe. In the meantime, I decided to build the Bachmann bobber into an L&NE bobber without the cupola. I cut some material out of the middle and spliced both halves back together and dropped the cupola. The finished wheelbase here is now 9' wide, and somehow that little change seems to make it look much smaller and capture the look better.

          The paint job was a left over from and will be re-done for L&NE fried egg along with a new roof.

          I'm going to leave the steps as is for this and add the wire railings and hand-grabs along with a #58 coupler.



          I also discovered HO scale running gear on Shapeways made by Michael York for a DSP&P waycar, which has the same 9' wheelbase as the PA&NY bobber. When I build my PA&NY I plan to use this as the chassis. It is only 2 side castings, so it will work for HO or HOn3, you might want to check it out, I got a set and detail printed nicely.

          https://www.shapeways.com/product/Q4...ionId=40635927







          All best with your build, looking forward to seeing more. I better go and finish mine and do the paint job too.

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          • Blair,

            Thank you for your interest. And all the photos. I have been using the first one from Archer's book but I don't recall seeing the second one. I have LV car diagrams of a very similar bobber which I've been using for plans. My cars are a little long because the metals castings from Bitter Creek (I think) are about a foot too long. I split the difference between the underframe and the body.

            I appreciate the info on the printed parts. Maybe next time . . .

            Mike
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            • I've continued working on the roofs, completing one.



              The roof comprises two layers of .02" styrene scribed sheet. I decided to do it as two sheets because I was thinking that bending a single layer of 0.04" styrene would be more difficult to get even. I cemented on one layer and added the second. The top car has strips of styrene around the edges to replicate the look of the prototype, seen in Blair's photo above.(Thanks again, Blair.)

              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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              • Lovely they are indeed. And Cheaper than 3d printing them would be.
                It's only make-believe

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                  Originally posted by railman28


                  Lovely they are indeed. And Cheaper than 3d printing them would be.


                  Bob,

                  Thank you.

                  Interesting observation. I have considered 3D printing but working for hours on my computer does not appeal to me. I learned Autocad a couple of decades ago, so I know I am not stuck in the past. I do like the physical process of measuring, cutting, assembling and gluing.

                  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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                  • Mike, I'm just getting caught up on your bobbers build. You're doing some nice work and you're putting out some good information on scratch building.

                    George
                    Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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                    • That is some excellent styrene work Michael, very nice indeed!
                      Carl

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                      • George and Carl, thank you. Your comments are very nice. I have sort of a love/hate relationship with styrene, but it has its advantages, so I use it. I do like the precision that is possible with this medium. I hope my descriptions on how I do things helps somebody somewhere.

                        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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                        • Very impressive Mike. The models are superb!

                          Dave
                          Dave

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                            Originally posted by Guff


                            Very impressive Mike. The models are superb!

                            Dave


                            Thank you, Dave!

                            --Mike
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                            • Mike,

                              I must chime in to complement you on your skill in working with polystyrene. I doubt many could scratch build little cabeese as clean as these.

                              EK

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                              • Thank you, Kyle! I never thought working in styrene was all that unusual but you might be right. I built my first scratchbuilt boxcars 25 years from styrene because I was following an article in Model Railroader.

                                Mike
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