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    Originally posted by Frank Palmer


    Well, that just about explains it all now doesn't it!


    I hope!


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

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    • I had an old hose and reel in my modeling parts box and wanted to use it on my Climax. However, I didn’t have a water pump for it, so I made up one for it using parts from a Roundhouse Shay locomotive parts sprue. I just needed something plausible and similar looking that would work. So, I started with a Roundhouse Shay generator #76216, and one cylinder of a Shay Air compressor #16L-205. After gluing the two parts together, and giving it a painting, and weathering, a water pump was born for this Climax project.






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

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      • I used a Labelle Engineer & Fireman from sets Waving Figure # lbl7002, and Leaning Figure # lbl7001. For my wood load I am going to use Christmas tree branches. The best source for this wood load is to use an old Christmas tree after it is taken down from Christmas. I got mine on the side of the road headed for the dump years ago. With an almost spruce like appearance, the Noble Fir has soft blue-green needles on evenly spaced strong branches. Or, buy yourself the Noble Fir Wreaths after Christmas when they go on sale. Let them dry out completely before cutting your logs because they do shrink, and although not much, they will shrink on you. I have a container full of these logs from several years ago already cut, that I had for my Railroad use. As seen in the pictures below, they are just setting in place at the moment on top of the Climax, but I will be gluing them in place using Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue. I also glued down some barrels for details on the Climax.










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

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        • Hi Louis. Just catching up on your current progress, and I must say it's all coming together nicely.

          I especially like the wood load, using real wood "logs".

          I also like the cab colours you've used.

          :up:

          Maybe you'll add some more weathering, but, just one suggestion to make the wood sides on the loco stand out a bit more is to dry brush a lighter colour to bring out the grain and detail a bit more, as in pic 1 at the start of you thread.
          Regards Rob

          Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

          My current build.

          https://railroad-line.com/node/979864

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          • It's coming along nicely, Louis.

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            • Louis

              Great tutorial. Embarrassingly, I made my version several years ago and it was more or less off with the 44-ton shell and pop-on the MDC shell and I wasn't happy with it then and not happy at all with it now.

              What popped on can be popped off again. Lot of things going on now; but I will definitely attack my original build.

              BTW; the Wal-Mart by my house hasn't stocked their Primer Gray in years or the flat red either. Loved the flat gray, just the right amount of paint.
              John

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              • Looking good, Lou. I like the fuel bunker, nothing looks like real wood better than real wood.
                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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                • quote:


                  Originally posted by robert goslin


                  Hi Louis. Just catching up on your current progress, and I must say it's all coming together nicely.

                  I especially like the wood load, using real wood "logs".

                  I also like the cab colours you've used.

                  :up:

                  Maybe you'll add some more weathering, but, just one suggestion to make the wood sides on the loco stand out a bit more is to dry brush a lighter colour to bring out the grain and detail a bit more, as in pic 1 at the start of you thread.


                  Thanks Rob for your comments and suggestions. I agree with the wood load, nothing like real wood when possible. [:-cowboy] :up:


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

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                    Originally posted by Bill Gill


                    It's coming along nicely, Louis.


                    Thanks Bill, for following along, and posting comments. :up:


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

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                      Originally posted by jaynjay


                      Louis

                      Great tutorial. Embarrassingly, I made my version several years ago and it was more or less off with the 44-ton shell and pop-on the MDC shell and I wasn't happy with it then and not happy at all with it now.

                      What popped on can be popped off again. Lot of things going on now; but I will definitely attack my original build.

                      BTW; the Wal-Mart by my house hasn't stocked their Primer Gray in years or the flat red either. Loved the flat gray, just the right amount of paint.


                      Hi John, sorry to hear the work on your Climax didn't stand-up to what you wanted. :erm:

                      As far as the Wal-Mart gray primer goes, we can still get it around here, however, the red primer has been discontinued for many years now. I'm running out of my stock of the red primer. The two of them worked very well for our modeling use. Sorry to see them go like everything else that was good for modeling.


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

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                        Originally posted by k9wrangler


                        Looking good, Lou. I like the fuel bunker, nothing looks like real wood better than real wood.


                        Hey Karl, thanks! I agree, the wood has to be wood to look right. Whenever I can use real wood, instead of plastic, my choice is the wood every time. [:-cowboy]


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

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                        • Logs have now been glued down using Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue. For the chain brackets I used small spikes #30-106 from Micro Engineering, and the chain is A-Line #29218 brass chain. From the looks of the pictures I can see I need to dip them into a solution of Blackin-it by A-West. For those of you that don’t know about this product, this is a blend of acids designed to cause a reaction on the metal surface and blacken it, hence the name, Blacken-It. Blacken-It is a metal oxidizer that works great on brass and white metal (pewter) castings. It is a lightweight version of what is used in the jewelry industry. So if you want this, A-West no longer makes it, but your local jewelry companies should be able to find the same thing.







                          For my Roundhouse MDC Climax I’m going with a Tsunami TSU-750 Light Logging SoundTraxx #826001 - 3/4 AMP Micro Tsunami for Light Steam Locomotives. Again, between modeling companies going out of business, their stopping of making things, and hobby shops always out of stock and no longer available items, it is like pulling hen’s teeth to get anything anymore. However, still able to find a Tsunami TSU-750 Light Logging SoundTraxx #826001 decoder, this is what will be running my Roundhouse MDC Climax for the L&R railroad Crew. But that installation project will be at another date and time.




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

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                          • Lou,

                            It came out really great! It'll be right at home on the L&R.

                            Jim
                            Take the red pill

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                              Originally posted by BurleyJim


                              Lou,

                              It came out really great! It'll be right at home on the L&R.

                              Jim


                              Fast response Jim, and thank you for following along with thoughts, suggestions and just being there. :up:


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

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                              • Louis, Catching up and I love what you did with this engine. If I were not so distracted with all things 1918 France I would pull my MDC Climax out of the box and give it a once over.

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