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  • #31
    Thanks everyone, have lots of details still to paint and weather.

    Roland, It's great to be back, was away way too long.
    Ron Newby

    General Manager

    Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

    http://cvry.ca

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    • #32
      Well, got some bits completed so it's time for an update.

      For the past week I have been working on some tools for the forge area of the tractor repair side.



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      First up is a vice. I decided to mount it on a log. On of the problems with extreme closeup photography is what looks great with normal eye site is suddenly lacking detail up close. The loge was made from a piece of dowel that was roughed up to give it some back texture and then stained. The vice casting was put in "Blacken-it", once dries I polished with a polishing wheel chucked in a Dremel.


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      The quenching barrel is a detail that is provided in the kit painted flat black and weathering powders added. The iron plate on top is a piece of brown construction paper that I rusted with weathering powders.



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      The vice received the same treatment as the vice. The metal straps were made from strip styrene painted and weathered. Rivets were added there the straps are attached to the log.



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      The hood for the forge. This was constructed from styrene painted grey and then weathered to make it look like it has been there awhile.



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      The hood installed with a metal plating behind the forge.



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      The forge and tools installed.



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      The building in place. All that is missing is the blacksmith.
      Ron Newby

      General Manager

      Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

      http://cvry.ca

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      • #33
        Great details Ron and some nice weathering!
        Jerry



        "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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        • #34
          Excellent job doing the details. They look very realistic.

          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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          • #35
            I think the weathering looks just right.
            Nice work Ron.

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            • #36
              Ron,

              The forge pieces look great! Even under the lense! I agree with the others on weathering.

              Scott

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              • #37
                Thanks for the comments Jerry, Mike, Rick and Scott. I'm very happy with the results. I think the next project will be the tractor that is under repair that will go into the shed. It's a metal kit that was included in the original kit.
                Ron Newby

                General Manager

                Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                http://cvry.ca

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                • #38
                  Great looking forge and associated tooling and nice coloring too.

                  Bernd
                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                  • #39
                    Ron very nice looking blacksmith shop. The lighted coals look great as does all of the equipment
                    that goes along with it.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                    • #40
                      Ron, Love the details. It is always my favorite part of modeling. Keep the pictures coming.

                      Roland

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                      • #41
                        Thanks for the comments Bernd, Larry and Roland. The details are fast becoming my favourite part of modeling too as they make a huge difference to a scene.

                        Well, a new day a new dilemma, I started assembling the side frames for the bates tractor, that was found beside the Bate's Motel (OK, too much Alfred Hitchcock), and while it assembled well, I have issues with the track.


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                        One of the assembled side frames. Nothing special here, just basic assembly as per the directions.



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                        Now the issue, The tracks are chunky. The idea is to build the tractor with one of the tracks fully assembled and the other one under repair. No matter how I applied the traxks to the drive sprocket, it didn't look right.

                        Unfortunately, one of my other hobbies is armour and I have a lot of 1:48 and 1:35 scale armour models, which I build when I am away on projects and when I want/need to take a break from model railroading (yes it happens).

                        So I thought why not use the treads that come with a 1:48 tank kit.



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                        The kit that I am sacrificing for the treads is a Tamiya Panzerkampfwagon IV Ausf.H (late production). The tracks that come with the kit are "winter" treads that are flatter than the regular treads and are the closest match to the treads that came with the kit. Here are some of the treads that come with the kit.

                        I also realized that the tank treads won't fit on the sprocket and Idler wheels that came with the kit.



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                        So I will be using the sprocket and idler wheels that come with the kit.

                        Let the fun begin


                        Ron Newby

                        General Manager

                        Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                        http://cvry.ca

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                        • Philip
                          Philip commented
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                          Those tracks from wiseman could use another link instead of being doubled up. I think Ed was messing around in Cad with track links at one time. Oh well adapt and overcome!

                      • #42
                        I used to build Tamiya tank kits when I was a kid.
                        They are very good kits.
                        I'm sure you'll be able to make this work.

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                        • #43
                          Nice progress Ron, Love the forge with the LED's installed, great weathering on your details, and good idea and use of the Tamiya sprocket and idler wheels. That's going to bring that tractor model to life, and make it a forefront display for sure.


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

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                          • #44
                            Thanks for the comments Rick and Louis.

                            Rick, The Tamiya are still very good kits.

                            Louis, My layout is only 24" deep, everything is a forefront model.

                            I did get started on the track conversion for the tractor last night, it sure is looking different. Hopefully I'll complete the conversion tonight.
                            Ron Newby

                            General Manager

                            Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                            http://cvry.ca

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                            • #45
                              Your model has gotten even more interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

                              Mike
                              _________________________________________________

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

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