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    Warrenville, SC
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    Ship, plane, and train modeling, history, science.

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  1. You might want to consider an ink jet over a laser, many of them have higher resolution.
  2. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    My deepest condolences on your loss!
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    Yes, the column had been replaced. Did a poor job it too. They managed to get a column that is keyed to the steering box, installed so that the wheel is 90 deg. out of position when driving. I just live with it. It takes a lot of work to get it out and in, and I had many other things to do, that have a higher priority. By the way typing this with a kitten chewing on your hand and another cat that keeps rolling onto the keyboard while asleep has been fun!
  4. I found this set of videos on YouTube that I thought would be of interest to the forum. It is a series of about 20 videos on the restoration and repowering of an old steam powered model ship, with a steel hull.
  5. What have you received today?

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!
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    Today I got my truck wired up for trailer lights, not as simple as in the old days, as mine are computer controlled, so a special harness with protective circuitry was needed to protect the truck computer. The bad part is that I would not have had to worry about, the truck came equipped with the needed wiring, unfortunately at some point in the past the steering column was replaced with one from a non-trailer package truck, and it lacks the needed switches in the turn signal stalk. Spent an hour or so crawling under the truck to run the power wire from the trailer light "Block" to the battery. Its amazing how many sharp edges there are to avoid running the wire near.
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    Brian; Congrats.
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    In the last two days I’ve had my trailer fixed, and built “Stake Bed” sides on it. It started like this. And finished like this. The front and sides are semi-permanently attached, I can remove them, but likely never will. The tailgate comes out by lifting it vertically. To keep it in place, and tight against the sides, I used a regular door hasp, reversed. I’ll get something non-locking to put in the hasps, to make sure they don’t pop open. This trailer is different from the last one I did this too. On the last one the stake pockets were in the frame, so when the sides were on they touched the bottom, with them outside the stakes, with a 4X6 open floor. This bed is 4X8 to the outside of the frame. If I’d put the sides inside the stakes, the usable bed would be about 2” less on all sides, preventing me from laying a sheet of plywood on the floor. To get around this, the sides are, obviously on the outside, and I filled in the gap by fitting in additional sections of 2X4 along the inside bottom. Just making the floor wider, originally would have interfered with the fenders. You can see where I fit the sides around the fenders. Here’s a shot of the inside. I added blocks inside the tailgate to hold the sides out even with the ends, and the hasp. You can see that there are still small gaps, but that shouldn’t hurt. I bent the hitch coupler mount, my bad. I’m not used to a Step Bumper Hitch, and turned a corner too tightly. I’ve solved that problem by installing a frame hitch. To fix the trailer I took it to a local welder, trailer repair place. They turned the coupler plate over and welded on a new mount and them welded the coupler to it. This is stronger than the old sheet metal mount, and he extended the coupler mount to help with turning. I have another stock mount on order, but Harbor Freight says it will be 3 to 4 months for it to come in!! It looks like they no longer sell trailers (none shown in catalog or on-line), so apparently don’t stock the parts anymore either. It has to be shipped from the manufacturer in China.
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    Many hobby shops have succumbed to internet stores. The hobby is still going strong though. If you read the magazines, you will see many predicting its death, but those same magazines have been doing so since I was a young man, several decades ago.
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    Today I received a Dremel Router table I got used on Ebay, and my first issue of the “Warbonnet” a Santa Fe RR Historical Society publication. The newest version of the Oil Bunker Insert for the HO 2-8-0 Bachmann loco came in yesterday. This time they did not damage the rivet detail! Thickening up the walls also made it sturdier, to the point it should hold up to handling. This is the 3D printed part. Though it looks warped in the picture, this is lens distortion. The large and small slots in the side are for clearing existing detail on the tender body. The next shot is the bunker next to the tender. This is with it loosely set in, I have to cut out the bottom of the slots, and separate the other parts, naturally before it will sit in properly. The next two pictures show the tender with the manufacturer coal load in place and with it removed. The front and rear bunker walls are what the slots go over. I also have to cut the bottoms of the slots out, they are there for strength during manufacture and shipping. I also in the same order got the latest set of tender frames for the other loco I am converting using an old MDC Santa Fe Oil tender body. The two frames are for use with either Mantua 6 wheel tender trucks (the top frame), or much more accurate Precision Scale 6 wheel trucks (the bottom frame). A couple days ago I showed shots of the MDC tender, on an earlier version of the frames. Speaking of which, as mentioned a couple days ago, I’ve used the original Oil Bunker design to make a replacement bunker for the MDC tender body. The MDC oil bunker has square as opposed to round corners, and the wrong oil hatches. I have two versions of the bunker at the moment. Both require cutting the original bunker out, but one then requires thinning the tender walls, and the one shown below fits between the overly thick walls and overhangs the top to cover the overly thick section.
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    Spent the day getting my trailer repaired, then building a Stake Bed Body on it. Will finish it tomorrow, and take pictures. I'm getting old! After putting away my tools, about 4 PM, I hobbled in and had to take a pain pill, a real one! Been vegitating in the recliner since.
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    Ah yes, THE game. Thundering Herd of Elephants!
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    The trucks are only temporary. I plan to use Precision Scale trucks on the final model. I designed different frames one for each of the two types, but presently only have the Mantua trucks ready. I have the PC trucks, but they are kits that I have to drill, tap, and assemble (and they are not that easy to make). I may breakdown and buy a prebuilt set. The Mantua frame is for those who don't have the PC trucks.
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    I have 3 dogs too.
  15. What have you received today?

    I bought a Corel Flattie on Ebay, that was probably incomplete. It arrived today. Most of the parts are there. It is missing a couple bulkheads the keel and the rudder, but the rest seems to be there, and the plans show all the parts, so fabricating the rest will not be a problem. It looks like the builder never progressed past those parts, so all the photoetch straps and the blocks are still there. I'm satisfied for the price I got it for. The deck and hull planking are there too.

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