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  1. The roofs on these cars are typically galvanized metal. They are often not painted. Quite commonly, when the sides of the car were painted, the crews didn’t mask off the roof, so there is usually considerable overspray. I would definitely follow the recommendation to seal the wood before painting. It doesn’t really matter what sealer you use as long as it’s compatible with whatever paint you decide to use. Scalecoat paints are still available from Minuteman Scale Models, in either bottles or rattle cans. Most craftsman kits like this didn’t come with trucks or couplers (most still don’t). From the looks of it, you’ll need a pair of 70ton roller bearing trucks. And you’ll also need weights if the car is planned to be used. As for your decals, given the age of the kit, you may wish to dig around and see about replacing them all together. Microscale may have what you need. For weathering, look for Pan Pastel. They have weathering pastels that you apply with an applicator sponge and seal with dullcote. Have fun, these types of kits can be challenging, but at least you don’t have to bend any wood into weird curves. Andy
  2. Unfortunately I have yet to stumble upon a definitive work on the subject. Most of what I’ve learned comes from various tidbits from a diverse assortment of sources, and a deep and undivided fascination with all things steam. Short of being able to dig up an old railway shop manual on the subject. Maybe if I was a bit more literarily inclined..... Andy
  3. It has a lot to do with the history and development of the various types of valve motions (valve gear). Early forms of Stephenson’s valve gear (the predecessor of Allan’s straight link) were directly connected in line with the valve stem (no articulated linkage). This required the valves to be placed horizontally in line with the pistons. If the steam chests (the mechanical structure that contains the valve and piston) were to be turned outwards, the locomotive would be made considerably wider than necessary. Even later versions of Stephenson’s gear (on locomotives with vertical oriented steam chests) still kept the rigid valve stem, although the action was transferred laterally through a series of cranks and cams. The real limitation of inside valve gear is the size of the locomotive. Smaller locomotives generally had lighter, more open frames (with more space between). The advent of external type valve gear such as Walschearts, allowed for increases in size of locomotives by permitting heavier frames. Andy
  4. On an errand to the town dump today, discovered this little display: They’re just “decorator” models, but it was a nice sentiment from the attendants, and made for a strangely picturesque display. Andy
  5. The diagram makes sense. It’s basically a derivative Stephenson’s valve gear, but by moving the radius rod at the same time (and opposite direction) as the link, the same valve action is effected in something like half the space. Andy
  6. Very nice machine work! What manner of valve gear did the locomotive use? Given your valve location between the frames, I’m guessing Stephenson’s? Andy
  7. Yup, that’s the Whitefish Bay. I’m not sure what happened to the model after all the uncertainty with the museum, I only hope that it survived. Incidentally, you can see the model of the Thunder Bay on display above the airport baggage carousel at its namesake city. Andy
  8. While I was out walking the dog, yesterday evening, we encountered this “little” guy hiding in a large basswood tree at the back of my property: A good sized (around 3ft long) Fisher. I’m pretty sure I’d seen tracks in the snow last winter, now I’m certain. Bad news for porcupines (which is good news for me, as any rural dog owner can attest)! After taking a few low quality cell phone photos, I was happy to leave him be, but it’s nice to know that there’s interesting wildlife around! Andy
  9. Maybe this might help. In the book “Fighting Ships 1850-1950” by Sam Willis there’s an excellent broadside cutaway illustration of the Marlborough. (Those are just a couple of quick cellphone camera snaps, it’s a coffee table book that’s, well, literally a coffee table)
  10. I’ve been wondering if they’re not modified gun ports for a slide-carriage gun. I had a look at Wikipedia and it claims that later in its career, the ship was fitted with one 7” 110lb Armstrong breech loader. Perhaps it was mounted forward and required wider ports in order to allow it to be traversed, from a central position, either port or starboard. Andy
  11. Oh summer, where art thou? Anyone living in southern Ontario can attest, this has been one of the cooler and wetter springs in a few years. Good weather for the growing grass.... The time has come for me to get a new toy... er.... lawnmower.
  12. If you read Ian McLaughlan’s book “The Sloop of War, 1650-1763”, he describes the origin of the term Brigantine, and that in the eighteenth century it referred more to the role of the vessel, rather than the rig. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century, when the rig was changed to what we are familiar with today, that the term came to mean the rig, rather than the role. Andy
  13. A small update on the maple syrup progress so far. Still busy boiling away when the weather is favourable. And the haul so far, less four medium sized (500mL) bottles that I’ve already given away to family and friends. My kitchen is nearing a state of semi-permanent stickiness... Andy
  14. I would suggest opting for the slightly more expensive Chopper II. Instead of the MDF base, if uses a replaceable cutting mat in a much sturdier cast metal base. Andy
  15. Thanks! My furry friend is named Freyja, she’s 11 months old, and still a very energetic and entertaining puppy (and being a shepherd, she’s often stuck to me like Velcro). Sadly for the wallpaper people, I have an ample supply firewood that only cost me a couple of litres of gas and a few afternoons of work last spring. Andy

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