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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2017, 04:36:14 PM »
Bob,
          Yes, what you said, and what you said! ha.  It's not my build but rather what my customer is looking for and remembering at $35.00 an hour (old rate when I started) I need to make the basic upgrade of a motor and gear box which I'll be listing soon on.

Now the second model is going to be lettered the same, but will have some different details and paint scheme.  I commend my customer for setting his own standards, and doing it in DC only.   I do have 3 more models of this engine and hope to make at least one of them a very close clone of one of the early type locomotive's with Dcc of course.

I will most likely spare no expense or hours since it will be my own. However, one can give back, product, money, parts, apologies, models and even idea's, but one can't give back time. (except only H.G. Wells) So I'll need to watch mine in the future. ha. 

This will be a simple build, with simple upgrades and have some simple details added to give the overall model some interest to the customer.  I don't normally show or even take the time to record a customer build, but again like I said in the beginning this was something a little different and I know there are a lot of model owners out there who might find this interesting.

For the one or two viewers who happen to still be around at the end, I will hopefully have a interesting surprise to show once the model is completed.  Thanx Thom...

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2017, 04:43:51 PM »
Now I know that I will be around at the finish of this build.

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2017, 04:58:51 PM »
Now I know that I will be around at the finish of this build.

Jim





Jim,
           Donnnnnn't threaten meee!  ;)  Thanx Thom...

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2017, 07:03:51 PM »
At my age that is not a threat, that's a promise ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2017, 09:53:12 AM »
Hi all,
           I'm sorry that I have to put this build on a hold for a few months.  My condo association has a mandatory building upgrade next month.  They are replacing the the roof, skylights, siding, windows, doors, patio shed & fences & all inside casings.  I'm making Lemonaid by packing up & repainting the whole inside while this rebuild is going on.  I will pick this up in a few months.  Thanx Thom...

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2017, 11:09:25 AM »
Hi Thom:

What can I say but WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a master at what you do. I very much enjoy watching your builds.

Karl

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #36 on: May 17, 2017, 05:58:58 PM »
Hi Thom:

What can I say but WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a master at what you do. I very much enjoy watching your builds.

Karl



Karl,
       Thanks for the nice comments.  Your check is in the mail.  I hoped I might finish before the packing, but found I was wanting to rush on the model... that's a no no!  Time to slowwww down. Thanx Thom...

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2017, 09:09:15 PM »
Thom, been following along in the background lurking to see how a pro does it. You have set a goal fir me to aim for sone day.

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #38 on: May 19, 2017, 12:44:32 PM »
Thom, been following along in the background lurking to see how a pro does it. You have set a goal fir me to aim for sone day.







Marty,
            Thank you for lurking as well.  Hope I can keep everyone interested for a while.  Thanx Thom...

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #39 on: May 19, 2017, 12:57:09 PM »
Hi all,
          Ok so been packing up for a few days now. Goshhhhh, that sucks big time.  No not done, not even close, but close enough for a break.  Here are a few more pics which I already took to leave you with until I return or either take another break from packing etc. 

So notice below I added the copper side piping with the brass relief valve on both sides and polished the bell and installed.   Also started the appling the teeny weeny little tiny line decals (not set or sealed yet). Whoa, I need a drink just to say all that.  This decaling is going to be a challenge for me.  I hope I don't screw it up. I only got two sets.  The windows will be the interesting part for sure. Thanx Thom...


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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #40 on: May 19, 2017, 01:07:41 PM »
Here again,
                  So with regards to the motor and gearbox.  I've been going to NorthWest Short Line for many decades and had Dave & Derrell build me compressed or a short motor setup for tight clearance boilers.  This is something I leave to the experts at N.W.S.L. & http://www.7thstreetgroups.com/shops/7th_Street_Shops_Custom_Painting.htm  for my help. 

The following pics show the motor/gearbox setup and with my custom brass built motor mount with spring screw which allows for all necessary motor flexing.  Hope this gives an idea or two on little engine builds for you lurkers out there!  ;)  Thanx Thom...

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2017, 01:08:08 PM »
Thom,

Wow, outstanding craftsmanship my friend.

Talk about setting the bar over and beyond. I venture to say not only does your customer have great taste but deep pockets as well.

There is no way I would even attempt to do that type of work.

YOU ARE THE MAN FOR SURE!

Tom with no skills. 8) 8)
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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #42 on: May 19, 2017, 02:46:04 PM »
What Tom said. 

I would not try that even if it was a Kit.

Jim (with less skill )
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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #43 on: May 19, 2017, 03:30:21 PM »
WoW!!


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Thanks,
Donato

Biding my time till I can start my layout and build nice stuff like all you folks .... (said with envy). :-)

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Re: Mystery Engine build???
« Reply #44 on: September 09, 2017, 01:22:24 PM »
Hi all,
         Okay, I'm over the house reno and back to modeling again.  Here's a couple still work in progress pics of where I'm at currently.  I've installed four working led marker lights, Led headlight with micro diode rectifier and micro resistors.

Installed all wheel pickups & completed the decals (what a tiny nightmare) those were!  All that's left is to wire up the motor leads and add a micro connector on the engine side to the tender, install bell/whistle cords (wire) and one final coat of dull (like my personality).  ;D

I'll have some better pics later when completed.  As for the 2nd model.  I've solder tightened any loose parts and painted the two colors and are at the regearing/motor install stage.  Pics to follow.  Thanx Thom...

 

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