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    • January 16, 2021 12:25 PM EST
    • This is a fun build to watch. Can almost hear the gears turning as you think through it all :-)

    • January 16, 2021 8:44 AM EST
    • I am liking where this is going. 

       

      And yes we are very much taking on the tin toy look aren't we. One of the reasons I enjoy the challenge so much is the level of imagination and ingenuity we all have. The wide vision of what cans can be made into at the hands of artists is amazing 

    • January 15, 2021 8:47 PM EST
    • pondering different ideas...this journal box casting and the channel I made...

      one thought is to bend the channel to make a frame which can ride on the wheels...lets see if that works out.

      soldering some parts together and it becomes pretty solid...sand off the paint on that side as needed, apply solder with the iron and it seems to stick.  put the pieces together and heat with the iron...yep seems to do... 

       

    • January 16, 2021 12:10 PM EST
    • I feel that I will start to get out of the boat

    • January 16, 2021 8:32 AM EST
    • Looks an awful lot like my anonymous friends rig

       

    • January 16, 2021 10:39 AM EST
    • The casing is what caught my eye. I knew then that someone knew what they were doing and took pride in their work. Nice to have folks like that for friends. 

    • January 16, 2021 12:34 AM EST
    • Dan he is a great guy, and has too many hobbies , but really surprised me with this work of art, I like the bullet casing used as the ferrule.

    • January 15, 2021 8:17 PM EST
    • That's looking good, Pete.  I like the block better than the wood idea.  Your friend did a fine job on the awl.  Nice gift.

    • January 15, 2021 8:12 PM EST
    • Well got home at a reasonable hour, the Boss is at grandsons baseball game across town, so I got to do a little work on the so called "Hippy Hut". Stopped at my big "Blue" Box Home center, got a piece of plastic trim board, $23.00 for a 8 foot piece, used 3 feet =$8.75 towards my $30.00. I cut the trim board down and put a rabbet in it to hide the screws on the bottom sides, and the trim board will give the Hut about 2" more height, to almost 14 scale feet tall at the top.

       

      This is one side fitted to the hut. rabbet hides the bottom screws and has been scribed.

      Using my marking tool from Woodpeckers and an AWESOME awl a good friend surprised me with, I scribed lines on the trim board. I made the horizontal lines , but now am at a quandary, should I make the trim board represent cinder blocks or a wood looking base for the Hut

      here is a look at 3 sides of the Hut, i have a club meeting tomorrow, so this may be all the work this weekend I get to do

      After standing back and studying it for a bit, while enjoying a cold barley pop, I think I will scribe the vertical lines to represent block wall to hold everything in place. More to come, the entrance on the other side needs a lot of work.

       

    • January 16, 2021 10:25 AM EST
    • WEEK #1

      GONE !!!

       

      ONLY 4 MORE

      WEEKENDS TO FINISH!!

    • January 16, 2021 10:18 AM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      A piece of tape with the number on it wrapped up close to the square part, like a small flag should work and not be in the way of using it.

       

      It really as simple as marking the case with a sharpie. Its just a matter if doing it lol. 

    • January 16, 2021 9:18 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Same set I have labeled under another name. Works great. 

        But I cant read the numbers on the taps. I need to use something to label mine so I readily know which taps are which

      A piece of tape with the number on it wrapped up close to the square part, like a small flag should work and not be in the way of using it.

       

    • January 16, 2021 8:50 AM EST
    • Same set I have labeled under another name. Works great. 

       

      Wish they would have made the plastic case for empirical numbers instead of metric. But I guess you get what you pay for. But I cant read the numbers on the taps. I need to use something to label mine so I readily know which taps are which

    • January 16, 2021 1:12 AM EST
    • To answer a couple of ?s...   This is the set of tap and dies I have..  They are available on the net, and amazon too.   there are a number of sellers, offering the same set, appears to be by the same manufacture under different names......

       

      So shopping by price point will get you the same product....

    • January 16, 2021 8:48 AM EST
    • Coming along nicely. Maybe ask your question about an operational valve to the group. You never know what might come up

    • January 15, 2021 8:50 PM EST
    • So I Found inspiration for building more of the tanker and I built the top filler hatch out of an old Bachmann steam dome.

      I finished the decking and painted both the can and the chassis.  I am still waiting on the trucks and couplers but I was able to purchase it under $30 still.

      I had a super glue catastrophe happen, much fingers were glued.

    • January 16, 2021 8:34 AM EST
    • I think those look dang good. A suitable compromise between form and function 

    • January 15, 2021 8:12 PM EST
    • Very realistic, Rick.  I can't tell how tight they are, but they are straight 

    • January 15, 2021 8:51 PM EST
    • Nice door!  Not so easy to do either!

    • January 15, 2021 8:33 PM EST
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