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    • December 27, 2019 9:25 AM EST
    • Yeah , David . I have lots of fun with them! Wish I had the $$$ to replace them with ratchets , but I just don’t use them enough to warrant the expense. After you mold some send me some Devon!

    • December 26, 2019 4:41 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      David Maynard said:

      You need binders on them chains.

      they will. I found a source for them. The ones I was finding were the ratcheting type but finally found some of the right type so binders will be included.

      They are called snap binders. I have some experience with them.....

      I think I still might have a 1:1 version of them lurking in the recesses of my garage.

    • December 26, 2019 4:32 PM EST
    • Devon, could you add a mine to the outdoor and use the hoist on and a trolley line from the mine to the ore chute and use the snow shed on the trolley line. The trolley would use smaller (1:24 or smaller) equipment and be elevated above the current layout. Just brain storming 

    • December 26, 2019 12:04 PM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      And, as someone who has not a lot of spare time SQUIRREL I just cannot understand why you would think about starting a SQUIRREL entire new endeavor when there is lots SQUIRREL  to do with you outdoor layout, and what happened to the indoor you built the snow shed for? 

      lol,

      First I have jumped off plenty of cliffs because my friends were doing it. What's your point?

       

      And that nice snow shed, nice engine house, nice mine hoist that were all built for the indoor are either going out doors or will be recycled for the indoor. The trees and bushes will be easy to recycle. The mine hoist will fit nicely outside. The snowshed, well I see no real way to use it since it is built on a very sharp corner. The engine house will likely become like a little shop of some sort.

       

      It is kinda sad. I was really enjoying the 1:24 indoor idea but It had a lot of compromise (which was fine) and would limit how much I could do with the space.  Going to On30 (and a small chunk of On18) will give me a lot more of an empire with opportunity to do some operations. I pondered it for awhile but I really think I will be happy going On30.

    • December 26, 2019 11:57 AM EST
    • David Maynard said:

      You need binders on them chains.

      they will. I found a source for them. The ones I was finding were the ratcheting type but finally found some of the right type so binders will be included.

    • December 26, 2019 9:56 AM EST
    • And, as someone who has not a lot of spare time SQUIRREL I just cannot understand why you would think about starting a SQUIRREL entire new endeavor when there is lots SQUIRREL  to do with you outdoor layout, and what happened to the indoor you built the snow shed for? 

    • December 26, 2019 9:28 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      One of the biggest reasons to go On30 is because that's what my buddy in the club is running 

       Read this in your mother’s voice! “Oh and if your buddy we’re to jump off a cliff/tall building/Grand Canyon you would to????” Sounds like an interesting idea

    • December 25, 2019 7:43 AM EST
    • You need binders on them chains.

    • December 24, 2019 4:15 PM EST
    • The wheels are on their way. Well the trucks anyway. I have the wheels already. 

       

      Yes it is 5.5 inches long which scales out to a 22' car. This will be about the longest cars I will run. 

    • December 24, 2019 3:31 PM EST
    • Ya know, Devon, if you put some wheels under that log skidder it would be much easier to move ..... but each to his own 

       

      Nice start.  And did I read somewhere that you said that car was 5.5" long?

    • December 24, 2019 2:40 PM EST
    • the humble beginnings

       

    • December 24, 2019 11:54 AM EST
    • John Bouck said:

      Devon,

      I built an 0n3 speeder and trailer kit for John. Got it from Wiseman on Ebay.

      For someone who has built 7/8 and 1:20.3 all I can say is good luck........

      Buy a kit and have fun. Some of the parts you can't even see without magnifying glasses.

      Here is the real reason you went to 7/8ths.

    • December 24, 2019 10:25 AM EST
    • Devon,

      I built an 0n3 speeder and trailer kit for John. Got it from Wiseman on Ebay.

      For someone who has built 7/8 and 1:20.3 all I can say is good luck........

      Buy a kit and have fun. Some of the parts you can't even see without magnifying glasses.

    • December 24, 2019 10:05 AM EST
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Pictures, man! Pictures!

       

      Soon Jim,

      I need to place an order for some detail parts. I ordered a set of trucks from shapeways and they should be here soon. but I can always take a progress picture I guess. This is just giving me my train fix until the MIK

       

    • December 23, 2019 11:30 PM EST
    • Pictures, man! Pictures!

       

    • December 23, 2019 10:31 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      So who's stupid idea was it to switch to this scale? ;-). ......

      I believe that would be Mr. Sinsley that made that fateful decision 

    • December 27, 2019 5:12 AM EST
    • A friend made O scale corrugated iron using smoothed out aluminum foil baking/BBQ trays.

      He made a bender and the "iron"by;

      • gluing Bamboo skewers (you could use dowel) onto 2 wooden frames
      • then sandwiched the foil between
      • then just pushed down to create the corrugations to make the "iron".
      This is similar to what I do with my paper crimper for my G scale iron.

      Trying to describe the frames imagine a 6"x 3" rectangular wooden frame which has grooves cut into it that accept the skewers, the skewers are glued into the grooves bit leaving them proud.

      To make the grooves clamp the 2 frames together and drill holes that same diameter as the skewers and you will end up with semi circular grooves that will leave the skewers proud by the radius of the skewer.

      Hopefully I have describe this so that you may understand, its simple, cheap and an easy way to make "corrugated iron". 

      I might even use this method for my indoor HO layout just reducing the size of the skewers by half (HO= Half O)

      Sadly my friend passed away from cancer, but I am using all his HO track work for my indoor layout with his widow's blessing.

    • December 26, 2019 3:01 PM EST
    • I have thought of doing standing seam. I know how to make that just a saw kerf in a board will work. Maybe thats the route I will go. I agree the size is gonna be glaring I think.

       

    • December 26, 2019 1:02 PM EST
    • I went the other direction in the 16' car contest (MIK) I used copper standing seam O scale roofing.

      Seems like one could fold foil over battens to make a scale standing seam roofing. I think the mental image of corrugated roofing is too burned in not to see the over sized bends....

      When I was in On3 I bought the available ...

    • December 26, 2019 12:44 PM EST
    • I know i can buy commercial corrugated roofing materiel in O scale but I am wondering about a DIY version like we do with pop cans and paper crimpers. Would it be glaringly unreasonable to use the same in O scale. It seems smallish for Large scale anyway but is it going to look huge in O. Is there another way?

       

      I thought about making a jig to burnish it into foil. I don't want to re invent the wheel. What are others doing in O.