Forums » Prototypes

List of newest posts

    • September 15, 2020 2:01 AM EDT
    • Awesome! In the first video, what was that weird siren-like sound after the whistle?

       

       

    • September 14, 2020 7:19 PM EDT
    •  

      Ric,

      That's my boy over 10yrs ago grabbing the chain !

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Now Russell built a badass tractor back in the day !

       

       

       

    • September 14, 2020 7:13 PM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

      Thanks Dave.

      All this from a guy that always claims he doesn't like steam

       

       

      I don't!  

       

       

      However I enjoy it as it's history which I love BUT it's not my prime choice when it comes to modeling it.

    • September 14, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dave.

      All this from a guy that always claims he doesn't like steam

    • September 14, 2020 6:44 PM EDT
    •  

       

       

      Well not exactly but one of the whistle's still lives on a Case steam tractor.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       I drove it this year but the whistle makes my butthole fall out every time I pulled the chain over the years! The echo off of South Mountain, PA is numbing! I can only envision what 4 of them would have sounded like going over the Rockville Bridge headed to the Horseshoe Curve back in the day in the hood.

    • September 14, 2020 1:02 PM EDT
    • You need to dig down so half the brick is in the ground. I got lazy and just drove a wood stake in the ground at the end of some sidings.

    • September 13, 2020 3:52 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      "Right over there, see. You forgot to screw that brick down"

      LOOK !!! Do you see the large red brick over there!  Maybe if they only spoke Poultryese he would have stopped in time!

    • September 12, 2020 8:39 PM EDT
    • My granddaughter did that same thing, ran through a brick.  Its a good thing the loco was tough.

    • September 11, 2020 7:02 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Rooster said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

       

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

      Because this is not an EBT car from PA. It's a clay tipper from Georgia. Stay with the program, Roos...

      LOL....SORRY ....Then why not weather with clay dust from Georgia? PA has some great clay dust but I bet Georgia's is better!

      Enjoying and following along even though I don't even like the steam era!

    • September 11, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Rooster said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

      Because this is not an EBT car from PA. It's a clay tipper from Georgia. Stay with the program, Roos...

      :giggle:

       

    • September 11, 2020 12:29 PM EDT
    • Rooster said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

       

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

      Because this is not an EBT car from PA. It's a clay tipper from Georgia. Stay with the program, Roos...

    • September 10, 2020 7:53 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.


       

       

       

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

    • September 10, 2020 3:41 PM EDT
    • I slapped a lot of dilute grey-black paint on the clay tippers this morning. Came out a bit darker than I intended but still fine. The 'dirt' is an added mix of sand+glue+paint pushed to the corners with a brush and then swiped out with a rag.

       

    • September 6, 2020 12:11 PM EDT
    • The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

      I'm not familiar with using zinc. How do you purchase it?

      I wondered if I should add a description. It's regular acrylic paint from Michaels Crafts, a "zinc" color.

       

    • September 6, 2020 10:31 AM EDT
    • The dirt rub is exactly what I was going to suggest. The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.  I'm not familiar with using zinc. How do you purchase it?

    • September 6, 2020 10:28 AM EDT
    • Weathering tests.  I had a couple of planks left over (one kit had 12, not 9,) so I wiped a 50-50 'zinc'-colored acrylic paint and water soltuion over them. The RH plank got an extra brush of undiluted paint on top, to see if it looked like clay residue! I think a 50-50 wash with a slightly darker shade of grey will work well. Then some more paint on the bottom of the tipper box where the clay would be.

      I went outside and collected some sandy dirt from our path, which I think will do for bits of dirt left behind.

       

    • September 4, 2020 11:03 AM EDT
    • Anyone have any of these Trail Creek kits on their shelf ?  Now to figure out how to weather them. The loads can come later.

       

    • September 7, 2020 1:10 PM EDT
    • Cool.

      The details of that could be interesting,

      B.R. Howard Conservation will be combining the practices of conservation and selective restoration to return the locomotive to an appearance where visitors can appreciate the construction technologies used in its fabrication.

      ...

      However, the current locomotive is in poor and unstable condition having actively corroding iron, fungal decay of all wooden components, and actively flaking paint in areas which still retain paint.

      ...

      The Yankee is about 70% intact, and almost 60% of its parts are original. A recent historical report complete with conservation recommendations will guide restoration efforts.

    • September 6, 2020 8:54 AM EDT
    • OH MY!  That is so cool!  What a great restoration.

    • September 5, 2020 8:10 AM EDT
    • https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/09/rare-19th-century-locomotive-set-for-900-mile-journey-from-upper-peninsula-to-pennsylvania.html