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    • December 21, 2019 10:39 PM EST
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      Some pics for Pete T

      Here are some pics for Pete, he wanted to see the size comparison between an LGB engine, the Pearse switcher and a true 16mm narrow gauge model in the form of a Pearse W&L Earl.  Also is a pic of my old Reno I used to have with a set of Kalamazoo shorty coaches coupled up.  Enjoy!   

    • December 23, 2019 10:13 AM EST
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      Mike, thanks for the photos.  I like the Reno - mine arrives tomorrow.  Wonder if I can tone down some of the brass, like the valve chests?

       

      I lightened one of the pics with Photoshop (attached) as the curved cooktop behind made it tough to see the rooflines! I'm still of the opinion that Pearse were aiming for 1:22.5-ish scale, as LGB were the dominant supplier 20 years ago.  But whatever scale, it does look good. 

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at December 23, 2019 10:16 AM EST
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    • December 23, 2019 11:18 AM EST
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      The polished brass was part of the era that Reno comes from.  Engines were assigned and the crew and engine wipers spent hours keeping it all polished up.  I think the polished brass is what makes the Reno "POP" and look great.   I agree on the Pearse.  While the declared "scale" might have been 1:20.3, the engine like the Colorado, scales out nicely with LGB, Kalamazoo(as it was pullilng in my video) and USA rolling stock that would have been the normal stock on a USA garden railway of that era.    Mike

    • December 23, 2019 2:35 PM EST
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      Pete, 5 bucks at Hobby  Lobby:

       

      Black Onyx Patina For All Metal

      Described as an ink that sticks to metal. Will be susceptible to scratches... but easier to remove than paint, if needed.

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • December 24, 2019 10:49 AM EST
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      Thanks John - I need some of that.  However, I think I can cover the valve chests with some thin brass that I paint glossy black.  It's got a whole lot of brass on it - too much around the cylinders for my taste.

      My Reno just arrived from Peter Ks estate (thanks, Sam,) and has a beautiful patina from years of sitting around.  The domes really look that color. The scrollwork betweeon the drivers is polished copper.

       

       

      So I go in the laundry to see if I still have some Brasso, and what do I find:

       

       

      That's what makes it go - maybe I should see if I can fire an alcohol loco?  Naw - convert it to butane is the plan.  I found a perfect size burner for a Wilesco stationary engine to replace the wicks.  Just need to figure out how big a gas tank will fit.

       

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at December 24, 2019 10:54 AM EST
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    • December 24, 2019 12:22 PM EST
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      Anyone happen to know what radius the Reno needs?  1.2meters?

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    • December 24, 2019 12:42 PM EST
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      Mine that I had went around 10' diameter curves just fine, but do not think she would like 8 foot very well at all.   She also did the just a hair under 10' on Jim Sanders portable layout ok.     Mike

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