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Weekend progress report

August 4th, 2008 · No Comments

The detail parts are taking a bit of time to get how I want em! I started with the Alexander Scale Models parts for interior machinery detail including the floor standing drill press, the lathe and the machining tool. Painting these little pieces of metal are a real challenge and trying to keep a steady hand is another trick. I was contemplating buying one of those alligator clip stands, but decided to save my money and use some clamps and even a spring clothes pin for holding them steady. Saved me some time and money too! Here are a few progress shots of the three detail machinery pieces. I still need to add both black and red paint to highlight some of the controls such as knobs, wheels and settings.

Drill Press


Machine Tool

  Also worked on repairing a Walther's #6 left throw switch due to consistent de-rails by rolling stock. Using the NMRA Gauge tool I found the rails at the points were too close and forcing the right side wheels on trucks to rise up and over the outside point rail. I also noticed that the outside rail was detached from the frame and there was movement. I surgically applied a small amount of adhesive to the underside of the rail to re-attach it to the base ties without permanently adhering the point rail. That was a real trick too, but it helped the situation. I also slightly bent the outside point rail a little to compensate for the tightness. Then I attached a Caboose Industries ground throw to the switch points control rod and this seemed to resolve the issue. I made a half-dozen passes with a 20 car consist with no failures. So, hopefully this issue has been resolved. manual throw

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