They do well for that. The Plano ones come in such a way that you're supposed to remove them from the fret and fold them over onto themselves. Then, when you add paint to them they take on a more round profile.
I cut them in half and get double the amount for the same money.
I am a big fan of Tichy but their lift rings are plastic. With my big fingers they just don't cut it.
Randy; operating the Vicksburg & Eastern Railroad.
Post by burlington77 on Jan 24, 2018 23:01:14 GMT -5
Thank you for posting all of these great photos and instructions. I never really had the opportunity over the years to learn about this kind of detailing. After looking at this, I see that I could definitely do this. Now I just have to find the time. I also appreciate you mentioning the source of your detail parts. With no hobby shop and no other modelers around the internet is my only source of information.
The next installment is adding the lighting. I use these bulbs;
I test them first;
Next, each end gets 2 bulbs. I twist the wires together taking one wire from each bulb to keep them ready for soldering.
Lay the bulbs in the shell with the bulbs in each hole; flush with the shell. I use packing tape to hold the wiring in place.
Now we add a 180 ohm resistor to one of the ground screws we put in way back at the beginning. This will drop the voltage down to a safe level for the micro-bulb. Since the lights are only lit in their respective directions they can share one resistor without over loading it.
Now, solder two of the rear leads to the rear diode. Do the same with the front.
Finally take the remaining 4 wires and solder them to the resistor.
Next, slip the shell on and test the lights.
Next up; side frames.
Randy; operating the Vicksburg & Eastern Railroad.
Post by goingincirclez on Jan 25, 2018 22:29:45 GMT -5
Really great tutorial. I did a lot of this on several BB locos... just about everything except the lights. I like your lift ring parts. And your tools probably make it easier than I what I was using.
That International loco makes me smile. I worked in the Melrose Park (IL) Plant for a 10-month college co-op stint in 1998. I was "in charge" of bringing the gaging dept. into ISO 9001 compliance. Of course at that time the corporate name was "Navistar", running the ghost of International's trucking legacy before they cratered their Class8 reputation by failing to meet EPA Tier II standards.
At that time the plant was only building the DT466E, which did not require even half the square footage. Half of the plant was darkened and full of machinery, as used when it used to be the nerve center of *everything* I-H before the split. The plant was originally constructed to build Buick bomber engines in WWII... and it had all the awesomely impressive hallmarks of a wartime manufacturing plant. There were subterranean tunnels snaking all underneath the plant, connecting buildings and offices and god only knew what else. I used to sneak away during my lunch breaks and take an unused service elevator from the darkened part below ground, and snoop around. The offices under the plant were still labeled with 50's-style signage for former development efforts: "Crawler Tractor", "Excavators", "Implements", etc. Rooms full of mothballed cabinets filled with blueprints. I found another office that had been filled with cabinets containing HR records for employees... found hire date records as far back as 1927. It was astounding! I'd have gotten in so much trouble if I got caught but I couldn't help myself. The history was palpable, yet forgotten. Oh, if only camera-phones had been a thing then.
But that mothballed part of the plant, the dark half above ground, was truly sad. A full production line ready to go, assets left behind from the Case-IH split. Navistar kept it shut off and on-premise that entire time to depreciate the assets and write them down and off on taxes. While I was there they finally began breaking them down and crating them up: sold to buyers in China.
Anything to make a buck, right? Someone's 401K was happy at least.
I absolutely loved the UAW line workers I worked with and supervised, and even management was cool. Some model railroaders in the bunch too. It was an amazing place to work. But man, the writing on the wall was obvious then, and it didn't point to anything good.
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rbturner: Many years ago I built a Budweiser Clydesdale, 8 horse hit w/ wagon. It sat on a cobblestone base. I painted each cobblestone individually with various earth tone colors. It looked great but was a real job.
Aug 6, 2019 8:01:21 GMT -5
frankenstein: Why get stalled? Things like that have a great variation to them, and are largely interpretive.
Aug 6, 2019 11:14:28 GMT -5
ZeldaTheSwordsman: Because I needed to be sure the cobblestones weren't completely off the wall before proceeding to the weathering stage of painting the base. I know there's a lot of variation, but I was worried I had still managed to goof it up
Aug 6, 2019 13:12:21 GMT -5
methuener: My B&O Pratt Street layout will be all street running and all cobblestones. I'm going with paper sheets with cobblestones printed from photo images.
Aug 8, 2019 19:49:10 GMT -5
eilif: Is there a topic where we share our collection of rolling stock from other member's freelanced railroads? I've got a BC&E on the way that will join equipment from JNXT, NMN, and JFI, it'd be nice to have a specific place to share this stuff.
Aug 12, 2019 8:29:48 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I don't think there is one, or a specific place for that - but just create one under "Gone to Beans Coffee Shop" I'd say. Sounds like it could be fun!
Aug 12, 2019 8:42:50 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I've also acquired a small handful of mystery freelance roads from train shows, done with such care that I can't think of stripping them.
Aug 12, 2019 14:38:46 GMT -5
John: JNXT, Don't want the cars but would like to see the pictures. Please!
Aug 15, 2019 14:37:39 GMT -5
John: I guess I will never understand the romantic nostalgia that is felt about Woodstock. I grew up in that era. Woodstock seemed more like a Drunken Roman Orgy than a music festival. I guess I was a Red Neck then too.
Aug 15, 2019 20:45:33 GMT -5
rbturner: John; AMEN.
Aug 16, 2019 12:06:03 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I second that. I do like some of the music but the event itself was a disaster. It has improved over the years though, like a fine hippie wine
Aug 16, 2019 13:48:33 GMT -5
The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave: Just heard Canned Heat for the first time. Sounds like pretty good blues work. The Dead are on in a few hours!
Aug 16, 2019 19:58:56 GMT -5
pokemonprime: "seemed more like a Drunken Roman Orgy" yep I think that's why some people went.
Aug 18, 2019 23:14:32 GMT -5
mph: WARNING: Another flamingo escaped! Be alert, it could show up anywhere.
Aug 19, 2019 17:53:52 GMT -5
The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave: Are there no fences strong enough or tall enough to contain these birds of destruction?
Aug 19, 2019 20:18:07 GMT -5
mph: Nothing that I can find. I may have to try something drastic and build a mote filled with Fogite - that will stop anything, right?
Aug 19, 2019 21:15:32 GMT -5