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.
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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