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by Eric M.
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: First locomotive build ~ Kozo a3 narrow gauge bash
Replies: 16
Views: 8111

Re: First locomotive build ~ Kozo a3 narrow gauge bash

Nico, Congratulations on a really great start to a wonderful project. I am honored to have served in some small way as an inspiration with my O.S. Krauss Americanization/narrow-gauge bash. The A3 has so much wonderful potential as a basis for a really fantastic narrow gauge engine in 1.5" scale. I'm...
by Eric M.
Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Narrow Gauge Sheffield Section Hand Car in 1 1/2" scale
Replies: 5
Views: 3625

Re: Narrow Gauge Sheffield Section Hand Car in 1 1/2" scale

If you wanted to build a rideable car for 24" gauge it could definitely be done, even in full scale. I have actually seen a picture of a full size 24" Sheffield car before. If you want to reduce the scale to one of the scales you mentioned I'm sure you could find drawings. The instructions that come...
by Eric M.
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Narrow Gauge Sheffield Section Hand Car in 1 1/2" scale
Replies: 5
Views: 3625

Narrow Gauge Sheffield Section Hand Car in 1 1/2" scale

I continue to try to prove that you can never have too many unfinished projects going on simultaneously. So here is the latest example. My wife is always a generous gift giver so for my recent birthday she got me something I have had my eye on for quite some time now, a craftsman kit for a section h...
by Eric M.
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Salt #9
Replies: 41
Views: 19508

Re: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Sal

Hi, yes. Sorry for the silence on my part. I have some progress but I have been slightly derailed recently by one of my other hobbies; fat tired bikes. This bike in particular has sucked up some of my time with modifications and such: http://wegmuller.org/gallery/var/resizes/Bicycles/Felt-MProvement...
by Eric M.
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: car brake cylinder castings
Replies: 46
Views: 8806

Re: car brake cylinder castings

Hi Brian, I just dug through my email and found my correspondence with them. It appears that I had them send me dimensions before I pulled the trigger on the order here is a quote from the email they sent regarding pricing and dimensions. Bear in mind that I ordered two cylinders, some brake shoes, ...
by Eric M.
Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: car brake cylinder castings
Replies: 46
Views: 8806

Re: car brake cylinder castings

I did a 3D print of a K brake cylinder in full 1 1/2" scale. I was in mid process of prepping the print for casting in resin when I discovered the Railcraft products. It was cheaper to order some parts from them than to pay for the silicone to make the mold so I thought I would take the risk and ord...
by Eric M.
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: car brake cylinder castings
Replies: 46
Views: 8806

Re: car brake cylinder castings

Sorry to barge into the conversation. 1 1/2" scale K style cylinders, some other styles and misc. parts are available from this Australian supplier: http://www.railcraft.50megs.com/index.html Just look under: "Railcraft Dummy Brakes & Air Tanks". Here are some photos of some of what they have: http:...
by Eric M.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plastic Ties (4.75"ga)
Replies: 7
Views: 1809

Re: Plastic Ties (4.75"ga)

My friend David Wegmuller used these ties on the track that circled his house. We added a third rail for 3 1/2" gauge. I ripped down strips of 3/4" thick pvc board called Komatex to create "inserts" for the ties. This allowed us to use track screws to secure the third rail. It was a fairly easy inst...
by Eric M.
Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Salt #9
Replies: 41
Views: 19508

Re: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Sal

Thanks guys. Robert, I'm not sure if there are any recordings of these little locomotives out there. The vast majority of the small early Plymouths had gasoline engines instead of diesel so a small early gasoline engine from a truck or something like that may be appropriate. I could always see if I ...
by Eric M.
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Salt #9
Replies: 41
Views: 19508

Re: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Sal

Happy holidays industrial railroaders! Moving ahead with progress on the Plymouth I have a major update today! One detail I had to incorporate was the hand crank starter. Early Plymouths, like early automobiles, had a small shaft coming from under the radiator to which a hand crank could attach. Thi...
by Eric M.
Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Salt #9
Replies: 41
Views: 19508

Re: 4 Ton Plymouth build, 1:5 scale, 4.75" gauge, Leslie Sal

Hi Robert, It is scenes like the one in your picture that made me want to do this project, that and the fact that these early gas mechanical locomotives have more in common with vintage construction equipment than they do with modern diesels. Actually many of the characteristics of the early critter...
by Eric M.
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 1/2" Narrow gauge
Replies: 22
Views: 6069

Re: 3 1/2" Narrow gauge

Dave, the diamond tread plate is steel. It's nice stuff. I think the texture is chemically etched in. I bought it a few years back from livesteamparts dot com (now out of business.) It came in a 12" x 24" piece. I think it is a product from O.S. Engines of Japan. It is supposed to be 1:12 scale but ...