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[CFF] First work on the frame

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 (Comments Closed)


once the long list of projects was done, I started work on the frame. First I un-soldered the tool boxes at the rear end beam and the center support for the water tanks. The valve gear on the real Resita shows a lifting arm behind the expansion link while on the model version, the arm is on the same shaft as the link, facing towards the cylinders. This is one of the details I like to change so I drilled new holes for a shaft, which will take the relocated lifting arms. I also drilled holes for the dummy-brake rigging below the cab floor.

Next I moved the frame to the mill. The lower edge of the frame shows a recess behind the last drivers, so I milled 3mm off the frame. I used a 6mm ball-mill to start with the round sections and milled the remaining areas with an endmill.

The top edge of the frame is also a bit to high, so I milled off another 3mm at the marked sections. The areas around the shaft bearings and cross supports stayed in place.

Once the milling was done, I soldered the water-tank support back in its new location behind the new lifting arm shaft.

Next I’ll build the components of the brake system and I’ll spend some attention to the rear buffer beam of the frame.

[CFF] The “Resita”-kit arrived

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 with 3 Comments


last weekend, I picked up the first two kits for my new Resita-loco at Dampfmodellbau Reppingen. It was a very exciting and interesting visit. I was able to get the components for the chassis and boiler. The cab and water tanks as well as bunch of details will be shipped later. I was very impressed by the workshop. It would be really great to have such a workshop on its own.

Back at home, I checked all the parts to get a feeling of the loco and the kit. While doing so, I also noted some changes and improvements, which I like to add to my loco, to make her one-of-a-kind.

Basically I’ll keep the Reppingen-loco technically, while I’ll spend some work on cosmetic details such position of the domes, the front boiler support, details on the frame and many others.

Most of them are small bits, but may result in a very nice and close-to-prototype-model. As usual, I’ll post the progress here on my blog.

Stay tuned, Gerd

[CFF] Introducing a new logging railroad project

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 (Comments Closed)


today, I like to introduce a new logging railroad project, starting soon. Several years ago, my first logging model railroad was a Romania styled railroad in G-scale. Most stuff was scratch built and the railroad even featured two live steam locos in the later years. I attached some photos below. When I stepped into 2″-scale, my G-scale activities came to a halt and during the years, I sold most stuff, so only three cars of the original first train have left (center photo).

But there was on loco, I never got in G-scale so far – The Romanian RESITA. This loco is somewhat as the Shay, build in the 1940/50th for the Romanian logging industries C.F.F. , this type of engine served on many Romanian logging railroads. Beside the Shay locomotive, this logging loco is on 2nd place in my list of favorite logging engines.

Dampfmodellbau Reppingen, a German maker of G-scale live steam locos, build a couple of these steam locos in 1:20 scale. Unfortunately, I missed the first batch several years ago and when the second one was announced in 2014, I had other plans and ideas in mind. Happy me – I could order one engine of the last batch in December 2016, which will be delivered soon.

In the meantime, I had the opportunity to run/operate one of this locos on a live steam meet and it’s a pleasure to run this loco. She’s powerful with a good sound and tumbles along the tracks just as the prototype. I just had a call with Mr. Reppingen last week and I look forward to get the first parts of my kit this weekend.

[LVLC] Sawmill construction stopped – Climax back in service

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 (Comments Closed)

Good morning, since I started to realize, how big my small sawmill will become, I came to a very import question – where to store the sawmill once finished? Since I don’t have spare room at the moment to store such a huge construction, I decided to take a break on the sawmill project. We’re […]

[LVLC] Finding the footprint (size) – Sawmill #2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 with 1 Comment

The template from last week worked very well and the following timber frames were assembled with half an hour each. With the five frames done, I figured out how big my sawmill will be. The main building will be 85cm by 50cm (33.5″ by 19.5″) with the log deck and carriage loading outside of the […]