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Christmas time -> Family time

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello my friends,

well, what happened to 2019? it’s nearly gone…

Coming Sunday, this years Xmas season will start and in the past years, this was the time when my workshop got a real boon in projects and models. Back in time, when I was attending the Livesteam Indoor Meet in Germany, I had a lot to organize during the end of the year and sometimes, I challenged even huge projects in a short time, like a whole new¬† turntable in 5″-gauge, build within a few days.

All of these projects didn’t happen if I didn’t get so much support by my wife and family. They gave me a lot of spare time to work on my models/projects and to let me attend on exhibitions, not always without head-shaking.

Therefore it’s the best time to say “Thanks” and I decided to keep the workshop closed during the next weeks, spending the whole time with my family. I wish you all a peaceful and happy Xmas-season. We’ll see/read us again next year.

Kind regards, your “Waldbahner” aka Gerd.

[CFF] “Moldovita” caboose (part 2)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 with 3 Comments

Well, the car is done…
And as in the first part, I don’t have photos of the building steps. If you’re interested in details, feel free to ask!

Once all the brass profiles were applied, I brush painted them black. The window framing got glued onto the plastic window-glazing first and the whole windows are than installed to the car. Additional details parts got added from plastic and metal parts to complete the car body. Last challenge became the roof, which was made from three separate bend segments soldered together. On the inside, the roof is inforced by two 10mm plywood arches. The roof is removable to show to the interior.

As usual, the car got its final transformation from “model car” to “logging railroad equipment” by the use of the airbrush. The third photo shows the interior I added. The door features working hinges and opens.

Last photos today are showing the latest models in service on the garden railroad.

Cheers, Gerd

[CFF] “Moldovita” caboose (part 1)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 with 2 Comments

After a short break, I’ll show you some progress on my next Moldovita based car. The line used a small 4-wheel caboose on their log trains and I always had a special favor for it. At least for its small size and octagonal body shape.

I checked my scrap box and found some 26mm wheelsets and OZARK journal/pedestals. Together with some brass profiles, the chassis was built within a few minutes. But than, it become much more difficult and complex…

Finally, it become so complex, that I missed to take photos during the build. The prototype seems to be built from a metal frame, planked with wooden boards from the inside. A very difficult design to use in 1:19 (16mm) scale. So I started to work out a sandwich-construction. Base for the car body is 2mm plywood, used for the floor and walls. They got screwed together with brass angles. Once the base was done, I glued thin wood planks to the car body and added more brass profiles to create the frame under the car.

Last challenge was to add the slim frame-work. I was pretty sure that glue would not hold them in place for long time, so I decided to “blind-solder” them from the back. the profiles are self made from 0.3mm brass sheet and I drilled holes through the brass and car body. Then I inserted brass nails from the inside, soldered them to the profiles on the outside and filed them flush. I think this will be the best way. I just finished one side, so I’ve to spend some more work to get all the brass profiles applied.

Short break

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 with No Comments

Hi folks, I was very short in time for workshop and blog entries in the past weeks, due to several reasons. But now I’m back on track and already working on the next project. So hopefully there’ll be new content coming next week. Thanks & regards, Gerd

[CFF] live stock on the railroad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 October 2019 with 2 Comments

This week, I’ve just a small project. Many logging railroads were used for much more as hauling logs. It also brought loggers and other “passengers” into the woods as well as food and supplies to the camps. But sometimes, they also worked simple as a “common carrier”. Along my logging empire, there are some fresh […]

[CFF] aux. tender “Moldovita” style (part2)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 with 3 Comments

Here comes the second part of this small tender car. As announced last week, I spend a sand-blast and painted the body black. Once assembled, I soon realized, that something went wrong with proportions in height. I checked some prototype photos and soon found out, that the roof on my car is 6mm to height. […]

[CFF] aux. tender “Moldovita” style (part1)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 (Comments Closed)

Hello my friends, many Romanian logging railroads used wood to fire the steam locos and since wood has a lower fuel value as coal, many locos used aux. tenders to enlarge the fuel capacity. For my railroad, I choosed the small 4-wheel tender used at the Moldovita forestry line. The prototype was rebuild multiple times […]

[LVLC] Shay-Update

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 23 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello, during the last months, my Louise Valley Lumber Co. acquired two 3-truck Shays for heavier log trains. Originally, both were “oil-burner” and got defined to be the “2nd generation” of motive power at the LVLC. Later, I converted both to coal-burner as I like the look of Shays with diamond stacks more than the […]

[CFF] Resita 764-467 back in service

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 15 September 2019 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, after the crash of my Resita loco some weeks ago, it took only a few days to get the rough warp repaired, but it took several more days to get the loco back into perfect operational condition. In the past days, I disassembled and re-assembled the loco several times, fixing many small issues […]

[MLC] Running on our club layout

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 8 September 2019 with 2 Comments

Hello followers, this week, I like to share the photos from the August operation session on our club layout. I ran my whole 1:7.2 scaled log train and had a great day. Most time, I was the only “show train” running on the inner loop, so I was able to enjoy very slow speed running […]