All about my Fn3 scale garden railroad
Welcome back to the last chapter of the Krauss loco for now.
First, I uploaded 3 more photos showing the loco under construction in total.
Before I glued the plastic sheets together, I sanded each of them on both sides, to get a good surface for the paint. I used spray cans on this project for most parts. Once the new build cab and water tanks were permanently attached to the boiler, I could start with all the small details along the boiler top. There I added the water feed valves and piping as well other steam lines and details.
The inside of the cab also got some details. I installed a wooden floor and added firewood and loco crew. The windows got glazing as well.
All loco plates are etched brass and I ordered them custom-made. The builders plate is from a set for an Austrian ‘U’-loco. The white trim on the body is simply made with a white pencil by using a ruler. This worked out well on my Resita.
Another typical detail on such locos is the hose & pump to take water from creeks or ponds to fill up the water tanks. On this loco, it’s possible to connect the hose to the pipe and lay it out to the water source. This may create some nice photo scenes in future.
Last big part was the roof, which is glued on top of the cab to add more stability to the super structure. Final detail parts were the injector under the cab. I ordered brass parts for live steam model detailing, as I couldn’t find any other good-looking parts. And I’m very happy with the result.
The last photo for today shows the loco opened up. The battery is hold in a small box inside the boiler. The body shell is hold down by three 10x10mm Rare-Earth-magnets, which held both sections well together. It’s even possible to carry the whole loco (approx 6lbs) on the cab, but since the crash of my Resita, I don’t experiment too much. Right below the smoke box are three spring-loaded contacts (LGB wheel pickups) which are used to transfer power to the head lights. They will connect to the PC-board inside the smoke box and there are no wires between the chassis and the body shell.
Until today, I didn’t find the right mood to airbrush-weather this loco, so she’s still “fresh paint”. But I look forward to make her “realistic looking” within the next month and to finally add all the small bits and details, which are adding so much to the Romanian logging steam locos.
See you soon.
Let’s continue with the second part. As already written in the last week, I had some trouble regarding the battery pack. Finally, two separate ideas solved this issue. The whole body shell, including boiler, water tanks and cab, will be one unit, which can be lifted from the chassis. This will give access to the inside of the boiler area where I can place the battery. Also, this is the first loco in which the LIPO-safety-module is installed permanently. It’s switched off by the main power switch. Therefore I don’t need to open up the loco to plug/unplug the safety module. All the electronic stuff was placed underneath the cab floor. It’s just a small space, but everything fit in well.
Additional to the problem solving above, I started to make some new parts for the boiler. The “crown” on top of the steam dome was made from several brass parts. The new sand dome in typical Krauss design is mae from a solid steel bar. I reused some of the LGB parts where possible. The boiler back head was cut to fit the higher cab floor and also in length. This part is now permanently rigged with the boiler itself.
Another open topic was the material for the superstructure. Finally I decided to use ABS plastic sheets and I didn’t regret this decision on any point. The parts may look cnc-milled, but they are hand crafted by using regular workshop equipment. When possible, I made identical parts in bundles/packages. All rivet detail are actual aluminum rivets inserted into pre-drilled holes. Where I need to bend ABS sheets, I made a pattern from sheet metal and used an hot-air-gun to soften the ABS. Be aware of crosswise shrink at the bend! I didn’t take care to this when bending the front edges on the water tanks, but I was able to fix it.
The next report will bring some paint to the model and I’ll spend a closer look into the details, electronics and how the chassis and body are connected.
In early 2019, I bought a used „Frank S.“ loco from LGB on eBay to model the HF110c loco of the French „Abreschviller logging railroad“. But soon I realized, that I was going to spread myself to far into different railroads topics, so I canceled the project just right in time. But what to do […]
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