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[LVLC] Shay #5 in the Workshop

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 1 April 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

today I like to share some update on Louise Valley Lumber Co. Shay #5.

During the last rework, I added 3D-printed replacements for the broken foot boards on the pilot beams. Unfortunately, they didn’t last long. Also, the steps to the cab were broken multiple times and glued back in place, until they broke off again.

Now it’s time to replace them with rigged brass parts. I used the opportunity to make the foot boards at the end beams smaller, as I don’t need the extra wide opening for the regular couplers.

The construction is very simple. I used 12x10x1mm brass L profiles and some 1.5mm thick brass strips. The parts are holt together with small rivets and got soldered as well. Before applying the paint, I spend a quick sandblast.

While I was already working on the loco, I remembered another tweak I had on my list for many years. The previous owner chopped the length of the cab roof. In my opinion the overall proportions don’t look right. At least to me. Fortunately, I got an original replacement roof.

To make the longer roof fit, I had to rearrange the firewood load. I poked a screw driver under the load and it came off very easily. So I moved the wooden create inside the tender further to the back to get more space to lift off the tender shell for access to the batteries. A new firewood load was installed to match the longer roof. Some small parts as the water valve handles are homemade from brass and styrene.

The new firewood pile isn’t “full load” as before, which looks more realistic to me.

At the end, I’m very happy with the new appearance of the loco with it’s original roof. Finally, the loco is ready for the 2021 season.

[LVLC] The new cars got weathered

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 October 2020 (Comments Closed)

Hi folks,

yes, I postboned the weathering part on the new cars for a long time, but finally, I started with the three new freight cars. This is how they looked before.

And here after the airbrush-finish.

I’ll add some remains of loads (wood blocks, bark, sand…) and some clutter to get them finally finished.

I look forward to get the caboose finished as well.

Gerd

[LVLC] Caboose – part 4

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 with 4 Comments

Its time to get the interior finished. The wooden strips shown in last week preview were assembled to a workbench, which got weathered and detailed with tools and clutter. Back in time, Pola/LGB/MO-Miniatur offered a workshop & toolcar in G-scale, which included a whole bunch of diecast detail parts, which I use on my models. […]

[LVLC] Caboose – part 3

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 (Comments Closed)

Good morning loggers, let’s start with the interior. The high seats for the conductor/brakeman were made from wood. The cabinets underneath got some details parts added made by Ozark and handrails from wire. The brakeman also got a facelift (literally) as this (probably a Bachmann figure) was somewhat creepy. I cut away the gloves, re-positioned […]

[LVLC] Caboose – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi folks… … and welcome back at my caboose project. I finished the planking on the basic body-frame. I used coffee stirrer for the planking, which are 5-6mm wide and 1mm thick. With the different texture and color, they already provide a very authentic surface. Some of the bracing-timbers were cut to size at the […]

[LVLC] Basic construction for the new caboose.

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, since I was still unsure which style of caboose to build, I’m glad to present first progress on the caboose this week. During research for the sand & gravel car in the West Side Lumber Co. book, I spotted old WSLC caboose #2 with its diagonal bracings on the outside. This car looks […]

[LVLC] Sand & Gravel Car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 with 1 Comment

For the third car, I choose a prototype from the famous WSLC, sand & gravel car #276.  All strips and timbers were cut on the bandsaw and glued together to build up the super structure for this one. Last of the new cars is the caboose. I’m still looking for some ideas how to build […]

[LVLC] Water Tank Car

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 (Comments Closed)

Let’s continue with a water car, to supply logging camps and steam donkeys with fresh water, in case there’s no natural source nearby. The tank comes from an old Faller E-train tank car. The size was just perfect, but the tank lacks a lot of details. Finally, no issue for a passionate model maker like […]

[LVLC] Blockcar for firewood

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 with 1 Comment

During the past two weeks, I made the chassis for my new freight cars. Now I’ll start with the superstructures for each of them car by car. The first car I made is a blockcar to haul firewood and wood blocks to the camps or steam donkeys. They were not only used for firewood, but […]

[LVLC] Trucks and couplers

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 with 2 Comments

Next step is to bring the car frames onto wheels. I got a couple of die-cast trucks with real springs, originally made by Regner many years ago. Those are the same as on the other cars. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the same wheelsets, so I mixed in another brand. All parts got a bath in […]