Once upon a time in Michigan...

Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby rainy51 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:32 pm

eine bl 2 das ist ja super toll.mega strak.
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:50 pm

rainy51 wrote:eine bl 2 das ist ja super toll.mega strak.



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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby Marquette » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:26 pm

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TTQuebec wrote: That looks great. I doubt anyone will know that it is 4 ' short, I would not have thought so if you didn't mention it. I always thought BL-2's were the same size as GP-9's ..........dave


A good friend of mine did know it was short, but only because he'd noticed I used the GP9 frame as-is. But his observation was that I'd done a good job of capturing the proportions, that on the body it was not obvious that it's 4' too short. I took this as a great complement, since I consider his modelling to be some of the best I've seen - speeders with engine block visible and fish, he's made - in N scale!

My biggest problem now is to figure out how to attach the body shell to the chassis once it's done, in such a way as to have it be removable for access to the motor...
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby BTTB Fan » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:08 pm

TTQuebec wrote:My biggest problem now is to figure out how to attach the body shell to the chassis once it's done, in such a way as to have it be removable for access to the motor...

You may want to consider tiny rear earth magnets. They come as small as 1/8" cylinders and cubes. One epoxied in the front and one in the back should be able to hold the shell to any metallic piece (or another magnet) in the chassis.
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:17 pm

And they're cheap and come in multiple sizes and shapes http://www.kjmagnetics.com/categories.a ... 2god6jr8ZQ
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:58 pm

I would recommend using small screws. A 0-80 tap set and 0-80 screws are not that hard to come across on-line. Using screws is about the only way to ensure that the shell remains aligned right and is able to be removed as needed.

A good way to do this is to attach some blocks (plastic, resin, or wood) to the inside of the shell, and line them up with the frame, and then drill some holes in the frame that match up with the blocks.

The PVM GP-9 kit uses this very method to attach the shell to the frame. The precision needed is the same as the magnet method, and as long as you did the job right, one can pick the locomotive up by the shell and it will stay together. (Also it makes it a little more rugged for when family members inevitably get involved as well...)
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby ctxmf74 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:52 pm

BTTB Fan wrote:
You may want to consider tiny rear earth magnets. They come as small as 1/8" cylinders and cubes. One epoxied in the front and one in the back should be able to hold the shell to any metallic piece (or another magnet) in the chassis.


That's a good idea. I've used the little magnets for O scale airhoses
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby BTTB Fan » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:16 pm

One advantage of screws over magnets is that magnets do not do a good job on aligning the peices. That drawback can be overcome with a couple of alignment pins or tabs on the body that would fit in holes or slots on chassis.

As for availability, you can find them in many places, including eBay and online stores. And, if you are bying anything from Lee Valley (I order from them about twice a year...), you can add a few magnetes to your order ( http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx ... 42348&ap=1 )
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby Marquette » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:31 pm

I work next door to a Lee Valley!
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Re: Once upon a time in Michigan...

Postby BTTB Fan » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:46 pm

TTQuebec wrote:I work next door to a Lee Valley!

Lee Valley rules!
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