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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:39 pm

I assume you'll be using a white glue solution to attach the little pieces of coal? Curious to see what (if any) changes that makes to surface/color/texture/overall look.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:22 am

ConducTTor wrote:I assume you'll be using a white glue solution to attach the little pieces of coal? Curious to see what (if any) changes that makes to surface/color/texture/overall look.


Here are three of my loads bracketed by loads from Zeuke.
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The second and fourth loads are finely crushed coal. The middle car is one grade coarser.

I made foam inserts roughly to size, painted them flat black and then glued coal on them. They look reasonable. The different sizes of coal give some variety to the cars. There were at least a half dozen grades of coal sold, so the loads do not have to be all the same.

It is a pain to crush coal down to a reasonable size. The coal I have is hard. One more load to make for now.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby RodTT » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:15 am

One quite reasonable substitute I found for coal is dried black poster paint which had been left on a palette after I'd poured out too much for a paint job. Easier to crush than the real thing, I daresay.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:48 pm

@Bill Dixon

Maybe it's just me but the middle car (coarse load) seems a bit too big. It's more of a "crushed boulders" look.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:12 pm

ConducTTor wrote:@Bill Dixon

Maybe it's just me but the middle car (coarse load) seems a bit too big. It's more of a "crushed boulders" look.

Coal was shipped in many sizes. The current common sizes are called: broken, egg, stove, chestnut, pea, and buckwheat.
The smooth loads from Zeuke are about 1" in size so Chestnut size.
My smoother loads are larger pieces - perhaps Stove. 1-2".
My coarser loads are about 6" so Broken size.
In the past they would ship mine run coal where lumps are up to two feet in size. I currently have a 10" lump from my late friend.
Today they tend to ship Stove or smaller for home heating. Blacksmiths take egg. I am not sure what sizes are used in power plants. I think coking coal is made from the larger sizes.

As usual I rushed making my loads so they are not as good as they should be.
I am going to start over and take a little more time making a half dozen or so new ones.
I am looking for more sieves so I can make more grades of scale coal.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:25 pm

Wow I had no idea they got that big. Thanks for the info.
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