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Author Topic: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
Robert

Posts: 378
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 3, 2018,
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I've become a fan of Neolube for coating valve gear. It gives a nice finish and is easily applied with a brush. I buy it from Micro Mark. Here is a photo showing it on my H10.

Robert
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Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 3, 2018,
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The finish on your valve gear looks close to what I was trying to get Robert. However, the bottle of Neolube I have (labeled No. 2 Dry Film Conductive Lubricant) is a very black color so may be a different product. Does your MM bottle have a different name?

Charlie

Robert

Posts: 378
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 3, 2018,
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Charlie... that's exactly the same as the one I have. It does look very black as you say, but once applied it yields a nice subtle finish as shown in my photo. I put a couple coats on as I recall, but that was just to make sure I hadn't missed any little areas.

Robert

Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 3, 2018,
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Interesting! The MM site calls the dried color a dark matte-gray. Some independent testing seems to be called for.

Charlie

Robert

Posts: 378
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 4, 2018,
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I would certainly try it on something to see what it give you, and if that's what your looking for. For my purpose it is a nice finish and I prefer it over an actual paint.

Robert

Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 4, 2018,
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I do intend to do some tests with it when I get this pacific off my work bench. Mostly I've just used it where I wanted the dry lubricant or on stainless threads.

Charlie

Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 7, 2018,
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With all the sub-assembly painting now done on the loco except for a few detail parts like window frames, it was time to install lights, wiring, etc. I used golden white .0603 LEDs from Richmond Controls with the wires already attached for the train indicators and the class lights. Each LED has a 22K ohm resistor in series with the LED. The headlights use a 1-1/2 volt 40 ma bulb with 270 ohm resistor in series.

I had given up on the hassle of getting the front boiler weight in place over the bulkhead the PSC builders had placed on the inside of the boiler shell and got after the bulkhead with a Dremel and cut-off wheel. In addition to easing the weight placement, the larger opening allowed access to the smokebox for the larger oval speaker (Soundtraxx TUP810078) which I think will have better sound than the small one I had been using.

Charlie

Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 13, 2018,
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Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 13, 2018,
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Update before I head off to March Meet. The lights and new larger speaker are installed. The sound is better. Originally I had planned to use the brass Irish Tracklayer train indicator numbers. The sets I have all still have plenty of numbers, but I've already used all the 'X's. I found some decal numbers that fit -- kinda.

The vintage of SP operations that I'm modeling is Timetable and Train Order. And this loco will be used for freights, passenger, and local trains in my operating scheme so running as an unscheduled extra works better.

Charlie
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Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 28, 2018,
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Glad to see this forum back.

I could not get a photo to show last time I posted so trying again. The Pacific has been painted and is close to being finished (baring any "dirt" I decide to spray on it). Remaining tasks are headlight numbers and crew.
I had wanted to use the Irish Tracklayer brass numbers for the train indicator, but although I had plenty of numbers, all the 'X's had been used. Plan B was some decals that came close to fitting in the casting windows. As the photos shows, the number is plainly visible anyway.

Charlie
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Ed Bommer

Posts: 398
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 28, 2018,
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Magnificent modeling work Charlie!
Ed Bommer

Robert

Posts: 378
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 28, 2018,
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Charlie, that's a handsome locomotive, and you did an outstanding job building it. What did you finally use on the valve gear?

Robert

Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: March 28, 2018,
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Thanks Ed and Robert. The builder for PSC did all the hard work.

The rods and valve gear parts were painted with a mix of aluminum, black, and maybe gray. Not an exact formula --- just mix a drop at a time till it kinda looks okay.

Charlie

Charlie

Posts: 235
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: April 13, 2018,
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This SP Pacific is off the workbench now to make room for some work on a 0-6-0. However, I wanted to make a comment about what I tried out for headlight and train indicator number lighting. I found that .005" thick styrene sheet makes an excellent translucent backing for the number decals. I had been disappointed with the results when using clear material for the numbering on models as the prototype numbers were clearly visible in the daytime without the lights as shown on the 2537 photo.

Charlie
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Robert

Posts: 378
Post Re: SP Pacific from PSC/D&D
on: April 13, 2018,
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Oh I'd say so too Charlie. Makes a very nice appearance. I enjoyed the excellent review of your railroad in issue 96 which just came in the mail yesterday. You own some very special locomotives.

Robert

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