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Author Topic: Whats everyone up to?
GreggL

Posts: 18
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: May 31, 2017,
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Quote from Martin on May 25, 2017, Nice looking depot - please tell us more about it and share some more pics, too

I model a small branch of the MoPac in P:48, the Missouri-Illinois Railroad, along the Mississippi River south of St Louis. This depot was in Herculaneum, MO, (ny hometown) and sat next to the St Joseph Lead Smelter. Despite growing up there, I never took the opportunity to photograph or measure it before it was demolished. However, I was able to find some online images, as well as a pic from the MoPac Historical Society's journal, The Eagle.

I started with a substructure of styrene, then sheathed it with siding and shingles from Rusty Stumps. Windows are Grandt Line, freight door is laser cut from Rusty Stumps.

Of course, once finished, I realized I had totally screwed up the front elevation: the door should be not he front of the depot, rather than the north side. Oh well...I have to build a similar depot a few miles farther down the line in Festus-Crystal City and I know it well - had measurements of photos of it when I was a kid and built a model in N scale. I lost the model, the measurements and photos in a flood twenty years ago, but I know enough not to make the same mistake twice <g>. I may rebuild Herculaneum correctly, but for now, it will inhabit the staging yard.

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GreggL

Posts: 18
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: May 31, 2017,
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More images...

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Proto48Pat-
rick

Posts: 560
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 1, 2017,
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Nice work!!

Patrick Welch

GreggL

Posts: 18
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 1, 2017,
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Thanks Patrick. Building has becoming my favorite aspect of the hobby - way more fun than laying track <g>.

....gregg laiben

BruceB

Posts: 59
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 1, 2017,
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Great work!

Proto48Pat-
rick

Posts: 560
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 1, 2017,
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Gregg,

I think I'll enjoy the structure part when/if I ever get there..

Tale care

Patrick Welch

Colin-
Stewart

Posts: 54
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 2, 2017,
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Nice work

Colin

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 96
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 2, 2017,
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What have I been up to? Not much. I'm talking with Scott Mann about creating drop-in P:48 conversion kits for his newer diesels. If we come up with these kits how many of you will purchase his models with the intent of converting them? One goal is to allow you to keep the original axle/wheel sets so your models can be converting back to regular O Scale. Scott wants to promote his line and expand his customer base. I want to promote P:48 and expand Right-O'-Way. Other than than, I've just been goofing off.

Martin
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Posts: 1387
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 4, 2017,
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Scott wants to promote his line and expand his customer base. I want to promote P:48 and expand Right-O'-Way.

Seems like a good business opportunity from both directions; no idea if the numbers will work, but best of luck on this endeavor.

Want a balloon?

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 96
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 10, 2017,
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Marty,

If you close your eyes really, really, tight the numbers don't matter. Great business model, huh?

Anyway, we're making progress. This is what I posted earlier today;

Great news on the drop in conversion kits for the newer Sunset 3rd Rail diesels. Scott spoke with his supplier in Korea and they will be making enough worm gears and bearings for 100 axles. Scott also told me it will probably be a month, or two, before we can take delivery. Time for me to make 100 axles and ramp up the tooling required
to assemble everything.

Jay

Proto48Pat-
rick

Posts: 560
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 10, 2017,
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good news Jay, keep up the great work!

Patrick Welch

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 96
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 11, 2017,
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Thanks Patrick,

I'll keep chugging along. Today I ordered enough precision ground shafting for 300 axles. Possibly a little overly optimistic, we'll see.

Jay

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 96
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 11, 2017,
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Just an FYI, Scott tells me the SD40-2s are not getting as many reservations as he'd like to see. I guess if someone's interested in these models you need to get your reservation into the system.

Jay

GreggL

Posts: 18
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 11, 2017,
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Quote from Jay Criswell on June 11, 2017,
Thanks Patrick,

I'll keep chugging along. Today I ordered enough precision ground shafting for 300 axles. Possibly a little overly optimistic, we'll see.

Jay

Glad you bumped the order up to 300 - I think they will sell. In thinking about diesels, especially with 6 axles, there are lots of folks with ABBA sets. That one set would have eaten 25% of the original order.

Good luck - lots of folks support the work you are doing, and especially this special deal with Scott Mann.

...gregg

Colin-
Stewart

Posts: 54
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: September 26, 2017,
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On my workbench is a large and ugly* GE diesel its an etched brass dash 8-40CW. This is a the final test build for a new kit by Mike Calvert of Gilmaur. This is an etched brass kit offered as a body and chassis which builds into a dimensionally accurate model which the builder can add as little of as much detail as they wish.

Suitable cast metal trucks are also being made available. The nature of the market means that kits are produced in limited batches, if you are interested please PM me and I will add you to the expression of interest list.

Prices are confirmed at $250 for the locomotive and chassis kit and $55 for a pair of trucks

Regards

Colin Stewart
Inverness
Scotland

*Its the wide cab version and I prefer the more traditional cab and short nose. It also a pretty big beast!

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 96
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: September 28, 2017,
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When I bought a large portion of the Protocraft line, with the intent of expanding Right-O'-Way's presence in Proto48, I ended up with thousands of 36", 40", and 42" diesel wheels. It appeared to me that if sales continued at their present rate I would have enough wheels to last me 50 years. So I said to myself, self, how can I sell more of these wheels? Self said, I dunno.

Anyway, I like the diesels Sunset 3rd rail is producing (I bought the SP BW SD-9). My primary reason, I feel their drives are far superior to their competition's. Don't get me wrong, I've made a few bucks over the years replacing China drives but that's not the way to bring in new modelers to P:48. Self started thinking, if we could produce replacement axles/wheels (P:48) that could be swapped out with the original factory Ow5 (that's not an insult, I model Ow5) modelers could make their models capable of running on P:48 track. Changing nothing else on the models (side frames stay where they are would keep everything fairly simple and the model(s) could be changed back to Ow5.

Now, I had the wheels and axle material but bronze gears & bearings would probably be too expensive to make the whole thing viable. I decided to ask Scott Mann what he thought of my idea and asked if he had any extra gears and bearings. He said he didn't have the quantity I wanted in stock but like my idea. He then offered to have new gears, bearings, and thrust washers made by his builder. I jumped on the offer and he came through for me. Actually, the first batch were made to the specs for models previously produced. These gears measured 10.5mm in diameter and we needed the 10.1mm version.

About a week ago I took delivery of the correct gears. Since then I've assembled fifty, or so, axle sets. Just to make sure all of this was going to work I converted my SD-9 and it runs just as nice as it did before my modifications.

These sets will work in any of the current and future Sunset 3rd Rail diesels. This will include the second run of the EMD F-7s, the new F-3s, E5/6, RI Rocket, the PA/PB, and the SD40-2 (if Scott gets enough reservations). The larger (10.5mm) sets will work in the recent runs of E7, FL9, FT, FP7, F7 (1st run).

Oh yeah, the reservations for the SD-40-2 are way down. If you're interested in getting one (or more) and using these conversion kits I would recommend getting your reservation in.

Now the purist in P:48 may not approve but, to me, it allows people to get into P:48 and try it out. If they want out or want to sell their models they can switch them back to factory original.

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If anyone is interested please contact me at jay@right-o-way.us

Jay

GreggL

Posts: 18
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: November 7, 2017,
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Just finished the P:48 conversion of a Sunset 3rd Rail 2R MoPac E8 using Jay's wheel sets this evening. He has produced a very slick conversion kit - I polished the P:48 treads with a Dremel and switched out the O gauge sets and dropped in the P:48 replacements. Now that I have done it, I expect could do all 6 axles in an hour. Thanks Jay (and Scott Mann)! Picture shows the P:48 wheels on the right, and am just starting to remove the O gauge wheels on the left.

...gregg

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