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Author Topic: Whats everyone up to?
big train

Posts: 27
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: December 22, 2018,
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John, thanks for the info. I only discovered the NJ Brass 2-bays at last year's March meet, then promptly whiffed on buying the one I saw for sale. Now that I know what to look for, I'm sure I'll stumble onto one eventually.

I'm currently working on etch artwork for replacement running boards for the Weaver 4-bay car, to switch from the solid molded plastic version to a see-through pattern. If it goes as planned, I will consider shorter versions for cut-down Weaver cars.

Jim

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Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: December 23, 2018,
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Jim, I didn’t know the 2-Bay NJCB hoppers existed either until a couple years ago, they are nice and I’ve been looking for them since.

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I don’t have first hand knowledge but believe Lionel’s aluminum ACF 2-Bay hoppers may be pretty good too, (I think the were originally produced by K-Line).

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 106
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: December 23, 2018,
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I've been wanting to redo my 1:1 brass gearboxes for a long time. Lucky for me I have some talented friends. Jim Read did all the computer drawings, Terry Van Winkle verified they would work with his printer...and they did so he made a series of very fine resolution prints, destined to become masters. He handed off the new patterns to a shop in NY and they made a low shrink RTV mold. They shot four waxes and used them to cast four test shots in bronze. The bronze always looks mottled but when these are done in yellow brass by Valley Brass & Bronze (David Sciacca) they will look much nicer. So far, I'm very happy with the results.

Thank you for the help Jim & Terry. Obviously I couldn't have done it without you.

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Jay

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Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: December 24, 2018,
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Those brass gearboxes look excellent, Jay!

Jay-
Criswell

Posts: 106
Post Re: Whats everyone up to?
on: June 25, 2019,
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...and 18 of those gearboxes went in the models Gene talks about in his latest P:48 blog. Lee Turner can make anything look good.

MODELING: FM Erie-Built Beasts

Jay

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