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Spitfire2865

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    Steam engines, British & American trains, Star Wars, and generally building things.

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  1. Oh dear. Over a year again. Im still alive. For now at least... American Gauge 3 has continued at a snails pace. 28' gondola 28.5' boxcar And locomotive I really need to finish one build before starting or continuing another.
  2. Youd be surprised how consistent some things can be. If you think about it, a standardized design built with similar materials with similar techniques will develop a bell curve distribution for their weights. It couldve been that they routinely fell within a margin of error to round to the nearest ton rather than a quarter. We could assume they round to the nearest quarter as to give themselves a more exact average over a railway quantity of bulk material. Thus a wagon could weigh anywhere from 11186lbs-11214lbs. Id say a pretty fair range in a manufactured good using fairly similar wood
  3. It is the combined hardbacked version. Its a deep brown cover under the jacket. Published 1986. Unfortunately when I purchased it, it wasnt very clear which version it was. The trouble of buying online from across an ocean I suppose.
  4. I have a copy of that book, of what I believe to be the later combined printing, and there is hardly anything Pre 1930s which is what I had bought the book for originally when I was still building 4mm. So clearly Im missing something.
  5. Ok clearly Im not in the know. Where is one to find details of GWR wagons in the Pre 20th century period? The book Ive got has barely a mention of anything prewar. Certainly nothing as useful as diagram numbers or drawings.
  6. Well once the wagon is empty, theres not much that can fall on you being underneath it. The doors could "easily" be opened from the side.
  7. Have you checked the motors run disconnected from their gearboxes? Lubrication has not seized? Pickups making proper connection to the wheels? Wheels clean?
  8. Youre asking a foreign reseller to fix your items? Or how to fix your items? I can assure you, whatever customer service representative you spoke to has NO idea how model trains work and would NEVER offer advice on repairing it yourself. Thats something the manufacturer deals with. The Trainz CS is to deal with business and basic product questions. Now if you wanted a warranty, then their policy is fairly clear. 30 days since purchase, or its not their fault. Youve had the product for a year, and presumably used it for that year. Whos to say you didnt do someth
  9. Well there WERE Live steam floor toys made and sold back in the day, usually spiraling in a circle while you hope it doesnt catch on the curtains. So live steam indoors isnt unheard of, nor particularly dangerous if youre careful about it. As for firing it, is there room under the boiler for a solid fuel burner to slide in?
  10. Its how Amtrak has run all its services in the US. You book your specific train and route and you are guaranteed* a seat. (*train may be oversold, Amtrak® does not guarantee passengers a seat for the duration of their trip.)
  11. For new builds, its definitely due to the density of the wood, paint, and assorted hardware. Remember, as "standard" as many wagons were, there was always variation. Rather easy to forget such variation can naturally occur in our world of computerized mass production. Even in my line of work, our products often vary in weight by a pound or two, and they only weigh sub 100lb! Once you scale that up to a few tons, its not hard to see the range that's possible.
  12. I solely use enamels for painting have NEVER had issues like frosting. I use Tamiya, Testors, and Rustoleum (IIRC) brand matt and gloss aerosols to great results. Definitely do light coats though. I once laid a very heavy coat of matt onto some coupling rods and had to repaint them due to a light frosting.
  13. Take the rods off, does it free roll freely and straight without wobble? If it curves to one side much, thats a sure sign the wheelbase doesnt match the rods.
  14. I think I may have the record for amount of time spent in Penn on this forum, and the description of "busiest" is quite fitting.
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