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animek Jan 10, 2011

  1. animek

    animek TrainBoard Member

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    Very happy to hear some news from you David. Thanks
    I'm sure you'll have fun building the cable car, it is challenging, I've build 3 in all when designing the kit, all to facilitate a little the construction process. o_O!
    I don't have any T scale train here, but seeing how small they are, yes, I think their trucks could fit into the cable car, nice suggestion.
    Ben
     
  2. GN-Z-phile

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    Mine arrived from ZSM today. I'm looking forward to working on this one. :)
     
  3. david f.

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    IMG_0488.JPG Here's a picture of the new (and old) CF7(s).
     
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    Here's what I did with the Showcase Miniature Nn3 Shay. It's the exact same as the rapid prototype offered by Shapeways, so having both let me modify and make it a three truck. IMG_0490.JPG IMG_0492.JPG
     
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    David, amazing work as usual.
     
  7. animek

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    On my workbench this week, My little fire truck.
    This thing is not too complicated to assemble, but boy! Does it have parts and details on it. Although, I imagine that if you want something looking like a real fire truck, all those details are important.
    The main ladder can rotate and retracts, I'll put 3 sets of hydraulics length for 3 different position, since hydraulics at that scale cant retract at all. On the right, this was my debut with a laser engraver in 2006.
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    Next week, I'm leaving with the family, I'll bring my laptop with me to work on the manual to bring this kit out in August.

    More pics here
    https://picasaweb.google.com/112488631516994596395/Pompier2015FireTruck#

    I'm also trying something new, separating all the parts into color sections, so that people can paint them directly on the sprues. It takes more time to cut and take more material, but I think it is worth it for the end results. the only problem so far was the paint on the position pins that was making some part a little too thick, some sanding had to be done at specific places to take the paint out.
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  8. emaley

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    WOW. Very nice. Great touch seperating parts by colors. I wish more kits were done that way.

    Trey
     
  9. Heay Equipment Designer

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    I love it Ben! Really nice work!
     
  10. Kez

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    Spectacular! That really looks amazing. You are truly raising the bar, Ben!
     
  11. david f.

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    Progress on the trolley. Man! Those are some little pieces! It takes patience, desire, and a steady hand to make this model ... But my mind reals at the commitment Ben has shown to create it!! Astounding!

    As you can see I couldn't leave well enough alone. Kit bashing is in my blood, so I HAD to try my hand at a different style San Francisco trolley.
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  13. chooch

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    Hi Gang,
    I have just finished, or at least 99% finished Bens latest creation, the Ladder Firetruck. It is a terrific model of this type of truck and it has a huge number of very small parts. This kit is not for someone who has never attempted a crafstman type kit in any scale but in Z Scale it becomes that much more of a challenge. The number of tiny parts is incredible and although I have some very expensive dental tweezers in my tool box they could not handle the small size of thos parts. I used a #80 drill bit in a pin vise to place the parts in their required places on the model. Ben suggests painting all of the different sprues before assembly but if I was to build another one I would not paint first. I spent hours cleaning the paint out of the tiny slots with a #11 Exacto blade and also had to file all of the paint off the tabs that went into those slots, and I was careful while painting trying to keep paint out of places where is should not be. I believe if you can build this kit you will have to skillset and the ability to paint the model after most of it is together. Just from handling the parts I wore alot of the paint off the model so I have already started the repaint job. Over the years I built in the hundreds of Robert Rays kits, from the smallest Z cabeese to the larger lumber cars in both N and Z and this little kit is much more of a challenge than any of those kits were. So if you are in the mood for a great challenge and want to take your time to achieve a wonderful model this is a great build. Remember to take your time and make sure the parts fit before you do any gluing, you may have to do just a small amount of filing to get a really good fit. Thanks Ben, for another terrific kit, keep up the great work.
    Bob:)
     
  14. Don A

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    Thanks for the tip. I have that model due here in the mail today. I've built a number of Ben's kits. I always thought that the windowsills in one of his houses was going to the edge of space in laser cutting, but I guess this going to be harder. Worth it when finished.

    ...don
     
  15. animek

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    Thanks for the comments Bob, I'm taking notes of your difficulties.
    Ben
     
  16. chooch

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    Hi Ben,
    I'm thinking it would be an easier build if you painted after assembling to a certain stage. Those tiny slots and tabs have to be absolutely free of any paint to properly fit together and if you pre-paint it just doesn't work. The tolerances of the fits are so tight with paint on them they won't go together. I'm brush painting now to complete it and thats easier than cleaning out those slots. I'll post a few photos once I get it completed. Great little model, whats next Ben?????????
    R/Bob
     
  17. animek

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    Are you using floquil paint ?

    Those parts seen here were used to assemble the final truck that is seen in my pictures, I diluted acrylic paint with water to use with my airbrush.
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    As seen here
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    Point 5 in my manual warn people about using floquil paint in my kits, it will glue your part directly on the sprue.
    You have to be careful about this.:(

    I' ve work really hard to put extra time to separate the parts into individual sprues for painting, for me it worked the first time, this is the only assemble truck I have. But rest assure I believe
    what you had experienced, please tell me if it was floquil (solvent base paint) that you had use.

    Thanks

    Ben
     
  18. SJ Z-man

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    Ben, it believe the pre-paint issue may be divided between spray-can and air-brush. The can makes so much paint that the parts will likely end up as you warn about. With an air brush, much less paint comes out.
     
  19. emaley

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    I agree with the spray can comment. It is like painting with a firehose compared to an air brush. I am currently finishing the 25-ton coal tower and the very fine detail can be obliterated by a spray can unless you use extreme caution. I love the kit. It was intimidating at first, but slow and easy gets you there. I can't wait to try some of the others.

    Trey
     
  20. minzemaennchen

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    Here my version of Ben's M3 Stuart:
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    Loaded on Robert Ray's Bulkhead Flatcar
     
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