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Here is the 1/2 finished kit as I received it on December 22, 2008. Mostly it just needed the water pump system completed in the Mimi Tender and paintjob to finish it up.



So I sanded all the "to be painted" parts down and applied the paint. The paint I used is Rustoleum High Heat Satin Black. Its the first time I have ever painted metal and I think I did a good job considering. I also got a small can of flat white oil based paint to do the trims and the engine number. I got the railroad font, Railroad Roman, and measured on the engine the area I needed for the numbers. I made a square in photoshop, painted it black and put in the numbers "531" in the center white. Then I printed this on card stock paper and cut it out with a xacto knife making a stencil. Then I scotch taped the stencil, and "very sparingly" painted in the stencil. Waited until dry, then removed the stencil and did the other side. Here are the results.




If I were to do it again, I think I would try vinyl decals or the water slide on ones, but I am no expert so I dont know.






I took these photos late at night last night, so I will update this post later with better pictures, howto firing videos (once I get it down to a science) etc. Its all ready to get all dirty/weathered up!

btw I photoshop the railroad letters I want to put on the tender but I dont think I am good enough to just paint them on, so I want to know how everyone else would approach this decal?

PHOTOSHOPPED PHOTO, not real.... yet lol.




Well anyway, its ready to be brought to diamondhead for its first public running (will practice locally to get the running down pat, have welsh coal now!).
Years after I hope to add some more detailing to the engine plus finish the new larger tender for this engine (hold coal + tools, and more water, have the brass stamped and cut, needs soldiered and put together).


Any comments ans suggestions are welcome.
 

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Question, where do you guys get your custom decals or how do you make them (have access to lots of different types of printers)

Well I tried the welsh coal that Justin (slipped eccentric) brought down and that was the ticket. The water pump kept up the water (had to fill the tender 2x during this run)
The welsh coal held its heat up and dropped its heat but kept the fire going for more coal. The old stuff(7.5 gauge pocohantas coal) I was using would burn out waay too fast.
My shipment from Coles Power Models came in yesturday, 20 lbs of welsh coal!

So this engine officially runs very well, cant wait to see her pulling a load! Yes it is in the dark again lol.


Yes I know the "Water Thing" is the sight glass lol, must of had low blood sugar at the time lol (type 1 diabetic), or I am just too occupied to pay attention to the proper terms





I was taking the video by myself, I need a tripod or something lol.
 

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Trials of 351.

I brought it out to the track I built at my local 7.5 guage club (TARR) to hone my skills in on firing and running this coal fired ruby.

The biggest thing I learn today is blower control, I don't need much blower at all to run this engine.

Figured out a cycle to keep it running:


1. Stop engine from running when you see the pressure start to drop

2. open blower on a low setting
3. put in some new coal

4. let it build to 40(on my engine)
5. using the goodall valve, put some water into it affectively dropping the pressure to 20 again.

(repeat this until you see a little water come out of the blower(stating boiler is full), raising pressure from new coal, adding water- blower at a low setting is KEY)


6.Once boiler is full of water raise the pressure up to 60 psi 1 more time

7. add new coal
8. turn off blower completely, open throttle and off you go.


Trial videos (with a funny fake crash at end LOL)
 
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