Howdy Tom - thanks for the very nice post.
I was wondering where you were again, and I even sent you an email a month or so back to see if all was well. It's nice to see you posting again.
The truth is, I fully intend to paint her, but I have to finish her first. I am making the innards of the water bunker now, mounting the WLDS water pump, batteries, etc. I also need to figure out where to put the WLDS itself. I can put it in the water bunker as well, but doing so will reduce the amount of actual water I can carry.
The next step is to disassemble the locomotive proper, mill out the running boards I made that I subsequently figured out needs to have a bigger cutout for the boiler to clear two pipes I still need to mount, mill a slot in the cab floor to clear a sprocket for the throttle servo (I'm not happy with the amount of throttle throw I'm getting with the pushrod), install a superheater (which I just got yesterday), install a new Mike Chaney lubricator, drill the boiler for the WLDS probe and a site glass, redo the cab hinges, install a whistle, drill the headlight and install the bulb, and a myriad of other small things. I then have to reassemble her and test run all this stuff a few times to make sure I'm happy with it all and make sure it all works.
Then and only then can I disassemble her one last time for painting.
After over a year, I also am sometimes just plain sick of working on her, and things therefore don't move as quickly as they otherwise might. However, it's a hobby, and it's supposed to be fun, so I don't force myself to work on her when I don't feel like it. I have to do enough of that at my job. hehehe Things would move faster if I didn't have a day job to worry about, which not only takes a lot of my time but also saps my creative energy so that even when I am off, I sometimes just feel like vegging out.
I may soon take a little break from her and try something related to a future project just to see if I can do it.
Bottom line, she will
get paint and the appropriate lettering - but only after I'm satisfied she's finished.
Again, it's nice to see you posting again.
Glad you're still alive and kickin'!!!