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Thanks for re-posting Larry. my computer did something strange and a boat load of archived stuff is floating in my hard drive in some strange location.Grrrr
The information has been wonderful on your project. Thanks again.

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I am still trying to get a handle on the picture posting, Here goes! This the loco as she will go to Diamondhead (also my warm-up/steaming rack);





This is the loco pulling cars on a four foot circle of track;





This is my railroad logo and my first attempt at decal printing;





hope it worked!


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Larry,


Beautiful work and I can't wait to see it in person at Diamondhead. I sort of like it unpainted. Thanks for the thread, an interesting one to follow.
 

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Thanks Carl,
While I am not unhappy with the unpainted brass I am anxious to finish all the little details and paint the engine. I hope that all of you who commented and are at Diamondhead will come and introduce yourselves to me. Some of you I have met there in previous years, but I was just a spectator then! Thanks for all the comments!
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Hey Dwight,
I am driving over, it's only a couple of hours from home. I am going over Wed. morning to get some running in before it gets crowded. I just updated my profile to include my location. I feel for you guys who are flying in, I wonder what this will do to the attendance level. (particularly the overseas folks)
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Rod,

I'm bringing my Cricket - you're welcome to run it if you would like. The same goes for the diesel streamliner, which I will finish before Diamondhead if it kills me!

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Hey Bob,
You and I both need to learn that there is a time to stop!
I don't think it will come before Diamondhead though!
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Larry,

The base color is done on all 5 body shells, the stripes go on tonight and tomorrow night, then the decals and clearcoat and I'm done! I'm taking off all next week so I might try to build some simple boxes for transporting the beast.

Having a deadline has been a big help for productivity - but I'm ready to be done and enjoy the model.

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Hi Bob, Pleased to hear your making  excellent progress with your train painting. Really looking forward to seeing it all finished. Thanks for the offer to run with you and yours :rolleyes:   Jerry R has also offered engines to run so I should have plenty to play with   /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/tongue.gif

See you there.
 

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Wow! I am amazed that you can get around a 4 foot circle. I can't remember if you showed how you did the exhaust, looks like it would almost be outside the limits of the smoke box. Have fun an DH.
 

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Hi Winn,
One of the reasons I chose this particular Mason to model is that it is one of the few 0-4-4's. So the reason it turns tighter is likely just the difference in a four driver bogie compared to a six driver bogie. Plus no lead truck. I saw a recent post that stated a Ruby would run on a 2 foot curve, I don't know because I never put mine together as a Ruby. Any way it is at it's limits on a 4 foot curve. Here is a picture I pulled up from the original post showing the exhaust. It has changed a little, as it now is a small tube inside a larger floating tube to cut down on "cooking" the "spit-ups" while running. I never heard these sounds till I quieted down the howling burner. But the slots and basics are still the same. I have found that it likes to run clockwise better than counterclockwise, bugged me till I figured out that the flexible steam line running down the left side limits the motion in that direction. Not enough to worry about as I don't anticpate running a lot in 4 foot circles- It Makes My Head Spin!/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crazy.gif 
Anyway here is the old picture;

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Oh Boy!
Just returned from the post office with a package from Royce! The 1/2 inch cylinders are in and they look real good. Nice little detail on the front heads that was not on the prototypes shown on an earlier post. Now I have to get them on and try them out!
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Hi All,


Well it WAS ready to go to Diamondhead! I just can't leave well enough alone Here is how far apart I had to go to install the new cylinders.




I guess I can't read a dial caliper either....I was sure I measured my piston rods at 1/8th inch, but they are 3MM. So I had to drill out the crossheads to fit the bigger 1/8th inch rods. If you are doing this I advise that you use only hand power and a NEW drill bit. I used a #30 drill in my "special" tool. (a drill chuck screwed ontao a hood pin off my old 65 Chevy) Brass drills and works nicely with SHARP tools.




Installed the cylinders with no problems, everything fit well and soon I was running on air!




I reinstalled the boiler and fired her up to check things on steam. Man these cylinders run good! I can control the throttle much better than with the smaller cylinders. I had a very small leak from around a rear head bolt, so I stopped after one boiler full. I called Royce and talked to him about the leak. I have applied a little RTV to the bolts and will let that sit over night and then see how it goes. Here is where she is for tonight.

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Are the new cylinders available from Royce now, or are these a one off pair, just for this engine? Have been waiting on new cylinders for my Mimi for the last year, hope these are available now so I can get it running. Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance

Charles M SA # 74
 
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