Thanks for all the nice comments!!
What a curious (to my eyes) prototype. I am sure many of us would appreciate some information about the prototype and which RR it ran upon.
She was indeed unique. I've posted everything I know about the prototype, as well as new information learned along the way, in my Builder's Log which I started in the Live Steam forum last April. The first 10 pages are now in the Archives here, while the continuation on the new forum is here.
Actually, I posted this particular set of photos in the Model Making forum specifically because I know many (most) who don't run live steam never go to that forum and as a result, never see these builder's logs. You should also check out Redbeard's Mason Bogie log, Henner's Betsy log, Howard Maculsay's Climax log, and several others scattered throughout the live steam forum. There's some great models being scratchbuilt that you're missing out on.
Since you are hooked what's going to be the next project?
Perhaps a ride-behind Heisler or Climax. It'll be a while though. I still have a whole load of projects ahead of that.
Dang I never noticed, the proto had no sanddomes
Originally, she was equipped with sand boxes (never did figure out where). Later, she was fitted with a conventional sand dome.
The only thing I see missing is the whistle. How did you do your rivets?
Yeah, I haven't fitted the whistle or pop valve yet, and I still have other odds and ends to make before painting her. The smokestack spark arrestor for one.
I use a Northwest Shortline Riveter to emboss my rivets. I bought one of these terrific little tools some twenty years back during my HOn3 days.
Jeeze Dwight, In the Prototype picture the side rod crank pins are at 9 o' clock, and in your picture they are at 3 o' clock. Until you correct this glaring issue with your photograph I will remain unimpressed
Don't forget the bell is ringing in the wrong position in the original picture too! Another glaring mistake./DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/laugh.gif
Just SUPER Dwight!! I know you don't even want to think about how many hours you have put into your model, since it was a project of love. You truly have a one-of-a-kind model there, and a VERY WELL done piece of work!! It will be a standout where ever you go.
Don'tcha just hate them there ribit counters..... Stand in front of a perfectly mag-nic-i-fent model and see bird do-do rather than a wunnerful ar-tees-tic cre-a-shun in brass. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/tongue.gif
What a wonderful model, Dwight. Absolutley fantastic. Fabulous....
However, I don't think the supply hose from the tender to the locomotive on the prototype was blue...
What Bob and Eric don't understand is that when the original photo was printed the negative got flopped over and thus the print is backwards, so the rods and bell are actually aimed the right direction.
The real joke is on Dwight, since the negative was flopped over it means it was not really a cab-forward./DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif
I'd really like to encourage you guys to poke your head into the Live Steam forum once in a while, even if you don't personally run live steam. As I said before, there are some neat things going on that you're missing out on. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/wow.gif
Here are a couple of additional shots I took the same day...
These were all taken on Mark Scrivener's terrific layout btw.