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[LVLC] Sawmill kit by Garden Textures

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 with 2 Comments

Hello,

some while ago, I found this sawmill kit on eBay. It’s in new and unbuilt condition and after a check, all parts are there. It’s a basic mill with a simple interior, but such kits allow a lot of customizing and bashing.

After a first view to the plans, I’ll stretch the whole mill to take the 16′ logs, which are hauled by the log trains. The original kit is designed to work with 10′ logs only.

During my research on the kit as well as on typical model train sawmills and prototypes, I found that many are “out-of-proportion” in general, or “un-logic” in construction. Some small mills were missing the board outlet or don’t have any space for them. Others are feet with huge logs, way to big to be handled inside the mill. Here are two examples, found on the internet.

So I’ll spend some thoughts on how I’ll build my sawmill. I’m very sure to build a realistic sized sawmill with plausible interior.

Gerd

[LVLC] We’re knitting some water piping – Dolbeer part 3

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

before I proceed with the next set of details part, I decided to give all components a basic coat of paint, since its hart to paint them, once the details are in place. Later, I’ll spend a weathering to the whole Steam Donkey.

The last bag of parts holds the water piping between the water tank and the boiler, including two injectors. This means a lot of pewter fittings and some length of brass rod. Oh yeah – and the knitting guide…

All fittings have to be drilled to take the brass rods, some of them only 1/8 of an inch long. Piece by piece, the whole pipework takes shape until the main sections were ready to be installed on the donkey boiler. It took more 3 hours to get all the piping together.

But at least, the patience will lead to a very well-looking result. Now the donkey is ready for the weathering. I don’t know yet when I’ll finish the last step.

Actually, I’ve another big project in mind…

Bye, Gerd

[LVLC] Dolbeer Donkey – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 with No Comments

Welcome to part two of the Dolbeer build-log. After finishing the wood sled last week, I continued with the boiler. Looked like a simple straight-forward “drill & glue”-job… Well, a test-fit of the smoke stack showed, that the hole in the boiler top is to wide. To make it fit nice and keep the stack […]

[LVLC] A Dolbeer Donkey from Ozark

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 14 August 2017 with No Comments

Hi, since I’m fully in Fn3-scale-mode, I decided to start the next project for my LVLC. Some month ago, I ordered a Donkey kit from Ozark-Miniatures , which recently arrived. Such early steam Donkey were used to haul wood from the cutting area to the log-landing. I ordered the simple version without haul back, since […]

[LVLC] – Livesteam-Tuning of an Accucraft Shay

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 with No Comments

Hello, today, I have a tuning report of my Accucraft Shay. No, I didn’t spend a low-rider chassis neither a V8 motor… But I could improve the running of the loco very well. Large scale railroader Bill Allen wrote an article regarding the Porter-style “Ruby” made by Accucraft. After measuring and calculating, he determined, that […]

[LVLC] Climax #4 – restoration started

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 with No Comments

Over a year ago, I bought-back the original LVLC Climax #4 and now I started the restoration project on this loco. Since the old batteries were already dead and the RC-control out-of-date, I decided to do a full rebuild. I started with dismantling and removing the old electronic stuff. Next I repaired the pilots. Since […]

[LVLC] Operation sesson at Ralf’s layout

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 with 1 Comment

Hello logging railroaders, a fey days ago, we visited out Friend Ralf, who invited us for an operation session and BBQ. It was a pleasure for me to run the LVLC trains on Ralf’s layout, since I got my US-logtrains from him many years ago. It was such a nice afternoon/evening, that we continued the […]

[LVLC] Weathering and storage

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 14 May 2017 with No Comments

Hi followers, once all the cars were done, I did the announced airbrush-weathering to all of them at once. I covered the marks from the rebuild, weathered the new trucks and couplers and removed the old road numbers. Such small logging railroads doesn’t need road numbers. Here are some photos of the finished rolling stock. […]

[LVLC] The Waycar

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 7 May 2017 with 1 Comment

The last car to be equipped with Kadees is the waycar. This seemed to be a bit complex first, but finally was easy as the other freight cars as well. I had thoughts while the end sills were different on this car. I removed the nailed-on stir-ups and used a Japan-razor-saw to just cut off […]

[LVLC] Updates on the logcars

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 30 April 2017 with No Comments

Sometimes, good ideas just end in the trash bin… Last week I told that I’m going to do some test’s for the new skeleton logcars. I soon realized, that 24′ logcars would lead to derailment on direct 4′ radii S-curves as usual on turnout connections. This comes due to the body-mount couplers on the Bachmann […]