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I've started a new project.
So it originally was a slug, which explains its odd appearance, and is now unpowered, which makes it a prototype dummy locomotive.
Trying to make factory windows that appear to have depth behind them, and look grimy. (Attachment Link)
Working on assembling my 3D printed Code 40 Z Scale Flex Track. I finally found a reliable method using a jig I built out of styrene. I clamp the rails to a block with notches so they're spaced correctly. I place a tie strip in the jig, then carefully push the jig onto the rails. Original plan was to re-build "Thunder Ridge" with these, but now I'm thinking more toward Free-moZ...
A project I have been working on since Christmas or so is a freelanced Snowblower . I has a scratch built Allison J33 centrifugal flow Jet that was the first jet motor commercially sold in the USA and used on the P80/T33 and some others including early cruse missiles . When in the Navy at NAS Barbers Point in the mid 60's we had 3 T33's for pilots to get there kicks in . So I wanted to make a Snow Blower with a J33 . The odd thing is GE was pumping out an axial flow J35 at about the same time , and even the NYC early Jet Snow Blower used the J35 which is a thinner , more stove pipe design .I have loads more work to do . It is powered . Things are loose in this set of shots .Back in my Naval Aviation mechanic days, I used to help maintain and operate pair of T-33B training jets assigned to NAS Oceana in the 1960's. Part of my duties involved starting and running the engines. They were unique because they had two fuel controls (jet engine equivalent to a carburetor) instead of the more usual one. One was for starting only and the other for running after starting was complete. I also had similar experience with Grumman F9F-6 Cougars (used as target drones) which had centrifugal flow Wright J-48 engines. These engines had ceramic-coated external combustion chambers like the J-33 that glowed white hot like light bulbs at night when operating at high power. I used to work the night shift which involved running the engines in the aircraft but with the tail removed allowing us to witness this phenomenon. The chambers actually became translucent as they glowed and one could see the outlines of the fuel spray bars inside them. Normal operation, but very unnerving. Hard to imagine this sort of thing in a railroad environment.
No, it was originally an EMD SD35 which was wrecked and rebuilt as a road slug, was even leased for a time to the Wheeling & Lake Erie. It was rebuilt some years later as a track test car.
Finishing up some more small projects...I NOW have, three FORD Tractors...The large rear wheels are from GHQ kits, the fronts are from some semi-trailer kits and the rest is styrene..And I also, added another Forage Wagon for one the Dairy Farms....This is completely styrene, in construction.Jerry G.