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sisancho
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:18 AM UTC
I am in the process of building The General plastic locomotive kit. As I found out, both through posting here and later when the kit arrived, the track gauge was not "G-Scale" but about 0.6" wider than the 1.77" used by most Garden Railroad builders. This translated into an extensive kit bashing exercise, which thus far has gone well with photos and dialog to follow later. There is one dilemma though which would be the case whether you built the kit as originally intended or did as I am doing. That is the assembly of the side bar that supports the piston rod and connecting rod assembly. There are at minimum 6 individual pieces which if it assumed that movement functionality is to be had must be somewhat accurately aligned while gluing. I have tried a few things but unsuccessfully so I was wondering if anyone in this forum has built this kit and if so might tell me how they aligned all these parts successfully? I have successfully converted the kit to fit G-Scale track with full wheel rotation so all is going well thus far. Mainly it involves moving the two frame rails together so their rail to rail distance is 1.50". I did not use the original plastic axles but rather made new axles from two sizes of plastistruct tubing. This was the case for not only the drivers but the pony truck as well. I used Clorox to remove the gold plating from the "shiny objects" as my General will be more traditional rather than the toy likeness. Anyway, if anyone has suggestions as to how to align the side bar assembly it would be greatly appreciated! Thanking you in advance! -Bob Simpson
jimb
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New York, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:42 AM UTC
I have not built the kit yet, and I do not know of anyone who has. This might help, though:
Construction of the Jupiter & NO 119 Locomotives From MPC’s The General

Jim
sisancho
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 09:02 AM UTC
Thank you for the suggestion! I finally figured out a method to hold half the parts with a small vise while attaching the other parts one at a time. What it boiled down to was having 3 hands! I thought (briefly) about trying to motorize it, but abandoned that idea because the plastic is not sturdy enough to support that kind of operation so it will be relegated to a static display or maybe get pushed around by a different powered locomotive. I really enjoy kit building, kit bashing and scratch building. Great American Locomotives sell some very nice kits of which I have built the drop center flat car and the 250 Ton crane. Here's a link in case you're interested: http://www.thegalline.com/index.html If you tell me how, I will attach some photos?
Thank you again! -Bob Simpson
jimb
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New York, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:04 PM UTC
Thanks for the link. There were some interesting cars there.

The easiest way to post pictures is to upload your photos to a photo sharing site (like Photobucket), the paste the IMG link from the hosting site into your post.

Jim
sisancho
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 08:56 PM UTC
Thank you for the suggestion! I tried photobucket but I don't have the patience for all the advertising! So, I have "The Box" that I set up a couple years ago for work related stuff that doesn't inundate you with pop up advertising and here is the access link (below) to the train photos. I believe it is limited to viewing and downloading. Give it a try and let me know if there are issues? I don't know if the link stays permanent. If I have problems I will terminate the link. There are five photos of the 250 Ton crane and the depressed center flat car kits that I built last year. I will post there some photos of "The General" when I get it finished. -Bob Simpson

https://app.box.com/s/7kk6b2mah1k9p698bgc8n0m9252m6oj8

I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays. -Henny Youngman
jimb
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New York, United States
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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 03:34 AM UTC
Pretty cool builds.

Yes, Photobucket can be a real PITA with all their advertising. Have you tried Fotki?

Jim