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Screwy Nick

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  1. Screwy Nick

    McKeen Car Build

    I was very happy with the compound contour of the nose and shape of the body. Gave it a dusting of primer to make sure all was flat and smooth. I wanted to Harden the surface and was undecided using either Poluyurethane or Polyester Finishing Resin. I mixed the resin and gave it a nice coat. What was in the pot and stirring stick hardened within 2 hours as it is supposed to. What is on the roof is different story. 24 hours later and it hasn't hardened in several areas. In some areas it has wrinkled. In one area it seemed to lift so I pulled it and a strip peeled off. Only thing I can come up with is the resin had a bad reaction to the primer?. So I'm going to start the roof all over again. LiG
  2. Screwy Nick

    McKeen Car Build

    willy, If my past builds are any indication this can take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year. I do spend some time every day, sometimes it seems like I'm not making any headway but post even small accomplishments. LiG
  3. Screwy Nick

    McKeen Car Build

    Next the roof: Using a piece of cedar I had on hand cut and sanded it to just slide into the car. Put iron on oak veneer around the perimeter where it sticks out of the car. It's the same thickness as the car body so it meets nicely. Drilled holes in the roof and using a piece of aluminum dowel found in the scrap box made securing pegs. Drilled and taped the bottom of them and drilled the car floor. (pic explains it better) (once painted black won't be as obvious) Then added another layer of 3/4" pine to bring it to the desired height. Made a guide and am now in the process of shaping the roof. LiG
  4. Screwy Nick

    McKeen Car Build

    Sean, You could say I'm back on track. Corney huh?? LiG
  5. Screwy Nick

    McKeen Car Build

    Jerry's posting of this very unusual car stirred my interest and gave me my next project. Talking to Bob of Robert's Lines he described the different body styles he was offering. I decided on the 'combine' version. It has the signature round windows and some slightly arch style windows. He also has trailing cars. The body I received is made of ferris metal with welded floor, seats and ceiling braces. There are also brass hand rails , grab irons and head lamp housing. I used Bondo to fill the irregularities and primed it gray. LiG
  6. Screwy Nick

    My backyard layout by Robert Brown

    There are 2 manufacturers of rail clamps, Split Jaw Products Inc, and Hillmanns. The grease I found on line but I believe it is also available in some auto stores. The tube split and make a black mess so I don't have it any more. Don't use the older grease we used to use on automobile lamps and sockets, doesn't conduct as well. LiG
  7. Screwy Nick

    My backyard layout by Robert Brown

    Bob, if you intend to use Split Jaw clamps should order them ASAP, I read where they are closing shop soon. What ever you use, slip on or clamp, don't forget the conductive grease. LiG
  8. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Jerry, sounds worse than it really is. I read the report and it says 'non displaced fracture', I take that to mean cracked. should be back to normal pretty quick.
  9. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Sean, reminds me of a computer chess game I had years ago. the take downs of the pieces were hilarious. LiG
  10. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Sean, thank you for your interest. Next update may take a bit. Scuffled with a table saw, needless to say saw won. More serious injury to the glove. I took a few stitches and a fracture of 1 finger. Life is Good.
  11. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    I added about 5.5 lbs of weight, total weight of tug is above 11 lbs, kitchen scale only goes to 11 and it shows err. It is balanced and level at the water line. The prop only produces cavitation between medium and hight speed, with the propeller totally under water it seems fo be pretty strong. Next is to test the R/C range as I previously described and then an open waterway. LiG
  12. Screwy Nick

    McKeen car metal kit.

    Seems to be several varied histories of this car. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKeen_Motor_Car_Company#Anatomy_of_a_McKeen_car. LiG
  13. Screwy Nick

    NWSL closing

    I recently was informed they will only take a defective powered truck in trade for a working one, do not just sell them. LiG
  14. Screwy Nick

    NWSL closing

    Some of you may already know this. For those that don't I called yesterday to inquire about some parts and was informed that the end of this month they will no longer be taking orders and closing. I for one am very sorry to see them go. Anyone have further information???? LiG
  15. Screwy Nick

    PRR Harbor Tug

    Sean, thank you. Supposed to rain all day so I can play all day. LiG
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