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And now for something completely different.....

Post by Mik » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:25 am

A gent on another board sent me an Aristo-Craft power brick (free!), with this directive, "Build something interesting from it." ....
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Hmmmmmm, 'interesting'? How interesting can we get? I looked through my files, considered and discarded half a dozen ideas. Then I remembered that Andrew had sent me this picture a couple years back. This little gem was owned by Pacific Face Brick Co. in Oregon.
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I also found another pic of a different Russell conversion on feebay, this one in Ohio. (I bought the pic, but it hasn't come yet) It's of the OTHER side, so between the two pics I have almost enough information to build.
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I just happened to have part of a Kester's Old-Time Collectibles Russell here, and some bits of a junked freight car... This just might work!
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The prototypes were built from an 1890's era Russell traction engine of about 10HP. These were made in Massilon, Ohio
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The castings are for a model of a later, larger engine with a bolt-on cast iron smokebox
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Since the castings are for a later style engine, this won't be a true 'model', rather more an 'interpretation' of the originals. I decided to combine the more interesting features of both. First engineering challenge was how to drive the engine crankshaft... A Wilesco pulley and spring drive belt was the simplest solution.
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The huge toolbox from the Oregon engine just HAD to be included, and the rough lumber cab from the Ohio one as well. A water tank was fabricated to hold up the working lantern.. (funny, that)
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Pilot footboards were added because I had them here, and they'll help push larger debris off the track before it can cause a derailment. The headlight is there to balance the toolbox. Yes, the boiler is off center. This was necessary to clear the drive belt without a countershaft... no odd-er than a Shay
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Coal bin, spike keg, a second toolbox.. Needs a bit more clutter and final color on the carbody. Then we can weather it.
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And the BEST part? It's SUPPOSED to look like it was kludged together!
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Re: And now for something completely different.....

Post by Mik » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:17 pm

Lightly weathered and out in the sunshine...

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Andrew, when are you going to fix the pix display on this board?
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Re: And now for something completely different.....

Post by Andrew Brandon » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:03 am

Mik,

I keep forgetting to apply that patch, I'll try to get it done this week.

Your model turned out great, btw!
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Re: And now for something completely different.....

Post by Mik » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:42 am

First time I took it anyplace I got a bunch of offers on it. I sold it to a guy who wrote a book on Russells.... If/when I find another brick, I'll build another one.
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