The 312 project

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:38 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:34 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:11 PM

Smokebox front still doesn't totally stay in place, I'll try something else.

 

 

 

 really lovin' this engine !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:06 PM

She cycles reliably forward and reverse

 

 

 

 

 

 and is the best smokin' AF engine I have !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:01 PM

Road tested and approved :

 

 

 

 

 

 the 312 is one of my best running Flyer engines !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 4:57 PM

 Don't you just love a story with a happy ending ?

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:03 PM

Yep, I love those craft stores, too. Michael's, also Joanne's, you can usually find something of value.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:28 PM

Becky told the story back on page three of the thread, it's a pre-Star War sci-fi novel by George Lucas.  I'd never heard of it either.

You're welcome on the Swarofski tip!  One more thing, I use the Swarofski 3mm green foil-backs to replace missing Lionel steam engine jewels, you know, the ones that simulate classification lights?  The Swarofski's green color isn't as dark as the original Lionel, but they do pick up and reflect light better than the originals.  I've also installed them as running "lights," for lack of a better term, on the sides of my Jersey Transit passenger cars. 

Goes without saying measure the missing headlight socket, the crystals come in different sizes, and use a metric ruler. 

Some pretty good stuff in craft stores.  If I accompany Lady Firestorm to one if she's on one of her knitting yarn raids I do a walk-through to see if there's anything I can use.  Lots of times, there is. 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:07 PM

Penny Trains

Ever heard of this?

 

 

O.K.

I'll bite.

What's the story ?

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:05 PM

Flintlock76

If you're missing a headlight lens, or need to adapt a front end to one, try what I did.  I've used 6mm Swarovski crystals as lens substitutes, clear for headlight lenses and red for tail lights.  They pick up light beautifully, and they're inexpensive.  I get them at Michael's craft stores.  A.C. Moore may have them too.

Note, these are the see-through types, not the foil backs.   

 

what a great tip !

Thank you !

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, May 20, 2019 8:39 PM

If you're missing a headlight lens, or need to adapt a front end to one, try what I did.  I've used 6mm Swarovski crystals as lens substitutes, clear for headlight lenses and red for tail lights.  They pick up light beautifully, and they're inexpensive.  I get them at Michael's craft stores.  A.C. Moore may have them too.

Note, these are the see-through types, not the foil backs.   

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, May 20, 2019 6:55 PM

Mind you that I haven't tried it yet, but seems like it should work. My headlight bulb is on the smoke box front, so I will need occasional access. Don't want it too permanent....

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, May 20, 2019 6:29 PM

Postwar Paul

I've been running my 282 all day :

I guConfusedess I'm just amazed it actually works ! 

But seriously, it's a smooth runner, and a chain smoker !

I'm thinking of using those temporary sticky globs to hold the smoke box front on the 312, that way I can still remove it.

 

That would probably be easier.  The hot glue kept cooling before I could get the front back in place.  Strangely, mine had the headlight mounterd off of the boiler front but the headlight wasn't bored.  I did that with my Dremel in the work station accessory and used a drop of hot glue to simulate a lens.  But when it works loose again, and I know it will, I'll try using a Scotch brand glue dot instead of trying to hot glue the front back on.  Good idea!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:00 PM

I've been running my 282 all day :

I guConfusedess I'm just amazed it actually works ! 

But seriously, it's a smooth runner, and a chain smoker !

I'm thinking of using those temporary sticky globs to hold the smoke box front on the 312, that way I can still remove it.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:20 PM

Yes, those countermeasures.

Your 310 looks great !

And these Flyer engines are beautiful, and fun to run. 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:17 PM

Penny Trains

I had to do a fair amount of adjusting to my trackwork to get my 310 to stop derailing.

And a dab of hot glue to get the front to stop falling off.

But she's running like a champ now!  Big Smile

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, May 19, 2019 7:14 PM

I had to do a fair amount of adjusting to my trackwork to get my 310 to stop derailing.

And a dab of hot glue to get the front to stop falling off.

But she's running like a champ now!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:26 AM

 Fini

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:23 AM

Still running forward only, but

 

 

 

 C'est la vie !  That's good enough for me ! I consider this project complete.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:19 AM

 She has "found her legs "

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:16 AM

She is running very smoothly now !

 

 

 

 

 Wow! What a difference !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:20 PM

 ....which suits me just fine !!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:17 PM

Got her going with just a wheel cleaning !

 

 

 

 

 

 although, she's stuck in " forward"

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:47 PM

My personal experience with the Flyer engines that I have is they are extremely smooth running and reliable. But getting them to that point sometimes takes considerable effort. The 282 is fighting me tooth and nail. Intermittent electrical contact, sticking reverse unit, and on and on.

But all these things are fixable. It just takes time and patience. When you work the problems through, you've got a great engine!

Very happy with the 312, she's a real sweetheart!!!

my new fave !

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:16 PM

Interesting about George Lucas and the pre-Star Wars novel.  I had no idea.

Thanks Becky!  

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:28 PM

Aint it great when they finally get to fly and all that effort pays off!  Big Smile  Thumbs Up

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:21 PM

Flintlock76
No, I haven't! What is it?

It's the pre, pre, pre Star Wars novel G.L. wrote.  A friend of mine lucked into a copy back in the 80's that he found at a used book store.  But it wasn't as elaborate as the one I linked.  It was just a simple hardcover book containing the story of Luke Starkiller.

By the way, Tataoine is in Tunisia, and THIS, is a Chedi:

Funny how things get named.  Like Chew-bacca......Wink

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:07 PM

 The 282 is back together, but many,many bugs to work out.....

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 18, 2019 4:53 PM

You take the high road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 and I'll take the low road....

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