Thursday, October 27, 2016

Big Boy: Week 11. Front Bumper

 The Front Bumper (as I call it) is all done!!! Complete with Union Pacific shield and little light bulb in the headlight!!! Now she's looking like a proper engine!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Big Boy: Week 10. 10? I'm not sure.

I'm very confident I can keep a 3 month deadline. That will be November 8th. I started this thing August 8th. Here's my plan for the next few weeks. The rest of this week, I'll make sure the inner bottom stuff is done, so all the drive wheels look like they're attached to something. The next week will be the front and back smaller wheels. The week after that will be the front boxes and platform stuff (the very very front of the train). The last three days will be adding the upper train numbers, bell and light. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Big Boy: Week 7 - About to go on Vacation!

I'm about to go on a week long vacation to California to stay with some friends and explore Yosemite national park! So what you see above is about all I plan on doing until we come back in October. I'm glad I'm finally moving on to the last section of the train. Sadly, this is also the most complicated and detailed section. I think my three month deadline will be pretty accurate. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Big Boy: Week 5 - Engine progress.

I'm finally on the engine! This is it! I'm happy with the progress so far. I'm curious how far I'll be in 3 weeks.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Big Boy: Week 3. Love me Tender?

Sorry about the pun. I'm at week three with this build and I'm really happy with the progress! I'm about 98% done the tender. At this point I've put in a few hours a day and taken the weekends off. So, we'll say about 30 hours into it so far. I can't wait to get past the tender and start on the engine!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Big boy: one week later!

Hey! Not bad for a little less than a week later! I'm also not doing this on the weekends, so .... yeah! The tender wheels are all done! I'll never have to do THOSE wheels again. Now, just the other 4-8-8-4....