So after last working on the Chessie Steam Special project almost 5 years ago, it is about time to get going on it again finally!
A lot has happening in 5 years, I moved to another city and built a new house. My LEGO was packed up and in storage for about a year and half. Another almost two years later, I am finally getting it all unpacked. I have dedicated LEGO room (okay a big closet). There is a large workbench and most of my building stock on the other side of room that I finished a few months ago and I am finishing up building some shelves on the other side to, hopefully, fit everything else. I haven’t really been able to unpack and organize everything yet without the rest of the shelves.
I have actually worked on several LEGO projects in 2019, a few of which actually got completed. I will post about them later. Most of them are on my Facebook Pages, but I decided I wanted a regular blog that I own to really document what I’m doing.
You can see what I’ve been up to at https://www.facebook.com/custombrickmodelsohio and
I also got a new URL that I will be using for this blog, it is johnbucy.art. I will get it configured as soon as I can.
More to come soon!
A little non-update update.
The build has slowed down considerably over the last couple of months. I stopped for a while because I was waiting on some parts to finish the detailing of the locomotive. I received all of those parts, quite a few weeks ago actually, but I have not had a chance to do anymore building.
I don’t have a lot of time for my hobbies, so since the weather has been getting nice the time that I have has been going to my other hobby, photography. You can see what I’ve been doing on Instagram and Flickr (links are on the right side of the page).
I will get back to the working on the engine. I can’t put a date on it, just whenever the urge strikes me.
The other thing that I have been working on is cleaning out my basement. I am still making progress on that, slowly, but it is getting there. Once that is done I will have some room to set up a layout so I can actually run my trains!
A little late on this update, it has been a busy week…
Monday night I worked on the detailing some more and reworked the cab. And, of course, realized that I still don’t have the dark blue parts that I need to finish it properly.
I also played around with the cylinders and driving rods since I am still not entirely happy with how they look and are working.
Here are a few detail shots.
I got my orders from BrickLink on Friday, but didn’t get a chance to build until Sunday night. I spent $123 on parts and of course I forgot a few things.
The last time that I worked on the engine I toyed with the idea of changing the cylinder design since I am just not that happy with how they look when compared to the prototype. I had replace one of cylinders as an experiment.
Last night I had to tear apart the pilot truck to replace some parts with the correct color so that led me to work some more on the cylinder design. This is actually my original design before I ended up going with a variation of Tony Sava’s design.
I actual like this design better, I think that it looks more prototypical and I really like the piston rod moving in and out of the cylinder (technic brick). I think this looks more realistic. Of course there is a problem. The pilot truck will not move around this cylinder, it is just too big. The only solution would be to spread the pilot trucks wheels apart even further so they would, but they are already farther apart than they should be so I really cannot do that.
So after wasting over an hour, I put the original cylinders back on. Luckily I didn’t destroy them so it wasn’t that hard. The hardest part was getting the front end attached again since I did have to rework it slightly to get it to attach over the new cylinders.
So needless to say, I didn’t get too far due to the wasted time. I did swap out a lot of parts that were wrong before so the engine looks a little better now. I think that I have enough pieces to do all of the detailing under the boiler so that will be my next task. The cab also needs rework since I threw it together with what few dark blue pieces I had laying around.
There are advantages and disadvantages to working 5 minutes from a LEGO store…
This was my latest PaB purchase. It seems like quite a few parts for one cup so I’m pretty happy.
Nothing too special, although I am hoping the yellow 1×1 bricks with stud on the side will be useful for the Chessie Steam Special passenger cars since they are mostly yellow.
Other than that the white 1×1 round tiles with eyes are the main pieces I wanted.
Not much progress since the last update. Last weekend was Easter so I did not have any time to work on it.
I had also been waiting on funding to be able to order the parts that I needed from BrickLink. I did finally place a couple of good sized orders on Monday that should give me the parts that I need to finish detail, swap out some of the colors that are still wrong and hopefully make some good progress on the tender.
Hopefully the orders will get here today or tomorrow so that I can build this weekend.
I decided to hold off on the detail until I can get some more parts from BrinkLink so I figured I will give the coloring on the tender a shot.
This is my first attempt at doing the yellow/dark blue curve. It turned out okay, but it is by no means the final version. I used 1×2 jumper plates to make the curve more gradual, but then it left me with 1/2 stud gaps which I couldn’t figure out how to fill.
My original plan was to use cheese slopes snotted in to give me a smooth curve. However, the pieces that I need to attach them do not exist in dark blue. There are only headlight bricks and no bricks that have a stud(s) on the side. There are not even any brackets in dark blue that will work.
I have a couple more ideas that I am going to try, but at least I got it started. from a distance it doesn’t look too bad, but up close, ouch! Plus I am lacking in dark blue bricks which is the reason for all of the black at the front.