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 Post subject: Kit Bash LGB Olomana to Big Thunder
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:33 pm 
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A while back, I needed a Big Thunder locomotive. I already owned an LBG Olomana, so I simple took the cow catcher off, sawed off the tender and painted the boiler red. Here are photos of Olomana and my rough Big Thunder.
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Now it was time to get serious and do some surgery. First, the locomotive was disassembled. Then the sand and smoke domes were cut out with a dremel cut off wheel.
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Next the holes were filled with Magic Sculpt and sanded smooth
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A new smoke dome was tuned on a lathe to the correct size
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The round number sign on the side of the cab was removed
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Bumpers were made for the front and a new headlight was fashioned out of wood. Care was taken not to damage the light bulb. The top of the new headlight housing was made of Sculpey and sanded into the proper shape.

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Running board were added, some linkage was removed, paint, decals and weathering chalk and tah-duh!
You have Big Thunder Railroad Engine #4, U.B. Bold!
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The proportions are not quite right, but they never really could be with the actual locomotive only about 5 feet tall and the desired G scale model should be able to accommodate an engineer. For now, I'm happy with it
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Amazing Dave!

What did you turn your dome out of? I turn all of mine out of dense foam on my Dremel.


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S. Towler wrote:
Amazing Dave!

What did you turn your dome out of? I turn all of mine out of dense foam on my Dremel.


I just used a little block of pine. Foam or plastic sounds like a good way to go. What is the foam that you use and where do you get it?


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I use 10 pound (poly)urethane foam. I'm not sure were you would get it; Mine are left over scraps from my dad.


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Does this foam behave like wood in the way it is sanded, painted, cut etc?


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You know, I like your model than the real thing! Just a few changes make it look better; of course the extra drive wheel is of them!


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You noticed the missing wheel too. I have older photos that show all the wheels as you would expect. I'm sure that there is an interesting story of "The Case of the Missing Wheels"


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Dave Sheegog wrote:
You noticed the missing wheel too. I have older photos that show all the wheels as you would expect. I'm sure that there is an interesting story of "The Case of the Missing Wheels"


Notice the missing wheel?!

Oh yeah, I sure did! They removed the second wheel on all of "engines" at all of the BTMRR's around the world. It was removed because it may have added to the major accident a few years back that killed one and injured many others.


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Dave Sheegog wrote:
I'm sure that there is an interesting story of "The Case of the Missing Wheels"
Indeed there is...only it's tragic.

A gentleman was killed a few years ago on the attraction because of poor maintenace related to those wheels. To prevent a similar tragedy, the wheels were removed.

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The locomotive in the photo above appears to have a builder's plate. Anyone have a good shot of it? I suppose Tom Grace's plate is modeled after this?

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