Some day I want to scratch build a brass locomotive, I think F&M #2 or #3 might be a good first candidate or even 2-6-0 (#15 or #16).
So for now, I’m collecting reference material that will help me learn to work in brass, solder, etc. I figure I’ll build out of brass because I’m planning to do the mechanism too…
Here are some references I have:
- Chris McChesney’s book “HOn30 Locomotive Handbook” (out of print) was published by Maine 2-Foot Quarterly Publications.
- Maine Two Foot Modeler (now M2FQ) had a few articles by Tad ???? on building a forney. This was even in Sn2.
- Kenji Toma had a web site, which showed a progression of images of his building SRRR #2, F&M #1, and WW&F #7 in HOn30 as well as B&B #1 in Sn2 (I think the latter won a contest at 1997 National Narrow Gauge Convention) I printed the website, but it is in Japanese so I can not read it. Here is a link to Toma Model Works, which seems to be the same site: http://homepage1.nifty.com/tfw/
- Scratch building a steam locomotive – A series by Stephen Anderson October 1997 to May 1998 issues of Model Railroader (Available as a single PDF from Kalmbach). The techniques alone were reprinted in Kalmbach’s Steam Locomotive Project’s and Ideas compiled by John Pryke (available in google books).
- Gordon Odegard also had a series in MR (probably back in the 1980’s)
- Metal working – 3 part series by Bob Walker in June, July, and August 2010 RMC.
- I have a british book too…I think it is on assembling etched brass kits.
- Rivit Making by Tom Mix (p48): http://www.proto48.org/p48_art_06.htm – Rivits can also be made using archer decals. Review other scratch building articles on www.proto48.org
A search of web sites did not find many hits to my liking….But here are some interesting brass and styrene
- Matt Forshyth has a D&H O-scale site with information about brass bashing: http://mattforsyth.com/
- Here is a link to a brass supplier I found Matt Forshyth D&H O-scale site: http://www.quickshipmetals.com/brass/brass-sheet-rod.html
- Styrene Diesel Switcher: http://www.dansresincasting.com/GE132%20ton%20PG1.htm