Paul Jones (06-20-2016)
Paul Jones (06-22-2016)
Nice work on the trucks to ensure precision alignment (and smooth operation without derailments). I like the beginning work on the diesel cab unit. Is that for an F7 EMD locomotive A unit? That will be a fun project. I can just see an A-B-A consist pulling a string of your heavyweight passenger cars.
Thanks for the updates.
Paul Jones (06-23-2016)
The mold is ready to pour the third and final part of the mold set. *You experienced mold makers probably already knew this, but I had to find out the hard way. *A means of reducing pressure when installing the top of the mold set is needed so that the two mold section can seat, thereby reducing the chance of making too thick of a part and not retaining the desired shape. *Note the two channels glued to the highest part of the mold allowing the excess plastic to escape. *Not all is lost on my previous molds, because I can still cut a channel in the top pieces of the molds to achieve the same thing, which I will do on the side molds where that was a problem, so I just thought that I would pass this along in case any one out there is making molds. *In case someone is wondering if the the thickness of the walls will be retained, and the answer is, yes, note that the cab pattern is in the first part of the mold and by pouring the third part of the mold the walls will be retained. *The only reason I shared this is that someone asked if I was going to pour it solid, he didn't see that the cab pattern was still in the mold. The third part of the mold is to establish the thickness of the walls. *This mold set has three parts to allow removing the part once the pour hardens, it would be difficult to remove if only using a two part mold. Bob.
Hey guys, you forgot to tell me to put the bridge dowels in the third part of the mold, but that is OK, I remembered. *They might not have been necessary, but any help to prevent say in the mold is good, even a 1/32 of an inch is too much. *It also helps, when the plastic is poured in and the mold is compressed downward, it is solid and prevents compression, here is a picture. Bob.
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