Garrattfan's Modelrailroading Pages
MDC 3tr Shay
December 28, 2005
The gearbox had started working on my nerves so I picked up another job. The boiler as I obtained it was already partially worked on. There was a lot however that didn't meet my own standard of working. So I set off disassembling some parts, the stack and the headlamp, some of the piping.
Then I spent quite a lot of time deburring, filing, sanding
and smoothing and finally polishing the boiler. For polishing I use a Dremel
like tool (Proxxon) with a polishing disk and polishing paste. It works well
on metals. (Note: in hindsight I should not have polished the metal: it makes it harder for the paint to attach to the surface and it makes the sharp details somewhat fuzzy).
The metal of the MDC Shay proved to be a lot harder than the white metal of the DJH Model Loco kit I've built. I wonder if it has a higher melting point as well. It is isn't very important because this kits needs little soldering.