Allen describes his Glover style tender:
"This will be attached to my first 0-6-0 conversion (Porter No.5) to replace the first tender I did. Jack Hess had an article in Light Iron Digest using passenger trucks for 4-wheel cars awhile back. Tank filler, stanchions for the fuel fence, tender stays, water leg valves and spigot are all either strip brass or castings."
"The photos should help any wishing to duplicate this effort. I built up the platform out of styrene. The tank is a MDC oldtimer HO tender tank that has been shortened and then split front to back and widened. I used a Bachmann On30 passenger truck with brakes and center leaf springs removed."
Allen posted these photo's to the On30 Conspiracy which generated the following questions, along with Allen's answers:
Ahh, funny you should ask! I did it because Glover did it. You must get the Glover book, almost a bible for On30 small loco kitbashing. It justifies many modeling efforts. This style Glover tender had no brakes and no center leaf springs. Glover made me do it!!!?!?!?!?
I do it the hard way. I measure out and make an initial indentation with a straight pin held in a PIN vise. Original huh? I then lay the styrene sheet on a cardboard backing such as that which comes on the back of a legal note pad. I then use a nail to press the rivet in the initial dent started with the straight pin. Be consistant in your pressure as that determines the uniformity of the size of the rivets. You can always go back and press a little harder where necessary but you can't make 'em smaller.
Coupler pockets are Grandt Line Sn3 pockets. Just dandy for the "one true scale". I will have pics soon after I repair ole #5. Seems like 'Missy the Monster Cat' knocked it off the train table and I have already reglued both domes, stack, headlight, front pilot deck, whistle and sand rod activator back in place. Tomorrow I will fix the bell cord. I hope soon I will have it touched up and back in service with the new Glover style tender.
Allen used the following book as a reference in building his Glover style tender:
Glover Steam Locomotives
Hillman, Richard L.
Hardcover, ISBN: 0911581405
Publisher: Heimburger House Pub Co, 1996
This page updated March 21, 2006
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