The American Locomotive, Jupiter

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-24-2012 05:16 AM 1560 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a 1/20th scale Jupiter. I built the model after visiting the Golden Spike museum in Promontory, Utah and spending a day crawling over the locomotive and taking many digital pictures while it was being readied for its tourist season. I also obtained all 798 blueprints of the locomotive as it was built by O’Connor Engineering. Wood used includes: claro walnut, curly and quilted maple, curly sycamore, bubinga, poplar and lacewood. It was primarily a lathe project with about 70% being turned. I am currently working on the Tender.

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 05:18 AM

Wow EEE that’s beautiful a out standing job.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 11:48 AM

Very nice, I like to make trains.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 12:14 PM

This locomotive is sooooo nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 01:20 PM

Excellent work – the truck is beautiful too.

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 03:41 PM

Nice work.

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 10:34 PM

Wow !!! you have a delicate touch, with all those tiny parts, Amazing.

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 01:05 AM

Wow Ron what a great replica. How in the world did you go about getting blueprints for it? I am wanting to build a B61 model Mack truck. I have found a few blueprints but not enough to go buy.



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#8 posted 02-25-2012 04:48 AM

Hi Bret,

I obtained the blueprints on CD while visiting the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento 3 years ago.
The best blueprints I’ve found for trucks is from Toys and Joys out of Lynden, Washington. Their truck plans, however, is for a Kenworth.

Take care,

-- Jupiter

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 10:39 AM

We visited promontory point when we lived in West Jordan UT. It was great to see the two trains running.
Great Job.

-- arnies

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#10 posted 02-22-2013 10:50 AM

G’Day Ron, I am truly amazed at the skill and craftsmanship to scratch build such a top model…
Indeed very well done, nice detail, but more photos please.
Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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