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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5797 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2017 :  10:15:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Two great looking cars. I must have missed it but what scale at you modeling in?

Frank
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2017 :  1:10:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Frank Palmer

Two great looking cars. I must have missed it but what scale at you modeling in?



Thank you, Frank.

I model HO scale. I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned it.

Mike

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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8721 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2017 :  1:44:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, that's a great looking boxcar.

Greg Shinnie
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Carl B
Fireman

USA
3725 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2017 :  3:11:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That Bitter Creek product is nice. Well done Mike.
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2017 :  4:58:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Greg and Carl.

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masonamerican
Fireman

Sweden
1759 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2017 :  11:45:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks very nice Mike! I have only built the box car and the gondola but I think the box car was very nice to build.

Håkan
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2017 :  4:01:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by masonamerican

Looks very nice Mike! I have only built the box car and the gondola but I think the box car was very nice to build.

Håkan



Håkan,

Thank you. If I remember correctly, my decision to try the Bitter Creek boxcar was based on photos you posted a couple of years ago.

Mike


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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2018 :  10:31:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My contribution to the "Take one down ..." Challenge Thread" is a LaBelle SOO RR boxcar kit, modified of course. It will become a NYLE&WRR "Erie Express" 34' boxcar. Several day's work and I have the basic box complete as well as the major parts of the door hardware.



Now come the very small details.

Mike

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Edited by - Michael Hohn on 01/07/2018 10:41:23 PM
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5548 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2018 :  09:33:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
nice looking, nice mixing of the media.

It's only make-believe
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2018 :  09:47:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by railman28

nice looking, nice mixing of the media.


Thank you, Bob.

Yes, as you know, wood and styrene both have their uses.

Mike

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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
2962 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2018 :  11:20:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, What do you use to glue the thing styrene strip to raw wood?
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2018 :  12:34:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Gill

Mike, What do you use to glue the thing styrene strip to raw wood?



Bill, I use ACC gel.

Mike

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BlairM
Section Hand

98 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2018 :  4:03:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice combination of materials, I always love the in progress shots of the raw work.

Michael, how do you treat the wood for the Labelle kits? I think the old tradition was to completely seal everything and then assemble. But assembling raw wood and then sealing is also an option.

I think the La Belle method was to seal and then assemble, this allowed for any wood grain "hairs" that lifted up to be removed over the whole wood sheet, right up into any corners.

Although the sealing method would seem to not allow the use of traditional wood glue then. For a boxcar side, 2 scribed sheets often needed to be joined together with wood glue, then sealed, then assembled. Lots of the old kits that were assembled decades ago now have had separations of these sheets; a shame after all the work.

Looking forward to hearing your method.
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6113 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2018 :  5:36:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Blair,

Thank you. I never know how much detail to go in to.

Interesting question. I know movement of the wood over time creates problems with warping and separation, one of the reasons I prefer styrene over wood for boxcar construction. I do not seal the wood at all. Instead I try to make sure the joins are almost invisible, use a little wood glue between the edges of adjoining sheets, and hope for the best.

The LaBelle site has various articles on building wood kits.

Mike


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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

867 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2018 :  7:00:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike!

Forgot to step in here and mention how nice your in-process boxcar is turning out. What will you be doing for Erie decals? A set you have stashed, or from a current source?

Andre
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