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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2018 :  11:23:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I took a break from my coal trestle building to return to the Lehigh Valley boxcar I've been building for this year's challenge. The boxcar started as a B.T.S. kit of a Pennsy boxcar, but I used a rather fuzzy photo to make modifications to better approximate the prototype 28' car.

Here are a couple of photos of a stock BTS kit alongside my LV car:





A major change I made was to narrow the body by a scale 6", not much, but noticeable. Changes to the side included a slightly different door, corner braces (brass), different lower door guides, and different placement of grabs. Regarding the ends, there are no exposed end sills, no tunnel brake, scratchbuilt deadblocks, and nbw's for the truss rod ends. In fact the whole arrangement of details on each end is different.

I also replaced the fascia with thinner boards, which look more in-scale to me.

I am trying to build my fleet of shorter LV boxcars to better reflect the 1880's. This photo shows my new car in the center with a 30' car (left) and a 34' lumber car with end doors. All are based on photos and Equipment Register dimensions.



I really like the BTS kits and this is the ninth one I've either built stock or with modifications to fit other prototypes.

Mike

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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

803 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  06:37:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow. Very envious (in a good way!) of your rolling stock fleet! An excellent looking little car you made there, Mike. Shucks, they all are. It's fun to see photos of your fleet. Is the stock BTS car a 28' car?

Andre
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Bernd
Fireman

USA
3145 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  08:04:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike,

Those mods look nice on that LV car. Great work.

Bernd
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12943 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  08:49:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  09:09:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike the fleet is growing, nice. [:-thumbu]
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  09:40:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Andre, Bernd, Mike, and Frank, thank you.

The BTS kit is for a 28’ PRR boxcar.

Mike

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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
6646 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  10:16:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Mike!

Pete
in Michigan
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jbvb
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USA
5866 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  10:29:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I agree, nice!
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5190 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  11:18:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
excellent Mike, I like the changes you did. all three cars look so sharp!

It's only make-believe
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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
2654 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  12:57:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice, Mike. I like the similar, but not identical look.
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  2:35:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Pete, James, Bob and Bill, thank you for the kind words.

Here are the nine BTS kits I've built, including the LV car just completed:





I used the BTS kits as starting points for all the second group of cars since they had about the same dimensions according to ORER's.

Mike

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quartergauger48
Fireman

USA
5869 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  9:48:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work Mike'. Quite the coincidence. I'm currently finishing up a Union Line wood car kit, by Art Fleming, from 1948. Very similar to your UL car in the photo. Only in O scale'.. You sure have a very nice prototypical looking fleet there'..



ted :<)

Edited by - quartergauger48 on 03/06/2018 9:53:21 PM
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2018 :  10:25:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Ted. I’ll be interested in seeing your car when it’s finished.

Mike

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dave1905
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USA
1145 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2018 :  7:59:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit dave1905's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very cool cars. Did you have your own LVRR decals made?

Dave Husman

Iron Men and wooden cars
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2018 :  10:13:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Dave,

Thank you.

I used Clover House dry transfers (“Lehigh Valley Hay Grain and Provision Car”) for the large lettering, and pieced the rest from alphabets (“Lumber Car” and some of the small “LV” and numbers). The “Lehigh Valley Despatch” lettering was done with a friend’s decal system that required a laser printer, special paper and many steps.

Mike


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