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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  10:09:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well here we are 8 Months later, and maybe motivated enough to get back into some modeling once again. First step was to go to my AA hobbies train store and get the supplies needed for the trailer side slats. As stated when I left off last April, we needed Evergreen Scale Models styrene strips, and sheets numbers; #8102 - 1 x 2 styrene strip, #8103 - 1 x 3 styrene strip, #8104 - 1 x 4 styrene strip, #8203 - 2 x 3 styrene strip, #8206 - 2 x 6 styrene strip, #2080 - .020 V-groove sheet styrene, and #9020 - .020 Plain sheet styrene that I picked-up yesterday. Now is when the hard part starts, after looking at the size of the strips I need to make-up the side panels, this is going to be some tedious work, with very large hands and fingers. [:-thumbu] Let the cutting begin!



Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast
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BurleyJim
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  11:28:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lou,

About time, get to work!

Jim

Take the red pill
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k9wrangler
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  1:11:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, go Lou, GO!

Karl Scribner
Sunfield Twp. Michigan
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Kentucky Southern Railway
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Bill Gill
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  1:23:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louis, I'll bet you'll be very SLATISFIED when you've finished :)
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TRAINS1941
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  1:43:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This should be fun watching you put all these pieces together!! I'll be following along for sure!

Jerry

"And in the end, its not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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Bernd
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  4:26:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Brought my chair with me. Just got to find a place in the crowed room.

I'll be following along.

Bernd

WWG1WGA
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Carl B
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  4:33:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm still here too Louis!

Incidentally, I purchased one of those rubber handle Xactos' we discussed earlier. I love it! [:-thumbu]
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Guff
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  7:07:27 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Interesting project...I'll be following along!

David Guffey
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desertdrover
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  7:54:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim - Thanks for checking in.
Karl - Thanks for being there!
Bill - "SLATISFIED" yes when I'm finished, but right now, I'm "Spazzified", if there is a word.
Jerry - Thanks as always for following and posting.
Bernd - Glad to have you along.
Carl - Thanks for following along, and I'm glad you found that tool useful. I really like them.
David - Thanks for following and posting your thoughts.


Louis
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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  7:57:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dont want to discourage anyone, but Id say just buy a cattle trailer and be done with it.
In just less than an inch (1) there are 15 slats of different widths, making up the horizontal boards for the trailer side.
As seen in the first picture below, I used two metal rulers, one at the bottom, and one at the front end of the slatted side template, and used duct tape to hold them in place. Then two strips of double sided tape was placed over the template to hold the horizontal strips/boards in place.
The second picture below shows the horizontal strip/boards attached to the double sided tape. Arrows show the double side tape on top of the template, holding the strip/boards in place. Next, I have to glue all the uprights to the horizontal boards, and then the diagonals into place, using the template as a guide. It goes without saying, this part is all tedious/ monotonous, fumble/ clumsily, hard to grasp, and lay the strips into place properly. And, this is just the first side we are talking about, Ive got yet another side to make-up after this one. [:-banghead]





Louis
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BurleyJim
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  10:03:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lou, Are you using the enlarged pictures to fine tune the positioning of those strips.? It sure looks tedious. Take frequent breaks.

Jim

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Orionvp17
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  10:52:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good, Lou!

Tedious for sure, and I have a station build that I can recommend that you Not try for the same reason, but there it is. As Jim mentioned, take breaks!

Model Railroading is FUN!!

Pete
in Michigan

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Pennman
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USA
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Posted - 12/07/2019 :  06:46:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louis,

Sorry I didn't see your thread start up again. If you see popping-up movements in the second row, it's me trying to peak over Bernd's head. For a short guy, he sure has a stalwart frame !!

Rich
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desertdrover
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USA
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Posted - 12/07/2019 :  09:48:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BurleyJim

Lou, Are you using the enlarged pictures to fine tune the positioning of those strips.? It sure looks tedious. Take frequent breaks.

Jim


Hi Jim. I'm just laying those slats onto the actual size trailer side template that is 29/32" by 3-13/16". I'm eye balling the slats on top of the double sided tape covering the template and hoping for the best. After taking the pictures for posting and getting a better view, yes I do re-align the slats for a better placement before I glue on the upright posts.
At this point, however the finished sides come out, that will just have to do.


Louis
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desertdrover
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USA
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Posted - 12/07/2019 :  09:53:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Orionvp17

Looking good, Lou!

Tedious for sure, and I have a station build that I can recommend that you Not try for the same reason, but there it is. As Jim mentioned, take breaks!

Model Railroading is FUN!!

Pete
in Michigan





Hi Pete, thanks for comments and posting. Yes, the eyes are the ones that need the constant break. And, the newly developed Dupuytren's Contracture in my left hand. Sucks getting older.
See you at the Big E this year????


Louis
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