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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6341 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2019 :  2:18:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I’m enjoying watching you building these cars. I like the variation also.

Mike
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masonamerican
Fireman

Sweden
1759 Posts

Posted - 11/24/2019 :  03:14:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good approach with the roof walk. I have used that method too.

Håkan
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8423 Posts

Posted - 11/24/2019 :  7:19:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cars #2 and #3. #3 needs door and brake hardware. I realized I forgot to do stirrup steps, so all of the cars need those (I did another jig and drilled for them.) Car #4 has its roof and fascia boards installed. Tomorrow it'll get doors, door hardware, grabs and brakes.


I need to dig out more Panamint trucks from my box of trucks.

For Car #4, I first primed the styrene roof pieces. I hope that helps, the paint keeps on chipping off the roof on Car #3.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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railman28
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USA
5652 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2019 :  1:35:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good Dave.Really

It's only make-believe
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8423 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2019 :  7:55:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
4 cars assembled. Still needs touch-up painting, decals and weathering. This has worked well, next 4 should go even quicker.


And a train...


dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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George D
Moderator

USA
16061 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2019 :  8:16:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They look good, Dave. [:-thumbu]

George
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6341 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2019 :  8:34:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excellent!

Model railroads look best when not populated by one-off cars. Multiples give a more realistic appearance.
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8423 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2019 :  8:41:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd like at least another 4 of these, plus a series of 34'/36' boxcars for "home road".

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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dave1905
Fireman

USA
1168 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2019 :  11:27:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit dave1905's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A nice little fleet.

Other little detail bits that I have started to add and aren't too horrible to make are corner straps and a rub rail on the side under the door. I found they can add some "texture" to side that makes it look more real. Even if the corner straps don't have bolt heads. A lot of early cars had buffer blocks on either side of the couplers. Especially pre-1900 when the chances of having link and pin couplers on the next car are higher.

Dave Husman

Iron Men and wooden cars
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6341 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  09:27:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Another detail the modeler can add is the bolt ends for the short truss rods that would have paralleled each body bolster. These bolts either show up at the ends of the body bolsters peaking out underneath the sides, or in the siding just above the ends of the body bolsters. Subtle details, but they help relieve the bareness of the sides.

Mike
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8423 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  09:57:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, Mike: Good ideas, things I'll add to the larger car series. I probably should have done buffer blocks, they were common on 1870s designs (which these cars represent.) I did do air brakes on them, my rationale is 'added later.'

It would be great if someone came out with a line of laser-cut (on cardboard) pieces like corner braces.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

Edited by - deemery on 11/29/2019 10:05:03 AM
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Michael Hohn
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USA
6341 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  10:53:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You could still add buffer blocks. There were a couple of styles.

I think GrandtLine has corner straps, but on a sprue with other parts. How many sprues with unused parts does a person need?

Mike
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SAFN SAAP
Engine Wiper

USA
436 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2019 :  11:45:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Y'all,

Nice work all the way around. I'm going to jump in and just post up some pics of the first 28 footer. All the wood work, except for the roof walk is completed. I'm not going to reveal what road this is, but some of you might be able to figure it out.

Off to the Sanding Sealer, then 0000 steel wool. Then detail parts. Paint shop. Last, lettering...

Thanks for allowing me to post up. I regress now. Lets see more of your 28 footers.

Levi














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deemery
Fireman

USA
8423 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2019 :  08:34:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice. What are you using for trucks?

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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SAFN SAAP
Engine Wiper

USA
436 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2019 :  12:15:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by deemery

Nice. What are you using for trucks?

dave



Hey Dave,

My cars are just resting on Kadee 501's, which are 5' 6" wheelbase. I'm looking at several different 5' wheelbase trucks as they would be more proper. I am not really liking Tahoe Model Works because of their mounting area (bolster) so I don't know what to do.

Any suggestions?

Levi
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