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deemery
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Posted - 06/21/2015 :  3:18:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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What I did was cut the brass rod to fit within the space available in the undercarriage.

dave



Unfortunately I was away from home, without my usual tools. So I resorted to plan B, which undoubtedly weakened the frame until the floor and side sills were glued on.

Mike



For what it's worth, I cut the bar with a classic Atlas "track saw', probably something worth carrying in the traveling toolbox...

dave


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DarkTerritory
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Posted - 06/24/2015 :  1:17:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit DarkTerritory's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike

Exciting to see how you've been working with the GA kit. Can't wait to see how your GE conversion works out.

Craig



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/24/2015 :  3:59:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Hi Mike

Exciting to see how you've been working with the GA kit. Can't wait to see how your GE conversion works out.

Craig



Craig,

Thank you! I made some real progress the last couple of days and will probably post pictures soon, maybe tonight.

Mike



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/24/2015 :  8:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Suddenly flat cars turn into gons. The picture shows a couple stages in the building. I've largely left the kit behind for now and am scratchbuilding with all new sides and ends. The notching went fairly easy. The stakes had to be shortened from the stock Grandt Line parts, which are for a higher side. While I used some care in trying to get the stakes all the same length, they are not perfect. I found the best way was to glue the stakes to the sides up against a straightedge to align the tops. I marked the frame sides, cut out notches in the floorboard ends, then pressed the side/stake assemblies in place. I only had to widen a couple of notches before the sides snapped into place. I think the slight flexibility in the canopy glue made up for imperfections in stake alignment.

Next step was to cut end boards to fit between the sides, slightly different for each end.

I did some surgery on Grandt Line corner braces to create the ones in the photo. I learned this from doing the Canfield and McGlone gondolas described in a different thread. (I do need to get back to them.)




I started on end details today, adding the deadblocks and some of the nbw castings in the endsills. I can see that I left a little gap between the side and floor of the rear gondola. Oh well.

I'm really liking canopy glue for this project. I wondered how strong it is, but have carried the partly completed cars between Michigan and home and several times to work and home, and nothing has come apart. I accidentally dropped one side/stake assembly with no problem. It's nice being able to use one glue throughout, without the odor of ACC, which can set up too quickly, even the gel.

Next: grabirons.

Mike
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railman28
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Posted - 06/24/2015 :  8:27:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice Mike,I like the plastic surgery you did on the corner straps. These old ladies are looking like kids.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/24/2015 :  11:10:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bob!

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CavalryTrooper25
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Posted - 06/26/2015 :  12:48:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coming along Great.

Now, I am starting to get the itch again.

Hmm, how can I get the boss to allow me....


Horse




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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/26/2015 :  5:37:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Coming along Great.

Now, I am starting to get the itch again.

Hmm, how can I get the boss to allow me....

Horse



Nobody has any say with me. I do about 2/3rds of my modeling over lunch in the quiet of my office, and the other 1/3rd while my spouse watches tv or reads.

Meanwhile, I appreciate your kind words.

Mike



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/27/2015 :  2:19:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rain preventing me from outside work, I've done a lot of fiddling on my gondolas.

All sides and ends are installed as well as corner straps and all grabs. Car diagrams and photos showed a vertical grab on each end of the sides, and two horizontal grabs on the ends. Measuring from photos showed me that grabs were some size intermediate to the usual pre-made ones on the market so I made my own.

I make a single jig for both bending grabs from wire and for drilling holes in sides and ends. I select a scrap of styrene of an appropriate spacing such that I can use the grooves to space the two holes I need the right distance apart. I scribe a line at right angles to the grooves, and where this line and grooves cross I drill my two holes, then convert one of the holes into a notch by trimming along that groove. I might trim the jig so that edges line up on the car end or sit on the ends of the floorboards.

Making a grab is simply a case of bending a right angle at the end of the wire, sticking it through the hole, aligning the wire to lie across the notch, and bending smartly. Trimmed, I have pretty good grabiron. Usually the first couple are not so good.

Maybe everybody does this but I described it anyway. Here's a picture; hard to get a good photo showing my scribe line, but you get the idea:



Those little rings near the end of each side used to drive me crazy until I read of a handy approach somewhere on these forums. (If you posted the tip, thank you, and sorry about the lack of attribution. Identify yourself if you want.) Take a block of wood, drill a hole with a bit equal to or a little smaller than the diameter of the ring, and a second hole appropriate to the wire to be used. The larger bit is slipped into its hole to make a post, the end of wire bent at a right angle is pushed into its hole, and the wire is bent around the post. Trimmed, you have the ring. Almost fun to make, I had one car done in about five leisurely minutes. (Maybe ten but seemed a lot less.) Photo:


The results:


Finally, plans and photos showed a couple of straps on each end, so I used material provided in the kit.

The sun is sort of out so I'm going to see what the rest of the world is doing.

Mike
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deemery
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Posted - 06/27/2015 :  2:27:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These round jaw pliers work very well for forming the U-shaped lift rings near the end of the cars.


dave


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railman28
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Posted - 06/27/2015 :  2:47:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
nice tips. greet looking cars.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/27/2015 :  4:33:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave, Bob, thank you!



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masonamerican
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  08:00:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those gondolas look very nice Mike! And thanks for the tips.

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George D
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  08:50:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice looking gondolas, Mike. Thanks for the tips.

George



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  09:52:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Håkan And George,

Thank you.for the kind words.

Mike


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