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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/08/2019 :  10:00:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Carl B

Looks good Louis.

Which adhesive did you use?



Thanks much Carl. I'm using Plastruct Plastic Weld, a general purpose plastic solvent cement.
It welds on contact, and holds super fast in place. Great for this type of modeling delicate pieces together, without the need for clamps or weights.



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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/08/2019 :  10:09:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Carrie Creek

Wow, great work there Louis! Any bent/ broken slat can always be blamed on a cow kick! #128521;



Phil thank you for your comments, and you just gave me the great idea, without even knowing it.
COWS. Instead of an empty trailer, I'm going to get the Walthers beef cattle set and place them into the inside of the trailer where they can be seen through the slats.





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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/08/2019 :  10:14:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Guff

Nice work Lou!
Have yours eyes refocused or are you still seeing slats and posts when you look away?



Thanks David for your comments, and yes, still seeing slats & posts.
In fact my eyes are bugged out and I'm going a bit insane here.



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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  10:52:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The slatted sides are now finished and ready for gluing into place. See Pictures below.
As Jim, member (Burley Jim) suggested, and Pete confirmed, taking frequent breaks did help tremendously. Something Iím not used to doing. Iím a get from point A to point B type of person. However, this time doing a little at a time, leaving for a walk, coffee, or a breather did help with the second side completion. In the many years Iíve modeled, and thatís many, Iíve never had a project that I was so glad to get through and finish like these slatted sides.
Before I glue these sides into place, Iíll be fixing up the rear of the trailer body for the overhead roll-up door. Pictures for that will follow.






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Orionvp17
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  11:02:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking great, Louis!

Jim and I have been down this road before, and are just trying to help. Sanity is a good thing to hang on to, and....

Pete
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  2:35:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
They look terrific. The sides reflect a lot of work and patience.

Patience is something Iíve had to learn. I still remember a parent telling me to be more patient building plastic models.

Iím enjoying watching your project develop.

Mike



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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  3:13:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louis, congratulations!
You are now the proud father of identical twins!
Nice work!

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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  3:53:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Orionvp17

Looking great, Louis!

Jim and I have been down this road before, and are just trying to help. Sanity is a good thing to hang on to, and....

Pete
in Michigan



Thanks Pete!



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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  3:54:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Michael Hohn

They look terrific. The sides reflect a lot of work and patience.

Patience is something Iíve had to learn. I still remember a parent telling me to be more patient building plastic models.

Iím enjoying watching your project develop.

Mike



Thanks much Mike for looking on and posting your thoughts.



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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  4:14:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Greg. But this project even got the twins at each other.


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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  7:51:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As far as the rear roll-up door goes, the author of the ďKitbashing a stock trailerĒ in the Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, did his by laminating two plain styrene panels to both sides of a piece of .080 spacing V-groove styrene onto the rear of the stock trailer. See his work in the first side-by-side set of pictures below.
Iím going to take a different approach here, with my rear roll-up door. I donít care for the bulk styrene piled-up on top of the trailer rear. So, following along with the next set of pictures, you can see the stock trailer rear details that need to be removed. Then I used a modelerís plastic chisel to remove the door hinges, and door details. Then I lightly sanded the rear, and marked off the door section that I wanted removed. Then using an X-Acto X2000 Knife with #11 blade I made the cuts around the needed door opening.
Because I feel that the .080 spacing V-groove styrene sheet material, to resemble the roll-up door, is why too oversized in spacing, Iím going to use an HO scale metal roll-up door leftover from a Walthers HO Union Crane and Shovel kit. This kit gave the option of using a wooden door, or the roll-up metal door. So once again my leftover parts box came in handy. See last picture for the door being used for this project. I will cut to size the door I need for the trailer project.










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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  8:18:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good use for the door.

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desertdrover
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  9:21:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by k9wrangler

Good use for the door.



Thanks Karl, I thought it would look a lot better.



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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  9:23:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I decided to use two pieces of Evergreen styrene .060 Angle stock on the sides of the trailer doorway entrance. And, a piece of .010 plain sheet stock across the back of the roll-up door for support.
First picture shows the overhead door piece cut from the kit leftover metal overhead door, and leaning against the trailer. Also, the angle stock glued onto the sides of the entrance, and the plain sheet door support glued onto the inside of the trailer rear.
The next pictures show the roll-up door laying in front of the door support, where it will be mounted. And the next showing the roll-up door temporarily put in place. Iím going to mount the roll-up door into place last, after painting the trailer body. This way I can paint the roll-up door a grey color imitating a metal type roll-up door.






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Carrie Creek
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Posted - 12/09/2019 :  9:46:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louis I donít know what color you will be painting the trailer but maybe a load of off white Charolias cattle might show up better though the slats . Although I donít think the breed was known here in the fifties .

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