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George D
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Posted - 04/19/2020 :  7:14:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Everything in this picture was cut on my Cricut Explore. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to make this, and some additional pieces, into a boxcar.





As a teenager, I was fascinated with John Allen's work and one thing that stuck in my mind was his swayback box car. This is going to be a swayback boxcar. That means many of the traditional methods of assembly will have to be modified. I've been wrestling with the design and methods of construction I'm going to have to use since before our quarantine. I think I'm ready to go. Here's the design I came up with. The nice thing about CAD is that I can take pieces of my original drawing and make them into parts drawings for Cricut to cut. I know I'm going to need more parts than what I have in the first picture. My plan is to use cardstock and wood for the car.



To help plan the construction and make sure some of my construction drawings were correct, I made a mock-up of the boxcar.



One thing I learned from the mock-up was the door opening was significantly going to add to the difficulty, so for this build, the side will be solid and the door closed.

Oh, this is boxcar is HO.

George

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 04/19/2020 :  7:30:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alright! George! This is what I really can get into! Total scratchbuild! I'll take a front row set please. I brought a 6-pack along for later.

Jim


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k9wrangler
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Posted - 04/19/2020 :  7:31:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Learning curve being overcome it seems, interesting project. Will keep an eye on this project.



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Dutchman
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Posted - 04/19/2020 :  7:32:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George, great project!


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David J Buchholz
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Posted - 04/19/2020 :  8:56:34 PM  Show Profile  Send David J Buchholz an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Looking at the he cricut, I see two holders marked A and B. What does the unused one hold?


Edited by - David J Buchholz on 04/19/2020 8:58:32 PM

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jbvb
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  07:44:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll be following too. A couple of thoughts: Did you allow for the sag in the length of the roof and floor? Will you cut the frame beams to the curve or form (steam bend?) wood over a template?


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BurleyJim
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  08:04:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe cardstock for the roof & beams? We'll just have to wait.

Jim


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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  08:29:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
There will be a lot to learn here. Plus, itís going to be an unusual model. Iíll be in the audience.

Mike



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George D
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  08:56:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the encouragement, guys.

Jim, that front row seat is only good if you share.

David, the holder on the right is for the blade. the one on the left is for holding pens. It's used in crafting where there is both illustrating and cutting on the same project, like in a greeting card or a name plate. I've never messed with it and understand that while it's good for crafting the tolerances between the pen and the blade are too loose for any model making.

Jim, those long pieces on the right of the first picture are floor beam pieces.

George



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desertdrover
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  09:44:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You've got a nice roll going there George. You have been busy. And turning out some great looking projects, and this seams to be another winner. I've always liked the looks of that boxcar from when John Allen-Gorre & Daphetid RR did his. Looking forward to your progress.


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BurleyJim
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  10:35:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are those cut from wood or cardstock? I can't tell from the photo.

Ahh! What I call cardstock is actually chipboard.

I put my hand back down.

Jim


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George D
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  11:17:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Louis. I think we have the same tastes.

Jim, I don't know if it's chipboard or not. It's sold with other cardstock products, but that doesn't mean much. I measured it and it's 0.016" thick. It has a slight texture and playing around with it, I've found it can be delaminated.

George



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George D
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  11:27:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've started with the boards for the car sides. The boards are that pile of stuff at the top of the first picture. I laid the boards on a sticky side up piece of painter's tape. I left a small gap between each board and then I brush painted them with a thinned craft acrylic. Painting them this way I have a slight variation from board to board to give the paint a weathered look.



After they were dry, I then fastened them to the side and end pieces.



I drew vertical lines on the blank car sides to serve as a guide to insure the boards were all parallel. I started in the middle, decreasing my chance of the boards getting out of alignment. I used 3M 465 adhesive. It's like a double sided tape, but it's a glue on a paper backing. After it's in place it's trimmed along the edges of the car side and then the paper is peeled off. You'll notice in the picture the adhesive is transparent so I could see the lines.

George



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railman28
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  1:29:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very informative George. Have you tried painting the cardboard before cutting it? My idle is that you might be able to get more verity in board colors and might be easier to paint. Would it make the cardboard harder to cut?

Bob


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George D
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  1:52:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, if you paint before cutting, there won't be any paint on the edges of the boards. I learned that when I was cutting white Bristol board. The white edges ruined it.

George



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George D
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Posted - 04/20/2020 :  8:16:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After the sides and ends were completed I applied dry transfer lettering. I was afraid the car sides wouldn't be strong enough to take the pressure of burnishing down the graphics once everything was glued together. If I were to do this again, I think I'd use basswood for the walls.



George



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