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 Posted: Fri Feb 13th, 2009 09:34 pm
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Here is the latest thing I'm working on.




This is the first car I've scrathbuilt in quite a while. It's the first (well, actually the second) in a series of ore cars I'm building for the Chisos Mining Tram.

The car still needs numbers and some weathering applied so don't be too critical about how new it looks. It won't for long, especially once we start running a string of these babies on Woodie's Mogollon.

This is also my first effort to post a picture to the site (Heaven help me) I think the image is too large on the screen but when I try to resize it in Photobucket it doesn't seem to take.


 

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 Posted: Fri Feb 13th, 2009 09:55 pm
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Nice model Sullivan!!Those trucks are from San Juan?? Cool figure too. Would see the couple of ore cars weathered. Keep up posting!

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 Posted: Fri Feb 13th, 2009 10:37 pm
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Lucas,

Just to clarify, the ore car is built in 1/35th scale, the same as Woodie's Mogollon Rwy.

Those trucks are the regular arch bars that Bachmann sells for On30. When I tried them out they looked 'good enough'. And they roll great!

I also have some trucks from MacLeod Western that will make their appearance on other cars slated to be built for the tramway. They are just too cool looking and based on trucks the Westside Lumber Co. used.

I'll be using the frame and bolsters from Foothill Models fine line of On3 flat cars. Jerry does all the styrene casting himself and they are to die for. Those of you working in On30 need to check out his website sometime if your not already aware of it. Nope, don't work for him, just like the goods.

 http://www.foothillmodelworks.com/

And just to further explain the construction...the cars are built entirely from styrene sheet and strips except for the board by board end platforms. The brake wheels are white metal castings from Selley (Bowser). I've also used a little bit of brass wire. I also now have a possible source for larger brake wheels from a fellow in New York that sells to circus modelers.

More coming later. Woodie said I hafta.   

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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2009 04:50 pm
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Very nice ore car, Sullivan.
Think it will look great in union with several of this.

The flaps for unloading are meant to be on the underside I asume?

I think the picture size is ok. But you could make an image section. If you cut some of the background around the picture gets smaller automatically.

For image manipulations I can recommend "The Gimp". It's freeware.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2009 08:10 pm
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Thanks for the remarks.

Here are a few more shots of the cars I'm working on. Just this morning I shot clear coat on the sides and ends of all the cars so I can number them.

Here are both cars up to this point resting on Peco On30 track...just aren't On30 cars. The guy is a 1/35th Nazi that will be slightly reworked and painted.



Here's a shot of the end of one of the cars.



And some more...




And an end shot...




And yes Juergen, the unloading is through the bottom. I've actually scribed lines to show where the flaps are; just din't take a shot of that.

Hopefully I haven't bored everyone the death with pics that are so similar. But, HEY!, I'm just getting started on this section of my model railroad life. Of course I blame Woodie. If his layout wasn't so sweet I'd still be fighting Sn2.

OK, back to work on the layout.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 15th, 2009 03:07 pm
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James-I thought those were MY cars! They should be...When you get ready, we'll couple them up to #5 and take them to the mines. Beautiful work. When you called the MRy "sweet", maybe you mis-wrote. The Mogollon is more like rough, wild, decadent, funky...not really sweet, but thanks for the comment.  That Peco On30 track looks pretty good in the larger scale, maybe the company should start promoting their track for 3/8. James-there is another poor soul who is taken with the larger bug, however, he is like you once were, a rigid Maine 2 footer fan, and wants to "be correct" by using 1:32 and On3 track standards. Who knows, someday Bachmann may come out with a 3/8 Silver City Shay and ore cars (a pipe "dream") and then we could rent a barn & put on a show!      Woodrow



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James-

That Nazi must be like Lot's wife- when he was retreating he turned around to look and was turned into salt!

The cars are great- but keep him off them because the salt promotes rust!


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How did you do the rivets at sides and ends?



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 Posted: Mon Feb 16th, 2009 06:59 pm
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Lucas,

The side rivets are Grandt 1/32nd rivets. I drilled holes through the sides and simply glued them in place. I wasn't particularly happy about them not being positioned perfectly but I'll get over it. These are for operation, not for a contest.

For the ends I felt like I needed something other than bare metal (plastic) so took some small rectangles of .010" styrene sheet material and punced the pattern in place with a center punch I had laying around. Again, not really perfect. After I glued them in place I tought they helped the car's appearance a bit. Then I added the block above the coupler pocket along with four Grandt nbw castings.

BTW, I plan to take another shot later with all the pre-cut parts used beside a completed car, just to show what was required to build just one car. I was surprised at the number. But it keeps me off the street.

I'm cutting parts for five more cars. I may start working on a box car before I get to those. 



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 Posted: Mon Feb 16th, 2009 07:05 pm
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Herb,

Well, I guess I better get the little fellow primed and painted! :) 

Really, I wanted somthing to show the size of the car next to a normal(?) sized person. It doesn't show the true scale but helps with proportions.

Since I haven't decided exactly where he'll be or what he'll be doing, I decided just to leave him as his own salty self for the moment.



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