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 Posted: Tue Aug 4th, 2020 08:19 am
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Well, after doing tons of research, I realized I better just quit thinkin',
and build a sample of a car with the lumber I have on hand.

It's an interesting design and I feel I learned a lot about the how and why of narrow gauge car building.
It still needs center beams on it too. Most of the middle will be hidden by a log load though.

It's my first attempt.
Since I used what I had on hand and I can see where I might use different dimensions of lumber.
But if I keep staring at it long enough I may not care.

Note to self, never super glue train parts together under dim lighting conditions.
What seemed lined up is now clearly a bit off, oh well.




















I think now that I am past the brain draining research stage I can build a small fleet of these.

Total cost on actual materials and not counting hours of scouring the web, about 7 bucks.
The biggest cost was buying an old Tyco box car off the web,
so I could harvest the trucks and couplers.




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Hi T.G.V.  :slow:



Bringin' in the 'Tyco harvest' !  :cool:  ... Now THAT'S a new one on me !!  :P

An unusual & interesting log-car build.  :thumb:


I came across this on my travels ...  :)





... an old 'Durango Press' HOn3 kit !  :mex:

I guess the cast-metal is a handy bit of weight, for an un-loaded car in that small gauge.  L:

I quite like the idea of something along these lines for the  M.M.M.M.M.& M.Co.  line.  :moose:

Are these ^^ Russell Type-20 log cars ?  ??? 


:java::moose: :dt:


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Hiya Si,

I've seen those in my searches,
but the design is slightly different from my photos.

I've seen several designs of cars from that area.  The Pagosa one's are very one of the kind.
No brake wheel but a brake lever off the end of the car that can be seen in some images.
Very much an early design too, it's pre-air brakes.

Wish I could get a measurement on those cars you posted, I am having to guess for mine.
My wood one was an easy build.
I plan to make more soon so I can have about 5 sitting around.

I will use logs to weigh mine down as the design is so light.
I have thought about casting some lead beams to go in the middle,
did some casting back in my military miniatures days.

Who knows, maybe I should design it for a more common scale and sell it.
My buddy owns this company, he might cast them for me.
https://www.pfc-cinc.com/front_page.html




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 Posted: Wed Sep 23rd, 2020 09:16 am
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Also, check out this image.
Is that a 9 foot wide load on a 3' gauge car?

Look at the truck width.
Definitely a real chunky design.

https://ngtrainpics.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/RD079-Logging-Pagosa-Springs-Dulce/G0000gjOJ.6bgZ.o/I0000SyK2xq6OxXY/C0000Vd2qoA2MbNU




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Went on a bit of a safari to gather some Realistic Rock material,
from Ye Olde Free Model Supply Store.

This is a special deep sea pressure treated silt method,
for creating realistic rocks on a layout,
and only takes several million years to create.

I find these Rock Rocks actually look like Rock Rocks,
if you know what I mean.












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I have waffled on track plans for some time.


Do I build a small Inglenook yard area with a loco spur?

Do I do a Timesaver?

Maybe a small oval as a starter?


My first layout on a board was an N scale layout,
with 2 switches and a big mountain inside the oval.

I figured why not revive that feeling I had as a kid and remake it.


Space being a hassle, this will be around 30' x 44'





I have some free lumber I harvested from my neighbors trash.

It's barely enough 1/8 inch thick plank material,
and a longer plank to use for a box frame.

The red line is the vertical box frame,
the green areas are flat surfaces,
dark lines are track centers.

I am hoping this will make the layout easy to move and fairly light weight.




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I bought a cheap HO scale Tyco hopper.
I needed something quick and easy as a build.

I have several unfinished projects,
that are making me feel kind of like this whole train thing is just more work.

I need a quickie nearly RTR model to cheer me up.
I am a very lazy model railroader.


Since this is a plastic car I decided to try my hand at Hair Spray Chipped Paint Effect.
I ended up screwing it up and not having the right effect at all.

Instead of starting over I decided to try an odd idea and got out the BIC Lighter and hit the paint with that.
It made the paint bubble and crack like it was rusting out from underneath.


Behold, Griff's Fire Weathering Technique.







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A more detailed shot of the effect after I added rust to it.







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