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    • March 29, 2017 1:56 AM EDT
    • Hey Sean,

      I'm old school. Most cuts are with an X-acto knife and a metal straight edge. I did buy a Dremel about 6 years ago with big plans, but after melting a few pieces of styrene, I went back to what worked. Sometimes I drill holes and just clean it up with the X-acto. When I'm cutting up my big sheets, I just score it and snap pieces off. I buy my 1/16" and 1/8" in 4' x 8' sheets.



    • March 28, 2017 10:19 AM EDT
    • Shane

      How are you doing all this nice cutting?

      Dremel, X-acto knife, very nice work !

    • March 27, 2017 2:37 AM EDT
    • Sand all of your pieces to make sure the cuts are flat.

      Now build your two opposing sides. Each side will be 2 layers without the red cut topped by two layers with the red cuts. Remember to mirror the sides. Line your layers up, tape, and glue.


    • March 27, 2017 2:27 AM EDT
    • I started with the door cut. The door cut is 2 1/16 x 3/4". It is 3/16" from the back edge, and 3/16" from the top.

      Now cut out a 1 13/16 x 7/8" window 7/16" in front of the door, and 1/4" from the top.

      Now cut out over the nose 1 3/8" high by 1 5/8" long.

      Now cut out two 9/16 x 1/4" step cuts. They are centered below the door. The spacing is 5/16" below the door, 5/16" between steps, and 1/8" over the bottom of the cab.

      Now the red cut on 4 of your 8 pieces is 3/16 x 3 1/4". It is 1/4" below the top of the cab just like the window. It is 1/8" in front of the door, and 1/8" behind the window.

    • March 27, 2017 2:14 AM EDT
    • Now for the cab sides, I used 4 layers per side of .03" styrene cut 3 1/2 x 5". You'll need 8 pieces total.

      We'll cut these as shown below. All eight pieces will have all the cuts except the red. The red cut will only appear on four pieces.

    • March 27, 2017 1:34 AM EDT
    • Now we're going to start on the cab. We'll start with the cab floor which will sit between the cab walls. The sides of this piece will act as the back walls of the steps cut into the sides of the cab.

      We'll need some 1/8" styrene. Cut one piece 3 7/8 x 3 1/4" and two 1 1/8 x 3 1/4" pieces.

      Glue the short pieces below the large piece, flush with the sides as shown below.

    • March 27, 2017 1:20 AM EDT
    • Thanks for the feedback guys.

      David, yes, lots of fun. I had to clean off all the blood before taking photos. Those wires love finger tips.  


      I've decided to use a USA trains SD70 horn. The original horns had 3 stubby chimes that all faced forward. These locomotives are nearing 30 years old, and they now sport a variety of horns, including this SD70 style.

      The horn mounts on the conductor's side. (somebody in design didn't like conductors. ) We'll need a 1/8" x 1/4" hole. I kept it 3/4" from the front of the middle section, and 1/8" below the bend on the roof.

      I first drilled 3 1/8" holes and then cleaned it up with a sharp X-Acto blade.

      Mounted horn.

    • March 26, 2017 8:15 PM EDT
    • I have nothing to say but I get in trouble for posting blanks just letting you know I'm following












      Extra blank post ......nice work


    • March 28, 2017 12:09 PM EDT
    • Sorry Jerry, I tried to post your pic, but it has a different format. I couldn't find it in your FS either.



    • March 28, 2017 10:33 AM EDT
    • Thanks for the photo fix, maybe you can do it to this one also.  I put LED's in the station and under the canopy. Texaco light came with them installed. I got warm LED sets for the station and the car from  Nice thing about the sets is they are wired so polarity does not matter. They have all different sizes/types and are very friendly.  So this is how it will look at night out on the layout a little later in the spring.


    • March 27, 2017 10:21 AM EDT
    • Travis,


      Did you catch my post in the General section. The 1879 Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice will be a big help to you. Not only on the trucks but on the entire build. While not the best for actual dimensions it does give you a scale to work from.



      That link takes you to the index. scroll for what ever part your looking for. That is the oldest one they have.

    • March 27, 2017 7:21 AM EDT
    • Take a look at Ozark Miniatures. They acquired the Hartford Products line several years ago and that line included Carter Bros trucks. Not sure if they will be an exact match to what you are looking for, but give it a look.


      Bob C.

    • March 27, 2017 10:17 AM EDT
    • Looking good Chuck. Nice fit on the cupola to the roof; matching the contour.

    • March 27, 2017 10:02 AM EDT
    • Looking good Chuck. Glad you figured out the picture thing. I get them to the freight shed, but that seems to be it.

    • March 26, 2017 10:12 PM EDT
    • OK, I think I finally got this picture posting thing worked out, so here are a few pictures of the progress that I have made on this caboose so far.


      Last night I got 7 of the 10 windows framed in on the cupola before my eyes started going batty.  Hopefully tonight I'll finish the last 3 windows so that I can move onto the roof and side bracing.

      The second picture shows the tool box.

      The third picture shows the end doors framed in.

      The last picture shows the 3D printed windows installed.

      So that pretty much brings us up to date with all the current progress.  Enjoy.


    • March 27, 2017 12:03 AM EDT
    •    All those structures, including the great fire house, look great. You nailed it. It's fascinating going back to the beginning of the build and seeing where it all started. If I ever retire, I'd like to go out there and visit.


    • March 26, 2017 7:10 PM EDT
    • Firehouse looks great Bruce! Sorry we didn't get to see it in person (and everyone) at the D&B but our hotel was about a hour away from the show.

    • March 26, 2017 10:17 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      David Maynard said:

      Yup, looks good. I see that you still haven't trimmed the roof over the freight door.

      Yeah.  When I built it, I really didn't accommodate for the turret and had to add a bit...You're probably just standing too close. 

      I'm standing in Baldwin Borough Pennsylvania.....

    • March 26, 2017 8:30 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Yup, looks good. I see that you still haven't trimmed the roof over the freight door.





    • March 26, 2017 8:30 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Well, yea. But the 10 foot rule is rule one here.