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    • February 23, 2019 4:41 AM EST
    • Cleverness abounds...................

    • February 22, 2019 8:54 PM EST
    • Sean, you have a point but I would need a layout now wouldn't I?  One would think I'd resolve that little issue 


      Thought i would show you my little jig for the placement of the stake pockets.  I initially thought about measuring and marking each one but that would be too logical, so I decided to make it more complicated and designed a jig that I could clamp to the side sill that would allow for the gluing of each pocket.  My printer is limited in size so I had to make one that would allow me to put on half of them beginning from one end and them move it to the other end and add the remaining ones.




      Now, you might ask ..... how in the heck are you going to get it off with all those clamps?  Well, fortunately I thought about that during design and made sure that it would fit between the top of the pockets and the inside top of the clamp so I could slide it out.



      When all is said and done, it looks like this.



      I'll add the queen posts, trussrods and brake wheel and call it done except for paint and weathering ....... oh! and lettering

    • February 22, 2019 6:51 AM EST
    • Hmmm ... Mahogany would make a great trestle....  for  any shelf queen...

    • February 21, 2019 10:27 PM EST
    • Decking and stake pockets installed.


    • February 21, 2019 7:49 PM EST
    • Rick and Jim, thanks for the kind words.  I do like using nice hardwoods for my building projects.  I pickup scraps anytime I come across them.  What a lot of other people see as waste wood, I see as modeling projects.  There will be some mahogany cars in the near future.  I had a guy give me some 12 foot solid mahogany doors he took out of building he was working on a couple days ago.  I'm going to cut them down to a standard door size to use in my home, but the cutoffs will be used for modeling .  The 3D modeling and printing provide a means to get some detail parts that I otherwise would have to buy or not use and I really enjoy the process of creating the 3D models.

    • February 22, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • Have to agree, a very nice well constructed set of cars..     

    • February 22, 2019 7:57 PM EST
    • Devon, that is a really cool set of cars.  

    • February 22, 2019 7:47 PM EST
    • It actually helps take my mind of it while being relaxing at the same time. I just put on a movie and sit at my table and just plug along. 

    • February 22, 2019 6:20 PM EST
    • Sweet! For a guy that feels like crap you have been crushing it!

    • February 22, 2019 5:48 PM EST
    • And here is the work train to date

    • February 22, 2019 5:10 PM EST
    • Finished up the rail and tie car.


    • February 22, 2019 11:52 AM EST
    • Nice work...   

    • February 22, 2019 11:31 AM EST
    • I finished the rivets and frame for my snowplow! Next: painting. 

    • February 21, 2019 8:28 PM EST
    • Mike these are incredibly helpful, I would love to do some things like this , so your build logs are sort of like a blueprint and color instructions all in one, and special thanks for giving the part numbers on the styrene shapes you use, even if I don’t  make a full car I can probably adapt to bashing cars I have!

    • February 21, 2019 6:43 PM EST
    •      Thanks guys for the comments . I get alot of enjoyment building these freight cars . I found styrene easy to work with and the availability of all the different shapes very helpful . I want to eventually have a 30 or more car train of unique rolling stock rollin around my yard someday . When i'm done with these two i'll be at 13 cars. The only thing I use to build my cars are pictures and info such  as length ,width and height that I get from a website called Railroad Pictures Archive . net . I'll sit in front of my laptop studying every angle and predominant features of the car for hours and then start cutting . If I see something that I did that looks off to me i'll redo whatever it is. Thanks again for following my projects with the hope someone finds some of this useful .

    • February 21, 2019 1:26 PM EST
    • WOW Mike, this is looking great!

      Gotta ask, how do you know the measurements for all the parts of the car? I've seen websites that have scale dimensions, so figure that's a start. Do you use an HO scale car as a template from there?

    • February 21, 2019 11:28 AM EST
    • That’s a lot of styrene to cut, Mike, but it sure looks good. And as Sean pointed out, you make it look easy. Kind of like the professor doing differential equations on the board when I was in college, looked easy when he was doing it, not so when I got home and tried it on my own. Thanks for sharing your progress. Look forward to seeing the completed car. 

    • February 21, 2019 1:18 PM EST
    • Thanks, Al.  It's about 105 mm diameter.  


      What printer do you have?  I have an SLA printer in my 6-month plan.  Looking at the Form2.

    • February 21, 2019 11:57 AM EST
    • Eric,


      what is the max dim of this piece? I may be able to 3d print (SLA) this if we can hollow out as another option.


      AL P.

    • February 21, 2019 8:09 AM EST
    • My understanding is that these are specifically for submarines, and that the fins are for cooling, as the material is still decaying.  The other style, used for surface ships, has a smooth horizontal flask.  I'm not an expert, either, but have collected a lot of info on them over the years.