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  • Topic: Wooden hoppers for the Durango & Jasper

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    • December 3, 2017 1:44 PM EST
      • Vail, Az
         
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      Tell your little man to stand off to the side of that handle when he frees it (probably will want to do that with a foot, while he hugs the post). I imagine the weight of your unobtainium will kick the door open, once the handle starts moving.

       

      On your slope sheet; they have a dappled metalic paint that might convey a battered sheet as a base for your rusty scrapes.

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • December 3, 2017 3:27 PM EST
      • Pleasanton, CA
         
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      Got the trucks and couplers on. Time for an inaugural trip around the layout:

       

       

      Sadly, the bents on the mine trestle are too close to the track. I'll have to see if I can move those back without destroying the whole thing :-(

       

    • December 3, 2017 3:32 PM EST
      • Milpitas, California
         
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      I see there's a missing rivet on the hopper. 

    • December 3, 2017 5:10 PM EST
      • Streamwood, IL
         
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      Excellent build Jim, and the catch on the hopper looks like it'll work well

      This post was edited by Mike Wlez at December 3, 2017 5:29 PM EST
    • December 29, 2017 4:47 PM EST
      • Pleasanton, CA
         
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      I've started on the next 3. I have to say it is waaaay easier when you have an existing one to copy :-)

       

       

      Happy New Year!

       

    • December 29, 2017 9:56 PM EST
      • romeoville, illinois
         
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      The car came out great Jim . I enjoyed watching the progress .

    • January 7, 2018 2:51 PM EST
      • Pleasanton, CA
         
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      When building 3 more hoppers, I took a chance and changed the order of assembly to see if I could make it a bit easier. The trickiest part is the angled braces on each end, so I built a small jig to help assemble those separately.

       

       

      After cutting out all the other pieces, it was time to assemble:

       

       

      Now I can turn my attention to the 2018 Mik challenge.

       

      Cheers!

       

    • January 7, 2018 3:15 PM EST
      • Waverly, Alabama
         
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      Those look great, Jim. I like the jig too. I’m sure it made assembly much easier. I’ll be filing this thread away for future reference.  Thanks for sharing. 

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    • April 29, 2018 1:20 PM EDT
      • Pleasanton, CA
         
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      OK, getting back to these hoppers. Got the internal wood cladding (??? planking ???) done on all 3. Those 45 degree angles are a bit tedious, I'll admit. Next up are doors then we can start painting...

       

    • July 5, 2018 2:28 PM EDT
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      Finally some more progress on the 3 more ore cars. Here are the "blanks" for the brass pieces that are the door close/open mechanism:

       

       

      And after grinding them to shape and drilling for both rod and rivets:

       

       

      In parallel, I'm creating the internal metal sheeting that is used to make the ore slide out when the doors open. I've built a metal bending brake on the cheap. Here's a quick photo and a video showing it in action:

       

       

       

      And after painting:

       

       

      Cheers!

       

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