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    • March 6, 2018 9:17 AM EST
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      My wife would agree with you Rooster . John , I use regular old JB Weld for the rivets . I think they make a couple of different types. Mine is the two part grey / black variety .

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    • March 6, 2018 8:37 PM EST
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      The thickness of JB changes as its curing. It tends to start off kinda think, and then gets real runny when the reaction first gets going. Then it stiffens up some before it goes off. The room temperature and humidity also effect how JB behaves. There is also JB weld, that takes quite a while to set up, and JB Quick that sets up in 5 minutes (or so). 

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    • March 6, 2018 8:49 PM EST
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      mike dorsch said:

       John , I use regular old JB Weld for the rivets . I think they make a couple of different types. Mine is the two part grey / black variety .

      Like I said John .....https://www.jbweld.com/

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • March 6, 2018 11:15 PM EST
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      Thanks Rooster for that link , I use the "original cold weld" type .

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      Shane Stewart said:

      Great work Mike.

       

      I always liked the smell of those cars as they went by.

       

      Shane

       

       Wood chips smell good but some of the other cars like this that are covered are full of expired bread products for feed and the smell like a honey bun. Nasty to handle though because soggy old bread leaks out of them.

      This post was edited by Ryan F. at April 3, 2018 5:33 PM EDT
    • April 3, 2018 6:40 PM EDT
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      1. Ryan F. said: but some of the other cars like this that are covered are full of expired bread products for feed
      This post was edited by Dan Gilchrist at April 3, 2018 6:41 PM EDT
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    • April 3, 2018 6:40 PM EDT
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      1. Ryan F. said: but some of the other cars like this that are covered are full of expired bread products for feed

      I don't want to believe this.  

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    • April 3, 2018 8:55 PM EDT
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      Ryan F. said:Wood chips smell good but some of the other cars like this that are covered are full of expired bread products for feed and the smell like a honey bun. Nasty to handle though because soggy old bread leaks out of them.

      Great fishing bait though!

    • April 4, 2018 6:05 PM EDT
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      Here's a update photo of my wood chip hopper build . The car in the back is the original car , the middle one is complete but for the brake parts that should be getting here this week and the one in front is about halfway done.                                                                         

    • April 4, 2018 10:15 PM EDT
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      In real life these cars haul construction debris on the east coast . Jersey I think .

    • April 4, 2018 11:27 PM EDT
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      Those are going to be a great addition to your layout. Hopefully they will be featured in a video in the near future.

       

      Some of the old ones in my area are in tie service hauling the used ties to ...... I have no clue.

       

      Shane

       

    • April 5, 2018 12:23 AM EDT
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      John K. Saunders said:

      mike,

       

      how do you get the JB weld rivets to look so good? I tried some on scrap but mone were too runny.  I like the technique but can't seem to get it right.  please help.

       

      JKS  

       

         What rivets? I'm looking and I don't see any rivets? Am I missing something? I'm always looking for ways to make rivets. Does anyone have pictures of rivets made with JB Weld?

       

         And, oh, by the way, just an aside, the build and weathering are officially in bookmark territory....

       

       

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    • April 21, 2018 9:06 PM EDT
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      I got the two cars finished today and started painting them with the first coat of rust color.  After these are done i'm gonna take a break for a while so I can get my railroad cleaned up and running . Finally it looks like it might stop snowing around here. Here's a couple of photo's from today.

    • April 21, 2018 9:37 PM EDT
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      Success is in the air. :) And speaking of air, I'm looking at that wide expanse of side and thinking the words 'sail area': what kind of wind speed limit might there be on running them outside?

    • April 21, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
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       I am sure they will be fine as most of the weight is low and my fence stops most of the wind. However , sometimes I do have to remove the top container on double stack cars . Those have blown over before . We'll see .

    • April 29, 2018 2:12 PM EDT
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      Awesome work Mike.

       

      Shane

       

    • May 6, 2018 9:19 PM EDT
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        Hi all , today I finished the second of three cars i'm building. Its the BFTX 1524 . Its a little different than my first car #1548 . I made the top rail wider and painted it a lighter shade of blue. I also am changing the load from woodchips to construction debris . I finished the load for the #1548 and will do the other two the same. I took strips of wood mostly splinters I made from 3/8" square stock and some dimensional wood too. I also added stuff from my collection of scrap pieces. It's held together with white glue and the netting is held on with epoxy and tape. The last car is waiting for its blue paint and weathering . Here's a few photo's .                                                                                            

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at May 15, 2018 2:21 AM EDT
    • May 6, 2018 9:24 PM EDT
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      Like Wow!  big points for realism.

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    • May 7, 2018 8:12 AM EDT
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      Those cars really look amazing.  Very nice Mike.

    • May 7, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

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      i I think this calls for a new video on you tube!

       

      excellent work

       

      congrats

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