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    • February 21, 2019 11:28 AM EST
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      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. 

      This post was edited by Dan Hilyer at February 21, 2019 11:29 AM EST
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    • February 21, 2019 1:26 PM EST
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      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?

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    • February 21, 2019 6:43 PM EST
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           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 8:28 PM EST
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      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!

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    • February 27, 2019 9:40 PM EST
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          Heres a couple more pictures of my progress on these cars . On one of the cars I finished the bulkheads . I installed the ladders and added the rivets made from JB weld (original not the fast set). Next to the couplers on each side I epoxied a piece of Evergreen #278 "I" beam plastic. I think i'll get the end platforms done on this car next and the brake parts too. I finished the bottom of the other car and will get the bulkheads started next.                                                                      

    • February 28, 2019 2:25 AM EST
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      Looking good Mike. Are you going to run them empty, or with loads?

       

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    • February 28, 2019 8:22 PM EST

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      can't wait to see these in a video  once the RR thaws out

    • February 28, 2019 11:09 PM EST
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        Thanks Shane and John . They will be in some video's for sure this year . I am looking into some sort of load for these cars. I'm gonna try making tree trunks out of Styrofoam tubes and covering them with this stuff called paper clay . I found a recipe for it on you tube . It looks promising . I'm hoping to make the load realistic and light weight . If it works great , if not , try something else. The car is heavy enough on its own with all the weight in the center sill so I don't know if real tree branches will make it too heavy.

    • March 1, 2019 7:44 AM EST
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      Boy .. I would love to see a train made up of Shane's and Mike builds....

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    • March 4, 2019 9:55 PM EST
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         Got a little more done on car #1 . I did some basic underbody brake details using some silicone molds I have from past projects . The parts are made from Alumalite white casting resin . I finished the end platforms made from material I scavenged from a USA stack car and some Evergreen plastic angle. The brake wheel and mount are USA trains also . The 4 large vertical posts are made from 5/8th inch Evergreen square and beveled at the top and notched and beveled at the bottom to fit snug to the deck. I am almost completely done with one side of this car . Here's some more pictures .                                                                

    • March 4, 2019 11:19 PM EST
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      Nice brake details, Mike.  Not sure i would consider it basic, but after watching you put this car together, it probably is basic to you .  I would hate to see what you considered complicated .  Thanks for sharing.

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    • March 11, 2019 6:00 PM EDT
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         I got one of the two cars completely assembled today. After car number two is done it will be off to the paint shop. Since my last post I added a few more small details and built the log bunkers . They started as Evergreen 5/8 " square tubing . The gusset reinforcement plates are made from .015 plastic sheet . I made small oval holes in them as per photo's and mounted them with MEK.  Alot of filling and sanding and shaping and cussing sometimes and bingo ! Done ! The four lift pads (the triangular thing on the side) are made from .030 plastic a scale 15 inches long by 6 inches wide . A piece of brass wire makes the pulling ring on the side. The small beige square is plastic tube that's been filed down real thin. It appears on the prototype photo and appears to be some weld marks for something. I still have 3 winches to make but I'll wait on them till the car is done cuz i'm not sure if i'll do a removable load .Thanks for looking , here's some pictures.                                                                       

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at March 12, 2019 5:07 PM EDT
    • March 11, 2019 8:07 PM EDT
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      mike dorsch said:

         I got one of the two cars completely assembled today. After car number two is done it will be off to the paint shop. Since my last post I added a few more small details and built the log bunkers . They started as Evergreen 5/8 " square tubing . The gusset reinforcement plates are made from .015 plastic sheet . I made small oval holes in them as per photo's and mounted them with MEK.  Alot of filling and sanding and shaping and cussing sometimes and bingo ! Done !                                                                       

      AMEN !

    • March 12, 2019 7:26 AM EDT
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      This should be an interesting weathering job .. I'm looking forward to see how each one looks ..

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