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    • February 9, 2020 11:15 AM EST
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      Modern freight car build

       Maybe by starting this thread it will give me a kick in the a$$ to finish these two freight cars. They are different variations of the woodchip cars I built a couple of years ago . Still operated by Bill Frank Trucking (BFTX) , they look like they were made from modified bulkhead flat cars . The models start as a piece of .060 plastic 60 scale feet long and 9 scale feet wide. After they are done they will be 10 feet wide. A piece of 1/8 " thick aluminum is JB welded to the plastic floor . The bolsters are made from plastic and aluminum laminated with a 1/4 " hole drilled through it to accept a 1/4" plastic tube and 4-40 screw. If you followed my other builds it's the same technique . This car will be a little different than any of the others as I will try to make the big flat sides look wavy from welding the panels together. I have a idea how I will do this but we'll see. Here are some pictures as of today .I have to admit i've been losing some interest in building train models . I found a new love (hobby) that took up alot of my time since July of last year. I purchased a new E-BIKE in July of 2019 and rode it over 460 miles going down trails I never would have before. Love it ! Anyway back to the trains cuz its winter.                                                           

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at February 18, 2020 10:34 AM EST
    • February 9, 2020 11:28 AM EST
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      Looking forward to seeing this go together! The latest Model  Railroad Magazine has a flatcar build and by looking at your builds and the MR build is giving me thoughts about trying a flatcar, or center bulkhead or a chip car. Get to work Mike!!

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    • February 9, 2020 1:30 PM EST
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        Using JB weld I glued the center sill beam in place . Next i'll add automotive wheel weights and BB's to add weight . The sill cover will be .030 plastic.

    • February 9, 2020 3:25 PM EST
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      Here's a better picture of the car i'm making.

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at February 10, 2020 6:40 PM EST
    • February 10, 2020 6:47 PM EST
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    • February 10, 2020 11:51 PM EST
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      I like it ! Looks like you've dabbled in the world of graffiti some too. The T in rooster caught my eye right away.

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at February 10, 2020 11:54 PM EST
    • February 11, 2020 10:28 PM EST
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        Today T attached with MEK the sides of the car using .060 sheet a scale 60 feet long by 18 inches high. Then I epoxied automotive wheel weights and BB's inside the bottom sill beam. Here are a couple more pictures.                                              

    • February 13, 2020 7:50 PM EST
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      mike dorsch said:

      I like it ! Looks like you've dabbled in the world of graffiti some too. The T in rooster caught my eye right away.

      Note that car is headed west at high speed distorting the t

    • February 13, 2020 8:01 PM EST
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      mike dorsch said:

       This car will be a little different than any of the others as I will try to make the big flat sides look wavy from welding the panels together. I have a idea how I will do this but we'll see.                                

       

       

    • February 13, 2020 8:04 PM EST
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      I love BFTX short tag!

    • February 13, 2020 8:12 PM EST
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       Looks good Rooster , I was gonna experiment with slow set epoxy very thinly squeegeed onto the sheet plastic and then laminating aluminum foil over that .  How did you do yours ? 

       

    • February 14, 2020 8:40 AM EST
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      Sanded some spots down (divots)  and heavy coats of paint.

    • February 14, 2020 10:40 PM EST
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         I am going to do some experimenting on some scrap plastic . I will definitely try your method too.  I have been concerned the aluminum foil method might be prone to ripping if mishandled or in a derailment  . We'll see , maybe the epoxy when cured will make it durable.

    • February 15, 2020 4:16 PM EST
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      Very nice, Mike. The frame of my flanger is loaded down with shot just like your boxcar.

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 15, 2020 9:53 PM EST
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          Thanks Matt ! The shot filled in the voids between the auto wheel weights real good. These cars will track well for sure . These two cars will also be using Kadee's metal trucks . I'm very pleased with them so far and their heavy too . Because the trucks on this car are so close to the ends I had to modify the Kadee coupler box to allow the trucks to swing more. I only had to cut up the bottom of the Kadee box. I mounted the couplers with two 4-40 screws after drilling and tapping the aluminum strip. I had to shim the couplers down .060 cuz they were too high. I also finished closing up the bottom sill beam and used .015 plastic instead of the .030 I mentioned earlier. Off to my local hobby shop next to pick up some more Evergreen plastic shapes and get started on the bottom . Thanks for following along !                                                                    

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at February 18, 2020 11:24 AM EST
    • February 17, 2020 8:12 AM EST

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      mike,

      i am very much enjoying the build

      What would you estimate the final weight of one of your build?

      many thanks

       

       

       

       

       

    • February 18, 2020 10:34 AM EST
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      Looking good Mike. Thanks for the detailed info on how you're building it. Excited to see more.

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    • February 18, 2020 10:51 AM EST
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        Thanks John and Eric for following along ! I weighted the car as it is right now and it tipped the scale at 3 lbs 3 1/2 oz .

    • February 18, 2020 6:04 PM EST
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      I know this is late, but what was that car used for? Does the side flip up with/without the top?

       

      Greg

       

       

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    • February 18, 2020 6:23 PM EST
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      Wood chips, Greg.

      Some woodchip cars have a door on the "A" end, others have rotary couplers and are dumped via a rotary dumper. The cars with a door are unloaded with a front end loader...

       

      That said, the proto photo looks like scrap steel service not wood chips.

      This post was edited by Craig Townsend at February 18, 2020 6:25 PM EST
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