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    • February 26, 2020 11:08 PM EST
    •  Thanks Shane ! I've been playing around with paintbrush on my computer and i'm gonna try that next to show what and where. Gonna keep the arrows though , maybe i'll have a set .

    • February 26, 2020 8:07 PM EST
    • Looking good Mike. I like those fancy arrows in the photo.

       

      Shane

       

    • February 22, 2020 1:03 AM EST
    •   That's really neat Dan , thanks for those pictures ,very interesting. The cars i'm making carry construction debris but most do haul woodchips I would think. I worked on the ends of my cars by adding a scale 18" x 18"piece of plastic in each corner and then trimmed them to a angle as per photo's . Then I filled any gaps on the sides and ends with Green Magic body puddy and then wet sanded it. Next I added the braces under the cars . The pieces going from the middle of the car to the sides are made from Evergreen #'s 277 and 278 "I" beam strips. The #278 is larger and was used at the car center line and 15 scale feet from the ends. There are 6 of them 3 on each side. The rest are #277. Triangular gussets are .030 plastic topped with Evergreen #266 , the 6 larger gussets I drilled a hole in them . Here's some pictures .

    • February 18, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      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...

      And then there's this method.

    • February 18, 2020 9:10 PM EST
    •    These cars are used for construction / destruction debris. They are like big dumpsters on wheels , all beat up and crusty . These cars do not have any doors but there are some types that do have large doors on the ends of the car.This car has end doors and is another car I hope to model some day.

       

                               Here's a link to a video of HO scale models of these cars. This guy is really good at weathering and gave me the idea of building some of these for myself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM1_W7lELyQ

    • February 21, 2020 7:46 AM EST
    • Yes

    • February 20, 2020 7:32 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:
      Dan Hilyer said:

      Dennis, the axle holes are part of the print.  Currently, I’m just inserting the axle directly into the plastic and they roll extremely well. We’ll see how they hold up over time. I’ve printed some that accept a 3mm flanged bearing but it just seems to be overkill. I may be proven wrong on that one day   I’ll try to remember to take a photo of the back of the side frame tonight and post so you can see how it all goes together. 

       

       

       

      This post has been reported to the moderator (7 page email) by ROOSTER :  Dan said "axle holes"

      It took you seven pages to say "Dan said axle holes"??  Your chicken .......... eh, ummm rooster scratch must be worse than mine   What did you do put 2-3 letters per page??

    • February 20, 2020 7:17 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Dennis, the axle holes are part of the print.  Currently, I’m just inserting the axle directly into the plastic and they roll extremely well. We’ll see how they hold up over time. I’ve printed some that accept a 3mm flanged bearing but it just seems to be overkill. I may be proven wrong on that one day   I’ll try to remember to take a photo of the back of the side frame tonight and post so you can see how it all goes together. 

       

       

       

      This post has been reported to the moderator (7 page email) by ROOSTER :  Dan said "axle holes"

    • February 20, 2020 7:13 PM EST
    • Eh its alright for an Alabama guy. Looks great my friend. I like that truck looks like it came out nice.

    • February 20, 2020 6:10 PM EST
    • Dennis, here is a pic of the truck before assembly.  As you can see, the axles just slip into the hole created during the printing process.

       

       

      There is no detail on the back (inside) of the side frame in order to facilitate ease of printing and no one will ever see it once it is in service.

    • February 20, 2020 2:24 PM EST
    • 3D Fuels’ Pro PLA

    • February 20, 2020 2:21 PM EST
    • Thanks Dan

      Are you printing in PLA or another product.

      Dennis

    • February 20, 2020 2:17 PM EST
    • Dennis, the axle holes are part of the print.  Currently, I’m just inserting the axle directly into the plastic and they roll extremely well. We’ll see how they hold up over time. I’ve printed some that accept a 3mm flanged bearing but it just seems to be overkill. I may be proven wrong on that one day   I’ll try to remember to take a photo of the back of the side frame tonight and post so you can see how it all goes together. 

    • February 20, 2020 1:01 PM EST
    • Dan

      Very nicely planned, and extremely nice weathering. The 3D printed couplers have turned out very nicely. 

      Were the axel holes just drilled into the trucks, or do you have incerts or bushings for the axels to turn into?

      Dennis

    • February 20, 2020 11:02 AM EST
    • What Mike said...   Great modeling work...         

    • February 20, 2020 9:42 AM EST
    •   Nice addition to the fleet Dan.

    • February 19, 2020 9:26 PM EST
    • Time for an update on the tie and rail car.  Except for some NBW's, lettering and a little more weathering, its done.  The car is sitting on 3D printed Andrews trucks.  I did make one little mist ...... uhhh ...... ummm.... change from the photos above.  I had intended to mount the tie deck a little off center as shown previously but for some reason I mounted it even with one end of the car and didn't realize that was wrong until the glue had set.  Oh well, it is what it is now.

       

       

      Thanks for following along.

    • February 19, 2020 3:42 PM EST
    • Eric Schade said: ... I had to change some stuff but It is pretty close now I think:

       

      Think it could be said that as for model building projects, it is just plain pretty, too.

    • February 19, 2020 11:41 AM EST
    • WOW!

    • February 19, 2020 9:57 AM EST
    • Impressive!  The detail is outstanding!