45' Pickle Vat Car

45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:38 am

Well, here goes. Here is my first scratch built TT scale car: a 45' Pickle Vat car.

A little about one of my other hobbies first: I enjoy canning, and making pickles from scratch. One of my friends and co-workers will sometimes buy a bag of cucumbers and ask if I will make them into pickles for him. Needless to say, I have people telling me when cucumbers are on sale, and when we have command potlucks, someone keeps putting my name down for pickles. I made 5 quart jars of pickles for our Thanksgiving luncheon, and they were gone within the first 15 minutes. Garlic-Onion-Dill seems to be the favourite.

In keeping with the Possum Central Pickles, I have made labels for the more recent batches for "Possum Pickles", and as being "Rat Tested, Nuke Approved", in reference to Rat Bastard IV's love of the first test batch, and my job in the Navy.

So, when I got the December issue of the NMRA Magazine, and they had an article on L.C. Forman Company's Pickle cars, including schematics and measurements, I became inspired to make a "different" car as my first project car.

So far, all the car is a frame and roof, cut to size with my new Xacto miter box. (I know, the miter box is made in China, the only made in USA miter box I found is made in connecticut, so I opted for the China-made tool.) As this car is not being made from an exact prototype, it is being somewhat freelanced.

The frame is made of basswood with a strip of styrene to make attaching trucks and couplers more steady. Trucks will be PVM Bentendorf, and couplers Kadee #713.

The roof is part of the large lot of parts I bought from Coastal engineering, also cut with the Xacto Miter box & saw.

The below photo is of a Lionel (I know.....SACRILEGE!) model of the type of car I am working on. (I cannot find a picture of the specific car that is not in a magazine or book at this time.)
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Here are is the car so far.....
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby areibel » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:33 pm

I want to know how you're going to find enough TT scale pickles to fill it? :lol:
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:19 am

areibel wrote:I want to know how you're going to find enough TT scale pickles to fill it? :lol:


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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby scaro » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:09 am

From TT scale McDonald's burgers, Al.

Don't you know that everyone takes the pickle out? ;)

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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:20 pm

scaro wrote:From TT scale McDonald's burgers, Al.

Don't you know that everyone takes the pickle out? ;)

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I ask for extra pickles......
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:10 pm

I really like the car. Good stuff dude!
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby areibel » Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:16 pm

scaro wrote:From TT scale McDonald's burgers, Al.

Don't you know that everyone takes the pickle out? ;)

Ben

LOL!
I guess you're right Ben, I always order the same thing- a Quarter Pounder with only cheese and ketchup.
I was thinking more of whole pickles- tiny plants, eyedroppers of vinegar, maybe a thimble for a crock? I guess the plants would be the first thing, any genetic engineers on the list? Or maybe mad scientists?
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:44 pm

I'm Mad..... :lol:
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:44 pm

I'm Mad.....
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby areibel » Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:41 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:I'm Mad.....

Yup, you qualify. Any interest in TT is considered stark raving by most model railroaders!
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