AstroGoat760's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:51 pm

Here is the second attempt at making wheels for the trailer:

The tubing (and dowels) is a bit bigger, this time .438 diameter, which is closer to the typical semi truck tire diameter.

Also, there is a center axle, which was not fun at all.

The tubing was grooved and cut using a pipe cutting tool. The groove is to represent two separate tires while using one piece of tubing.
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The new tires will not be installed until the trailer bottom and the tires are painted.
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:41 pm

New tyres, painted (initial coat) and installed.
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:00 pm

What are you planning on doing for the wheels? Paint the center chrome?
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:05 am

ConducTTor wrote:What are you planning on doing for the wheels? Paint the center chrome?


I am planning on it.

Once I finish the door detail, landing gear, kingpin, painting and decal work, this trailer (Model 1.00)is going to be done.

I am doing some rough planning for an improved version (Model 1.01), with better sizing, and better tires. The drilling for the axle slots on 1.00 was by hand. When I get a new hobby drill, the new wheels will be drilled down in the centre to simulate the prototype's "sunken in" center.

I am considering using clay to make a master set of tires that can be replicated, and has tire treads on it, although I am not sure how well treads could be seen on a model parked on a layout. Body and frame work for trucks is easy. Making tires (especially with limited tools) - that's hard.

All told, I have been playing this model by ear. I do not remember the initial assembly, nor did I plan it ahead of time, which is why some of the dimensions are slightly off (the trailer is roughly 53 scale feet long, the box is almost 12 scale feet tall, and the trailer is 10 scale feet wide.) The dimensions are about spot on, aside from the width. Most trailers are 8.0' - 8.5' wide.
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby Arseny » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:09 am

But the trailer needs a truck tractor.
Do you plan to build or buy any?
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:24 pm

Arseny wrote:But the trailer needs a truck tractor.
Do you plan to build or buy any?


Once I can figure out how to make better looking wheels with what I have on hand, I plan on trying to build tractors for the trailers.
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:55 pm

Does anyone know of a good source to find plans and such for the "wagontop" cars that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad used?

I can't seem to find more than a few odd pictures, aside from the photos I have of the wagontop boxcar at the B&O museum in Baltimore, MD.

I am getting close to completing the wagontop car based on Gandy Dancer plans (it will be lettered for the Possum Central), and I am considering trying to make a more exacting model, as I now have some of the tools I needed on order to do a better job of building cars, as well as to see just how far "off" the proof-of-concept car is.
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby Marquette » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:43 pm

I have such plans. I'll have to dig them out from whichever box they're stashed in... this may take a few days as I'm working all this coming week, but I should have them located and scanned for you at the weekend at the latest.
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:39 pm

The beginnings of a transfer caboose:
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Re: AngrySailor's Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock Fleet.

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:34 am

For those that are curious, the transfer caboose he is building is a bastardization of a mix of a Southern transfer caboose prototype that can be found in Duluth, GA; and of a Monon caboose of unknown fate.
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