Resin Hoppers

Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Arseny » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:02 am

Nice hoppers; thank you Bill. Hope they will be available soon.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:29 am

Arseny wrote:Nice hoppers; thank you Bill. Hope they will be available soon.

I am ordering models today for the first requests I have received.
Should ship late next week if I have shipping addresses and payment.

I do not have any good dry transfers to sell. The ones I had made are crap.
Looking at the models, the ribbed side cars need decals. They are easier to apply around the ribs.
The offset side cars could use dry transfers.

I do have a few of my first run of decals that I am going to include for free in the first four orders I received.
I need to redesign them for easier application before I can sell them.

Will keep you informed of the project progress.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:15 pm

The first batch of hoppers have been ordered, 21 cars total.

The models need grab irons.
I originally used wire, carefully cutting pieces of phoshor bronze wire to length and super gluing them to the body.
This is a pain although the end effect is nice.

The modeller who casts the cars for me suggested using styrene rod. He suggested .020" but as I think that is too thick, I tried .015" Plastruct rod (P/N 90849). Cut pieces roughly to length, apply glue to the model, place rod. Trim to length on the model with a sharp knife or sprue cutters, paint and you are done.

Fast and easy.

.015" scales out to 1.8" and is a bit thick. You could use .010" rod for a finer look but this will also be more fragile.
The .015" rod looks great when painted and will take more handling.

With this faster method I should have my five cars finished this afternoon.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:29 pm

As mentioned in the last post i worked on my current set of five hoppers yesterday and today.
A side excursion into resin cars will be in the next post.

My five cars are finished for now. Painted, lettered, trucks, loads and couplers. Weathering will follow.
A few pictures.
20130325 five hoppers.jpg
All five cars.

20130325 three hoppers.jpg
A closer look at three of them.

30130325 two hoppers.jpg
Two More.

The offset side car with a RailTT Flat car and a Gondola.
20130325 Gon Hopper Flat.jpg

The gondola is a project I have been thinking about for a while.
I acquired two Bachmann N-Scale gondolas and cut them apart to make a 40' long low side gondola. I built it around a shortened Gold Coast box car under frame with an Evergreen Styrene floor. There is a small sheet of lead under the floor for weight.

The resulting car is interesting although it may not exactly match any low side gondolas that existed.
It does seem a bit wide, and I now know to buy two cars from the same production batch. The two I used are slightly different in height. I am going to leave this car as it is and finish it, grab irons, steps and decals. If more N-Scale gondolas come my way I may make another car or two, narrower next time.

Now that this interesting side trip is (mostly) out of the way I need to get back to my Hopper Car fleet.
I need five more cars to end up with one of each road name I made decals for:
Western Maryland - should be a red car but I have seen black ones with this type of lettering,
Vancouver & Nicola Valley Railway - Black car, one of my railways,
V&NV - Black car, a more modern lettering style for the V&NV.
Nicola Valley Lines - Red car, what the V&NV and NV and a few other short lines get amalgamated into in the 70s.
and a Pennsylvania car - Oxide red.

That will give me ten hopper cars in ten different schemes.

To use up my private road name decals will take another five cars, three Vancovuer & Nicola Valley, one V&NV, one NVR.
That would give me fifteen hopper cars and I haven't considered other road names yet; CNR (need these to add some variation to the Black car fleet), B&O, N&W, and others,
and then there are the offset side cars. Looks like I am going to model a coal road.

Anybody make a good model of a coal mine?<G>
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:46 pm

As alluded to in the previous posting there is an issue with resin cars.

Due to the method of manufacturing the cars can be a bit warped when they come out of the mould.

I had a car, my CNJ car to be precise, that was twisted.
The solution is heat, heat the car gently and twit back to shape and let cool.

You can use a hair dryer but I elected to use hot water. Heat the water until it starts to bubble. Turn off the heat.

Immerse the car in the water for about 15 seconds.
Remove and place on a flat surface. Gently hold down until it is cool.
Check the car. You will probably find that it is no longer twisted but the sides may have bowed in or out while it was in the water.

No problem. Holding the car by the ends, immerse one side into the water for a count of fifteen then put that side down on a flat surface and apply a bit of pressure either with your fingers or a flat object.
If necessary do the same thing for the other side.

Repeat as necessary to get a straight car.

Of course if you want a work scarred car with warped sides you can do the same procedure in reverse. Heat up the car side and warp as desired.

A moments reflection will reveal that it is better to do this with an undecorated car than a finished car like I did.<G>
On a finished car the hot water will start to lift the decals and the Dulcote spray finish will go milky.
Happily a reapplication of MicroSol reset the decals and cleared up the milkiness.
A final spray of Dulcote and all was well again.

Live and learn.

You should also note that if you leave your resin cars in direct sunlight in your car on a hot summer days they will sag!
Keep your cars in the cool and dark.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Arseny » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:38 pm

Bill Dixon wrote:Looks like I am going to model a coal road.

Anybody make a good model of a coal mine?<G>


Some ideas:

- use Auhagen 12266 H0/TT scale "Old-time gravel pit"

12266.jpg


- use John Harmon's paper/cardboard B32 "Mine building"

- use some H0-scale models...

P.S. As concerns coal railroad layout - there was an article about "Virginian" layout in Model Railroader in 2012, January-June (?)
january-2012-model-railroader-project-layout-t1361-10.html#p13761
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:15 pm

Arseny wrote:
Bill Dixon wrote:Looks like I am going to model a coal road.

Anybody make a good model of a coal mine?<G>


Some ideas:

- use Auhagen 12266 H0/TT scale "Old-time gravel pit"

12266.jpg

Looks a bit too modern.

Arseny wrote:- use John Harmon's paper/cardboard B32 "Mine building"

Now that has possibilities. How do I get one of these?


Arseny wrote:- use some H0-scale models...

P.S. As concerns coal railroad layout - there was an article about "Virginian" layout in Model Railroader in 2012, January-June (?)
january-2012-model-railroader-project-layout-t1361-10.html#p13761

I subscribed to MR for that series. Let it lapse after a year.
It is an interesting layout. It could be built as a 3' x 6' in TT or the full 4' x 8' for more scenic room.
The idea is still on the back burner.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:30 pm

20130331 Car Holder for Painting.jpg

So what's that you say?

I rushed the completion of my first cars to get them ready for Western Rails. Now that I have time I am taking a bit more care in their completion.

One thing I needed was some way to hold the cars while I was spray painting them.
The picture shows what I ended up with. I it from a block of Styrofoam I had lying around. The car fits over the top upside down.
20130331 Holder with Car.jpg

The bottom of the base is four inches square so it is easy to hold and will stand up by itself.
I made two of them and used them today. I have started a Pennsy car and another one for my Vancouver & Nicola Valley Railway. After those are done I have one Ribbed-Side and one Offset-Side car to complete. I only have one set of trucks so time to contact Gold Coast for more.

These four cars came from the first official production run.

While paint was drying I collated the first four orders. They will be packed and weighed tomorrow and all going well the purchasers will receive an email from me tomorrow night with their order totals.
Then it will be up to Paypal and Canada Post as to when they arrive at their destinations.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:45 am

They're Off!
the first four orders have been consigned to the tender mercies of the Post Office.

All went well except that the PayPal charges were a bit of a shock. I hadn't counted on them when I set the car price.
I have to raise the price to $ 21.00 to cover them.

Oh well live and learn.
Time for the next batch of orders.
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Re: Resin Hoppers

Postby Arseny » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:05 am

So,after all, what's the result?
$21 per car? Both types?
And what is the price for shipping overseas, to Russia?

I would like to order some, but a few weeks later, is it possible?
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