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Dutchman Posted - 02/01/2009 : 6:33:38 PM
This thread is one of a series of threads intended to help RR-L Forum members who are also members of the NMRA and are working within the NMRA’s Achievement Program. This is not a thread to debate the pros and cons of either the NMRA or the Achievement Program. For a full explanation of the purpose of these threads, members should refer to this thread on the forum: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24676

The Master Builder – Cars category requires the modeler to turn his/her attention to rolling stock. To earn the certificate, the modeler must build eight pieces of highly detailed rolling stock. This rolling stock must be able to ‘operate’ on the rails. The eight cars must represent four different ‘types’ of cars, at least one of which must be a passenger car. Of the eight, four of the cars must be scratchbuilt, and four must earn at least 87.5 points when evaluated against specific NMRA standards.

More information on the Master Builder – Cars category can be found at this link: http://www.nmra.org/education/achievement/ap_cars.html

This is an area in which I haven’t done much work yet. However, I want to turn my attention to this one next. I know that Don (AVRR-PA) is also about to begin work in this area. Anyone else wanting to try their hands at this category, perhaps we can ‘work together’ through the forum.
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BurleyJim Posted - 05/14/2020 : 11:27:39 AM
Kelly, Very nice tank car! You know you can Preview the post before you send it.
Hey, you are lightyears ahead of a lot of folks that have never figured out how to post a picture here.

What CAD program are you using for your 3D work? Very clean looking. It looks like a Resin printer?

krussl Posted - 05/14/2020 : 10:34:58 AM
current project - "Speedy" Ambroid kit - upgrading to steel frame and doing complete interior... will 3dprint the coops for the poultry side.

not sure why i did the studs on the reefer end - both sides of the walls will be covered...

krussl Posted - 05/14/2020 : 10:23:43 AM
lets try this - couple of pictures of my just completed 4 dome tank car...

3d printed Multi housing covers - and over 80 custom printed decals. builders drawings in book for judging

mwbpequod Posted - 05/10/2020 : 4:04:42 PM
Originally posted by Joe-SVL

Thanks Chuck, Mike and Martin for you helpful replies to my handrail inquiry. I think I'm going to stick with #1 as I'm presently in a "Get this d_m thing done mode". I started on this car about Nov. 2-nd. Martin I toyed with your idea.

Joe in Orlando

Being in O scale, I have the advantage of being able to reasonably achieve my variation; however, being in O scale, I almost have to add the nbw's with the wire grabs as their absence is easily seen.
Joe-SVL Posted - 05/09/2020 : 09:37:08 AM
Thanks Chuck, Mike and Martin for you helpful replies to my handrail inquiry. I think I'm going to stick with #1 as I'm presently in a "Get this d_m thing done mode". I started on this car about Nov. 2-nd. Martin I toyed with your idea.

Joe in Orlando
mwbpequod Posted - 05/08/2020 : 5:39:08 PM
I use a variation of method #1. I rarely have access to the interior.

Shape and insert brass wire into holes, wire is usually dipped in Goo 1st, withdrawn, medium viscosity CA added, re-inserted into hole. Then an nbw casting w/o the sprue (bolt) is CA'd adjacent to where the brass wire was inserted. After paint, usually good enough.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/08/2020 : 4:22:05 PM

I use method 1. I learned it from an MR article in the late 80’s and have done it that way ever since.

wvrr Posted - 05/08/2020 : 3:21:25 PM
I used method #1 on the flat car you see, above.

Joe-SVL Posted - 05/08/2020 : 12:05:46 PM
Handrails etc.
I am in the process of installing handrails on my Drovers Caboose and am curious wrt how people generally attach such devices. I can see two possible methods 1) Drill holes in the car side and insert the 0.012" brass wire into hole and CA the wire on the inside of the car, or 2) form a loop in the end of the handrail wire and put a bolt and washer casting thru the hole and into the car side. Method 3) ???

thanks, getting closer to the end

Joe in Orlando
mwbpequod Posted - 04/27/2020 : 07:00:40 AM
Looks very good to me!

Michael Hohn Posted - 04/26/2020 : 11:29:56 PM
Very well done, Chuck.
Orionvp17 Posted - 04/26/2020 : 10:44:07 PM
Originally posted by BurleyJim


It ought to pass. It Looks terrific, nice underbody detail.


What Jim said!

in Michigan
BurleyJim Posted - 04/26/2020 : 10:36:42 PM

It ought to pass. It Looks terrific, nice underbody detail.

wvrr Posted - 04/26/2020 : 9:36:08 PM
I thought I would show the finished photo of an idler/reach car I just finished for my railroad. This is the first car I will get evaluated for merit, when we can get within six feet of each other, again.

Michael Hohn Posted - 04/19/2020 : 08:49:58 AM
Originally posted by Joe-SVL

Thanks for the photos. Your car looks great! Did you use one piece of tar paper for the entire roof? If not how wide were your strips and what scale do you model in?

Joe in Orlando


I forgot to answer your questions. I used strips about a scale 4’ wide, overlapping them a little. I model in HO.


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