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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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krussl Posted - 06/19/2020 : 1:43:30 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Joe-SVL

Chuck, nice looking car. Do you recall about how long it took you to build the Lehigh car? My first two cars have taken, seemingly to me, why why to much time.

Joe in Orlando



I agree - scratch building takes a lot of time - my tank car was over 60 hours and the current "Speedy Poultry" car is running 20+ and is not even 1/3 complete. Maybe that is an indicator of my skill level or maybe I am making too much of the details... the last road on the journey to MMR is daunting to me.
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/19/2020 : 12:52:33 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Joe-SVL

Mike H
Sorry I forgot to answer your questions of earlier this month. The build date on the kit is 4-53. And I think for "conformity" I will use Northeastern Scale Lumber pieces to build the Mather Stock Car.

Joe in Orlando


Joe,

For some reason I thought your car would be much older. I’m not sure how much of my information applies to your project.

Mike
wvrr Posted - 06/19/2020 : 10:01:14 AM
I started construction of the car on May 11. Just over five weeks, Joe. But, I spent a week or two prior to that making drawings.

Chuck
Joe-SVL Posted - 06/19/2020 : 09:31:57 AM
Chuck, nice looking car. Do you recall about how long it took you to build the Lehigh car? My first two cars have taken, seemingly to me, why why to much time.

Joe in Orlando
Joe-SVL Posted - 06/19/2020 : 09:29:34 AM
Mike H
Sorry I forgot to answer your questions of earlier this month. The build date on the kit is 4-53. And I think for "conformity" I will use Northeastern Scale Lumber pieces to build the Mather Stock Car.

Joe in Orlando
wvrr Posted - 06/19/2020 : 09:09:13 AM
I almost forgot to post on this thread. Here is the Lehigh Valley Ice Service Car I built in HO Scale. It is built from styrene. I bent all of my own grab irons, uncoupling levers, brake lines, etc. I did use commercial parts for the brake system, ladders, hinges, door hardware, trucks and ladders.

I found plans for the car in the January 1966 issue of Model Railroader. But, I drew my own plans for this project. Drawing the plans helps me determine how the car will be built as I draw the plans. It is a tedious process but it works for me.

Today, I prepared the paperwork for whenever I can have people evaluate the car. I am in no hurry, though. I have two more cars to build that will be evaluated, too. They are my next projects.









Chuck
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/09/2020 : 1:01:00 PM
Joe,

Glad to see you’re making progress.

I looked at plans for a Big Four palace stock car (1896) and most of the sheathing was 7/8” thickness for boards on the lower half of the sides, and for ends and roof; 1 1/4” for boards on the upper half of the sides. Floorboards were 1 3/4”.

When was the prototype of your car built? Are you going to use wood or styrene?

Mike
krussl Posted - 06/09/2020 : 10:26:04 AM
quote:
Originally posted by BurleyJim

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?

Jim



Cad Program was Openscad , and yes SLA Printer
Joe-SVL Posted - 06/09/2020 : 09:59:18 AM
After way to many months of work I finally finished my Drovers Caboose and am awaiting judging which most likely won't be until at least this fall. So now my thoughts have turned to a Mathers Stock Car that I plan on building next. I would appreciate knowing from anybody who has built any type of a stock car what was the thickness of the horizontal boards you used on the sides of the stock car. My guess is that they are 1" thick.

thanks
Joe in Orlando
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?

Jim
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
quote:
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.

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