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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.



Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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wvrr Posted - 06/06/2020 : 08:43:50 AM
Thank you for the information, Mike. I figured it was a gamble to see if you modeled the rods and chains, underneath.

I wish I had a photo of the car. All I have are the drawings from MR. It did not have any accompanying photos. PM your email address and I will email the scan I have. The scan I have is smaller than scale due to the 2-3 times it has been copied or scanned before I got a copy. And, some of the detail isn't very clear. But, it was something to start with.

You have some great looking cars!

Chuck
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/05/2020 : 11:37:50 PM
Andre,

Thank you. Iím just having fun. Fortunately for me Iím modeling a railroad that had a lot of history, during a period of expansion for that railroad, interchanging with other interesting railroads. I have a fair number of photos and plans of rolling stock to work from.

Mike
OK Hogger Posted - 06/05/2020 : 11:11:51 PM
All three are looking great.

You've got one of the coolest TOC19 rolling stock fleets! Love the variety of car types and liveries.

Andre
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/05/2020 : 10:48:42 PM
Thanks for looking in, Bob and Scott.

Being made of wood, the BTS kit has the more obvious boards as compared with the subtlety of the other two, and I think the camera angle emphasizes the difference.

Mike
Hawghead Posted - 06/05/2020 : 7:44:21 PM
quote:
Originally posted by railman28

Excellent Mike, And without you telling us I couldn't tell which car is which although I see the boards on the end of the BTS car better.

Bob



Looks to me like the boards on the BTS cars are wider and so stand out more.

Scott
railman28 Posted - 06/05/2020 : 7:40:07 PM
Excellent Mike, And without you telling us I couldn't tell which car is which although I see the boards on the end of the BTS car better.

Bob
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/05/2020 : 7:06:09 PM
After some time with the airbrush Iíve painted the slightly modified BTS 25í boxcar (left), my resin cast 28í car and the 3D-printed 28í car.



Iíll allow a couple days for the paint to dry thoroughly. Then on to decals.

Mike
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/04/2020 : 9:17:29 PM
quote:
Originally posted by wvrr

Nice looking cars, Mike! And, quite a variety of building techniques, as you pointed out.

I am in the process of scratchbuilding a LVRR ice service car from 1911. The car is quite a bit before my layout's time. But, I wanted to build something with a K brake system as I work on the Cars certificate for the NMRA Achievement Program.

The car has similar end sills as the 3D printed cars you are building. When you get to that point, I would love to see how the brake staff connects to the rod under the car.

Chuck


Chuck,

Thank you.

I know that the LV used some old cars for ice service in the early 20th Century, but I've never seen a photo of one. I assume you have one and if you do and could post it I'd be interested in seeing it.

Here is a photo of what I did and also drawings of PRR cars at the time as an example of standard practice.







In the prototype there is a bracket below the end sill to hold the part of brake staff around which the chain to a brake rod would wind. I don't model the chain or brake rods under the car. All I do is drill a hole through the end sill and let the brake staff extend a little below the end sill. One of the shortcuts I take.

Mike


Michael Hohn Posted - 06/04/2020 : 8:56:57 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Larryc

Just wanted to stop by and tell you what an amazing job your doing on your layout. The cars look top notch. Good work takes time and great work takes even longer. Keep up the great work.


Thank you, Larry, for your kind words.
wvrr Posted - 06/03/2020 : 3:50:18 PM
Nice looking cars, Mike! And, quite a variety of building techniques, as you pointed out.

I am in the process of scratchbuilding a LVRR ice service car from 1911. The car is quite a bit before my layout's time. But, I wanted to build something with a K brake system as I work on the Cars certificate for the NMRA Achievement Program.

The car has similar end sills as the 3D printed cars you are building. When you get to that point, I would love to see how the brake staff connects to the rod under the car.

Chuck
Larryc Posted - 06/03/2020 : 3:24:36 PM
Just wanted to stop by and tell you what an amazing job your doing on your layout. The cars look top notch. Good work takes time and great work takes even longer. Keep up the great work.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/30/2020 : 12:06:53 PM
Frank and Greg,

Thank you for looking in and for your stimulating comments.

Thinking about it, I can say that these cars and ones I worked on earlier this month represent about a century of techniques:
- Because I wanted the unusual runnnng board on the 3D printed model, I built the roof from styrene sheet and strip.
- A couple of weeks ago I built a boxcar from a BTS laser kit. I think laser kits started appearing in the 1990ís if I recall correctly.
- And last week my lumber load was for a flat car Iíd scratchbuilt from scale lumber a few years ago. Now thatís truly old school.

Mike
Ensign Posted - 05/30/2020 : 09:52:26 AM
Looks like the 19th century is meeting up with the 21st century.
It will be interesting to see how the 3D printed boxcar compares with your cast resin car when they are all painted.

Greg Shinnie
Frank Palmer Posted - 05/30/2020 : 08:58:11 AM

Boy how times have changed, from resin castings to 3-D printing.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/29/2020 : 12:12:45 PM
quote:
Originally posted by railman28

Looking very good Mike. Did you use ACC Glue?

Bob


Thank you, Bob.

Yes, acc, usually the regular thin stuff but sometimes gel when I needed a little time to get details in position.

Mike

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