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 scratchbuilding a 34' boxcar (styrene)

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deemery Posted - 11/05/2018 : 6:14:30 PM
Usually I've done scratchbuilt cars from wood, so I thought I'd try styrene.

The prototype is from John White's massive book on 19th century freight cars.

I built a subframe from .060 styrene, and a jig to construct the undercarriage.

Then I laminated the Evergreen car siding and started on the details (grey parts are from a Tichy old time car parts sprue.) I decided to do a simpler bottom track for the door.
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The car has an interesting roof.

I decided I could get something similar by using Evergreen .060 (corrugated) metal siding, and sanding down the top of the siding. To keep the siding piece flat against the sandpaper, I used double-sided tape to hold the styrene against a 1/2" piece of wood. The sanding pad is sandpaper glued to a stone (not ceramic) tile.

And the roof is attached, I think it came out pretty good.

Still to do: roofwalk, grab irons and brake gear. I'll paint the car body and undercarriage separately, and then glue them together.

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masonamerican Posted - 02/02/2019 : 4:01:24 PM
Very nice Dave!
dapenguin Posted - 01/30/2019 : 12:24:44 AM
Ya might consider a solid floor with a separate roof & frame, plus doors etc. This is the most common package in "S". It also has no or almost no undercuts.

Originally posted by deemery

Craig says he can do it as a single body if I'm careful about overhangs. That's one reason why this model wouldn't be a good candidate for a master, the roof has too much overhang (both from a prototype perspective and a casting perspective.)


Guff Posted - 11/13/2018 : 09:48:43 AM
Nice looking scratchbuild!!
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/13/2018 : 08:46:46 AM

Very nice model, by the way.

Regarding the CBD illustration of the Winslow roof, if you look carefully at Fig 673 you can see that the metal sheets are a sub-roof. It is described on page 34: “ . . . metal sheets, fastened to purlins and roof strips, and protected by a single layer of roughly-matched boards.”

George D Posted - 11/13/2018 : 08:20:37 AM
Nice looking model, Dave.

Dutchman Posted - 11/13/2018 : 08:19:03 AM
Very nice modeling, Dave.
deemery Posted - 11/12/2018 : 7:44:16 PM
Here's the info on that corrugated metal roof from the 1888 Car Builder's Dictionary (Winslow patent).

RyanAK Posted - 11/12/2018 : 4:23:30 PM
I learn something new every time I check in on one of these build threads. Well done, Dave.

desertdrover Posted - 11/12/2018 : 2:57:13 PM
Fantastic looking boxcar Dave. Nice modeling!
railman28 Posted - 11/12/2018 : 1:29:52 PM
looks good Dave
deemery Posted - 11/11/2018 : 7:03:30 PM
Painted red oxide (over the Vallejo Red-Brown primer, which makes the red oxide come out a bit darker than over white or light grey, my usual base coats.)

No brake gear on this. Trucks are Tahoe 5' Arch Bar.

deemery Posted - 11/11/2018 : 12:04:21 PM
Craig says he can do it as a single body if I'm careful about overhangs. That's one reason why this model wouldn't be a good candidate for a master, the roof has too much overhang (both from a prototype perspective and a casting perspective.)

Michael Hohn Posted - 11/11/2018 : 11:20:44 AM

Would you do it as flat castings or a single body casting with separate frame?

deemery Posted - 11/11/2018 : 11:02:08 AM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Looks nice, Dave.

Are you still intending for this to be the prototype for a fleet of cars?

I’ve always liked the look of this NP car in White’s book and am pleased to see somebody build it.


Craig Bisgeier wants me to consider doing a master and casting them from resin. I'll need to 'up my game' a bit for a good casting master. And I'll definitely do a more conventional roof.

BurleyJim Posted - 11/11/2018 : 10:15:18 AM

It looks great!


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