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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.

dave
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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
Dave;
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.
TCC:}

quote:
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.)

dave

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

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.”

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

George
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).


dave
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.

R
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.

dave
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.)

dave
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/11/2018 : 11:20:44 AM
Dave,

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

Mike
deemery Posted - 11/11/2018 : 11:02:08 AM
quote:
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.

Mike



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.

dave
BurleyJim Posted - 11/11/2018 : 10:15:18 AM
Dave,

It looks great!

Jim

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