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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/05/2021 :  11:03:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going to start out with an old Simpson kit for a 36' flat car, and then in parallel scratch build a 36' low side gondola.

In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/05/2021 :  11:07:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, the Simpson kit is literally a box of wood, and page of instructions that give you a template and list of all the non-wood parts you need to build the kit.







Going to take an hour or less to extract all the those parts or their equivalent from my parts bins, but should be very doable.

Need to pull from stake pockets and some other wood bits for the low side gon, too.


In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/05/2021 :  11:17:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ought to be fun to watch, Martin. A person could use a kit like this as a template for scratchbuilding additional flat cars, sort of like you're going to do.

Mike



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jbvb
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Posted - 01/05/2021 :  11:41:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Once upon a time, there was a hobby shop ~25 minutes away that I might have gotten a kit's worth of castings from in a single trip (he was an O scale modeler, but in traction). Now I'd be 5 hours browsing the internet and then wait 2-3 weeks for delivery.


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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/05/2021 :  1:00:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Ought to be fun to watch, Martin. A person could use a kit like this as a template for scratchbuilding additional flat cars, sort of like you're going to do.


Thanks, Mike!

Building these is very much like building the flat car kit that I developed ~15-18 years ago.

Yes, and the lesson that I taught in clinics was that the flat car was the basis and building platform for lots of other cars.

quote:
.....a hobby shop ~25 minutes away that I might have gotten a kit's worth of castings from in a single trip (he was an O scale modeler, but in traction). Now I'd be 5 hours browsing the internet and then wait 2-3 weeks for delivery.


I know this pain,


In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

Edited by - mwbpequod on 01/05/2021 1:01:21 PM

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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/10/2021 :  09:56:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Flat car from kit is assembled and decking going down.

Copy car for the low side gon is also assembled with decking going down. There was a 2nd packet of decking in the kit. Probably will have to pull a few bits from my strip wood stick to make sure that the decking fits even.




In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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George D
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Posted - 01/10/2021 :  11:37:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Off to a good start, Martin. It looks like you know what you're doing.

George


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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/17/2021 :  08:12:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Decking done and underbody details installed into both cars.





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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/17/2021 :  7:35:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
They look fantastic!


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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/17/2021 :  7:55:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

They look fantastic!



Thanks!! I even sprang for brass K brake castings.....


In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/18/2021 :  09:18:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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Dutchman
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Posted - 01/18/2021 :  10:51:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful under body work, Martin.


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mwbpequod
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Posted - 01/18/2021 :  3:48:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks!

Building the flat car is essentially done; all finishing work now.

Building the low side gon from the copy of the flat car continues. Should be fairly quick.

Have to work up loads for both as otherwise they are way too light and fairly uninteresting to look at cars.


In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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